We’re Hiring: Community Action Director

We’re Hiring: Community Action Director

​​Position is available now and​ ​will​ ​remain​ ​open​ ​until​ ​filled.

Front​ ​and​ ​Centered​ ​is​ ​a​ ​statewide,​ ​communities of color​ ​coalition​ ​working​ ​to​ ​achieve​ ​environmental​ ​justice by​ ​asserting​ ​policy​ ​solutions​ ​that​ ​center​ ​equity and racial justice.​ ​Our​ ​members​ ​are​ ​the​ ​leadership​ ​of​ ​communities​ ​first and​ ​worst​ ​hit​ ​by​ ​environmental​ ​and​ ​climate​ ​impacts​: communities​ ​of​ ​color​ ​and​ ​indigenous communities.​ ​Together,​ ​we​ ​are​ ​working​ ​to​ ​build​ ​the​ ​power​ ​and​ ​capacity​ ​of​ ​a​ ​statewide​ ​movement​ ​for racial,​ ​economic,​ ​and​ ​environmental​ ​justice.​ ​We​ ​do​ ​this​ ​by​ ​growing​ ​our​ ​members’​ ​leadership​ ​and​ ​power to​ ​change​ ​laws,​ ​reverse​ ​destruction​ ​of​ ​the​ ​environment​ ​and​ ​our​ ​communities,​ ​rebalance​ ​the​ ​economy and​ ​political​ ​power,​ ​and​ ​build​ ​up​ ​healthy​ ​communities.

We​ ​envision​ ​a​ ​future​ ​where​ ​our​ ​communities​ ​and​ ​the​ ​earth​ ​are​ ​healed​ ​and​ ​thriving,​ ​our​ ​people​ ​have dignified​ ​work​ ​and​ ​the​ ​building​ ​blocks​ ​of​ ​opportunity​ ​and​ ​prosperity,​ ​and​ ​our​ ​government​ ​values, respects,​ ​and​ ​represents​ ​us.​ ​We​ ​are​ ​working​ ​for​ ​sovereignty,​ ​resilience,​ ​and​ ​self-sufficiency​ ​for​ ​our communities​ ​so​ ​that​ ​future​ ​generations​ ​can​ ​thrive.​ ​We​ ​strive​ ​to​ ​make​ ​racial​ ​inequities​ ​on​ ​all​ ​issues​ ​a thing​ ​of​ ​the​ ​past,​ ​and​ ​to​ ​ensure​ ​that​ ​people​ ​of​ ​color​ ​and​ ​indigenous​ ​people​ ​are​ ​at​ ​the​ ​forefront​ ​of building​ ​equitable,​ ​democratic​ ​systems​ ​and​ ​policies​ ​that​ ​work​ ​for​ ​their​ ​communities.

We​ ​believe​ ​that​ ​fundamental​ ​changes​ ​are​ ​required​ ​to​ ​achieve​ ​environmental​ ​justice​ ​and​ ​healthy, thriving,​ ​equitable​ ​futures​ ​for​ ​communities​ ​of​ ​color​ ​and​ ​indigenous​ ​communities​ ​in​ ​Washington​ ​State. We​ ​believe​ ​that​ ​sustainable,​ ​meaningful​ ​solutions​ ​to​ ​environmental​ ​and​ ​climate​ ​issues​ ​threatening everyone​ ​in​ ​Washington​ ​State​ ​cannot​ ​be​ ​created​ ​without​ ​maximizing​ ​the​ ​wisdom​ ​of​ ​indigenous communities​ ​and​ ​communities​ ​of​ ​color.​ ​We​ ​believe​ ​that​ ​our​ ​future​ ​depends​ ​on​ ​solutions​ ​created​ ​by communities​ ​who​ ​have​ ​been​ ​historically​ ​marginalized​ ​and​ ​most​ ​impacted​ ​by​ ​environmental​ ​and​ ​climate hazards.

Front​ ​and​ ​Centered​ ​seeks​ ​an​ ​experienced​ Community Action Director​ ​to​ ​complete​ ​the​ ​following​ ​scope​ ​of work:

Scope​ ​of​ ​Work

●        Develop​ ​and​ ​execute​ ​a​ ​statewide​ ​organizing​ ​strategy​ ​to​ ​support​ ​collaboration​ ​and​ ​greater engagement,​ ​action​ ​and​ ​momentum​ ​across​ ​the​ ​state​ ​for​ ​environmental​ ​justice,​ ​including​ ​a​ ​likely ballot​ ​measure​ ​in​ ​2018.

●        Convene​ ​members​ ​in​ ​statewide​ ​gatherings,​ ​organize​ ​monthly​ ​planning​ ​meetings​ ​and​ ​weekly strategic​ ​calls​ ​with​ ​other​ ​contractors​ ​of​ ​Front​ ​&​ ​Centered​ ​and​ ​as​ ​needed to advance the coalition and specific campaigns.

●        Assess​ ​and​ ​provide​ ​strategic​ ​recommendations​ ​for​ ​engaging​ ​communities​ ​of​ ​color​ ​in​ ​key​ ​parts​ ​of Washington​ ​state,​ ​and​ ​execute​ ​a​ ​plan​ ​to​ ​build​ ​the​ ​membership​ ​of​ ​Front​ ​&​ ​Centered​ ​and​ ​to increase​ ​the​ ​overall​ ​participation​ ​and​ ​level​ ​of​ ​action​ ​toward​ ​forwarding​ ​the​ ​priorities​ ​of​ ​the coalition.

●        Understand, communicate, and engage organizations on issues such as energy conservation and clean energy deployment, toxics prevention and recovery, the health of Puget Sound, and more.


Internal Relationship Building and Engagement (30%)

●        Engage F&C members on key issues through appropriate and effective communication and participation tactics.

●        Educate and train F&C members on key topics, which can include organizing routine meetings, webinars and calls.

●        Foster input and ownership of priorities by coordinating routine Listening Sessions as needed on key topics. Work with F&C members to engage their base. Coordinate with Program Director on content.

External Relationship Building (30%)

●        Identify key players with whom we should build a relationship.

●        Create power maps to identify who and what influences these key individuals or stakeholders.

●        Reach out to and meet individually and/or together with F&C members with key decision makers, including, legislators, the Governor, state agencies heads and relevant staff.

●        Keep notes and files relevant to this work, including high points of conversations, in addition to following up with people with expected or necessary content to keep them informed or engaged.

Strategic campaign management (30%)

●        Develop and implement strategies to leverage F&C members in coordinated and collective action to move shared policy priorities.

●        Support the capacity of lead groups to engage on priority issues, collaboratively strategize with groups on how best to leverage their base.

●        Identify key geographic or demographic gaps and how to fill them by finding, meeting with, engaging and suggesting capacity needs for groups on the ground.

Administrative (10%)

●        Administer the Front and Centered Steering Committee, including meeting logistics, agenda and supporting documents, participations, meeting notes and follow-up.

●        Manage contractors

●        Other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Compensation

Minimum qualifications        

●        A minimum of 3 years full time experience developing and managing campaigns, coalitions, ballot measures, or legislative initiatives to engage the public or grassroots to support public policies, political candidates, or social change efforts

●        A minimum​ ​of 3​ ​years​ ​of​ ​experience​ ​in​ ​community​ ​organizing

●        Knowledge and expertise in working with diverse communities and building effective and inclusive campaigns, coalitions and efforts

●        Strategic understanding of the political process and proven capacity to engage public/voters to shape policy making

●        Strong written​ ​and​ ​verbal​ ​communication​ ​skills​ ​

●        BA or equivalent

Desired ​Skills​ ​and​ ​Qualifications      

●        Statewide organizing​ experience or working across geographies

●        Deep​ ​knowledge​ ​and​ ​passion​ ​for​ ​social​ ​movements,​ ​environmental​ ​justice​ ​and​ ​racial​ ​justice

●        Ability​ ​to​ ​travel​ ​and​ ​attend​ ​meetings​ ​on​ ​weekends​ ​and​ ​evenings.

●        Highly​ ​organized​ ​and​ ​resourceful​ ​with​ ​a​ ​strong​ ​attention​ ​to​ ​detail

●        Experience​ ​using​ ​digital​ ​organizing​ ​techniques​ ​leveraging​ ​social​ ​media

●        Ability to speak and write in​ ​additional​ ​language​ ​prevalent​ ​in Washington​ ​State​ ​or​ ​demonstrated​ ​experience​ ​working​ ​with​ ​multilingual​ ​communities

●        Team​ ​player​ ​capable​ ​of​ ​working​ ​both​ ​collaboratively​ ​and​ ​independently


Compensation highly competitive.  High flexibility on schedule.  Minimum of 30 hours per week, maximum of full time.

​All additional​ ​travel​ ​and​ ​operational​ ​costs​ ​incurred​ ​will​ ​be​ ​covered​ ​by​ ​Front​ ​and​ ​Centered.​ ​ We​ ​are​ ​an​ ​equal​ ​opportunity​ ​employer​ ​and​ ​strongly encourage​ ​people​ ​of​ ​color,​ ​women,​ ​and​ ​LGBTQ​ ​individuals​ ​to​ ​apply.​ ​Front​ ​and​ ​Centered​ ​is​ ​fiscally sponsored​ ​for​ ​this​ ​work​ ​through​ ​the​ ​Latino​ ​Community​ ​Fund.

Interested​ ​individuals​ ​should​ ​send​ ​an​ ​email​ ​to​ ​​coordinators@frontandcentered.org​​ ​with​ ​a​ ​subject​ ​line, “Front​ ​and​ ​Centered​ ​Community Action Director”​ ​and​ ​attach​ ​a​ ​letter​ ​of​ ​interest, and resume.

​​Position is available now and​ ​will​ ​remain​ ​open​ ​until​ ​filled.