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Date: July 5, 2012

Community Organizer, Toxics Action Center (Boston, MA; Montpelier, VT; West Hartford, CT; Amherst, MA)

Toxics Action Center, a New England-wide non-profit public health and environmental organization, seeks Community Organizers to be based in its Boston, MA, Montpelier, VT, West Hartford, CT and Amherst, MA offices.

For 25 years, Toxics Action Center has worked side by side with more than 700 communities to hold polluters accountable, galvanize government into action, and win real victories for public health and the environment while developing long-term leaders to broaden the environmental movement. Whenever the health and environment of a community is threatened in New England, Toxics Action Center is there. As the 911 of the environmental movement we help everyday folks be the change they want to see in the world.

The Community Organizer will join a strong and committed team to implement our core program of neighborhood assistance and organizing trainings. The Community Organizer will work closely with the Senior Community Organizer and Executive Director to give local grassroots groups the information, networking and organizing skills they need to win efforts to curb pesticide spraying, halt dirty incinerator proposals, close polluting power plants, clean up toxic sites, or promote clean energy and zero waste. Community Organizers serve as pro bono campaign consultants, mentors, and coaches to unlikely activists launching grassroots campaigns to protect their health and community.

Job Responsibilities
The Community Organizer will utilize Toxics Action Center’s Neighborhood Assistance Program with residents and community groups to help them develop and implement effective strategies to solve local toxic pollution problems. Organizing assistance and trainings includes but is not limited to: campaign planning; developing a message and campaign materials; group-building and recruitment; fundraising; working with the media; getting out the vote; and winning at public hearings.

Specifically the staff person will:
Assist 10-15 community groups a year on their local campaigns.
Conduct 25 organizing skills trainings and 50 leadership development trainings.
Join team efforts to organize a 200-person grassroots environmental conference.
Write grants and create other fundraising opportunities.
Become an issue expert on a toxic pollution problem.
Identify and cultivate donors to the organization.

Previous organizing experience, management and fundraising experience a plus. Sense of humor, flexibility and ability to work in a fast-paced environment. Desire to be part of a dynamic team. Articulate, detail-oriented, and able to tell a story. Strategic, personable, and able to work with a wide range of people.

Salary and Benefits
Salary based on experience. Benefit package includes health care option, 401k program, college and graduate school loan repayment programs for qualified staff, vacation, parental leave, travel and training opportunities.

To Apply
Send résumé with cover letter to: Sylvia Broude
Toxics Action Center, 44 Winter St., 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02108
Phone (617) 747-4407 Fax (617) 292-8057 Email sylvia@toxicsaction.org

Jul 18: SBN Special Film Screening: Fixing the Future

As part of a national event, Boston is one of dozens of cities hosting screenings of the documentary Fixing the Future. Host David Brancaccio (of public radio’s Marketplace and NOW on PBS) visits people across America that are attempting a revolution: the reinvention of the American economy. Featuring communities using innovative approaches to create jobs and build sustainability, Fixing the Future inspires hope and renewal in tough economic times.

Join us for the screening and an exclusive on-screen panel discussion after the movie, followed by tips from SBN and other partner organizations on what YOU can do to fix the future!

$12 Admission  at AMC Loews Boston Common.

Group discount available for purchase of 15 or more tickets ($7.50/ticket)

 For tickets please visit: http://bit.ly/MRNVEK 

Click here to RSVP on facebook and tell your friends about it!

For more information please contact Amara at amara@sbnmass.org

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