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Political Organizer

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Temporary | Full-time

$26 – $27 an hour


  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Paid time off

Full Job Description

Hours: Full time–approximately 40 hours per week, through November of 2024. (We are actively seeking additional funding that would extend the length of the employment contract and/or percent time worked.)

Application and start dates: Position open until filled with an ASAP start date. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Salary and benefits: $25-27 per hour. Benefits include four weeks paid leave, a flexible work environment, and a health insurance stipend. Mileage reimbursement is provided at the IRS-approved rate.

Location: Remote. The organizer must reside in Wisconsin.

Summary: 350 Wisconsin Action is a 501(c)4 issue advocacy organization created in 2022 that works to change hearts and minds, laws and policies, and humanity’s massive systems to make transformational progress toward environmental justice and solving the climate crisis by 2030. 350 Wisconsin Action is committed to climate justice, the transition to clean, renewable energy, stopping oil pipelines in Wisconsin and surrounding states, and pushing financial institutions to divest from fossil fuel-related companies. We are eager to hire someone to help lead that work.

350 Wisconsin Action was established by 350 Wisconsin, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has been engaged in the fight against climate change since 2012.

We are looking for someone who can work with the 350 Wisconsin Action’s Board, Political Action Team, and Executive Director to strategically plan and implement both electoral work and building 350 Wisconsin Action; engage and train volunteers and staff in the political process both as activists and as future candidates; and help with fundraising. Organizing experience is required, as is a commitment to building the power of people to make a difference in combating climate change. Strong candidates will also bring experience in political data management and targeting, organizing principles, DEIJ (diversity, equity, inclusion and justice), and short-and long-term planning. Strong candidates will also have an understanding of Wisconsin communities and politics. .

This is an opportunity to help build and lead a major climate-advocacy and justice effort in the state from the ground up. The requirements and description of the role are below, but first and foremost we want someone excited about doing this work and about working with us to advance climate justice, climate policies, and climate champions in government.

Essential Functions:

  • With the Political Action Team, develop and implement the 2024 political plan. Collaborate with the 350 Wisconsin Action Board and Political Action Team on strategy and tactics for effective electoral work.
  • Serve as project manager for 350 Wisconsin Action’s electoral work through the November 2024 elections. Using the 2024 political plan as a guide, make sure that assignments are carried out and deadlines are met. Address challenges encountered and recommend changes to the plan as needed to improve effectiveness.
  • Manage volunteers participating in the electoral work. Identify ways to engage volunteers. Working with the Volunteer Coordinator, recruit volunteers. Train, support, and organize volunteers.
  • Understand, obtain, and use available technology to advance 350 Wisconsin’s work. This includes database tools (including VAN), as well as automated tools for phone-banking, mass texting, and relational organizing.
  • Regularly update the Executive Director, Board and Political Action Team on progress in implementing the 2024 political plan.
  • Lead in the development of an assessment plan and post 2024-election review and evaluation efforts in preparation for future organizing and election cycles.
  • Work with the Executive Director and Development Director to expand both individual and organizational fundraising to support the work of 350 Wisconsin Action.
  • Work with 350 Wisconsin and other (c)3 and (c)4 partners to powerfully communicate the stakes of the election for the Earth’s climate and environment, Wisconsin’s economy, and the health of its residents.
  • Advance a strategy around the reality that combating the climate crisis requires bold action, including growing and developing elected climate champions.

Attributes and Skills/Experience:

  • Candidates for the position should have these attributes:
  • Express and articulate their commitment to strong grassroots engagement to address climate change.
  • Manage multiple priorities, reach goals and meet deadlines.
  • Communicate effectively verbally, visually and in writing, across different types of media.
  • Work both as part of a close-knit team and individually to drive program
  • Meet people where they are and engage them in conversations and actions that work to build a strong and diverse grassroots base for climate advocacy.
  • Be self-motivated and pay excellent attention to details.
  • Work and build collaborations with a diversity of individuals and organizations. Be proactive in regards to equity, inclusion and justice concerns.
  • Candidates for this position should have these Skills/Experience:
  • Demonstrated experience successfully managing a complex, multi-faceted project. At least 1 year of electoral organizing experience in a professional or volunteer capacity is preferred.
  • Experience using databases. (Experience using VAN or similar campaign software is a plus).
  • Experience working with and applying technology to work projects.
  • Demonstrated understanding of political data preferred.
  • Candidates for the position are required to have:
  • Regular access to a working vehicle and maintain a valid driver’s license.
  • Secure access to a computer and the Internet. (Public computers, such as computers in public libraries, are not acceptable.)
  • Access to a smart phone.

Work Environment:

350 Wisconsin Action operates virtually, without a brick and mortar office. Most, but not all, members of the staff, board, and political action team live in the greater Madison Wisconsin area. Time will be divided between work from the organizer’s home or other secure location, work in the field with volunteers, and meetings with both colleagues and contemporaries from partner organizations. The position requires travel within Wisconsin for organizing meetings, events, political activities, trainings, 1-1s, and other functions.

Hours are flexible. Some evening and weekend work will be required.

Physical Demands:

Occasional physical demands include setting up for events, working on mailings, tabling at outreach events and filing. This would require the ability to carry 25 lbs.; lift files; use hands to fold, stuff, seal, and stamp envelopes; and bend or stand as necessary. The physical demands also include driving.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter to Resumes without cover letters will not be considered. The cover letter should explain both why you are interested in this position and how your experience relates to the work to be done.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

350 Wisconsin and 350 Wisconsin Action are equal opportunity employers. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.