Transit Justice Organizer

POSITION OPEN

Employment: Temporary, full-time hourly position from June 2021 to May 2022

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Reporting Line: MN350 Clean Transportation Organizer

Timeline: Applications accepted through June 16 or until the position is filled

OVERVIEW

MN350’s Transit Justice Organizer will lead a team of MN350’s active volunteer leadership to organize with and grow our membership base in order to build power and win campaigns that advance climate justice in Minnesota. The MN350 Clean Transportation Team is building out a base of transit riders in order to advocate for mass transit buildout in Minnesota.

About MN350: 

MN350 is a dynamic, volunteer-led grassroots organization building a people’s movement to demand that Minnesota take action and leadership in addressing the climate crisis in an equitable and sustainable way.  Our mission is to unite Minnesotans as part of a global movement to end the pollution damaging our climate, speed the transition to clean energy, and create a just and healthy future for all. MN350 is a 501(c)(3) organization.

MN350 Action is a 501(c)(4) advocacy nonprofit that is seeking to build a bold, diverse mass movement for climate justice by building  public support and equipping them the build power to effect change and the local, municipal and state levels.  MN350 Action is a sister organization to MN350 that shares staff, offices and volunteers. MN350 and MN350 Action work collaboratively with the global 350.org and numerous coalition partners to build a movement for climate justice. 

Throughout this job description, references to MN350 also include MN350 Action.

MN350 is currently in a period of growth, accountability, and development. All prospective applicants must be willing to grow with the organization as we move into our next iteration.

ABOUT THE ROLE

MN350 is looking for a dynamic and relational person to fill a new designated role of Transit Justice Organizer to organize transit canvasses in order to build leaders on transit and work towards community-centered transportation policies for racial, economic, and climate justice. 

The MN350 Clean Transportation team includes the MN350 Clean Transportation Organizer and several dozen volunteers committed to running campaigns to make Minnesota a Clean Transportation leader. Our goal is to make sure all Minnesotans can affordably access their choice of transportation modes, none of which emit greenhouse gases, by 2040. 

The transit organizer would work with members of the MN350 Transit Team to design transit canvases on lines with off-board payment to discuss public safety, transit equity, and quality of transit. This, and the following up and relationship building from this, will be a core duty of the transit organizer and shared with the volunteer team members. 

The role would be supervised by the MN350 Clean Transportation Organizer.

KEY INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Build relationships and base of transit raiders, especially along off-board payment routes in Minneapolis and first ring suburbs
  • Co-create and implement a metro-based transit canvass plan including coordination and training of volunteers engaging in the transit canvass program
  • Train and develop current volunteer organizers through their participation in the transit canvass
  • Implement plans and action steps for onboarding new members of MN350 through the transit canvass program including;
    • Data entry into our database
    • Communications regarding calls to action
    • One to one and group opportunities to build relationships relationship
    • Political education regarding power analysis of decision makers related to transit policy in order to organize power towards policy goals
    • Implementing intentional opportunities to engage transit riders in internal and external decision making processes related to transit goals
  • Promote and communicate work of the Clean Transportation and Transit Justice Campaign through diverse outlets including social media and earned media
  • Engage with the Clean Transportation Organizer, staff organizing team, and volunteer leaders as needed in discerning the campaign that they and their team will engage in as aligned with MN350’s commitment to climate justice and in concert with the passions and drive of those on their teams
  • Participate in coalitions related to clean transportation organizing as requested by the Clean Transportation Organizer and/or Organizing Director 

KEY SHARED RESPONSIBILITIES AS MEMBER OF THE STAFF

  • Leadership Development & Culture: Model organizational embodiment of shared values, principles, and practices
  • Community, Stakeholder, and Public Relations: Serve as MN350’s spokespeople and ambassadors as well as act as liaison to leadership regarding the organization as needed
  • Fundraising: Ability to ask for money as well as support stewardship of donors through thank you calls as requested by staff leadership
  • Strategic Direction: Engage in, give feedback and collaboratively shape leadership structures and fundraising strategies to sustain the organization as requested by staff leadership

QUALIFICATIONS

Strong candidates will have: 

  • 1-3+ years of professional-level (paid or unpaid) experience in community organizing, issue advocacy or a closely related field is required; 
  • 1-2+ years training people in the practice of community organizing
  • Ability to collaborate effectively while working independently
  • Fluency in Hmong, Somali, or Spanish a plus
  • Direct experience organizing for economic justice a plus

RELATIONSHIPS & LEADERSHIP 

  • Excellence in volunteer leader support with the ability to recruit, develop, coach, and lead high-performing teams
  • Proven commitment to embodied leadership with ability to cultivate the leadership of others while also managing several tasks and projects concurrently
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, consult with various stakeholders, anticipate obstacles, manage timelines, keep volunteers engaged and maintain good spirits
  • Excellent organizational and prioritization skills; ability to manage an unpredictable workflow and flexibility to respond thoughtfully and quickly
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Familiarity with structural nature of power and inequity a plus
  • Ability to identify individual vs. collective driven decision making a plus
  • Relationally organized, having experience working with Black, Indigenous, People of Color,  broad coalitions and multiracial communities preferred
  • Familiarity with transformative justice, healing justice, and decolonization frameworks with willingness to stretch, imagine, and manifest practices within the organizational culture a plus

DATA MANAGEMENT

  • Familiarity with office programs, databases, and software; including Excel, Office Suite, Google Drive and CRM (EveryAction) is helpful.

SALARY, BENEFITS & OTHER INFO

  • Full time, entry-level, one-year duration, hourly position at $18 an hour
    • Employer paid health and dental benefits, 401K match, and paid time off (vacation, safe and sick time) 
  • Strongly encourage people who do or have depended on and/or benefited from public transportation are highly encouraged to apply. 

APPLICATIONS

To apply to join this diverse, growing organization that is making a difference in Minnesota, please submit your resume  and cover letter to jobs@mn350.org; questions may be directed to the same email address.

TIMELINE & PROCESS

Applications being accepted through June 16. The position is open until filled. 

Strongly encourage people who do or have depended on and/or benefited from public transportation are highly encouraged to apply. 

EOE. Women, people of color, indigenous/Native American, and LGBTQ people are encouraged to apply. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS & WORKING ENVIRONMENT

Position is based in Minneapolis, MN

Currently work is performed at home and in person as our community opens up safely given COVID-19 cases. As approved by the Clean Transportation Organizer, alongside staff director teams, this position will involve canvassing outdoors, in person, with occasional in-office demands; occasionally lifting light objects unassisted and heavier objects with assistance. This job may require walking or standing for long periods of time and may involve  a significant amount of time doing computer work and heavy phone usage. 

Flexibility is needed to work outside normal business hours, including evenings and weekends and occasional extended work hours to accomplish the mission of the organization. Some local and out-of-state travel may be  required.