The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) is seeking a full-time Regional Organizers, based in Memphis and Middle or East Tennessee, to develop volunteer leaders and teams for growing advocacy and earned media that will strengthen civic participation, ratepayer rights, energy efficiency and solar power at a state and local level.
The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), a Southeastern, regional, not-for-profit environmental advocacy organization promotes responsible energy choices that work to address the impacts of global climate change and ensure clean, safe and healthy communities throughout the Southeast. After more than 30 years, SACE remains the only regional organization solely focused on transforming the way we produce and consume energy in the Southeast.
This role has overall responsibility for building local volunteer-led teams that recruit supporters, build relationships, and organize growing advocacy for the protection and advancement of clean energy policies. Responsibilities crucial to meeting goals will include:
Recruitment: building several volunteer led teams that grow advocacy over time begins with the Regional Organizers owning regular follow up and recruitment phone calls to likely supporters to offer opportunities to learn about the campaign, get involved and work with them – until volunteers and their teams are sustaining regular recruitment on their own.
1-on-1 Relationship Building: regular meetings one-on-one to get to know supporters and learn about them and the best ways to include them in the work.
Organizing advocacy actions: organizing regular visits to key decision-makers, letter writing events, attendance at public meetings and other advocacy actions until they are volunteer led.
Train volunteers: as volunteers take more responsibility for organizing advocacy, you will need to provide training to develop the skills of your emerging leaders.
Developing organizing materials: working closely with the SACE Advocacy Team to develop materials to support your organizing work, like house party guides, training on recruitment etc.
Organizing Advocacy: recruit and manage volunteers to organize recurring advocacy (office visits, calls to key officials, Op-Eds, LTEs, digital etc)
Earned Media, Public Speaking: you will be responsible for helping your volunteers develop their ability to speak publicly and advocate, including through earned media and press events, testimony at public meetings, relationships with the media and pitching stories etc.
Reporting: report daily on activity to help inform strategy of the coalition and guide the work.
Regular Learning / Teaching to Strengthen Advocacy Work: we expect regular reflection and debrief of to explore what worked well and what didn’t so we can replicate best practices and make changes where necessary to become more effective.
Solutions focused: SACE is looking for people who can adapt and roll with the punches. Inevitably, challenges will arise, and the most successful team members are ones who when faced with challenges, immediately begin thinking of potential solutions and how to adapt.
Fast-paced: SACE is operating in a fast paced and unpredictable environment where opportunities quickly arise. We are responsible for bringing press attention to the stories of how people are affected by climate change and supporting the organizing effort to help get those stories heard.
Collaborative and independent: We need team members who can take initiative, operate well independently and a part of a team.
Building a learning culture: SACE is looking for people who love reflecting and learning in everything they do so we can keep adapting and growing as a team.
Goal oriented: We need a team that understands long- and short-term goals and is motivated to hit their targets.
Grit: An ability to work in challenging and adversarial conditions is a must.
Cultural competency: Our constituency is politically, racially, generationally, and economically diverse.
Credible: SACE’s power comes from our commitment to accuracy and relationship follow-through.
Experience in community organizing or strong evidence of the ability to develop talent and leadership in other people.
Ability to work quickly under pressure and juggle several projects at one time.
Demonstrated excellence in learning quickly.
Commitment to clean energy policy and civic engagement.
Excellent writing and communication skills.
Familiarity with environmental issues, clean energy, or policy advocacy is preferred but not required.
Immediate availability in Tennessee.
SACE is an equal opportunity employer and considers candidates for employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, religion, age, gender, marital status or sexual orientation. SACE is committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and we strongly encourage applications from women and persons of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. Compensation offers are commensurate with nonprofit compensation in the Southeast.
How to Apply
Applicants should email resume and letter of interest to TNjobs@cleanenergy.org with the subject line “TN Organizer” and note any restrictions regarding work location, salary and dates of availability. References will be required of candidates during the interview process, and a background check may be performed. Please mention how you learned of this opening.
Due to the high volume of inquiries we receive, we are unable to personally contact all applicants. Please be assured that every application is reviewed and considered by a senior member of our staff.