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Iowa Organizer

Iowa City IA

Food & Water Watch is working to create a healthy future for all people and generations to come—a world where everyone has food they can trust, clean drinking water and a livable climate. Making this happen requires involving people in the pressing issues of our time at the local, state, and federal level, building on one win after another, as we develop a larger movement that has the political power to make our democratic process work.

We all need safe food and clean water.

Contact Email: hr@fwwatch.org


Job Description:

The Iowa Organizer will report to the Factory Farm Organizing Manager and will work with other Iowa-based organizing staff, other members of the factory farm team, regional field staff, and policy/research staff to support our campaign to win a moratorium on factory farms in Iowa. The Iowa Organizer will be expected to manage a broad range of responsibilities requiring an equally wide range of skills. In particular, the Iowa Organizer will 1) participate in the state campaign to win a legislative moratorium on new and expanded factory farms; 2) help the organizing effort to stop the negative impacts of factory farming on the environment and communities including conducting training for citizen activists and grassroots organizations, and (3) build Food & Water Watch’s presence and membership base in Iowa.

This is a full-time position. Location: Iowa City, IA.



Build a strong base of organizations and individuals in support of our campaigns.

Participate in coalitions on campaign issues and implement grassroots organizing and public education campaigns.

Work closely with partner organizations to develop and implement joint strategies.

Work with a team to develop strategic campaign plans including long- and short-term goals, strategies and tactics.

Develop and implement legislative, field organizing, online, and media strategies in support of these campaigns.

Travel to target areas to motivate local organizations and individuals through public speaking, media appearances, strategic planning and training, and meetings with state and local governments.

Coordinate events such as, but not limited to, panel discussions and film screenings.

Assist in building capacity among volunteers, citizen activists and small grassroots organizations by offering organizing, influencing elected officials or other trainings.

Maintain familiarity with a diverse set of issues and research products, and respond to information requests from activists, coalition members, and media.

Develop educational materials such as factsheets, action alerts, web site content and newsletter articles on various campaign issues. Maintain activist database and email lists to effectively communicate to members and supporters.

Participate in membership recruitment and fundraising for Food & Water Watch.

Carry out other projects as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, the person in this position has a high degree of contact with our members, supporters and coalition partners; a moderate degree of contact with elected officials; and a low degree of contact with vendors.

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education/Experience: Bachelor’s Degree (BA, BS, etc., equivalent experience considered); three years of experience in political/policy organizing, advocacy, public policy or campaign planning.

Computer Skills: Ability to work in a computerized environment, adequate knowledge of word processing, email, internet and spreadsheet software; in particular have coursework or certification in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point and proficiency with all other Microsoft Office products. Familiarity with constituent relationship management (CRM) databases and online organizing software and strategies.


Compensation: Annualized salary of $40,000 - $48,700, based upon experience.


Cick here to apply. Please include your resume, cover letter and three professional references to be considered.


We will review your application and if we feel that your knowledge, skills and abilities are potentially a good match for our organization, we will be in contact with you. Position open until filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Food & Water Watch strives for a diverse work environment and encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and individuals with disabilities to apply.

Posted November 27, 2019

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