350.org is looking for a talented campaigner with a passionate commitment to climate justice, and with experience using digital tools and tactics to mobilise people. This role is a one-year parental leave cover.
350.org is helping build a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. Our online campaigns, grassroots organising, and mass public actions are led from the bottom up by thousands of volunteer organisers in over 188 countries. 350.org works hard to organise in a new way – everywhere at once, using online tools to facilitate strategic offline action. We want to be a laboratory for the best ways to strengthen the climate movement and catalyse transformation around the world. The values that guide and drive our work are listed here.
Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
We recognise that the climate crisis strikes unequally, and hits the hardest among working class people, women, black people, indigenous people, people of colour, disabled people, people from the Global South, LGBTQIA people, people with mental health conditions. We believe those communities must be centred in the work we do, and we also note that they are currently underrepresented in the climate justice movement and want to do what we can to correct this. We therefore strongly encourage applications from people with those identities or who are members of other communities impacted disproportionally by environmental, social, and economic injustice.
Working with 350.org colleagues from around the world, and with grassroots groups and other campaigning organisations in Germany, the role-holder will be responsible for leading one of our top priority campaigns in Germany: pushing for an end to fossil fuel finance. This campaign addresses the role of European finance in fossil fuel development in the Global South and throughout the world and is grounded strongly in the principles of global climate justice, as well as the urgent need for a just recovery from COVID-19 that prioritises people over polluters.
The role-holder will use online and offline tactics to engage and mobilise the public to take action against the financial institutions who are propping up the fossil fuel industry and profiting from climate breakdown.
They will help to manage 350 Germany’s social media channels, website and email lists to engage our online followers with the finance campaign and with other areas of our work, such as our campaign for a Green New Deal.
The Germany team will be using a flat peer-management structure, in which all three team members provide support, encouragement and accountability to each other. Team members hold shared responsibility for the successful delivery of the team’s strategy. That means that this role holder will have a level of oversight and input into all areas of the team’s work. This is a new way of working for the team, and all team members will be provided with lots of support as they take on these new areas of responsibility.
This role is a one-year parental leave cover.
What might a typical day in this job look like?
- Working from home or from our office in Berlin, you might start the day with a check-in with your colleagues in the 350 Germany team, sharing key updates and priorities for the week, and getting input from one another on any particular challenges you’re facing.
- Next up, you need to take a bit of time to give input on a proposal for a new digital action targeting the European Central Bank, looking at how it could be adapted to work well for our audiences in Germany. You’d be working on this with 350 Europe’s digital specialists and our regional finance campaign lead.
- You’ll probably then spend a bit of time going through emails and Slack messages (Slack is the online platform we use to communicate and organise within 350.org).
- After lunch you might spend some time developing a plan for a digital story-telling project that you’re working on with the 350 Africa team, showing how European finance is driving fossil fuel development in Africa and how activists in both Africa and Europe are trying to end this.
- Later you might have a call with a grassroots group in Frankfurt, helping them to plan an action targeting the Bundesbank.
- And then, if you’ve got any time and energy left, you might help your colleague write and send an email to all our supporters in Germany, persuading them to join a local group to organise for a Green New Deal in their hometown.
Who are we looking for?
- Dedication to supporting and strengthening social, economic and environmental justice movements, and a strong motivation to help stop the fossil fuel industry
- Experience of planning and implementing campaigns for environmental, social or economic justice, involving a combination of online and offline tactics
- Willingness and ability to learn how to use new digital campaigning tools
- Ability to communicate complex ideas in an engaging and accessible way for specific target audiences
- Experience of building and maintaining relationships with a diverse range of individuals and communities, across differences of culture, class and identities, to work together to achieve shared goals
- Strong organisational skills, with the ability to plan and deliver high-quality work within tight timeframes and a limited budget.
- Fluent in German, and comfortable working in English.
Preferred (but not essential):
- Experience campaigning on climate change and/or financial institutions
- Existing connections with environmental / economic / social justice movements in Germany
- Experience managing social media channels and/or large email lists of supporters
- Experience with flat management / peer management structures, and of working in a geographically dispersed team, including working with teams in other countries on cross-regional or global campaigns
Note: Applicants are not required or expected to have expertise in the technicalities of fossil fuel finance.
To apply for this position:
Candidates are asked to submit a CV, and answers to these questions:
- Why do you want this job? (max. 200 words)
- Please tell us which of the required and desired skills & experiences you meet. For each one, please give a short example of a time when you have demonstrated that particular skill or when you have gained that experience (the same example can be used more than once). If there are any of the required criteria that you don’t meet, tell us why you think your application should be considered anyway
- Please tell us one other thing about yourself that isn’t covered by that list, but that you feel is relevant for this role (max 100 words)
Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete an exercise and do an interview. We aim to send out the exercise questions by mid-December and are planning interviews in early/mid-January.
Position Type: Full-time (80% may also be possible); Fixed term (parental leave cover)
Application Deadline: December 13th 2020
Start Date: 1 March 2021 (with some flexibility)
End Date: March 2022
Location: Anywhere in Germany, with a preference for Berlin
Work Environment: If based in Berlin, there is the option to work from our office there. Otherwise, the role-holder will mainly be working from home. They may be expected to participate in some external meetings, events and campaign activities (depending on the situation with Covid-19)
Travel: Depending on the situation with Covid-19, this role may involve some domestic travel (3-6 times per year) and occasional international travel (1-2 times per year)
Work authorization: We would prefer not to have this restriction limiting who we work with, but unfortunately authorization to work in Germany is required for this position.
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