GGJ is Hiring!

Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ) and It Takes Roots (ITR) are currently hiring! 

We are no longer accepting applications for ITR Fundraising & Finance Contractor.

GGJ-ITR COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
Accepting Applications until filled. 

You will only be contacted if we are requesting an interview.
Flexible location. This job will include travel.
Compensation: $55,000-$60,000 commensurate with experience. This position is full-time with benefits including health, dental and vision coverage and generous vacation.

Grassroots Global Justice (GGJ) is a national alliance of over 60 US-based grassroots organizing (GRO) groups organizing to build an agenda for power for working and poor people and communities of color. We understand that there are important connections between the local issues we work on and the global context, and we see ourselves as part of an international movement for global justice. GGJ focuses on bringing GRO organizations into a long-term process of relationship building, political alignment and the development of transformational leadership, particularly for working and poor women and gender-oppressed people of color. We weave and bridge together US-based GRO groups and global social movements working for climate justice, gender justice, an end to war, and a just transition to a new economy that is better for people and the planet. For more about GGJ, visit our website: http://ggjalliance.org

It Takes Roots (ITR) to Grow the Resistance is an initiative of Climate Justice Alliance (CJA), Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ), Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), and Right to the City Alliance (RTC), and with capacity support from The Ruckus Society and Center for Story-based Strategy.  In the aftermath of the 2016 Presidential elections, #ItTakesRoots to Grow the Resistance spearheaded a response from the grassroots organizing sector that is confronting the attacks on poor communities, Indigenous Peoples and communities of color that has been fomented by this administration.  It Takes Roots is a multiracial effort led by women & gender oppressed people of color and Indigenous peoples on the frontlines of racial, housing and climate justice across the country. Learn more at http://ittakesroots.org

Key Duties Summary: This position will be housed in GGJ with 50% of time supporting GGJ communications and 50% of time supporting It Takes Roots communications. This position will guide Narrative Strategy, coordinate ITR communications and media teams, support member groups playing communications roles in programs, and coordinate with communications contractors for both GGJ and ITR.  This position will be part of a growing It Takes Roots staff team, and will report to the It Takes Roots Coordinator and the GGJ Deputy Director. 

Job Responsibilities
Develop ITR & GGJ narrative strategy and lead communications plans (40%)
1) Streamline narrative framing & design across organizing and fundraising teams.
a. Edit communications written by staff or contractors to ensure consistent framing.
b. Develop messaging and imagery for organizational materials, ensure consistent messaging and quality for branded items such as t-shirts, hats, stickers, etc.

2) Maintain consistent documentation of activities for internal and external communication about progress, opportunities, and connections.
a. Write summaries & reports of key programs.
b. Coordinate dissemination of communications.
c. Train and coach GGJ & ITR staff and members on messaging.

3) Create and lead media communications plans for GGJ and ITR programs including media presence, member engagement, and orientation of spokespeople.

Lead ITR & GGJ external communications and coordinate consistent public profile (40%)
1) Conceptualize and lead earned media strategies for GGJ and ITR.
a. Coordinate social media presence for ITR and GGJ with organizing teams.
b. Draft and circulate press releases and media advisories, especially during actions and high program periods.
c. Supervise contractors: writers, graphic designers, video producers, and printers as needed.
d. Work with staff, contractors and members to create media content (op-eds, press releases with quotes, talking points).
e. Orient spokespeople for talking to press during programs.

2) Develop and maintain media relationships
a. Maintain database of media contacts.
b. Develop relationships with journalists, media outlets.

3) Coordinate GGJ and ITR social media presence with organizing teams.
a. Ensure consistent presence on social media.
b. Echo member communications via social media.
c. Engage and orient members to amplify ITR and GGJ messaging.

Strengthen ITR Communications Infrastructure (20%)
1) Lead ITR Communications Team
a. Convene and coordinate regular calls of the ITR communications team, including communications staff from each of the alliances and potentially also from member organizations.
b. Coordinate communications contracts to produce media.
c. Ensure regular internal communications within ITR membership and allies.
d. Work with ITR Communications Team and GGJ Development & Communications Associate to keep ITR internal communications systems up to date.

2) Maintain ITR media infrastructure
a. Create & post content to keep ITR website updated.
b. Write and send ITR e-blasts.

3) Support Creation of an independent It Takes Roots Media Team
a. Create ITR media team modeled after Indigenous Rising Media structure, to produce ITR videos, reports, articles, etc.
b. Coordinate contract work with ITR Media Team in high program periods.

Required Qualifications and Experience
● At least 5 years communications experience and demonstrated ability to lead narrative strategy and communications plans in social justice sectors.
● Support the mission, vision and goals of ITR and GGJ.
● Knowledge and experience on at least some of the topics our members work on, such as gender justice, just transition, environmental justice, anti-militarism, indigenous sovereignty, housing and anti-eviction work, etc.
● Experience in multi-racial, multi-cultural settings.
● Excellent attention to detail and ability to maintain a variety of activities simultaneously.
● Able to work independently while maintaining close communication with remote teams.
● Ability to work flexible hours, including communicating with people in other parts of the country in different time zones.
● Excellent writing and editing skills in English for diverse audiences.
● Experience using social media & web development tools: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Wordpress, Drupal-based website.
● Experience and strong familiarity with media and social media monitoring software, such as Melt Water and Cision.
● Earned media strategy experience and knowledge of media communications trends.
● Familiarity with CRM systems and Database management (Powerbase).
● Knowledge of common computer applications: MS Office, Google docs, Dropbox, Mac environment, Slack, and Zoom video tele-conferencing systems.
● Willingness to travel: average 5-10 days per month in the US, and 15 days per year internationally.

Preferred Experience
● Proficiency with Design software such as Adobe creative suite.
● Experience with creative material design (photo graphics for social media, report layout, logo design, etc.)
● Ability to write and speak a second language, preferably Spanish.
● Experience with published writing
● Supervision and/or coaching experience.
● Driver’s license and liability insurance.
● Facilitation and training skills with grassroots organizing sector a plus.

How To Apply
Please submit Resume, cover letter, written sample of at least 750 words you wrote (published or unpublished) and 3 references (please include someone who has supervised you and someone you have supervised or mentored) to ggjalliance@gmail.com with “Comms Coordinator” in the subject.  Only candidates that are being considered will be contacted.