Work with ForestEthics

ABOUT FORESTETHICS

Founded in 2000, ForestEthics is a nonprofit environmental coalition operating in Canada and the United States. Our mission is to protect Endangered Forests and wild places, wildlife, and human wellbeing. We catalyze environmental leadership among industry, governments and communities by running hard-hitting and highly effective campaigns that leverage public dialogue and pressure to achieve our goals. Over the past decade, we have transformed the environmental practices of Fortune 500 companies including Dell, Staples, Office Depot, Victoria's Secret, Williams-Sonoma, and many others; and by leveraging these companies' influence with their suppliers and governments, we have helped secure commitments to protect more than 65 million acres of endangered forest around the world.

Job Opportunities

Field Director

ForestEthics Advocacy Director

Other Opportunities


Field Director 

The Position
Reporting to the Campaign Director the Field Director will build, deploy, and manage field campaign capacity for our campaign to reduce the volume and risk of fossil fuel transport. Focused on Washington State, the Field Director position will deliver powerful ground work for campaigns in key counties, grow a base of supporters, and coordinate field deliverables between various groups and activists. This is a full-time, exempt position.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
• Build and implement ground campaigns in Washington State.
• Develop and implement highly powerful, innovative and effective campaign strategies and tactics.
• Create comprehensive and inspiring campaign plans.
• Manage fieldwork and deliverables between multiple groups.
• Recruit, train and manage teams of volunteers, canvassers and phone-bankers.
• Maintain and manage relevant databases and ensure that activist information is kept updated,
and campaigners have access to field networks as needed.
• Create campaign materials such as factsheets, postcards and activist toolkits.
• Identify and work with existing networks to support turnout at campaign events.
• Promote and protect ForestEthics’ brand in field events the organization endorses.
• Work with the press, either directly or with partners.

QUALIFICATIONS:
• 5-7 years organizing experience, with experience in political-style campaigns and coalition work strongly preferred.
• Bachelor’s degree or higher preferred.
• Independent, self-motivated with a desire to advance ForestEthics’ mission.
• Enthusiasm and passion for grassroots participation in fossil fuel fights.
• Experience integrating messaging, strategic analysis, and communications strategy.
• Demonstrated success managing volunteers, identifying organizational needs, and problem solving with minimal supervision.
• Highly organized, flexible, creative, able to prioritize multiple tasks, and able to thrive in a fast-paced and ever-changing environment.
• Ability to think strategically and tactically.
• Knowledge of SalesForce (or similar relationship management database) a plus.
• Excellent project management, follow-through, and time management skills.
• Ability to travel regionally.
• Computer proficiency in basic computer applications, including spreadsheet, word processing and internet.
• Experience with media and engagement a plus.

TO APPLY:
Please submit your resume and cover letter to: fielddirector@forestethics.org. Be sure to include your
name in the subject line and on all attachments. We thank you for your interest, but only those selected
for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please.

 


 

ForestEthics Advocacy Director

About ForestEthics Advocacy:

ForestEthics Advocacy Association (FEA) was founded in April of 2012 to protect the rights of Canadians and Canada’s wild places. In an atmosphere defined by government intimidation of environmental charities opposed to pipelines, Tar Sands expansion, and big oil interests, an independent leading voice of opposition was needed. To insulate our work from the risk of losing charitable status, FEA willingly gave up charitable status and was founded as an independent nonprofit society in British Columbia.

Since our founding just two and half years ago, we have taken on the federal government in a national lawsuit against the Line 9 pipeline, sued Kinder Morgan and Enbridge, led thousands of people in multiple anti-pipeline rallies in Vancouver, stood alongside frontline First Nations in solidarity, and held Enbridge and Kinder Morgan directly responsible through hard hitting reports, communication with their boards of directors, and by organizing in impacted communities. FEA and our partners supported the First Nations community in a successful campaign against the plan by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell to frack in BC’s Sacred Headwaters region.

FEA exists as part of a three-member coalition including ForestEthics Solutions Society (registered nonprofit society in Canada, founded in 2012) and ForestEthics (501c3 nonprofit organization in the United States, founded in 2000). As a coalition we hold corporations and governments accountable for destructive environmental practices; we create solutions that protect community health, our climate, and our wild places; and we win. We have shifted hundreds of millions of dollars towards more responsible purchasing, and working in collaboration with allies, we have secured protection for 65 million acres of wilderness. Today, we are a leading voice in the fight to stop dangerous extreme oil pipelines and oil trains. Alongside that work, we are fighting to protect Canada’s Boreal Forest and to shut down phony ‘eco labels’ that threaten all forests and mislead consumers. 

About the position:

The Director will play a lead role in further developing the organization into a leading voice in the environmental movement. This position will supervise all FEA staff and direct our tar sands campaign in Canada. The Director will join the ForestEthics Coalition Executive Team, which oversees and coordinates the activities of our respective organizations. The Director will also work closely with the FEA board of directors to build the organization’s impact, profile, and effectiveness.

As leader of the tar sands campaign in Canada, the Director will oversee our campaigns to stop the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain and Enbridge Northern Gateway pipelines, which are lynchpins in the effort to stop the expansion of the tar sands. The Director will work in close coordination with ForestEthics’ US Extreme Oil team that is, in part, focused on blocking infrastructure expansion and stopping corporate consumption of tar sands. To date, two dozen major US companies like Walgreens and Whole Foods have moved away from tar sands oil. The position is located in our Vancouver, BC office. The salary is highly competitive and our benefits are very generous.

Essential Functions

  • Provide leadership and direction for FEA’s Canadian Tar Sands campaign.
  • Provide leadership for all of FEA’s campaigns.
  • Develop and release relevant reports and studies.
  • Lead government relations activities for the Tar Sands Campaign.
  • Develop and hone strategies to maintain and increase political and corporate pressure, including identifying and pursuing opportunities for high profile media/communications coverage.
  • Serve as spokesperson for FEA’s Tar Sands campaign in the media.
  • Oversee and steward key corporate relationships as necessary.
  • Facilitate and guide the strategic planning and execution of FEA campaigns and communications.
  • Supervise, integrate, and coordinate team member activities.
  • Participate in foundation and major donor briefings, cultivation, stewardship, and solicitation, as well as writing and editing funding proposals and reports as identified by the development department.

Responsibilities 

  • Strategic direction and managerial oversight of FEA’s Canadian Tar Sands campaign, including the strategic development of the campaign and annual planning.
  • Collaboration with campaigners to identify and implement the most effective campaign strategies and tactics possible in light of available resources.
  • Action as liaison to FEA’s Board of Directors.
  • Oversight and management of FEA’s organizational budget: Tracking funding progress and actual expenditures.
  • Coordination between FEA campaign teams and the Development, Communications, and Organizing teams.
  • Participate in the coalition engagement committee and ensure that supporter engagement is strategically present in campaign plans and activities.
  • Supervise staff.
  • Negotiation with government and industry.

Qualifications

  • Strong understanding of global energy issues, and Canadian and US oil industry issues.
  • Commitment to environmental justice in general and FEA’s campaign goals in particular.
  • 7-10 years related experience or a 4-year college degree in related field with 4 years experience; prior experience with campaigns and media relations required.
  • Minimum of 2 years experience with budgeting and planning.
  • Strong supervisory skills, including mentoring and advising.
  • High interpersonal, facilitation, and collaboration skills.
  • Ability to organize and maintain sound relationships with coalition partners and other groups.
  • Ability to work independently and in groups.
  • Proven ability to think strategically and tactically.
  • High-level time management skills.
  • High-level negotiating and conflict resolution skills.
  • Very high reasoning skills as demonstrated by the ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
  • Highest language skills as demonstrated by the ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents; ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints; ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style; ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
  • Computer proficiency in basic computer applications, including spreadsheet, word processing, and internet.
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced and ever-changing environment.
  • Ability and willingness to travel.

Personal Characteristics

  • Self-awareness, confidence, and creativity.
  • Maturity of judgment and operating talent to achieve credibility and influence with senior management, staff members, Board of Directors, and peer organizations.
  • Committed to the values of diversity, authentic communication, and inclusiveness.
  • A sense of humor and ability to find joy in engaging with a dynamic team.

To Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter to: director@forestethicsadvocacy.org. Be sure to include your name in the subject line and on all attachments. We thank you for your interest, but only those selected for interviews will be contacted.  No phone calls please.

 


 

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

We are always looking to work with talented individuals. Change happens with powerful creativity and passion. If the position(s) offered above are not for you,  you can still make change by becoming a Treehouse Activist.