WORK AT RDI

The Rights & Democracy Institute (RDI) was founded in 2016 to advance human rights and strengthen our democracy through grassroots organizing, transformative policy and supporting the development of a new generation of leaders from rural communities across Vermont and New Hampshire. We recognize that there are powerful forces that strategically use racism and hate to divide our communities, but we know that when we all come together we can build a strong multiracial democracy in which everyone can thrive. The Rights & Democracy Project (RAD) is our sibling 501(c)(4) organization.

Statewide Campaign Organizer: Environmental Justice

Location: Vermont

Founded in 2016, the Rights & Democracy Institute (RDI) works across Vermont and New Hampshire to advance human rights and a healthy, just, and equitable future for our communities. Through grassroots organizing, transformative policy work, and supporting the development of a new generation of leaders from rural communities, particularly those that have been most impacted by harmful policies, RDI is building power for a strong and inclusive multiracial democracy where everyone can thrive.

RDI is a co-founding member of the Renew New England Alliance, a growing coalition of more than 150 leading grassroots organizations, labor unions, racial justice groups, frontline communities, and environmental advocates that have come together to address our region’s overlapping crises:

  • mass unemployment,
  • racial injustice,
  • the coronavirus pandemic;
  • and climate change.

RDI is also the anchor organization for VT Renews, a statewide coalition working to cobat climate change in a just and equitable manner. Grounded in this work, RDI’s Environmental Justice Campaign is focused on building a strong environmental justice framework and network in Vermont.

VT Renews has a robust statewide partnership that is collectively advocating bill proposals for the state in the areas of Housing Justice, Food Justice, and Green Justice Zones. Central to this work is the Vermont Renews BIPOC Council, which includes more than a dozen members from across the state. This advisory council was established within VT Renews because Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), and those facing systemic inequities, are disproportionately affected by environmental injustices including climate change.

RDI’s Statewide Campaign Organizer: Environmental Justice is a 1 year long, project-based temporary, full-time position based in Vermont and reports to the state Organizing Director. This position is a predominately remote work setting with potential in-person meetings or needs depending on CDC guidelines, and may require occasional nights and weekend requirements.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Co-design and execute statewide environmental justice campaign based on RDI’s priority areas and campaigns including Vermont Renews.
  • Build volunteer leadership teams.
  • Work with partners to build a statewide Environmental Justice Network.
  • Represent RDI at coalitions in the environmental justice space.
  • Train and develop RDI volunteersand leaders on issues of environmental justice and organizing principles.
  • Host In person and virtual events to build RDI’s base of supporters.
  • Support and co-design a statewide environmental justice summit to take place in Spring 2022.
  • Plan and/or conduct political education events and skill-based training in coordination with the Leadership Development Manager, Organizing Director and/or Movement Politics Director.
  • Bottomline other regional RDI events in coordination with the Executive Director, Organizing Director, and other senior staff.
  • Meet daily/weekly/monthly organizing goals.
  • Meet daily/weekly/monthly reporting and data entry deadlines.
  • Ensure strong/accurate data collection in our database.
  • Identify potential volunteers and leaders and make regular small-dollar donor asks for leaders to support the organization. This includes participating in any and all of RDI’s fundraising drives.

Experience and capacities needed:

  • At least 1 year of campaign experience
  • Knowledge of and experience working with diverse populations and communities in Vermont.
  • Proficiency with basic computer and smartphone applications.
  • Experience using NGP VAN/EveryAction or a relational database a huge plus
  • Goal-orientation and willingness to hold self accountable.
  • Excellent personal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work quickly and cooperatively under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Energetic outlook and commitment to the mission and grassroots approach to change.
  • A team orientation that combines collegiality and creativity to drive and motivate others.
  • Must have regular access to a car; ability to travel within the state.

Compensation for a RAD Statewide Campaign Organizer: Environmental Justice is between $51,000-$58,000 depending on experience and relevant skills and RAD offers a generous package of benefits.

RDI is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, women, individuals with disabilities and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. RDI is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As a part of our commitment to equity, RDI will ensure that persons with disabilities disclosed or undisclosed are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed or desired to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact Kirthana Vallesi at kirthana@radvt.org

Please send cover letter and resume to Dan Fingas at dan@radvt.org

Rights & Democracy is an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to equity and inclusion. Core to our work is an understanding of the multiple and intersecting ways in which society is constructed to disadvantage and marginalize people of color, LGBTQ people, immigrants, indigenous peoples, women, low-income people, people with disabilities, previously incarcerated people, and others. We believe that underrepresented and marginalized communities must be centered in the work that we do and we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or from these communities.

Rights & Democracy does not discriminate against or tolerate harassment of any employee because of race, color, gender identity, religion, creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, physical or mental disability, any other basis prohibited by law, or protected activity under the anti-discrimination statutes.