Center for Biological Diversity
  • 16-May-2017 to 15-Aug-2017 (MST)
  • Tucson, AZ, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature - to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive.

We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive.

The Center is hiring a full-time National Organizing Director. The preferred location is Tucson, AZ, other locations may be considered.


The National Organizing Director will establish and manage a 50-state network of grassroots and grasstops activists, volunteers and supporters. She or he will mobilize the network at the local, state and national levels to stop harmful environmental policies and support positive policies. The initial focus will be fighting Trump administration rollbacks.

In the first year, the director will hire and oversee a staff of approximately 10 staff. The staff is expected to grow as the network expands in later years.

The position is full-time position, directly supervised by the executive director. Tucson, AZ is the preferred location, but other locations will be considered.

Primary duties:

  • Develop and launch a national grassroots and grasstops organizing network drawn from the Center's supporter base of 1.3 million people. The network will operate in all 50 states.
  • Work with dedicated organizing staff and supports staff in other programs to manage and grow the network.
  • Work with Center leadership and conservation program directors to identify action priorities and execute effective organizing actions to support them.
  • Hire and manage a 10-person team of regional organizers, national organizers, communication specialists and support staff to mobilize, engage and grow the national network.
  • Build alliances with other conservation and progressive groups in order to achieve as much political organizing power at local, state and national levels.
  • Implement organizing tactics as appropriate including protests, petitions, activist trainings, representative meetings, teach-ins, community events, press conferences, and other creative tactics.
  • Track and manage information about member engagement and development.
  • Continuously measure and track metrics of success including network growth, levels of engagement, and action on specific priority campaigns.


Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Minimum 5 years of work experience in a political campaign, organizing, or constituent advocacy field, including leadership roles.
  • Demonstrated supervision/management experience, including developing and managing work plans.
  • Excellent public speaking experience and skills.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Experience with databases, spreadsheets, and other large-scale data tracking systems.
  • Enthusiasm and the ability to be creative and solve problems as issues arise.
  • Reliability, consistency, and a self-motivated character.
  • Interest in endangered species protection and conservation work
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Proven experience with local and state political processes and issue campaigns, including strategies and tactics of multi-year campaigns
  • Solid commitment to the principles of social, racial, and economic justice as well as a strong anti-oppression framework
  • Ability to be a self-starter, and to work independently toward agreed upon goals

Benefits Package

  • Paid generous medical, dental and vision plan.
  • Paid STD and LTD.
  • 403(b) plan with opportunity for match.
  • Generous time off policies.
  • Relaxed work atmosphere and dress code.

Application process:

Please apply by submitting a thoughtful cover letter and resume. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

The Center for Biological Diversity deeply values, and is committed to sustaining and promoting, both biological and cultural diversity. We welcome, embrace and respect diversity of people, identities and cultures. We are committed to fostering an organizational culture of diversity and inclusion. The Center believes staff and board diversity is critical to saving life on Earth.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

Center for Biological Diversity
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