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Northern Plains Resource Council

POLITICAL ORGANIZER

LOCATION: Helena, Montana, with orientation in Billings, Montana.

Title “Political Organizer” or “Political Organizing Director” is based on candidate’s prior applicable experience.

About Northern Plains: For 42 years, the Northern Plains Resource Council has been committed to organizing Montana citizens to protect our water quality, family farming and ranching, and our unique quality of life. Northern Plains is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

The Political Organizer will work with Northern Plains as a whole, our issue task forces, and also with our locally based affiliate groups, mostly in small, rural communities. Overnight travel will be necessary to fulfill the expectations of this position, probably at least a night each week. You won’t be tied to a desk, you’ll meet lots of people, and you’ll make change happen at the grassroots level.

After an orientation in Billings, this position will relocate to Helena, the Montana state capital, to lobby interim legislative committees, state agencies, attend coalition meetings, and pursue organizing assignments.

This position is responsible for helping to get our organization ready for legislative sessions and lobbying during the session. He/she will work Northern Plains’ member committees and board of directors to implement our legislative agendas. This will involve writing draft legislation with member assistance, meeting with allies, meeting with targeted legislators, helping to develop a media plan, and coordinating member lobbying and actions.

Northern Plains Resource Council has a strict grassroots methodology. You will be supervised by the Director of Organizing and Campaigns and will be directed by our member-leaders.

During election season(s) the Political Organizer will be deployed to work for our sister organization Montana League of Rural Voters, helping to get endorsed candidates elected to office. The Montana League of Rural Voters is a complimentary 501(c)(4) sister organization to Northern Plains that supports the laws and lawmakers who share our values.

This is a permanent, salaried position. This position is an exempt position under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

SPECIFIC DUTIES INCLUDE:

  • Work with member committees on legislative agenda, bill preparation, lobby strategy;
  • Lobby the Montana Legislature;
  • Plan and implement strategy on issues;
  • Conduct research;
  • Participate in grassroots fundraising;
  • Conduct one-on-one meetings with members, potential members, allies and decision-makers;
  • Recruit new members;
  • Generate turnout for events;
  • Help members in their contacts with public officials and the press;
  • Assist with duties such as member renewal, special events, fundraising, and routine office tasks;
  • Work on ballot initiative campaigns, as needed;
  • Developing and implementing all aspects of a political campaign from direct voter contact (canvass) to media to fundraising, during election cycles;
  • Regular travel to Billings office for board of directors and other meetings;
  • Political Organizing Director will have supervisory responsibilities as well.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Commitment to our issues and values – including a grassroots methodology, ability to get along well with people from diverse backgrounds, strong speaking and writing skills, ability to travel and be away overnight, willingness to work long hours when needed.  Candidates should have excellent written and oral communication skills. Experience with state legislative politics, procedure, and policy is preferred. Experience with political campaigns and/or lobbying preferred. Also helpful: experience (either as a volunteer or staffer) with a nonprofit organization working for social change or on environmental issues, familiarity with conservation and agriculture issues, experience with the media and fundraising.  This is very much a “people” job.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

$30,000-$35,000 depending on experience;

Health insurance (20% employee contribution required); 4 weeks’ vacation; pension program; use of staff vehicle and gas reimbursement for job-related travel; sabbatical program after 5 years of employment; and the satisfaction of making Montana and the world a better place.

 TO APPLY:

Email the following to olivia@northernplains.org :

  • Cover letter (tell us why you want the job);
  • Resume;
  • Short writing sample;
  • Contact information for 3 professional references;
  • Date of availability.

Or mail to:

Olivia Stockman Splinter
Director of Organizing and Campaigns
Northern Plains Resource Council
220 S. 27th Street, Suite A
Billings, MT 59101

Call 406-248-1154 with any questions, or email olivia@northernplains.org.

Position is open until filled. Please apply right away.

 

Northern Plains Resource Council

FIELD ORGANIZER

“This thriving citizens organization exemplifies the ideal of public involvement in public processes.”
— Billings Gazette

For 42 years, the Northern Plains Resource Council has helped Montana citizens organize to protect water quality, family farms and ranches, and our unique quality of life.

LOCATION: Billings, Montana or Helena, Montana.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Each of our organizers works with Northern Plains as a whole and also with our locally-based affiliate groups, mostly in small, rural communities, and also with our issue task forces. Overnight travel averages perhaps 2-3 times a month. As a Northern Plains Organizer, you won’t be tied to a desk, you’ll meet lots of people, and you’ll make change happen at the grassroots level. Check out our website for more information on the organization: www.northernplains.org .

This is a permanent, salaried position.

SPECIFIC DUTIES INCLUDE:

  • Plan, coordinate, and implement strategy on issue campaigns;
  • Conduct research;
  • Participate in grassroots fundraising efforts;
  • Train members in organizational skills;
  • Communicate clearly, orally and in writing;
  • Recruit new members;
  • Generate turnout for events;
  • Help members in their contacts with public officials and the press;
  • Assist with duties such as member renewal, special events, and routine office tasks;
  • Help produce earned media in the form of letters to the editor and press coverage.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Commitment to Northern Plains’ issues and values, ability to get along well with people from diverse backgrounds, strong speaking and writing skills, ability to travel and be away overnight, willingness to work long hours when needed. Also helpful: experience (either as a volunteer or staffer) with a nonprofit organization working for social change or on environmental issues, experience in a political campaign, general familiarity with the workings of legislative bodies and agencies, familiarity with conservation and agriculture issues, experience with the media and fundraising. This is very much a “people” job.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

$28,000- $32,000, depending on experience; health insurance (20% employee contribution required); 4 weeks vacation; pension program; sabbatical program after 5 years of employment.

TO APPLY:

Email the following to olivia@northernplains.org :

  • Cover letter (tell us why you want the job);
  • Resume;
  • Short writing sample;
  • Contact information for 3 professional references.

Or mail to:

Olivia Stockman Splinter
Director of Organizing and Campaigns
Northern Plains Resource Council
220 S. 27th Street, Suite A
Billings, MT 59101

Call 406.248.1154 with any questions, or email olivia@northernplains.org.

 

Groundskeeper Needed

The Northern Plains Resource Council and the Western Organization of Resource Councils are seeking a qualified groundskeeper or groundskeeping service to perform seasonal snow removal and lawn care for our building located at 220 S. 27th Street.

Ability to work outdoors and withstand varying temperatures is required. Experience with commercial lawn care and snow removal is a plus. The successful candidate(s) will be reliable and able to work independently.

Requirements

  • At least 18 years of age,
  • US citizen or individual authorized to work in the United States,
  • Must have workers compensation insurance or documented exemption through the State of Montana,
  • Must have reliable transportation to and from job site.

Essential Job Functions

Operate lawn mower, trimmer, snow blower, and hand tools safely and effectively. Lawn mower, trimmer, shovels, snow blower, and sand will be provided. A snowplow is not provided, but the groundskeeper could provide his/her own plow, so long as it is used carefully on our GravelPave parking surface.

Mow and trim lawn during the spring, summer and fall growing season, taking care to avoid damaging trees, structures, sprinkler heads, and garden areas. Alert building manager to any damaged sprinkler lines or heads.

Clear snow from sidewalks and entryways during winter months, ensuring pathways are cleared after each snow event as well as before peak use at the start of business and close of business Monday through Friday. Use snowblower or snowplow to clear snow from parking area when accumulations exceed 4 inches, taking care not to disturb the GravelPave parking surface.

Prepare and submit monthly billing invoices. Prepare written reports and explanation of services

Compensation

This is a contract position and, as such, will not include any additional insurance or retirement benefits. Compensation will be competitive, depend on experience, and be re-negotiated annually during contract renewal.

To Apply:  please send your resume to Marvel Karch, Office Administrator, 220 S 27th Street, Suite B, Billings, MT 59101 or email it to billings@worc.org. Call (406) 252-9672 if you have questions.

 

NORTHERN PLAINS RESOURCE COUNCIL
220 South 27th Street, Suite A
Billings, Montana 59101
(406) 248-1154
info@northernplains.org