Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT) Phone Canvasser
Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT) seeks committed people in Anchorage who are passionate about environmental and social justice issues to work on our voter engagement campaign. As a canvasser for ACAT you’ll get an inside understanding of the fight for environmental justice. ACAT canvassers will work in our office located in Anchorage.
ACAT is working to eliminate the production and release of harmful chemicals by industry and military sources, ensure the public’s right-to-know, achieve policies based on the precautionary principle, and support the rights of Indigenous peoples. We help communities implement effective strategies to limit their exposure to toxic substances and to protect and restore the ecosystems that sustain them and their way of life. Our mission is to assure justice by advocating for environmental and community health. We believe that everyone has the right to clean air, clean water, and toxic-free food.
This position is a temporary starting on July 6 and ending on July 23, 2015. The hours for the phone canvass will be Monday thru Thursday from 3:30pm to 9:30pm.
Salary: Canvassers are paid $15/hr.
- Attend a training on July 2nd about ACAT and the phone canvass
- Calling Alaskans to ask for support on a national campaign to change toxic chemical policies
- Track phone call responses in our voter files
- Ability to commit to full time work from July 6 thru July 23
- Knowledge of and a passion for environmental justice and social justice issues
- Good phone manner and comfort with talking on the phone to a variety of people
- Flexibility and adaptability to change
- Ability to work well with a team, take direction and feedback, and share skills and knowledge
- Ability to bring and use your own cell phone and laptop would be beneficial, but is not necessary
To Apply: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until June 26th, 2015
Incomplete applications will NOT be considered. Please send a resume to: Emily Kloc, [email protected].
ACAT is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people and those with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
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CAREER OPPORTUNITY: CIVIC ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR
ACAT seeks a full-time Civic Engagement Coordinator to facilitate our policy projects. The goal of all of ACAT’s projects is to assure justice by advocating for environmental and community health. Coordinators must be able to work independently as well as interdependently with ACAT’s staff and board to achieve ACAT’s mission: We believe everyone has a right to clean air, clean water, and toxic-free food. Driven by a core belief in environmental justice, ACAT empowers communities to eliminate exposure to toxics through collaborative research, shared science, education, organizing, and advocacy.
ACAT’s staff and governing board are ethnically and culturally diverse with varying lifestyles. You must be passionate about the work of ACAT and the diverse people who carry out the work. The staff members who thrive at ACAT are those who become devoted to our mission. ACAT gives you the opportunity and support to pursue your passion to help improve the world. You would become one of ten staff members in the Anchorage office and four additional staff members who live on St. Lawrence Island and serve as community health researchers. Our coordinators work and interact on a regular basis with local, statewide, national, and international policymakers as well as leaders from Alaska tribes, health care professionals, labor unions, faith-based organizations, environmentalists, youth, educators, seniors, and other non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
Position Description: Civic Engagement Coordinator
Coordinators work independently and on teams to increase public awareness and support ACAT’s work which is to prompt governmental policy makers to use the precautionary principle in their efforts to serve the public. The Civic Engagement Coordinator works closely with ACAT‘s Volunteer Coordinator to engage the Rising American Electorate in Alaska (women, people of color, and youth) in order to cultivate a grassroots base to advance and protect environmental health and reproductive justice now and in the future. Below are a few of the responsibilities for this position:
1. Oversee development and implementation of civic and voter engagement program, including voter registration, non-partisan voter education, voter turn-out efforts, field/data tracking, and accountability systems.
2. Research and target precincts where opportunities exist for civic engagement in support of ACAT’s policy work.
3. Recruit, train, and manage canvassers; participate in phone and field canvass.
4. Collect data and provide information needed by the executive director and other staff members who are coordinating programs, scheduling meetings, conducting events, and writing reports to funders and constituents.
Required Qualifications for Civic Engagement Coordinator
• Bachelor’s degree (public health, law, science, health care, ecology, social science, etc.)
• At least one year of paid work experience
• Microsoft Word and Internet skills
• Ability to conduct discussions with small groups of people and make presentations for small and large groups of people
• Good writing and speaking skills
• Well-honed interpersonal skills and experience working independently and with others
• Unflinching ability to appreciate diversity–especially those from other ethnic groups, different sexual preferences, persons of size, and a wide range of ages
• Ability to travel four or five times a year, up to a week away from Anchorage
Desirable Qualifications for Civic Engagement Coordinator
• Master’s or doctor’s college degree
• Resident of Alaska for more than one year
• Microsoft Excel and ability to use social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
• Life experience with Alaska Native villages or other ethnic minorities
• Community organizing experience
• Media and/or public speaking experience
• Experience with creating PowerPoint presentations and Excel spreadsheets
• Excellent writing and editing skills
• Driver’s license
• Physical strength and stamina sufficient to participate in field trips in remote villages of Alaska
Salary & Benefits
Annual Salary: $48,000 (not negotiable). This is a professional, exempt position. Benefits include decent health insurance with costs to the employee of $100 per month; sick and vacation leave; paid holidays (including a winter holiday December 24-January 1; and payroll deductions for a (non-matching) retirement plan if desired. ACAT pays tuition for some university or training courses (approved by the Executive Director) related to the employee’s work. ACAT staff enjoys flexibility in scheduling our 40-hour work weeks. For the Civic Engagement Coordinator position especially, we strongly encourage applications from women of color with bilingual and bicultural experience. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, size, and marital status.
How to Apply
We welcome applications from all individuals who possess the required qualifications listed above. Please do not call or drop by the office. We would be glad for you to submit a résumé, a list of references with telephone contact information, and a cover letter that describes in depth: 1) How you fit this job description, and 2) Why you would like to work at ACAT. Send your documents as email attachments in Word or PDF to: Dr. Lorraine Eckstein, Research Anthropologist, at: [email protected] Our first round of interviews will begin Monday June 8, 2015. We hope to hire in August. The position is open until filled. If you have not heard from us within a week after you submit your application, please contact Lorraine Eckstein by email or at (907) 222-7714.