Job Announcement

Outreach and Program Coordinator

Great Basin Resource Watch

 November 2021

Great Basin Resource Watch is a non-profit organization based in Reno, Nevada that works with communities of the Great Basin to protect their land, air, and water from the adverse effects of mining and resource extraction.

Great Basin Resource Watch (GBRW) respects the diversity of people living and working in the Great Basin. We develop honest relationships with industry, government agencies, and local residents. We acknowledge the sovereignty of the indigenous tribes of the Great Basin and work collaboratively with them to protect environmental and cultural resources. Tribal leaders have long helped to guide the policy and programs of GBRW as members of our Board of Directors.

We review mine and other facility proposals, permits, and expansions in the Great Basin and adjacent regions as need arises, and we recommend policy solutions to reduce toxic emissions, protect our water resources and preserve human and wildlife habitat.

Great Basin Resource Watch is looking to hire a Nevada-based Outreach and Program Coordinator to develop and coordinate the outreach program, oversee our community support activities particularly to engage with frontline communities directly affected by mining activities, coordinate our energy transition mining work, support fundraising, and provide additional organizational support consistent with GBRW’s mission and programs.   This is a part to full time position (depending upon applicant) that could involve significant travel, and reports to the executive director.

While the Great Basin is the primary geographic focus of the position, the organizer will coordinate with grassroots and regional allies as well as national and international partners especially in the energy transition mining work much of which involves lithium mining proposals.

Preferred candidates will have with experience in working directly with frontline communities affected by extraction; strong research, writing, and spoken communications skills; and ability to interpret technical and legal information related to mining. The position requires interaction with a wide range of individuals and organizations, and effective interpersonal and diplomacy skills are essential to the job.  Given the historical legacy of mining and ongoing environmental injustices incurred by Indigenous, Black, Latinx and other communities of color, candidates must bring a demonstrated commitment to addressing environmental injustices and improving outcomes for communities disproportionately harmed by extraction.

Overall Responsibilities:
      • Build and maintain relationships with frontline communities and grassroots organizations in mining-affected regions of the Great Basin.  This position will serve as the primary point of contact for inquiries and requests from mining-affected communities;
      • Update and implement GBRW’s outreach program including the annual newsletter process, regular communications, and database management
      • Update and implement GBRW’s Making Energy Transition Extraction Accountable campaign.
      • Help track mining projects in the Great Basin, with a focus on those that pose the greatest risk to fragile ecosystems, water, and communities
      • Collaborate with ED, staff, and campaign partners regarding strategic development of campaign and program plans.
      • Media work – developing GBRW’s social media presence, updating GBRW’s website, drafting op-eds, letters to the editor, and press releases, as needed.
      • Build and maintain working relationships with other external allies including local, state and national organizations, labor unions, technical experts, and media
      • Develop working knowledge of mining technical and legal issues related to environmental health, contamination and Indigenous rights
      • Work with the director to fund-raise
      • Generally help implement programs and campaigns, and provide additional organizational support consistent with GBRW’s mission and programs.
      • Help track facility permits, notices, and NEPA processes.  Work with communities on engagement around these processes.
      • Share organizational responsibilities to maintain a healthy and equitable workplace
      • Check-in weekly with the Director

This is a part to full time position (depending upon applicant) that could involve significant travel.

 
Skills and Qualifications
      • Preferred – Experience in community organizing and support or environmental advocacy
      • Preferred – Knowledge and experience working on mining and extractive industry issues
      • Preferred – Experience with managing coalitions and engaging with diverse stakeholders
      • Commitment to advocating for and engaging with frontline communities using Jemez Principles
      • Effective interpersonal and diplomacy skills
      • Strong spoken and written communication skills
      • The desire and ability to travel primarily within the Great Basin
      • Familiarity and comfort with technical environmental information
      • Preferred – Experience with managing coalitions and engaging with diverse stakeholders
      • Well-organized and detail-oriented
      • Decision-making skills and ability to manage time and priorities effectively
      • A flexible and positive attitude, and willingness to be a team player
      • Commitment to environmental, human rights, and social justice issues
      • Competence in using and learning to use technology/software

The salary for this position (at full time) ranging $31K-37K depending on experience and qualifications.  GBRW is committed to supporting health and dental coverage for the employee, and paid vacation. Additionally, after 7 years, staff are eligible for a 3 month, fully paid sabbatical.

GBRW is committed to challenging and dismantling systemic oppression. GBRW’s Board and staff understand that promoting diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) both within and beyond GBRW is critical to carrying out our mission to protect communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of resource extraction. We understand that our commitment to DEI means a dedication to constant learning and improvement.

GBRW welcomes applications from diverse candidates and is an equal-opportunity employer. GBRW evaluates employees and applicants for employment on merit, competence, and qualifications and does not tolerate discrimination.

 

Send to john@gbrw.org (subject line – Application for Outreach and Program Coordinator)
a cover letter, resume, two short writing samples, and links to blogs, Op-Eds, social media handles, websites,
or any other online presence that highlights your experience.