Field Organizer, Strong Homes Program

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Job: Field Organizer, Strong Homes Program
Organization: Groundswell
City: Washington DC
Job Posting Link:
Field: Community Development
Position Type: Full-time Job
Minimum Experience: 0-1 year
Deadline: N/A/N/A/N/A

Post Date: July 16, 2012
Start Date: late August 2012
Reports to: Field Program Manager
Function: Demand Generation & Project Facilitation

Organization Description

Communities have a powerful tool for creating social benefits, one that requires no sacrifice but instead aligns with their own interests as consumers: collective purchasing power.

Groundswell helps communities leverage their collective market power for good by pooling their demand for needed services and linking them with businesses that drive local economic opportunity and sustainability. Through this process, Groundswell helps families and community institutions reduce their energy costs, builds more resilient social impact organizations, and creates economic opportunity by growing inclusive clean energy sectors.

Groundswell has driven nearly $7 million in community-based clean energy projects and has been featured by The New York Times, The Washington Post, GOOD Magazine and FastCompany. In 2011, Groundswell was selected as a Clinton Global Initiative America commitment maker for its model to grow clean energy economic opportunity in communities across the U.S.

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Position Description

The Field Organizer will work closely with Groundswell leadership to recruit like-minded individuals and organizations in Maryland to aggregate demand focused on weatherizing their community. They will identify and recruit program participants, helping to train them and build collaborative partnerships with community leaders. They will support partners and program participants to complete direct homeowner contact, including door-to-door canvassing and energy meetings, educating homeowners about the benefits of residential weatherization and facilitate the completion of those projects between qualified business and homeowner groups. All of this culminates in residential groups who complete energy efficiency upgrades and validate their experience for further engagement.

The person in this position will provide valuable experience for individuals interested in pursuing work in community organizing, the non-profit sector, politics and campaigns, and building the clean energy economy. Organizers will need to be experienced yet will have support in understanding the essential tools, processes, and strategies of effective organizing, energy efficiency, and community-based initiatives with a fast-growing non-profit.

This is a full-time position until May 1, 2013 with the opportunity for an extension. Although Groundswell’s main office is located in DC, this position will be located in Maryland, with campaign priorities in Montgomery, Howard, and Baltimore Counties. Since Field Organizers work with the community, the position requires availability on some weeknights and weekends.


Partnerships & Direct Engagement (30%)
• Build on existing and create new partnerships with community networks and organizations to enlist their support in neighborhood weatherization efforts

Strong Homes Project Implementation (50%)
• Create mission-aligned & goal oriented Strong Home participant teams, who outreach and engage their community through tactics, such as phone banking, door-to-door canvassing, and energy meetings
• Model bulk purchase of energy services through Strong Home projects, which includes community engagement, proposal development, and customer advocacy

Strategy, Planning, & Management (20%)
• Develop and implement campaign plans in selected communities with specific, measurable goals
• Train, supervise and coach Organizing Fellows/Interns ensuring program success and personal and professional development


Qualified Applicants
The Strong Homes Program is looking for applicants who enjoy strategic planning, building relationships across the community, and has prior community or economic organizing experience. All types of campaign experience, including issue-based, are welcome.

An ideal candidate will have the following qualifications, skills and experience:
 Demonstrated passion and experience working on issues related to community-based economic development or energy service-related initiatives
 Ability to collaborate with multiple partners and stakeholders
 Community or economic organizing experience
 Self-directed, resourceful, balanced and transparent
 Dynamic and flexible team member
 Proactive and detail oriented with big picture thinking and creativity
 Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
 Knowledge of residential energy efficiency
 Maryland resident (preferred)
 Driver’s license

Application Instructions
Apply online at:

Application Materials Required:
• Resume
• Cover letter
• Name, Contact Info, and Nature of Relationship for two references, one of which is a current or previous manager

Use your application materials to explain your interest in Groundswell and its mission. Please highlight any exposure you have to Maryland communities, particularly Montgomery, Howard, and Baltimore Counties. Please specify in your cover letter what campaigns you have worked on and in what capacities, with an emphasis on how those experiences would make you successful in this position. Your cover letter should explain the skills, experience, and interests that qualify you to fulfill the Responsibilities outlined above.

Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include 403(b) retirement and matching, health, dental, and vision insurance, and 15 paid vacation days per year (starting).

Groundswell averages 14-16 paid company holidays (including all federal holidays and a week during winter holidays), adheres to a 37.5 hour work week with a compensatory time policy for over-time work, and, when job responsibilities allow, periodic flexibility in work schedule and location.


Brett Wiley


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