Lead Campus Organizer (Global COVID Vaccine Equity Campaign)

Responsible for Event Organizing, Volunteer Recruitment, Meeting Facilitation, Presentations, Media Outreach and Related Organizing on College & University Campuses

The Trade Justice Education Fund (TJEF) is a new nonprofit that sponsors public education programs designed to expand awareness about the worker rights, environment and climate, and public health implications of U.S. trade policy. 

TJEF is currently campaigning to secure an emergency waiver of World Trade Organization (WTO) rules that are standing in the way of increased global production of COVID-19 vaccines, test kits and treatments.  Breaking pharmaceutical monopolies’ stranglehold over increased production of these life-saving goods is essential to ending the rise of dangerous COVID variants that are prolonging the pandemic everywhere — with particularly dire public health and economic consequences for communities of color both domestically and internationally.  

TJEF’s long-term mission is to increase public understanding of just, sustainable trade policy alternatives, as opposed to the business-as-usual neoliberalism and racist nationalism frames that are often presented as the scope of the trade policy debate.  Other TJEF programs include campaigns on climate justice and gig economy worker protections. 

With deep roots in the labor, environmental, family farm, faith and consumer movements, TJEF’s officers and directors together have decades of leadership experience in trade issue education. 

TJEF is seeking a Lead Campus Organizer for a six-month contract focused on expanding TJEF’s global COVID-19 vaccine and treatment equity campaign on college and university campuses across the country. 

Primary Responsibilities

The primary purpose of this position is to develop and execute a blitz campus education program with both in-person and remote components that educates and engages students and faculty in ongoing global COVID-19 vaccine and treatment equity campaigning. Working in conjunction with other TJEF organizers and partner groups across the country, this will include, but is not limited to:

  • Conducting a series of multi-day tours about global COVID-19 vaccine and treatment equity, including organizing back-to-back educational and protest events on campuses and at other locations in several regions across the United States;
  • Tapping into and/or building relationships with student and faculty organizations and presenting about global COVID-19 vaccine and treatment inequity issues at their meetings (often remotely); 
  • Recruiting and training students and others to speak in public events and to the media about their experiences during the pandemic and in support of vaccine and treatment equity measures;
  • Building ad hoc, regional volunteer groups of student activists and others to jointly organize and participate in a variety of campaign tactics (including campus postcarding, street theater, educational events, vigils and protests);
  • Participating in national coordinating meetings with other TJEF organizers and partner groups across the country; helping to advise on joint campaign tactics; and preparing weekly written reports on your work; and
  • Supporting other tasks associated with the vaccine and treatment equity campaign, and potentially other TJEF campaigns, on an as-needed basis.  

Qualifications

Only highly-organized self-starters should consider applying for this position.  Successful candidates will:

  • Have a deep commitment to social and economic justice generally, and burning desire to end the COVID-19 pandemic and its related racial and economic injustices; be excited about working in a fast-paced, collaborative, mission-focused campaign environment; and have a proven track record of working well independently;
  • Have at least five years organizing experience, including experience recruiting and working with volunteers; developing volunteer leadership; organizing protests and events; and conducting media turnout;
  • Have strong communication skills and be comfortable with public speaking, meeting facilitation and writing;
  • Be extremely detail-oriented; skilled at task tracking, calendaring and planning ahead; deadline-focused; and able to handle multiple responsibilities at one time;
  • Be able to work within a budget and to record and report on one’s work;
  • Possess a valid driver’s license; be comfortable driving a rental van; and be willing and able to travel on short notice via both ground transportation and airlines;
  • Fluency in languages beyond English is a strong plus; and
  • Existing relationships with campus organizations and/or recent campus organizing experience is a strong plus.

Hours, Location & Compensation

This is a remote, full-time, six-month contract position paying $5,000 – $7,000/month, depending upon experience and location, plus expenses.  Travel required. 

To Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to applications@tradejusticeedfund.org as soon as possible.  We will consider resumes until the positions are filled.  No calls please.

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