Trade Justice Organizers (Global COVID Vaccine Equity Campaign)

Responsible for Event Organizing, Volunteer Recruitment, Meeting Facilitation, Presentations, Media Outreach and Related Organizing in a Given State or Region

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 number of Trade Justice Organizers across the United States for six-month contracts focused primarily on expanding TJEF’s global COVID-19 vaccine and treatment equity campaign.

Primary Responsibilities

The primary purpose of this position is to educate and mobilize grasstops leaders, grassroots activists and the public on both the public health dangers and injustices of ongoing global COVID-19 vaccine and treatment inequity. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Tapping into and/or building relationships with local organizations and presenting about global COVID-19 vaccine and treatment inequity issues at their meetings (often remotely); 
  • Working with partner groups to organize webinars, press events, community forums, vigils and protests about global COVID-19 vaccine and treatment inequity issues (both online and in-person);
  • Recruiting and training local spokespeople to speak to reporters and in public events about their experiences during the pandemic and in support of vaccine and treatment equity measures;
  • Building ad hoc, regional volunteer groups of both grassstops leaders and local activists to jointly organize and participate in a variety of campaign tactics (including postcarding, street theater, community forums, press events, vigils, etc.);
  • Participating in national coordinating meetings; 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 three 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;
  • Fluency in languages beyond English is a strong plus; and
  • Existing relationships with faith groups, immigrant groups, community organizations, frontline unions, healthcare workers and/or related constituencies in your city, state or region is also a strong plus.

Hours, Location & Compensation

These are remote, full-time, six-month contract positions paying $4,000 – $5,000/month, depending upon experience and location.  We’re looking for organizers in CA, DC, FL, MI, PA, MA, MN, OR, TX, WI and will consider other locations for well-qualified candidates. 

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.

Additional openings online here

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