Los Angeles Organizing Manager

Food & Water Watch

Los Angeles, CA, US


Food & Water Watch is a leading national organization that mobilizes regular people to build political power to move bold and uncompromised solutions to the most pressing food, water, and climate problems of our time. We work to protect people’s health, communities, and democracy from the growing destructive power of the most powerful economic interests.

Following this strategy, we have won major organization victories including banning fracking in New York, defeated water privatization in dozens of communities across the country, and stopped the use of arsenic in factory poultry farms, among other things. And fighting for bold solutions is how we are going to resist current threats and rebuild our water infrastructure, food and energy systems, and our democracy.

Over the past few years, we have expanded our California program to move a progressive forward-looking environmental agenda for the golden state. We have worked with various communities to defeat fracking and other fossil fuel projects, and we have built grassroots power to protect water as a public resource and oppose wasteful privatization projects. We have also expanded our work to move off dirty fossil fuels and move to 100% renewable energy.

We are seeking an Organizing Manager based in our Los Angeles, California office to oversee organizers in the Los Angeles office and Los Angeles based campaigns. Under the direction of the California Director, the Organizing Manager will work with other national organizing staff, regional field staff, and policy/research staff to support FWW’s work to transition the City of Los Angeles to a fair and just transition 100% renewables by 2030, shut down dangerous fossil fuel infrastructure like Aliso Canyon and Playa del Rey gas storage facilities, end neighborhood drilling and stop fossil fuel production and infrastructure. The Organizer Manager will have several main responsibilities: managing Los Angeles organizers, including full-time, part-time and intern organizers; fundraising responsibilities including writing grants and reports, cultivating major donors, ensuring the organizing team meet fundraising goals and executing the Aliso Canyon campaign. This position will also support California and National campaigns to move off fossil fuels and support the WATER ACT.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Manage organizers in the Los Angeles office including full-time, part-time and intern organizers.
  • Lead fundraising efforts pertaining to the Los Angeles program including building and maintaining relationships with foundations and major donors.
  • Build a strong base of organizations and individuals in support of our campaigns, with a particular emphasis on shutting down Aliso Canyon and Playa del Rey gas storage facilities, and transitioning Los Angeles to 100% real, clean energy by 2030.
  • Work with a team to develop strategic campaign plans including long- and short-term goals, strategies and tactics.
  • Work closely with team and partner organizations to develop and implement joint strategies.
  • Participate in coalitions on campaign issues and implement grassroots organizing and public education campaigns.
  • Speak at public events, forums, and other venues, and serves as a representative of Food & Water Action/Watch to the public and the media.
  • Assist in building the capacity and leadership of volunteers and allied grassroots organizations by offering training and organizing support.
  • Maintain familiarity with a diverse set of issues, research products, and FWW’s suite of digital organizing tools, and respond to information and support requests from activists, coalition members, and the media.
  • Develop educational materials such as factsheets, action alerts, web site content and newsletter articles on various campaign issues. Maintain activist database and email lists to effectively communicate to members and supporters.
  • Regularly report on work to supervisors and donors.
  • [If applicable} Participate and/or develop non-partisan electoral strategies and tactics for either/both Food and Water Watch (c3) and Food and Water Action (c4).
  • Participate in membership recruitment and fundraising for Food & Water Action/Watch.
  • Support Our Culture of Philanthropy: All staff must assist in fundraising and development for the organization. All staff must demonstrate an understanding that our members and supporters make our work (and our salaries) possible and should provide the highest level of customer and member services to people outside the organization. While your job position does not require you to raise any particular amount, you are expected to always be an “ambassador” for FWW/FWA and our work. All staff are expected to help with and participate/attend events and other activities as appropriate that are organized for our supporters and donors. All staff are expected to be cognizant of fundraising opportunities and to share contacts and information that will help build and sustain FWW/FWA.
  • Carry out other projects as assigned.
  • Education: College degree or equivalent education and experience
  • Experience and accomplishments: At least 3 years of successful advocacy or grassroots organizing experience.
  • Clear demonstration of ability to develop effective organizing strategies and guiding others to develop effective organizing strategies.
  • Familiarity with California politics and Southern California communities.
  • Development experience a plus
  • Applicant must be legally eligible to work in the United States.
  • Ability to work in a computerized environment and have adequate knowledge of word processing, email, internet and spreadsheet software; in particular have coursework or certification in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point and proficiency with all other Microsoft Office products.