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Senior Field Organizer - Global Trade Watch

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Global Trade Watch is a division of Public Citizen founded in 1995 to promote government and corporate accountability in the globalization and trade arena. At the forefront of national and international globalization struggles, GTW is one of the few progressive organizations focused full-time on these issues.

General Description:

The Senior Field Organizer helps to develop and implement grassroots strategies and campaigns to support the legislative initiatives of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch in targeted states and regions in the United States and also includes some organizing of international labor and civil society allies in countries with which the U.S. government is negotiating or has a trade agreement. Specifically, this position organizes opposition to the current NAFTA/WTO trade model and attempts to expand it through various Free Trade Agreements, such a sthe Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) "free trade" agreement and the Doha Round WTO expansion agenda by exposing its impact on policies related to workers’ rights, immigrant rights, environmental protection, health care regulation and more.  Additionally, this position builds demand for an alternative approach to trade policy; holding President Obama and Members of Congress accountable to their reform pledges made on the campaign trail and building support for fair alternatives. That has included the Trade Reform, Accountability, Development and Employment  (TRADE) Act and the 21st Century Trade Agreement Act, which represent a way forward to a new trade and globalization agenda.

Specific Responsibilities:

1.    Work with the National Field Director and the rest of the GTW team to plan, develop and implement public education and issue advocacy campaigns.
2.    Outreach to potential allies by phone, e-mail and other communication to inform and mobilize them.
3.     Through the above means of communication, and occasional travel to target states, carry out grassroots organizing and coalition building with individuals and organizations. Work with local activists to implement state and local calling, letter writing, events and media strategies.
4.    Build and maintain relationships with allies in developing an developed countries involved in trade negotiations or pacts with the United States, communities of color, the immigrant rights community,  labor, students, environmental, human rights and faith activists, family farm and food groups, and others.
5.    Prepare organizing materials, issue updates, action alerts, and media materials needed to implement issue campaigns in coordination with Deputy Director.
6.    Respond to information requests and serve as general point of contact for local activists in assigned states and for international allies in specific countries as assigned.
7.    Monitor developments in negotiations of international agreements as assigned.
8.     Maintain and provide content for relevant listserves.
9.    Provide administrative support as needed, such as team preparations of signs for protests, major mailings, creation of stunts and props and more.  
10.    Assist in maintaining a national database of activists, organizations and key contacts.
11.    Other duties as assigned.


1.    Education:  College degree preferred. Organizer training (Green Corps, Center for Third World Organizing, Midwest Academy, etc.) preferred.
2.    Knowledge:  Familiarity with globalization issues, labor unions, immigrant community organizations and other civil society groups and congressional procedures.
3.    Work Experience: At least three years of strategic advocacy and organizing and/or electoral experience at the state, national or international level.
4.    Skills: Excellent written and oral communication skills; good motivational and interpersonal skills; well organized; good computer skills; fluency in a second language preferred, particularly Spanish, French, Cantonese or Mandarin.
5.    Capabilities:  Ability to work well with a wide range of people; to work independently as well as in coalition; to work well under pressure; and to adapt to changing situations on a daily basis.
6.    Conditions:  Long hours possible when Congress is in session; some travel required.

Public Citizen is an equal opportunity employer. Public Citizen employees are proud members of SEIU Local 500.

To Apply:

  Please send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to bshuff@citizen.org or Human Resources, Public Citizen, 1600 20th St., NW, Washington, DC 20009. No phone calls.

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