LOCATION: Helena, Montana, with orientation in Billings, Montana.
The title “Legislative Organizer” or “Legislative Organizing Director” is based on candidate’s prior applicable experience.
About Northern Plains: For 45 years, the Northern Plains Resource Council has been committed to organizing Montana citizens to protect our water quality, family farming and ranching, and our unique quality of life. Northern Plains is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Northern Plains’ website is www.northernplains.org .
The Legislative Organizer (or Legislative Organizing Director) will work with Northern Plains as a whole, our issue task forces, and also with our locally based affiliate groups (most of which are in small, rural communities). Overnight travel will be necessary to fulfill the expectations of this position, probably a couple of times a month. You won’t be tied to a desk, you’ll meet lots of people, and you’ll make change happen at the grassroots level.
After an orientation in Billings, this position will relocate to Helena, the Montana state capital. This is a permanent, salaried, and exempt position.
This position is a mix of community organizing around issues and lobbying. This position is responsible for helping to get our organization ready for the biennial Montana legislative session. He/she will work with Northern Plains’ Director of Organizing, member committees and Board of Directors to implement our legislative agenda. This will involve drafting legislation, meeting with allies, meeting with targeted legislators, helping to develop a media plan, and coordinating member lobbying and actions.
As the lead lobbyist for Northern Plains, you will be lobbying during the legislative sessions, interim legislative committees, and state agencies. Additionally, the position represents us in coalitions, and has issue and community organizing assignments.
Northern Plains Resource Council has a strict grassroots methodology. Decisions are made democratically by our membership. You will be supervised by the Director of Organizing and Campaigns and will be directed by our member-leaders.
This is very much a “people” job.
Legislative Organizer salary: $30,000-$36,000 depending on experience;
Legislative Organizing Director salary: $36,000-$43,000 depending on experience;
Health insurance (20% employee contribution required); 4 weeks’ vacation; sick leave, holidays, pension program; use of staff vehicle and gas reimbursement for job-related travel; sabbatical program after 5 years of employment; and the satisfaction of making Montana and the world a better place.
This position is open until filled, but we encourage applications as soon as possible.
Email the following to Olivia Stockman Splinter, Director of Organizing and Campaigns: firstname.lastname@example.org :
Call 406-248-1154 with any questions, or email email@example.com.
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For 45 years, the Northern Plains Resource Council has helped Montana citizens organize to protect water quality, family farms and ranches, and our unique quality of life.
“This thriving citizens organization exemplifies the ideal of public involvement in public processes.”
"The venerable Northern Plains Resource Council, a Montana group that has fought coal plant pollution for 40 years and defended ranchers against the gouging of their land…"
- Seattle Post-Intelligencer
We all love this place we call Montana. We believe that land and water and air are not ours to despoil, but ours to steward for future generations.
- Paul Hawks (past Northern Plains Chair)