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Job Posting: Grassroots Coordinator, Plum Island Campaign

Grassroots Coordinator, Plum Island Campaign

Connecticut Fund for the Environment / Save the Sound

Connecticut Fund for the Environment (CFE) is a leading non-profit environmental advocacy organization based in New Haven, Connecticut.  CFE’s Save the Sound program has an additional office in Mamaroneck, New York for its Western Long Island Sound program. CFE is a professional organization with a strong track record and we are currently in an exciting period of expansion. We are seeking an experienced, dynamic, self-starter to fill a position as the Grassroots Coordinator for our Plum Island Campaign.  This is a full-time position in Long Island, NY with occasional travel to New Haven, CT.

The regional Campaign to 'Save Plum Island' has momentum.  On the immediate horizon, there is a serious need to build citizen voices to ensure action is taken in Congress, by the states of New York and Connecticut, and by federal agencies.

The Grassroots Coordinator will be part of a Legislative, Legal, Outreach and Communications team working to protect the irreplaceable habitats and wildlife of a rare 840-acre island in the Long Island Sound region.  The Coordinator is responsible for recruiting new supporters, engaging activists, and developing volunteer leaders who visibly support the Save Plum Island Campaign. The Coordinator leads the execution of grassroots outreach plans to further the programmatic goals of CFE/Save the Sound and the Preserve Plum Island Coalition.



Major Responsibilities

• Creatively engage the public in the Save Plum Island Campaign through presentations, outreach efforts, and varied communications.

• Implement organizational outreach and organizing plans while developing allies and relationships that further Plum Island preservation goals.

• Ensure organizational base building goals are met and the Preserve Plum Island Coalition is expanded.

• Develop and execute grassroots strategies to further the campaign and CFE/Save the Sound organizational goals.

• Maintain outreach contacts in the organizational database and use systems to track and evaluate progress toward our base building goals.



• Proven communication skills – both written and verbal.

• Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs.

• Familiarity with online tools, including all prevalent social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.), Wix (or equivalent), digital photography and preferably videography.

• Great attention to detail, highly organized, and self-starting.

• Bachelors in political science, communications, environmental science/management, or related field with demonstrated work experience; or current Masters Candidate or recent graduate in related field.

• Demonstrated experience in campaign development and execution.

• Interest in CFE/Save the Sound’s mission


To Apply

Interested candidates should e-mail a resume and cover letter to Valerie at with the words “Grassroots Coordinator” in the subject line. The application process will remain open until Wednesday, June 15, 2016.




Founded in 1978, Connecticut Fund for the Environment merged in 2004 with Save the Sound, a respected voice for the protection of Long Island Sound’s shoreline, marine habitat and water quality since 1972. Linking CFE’s legal, scientific and policy expertise with Save the Sound’s proven stewardship, restoration, and community outreach capability has created one of the region’s leading environmental organizations. Our mission is to protect and improve the land, air and water of Connecticut and Long Island Sound. Our staff of 32 works with thousands of partners and stakeholders, including elected officials and community leaders, individual citizen activists (13,000), volunteers (2,500), and members (5,300).


CFE is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on any basis when considering applicants. Compensation is commensurate with education and experience.


Specific Duties of the Grassroots Coordinator



•Develop and execute plan to generate new contacts who can be engaged as supporters of the campaign and organization;

•Establish and meet goals for the number of activists identified and added to our database;

•Create and participate in opportunities to expand our reach, meet new potential supporters, and generate new contacts to add to our base. This includes presenting to organizations, individuals, and government entities around the Sound;

•Ensure data is kept current in the organizational database by ensuring new contacts are immediately added, contact records are kept updated, and results are tracked; and

•Identify new “hot contacts” to prioritize for relationship building and leadership development.



•Assist in the development and execution of a plan for engaging the people on our list of activists and supporters in opportunities that deepen their support and advance the organization's and campaign's programmatic goals;

•Write action alerts and create other outreach tools to communicate about the campaign to our base;

•Recruit participants and speakers for press conferences, hearings, and other events;

•Lead social networking planning and activities for the campaign, including efforts that convert social networking followers into supporters who take action in support of our organization and campaigns;

•Create and lead events and activities turning out supporters to ensure participation from our base; and

•Coordinate member to member campaigns to tap into the networks of our supporters.



•Assist in development of a grassroots campaign plan;

•Lead execution of plan and engage other members of the coalition in completion of coalition organizing workplans; and

•Engage CFE/Save the Sound and the Save Plum Island base of supporters in grassroots campaign activities (ex. in district meetings, postcard collection, etc.)



•Coordinate with the Program Director and Special Projects Coordinator to develop campaign outreach and organizing plans, to guarantee the campaign supports our advocacy objectives, and to ensure coalition members are engaged in coalition organizing activities;

•Coordinate with the Communications Director and Communications Coordinator on use of social networking tools and to ensure action alerts, outreach documents, and press materials are on message and conform to organizational standards;

•Coordinate with the Development Director to ensure integration of plan activities with donor and fundraising goals.


Additional Duties of All CFE/Save the Sound Employees



All employees are expected to assist with execution of the annual development plan to support meeting the annual organizational and campaign budget. Activities may include, but are not limited to:

•Playing a lead or support role in drafting content for grant proposals and funding requests;

•Participating in donor cultivation and solicitation activities in support of small donor development; and

•Supporting the execution of small fundraising events or donor cultivation events.



•Maintain accountability to administrative systems and procedures, including submitting expense

reimbursements, credit card reconciliations, invoices, lobbying reports, etc. by the deadlines assigned, as well as submitting content for the outreach calendar;

•Plan, track, and report on individual and departmental work in support of organizational coordination;

•Contribute content for organizational communications and marketing materials.


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