Posted on: June 2, 2022
The Public Interest Network is recruiting an Alumni Organizer to continue our work to engage our former staff and volunteers.
The Public Interest Network is a network of more than a dozen organizations working to save the planet, advocate for the public interest and protect consumers. We grew out of the PIRGs (Public Interest Research Groups), which started in 1972. Over the years, we have added hundreds of staff, multiple state offices, and launched new groups like Environment America and Green Corps.
The core mission of all of the Public Interest Network groups is to get people thinking about how the world is changing rapidly and how society could be radically different; to concentrate on new problems arising from our changing world; and to educate, advocate, and campaign for solutions to those problems, while at the same time recruiting and training people to be active community members in effecting these changes. We need to focus on the problems confronting us in the 21st century: saving the planet from everything from habitat loss to runaway fossil fuel extraction and use; protecting our health and well-being in a world with toxic chemicals and consumer goods designed for profit rather than safety; dealing with the distribution of goods and services in an increasingly automated economy; and generally improving the quality of our lives instead of the quantity of stuff we have.
Over the decades, Public Interest Network organizations have also served as the training ground for countless activists and organizers. Some of the country’s most talented organizers got their start here and today, Public Interest Network alumni are everywhere: leading the nation’s public interest, environmental, consumer, political reform, and social justice organizations; serving in government and elected office; and working with the media, foundations, universities, the private sector, and in countless other professions. Whether they spent two years with us or twenty, their time here shapes the professional and personal lives of many of our alumni. The alumni program is a way for our former staff and volunteers to stay connected to the training they received with us, to the formative experience, and to a worldwide community of people who share that experience. Our alumni program helps build and strengthen The Public Interest Network, as well as the broader social change movement.
The Public Interest Network counts numerous staff with decades of experience in activism, campaigning, and nonprofit work. Our leadership team includes:
Doug Phelps, President and Executive Director
Faye Park, Executive Vice President and President of U.S. PIRG
Andre Delattre, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Program
Wendy Wendlandt, Senior Vice President and Political Director
Susan Rakov, Senior Vice President and Frontier Group Managing Director
Allison Cairo, Vice President and National Field Director
Emily Rusch, Vice President and Senior Director of State Offices
Courtney Abrams, Vice President
Job Description and Representative Responsibilities
The Alumni Organizer will work alongside senior staff and top alumni of The Public Interest Network to build upon our robust program to engage alumni, including:
Cultivating relationships with alumni in person and from afar;
Planning events — both virtual and in-person when it’s safe to do so — that encourage and provide opportunities for social and professional networking among alumni and current staff;
Executing a communications strategy that includes e-mail, newsletters, web content, and social media;
Creating multimedia content including videos of alumni sharing their stories;
Maintaining and improving current alumni contact information and managing the alumni database;
Traveling occasionally to attend in-person events once it’s safe to do so;
Developing and overseeing a budget for the alumni program;
and assisting with fundraising for Public Interest Network groups.
The ideal candidate will be:
Strongly committed to public interest issues;
Passionate about the missions of The Public Interest Network and the alumni program;
Eager to put strong interpersonal skills to use cultivating relationships with alumni;
Able to create high quality and engaging written materials;
Excited to come up with and implement new ideas and plans to engage alumni;
Experienced in showing excellent judgment and discretion;
Able to demonstrate a strong work ethic and independently manage multiple projects; and
Creative and effective at solving complex problems.
A minimum of 1-2 years of professional experience is required; more experience is welcomed. Related advanced degrees such as a J.D. or Master’s may count towards experience, but are not required.
Compensation & Benefits
Target annual compensation for this position is $33,000-$65,000 and depends on the candidate’s relevant experience, education and location. The Public Interest Network offers an excellent benefits package. Our benefits package may include medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees and dependents, needs-based student loan assistance, 401(k) plan with employer match, commuter benefit program, paid time off, parental leave and long-term disability insurance. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.
Denver, CO preferred
Things To Know When You Apply
The Public Interest Network operates and supports organizations committed to a shared vision of a better world and a strategic approach to social change. Visit our website to learn more about our work before you apply: https://publicinterestnetwork.org/core-values.html
The Public Interest Network is an equal opportunity employer.
Fill our our online application on our website: http://workforprogress.org/the-public-interest-network/?id=177. Direct your cover letter to Kirsten Schatz, Director, Alumni Department.