GAIA is looking for a passionate and committed individual who wants to support the global movement for environmental justice and zero waste.
You believe in the power of grassroots organizing, in strengthening the work of community members from around the world and connecting them to a broader network, and can confidently and efficiently deliver network services to support community organizing.
You excel at personal relations, enjoy communicating with people from different backgrounds and nationalities, and are comfortable in dealing with and resolving challenges inherent in a growing global network.
You enjoy teamwork, like working in a fast-paced, multi-cultural environment and are confident in your ability to meet deadlines.
You are capable of running different tasks simultaneously and managing complex projects. You are efficient, organized, detail-oriented, and comfortable in leading processes and managing tools and systems for a growing global alliance.
GAIA is a worldwide alliance of more than 800 organization and individuals in over 90 countries working for justice and a world without waste.
At GAIA, we see waste, plastics, and their resulting pollution as a symptoms of a larger, profit-driven extractive economy, and we promote zero waste as a holistic solution and an economic shift toward justice and sustainability.
GAIA’s greatest strength lies in our membership, which includes some of the world’s leading organizations working at the intersection of environmental protection, sustainable development, and human rights. GAIA members strategize together about shared goals and targets, share information online and in regional meetings, campaign toward common goals, lead trainings and skillshares, and provide a community of support for one another. Learn more at www.no-burn.org.
About the position
To maintain this vibrant network of organizers around the world, GAIA has a coordination team with staff in Asia Pacific, Europe, US, Africa and Latin America. Our staff is dedicated to strengthening and growing the GAIA network so that there is increased member leadership and connectivity across borders that allows us to take on the global challenges we face.
As Network Development Associate, you will join this team and be part of GAIA’s international coordination team which includes staff based in Chile, the Philippines, India, US, UK, South Africa and Belgium. You will work closely with the Network Development Coordinator based in Berkeley, USA and report directly to the Asia Pacific Managing Director.
Take on the primary role of membership officer for the network.
- Process membership applications using GAIA’s official membership procedures.
- Maintain and update the membership database.
- Create and update a membership map.
- Work with team and members in assessing and improving membership procedures.
Act as custodian of GAIA’s materials.
- Organize and manage the network’s materials (researches, papers, visual resources, presentations, videos and the like which are published/produced by GAIA staff, members and partners).
- Establish systems and protocols needed for the management of these materials.
Ensure effective management of GAIA’s tools (website, online library, database, communication platforms and content management systems).
- Regularly upload materials to website and online library, and ensure efficient sharing and distribution of materials to members and to the public.
- Facilitate creation of accounts for members.
- Work with relevant staff in updating database of supporters and members.
Manage organizational inboxes.
- Respond in a timely and effective manner to requests sent to GAIA’s organizational email.
- Distribute requests and queries to appropriate offices and staff members.
Support GAIA’s communication team in maintaining the network’s social media pages, website and other communication platforms.
Support the efficient implementation of programs and delivery of network services and other tasks necessary, especially in the Asia Pacific office.
GAIA’s work is highly collaborative, and we are committed to making decisions that involve the input of all impacted people and that are consulted at multiple levels. The Network Development Associate will be expected to implement multiple simultaneous processes involving participation of staff and members from different regions, and should be comfortable working in a team that values inclusive decision-making processes.
At the same time, the NDA must be comfortable working independently to execute a project once sufficient consultation has been done, including creative problem solving to overcome obstacles and meet deadlines.
- At least two years organizing or nonprofit experience (this can include internships and nonpaid or part-time work)
- Commitment to grassroots-led global social and environmental justice, and interest in a behind-the-scenes role that strengthens the leadership of organizers on the ground.
- Demonstrated success supporting complex projects that may require multiple layers of consultation and tracking, including long-term projects or processes that involve coordination across multiple time zones.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.
- Comfortable with using online programs and platforms; able to quickly learn new digital tools.
- Highly-organized, efficient and independent, with excellent attention to details.
- Demonstrated knowledge and skill in using social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, etc).
- Knowledgeable in using and troubleshooting content management systems.
- Willingness to work at odd hours to coordinate across international time zones, including regular early morning and late nights calls.
- Experience working with networks and international teams.
- Second regional language skills strongly preferred.
- Experience with blogging and social media.
- Experience with WordPress.
- Ability to travel.
Location, Compensation and Work Environment
The post is full-time, equivalent to 5 days a week for an initial one year term. This position will be based in GAIA’s Quezon City, Philippines office.
We offer a competitive salary plus benefits, including health insurance, leaves and other similar employment protection. We take pride in our ability to support one another’s work in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect, and look forward to introducing the successful candidate to our welcoming and highly motivated team and members.
New graduates with exceptional qualities are welcome to apply.
Equal Employment Opportunity
GAIA is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, disability, nationality, ethnicity, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or any other status protected by law. People from historically marginalized groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
Please send a cover letter with salary requirements, your resume with at least 3 references, and a sample communication letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Network Development Associate – (your NAME).” No calls, please. Please send your application on or before July 31, 2018. Applications will be processed as they arrive; initial interviews may begin mid-July 2018.
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