Work with Dogwood as a Vancouver Organizer

Dogwood – Vancouver Organizer

Date posted: November 21, 2018
Closing date: December 12, 2018
Salary: $43,000-$48,000 depending on experience, plus benefits
Job type: Full-time, permanent
Desired Start Date: ASAP
Location: Lower Mainland (working out of Vancouver office)

Dogwood is a people-powered organization driven by a shared love of B.C. We believe in a more just, equitable and sustainable province. But to get there, we know First Nations and British Columbians have to organize to take back power from political insiders and global corporations.

We’re probably best known for the No Tankers campaign. Since 2007, Dogwood and our allies have prevented a massive expansion of carbon pollution and oil tanker traffic on the West Coast. Our supporters are definitely concerned about climate change and oil spills. But we don’t just work to protect the environment.

What we’re really looking for are tipping points: moments when enough citizen pressure can rewrite a law, reverse a bad decision or convince a politician to take a stronger position. That’s when we channel large-scale citizen action — both offline and online — to lock in change for the long term.

We currently have an opportunity for a talented Organizer to join one of the most successful political organizing programs in the province. As a Dogwood’s Vancouver Organizer you would build and support grassroots volunteer teams who are the powerhouses behind Dogwood’s environment and democracy campaigns.

Reporting to the Director of Organizing and working closely with staff, volunteers and Dogwood supporters, the Vancouver Organizer will:

  • Manage canvassing, base-building and voter outreach,
  • Manage volunteer recruitment and training,
  • Build, support and manage several volunteer organizing teams,
  • Recruit, mentor, train and support volunteer coordinators, team leaders and regional organizers,
  • Ensure volunteer teams have the tools, skills, training, knowledge and materials they need to advance Dogwood’s campaigns at the grassroots

As part of our team, you’ll get to:

  • Contribute to a more sustainable future by resisting carbon exports and reforming democracy.
  • Participate in the development of Dogwood’s ongoing strategy.
  • Work towards Reconciliation by promoting Indigenous Rights and Title.
  • Work at the leading edge of engagement organizing in Canada.

To be considered for this position, you need:

  • At least one year of experience doing political, community, labour or other organizing work
  • Demonstrate knowledge of, and affinity for, Dogwood’s campaigns.
  • Courage, tenacity and a genuine love of people and faith in collective action.

Any of the following would be considered strong assets:

  • Willingness to test ideas and step outside your comfort zone.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Interest in training others and in leadership development.
  • Ability to manage complex projects.
  • An entrepreneurial, proactive attitude with a focus on getting results.
  • Be able to develop plans with clear goals, roles, timelines and metrics.
  • Be willing to help out where you’re needed – with fundraising, special events and communications content, as examples.
  • Experience in a campaign setting (political or non-profit).
  • Strong technological aptitudes and proficiencies.
  • Previous experience using Customer Relationship Management (“CRM”) software, such as Salesforce or NationBuilder, posting to websites and social media and using mass mailer software.Dogwood offers a flexible and rewarding work environment, including four weeks paid vacation in your first year, and health, dental and paramedical benefits.

The deadline to apply for this position is December 12, 2018. If you’re interested in this position and meet the requirements, please email a cover letter and your resume to Janice Nelson, HR Coordinator at, as interviews will be happening on a rolling basis.

When submitting your application please name and save your attachments with your first and last name in the title, i.e.: “Jennifer_Lee_Cover_Letter.pdf” and “Jennifer_Lee_Resume.pdf.” Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. No phone calls please.

Dogwood is committed to an inclusive and diverse workforce, and encourages all qualified applicants to apply including members of visible minorities, and Indigenous persons. We encourage you to highlight your diversity in your application. Dogwood does not discriminate based on race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, political belief, age, gender, sexual orientation or class. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in Canada.

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