Open Position: Stay Grounded Network Coordination

Stay Grounded is hiring a new campaigner who will have responsibilities in coordinating our global network of member organisations and in the development of aviation campaigning in the Global South. The position is open until filled, ideally filled on May 1st. 

This is a remote position that can be done from anywhere in Europe. If you are not located in Germany or Austria, legal possibilities of employment will have to be clarified. If your residence is in Vienna, this position can be performed partly at our Vienna office. 

About Stay Grounded 

Stay Grounded is a people-powered, science-based, and action-oriented network of more than 160 member initiatives around the world. The network fosters mutual support and exchange of experiences, and it campaigns for a climate-just reduction of aviation, as well as against problematic climate strategies like emissions offsetting and biofuels. 

The network is hosted at Periskop, a Vienna based collectively-organised NGO. We strive to work in a non-hierarchical way, take decisions by consensus, and have a work attitude of putting team members’ different needs at the centre. You will join our highly motivated team of six campaigners and be one of three campaigners undertaking network coordination. 

So far, most of our member organisations and regional networks are based in Europe. One of your main tasks will be to collaborate closely with member initiatives in Latin America and Asia, in support of their active work on aviation and climate justice and expansion or their regional networks. 

 

Your main duties & responsibilities include:

  • Close collaboration with Stay Grounded member initiatives in Latin America and Asia. 
  • Gaining new member initiatives in those regions.
  • Organisation and facilitation of regional network meetings and processes, that might include the strategic planning of campaigns based on the regional needs and interests and Stay Grounded’s values. 
  • Engage with our members and campaigners to foster a culture of collaboration, diversity, equity and inclusion across the whole Stay Grounded network and especially to strengthen network ownership and participation among our Global South members.
  • Explore the possibility of  establishing a campaign office located in Asia and/or Latin America, and identification of potential funding for it.
  • Support members with solidarity work (e.g. drafting open letters and press releases, and helping launch Global South solidarity campaigns).
  • Administrative tasks (e.g. keeping email lists and contact databases up to date, coordinating translation and interpretation of meeting invitations and records).
  • Coordination and expansion of volunteer pools within the network.
  • Keep current with basic climate science and aviation policy. Occasionally use this knowledge to represent Stay Grounded’s perspective in public venues. 

 

What we offer 

  • A part-time position of 20 hours per week in our highly motivated and self-organised campaigners team. 
  • The opportunity to put important issues on the political agenda and to pursue the goals of Stay Grounded with committed activists and campaigners around the world.
  • The possibility to bring in your own ideas and collectively shape the network. 
  • A fixed-term contract until December 2021, with possible (and wished for) extension contingent on further fundraising. 
  • A salary of 1250.00 € monthly as a guideline, and a needs based principle within our collective. 

 

Skills and background of an ideal candidate 

  • Several years of experience in emancipatory political movements and/or self-organised grassroots and consensus-oriented groups. 
  • Experience with coordination and group processes within movements (incl. strategic prioritisation, process overview, facilitation), experience with these tasks in networks and international collaboration is a great advantage.
  • Experience with successful fundraising (having written applications for foundations, and/or crowdfunding).
  • An in-depth understanding of climate justice, the problems of green growth and false solutions (such as offsetting) and interest in aviation policy. (The contents of the most important Stay Grounded publications on the topic should be understood and agreed with.)
  • An understanding of Stay Grounded’s history, campaigns, and theory of change.
  • Interest or experience in working in a collective and an aspiration for hierarchy-free collaboration. 
  • Awareness of, and sensitivity to, the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations, and being mindful to not reproduce any forms of discrimination. 
  • Experience in working with marginalised groups.
  • Excellent written and spoken English, very good Spanish skills. Portuguese is an advantage.
  • Knowledge of standard computer applications for word processing, communication (videoconferences) and spreadsheet calculations. 
  • Ability to accommodate travel to meetings, following our no-fly policy. 
  • Knowledge and experience in strategic action and campaign planning is an advantage.
  • Experience in working with organisations where volunteers and staff collaborate on an equal footing is an advantage. 

 

We particularly encourage people who experience discrimination due to societal power-relations to apply. We acknowledge racism, (hetero-)sexism, classism, ableism or ageism as sadly being part of the current society into which we are born and socialised. In the Stay Grounded team we are not exempt from this either, but we try to reflect on these discriminations – and especially our own privileges as a team of, currently, only white academics – and to change them in an emancipatory way.

 

Application process
Have we gained your interest? Then please send us your application containing a letter of motivation, CV and one reference letter (describing your involvement) from an initiative or movement where you have been active. The application documents should be sent as a PDF file to jobs[at]stay-grounded.org. A photo is not necessary. The deadline for applications is 28th March 2021 and interviews are scheduled between 6th April and 13th April.

Please understand that we will only consider complete application materials. Once you have submitted your application, we will keep you informed as the selection process progresses. We will not be able to respond to enquiries about the status of applications.

 

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