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Jobs With CoPIRG
If you are ready to dig in and start solving the problems that confront our country, consider a job with CoPIRG and the state PIRGs.
We stand up for the public against powerful interests when they push the other way, winning concrete results on real problems that affect millions of lives.
Whether it’s stopping the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms, overturning Citizens United to get big money out of our democracy, protecting consumers from unsafe or unscrupulous practices, or other problems, the conventional wisdom says that issues are either 'liberal' or 'conservative.’ But these problems affect people all across the political spectrum. And our solutions aren't ‘Republican’ or ‘Democratic’ — they're just common sense. The challenge is that powerful special interests have used their enormous resources to gain influence within our political system, while casting doubt on our solutions.
So how do we overcome this challenge? We start by doing our homework. We break the problem down and make sure we can win the argument on the merits — that’s a given.
But we also need to inform the public, get attention for the problem, and show that people are with us — because we know that even government officials and business leaders with the best of intentions act differently when they know the public is paying attention and asking them to do the right thing.
Visibility alone isn’t enough. In every campaign with PIRG, we need people to mobilize political and public support. We build broad coalitions with other groups and communities who care about solving the problem — regardless of whether they’re on the left or right side of the aisle. We take our message to the media, making sure the public and decision makers know this is an issue they should be paying attention to. We build an online following, mobilizing them to make sure we’re putting political pressure on the right people at the right time in the right way. And we go out and raise the financial support it takes to achieve our goals, and build for the future.
We take this non-partisan, fact-driven, result-oriented approach to all of the campaigns we work on. And these strategies have been effective for more than 40 years. We’re hiring people to join our team, and help us win concrete results on these real problems.
As part of U.S. PIRG, the national federation of state PIRGs, applicants for a position with CoPIRG are also eligible for positions with other state PIRGs in our network. At our online jobs center you can find out more about all our positions including:
NATIONAL CAMPAIGN DIRECTOR
U.S. PIRG is hiring National Campaign Directors to lead our program teams. We’re looking for an experienced political advocate who will be responsible for organizing, media outreach, recruitment, developing staff, fundraising and coalition-building to drive the program. MORE | APPLY
We're looking to expand our team of State Directors. The State Director is responsible for developing our strategy, approach and local message to win our campaigns. The State Director will also meet with local decision-makers and opinion leaders and represent our organization to allies and the media. Qualified candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to public interest issues and to citizen-based social change, as well as a track record of leadership. MORE | APPLY
U.S. PIRG is hiring an Advocate for our national 21st Century Transportation Program team. We’re looking for an experienced political advocate who will be responsible for media outreach, organizing, developing staff, influencing stakeholders, coalition building and fundraising. Our Transportation Advocate will help lead our national transportation campaign to advocate against spending so many public dollars on unnecessary highway expansion and to advocate for better public transit, biking and walking infrastructure, and repairing the roads we already have. MORE | APPLY
U.S. PIRG is hiring a Digital Campaigner with sharp writing skills, savvy strategic ability and a talent for using social media. This position is an exciting way to organize and motivate people online. Our online campaigns reach tens of thousands of people and spread the word about making change. This is a position for professionals who are ready to turn online skills into political action. MORE | APPLY
We’re hiring Fellows to work on big problems: whether it’s stopping the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms, checking the influence of billionaires and Super PACs over our elections, giving consumers the right to know if GMOs are in their food, passing new recycling laws, or promoting smart transportation options for a 21st century economy. By becoming a Fellow with U.S. PIRG, you will learn how to become an experienced organizer and advocate for the public interest. MORE | APPLY
ORGANIZER WITH PIRG CAMPUS ACTION
How will you get results on important issues? Well, for one thing, you won’t spend a lot of time sitting behind a desk. Instead, you'll get out and organize where there are young passionate people, people who care as much about these issues as you do, and who have the drive and energy to make change happen. That’s why we’re sending organizers to college campuses around the country. MORE | APPLY
CoPIRG CAMPAIGN ORGANIZER WITH IMPACT
Join our Impact team as a campaign organizer. Impact is a project of leading advocacy organizations, including Environment America, U.S. PIRG and Fair Share, that runs grassroots campaigns for our environment, our democracy and our future. Their mission is to create timely, focused citizen action, energy and power – the kind it takes to make an impact on important issues – through campaigns run in targeted cities and states. Each year, Impact hires a team of 20 organizers for Impact’s two-year program, and right now we’re looking for people to join the team starting next August. MORE | APPLY
CoPIRG CAMPAIGN STAFF
Are you ready to help build the grassroots power it takes to stand up to special interests and give the public a voice? For years, CoPIRG has won real victories to protect our democracy, our health and safety, and our financial wellbeing. Yet we still face enormous challenges, from a flood of big money in our democracy, to protecting public health by keeping our antibiotics safe and effective. That’s why we’ve partnered with the Fund for the Public Interest to help us bring together thousands of like-minded students and activists to work on campaigns to win real progress for the public. We need people like you to go out into communities to talk with citizens about the issues, raise money, and build membership. You will also have the opportunity to work with the media, build coalitions and mobilize community activists. Positions are available in state, as well as in more than 50 offices across the country. For more information or to apply, visit www.jobsthatmatter.org.
INTERNSHIPS AND VOLUNTEER POSITIONS
Get a chance to work side by side with one of our lead CoPIRG staff, focusing on real problems that affect people in their daily lives. We are currently hiring undergraduate, graduate and JD interns on a rolling basis to work with us on our various campaigns. To find out more about internships and volunteer positions, click here.
CoPIRG is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status.
CoPIRG is part of The Public Interest Network — a group of organizations that share a vision of a better future, a set of core values, and a strategic approach to making positive change. Click here for things you should know about our network when you apply.
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