Break Free From Plastic US Coordinator(s)


Reports to: Break Free From Plastic US Advisory Hub

Location: Flexible; the successful candidate should expect to travel nationally and internationally about 30% of the time.

Job Description:

Break Free From Plastic (BFFP) is a global movement envisioning a future free from plastic pollution. Since its launch in September 2016, nearly 1,500 organizations from across the world have joined the movement to demand massive reductions in single-use plastics push for lasting solutions to the plastic pollution crisis. This growing movement works across the whole plastics value chain from extraction to disposal, focusing on prevention rather than cure, and supporting solutions rooted in the principles of environmental justice, social justice, public health, and human rights. Core to the BFFP approach is working to build solidarity between people around the world and among impacted communities.

This position at its core is about deepening connection and building power amongst our US-based movement members partners, which include communities impacted by extractive oil and chemical industries as well as organizations focused on policy, corporate campaigning, and hacking single-use culture. We are hiring two candidates to work together in this capacity, as well as a part-time administrative support position. The coordination team will be responsible for supporting and engaging deeply with existing members, bringing new members into the movement, and communicating and connecting between members and projects as the movement grows.

The successful candidate(s) will be an effective networker and organizer, who are excited by the opportunity to increase movement involvement and impact. The candidate(s) will be dedicated to building relationships of solidarity while supporting the planning and implementation of national strategies in collaboration with member environmental justice organizations, grassroots organizations, and other allies. The right candidate(s) will be comfortable with a high degree of flexibility and self-direction alongside oversight and support from the US Advisory Hub, a small committee (rather than a single individual). They will have experience navigating diverse interests and partnerships.

If this opportunity is intriguing to you, and you see yourself as competent in any number of the tasks below, we would love to hear from you.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Support existing BFFP movement membership in the US through direct relationships and strategic inclusion in events, both virtual and in-person.
  • Identify and engage new members in the principles of BFFP.
  • Maintain accurate member lists, contact persons, and information across databases and in conjunction with global member lists.
  • Provide support to existing and new member-led working groups and joint projects.
  • Continue fundraising for the coordination of BFFP US movement.
  • Assist Working Groups and Project Teams, including supporting project fundraising proposals and potential new funders.
  • Coordinate with the broader BFFP movement in other parts of the world, global leadership, and the global communications team.
  • Support BFFP US Communications Officer to ensure alignment on messaging, convey journalist requests, and other emerging topics.
  • Ensure radical inclusion, Jemez principles, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are integrated and upheld into all meetings and joint project spaces.
  • Coordinate trainings and capacity building as needed, both virtual and in-person.
  • Share written and verbal updates across Working Groups and members ensuring transparency and accountability.
  • Schedule and facilitate meetings and conversations (virtual and in-person).
  • Coordinate logistics and planning for 1-2 in-person meetings per year in various parts of the US.
  • Maintain overview of key events and identify speakers/representatives of BFFP-US movement, including coordinators and movement members (panels, presentations, etc.).
  • Manage regional coordination budget, including acting as a liaison between movement members and a fiscal sponsor (Earth Island Institute) across multiple project spaces.


  • Strong alignment and experience with principles of environmental justice, including DEI and the Jemez principles
  • 3-5 years of experience with effective community organizing
  • At least 3 years of experience in coalition/network advocacy and building with environmental justice organizations, grassroots organizations, and others.  
  • Significant experience and a successful track record working effectively across teams that are diverse by race, gender, and age.
  • Humor and humility in your approach to engaging with members and partners.
  • A high degree of attention to detail, especially with varying time zones.
  • Ability to thrive in a self-directed environment with flexibility and evolving priorities.
  • Ability to effectively deliver on expectations set with member organizations and a primary support team.
  • At least one of these positions will be filled by a candidate bilingual in Spanish.
  • Time zone flexibility (non-traditional work schedule) to meet regional and global needs.

Additional desired but not required expertise and capabilities include:

  • Strong advocacy experience on environmental issues.
  • Keen understanding of the plastic pollution supply chain and its key drivers, effective solutions, and current issue points
  • Understanding of principles of movement building
  • Experience working in the Gulf South region and/or other regions of the US facing fossil fuel extraction for plastics and petrochemical processing.

Salary & Benefits:

BFFP US is a project of the Earth Island Institute and the BFFP US Coordinator will be an employee of Earth Island Institute. The BFFP US Coordinator will be paid a competitive salary commensurate with the candidate’s experience level. This is a full-time position with flexibility in location. It includes State of California medical benefits and the option for long-term disability insurance and 401 K plan.

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, references (optional) and any other supporting

information to jobs@breakfreefromplastic.org with subject BFFP US Coordinator Position(s). Priority deadline May 15, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis after that until the position is filled. Phone inquiries are not accepted.

Earth Island Institute provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

About #breakfreefromplastic

#breakfreefromplastic is a global movement envisioning a future free from plastic pollution. Since its launch in September 2016, nearly 1,500 organizations from across the world have joined the movement to demand massive reductions in single-use plastics and to push for lasting solutions to the plastic pollution crisis. The vision of  #breakfreefromplastic is a world where the land, sky, oceans, and water is home to an abundance of life, not an abundance of plastic, and where the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat is free of toxic by-products of plastic pollution. In this world the principles of environmental justice, social justice, public health, and human rights lead government policy, not the demands of elites and corporations. This is a future we believe in and are creating together.

To know more please visit: https://www.breakfreefromplastic.org/.


WordPress Video Lightbox Plugin