U.S. PIRG seeks an Advocate for the Right to Repair to help lead our campaign to lower barriers for repairing modern digital electronics. We’re looking for someone with advocacy, political, or communications experience to help drive media outreach; and coordinate, train and develop coalitions working on Right to Repair across the country. In addition, the position involves fundraising, recruitment and staff development.
You buy stuff. It breaks or doesn't work right. You could throw it away and buy new stuff, but you'd rather repair it. But then you find out you can't do it yourself, you can't even bring it to a third party repair shop. You have to bring it back to the original company, which can charge an arm and a leg because there's no competition—and sometimes they just won’t fix it. So you have to get a new one.
Americans throw out 416,000 cell phones per day, and only 15 to 20 percent of electronic waste is recycled.
The goal of RIght to Repair is to reduce barriers to repair, passing state laws that force manufacturers to give us what we need to fix stuff. In just the last year and a half:
Right to Repair has hit a nerve in our disposable society, and the campaign has grown quickly. That’s where the U.S. PIRG Advocate for the Right to Repair Advocate comes in—we need help managing our rapidly growing campaign, led by Campaign Director Nathan Proctor.
For more than 40 years, U.S. PIRG has been a national leader in addressing consumer concerns and winning real policy solutions. We’ve passed protections against toxic chemicals in products, banned predatory lending at the state level, and championed Zero Waste policies. And, we helped create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, reforming Wall Street and reining in abusive practices in the financial marketplace.
Key responsibilities of the Advocate for the Right to Repair include:
Candidates must have at least 2 years of relevant professional experience. Advanced degrees such as a JD, or a master’s degree may count toward experience. Qualified candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to public interest or consumer issues and to citizen-based social change, as well as a track record of leadership. We're looking for people who are goal-driven and results-oriented, who have excellent verbal, written and analytical skills, the ability to speak persuasively in a charged atmosphere, and who are driven to make positive policy change. Candidates must have excellent judgment and discretion and the ability to oversee significant projects.
Direct your application to Nathan Proctor, U.S. PIRG Campaign Director for the Right to Repair.
Compensation & Benefits
Target annual compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has. U.S. PIRG offers a competitive benefits package.
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