EMPLOYMENT

As You Sow will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sex, or sexual orientation. As You Sow actively seeks to recruit and retain a diverse staff in all areas of operations.

 

Open Positions


RSN COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

As You Sow and Responsible Sourcing Network actively seek to recruit and retain a diverse staff in all areas of operations. We will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sex or sexual orientation.

ABOUT RESPONSIBLE SOURCING NETWORK

Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN), a project of the non-profit organization As You Sow, champions human rights with vulnerable communities involved in the harvesting and mining of raw materials found in products we use every day. RSN builds responsible supply chain coalitions of diverse stakeholders including investors, companies, and human rights advocates. Currently, RSN works with stakeholders to leverage their influence in the areas of conflict minerals from Africa and forced labor in cotton production in Central Asia to create positive change for brands, consumers, and the impacted communities.

POSITION SUMMARY

RSN is seeking a Communications Intern to assist in supporting the work of the Cotton and Minerals Programs, and RSN in general. Main assistance will be with supporting RSN’s website, www.sourcingnetwork.org, which is on SquareSpace 7.0, and to assist with updating and expanding RSN’s social media presence. In addition, social media and database projects may include but not be limited to drafting blog posts and website content, populating media contacts in our database, updating and increasing traffic to our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn accounts, and researching related stories on corporate activities.   

RESPONSIBILTIES:

Assist with updating and maintaining the RSN website and social networking sites

Increase the traffic with RSN’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Linkedin accounts

Harmonize the brand message throughout all of RSN’s collateral

Assist with determining strategies for Instagram, Snapchat, and other new social media platforms

Research news to post messages on Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Populate RSN media and photo library databases

Assist with the development of fundraising and communications materials

Contribute to monitoring and recording news alerts and RSN’s press coverage

Populate a database to track journalists interested in RSN’s work

Support program staff with basic organizational and research tasks

QUALIFICATIONS:

Candidates should:

Be proficient in HTML and CSS (preferred but not mandatory), and ideally have experience working with SquareSpace

Be a recent graduate, pursuing a graduate degree, or an advanced undergraduate (junior or senior) degree in communications, public relations, marketing, or related field

Be facile in internet research

QUALIFICATIONS (cont.):

Candidates should:

Have excellent research, analysis, writing, and communication skills

Be able to prioritize tasks and work independently

Have strong organizational and time management skills, with excellent attention to detail a must

Be self-motivated, have a strong work ethic, and be committed to excellence

Be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite

Interest in human rights, labor rights, social issues, and new media

Interest in corporate responsibility and passionate about making change in the world

STATUS

We are looking for a summer intern who is available to work 15-20 hours per week; min. 3-month commitment; $15/hr and/or school credit where available. There is the possibility of extending the internship (potentially through work study) into the school year. We are flexible about the start and end dates. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis. This posting will be removed once the position is filled.

LOCATION

The position is initially on-site at the Responsible Sourcing Network/As You Sow offices in downtown Oakland, California. However, we are open to having some of the work done virtually.

APPLICATION

We encourage all applicants to review our website www.sourcingnetwork.org before applying.

Send your resume and a cover letter describing why you are interested in the position to [email protected]. Include “RSN Communications Intern” in the subject line of your email.


As You Sow is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization and is an equal opportunity employer. AYS makes employment decisions on the basis of merit and business needs. AYS does not unlawfully discriminate on the of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, legally protected medical condition, family care status, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation or identification, or any other basis protected by law. Women, People of Color, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

We thank all applicants for your interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Toxic Chemicals Investigator

Title: Toxic Chemicals Investigator

Supervisor: TE Research Manager

Classification: Part-time, Hourly

Schedule: Part-Time

As You Sow actively seeks to recruit and retain a diverse staff in all areas of operations. As You Sow will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sex, or sexual orientation.

ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND
As You Sow is a Berkeley-based non-profit organization founded in 1992. We promote corporate environmental and social responsibility through shareholder advocacy, coalition building, and innovative legal strategies. We are one of the nation's leading practitioners of shareholder advocacy, moving companies to take greater responsibility for the social and environmental impact of their operations. We engage companies directly, work with and mobilize investor coalitions on key issue areas, file shareholder resolutions, and write reports and research briefs to inform investors and the public about novel issue areas. In short, for 27 years, we get big companies to make big changes for good.

As You Sow is also one of the leading enforcers of California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, also known as Proposition 65. The Act specifies that a company must provide a warning to consumers if its products or processes expose citizens to known carcinogens or reproductive toxicants, and also prohibits discharges of such chemicals into the state’s drinking water. Since 1992, As You Sow has been working to bring hundreds of manufacturers and whole industries into compliance with the Act through innovative settlements that reduce hazardous emissions, eliminate consumer exposures to toxics, and provide funds for employee training to lower occupational exposures to toxic chemicals.

POSITION SUMMARY

As You Sow is seeking a Toxic Chemicals Investigator to conduct field investigations, including in store and online; label, photograph, and otherwise document all products and enter relevant documents in database; assist with scientific research and data logging; and help with evidence management on current cases in the database.

The ideal candidate will be an independent self-starter who is comfortable in a range of duties, from creative investigation to researching scientific literature and technical information. Attention to detail and the ability to communicate about progress on deadlines are essential. The candidate will have extensive research experience and be comfortable citing all references and sources of information.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Monitor information sources re: products and Proposition 65 chemicals in consumer products; conduct literature reviews

Review and assess the Proposition 65 chemical database and identify targeted products and product categories

Organize and edit research into comprehensive reports

Conduct product field investigations in-store and purchase products

Conduct data logging and evidence management, including background research for investigations

Label, photograph and otherwise document all products and file relevant documents in database and on network

Create chains of custody and ensure evidence is submitted to laboratory

Conduct calls for investigation purchases

QUALIFICATIONS

Excellent research and communication skills

Strong organizational and time management skills; excellent attention to detail a must

Demonstrated ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment

Ability to read scientific literature

Strong work ethic, self-motivated, and committed to excellence

Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite

Interest in environmental issues and corporate responsibility

HOURS

10-20 hours/week @ $20/hour; flexible hours

LOCATION

Oakland or Berkeley, California. Remote work negotiable.

APPLICATION

We encourage all applicants to review the website, specifically our Toxic Enforcement section before applying. Please send your resume and cover letter containing brief letter of interest to Kwan Hong Teoh at [email protected]. Please include “Toxic Chemicals Investigator” in the Subject line of your email.

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.