Title: Chispa Nevada Organizing Director
Reports to: Chispa Nevada Director
Positions Reporting to this Position: Chispa Nevada Organizers
Location: Las Vegas, NV
The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) works to turn environmental values into national, state, and local priorities. LCV, in collaboration with our state LCV partners, advocates for sound environmental laws and policies, holds elected officials accountable for their votes and actions, and elects pro-environmental candidates who will champion our priority issues.
LCV’s work to protect and advocate for the environment is rooted in our commitment to racial, social and environmental justice. Communities of color are disproportionately impacted by climate change and pollution. For this reason, racial justice and equity are inextricably linked to protecting our environment. Within the organization, we are actively building a workplace culture that demonstrates how we value equity and inclusion through more intentional and inclusive practices. We are committed to building an organization that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills.
In 2014, LCV launched Chispa (“chispa” translates to “spark” in English) – a multi-state program that relies on grassroots community organizing to amplify the voice and power of communities of color to influence the environmental policies and decisions that affect their lives. Over the last four years, Chispa has grown to six states - Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, Nevada, and New Mexico - and is one of the largest community organizing efforts of any national environmental organization focused on Latino families and other communities of color.
We are looking for an exceptional, highly experienced senior-level organizer and trainer to serve as the Chispa Nevada Organizing Director with a proven track record of building strong, engaged grassroots membership bases that can influence decision makers and change policies. The Organizing Director must be a compelling coach and trainer for organizers and members, particularly from communities of color. Candidates must have an unwavering commitment to racial justice and derive inspiration from the leadership of everyday people who stand up and stand together for the health of their families, communities and our planet.
- Develop, implement and evaluate issue organizing campaigns that build a strong base of active volunteers and leaders, resulting in local policy victories, and form strong, creative partnerships.
- Provide coaching and management, develop individualized and detailed goals and work plans, and support organizers via mentorship and weekly check-ins on progress to meeting goals.
- Work with the organizing team to build strong and effective organizing programs that recruit new members and develop them into strong grassroots leaders who lead organizing committees that drive our issue campaigns.
- Ensure that organizers are adequately trained to and implement traditional grassroots community organizing strategies such as phonebanking, door-to-door canvassing, house meetings, and others as well as new tactics such as digital and/or online organizing.
- Develop and test effective and new organizing and mobilizing strategies, tactics, and tools that engage our communities and leaders.
- Ensure that organizers and community leaders (promotores, leaders, activists) have the tools to successfully design, implement, and adjust issue campaigns such as power mapping, media, and public engagement, mobilization, and online engagement.
- Support the organizing team in identifying and developing relationships with organizations and leaders who can become effective partners in campaigns.
- Develop systems, tools, and structures that provide strong clarity, accountability, and organization for organizers, promotores, comites, and campaign implementation.
- Ensure that art and culture are integral parts of Chispa organizing and campaigns.
- Leverage VAN effectively to set, track, & achieve organizing goals, engage community leaders (promotores) in campaign progress, move them up the ladder of engagement, and build committees (comites).
- Provide timely reports to the Chispa program director and national Chispa staff about campaign and organizing progress.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Work experience: 3 - 5 years of experience working on community or labor organizing campaigns, including several years of direct supervisory and staff and leader training experience. Must also have experience in issue organizing campaigns with communities of color. Experience developing and overseeing issue campaigns driven by community organizing including campaign planning, accountability, and tracking progress.
- Skills: Required - Exceptional supervision and coaching skills including managing staff. Knowledge of community organizing, political education, and movement building. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write and implement training curriculum and organizing tools. Ability to partner and collaborate with existing Chispa NV team and represent Chispa NV and LCV to a variety of audiences and mediums. Work well in a fast-paced environment and able to multitask without sacrificing the quality of work. Reliable, consistent, detail-oriented and self-motivated. Preferred - Fluency in VAN, Google and Office Suite. Bilingual in English and Spanish.
- Cultural Competencies: Shares our commitment to integrating racial justice and equity into the work we do and ensuring an inclusive organizational culture. Understanding the issues, priorities and obstacles that communities of color face in the environmental movement. Flexibility, self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and ability to bring creative ideas and fresh perspective to an evolving organizing program. Familiarity with Nevada and in-state community preferred.
- Conditions: Ability to work hours exceeding stated office hours to get the job done; ability and willingness to travel for staff retreats, meetings and professional development opportunities. This position is based in Las Vegas, NV.
To Apply: Send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com with “Chispa Nevada Organizing Director” in the subject line by August 14, 2019. No phone calls please.
LCV is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a racially just, equitable and inclusive workplace.