LCV believes our earth is worth fighting for because everyone has a right to clean air, water, and a safe, healthy community. To ensure those rights are protected, we help people use their power to shape policy, hold politicians and polluters accountable, and influence elections.
Our over 2 million members, our volunteers and staff, and our more than 30 state affiliates (together, the Conservation Voter Movement) work for a more just and equitable democracy, where people—not polluters—determine our future. This movement is an influential national network with unparalleled influence in Washington, DC, in state capitals, and in communities around the country.
In 2014, LCV launched Chispa (“chispa” translates to “spark” in English), a program that relies on community organizing to build the voice and power of Latino families to influence the environmental policies and decisions that affect their lives. Through our programs in four states, our members have taken leadership in the fights to keep rooftop solar affordable and accessible and convert dirty diesel school buses to clean electric fleets, developed Latino and other people of color policymakers as champions on environmental issues, demonstrated to Spanish-language media that the environment is a priority issue for Latinx families, and built strong relationships with social justice and environmental groups alike.
Chispa is seeking a Deputy Director who is a senior-level organizer with extensive experience in management, base building and developing grassroots leaders through issue organizing campaigns. We are looking for a creative, motivated leader with a strong organizing background who is goal-driven and experienced in movement building.
- Work with the National Chispa Director, key LCV staff and state LCVs to help develop, implement and evaluate issue organizing campaigns that build a strong base of volunteers, results in local policy victories, and develop new grassroots leaders within Latinx communities in 4+ states.
- Help with the hiring, coaching, and supervision of state-based Program Directors and support their efforts to hire, train and supervise their staff to meet their goals and develop effective programs and campaigns.
- Work with the Chispa team to develop and test effective, new organizing and mobilizing strategies and tools that strengthen the participation and leadership of our communities and leaders.
- Analyze and prepare reports on campaign and program progress for Chispa staff and LCV leadership, and provide timely updates for grant reports and other donor-related needs.
- Work closely with the Chispa Digital Campaigns Manager and LCV Digital team to develop online campaign tools and increase online engagement with our campaigns and programs.
- Work with Chispa Communications Director and LCV Communications team to implement Chispa communications goals and plans.
- Ensure that all program activities are properly tracked in VAN including providing VAN support for Chispa teams.
- Coordinate with LCV and state affiliate staff to ensure that Chispa’s work is integrated into LCV events and strategies including relationship building, media communications, and online actions.
- Coordinate with our Civic Engagement program to integrate voter registration, get-out-the-vote and voting rights campaigns into the work of Chispa programs when relevant.
- Draft and manage campaign and program plans and budgets.
- Ensure compliance and reporting of all organizing-related activities working with Legal and Finance departments and, where appropriate, state LCVs.
- Be part of the Community & Civic Engagement department’s management team, actively participate as a thought leader in the Conservation Voter Movement and contribute to building an inclusive organizational culture.
- Work Experience: Minimum of 5 years of experience in issue, labor and/or community organizing campaigns with Latinx communities, low-income families and/or people of color and including at least 3 years of direct supervisory experience. Demonstrated experience in staff supervision, management, and coaching skills. Familiarity with digital and communications strategies and tactics and how they amplify and strengthen community organizing and campaigns. Experience with program budget management.
- Skills: Excellent writing and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write and implement, monitor and evaluate program and campaign plans. Ability to represent Chispa to a variety of audiences and through a variety of mediums. Fluency in VAN and Office Suite. Commitment to measuring and tracking progress and outcomes. Work well in a fast-paced environment and able to multi-task without sacrificing the quality of work. Reliable, consistent, detail-oriented and self-motivated. Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred but not required. Familiarity with the IRS rules regarding 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), and PACs preferred.
- Cultural Competence: Demonstrated awareness of one’s own cultural identity, views about differences, and the ability to learn and build on varying cultural and community norms. A complex understanding of racial justice and the urgency of confronting institutional racism and inequity. Commitment to equity and inclusion as organizational practice and culture. Proven track record of successfully working across lines of race, immigration status, ethnicity, language, class, gender and other identities and experiences.
- Conditions: Ability and willingness to travel up to 2-3 times/month. The location of this position is flexible.
To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to [email protected] with “Chispa Deputy Director” in the subject line by April 5, 2020. No phone calls please.