Chispa Nevada Organizing Director
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.
LCV launched Chispa in 2014, a grassroots community organizing program to ensure the voice and power of Latinx communities influence the environmental policies and decisions that impact our health and environment. Currently, Chispa has programs in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, and Nevada.
Through our programs in five 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.
LCV is hiring for a Chispa Nevada Organizing Director who will lead a team of experienced organizers in building and implementing issue organizing campaigns, grounded in a community centered theory of change, and focused on environmental justice priorities of the Chispa Nevada program. The ideal candidate is a senior-level organizer with extensive experience in project management, base building, and leadership development training. The Organizing Director must be a compelling coach with experience training and supporting organizers and community leaders of color.
- Develop, implement and evaluate issue organizing campaigns that build a strong base of active volunteers and leaders.
- 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.
- Lead the Nevada organizing team to build strong and effective grassroots strategies that recruit new members and develop them into strong community leaders who then lead organizing committees that drive issue campaigns focused on environmental justice priorities.
- Ensure that organizers are adequately trained and supported to implement traditional grassroots community organizing strategies, such as phone banking, door-to-door canvassing and house meetings, as well as digital and online organizing.
- Develop and test effective and new organizing strategies, tactics, and tools that engage our communities and leaders, resulting in local policy victories on environmental justice priorities, and formation of strong, creative partnerships.
- Ensure that organizers and community leaders (promotores) have the tools to successfully design, implement, and adjust issue campaigns such as power mapping, media, public and online engagement, grounded in community centered theory of change.
- Support the organizing team in coalition building efforts, including identifying and developing relationships with local NV organizations (e.g. cross movement organizations, faith-based groups, environmental justice groups, etc.) and leaders who can become effective partners in campaigns.
- Develop tracking systems, tools, and structures that provide strong clarity, and accountability for organizers, promotores, comites, and issue campaign implementation.
- Implement creative art, culture, and storytelling tactics into Chispa NV organizing and campaign efforts.
- Leverage VAN effectively to set, track and achieve organizing goals, engage promotores (community leaders) in campaign progress, move them up the ladder of engagement, and build committees (comites).
- Provide timely reports to the Chispa NV Program Director and national Chispa staff about issue campaign and organizing progress.
- Other responsibilities as assigned.
- Work Experience: Required: 5-7 years experience working on community or labor organizing movement building efforts, including several years of direct supervisory experience, including staff and volunteer leadership training experience. Must also have experience in issue organizing campaigns with communities of color, and working with coalition partners. Experience developing and overseeing issue campaigns driven by community organizing, including campaign planning, accountability measures, 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 the 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. Bilingual in English and Spanish. Preferred – Fluency in VAN, Google and Office Suite. Familiarity with the IRS rules regarding 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations.
- Cultural Competencies: 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 an 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. Familiarity with the complexity of issues and obstacles facing communities’ of color engagement in the environmental movement. Familiarity with NV and in-state communities preferred.
- Conditions: Ability to work hours exceeding stated office hours as needed; ability and willingness to travel for staff retreats, meetings and professional development opportunities. This position is based in Las Vegas, NV. Please note that all LCV staff are currently working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To Apply: Send a cover letter and resume to with “Chispa Nevada Organizing Director” in the subject line by January 28, 2021. No phone calls please.