Campaign Coordinator: Lakota People’s Law Project via Idealist

Romero Institute

Santa Cruz, CA, United States 🇺🇸


Are you an expert organizer and flawless communicator with an unending passion for social justice and a demonstrated history of inspiring activism and leading successful campaigns? Do you have a deep commitment to indigenous rights and the environment? Are you ready to make a real difference, right now?

Lakota People’s Law Project seeks a Campaign Coordinator to help strategize, implement, and oversee campaigns against the Dakota Access (DAPL) and Keystone XL pipelines. The NoDAPL fight has shifted from the frontline camps near Standing Rock to the courts of law and public opinion, and we need someone who can navigate complicated human dynamics and effectively rally support around the legal battle ahead. We also need your expertise as we roll out fossil fuel divestment and anti-Keystone XL campaigns.

The ideal applicant will have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent education, plus 4-7 years of previous campaign/social justice/field experience, as well as demonstrated success working with indigenous communities, press, government officials, and the environmental movement.


Our Campaign Coordinator will care deeply about both environmental and social justice, and will know how to maximize grassroots efforts to build effective online campaigns. You will work closely with our entire team on the achievement of concrete goals. You will:

  • Think strategically and analytically about social, economic, cultural, legal and policy issues at the intersection of environmental and indigenous justice;
  • Build creative and effective advocacy campaigns;
  • Lead public education and outreach in our efforts to expose the illegal actions of DAPL stakeholders, spur divestment from banks supporting Big Oil, provide legal defense to the water protectors of Standing Rock, and stop Keystone XL;
  • Work with our leadership team to shape overall strategy;
  • Coordinate with our communications and social media teams to build and implement a cohesive strategy for public outreach, press, and visibility;
  • Work with our media team to manage our website and create both written and visual content, including articles and educational videos for our blog;
  • Coordinate with the development team on fundraising;
  • Support our legal team on their work to defend water protectors charged with crimes;
  • Coordinate events and speaking engagements for our lead attorneys, Chase Iron Eyes and Daniel Sheehan;
  • Handle travel, media, and logistics as needed;
  • Build, nurture, and maximize relationships with the Lakota people and tribal leadership, and with allied organizations such as the Sierra Club.


  • Familiarity with and ability to work with Native peoples, showing a deep appreciation of indigenous cultures and traditions.
  • Strong interpersonal and relational skills.
  • Effective communication skills, written and oral, including social media.
  • Tech savvy; preferred experience with Constituent Relationship Management tools/supporter database systems, and a willingness to develop expertise with software.
  • Desire to learn, and willingness to challenge yourself and others.
  • Ability to work as part of a cohesive team in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
  • Good judgment and the ability to encourage unity and collaboration in difficult situations.
  • Competency with following financial budgets and submitting receipts.
  • Competency with Word, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Excel, Google Drive.


  • Includes travel to North and South Dakota and to Washington, D.C.
  • Meet on a regular basis with leadership and local and regional staff to plan and evaluate work progress.
  • Routine staff reports and data entry to track campaign activities in our constituent management tools.
  • Willingness to work long hours, including nights and weekends.
  • Ability to be self-directed and work independently.


Salary is very competitive, dependent on experience; benefits include health, dental, life, and vision plans, 401(k), and a generous paid time-off package. Candidate will successfully complete a series of interviews.

Please include the following three (3) documents:

  1. An electronic file of your resume (preferably in PDF format).
  2. A cover letter outlining your qualifications and reasons for applying for this position.
  3. Two writing samples, which can be a formal paper—preferably from the social sciences—and an informal communication that demonstrates your style, such as a blog post or business letter.

Lakota People’s Law Project is part of the interfaith 501(c)(3) nonprofit law and policy center the Romero Institute. We work with and advocate for the Lakota peoples of North and South Dakota to safeguard indigenous families and sovereignty by assisting with legal strategy, public education/advocacy, and logistical support. In 2004, at the request of Lakota grandmothers, we began investigating atrocities against the Lakota Indian tribes of the Great Sioux Nation. We saw a slow genocide of the Lakota people, and we formed the Lakota People’s Law Project with a diverse staff in response. After years focused on safeguarding Native children and families, we recognized new threats to Lakota sacred lands and water and began combatting the Dakota Access pipeline. LPLP staff lived and worked in the Standing Rock camps for seven months. Now we see the imminent peril from Keystone XL to several Lakota communities, and we’re readying for the coming challenge. We believe the safeguarding of Native traditions is one of humanity’s most important imperatives, as climate change threatens all of our life systems.

The Romero Institute is committed to staff diversity. We welcome qualified people of all backgrounds to apply. Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received. Deadline to apply is June 30, 2017.

How To Apply

[email protected]

Candidate will successfully complete a series of interviews. 

Please include the following four (4) documents: 

1. An electronic file of your resume (preferably in PDF format). 

2. A cover letter outlining your qualifications and reasons for applying for this position. 

3. Two writing samples, including one formal paper, preferably from the social sciences, and one informal communication, such as a letter or blog post.



Salary is very competitive, dependent on experience; benefits include health and dental plan and generous paid time off package. Candidate will successfully complete a series of interviews.