Title: Community Organizer
Reports To: Chispa Arizona Organizing Director
Positions Reporting to This Position: None
LCV’s Chispa Arizona is seeking a Community Organizer to join the Phoenix-based Chispa Arizona team. The Community Organizer will be tasked with engaging and building leadership among communities of color and low income families in Phoenix. The Community Organizer will encourage volunteers to take action in the fight against pollution and climate change and to promote clean air, clean water and clean energy, including our Clean Buses for Healthy Niños campaign. We are looking for a creative, ambitious, experienced community organizer who is goal-driven, passionate about social change and justice, and experienced in building individual and collective leadership and power.
In 2014, the League of Conservation Voters launched Chispa Arizona (“chispa” translates to “spark” in English) in Phoenix, AZ. The program, like LCV’s Chispa counterparts in other states, relies on community organizing to build the voice and power of Latino families and other communities of color to influence the environmental policies and decisions that affect their lives. Over the last three years, Chispa Arizona has established itself as one of few environmental groups in the state with strong and growing grassroots community capacity. Our members have taken leadership in the fights to keep rooftop solar affordable and accessible, developed Latino and other people of color policy makers as champions on environmental issues, convinced Spanish-language media that the environment is a Latino issue, and built strong relationships with social justice and environmental groups alike. With the launch of the Clean Buses for Healthy Niños campaign, Chispa Arizona is building stronger coalitions with public health, medical professionals, parents and teachers groups and other allies to urge strong policies that make the switch from dirty diesel to clean, electric school buses.
The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) and our sister organization, LCV Education Fund, are national environmental organizations with a strong commitment to racial justice and equity. With more than 30 state affiliates across the country, LCV and LCV Education Fund are committed to building a movement in which everyday people have the right and responsibility to be able to influence the policies and policy makers that affect our air, water, lands and the health of our communities and planet.
- Conduct new outreach to recruit volunteers through door-knocking, presentations, one-on-one’s and phone calls that results in a growing volunteer base.
- Identify and create opportunities for building the engagement and leadership of volunteers and support their growth and development.
- Support volunteer leaders to develop and implement work plans that result in them forming volunteer committees consisting of their friends, family, neighbors, co-workers.
- Work with the Chispa team to develop and lead trainings for volunteers that develop their skills, analysis and commitment.
- Track organizing progress meticulously in VAN and submit reports on volunteer recruitment and cultivation.
- Work closely with the Chispa Arizona team to develop, implement and evaluate issue-organizing campaigns that successfully recruit volunteers, build grassroots leaders and get the attention of decision makers and media.
- Develop relationships and partnerships with community organizations and leaders, particularly among communities of color.
Work experience: 1-3 years in grassroots community or labor organizing programs.
- Experience with VAN and Excel is highly preferred.
- Experience in programs that include volunteer outreach (canvassing, phone banking, house visits, etc.), training volunteers, monitoring goals, developing strategies and tactics, and forming alliances with other groups.
- Enthusiasm and commitment to amplify the voice and leadership of communities of color in Arizona.
- Excellent organizational and time management skills and the ability to prioritize and effectively manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced work environment.
- Creative problem-solver who is resourceful during challenging or new situations.
Cultural Competence: Shares our commitment to increasing racial diversity in our movement and organization, integrating justice and equity into the work we do and ensuring an inclusive organizational culture.
Conditions: Ability to work overtime with little notice; able to work hours exceeding stated office hours to get the job done; ability and willingness to travel. Position requires a valid Arizona driver’s license and reliable transportation. This position is based in Phoenix, AZ.
To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Chispa AZ Organizer” in the subject line by May 25, 2018. No phone calls please.
LCV is an Equal Opportunity Employer Committed to a Racially Diverse, Inclusive, and Equitable Workplace