Title: Chispa Organizing Director
Reports to: Chispa National Director
Positions Reporting to this Position: None
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-environment candidates who will champion our priority issues.
In 2014, LCV launched Chispa (“chispa” translates to “spark” in English) in AZ, CO and NM. Since then the program has expanded to CT, MD and NV to continue the grassroots community organizing aimed to amplify the voice and power of communities of color to influence the environmental policies and decisions that affect their lives. 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 in 2017, Chispa 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 LCV Education Fund advocates for strong environmental protections, organizes communities to speak up about their environmental values, and engages people in the democratic process to enact strong environmental laws.
Chispa is seeking an Organizer Director with extensive experience in base building, staff training and developing grassroots leaders through issue organizing campaigns and civic participation. The Organizing Director will work closely with the national Chispa team and the growing multi-state organizing program that is building the power communities of color to be part of the solutions to pollution and climate change and to promote clean air, clean water and clean energy. We are looking for a creative, seasoned leader with strong training background who is goal-driven and experienced in movement building.
• Work with the national Chispa and LCV staff and state LCVs to develop, implement and evaluate issue organizing campaigns that builds a strong base of volunteers, results in local policy victories, and develops new grassroots leaders in 6+ states.
• Work with state programs 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.
• Help to coach and train Chispa teams in organizing skills and tools and for them to become good trainers and coaches for their grassroots members and committees.
• Work with Chispa team to develop and test effective and new organizing and mobilizing strategies and tools that helps move our communities and leaders.
• Work with Chispa team to identify and develop relationships with ally organizations and grassroots community leaders who can become effective partners on the campaign and mission.
• Ensure that art and culture are integral parts of the organizing process and campaign activities.
• Work closely with the Chispa Digital Campaigns Manager and Chispa Communications Director to develop online campaign tools, increase online engagement and earned and paid media.
• Ensure that all program activities are properly tracked in VAN and that Chispa teams have the skills and procedures to do it effectively.
• 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.
• Other duties as assigned.
Work experience: 5+ years of experience working on community or labor organizing campaigns, including several years of direct supervisory and staff training experience. Must also have experience on issue and community organizing campaigns with communities of color and low-income families.
• Experience overseeing issue campaigns driven by community organizing
• Extensive experience training and coaching community organizers and members in organizing skills
• Bilingual in English and Spanish.
• Demonstrate emotional intelligence and effective listening skills in order to be an effective coach, trainer and member of a complex team
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including ability to write and implement training curriculum and organizing tools
• Fluency in VAN and Office Suite, highly preferred.
• Work well in a fast-paced environment and able to multi-task without sacrificing quality of work.
• Reliable, consistent, detail-oriented and self-motivated.
Values: Must share organizational commitment to integrating racial justice and equity into the work we do and ensuring an inclusive organizational culture. Must also have a complex understanding of Latino and other communities of color priorities, cultures and potential for affecting social change.
Working Conditions: Ability to work hours exceeding stated office hours to get the job done; ability and willingness to travel. This position is preferably based in Washington, D.C.
Send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Chispa Organizing Director” in the subject line by April 26, 2017.