Organizing Director, Chispa Arizona

Title: Organizing Director, Chispa Arizona

Status: Exempt

Reports to: Executive Director, Chispa Arizona

Positions Reporting to this Position: Organizers

Description:

The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) is a national environmental organization that 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-environmental candidates who will champion our priority issues.

In 2014, LCV launched Chispa, a grassroots community organizing program, to ensure that Latino communities have a strong voice and the power to influence local, state, and national decisions that impact our health and our environment. Chispa has programs in Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, New Mexico, and Nevada. As part of our long-term commitment to engage new constituencies and to diversify the environmental movement, Chispa Arizona has been organizing in-state for the past four years, building grassroots Latino community activism and leadership in the fight for a cleaner future.

The Chispa Arizona Organizing Director’s main objective is to build a strong, data-driven, issue-based organizing program focused on developing leaders and building power in the Latino community. This position will build the capacity and influence of our community on policy makers to protect our rights to a clean and healthy environment.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop, implement, and draft strategic, data-driven campaign plans with measurable benchmarks and goals for Chispa Arizona that build a strong base of volunteers, result in local policy victories, and develop new grassroots leaders.
  • Leverage VAN effectively to set, track, and achieve organizing goals, engage community leaders (promotores) in campaign progress, move them up the ladder of engagement, & build committees (comites).
  • Develop systems, tools and structures that provide strong clarity, accountability and organization for organizers, promotores, comites, and campaign implementation.
  • 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.
  • Ensure that organizers’ contacts are regularly and accurately captured in VAN, and that reports are produced by organizers for planning weekly follow ups and other activities.
  • Provide timely reports to the Chispa Arizona Executive Director and national Chispa staff about campaign and organizing progress.
  • Work with the Chispa Arizona Advocacy Director to communicate member priorities and campaign progress, and identify opportunities for members to promote good policy and defend against attacks.
  • Work with the Chispa Arizona Civic Engagement Director to identify opportunities for members to participate in voter registration activities and to integrate civic participation education into the members’ training, development and leadership roles.
  • Work with the Chispa digital team to develop online campaign tools and increase online engagement of Latinos and other communities of color with local and national Chispa campaigns and programs.
  • Work with the Chispa Arizona Coalitions & Training Director to identify leadership development needs to empower membership and advance campaign goals. Partner to identify priority allies and coalitions that will support fundamental grassroots organizing goals and organizer work plans.
  • Organize regular events, meetings, retreats, and other opportunities that engage volunteer leaders in strategic thinking and decision making related to campaigns and the movement.
  • Identify strong member spokespeople and work with the communications team to develop their skills and create media opportunities, ensuring that promotor leadership and activities are reflected in campaign-specific news stories and social media.
  • Create opportunities to develop and expand the organizing team’s and members’ cultural competencies and ability to work across lines of race, class, gender and sexual identity.
  • Ensure that art and culture are integral parts of the organizing process and campaign activities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Work Experience: Required – Minimum of 3-5 years of experience working on voter registration, electoral, community organizing, issue advocacy, or labor organizing campaigns, including successful experience managing campaigns rooted in social, racial, and economic justice. Prior experience managing and supervising staff and/or volunteers. Demonstrated experience with and commitment to data-driven approach to developing goals, tracking progress, and executing metrics-driven campaigns. Working knowledge of online database and field reporting systems, like VAN, or the ability to learn them.
  • Skills: Required – Enthusiastic and self-motivated personal – not positional – leadership skills. Exceptional supervision and coaching skills including managing staff. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Detail oriented approach to campaign planning, accountability, and tracking progress and metrics, and understanding of successful organizing models. Flexibility, self-awareness, emotional intelligence, cultural competence, and ability to bring creative ideas and fresh perspective to an evolving organizing program. Ability to juggle multiple tasks, solve problems and set priorities in a fast-paced, high-performance environment. Ability to partner and collaborate with existing Chispa AZ team and represent Chispa AZ / LCV to a variety of audiences and through various mediums. Ability to write and implement comprehensive organizing and issue advocacy campaign plans. Reliable, consistent, detail-oriented and self-motivated. Must be bilingual in English and Spanish. Preferred – Excellent writing and verbal communication skills. Working knowledge of compliance issues and regulations related to 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations.
  • Cultural Competence: Must share a commitment to advancing racial justice and equity and ensuring an inclusive organizational culture. Familiarity with the complexity of issues and obstacles facing communities’ of color engagement in the environmental movement. Familiarity with Arizona and in-state community preferred.
  • Conditions: Ability to work evenings and travel in-state and nationally 10-15% of the time, depending on program. This position will often require non-traditional hours and will involve work on the weekends. This position is based in Phoenix, Arizona.

To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to hr@lcv.org with “Organizing Director” in the subject line by March 1, 2019.  No phone calls please.

LCV is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a racially just, equitable and inclusive workplace.