Title: Chispa AZ Federal Climate Organizer
Department: State Capacity Building
Duration: Funded through 12/31/24, extension dependent upon future funding
Reports to: Chispa AZ Deputy Director
Positions Reporting to this Position: None
Location: Phoenix, AZ – Hybrid
Travel Requirements: Up to 10%
Union Position: Yes
Job Classification Level: C
Salary Range (depending on experience): $67,010 – $81,529
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, a grassroots community organizing program, to amplify the voice and power of Latine communities to influence local, state, and national decisions that impact our health and environment. Chispa has programs in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Nevada and Texas. As part of our long-term commitment to engage new constituencies and to diversify the environmental movement, the League of Conservation Voters, primarily through grassroots community organizing programs, is fostering strong local and national Latinx leadership in the fight against climate change.
LCV is hiring a Chispa AZ Federal Climate organizer who will be an experienced community organizer tasked with engaging and building relationships with Latinx families in the Maricopa County area to take action in the fight against pollution, climate change, and environmental racism and to promote clean air, clean water, clean jobs, clean energy, and other federal campaigns. Issues can vary from federal, regional, state, or municipal issues. The ideal candidate is a creative, ambitious, experienced community organizer who is goal-driven and experienced in building individual and collective power in communities of color.
- Organize, manage and lead successful issue campaigns that engage with Latinx families in Arizona around issues of climate change and environmental justice, among other priority issues.
- Take the lead in managing education efforts for federal issue campaigns that engage community members.
- Build, develop and train a base of dedicated Latinx grassroots leadership in the community that will have a long-term leadership voice advocating for environmental justice, community health policies and values in the community.
- Identify potential new members and engage them by conducting one-on-one’s, presentations, and door-knocking and utilizing other community organizing methods.
- Support volunteer leaders in the development and sustaining of organizing committees who are involved in advancing campaign goals.
- Build relationships with schools, churches, community organizations, labor unions, public health groups, etc. to work in partnerships to advance shared goals.
- Track organizing work meticulously in EveryAction and other databases, submit reports to the Chispa AZ Organizing Director.
- Work closely with the organizing team and other departments to implement and evaluate issue-organizing campaigns that successfully recruit constituents, build grassroots leaders and get the attention of decision makers and media.
- Work closely with Chispa AZ’s staff and members to grow our grassroots organizing efforts in communities impacted by environmental injustices.
- Work with the Chispa AZ, Campaigns and Government Affairs teams to plan and implement decision maker meetings, briefings and advocacy trainings related to federal issues that impact communities in Arizona, as needed.
- Travel up to 10% of the time in-state and out-of-state for organizing activities and staff retreats and conferences, as needed.
- Conduct in-office responsibilities and events, including meetings with the Chispa AZ team, external partners and key stakeholders, from the Chispa AZ office at least 4 days per week.
- Work Experience: Required – Minimum 3 years in grassroots community, issue or labor organizing programs. Successful track record of grassroots community organizing, training volunteers, leadership development, implementing strategies and tactics, and forming alliances with other groups. Preferred – Experience working with EveryAction and Excel. Experience organizing in Arizona.
- Skills: Required – Ability to effectively work as part of a team and in community. Ability to effectively present campaigns and programs to the community, elected officials and allies in an effective way. 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. Preferred – Fluent in English and Spanish.
- Cultural Competence: Enthusiasm and commitment to amplify the voice and leadership of Latinx communities in Arizona. Shares 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.
- Working Conditions: This job operates both in a professional office environment and in outdoor and indoor public spaces, and the person will be exposed to outdoor elements such as precipitation, wind, and high/low temperatures. This position is occasionally sedentary; however, attending meetings and canvassing out in the communities is also frequently required. The person in the position will frequently be expected to move about to accomplish tasks and move between sites. This position routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and audiovisual systems. The person in this position frequently communicates with community members and must be able to exchange accurate information. Ability to travel and to work some evenings and weekends for events and trainings. Position requires a valid Arizona driver’s license and liability insurance or access to reliable transportation. Applicants need to be located in and legally authorized to work in the United States. LCV requires all employees working from our offices or participating in in-person meetings or events to be fully up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations, subject to reasonable accommodation as required by law.
LCV offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that includes vacation, sick and parental leave, personal days, paid holidays, health insurance (two plan options for staff to choose from), dental and vision insurance, life and disability insurance (short- and long-term), Flexible Spending Account, 401(k) retirement plan with company matching contribution, commuter benefits program, sabbatical, and student loan assistance.
To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to email@example.com with “Chispa AZ Federal Climate Organizer” in the subject line by September 13, 2023. No phone calls please.
LCV is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a racially just, equitable and inclusive workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information, or any other protected status. LCV is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.