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Chispa Federal Climate Organizer – TX

Title: Chispa Federal Climate Organizer – TX
Department: Community and Civic Engagement
Status: Exempt
Reports to: Chispa TX Program Director
Positions Reporting to this Position: None
Locations: Corpus Christi, TX
Travel Requirements: Up to 10%
Union Position: Yes
Job Classification Level: C
Salary Range (depending on experience): $67,010 – $81,529

General Description:

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.

Chispa, a program of LCV, works to ensure that Latine communities and leaders have a strong voice in the movement for climate justice and within the environmental movement and influence the environmental policies and decisions that impact our health and environment. Based in the Community & Civic Engagement department, Chispa has programs in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Nevada, and Texas. 

LCV is hiring a Chispa Federal Climate Organizers in Corpus Christi, Texas who will help create and implement their Chispa state program’s federal organizing strategies. The Chispa Federal Climate Organizer will be experienced community organizers who is tasked with engaging and building relationships with Latine families in Nueces/San Patricio Counties, TX to take action in the fight against pollution, climate change, environmental racism and to promote clean air, clean water, clean jobs, clean energy and other federal campaigns. This position will be part of a dynamic, skilled, and growing data-driven organizing team, working closely with the Chispa Texas state teams, Chispa national team, and community members and leaders to ensure that communities are civically engaged and are part of the decision-making process that impacts their health and environment. The ideal candidate is self-motivated, enthusiastic, and passionate about the fight for climate justice and ready to take action to hold polluters accountable and advocate for community driven solutions to address climate change and environmental racism.

Responsibilities:

  • Organize, manage and lead successful issue campaigns that engage with Latinx families in their state 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 Voter Action Network and other databases, submit reports to the Chispa state Program 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 staff and members to grow our grassroots organizing efforts in communities impacted by environmental injustices.
  • Work with the Chispa, Communications and Digital, Campaigns and Government Affairs teams to plan and implement decision maker meetings, briefings and advocacy trainings related to federal issues that impact communities in Texas, 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 state Chispa team, external partners and key stakeholders, from the state Chispa office at least 4 days per week.

Qualifications:

  • 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 Voter Action Network and Google Suites. Experience organizing in Texas.
  • 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: Passionate about protecting the environment and communities impacted by climate change and environmental injustice. Committed to confronting institutional racism and inequity within our political system. An ability to apply a racial justice lens, and a variety of communities’ distinct perspectives to organizing strategies. Commitment to equity and inclusion as organizational practice and culture. Understanding the ways in which principles of racial justice and equity are vital to improving our democratic systems and environmental challenges effectively.
  • 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 occasionally work evening and weekend hours as needed. Position requires a valid 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 hr@lcv.org with “Chispa Federal Organizer – TX” in the subject line by August 27, 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 hr@lcv.org.