Title: Chispa NV Program Director
Department: Community & Civic Engagement
Reports to: Chispa National Director
Positions Reporting to this Position: Chispa NV Administrative Associate, Chispa NV Community Organizers, Chispa NV Organizing Director (once hired)
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Travel Requirements: Up to 20%
Unit Position: No
Job Classification Level: M-I
Salary Range (depending on experience): $84,728 – $108,000
LCV believes our earth is worth fighting for because everyone has a right to clean air, water, and a safe, healthy community. To protect those rights, 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 Latinx 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, environment, and democracy. Chispa has programs in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Nevada, and Texas.
The Chispa program in Nevada has primarily worked with Latinx communities in Clark County since 2015. We are working to build a robust team on the ground that can lead the Chispa Nevada program toward our mission of protecting our communities and environment and defending our democracy.
LCV is seeking a Chispa Nevada Program Director, a senior-level organizer with extensive experience in program management, base building, and developing grassroots leaders through issue organizing campaigns. We are looking for a creative, motivated individual with a strong organizing background who is experienced in movement building, has a thorough understanding of Nevada politics, and is ready to support the growth, rebuilding, and strengthening of the Chispa program based in Las Vegas, NV.
- Work with the Chispa National Director, key staff and state and local partners, and the community to develop, implement and evaluate short-term and long-term programmatic plans that prioritize civic engagement, base building, leadership development, and issue-based campaigns on climate justice and democracy.
- Oversee the development, implementation, and evaluation of issue organizing campaigns that build a strong base of volunteers, develop grassroots leaders and inform and drive policy victories for climate justice and the defense of our democracy.
- Collaborate with LCV’s Democracy For All Team to oversee voter registration and engagement program’s planning, implementation, and evaluation.
- Ensure that Chispa Nevada’s programmatic areas such as voter education, voter registration, GOTV initiatives, civic engagement, organizing, and issue-based campaigns are aligned and coordinated.
- Lead the hiring, coaching, and supervision of Chispa Nevada program support staff; guide and support the program’s short and long-term goals and professional development.
- Work with the Chispa National team and other departments at LCV to coordinate support for the Chispa Nevada program, including coordinating with the Chispa National leadership and Institutional Giving team on fundraising efforts for the Chispa NV program to ensure sustainability.
- Develop relationships and partnerships with Latinx organizations, climate groups, leaders, and policymakers.
- Collaborate with the Chispa National communications team and partner with organizations and consultants to implement a Spanish-language and Latinx-focused communications strategy.
- Actively participate as a thought leader in the Chispa network, the Community and Civic Engagement department, and the Conservation Voter Movement and contribute to building an inclusive organizational culture.
- Ensure compliance and reporting of all program activities working with Legal and Finance departments and, where appropriate, state affiliates.
- Work with Chispa NV Administrative Associate to oversee administrative aspects of the program, including narrative reports, day-to-day office operations, and financial monitoring and reporting.
- Travel up to 20% of the time for meetings with state legislators, coalition partners, staff retreats, training, and conferences, as needed.
- Work Experience: Required – At least 5 years of experience in issue, labor, and/or grassroots community organizing campaigns with Latinx, low-income families, and/or people of color. 1-2 years of direct supervisory experience. Coalition/partner relations experience across issue areas. Experience with program management, budget oversight, and reporting. Demonstrated experience in staff supervision, management, and coaching skills. Familiarity with digital and communications strategies and tactics and how they amplify and strengthen community organizing and campaigns.
- Preferred – Experience working with Nevada communities, and Clark County in particular. Fundraising and report writing experience.
- Skills: Required – Excellent programmatic planning skills. Excellent writing and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write and implement, monitor, and evaluate program and campaign plans. Ability to represent Chispa to a variety of audiences and through a variety of mediums. Commitment to measuring and tracking progress, developing reports, and program outcomes. Work well in a fast-paced environment and be able to prioritize and multitask without sacrificing the quality of work. Reliable, consistent, detail-oriented, and self-motivated. Bilingual in English and Spanish.
- Preferred – Familiarity with the IRS rules regarding 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), and PACs. Familiarity with Google and Office Suite. Knowledge of organizing and digital engagement tools such as VAN, EveryAction, and Phone to Action.
- Cultural Competence: Demonstrated awareness of one’s cultural identity, views about differences, and the ability to learn and build on varying cultural and community norms. A complex understanding of racial justice and the urgency of confronting institutional racism and inequity. Commitment to equity and inclusion as organizational practice and culture. Proven track record of successfully working across lines of race, immigration status, ethnicity, language, class, gender, and other identities and experiences.
- Preferred – Familiarity with the complexity of issues and obstacles facing communities of color engagement in the environmental movement. Familiarity with Nevada and in-state communities.
- 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 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 work some evenings and weekends, as needed. The 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.
To Apply: Send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com with “Chispa NV Program Director” in the subject line by November 13, 2022. 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, 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 a 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.