Title: Chief of Staff
Reports To: President
Positions Reporting to this Position: SVP, State Capacity; Special Assistant to the President
Location: Washington, DC
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.
Our over 2 million members, our volunteers and staff, and our more than 30 state affiliates (together, the Conservation Voter Movement) work for a more just and equitable democracy, where people—not polluters—determine our future. This movement is an influential national network with unparalleled influence in Washington, DC, in state capitals, and in communities around the country. We are unmatched in our ability to ensure meaningful action on our key issues. We aim to bring people and communities together across racial, geographic, political, religious, economic and other differences toward collective goals instead of dividing us from one another.
LCV has experienced tremendous growth over the last few years and we are searching for a motivated individual to help us manage this growth, ultimately enabling us to be even more successful at achieving our mission. The Chief of Staff will be an enthusiastic leader in our organizational change process, ensuring that racial justice and equity is fully integrated into the work at every level of the organization and will be a principal player in achieving and maintaining a healthy, thriving organizational culture. The Chief of Staff will support our President by serving as a strategist, consultant and implementer. This person is responsible for cross-departmental planning, ensuring successful execution of the annual plans and the strategic plan, Board management, and internal communications for the LCV family of organizations – LCV, LCV Action Fund, LCV Victory Fund, LCV Education Fund, as well as with our state LCV partners. This position reports directly to the President and serves in their stead when requested. The Chief of Staff will develop effective working relationships with senior managers to ensure that plans and other tasks are executed efficiently and effectively.
Planning & Execution
- Leads the annual and long-range strategic planning process.
- Works with the executive team to ensure realistic implementation of plans against their strategic objectives.
- Collects and analyzes metrics against the strategic plan goals.
- Aligns priorities across the executive team and ensures coordinated execution.
- Analyzes the impact of new initiatives on existing plans and supports plan modification accordingly.
- Prepares for organization-wide meetings and ensures follow up on action items identified.
- Helps executive team drive toward effective and clear decision making.
- Ensures clarity and timeliness of decision-making processes.
- Oversees staff meetings and executive retreats.
- Drafts communications to staff around changes in policies, organization successes, etc. to keep staff informed.
- Looks for opportunities to share information across departments to help them stay aware of cross-departmental strategic opportunities.
- Aids efforts to streamline and improve communications within LCV and the Conservation Voter Movement at large.
Support of the President
- Leads major internal initiatives as requested by the President.
- Serves as a thought partner to the President.
- Responsibly and respectfully helps manage access to the President to ensure the highest and best use of their time.
- Attends internal meetings on behalf of the President when they are unavailable.
- Drafts internal communications to the staff and board from the President.
- Works with the Board Chair and President to develop Board agendas.
- Works with the executive team and Board Liaison to assemble Board information.
- Serves as a point of contact for Board member requests.
- Ensures follow up to Board action items.
- Works with key Board committees.
Organizational Values & Integrity
- Demonstrates leadership in the organization’s long-term process to advance racial justice and equity in every facet of the organization.
- Ensures organizational values are reflected in the planning and goal setting processes.
- Support efforts to create an organizational culture that is inclusive, respectful, and equitable.
- Work Experience: 15+ years of proven experience in program management. Successful experience implementing cross functional projects and strategic initiatives for an organization. Experience leading organizational change processes and integrating racial justice and equity into goal-setting, programs, planning and other aspects of an organization. Leadership experience within a local, state or national organization. Familiarity with electoral, issue advocacy, labor or other campaigns. Ability to and experience with managing an organization’s principal, including prior experience serving as an internal spokesperson of a principal. Demonstrated excellent strategic, political and organizational judgment; experience driving multifaceted programs forward to successful completion in a large and complex organization. Prior experience working across departments in an efficient but collaborative way developing and hitting deadlines and achieving benchmarked goals; Experience working with internal unions and collective bargaining a plus, but not required.
- Skills: Experience managing and holding senior-level staff accountable. Strategic and creative thinker, excellent interpersonal and emotional-intelligence skills. Exceptional listener and communicator. Ability to quickly and expertly synthesize a high volume of information and make timely decisions. Ability to assess, analyze and map out a strategy to solve problems as they arise, and work collaboratively to invest others in developing programs and strategies.
- Cultural Competence: Demonstrated awareness of one’s own cultural identity, views about differences, and the ability to learn and build on varying cultural and community norms. Commitment to equity and inclusion as organizational practice and culture. Understands how environmental issues intersect with racism, economic and social inequality in the U.S. and has a passion for working to dismantle these systems.
- Conditions: Ability and willingness to travel. This position is based in Washington, D.C.
To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to email@example.com with “Chief of Staff” in the subject line no later than November 4, 2019. No phone calls, please.
LCV is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a racially just, equitable and inclusive workplace.