Chispa TX Program Director

Title: Chispa TX Program Director

Department: Community & Civic Engagement

Status: Exempt

Reports to: Chispa National Deputy Director

Positions Reporting to this Position: None

Location: Corpus Christi, TX

Unit Position: Yes

Job Classification Level: E

Salary Range (depending on experience): $79,000-$96,000

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.

LCV launched Chispa in 2014, a grassroots community organizing program to ensure the voice and power of Latinx communities influence the environmental policies and decisions that impact our health and environment. Currently, Chispa has programs in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, and Nevada.

Through our programs in five states, our members have taken leadership in the fights to keep rooftop solar affordable and accessible and convert dirty diesel school buses to clean electric fleets, developed Latino and other people of color policymakers as champions on environmental issues, demonstrated to Spanish-language media that the environment is a priority issue for Latinx families, and built strong relationships with social justice and environmental groups alike.

LCV is seeking a Chispa TX Program Director who is 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 and ready to support the development of a new program in Corpus Christi, TX.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with the National Chispa Deputy Director, key staff and state partners and community to develop, implement and evaluate issue organizing campaigns that build a strong base of volunteers, develop grassroots leaders and inform and drive policy victories that push for environmental justice.
  • Lead the hiring, coaching, and supervision of Chispa TX program support staff, guide and support the program’s short and long-term goals and professional development.
  • Develop and maintain relationships and partnerships with Latinx organizations, climate groups, leaders and policymakers.
  • Partner with organizations and consultants to implement a Spanish-language and Latinx focused communications strategy.
  • Coordinate with the Chispa team and local community to develop and test effective, new organizing and mobilizing strategies and tools that strengthen the participation and leadership of our communities and leaders.
  • Support fundraising efforts for Chispa TX program to ensure sustainability.
  • Actively participate as a thought leader in the Conservation Voter Movement and contribute to building an inclusive organizational culture.
  • Ensure compliance and reporting of all organizing-related activities working with Legal and Finance departments and, where appropriate, state LCVs.
  • Oversee administrative aspects of the program including narrative reports and financial monitoring and reporting.

Qualifications:

  • Work Experience: At least 5-7 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. Program budget management and reporting. Experience developing programmatic reports for funders. 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 TX communities, and Corpus Christi in particular.
  • Skills: Required – 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 for funders, and program outcomes. Work well in a fast-paced environment and 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 VAN, Google, Office Suite.
  • 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. 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 TX and in-state communities.
  • Conditions: Ability to travel, potentially up to 10% of time, and to work some evenings and weekends. Position requires a valid TX driver’s license and access to reliable transportation. The position is based in Corpus Christi, TX. Please note that all LCV staff are currently working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to hr@lcv.org with “Chispa TX Program Director” in the subject line by January 10, 2021. No phone calls please.

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