Title: Virginia Field Director
Status: Exempt, short term through December 2020
Reports to: National Organizing Director
Positions Reporting to this Position: None
Location: Richmond, VA
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.
Protecting our environment requires massive grassroots support. In eight states, LCV has developed a powerful volunteer organizing structure, engaging nearly 27,000 volunteers across the country to make phone calls, knock on doors, attend events and advocate on behalf of climate action. The programs engage community members, with a particular focus on working with young people and communities of color, to build support for reducing carbon emissions, raise awareness about the need to address climate change and help elect pro-environment candidates to office.
LCV is hiring a Virginia Field Director to lead its Virginia field activities, overseeing the engagement of LCV members as volunteers and activists in issue and electoral advocacy, and grassroots lobbying activities. The Virginia Field Director will serve as the Campaigns department’s lead field staffer in Virginia and will be responsible for coordinating activities and logistics of the program. The Virginia Field Director will work closely with Virginia LCV (VALCV), the state affiliate, and the in-state leadership team to build relationships with environmental groups and community leaders to advocate for climate action.
- Work with the Campaigns department and VALCV staff to develop, write and execute field plans to engage community members and advocate for just and equitable federal environmental policy priorities.
- Collaborate with the Campaigns department to develop and implement organizer and volunteer trainings, with a focus on further developing volunteer leadership skills of young people and communities of color to become environmental advocates.
- Ensure that all volunteer outreach and engagement is meticulously tracked in VAN and maintain in-state reporting to measure goal progress.
- Help develop and test organizing strategies and tools, with focus on increasing engagement, particularly in communities of color and with youth.
- Design and execute events to engage and educate community members and volunteers on policy priorities that intersect or are centered in environmental and racial justice.
- Train organizers and volunteers in effective storytelling and engagement tactics to highlight the personal and public impacts of environmental policies.
- Develop and maintain relationships with environmental, social justice and other progressive leaders in the community and partner with them for field events and activities to increase the racial diversity of the volunteer base.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Work Experience: Required – 3-5 cycles or 4+ years experience in community, issue, labor, or political organizing; 1 cycle or 2 years of experience managing and training teams representing a rich mix of talent, experience, backgrounds, and perspectives. Experience tracking data in VAN or VoteBuilder. Demonstrated experience implementing digital organizing tools, including peer-to-peer texting. Preferred – Experience working on an issue campaign, especially environmental. Experience with youth organizing. Experience effectively managing teams in multiple geographies.
- Skills: Demonstrated ability to collaborate with colleagues and partner organizations. Ability to multitask without sacrificing quality of work. Ability to foster a collaborative team and results oriented work environment. Exceptional leadership, project management and coaching skills including supporting remote staff. Must possess strong written and oral communication skills. Fluency in VAN and Microsoft Office Suite required; other tools, including Hustle or Relay and social media, a plus.
- Cultural Competence: Demonstrated awareness of one’s own cultural identity, views about difference, 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 to work hours exceeding stated office hours to get the job done, including weekends; ability and willingness to travel up to 15-20% in-state as needed. Position requires a valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation. This position is based in Richmond, VA.
To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with “VA Field Director” in the subject line by March 8, 2020. No phone calls please.
LCV is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a racially just, equitable and inclusive workplace.