Title: Vice President, Organizing
Department: Community & Civic Engagement
Reports To: Senior Vice President of Community and Civic Engagement
Positions Reporting to this Position: Chispa National Senior Director
Location: Flexible (the employee may decide whether to work remotely or from an LCV office)
Travel Requirements: Up to 30%
Union Position: No
Job Classification Level: M-IV
Salary Range (depending on experience): $125,000 – $170,000
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.
For more than 50 years, LCV has grown into a potent political force for protecting our planet and everyone who inhabits it. We have built a powerful national movement with 30 state affiliates, and grassroots and community organizing programs across the country.
LCV is hiring a Vice President of Organizing who will be responsible for strengthening and proliferating grassroots community organizing programs, creating partnerships, particularly focused on communities of color, and ensuring that we create a multiplier effect with other LCV and LCV Education Fund strategies to build power, combat the climate crisis and create a participatory democracy. This role will be focused on building a grassroots base that can drive campaigns that initiate, support and implement strategies using community organizing and mobilization tactics to take unprecedented bold action on climate change, working closely with the organizing teams of our 30+ state affiliates, collectively called the Conservation Voters Movement (CVM). The Vice President, Organizing reports to the Senior Vice President of Community and Civic Engagement and directly oversees Chispa, a multi-state climate justice community organizing program primarily focused on Latinx communities, as well as growing new programming focused on integrating community organizing strategies throughout LCV and LCVEF. The ideal candidate is an experienced and effective leader with extensive experience in organizing and issue campaigns and a creative and strategic thinker who is also committed to our organizational values of accountability, anti-racism, community, innovation, learning and sustainability.
- Create and manage plans that clarify multi-year and annual priorities, strategic plan goals, aligning strategies and creating success measures across Community & Civic Engagement programs with SVP and Senior Directors and other LCV departments.
- Work with the Chispa National Senior Director to help strengthen and grow the state Chispa programs, Chispa’s national impact, and visibility, and Chispa’s organizing model.
- Assist with fundraising, including cultivating individual donors, building relationships with foundations, and working with staff to produce high-quality proposals, updates, and reports.
- Work with the Director of Cultural Strategies to make cultural organizing (the fusion of arts, culture, and advocacy) an integral, standard practice of LCV’s organizing and advocacy.
- Provide guidance and tools, including organizing models, that can help state affiliates launch or grow grassroots community organizing programs focused on constituencies that have been excluded from the environmental policy decisions that disproportionately affect their lives.
- Work with the Vice President of Civic Engagement to develop creative strategies and tactics to integrate grassroots community organizing with large-scale voter registration and turn-out programs.
- Work with national and state organizing directors to develop consistent leadership development ladders and shareable youth and adult learning curricula relevant to state and national campaigns.
- Develop consistent and effective onboarding and training for state and national community organizers and professional development and growth opportunities that establish organizing as a long-term career.
- Oversee the fiscal management of several programs and track multiple budgets effectively.
- Actively participate on the Community & Civic Engagement department’s senior leadership and management teams, contributing to building an inclusive organizational culture, and as a thought leader in the Conservation Voters Movement, who models innovative approaches, equity-driven leadership, and collaborative and bold solutions as well as contributing ideas to the overall management and well-being of the organization.
- Engage with the environmental, unions/labor groups, social, economic, and racial justice movements to build transformational and deeply collaborative partnerships.
- Serve as a Chispa program’s public spokesperson, including with the press and at public events, as needed.
- Travel up to 30% of the time for funder meetings, state organizing team meetings, staff retreats, training, and conferences, as needed.
- Work Experience: Minimum of 10 years experience in program budget management, voter integration strategies, and data analysis, including raising foundation grants and cultivating support from individual donors in community-based organizations, labor unions, organizing networks, or similar organizations. Track record of developing, evaluating, and re-calibrating issue campaigns that grow a grassroots base and make a difference in working families and communities of color’s everyday lives. Seven years of proven success as a supervisor, developer of leaders, coach, and/or mentor. Experience working across departments to build organization-wide alignment and coordination with state affiliates. Familiarity with the IRS rules regarding 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), and PACs is preferred.
- Skills: Visionary, creative, strategic thinker who can get in the details to solve problems and quickly jump up to refocus on the bigger picture. Excellent interpersonal skills, enthusiasm, and emotional intelligence. Independent, self-motivated, and able to drive projects to completion in a fast-paced, complex environment. Excellent writing, training, and communication skills and the ability to move groups to agreement and decisions. Results and metrics oriented, a team-builder, highly organized and responsive. Solid understanding of different organizing models and what they accomplish. Ability to plan a vision for staff development, especially community organizers.
- 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.
- Working Conditions: This job operates in a professional office environment and routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and audiovisual systems. This position is largely sedentary, often standing or sitting for prolonged periods. The person in this position frequently communicates with external partners and funders and must be able to exchange accurate information. 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 a cover letter and resume to email@example.com with “VP, Organizing” in the subject line by February 12, 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 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.