Chispa National Deputy Director

Title: Chispa National Deputy Director

Status: Exempt

Reports to: Chispa National Director

Positions Reporting to this Position: Chispa State Program Directors

General Description:
The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) works to turn environmental values into national, state and local priorities. LCV, in collaboration with our state LCV partners, advocates for sound environmental laws and policies, holds elected officials accountable for their votes and actions, and elects pro-environment candidates who will champion our priority issues.

In 2014, LCV launched Chispa (“chispa” translates to “spark” in English), a program that relies on community organizing to build the voice and power of Latino families to influence the environmental policies and decisions that affect their lives. Through our programs in six 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 policy makers as champions on environmental issues, demonstrated to Spanish-language media that the environment is a priority issue for Latino families, and built strong relationships with social justice and environmental groups alike.

Chispa is seeking a Deputy Director who is a senior-level organizer with extensive experience in management, base building and developing grassroots leaders through issue organizing campaigns. We are looking for a creative, motivated leader with a strong organizing background who is goal-driven and experienced in movement building.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with the National Chispa Director, national LCV staff and state LCVs to help develop, implement and evaluate issue organizing campaigns that builds a strong base of volunteers, results in local policy victories, and develops new grassroots leaders within Latino communities in 6+ states.
  • Help with the hiring, coaching, and supervision of Program Directors and support their efforts to hire, train and supervise their staff to meet their goals and develop effective programs and campaigns.
  • Work with the Chispa team to develop and test effective, new organizing and mobilizing strategies and tools that strengthens the participation and leadership our communities and leaders.
  • Analyze and prepare reports on campaign and program progress for Chispa staff, LCV leadership and provide timely updates for grant reports and other donor-related needs.
  • Work closely with the Chispa Digital Campaigns Manager and LCV Digital team to develop online campaign tools and increase online engagement with our campaigns and programs.
  • Work with Chispa Communications Director and LCV Communications team to implement Chispa communications goals and plans.
  • Ensure that all program activities are properly tracked in VAN including providing VAN support for Chispa teams.
  • Coordinate with LCV and state affiliate staff to ensure that Chispa’s work is integrated into LCV events and strategies including relationship building, media communications and online actions.
  • Coordinate with our Civic Engagement program to integrate voter registration, get-out-the-vote and voting rights campaigns into the work of Chispa programs when relevant.
  • Draft and manage campaign and program plans and budgets.
  • Ensure compliance and reporting of all organizing-related activities working with Legal and Finance departments and, where appropriate, state LCVs.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

Work experience: 4+ years of experience in issue and community organizing campaigns with Latino communities, low-income families and people of color and including several years of direct supervisory experience.

Required Skills:

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills, including ability to write and implement comprehensive program and campaign plans and ability to represent Chispa to a variety of audiences and through a variety of mediums.
  • Experience on staff supervision, management and coaching skills.
  • Fluency in VAN and Office Suite.
  • Commitment to measuring and tacking progress and outcomes.
  • Work well in a fast-paced environment and able to multi-task without sacrificing quality of work.
  • Reliable, consistent, detail-oriented and self-motivated.
  • Must share organizational commitment to increasing racial diversity in out movement, integrating justice and equity into the work we do and ensuring an inclusive organizational culture.
  • Must also have a complex understanding of Latino communities’ priorities, cultures and potential for effective civic engagement.
  • Ability to work hours exceeding stated office hours to get the job done; ability and willingness to travel. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to hr@lcv.org with “Chispa Deputy Director” in the subject line by January 31, 2018.

LCV is an Equal Opportunity Employer Committed to Racial Justice, Equity and an Inclusive Workplace