Community Organizer

Job Location

Annapolis, MD

On-Site

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Type of Job

Full-Time

Salary

40,000

Published Date

May 3, 2021

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General Description: Maryland League of Conservation Voters (Maryland LCV) and Maryland

League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (Maryland LCV EF) are hiring a full-time

Community Organizer for its Chispa Maryland program. Maryland LCV EF launched Chispa

Maryland in 2014, a grassroots community organizing program to ensure Latinx families have

strong leadership and power to identify and influence environmental and public health policies

and decisions that affect their lives. Since then, Chispa Maryland has established itself as one of

few environmental programs in the state with a strong and diverse grassroots community that is

growing in capacity. Chispa Maryland has established relationships with environmental and

social justice groups, and our volunteers and activists have become environmental leaders that

have taken numerous actions to protect the health of their families and communities from

environmental hazards such as harmful chemicals and air and water pollution.

 

The Chispa Maryland Community Organizer will engage and build leadership among Latinx,

communities of color and youth in Maryland. The Community Organizer will conduct outreach

to identify community members that are affected by environmental injustices and other

environmental issues and will support them in building skills and capacity to advocate and lead

efforts to fight environmental injustices, create social and economic opportunities, and protect

their families, communities and the environment. We are looking for a creative, ambitious and

experienced community organizer who is passionate about social change and justice, building

individual and collective power and is goal driven. This position will report to the Organizing

Manager and will work in close collaboration with other members of the staff.

 

Responsibilities:

●Develop relationships and partnerships with community organizations, leaders, and

institutions, particularly among communities of color and other relevant communities;

●Reach out to and recruit volunteers through door-knocking, presentations, one-on-one’s

and phone calls that identify new volunteers and members;

●Identify and create opportunities for building the engagement and leadership of

members and support their growth and development;

●Support grassroots leaders to develop and implement work plans that result in them

forming committees consisting of their friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers;

●Work with the Chispa Maryland team to develop and lead trainings that develop the

skills and deepen the commitment of community members;

●Work closely with the Maryland LCV/EF team to develop, implement, and evaluate issue

campaigns that successfully recruit volunteers, build grassroots leaders, and get the

attention of decision makers and media;

●Work with the Chispa communications team to identify and develop powerful

storytellers and media spokespeople from among the membership, and increase

Maryland LCV/EF and Chispa’s online engagement and presence.

 

Qualifications:

●1-3 years experience working in grassroots community or labor organizing programs,

including experience in programs that include volunteer outreach (canvassing, phone

banking, house visits, etc.), training volunteers, monitoring goals, developing strategies

and tactics, and forming alliances with other groups.;

●Enthusiasm and commitment to amplify the voice and leadership of communities of

color in Maryland. Ability to conduct basic research to learn issues, develop a power

analysis and political lay of the land, including the positions and values of policymakers;

●Excellent organizational and time management skills and the ability to prioritize and

effectively manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced work environment;

●Creative problem-solver who is resourceful during challenging or new situations;

●Strong communication skills. Bilingual in English and Spanish. Experience with Google

Workspace (G Suite).

 

The ideal candidate also has:

●A deep commitment to environmental and equity and justice issues and an

understanding of how issues of racial and economic justice impact Latinx and other

communities of color in Maryland;

●A demonstrated awareness of one’s own cultural identity and an understanding and

awareness of differing identities;

●The ability to work across gender, race, ethnicity, inmigration status, socio-economic

backgrounds and other identity lines;

●A shared commitment to increasing racial diversity in our movement and organization,

integrating justice and equity into the work we do and ensuring an inclusive

organizational culture;

●The ability to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends.

 

Salary and Compensation: Competitive non-profit salary range depending on qualifications

and experience. The salary is accompanied by a generous benefits package including health,

dental, and vision insurance, paid time off, and a 401K plan with an employer match.

Position Requirements: This is a full-time position. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the

organization is working from home. Outside of the pandemic the position is based in Annapolis

with telecommuting options. The Chispa Maryland Community Organizer reports to the

Organizing Manager.

 

To Apply: Send a cover letter, resume, and salary range to Ramon Palencia-Calvo at

careers@mdlcv.org with Chispa Maryland Community Organizer in the subject line.

Applications accepted until position is filled. Ideal start date is ASAP.

 

Maryland LCV, a 501(c)(4) organization activates Marylanders to promote and pass equitable

laws and policies for clean water, healthy air, a resilient climate, and thriving communities. We

hold elected officials accountable, and educate and endorse candidates for public office. The

Maryland LCV Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports and amplifies a diverse

and inclusive environmental movement across the state. Through outreach and education, the

Education Fund supports communities disproportionately impacted by environmental injustices

and builds grassroots field capacity for legislative advocacy and environmental issues. The

Maryland LCV PAC is the organization that directly helps elect pro-conservation candidates.