Vice President, Civic Engagement 

Title: Vice President, Civic Engagement

Department: Community & Civic Engagement

Status: Exempt

Reports To Senior Vice President, Community and Civic Engagement

Positions Reporting to this Position: Director of Civic Engagement and Voting Rights Program Director

Location: Flexible (the employee may decide whether to work remotely or from an LCVEF office)

Travel Requirements: Up to 30%

Union Position: No

Job Classification Level: M-IV

Salary Range (depending on experience): $125,000 – $170,000

General Description:

The League of Conservation Voters Education Fund believes our earth is worth mobilizing for because everyone has a right to clean air, water, and a safe, healthy community. LCV Education Fund (LCVEF) works to turn environmental values into national, state and local priorities. LCVEF’s work to protect and advocate for the environment is rooted in our commitment to racial, social and environmental justice. 

Over the last twenty years, LCVEF has developed one of the most effective nonpartisan voter participation programs in the nation. We pioneered tools such as membership list enhancement, and we continue to lead in areas such as mobilization, profiling and modeling, issue ID, control group testing and high-end analytics. We are externally recognized for our leadership in the space, such as the most recent Independent Voter Registration Report where LCVEF was ranked the most efficient program in the nation—with an 83 percent rate of successful registrations—for the third consecutive election cycle.

Through our national vote-by-mail, voter registration, and GOTV efforts, we have become the leading pro-climate group working to encourage underrepresented communities to participate in elections. We increasingly play a major role in pro-democracy ballot measures that reduce barriers to voting at the state and local levels. Even outside the pro-climate community, we are one of the largest players in the civic engagement space, with a focus on increasing the involvement of communities of color and young people in the democratic process.

LCVEF is hiring a Vice President of Civic Engagement who will lead year-round civic engagement strategy, managing staff, and democracy and civic engagement programs, including voter contact, integrated voter engagement, managing data, sharing tactics and strategies for relational organizing, while leading partnership and coalition management to advance voter protection and combat voter suppression nationally and with our state partners. This role will be focused on building power with a grassroots base that can urge decision-makers to take unprecedented bold action to confront climate change, working closely with the organizing teams of our 30+ state affiliates, collectively called the Conservation Voters Movement (CVM) in protecting our communities and environment and defending our democracy. This position reports to the Senior Vice President of Community and Civic Engagement and will directly supervise the Director of Civic Engagement and Voting Rights Program Director. The ideal candidate is an experienced and effective leader with extensive experience in voter engagement, democracy, organizing with 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. 

Responsibilities:

  • Work with the SVP of Community and Civic Engagement, other national LCV and LCVEF staff and state affiliates to develop, implement and evaluate advocacy, coalition-building and organizing campaigns that advance voter participation, voting rights and protect against voter suppression.
  • Support the Director of Civic Engagement in the planning and execution of a multi-state site-based voter registration program, including managing a complex mix of relationships with state affiliates, other LCVEF staff and leadership, funders, organizational partners and state 501(c)(3) tables.
  • Manage a strong team of staff who are motivated and equipped to effectively implement their work plans and achieve their goals. Manage and contribute to a positive, collaborative and inclusive workplace culture while holding staff accountable and mission driven.
  • Oversee the development of the Civic Engagement program budgets and allocations to state leagues and vendors. Closely track and regularly report status updates and projections to LCVEF leadership.
  • Coordinate with LCVEF and state LCVEF staff to ensure that Civic Engagement work is integrated into LCVEF events and strategies including relationship building, media communications, and online actions.
  • Oversee and identify opportunities to advance the time-bound, metrics-driven campaigns according to benchmarks of LCVEF strategic plan and annual goals of the Civic Engagement programs, including being an active member of national civic engagement-related coalitions and facilitating state affiliate leadership in state and national coalitions and partnerships.
  • Work with the development team to prepare grant proposals and reports and to cultivate institutional and individual donor support.
  • Work with Legal and Finance departments and state affiliates to ensure compliance and reporting of all activities within the program.
  • 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 Democracy program’s public spokesperson, including with the press and at public events, as needed.
  • Travel up to 30% of the time, including regular travel to Washington, D.C. for coalition meetings, as well as other travel for funder meetings, state civic engagement team meetings, staff retreats, training, and conferences, as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Work Experience: Required – Minimum of 10 years of experience with strategic and program planning and implementation, managing complex program budgets and metric-driven campaigns, working on elections, voter registration, community organizing, or democracy campaigns. Seven years of proven success as a supervisor, developer of leaders, coach, and/or mentor. Successful experience working collaboratively with coalition partners on shared goals and building strong relationships with funders that result in program growth and sustainability. Preferred – Experience focused on low-income families and communities of color. Experience working with a national organization that has state affiliates or chapters. Experience with formal quantitative or qualitative research. Familiarity with the IRS rules regarding 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), and PACs.
  • Skills: Demonstrated ability to apply a racial justice and equity lens to policy analysis and advocacy. Excellent writing and verbal communication skills, including ability to write high-level reports and analysis and to be an inspirational, clear and direct communicator. Ability to consistently integrate an understanding of key racial justice and equity concepts into projects and interactions by addressing structural implications and disproportionate impacts of policies, activities, and decisions on race, class and other group identities within the context of job responsibilities and projects. Demonstrated sophisticated understanding of how race dynamics impact supervisory relationships, organizational culture, partnerships, campaigns and coalition work, and can demonstrate a history of successfully intervening in problematic dynamics and deepening a racial justice approach within an organization, team, or campaign. Exceptional supervision, management and coaching skills, including creating cohesion with remote staff and managing up. A demonstrated understanding of organizational effectiveness, including the ability to create and streamline systems, structures and processes. Commitment and familiarity with the tools to measure and track program and campaign progress and outcomes. Familiarity with how communications strategies advance programmatic and advocacy goals, Works well in a fast-paced environment; ability  to multi-task without sacrificing quality of work. Exhibits strong leadership traits including reliable, consistent, detail-oriented, self-motivated, self-aware and emotionally intelligent. 
  • 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. LCVEF 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.

LCVEF 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 cover letter and resume to hr@lcvef.org with “VP, Civic Engagement” in the subject line by January 29, 2023. No phone calls, please. 

LCVEF 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. LCVEF 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 hr@lcvef.org.