The Organizing Director is responsible for preparing LVEJO organizers and youth leaders to plan and execute successful grassroots campaigns for environmental justice. She/he/they will ensure that LVEJO’s EJ 2020 campaigns are well organized and accountable to organizational goals and community needs. The Organizing Director will lead workshops, develop popular education curriculum, and work closely with staff, youth, and volunteers to advance environmental justice leadership development in the organization. The Organizing Director will also collaborate with the Executive Director to strategize programs that promote green infrastructure projects, a renewable energy economy, affordable housing, anti-violence/anti-criminalization, and living-wage jobs in Little Village.
This position reports directly to the Executive Director. This Director position will be part of a four-person Leadership Team that includes: 1) the Executive Director; 2) the Policy Director; and 3) the Finance Director. The Organizing Director will also work with the Finance Director regarding finance and fundraising. The Organizing Director also coordinates with the Policy Director regarding policies and strategic direction.
- Community Organizing
- Lead LVEJO’s organizing campaigns & projects
- Provide consistent oversight of campaigns and programs to ensure that goals are achieved, correct strategies and tactics are used, and environmental justice principles are adhered to.
- Ensure that campaigns and programs prioritize the inclusion of local youth and adults and grow LVEJO’s community base.
- Build and strengthen strategic relationships and coalitions that advance Little Village EJ 2020 Plan.
- Lead Trainer
- Supervise and train organizers and youth leaders to accurately assess, evaluate, and document campaign work.
- Assist campaign and youth organizers with work plans, monthly goals/objectives, monthly reports, campaign strategy/tactics, and program budgets.
- Hold weekly Organizers meeting and one- on-one check-ins to support organizers and ensure best practices are followed.
- Develop workshops and curriculum to train staff and youth leaders in LVEJO’s model of community organizing.
- Identify opportunities for staff development and youth leadership development.
- Report back to Executive Director on leadership development and campaign progress
- Provide documentation of youth leader, community organizer, and community engagement.
- Conduct assessments and evaluations of youth and community leadership development programs and campaigns.
- Review work plans, weekly and monthly goals/objectives, monthly reports.
- Contribute to Social Media documentation of LVEJO activities.
- Communications and Fundraising
- Accompany Executive Director to presentations with funders and individual donors.
- Attend and represent LVEJO at conferences, meetings, and public speaking engagements to represent LVEJO’s programs and values
- Assist Executive Director with feedback on grant proposals and make recommendations on securing new sources of revenue to fund campaigns and programs
- Assist with LVEJO Toxic Tours
- Participate in organizational fundraisers
- Conduct additional tasks as assigned by the Executive Director