Job Announcement – First Nations Organizer

We are seeking to add to our team of passionate, energetic, and outgoing organizers who use their skills to engage the conservation community. This position will focus on engaging Wisconsin tribal communities in civic engagement campaigns, environmental policy, and citizen outreach programs.

Who We Are

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to electing conservation leaders, holding decision makers accountable, and encouraging lawmakers to champion conservation policies that effectively protect Wisconsin’s natural resources and public health.

What You’ll Do

You will work closely with the Executive Director to build deep, sustainable programs and relationships in Native and other local communities that increase the effectiveness of Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters and the broader conservation movement. This role includes work both on public policy and in elections. Specifics of the job include:

• Building relationships with tribal leadership and community leaders, facilitating local grassroots groups, and promoting leadership development across Wisconsin Indian country.

• Increasing our volunteer base and building infrastructure to support those volunteers.

• Developing and strengthening networks of volunteers, community organizations, coalitions, and opinion leaders.

• Mentoring, training, and building skills and dedication of interns and volunteers.

• Recruiting and maintaining teams of volunteers to win on local issues and state policy priorities.

• Leading phone banks and door canvasses to engage voters on conservation issues.

• Identifying opportunities to represent the organization and connect with voters at local events, powwows, civic group meetings, classroom visits, and other venues.

• Recruiting an advisory committee of Native leaders to assist with planning, coordination, and promotion of our 2018 Wisconsin Native Vote program.

• Collaborating with the Director of Strategic Development on building relationships with donors and fundraising.

• Building a more powerful, cohesive, and active organization that is racially, politically, age, and socio-economically diverse.

• Building our brand, reputation, and goodwill with members, activists, volunteers, local leaders, and partner groups.

• Recording and tracking data and reporting progress.

Who You Are

To succeed in this job, you:

• Are a connector and a people person. You are genuinely interested in networking and understanding people’s interests and stories.

• Have excellent interpersonal skills. You are able to work well in a team and manage projects that require input from multiple staff and across departments.

• Are comfortable working with people of all political ideologies and share our commitment to increasing racial and socio-economic diversity in the conservation movement.

• Are creative and ambitious, always seeking out new ways to expand the organization’s base of support and involve community members in its programs. You value learning, are curious, and like to seek out new ideas and opportunities for personal growth and improvement.

What You Should Know

Work experience: 1 year of experience in community organizing or related experience such as campus or volunteer activities preferred, but not required.

Skills: Demonstrated experience and success with citizen engagement; ability to work well in a dynamic environment; ability to handle multiple projects at a time; understanding of or ability to learn quickly about environmental issues and their potential to engage the public; passion for our mission and work.

Technical skills: Comfortable with databases and Microsoft Office; good writing skills and social media experience preferred.

Conditions: Location is flexible and will involve frequent travel throughout Wisconsin. Reliable transportation is preferred and a valid driver’s license is required. Some evening and weekend work is required, and you should have the flexibility to work hours exceeding regular office hours to get the job done. The position is full time and classified as exempt.

Physical requirements: Ability to drive, canvas neighborhoods (knock doors), set up and break down folding tables and presentation materials, carry materials weighing up to 10 pounds, and perform routine office duties such as typing at a computer and using a telephone.

Salary and benefits: $36,000 with a strong benefits package, including health and dental coverage, 401k retirement plan with a 3% organizational match after 1 year on staff, flexible spending account (medical, dependent care, and transit/parking), leave sharing plan, and cell phone stipend. We offer generous paid time off, including holidays, sick days, vacation time, and a sabbatical after 7 years on staff. We also offer flexibility in working hours, ability to work from home, and professional development opportunities.

Reports to: Executive Director

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion: We deeply understand the value of bringing together a team with different perspectives, educational backgrounds, and life experiences, and we prioritize diversity within our team. We encourage Native Americans and people from other underrepresented backgrounds to apply.

To Apply

Email your resume, cover letter, and three references by June 12 to apply@conservationvoters.org, with “First Nations Organizer” in the subject line, or mail to: 133 S. Butler Street #320, Madison, WI 53703.

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