LVEJO is Hiring an Organizing Director!

Position Summary:

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.

Duties and Responsibilities:
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

Job Requirements
Must have at least two years of community organizing experience organizing, preferably with Latinx and/ or other ethnic communities
Must have at least two years of supervisory experience managing a staff of four or more
Must be able to speak/ and or write in English and in Spanish
Must have good writing and public speaking skills
Must be able to travel locally, with occasional travel nationally; have access to car preferred
Must be flexible and able to work evenings and weekends as needed
Must be able to work well with others
Be able to work with multiple commitments and deadlines
Must have commitment to environmental and social justice and have an acute racial and equity lens, and
Demonstrate critical analysis and be able to connect to Intersectionality and holistic community development

Compensation/Salary: Depending on experience. This position is a full-time exempt position
Duration: This position will be maintained through the designated time period for a period of 12 months at which point LVEJO may exercise to continue the period of employment

Application Deadline: Tues, April 25, 2017
To Apply: Send the following information to LVEJO (
One-page cover letter
Names, phone numbers and email addresses of three references

The LVEJO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, People of Color, LGBTQIA, Transgender, and/or Low-income people, as well as people with disabilities, are encouraged to apply.


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