Deadline for submission: August 23, 2019
Work Schedule: Non-exempt, Full-time
Conservation Colorado is seeking a full time Community Organizer for Protégete based in Denver who will be responsible for building transformational relationships with the Latinx community in Arapahoe County by providing leadership trainings, removing barriers in the civic engagement process, strengthening grassroots relationships with local elected officials, and organizing our disproportionately impacted membership base on strong environmental policies.
About Protégete and Conservation Colorado
Protégete’s goal is to build a more powerful and influential voice for local Latinx communities and leaders in the fight against climate change by promoting a healthy future for all Coloradans. Conservation Colorado’s work to protect and advocate for the environment reflects our commitment to racial and social justice. We achieve these goals by organizing people and electing conservation-minded policymakers. We work closely with policy leaders, citizen activists, businesses and other conservation nonprofits, and have built a reputation as one of the leading conservation advocacy organizations in the region. Within the organization, we aim to create a workplace culture and policies and practices that demonstrate how we value equity and inclusion.
What You’ll Do
The Protégete Community organizer, who reports to the Organizing Manager, is vital to elevating Latinx voices and making the connections between racial and social justice issues and our organizational priorities. You will have these areas of responsibility.
Develop Latinx Leaders Through Authentic Organizing
- Develop relationships with Latinx community leaders who can effectively advocate for environmental and community public health issues.
- Identify organic ways to elevate volunteers and people of color leaders into decision-making roles to create a more representative power structure through one-on-ones, house meetings & a well-developed ladder of engagement.
- Work collaboratively with team members to organize neighborhood meetings, press conferences and forums.
- Phone banking, door-to-door canvassing, street outreach and other outreach tactics
Build Strategic Partnerships
- Represent the organization during networking events and partner meetings.
- Create coalitions that will help address urgent needs in the community and find key intersectional issues that will address social and racial justice issues within the environmental movement, to shift the narrative to more clearly reflect the needs of all Coloradans.
In addition to your regular responsibilities, all staff are expected to participate at some level in organizational priorities including helping in certain fundraising efforts, taking part in our election-related activities, and committing to our organizational efforts around equity.
To be successful in this job, you will demonstrate the judgment, interpersonal skills, and results-focused orientation to work well with our team. Fundamentally, we want someone who can connect environmental issues to the real lives of our communities. More specifically, you will have or be most or all the following:
- Ability to build authentic relationships: whether it’s meeting a new community leader, or having a one-on-one with an existing volunteer, relationships built on trust, respect and accountability is necessary for success.
- Enjoys being self-directed in an ever-changing environment: This work requires a certain amount of self-sufficiency. Don’t worry. You’ll get plenty of support from your manager but being able to direct your own work is critical.
- Understand how to identify organizing opportunities. Understanding your community and being able to identify the right people and organizations to work with is a key part of this work.
- Effective communicator in Spanish and English. This position requires fluency in Spanish in order to communicate with our volunteers and community leaders and conversational English and the ability to communicate complicated issues without overwhelming our members.
- Passion for organizing. Experience organizing or familiarity with Colorado’s Latinx, progressive or environmental communities is a plus, but not required. If you believe that empowered people can be agents of change for their own communities and have a desire to elevate the voices of people traditionally excluded from the environmental movement, particularly people of color we want to talk with you.
The position requires a willingness to work some evening and weekend hours.
Compensation and Benefits
Compensation depends on experience and is highly competitive. We provide high-quality, zero-deductible health insurance and a strong benefits package that includes a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan with match, at least 28 days of paid time off & holidays as well as 5 sick days in your first year.
We are committed to building a more diverse and inclusive organization and conservation movement to fully represent and engage all Coloradans and to build as powerful a movement as we can. Recruiting staff that better reflects Colorado is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, race, ethnicity, geographies, political affiliation, and all other identities represented in Colorado or protected by law.
If this job truly speaks to you please fill out this short questionnaire and send a cover letter and resume by August 23rd to Patricia Ferrero, Protégete Organizing Manager, with the subject line “Protégete – Arapahoe County Community Organizer” to email@example.com. No phone calls please.