Location: Grand Junction (or West Slope hub)
Deadline for submission: March 3, 2021
Work Schedule: Full-time, Exempt
Conservation Colorado seeks a West Slope Field Manager who will bring vision, energy, and passion to their work. This person will instruct and inspire organizers, helping them to build skills, develop professionally, and implement campaign strategy. The West Slope Field Manager will also engage in day to day organizing, mobilizing Conservation Colorado members as volunteers and activists. This position will play a critical role in guiding field campaigns to protect key public lands on the West Slope and engage the public in energy and water issues.
About Conservation Colorado
Conservation Colorado is committed to protecting our climate, air, lands, water, and communities. Conservation Colorado’s work to protect and advocate for the environment reflects our commitment to racial and social justice. Particularly by ensuring that policy victories are shared by all Coloradans including disproportionately impacted and frontline communities. 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
You will be responsible for designing and managing plans to grow, racially diversify, and organize our membership across the West Slope to create conservation policy wins and elect pro-conservation candidates into office. You will play a critical role in guiding field campaigns related to national and state policy focused on climate change, transportation, water quality and conservation, and public lands. You will build relationships with elected officials, policy makers, business leaders, coalition partners, and the public to create equitable environmental change. This role can evolve over time, but you will be responsible for the following:
- Provide leadership, training, and supervision to a team of three West Slope organizers by creating a culture of teamwork and support, and by holding staff accountable to achieving the organization’s strategic plan goals.
- Ensure that the organizing team meets or exceeds organizational goals, and their work corresponds to priority short-, mid-, and long-term goals.
- Directly oversee the weekly and long-term work of organizers; offer advice, guidance, coaching, and feedback as necessary
Build power for our campaigns and organize our base
- Work with the Organizing Director to develop organizing team strategies, work plans, budget, systems, and processes.
- Create West Slope powerbuilding goals; lead the strategy for building and applying power on environmental issues with our membership through organizing in key geographic regions on the West Slope.
- Work with the organizing team to seek out and build relationships with communities across the West Slope, including low-income communities and communities of color.
- Help with database management, data entry, phone banking projects, and other priorities of the organizing team.
- Develop relationships with elected officials, coalition partners, and key community leaders across the West slope and represent the organization at relevant events.
- Assist in coordinating and enacting elections work.
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 electionrelated activities, and committing to our organizational efforts around diversity, equity & inclusivity.
To be successful in this job, you will have 2-4 years of organizing experience and demonstrate the strategic thinking, results-focused work, and efficiency to work well with our team. Fundamentally, we want someone who has a passion for protecting Colorado’s land, air, water, and people through citizen action and who has the skills to do that in our context. More specifically, you will have or be most or all the following:
- Experience managing a team, whether that is direct reports, volunteers, or partner groups, and the commitment to learning the skills of managing staff, with a proven ability to maintain accountability to goals.
- Can maintain grace under pressure and meet deadlines in a fast-paced, ever changing environment.
- Experience organizing racially, ethnically, and/or geographically diverse communities.
- An ability to craft audience-specific messaging and organizing tactics.
- An ability to interact and engage easily and naturally with anyone, regardless of their background, knowledge of our issues, or involvement with our organization.
- Ability to navigate difficult conversations with people who don’t agree with us or who have competing priorities or points of view.
Spanish/English bilingual is valued, but not a requirement. The position requires a willingness to work evening and weekend hours as needed.
Compensation and Benefits
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 6 sick days in your first year, and parental leave and a sabbatical program. The full-time salary range for this role is between $54,000-56,000, with exact salary depending on experience and, new staff rarely starting at the top of the range. This job offers an opportunity to engage people to find solutions to some of the most important environmental issues in Colorado and work with a great team that is committed to a better, more equitable future. It will be challenging, inspiring, and sometimes frustrating, but you’ll be making a big difference.
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 fill out this short questionnaire and send your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with “West Slope Field Manager” in the subject line by March 3, 2021.