Title: Vice President, Racial Justice and Equity
Reports To: Senior Vice President, State Capacity Building
Positions Reporting To This Position: None
The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) work to turn environmental values into national, state and local priorities. LCV, in collaboration with our state LCV partners, advocates for sound environmental laws and policies, holds elected officials accountable for their votes and actions, and elects pro-environment candidates who will champion environmental progress.
Racial justice and equity are core values and priorities of LCV and woven into our mission to protect and advocate for the environment. We are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable workplace and the culture, internal policies, and practices that make that possible. Our programs ensure environmental protection and progress benefit everyone and include the leadership of communities of color, among other key constituencies.
LCV is seeking a Vice President for Racial Justice and Equity who will provide organizational development expertise to the Conservation Voter Movement—national LCV and its 30+ state affiliates—to embed racial justice and equity values throughout our internal operations (policies, practices, culture, and organizational change processes) and external programmatic work. The Vice President supports organizational change efforts to clarify racial justice and equity goals within each organization’s unique political context, identify priorities, and craft and implement practices and actions to achieve annual goals toward our collective long-term vision for a powerful, inclusive Conservation Voter Movement (CVM). The Vice President works closely with and provides counsel to senior leaders across the CVM.
The ideal candidate is an experienced and effective leader for structural change, grounded in principles of racial equity and social justice; a creative thinker; and an effective collaborator and coach.
The location of this position is flexible with preference for Seattle, WA or Washington, DC.
- Support the Senior Vice President of State Capacity Building and work as a member of the State Capacity Building Team to craft a multi-year vision and plans for building the Conservation Voter Movement’s capacity on racial justice and equity. Support the SVP to develop and manage the organization's’ budget for this scope of work.
- Provide a comprehensive array of organizational and leadership development services and resources on racial justice and equity including strategy planning, education and learning, skills training, conflict resolution, and coaching.
- Clarify racial justice and equity competencies expected of Conservation Voter Movement staff and board members and create and manage plans that clarify multi-year learning and competency building, annual learning priorities, and ongoing education.
- Facilitate education and learning opportunities to cultivate racial justice and equity competencies, including specific skills and behaviors, and coordinate the work of consultants supporting educating and learning across the Conservation Voter Movement.
- Create tools for supporting the integration of racial justice and equity into daily practices and train and coach CVM leaders on using them.
- Collaborate with LCV and state affiliate partners to design and support how they track success measures and share lessons learned on integrating racial justice and equity into internal policies and external programming - within departments, as organizations, and as a Conservation Voter Movement.
- Lead development and implementation of annual and multi-year organization-wide and departmental goals and strategies that advance our commitment to racial justice and equity, working with LCV’s Executive Team and Racial Justice and Equity Staff Working Group.
- Engage and support efforts to embed racial justice and equity across the environmental field, including engagement with environmental funders and with allies in other movements, in partnership with leaders across the Conservation Voter Movement.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Work Experience: At least 10 years organizational development experience working with executive leaders with an explicit focus on helping them build racial justice and equity programs, including:
- Analyzing organizational programs, policies, and practices with ongoing collaboration, planning, and coaching of organizational leaders to translate racial justice and equity values into practice and measure progress toward organizational goals;
- Designing and supporting implementation of organizational change processes;
- Developing tools to support employees at all levels to embed equity within their daily work and to guide and assess equity integration in projects;
- Designing and facilitating education and learning - including multi-day intensives, in-person and online workshops, dialogues and reading groups, group identity caucuses, and affinity group opportunities;
- Coaching leaders, managers, and staff at all levels on leading for equity, cultural competencies, feedback, and conflict resolution; and,
- Planning and implementing ongoing efforts to create a thriving organizational and workplace culture and promote behaviors, accordingly.
- Skills: Deep justice analysis and understanding of structural and institutional inequity and interpersonal power dynamics and proven ability to analyze situations to engage and address them. Excellent written and verbal communication, facilitation, and public speaking skills. Outstanding administrative skills, including the ability to produce, track, and manage multiple deliverables with overlapping deadlines in a high-performing environment. Emotional intelligence, strong interpersonal skills, humor, humility, and compassion. Demonstrated ability to develop collaborative, productive, respectful relationships with leaders and organizations representing grassroots, community-based organizations; work with environmental justice or local/state environmental organizations working in low-income communities or communities of color a plus. Track record of successfully managing high performing teams that are diverse by race, gender, and age.
- Cultural Competence: Commitment to progress on environmental and climate protection and understanding of how complex structural and institutional inequities historically and currently play out in the conservation and environmental movements.
- Conditions: Able to work hours exceeding stated office hours to get the job done; ability and willingness to travel nationally 30-40% of the time. The location of this position is flexible with preference for Seattle, WA or Washington, DC.
To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to email@example.com with “Vice President, Racial Justice and Equity” in the subject line by July 25, 2019. No phone calls please.
LCV is an Equal Opportunity Employer Committed to a racially just, equitable, and inclusive workplace.
Diversity Management-EEO-Compliance, Strategic Planning-Intelligence, Environmental Protection-Conservation