Title: National Campaigns Director
Positions Available: 2
Reports to: Vice President for Campaigns
Positions Reporting to this Position: Research Director; Candidate Recruitment & Training Manager
Location: Washington, DC
The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) works 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 our priority issues.
LCV’s work to protect and advocate for the environment is rooted in our commitment to racial, social and environmental justice. Communities of color are disproportionately impacted by climate change and pollution. For this reason, racial justice and equity are inextricably linked to protecting our environment. Within the organization, we are actively building a workplace culture that demonstrates how we value equity and inclusion through more intentional and inclusive practices. We are committed to building an organization that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills.
LCV, state LCVs and their affiliated PACs spent $80 million on federal and state races in the 2018 cycle – double the 2016 cycle. Through its affiliated PACs, LCV runs electoral campaigns to build pro-environmental political power in order to pass policies that protect our environment and communities most impacted by climate change and environmental injustices. LCV will be hiring two National Campaigns Directors who will develop and execute federal campaigns and work closely with state LCV partners on state electoral campaigns, ensuring that state and local priorities are integrated into the electoral strategy. Each National Campaigns Director will manage strategy for approximately 15 states in coordination with state LCV partners and in consultation with the Vice President for Campaigns. Each National Campaigns Director will also supervise a program manager - the Research Director and Candidate Recruitment & Training Manager - and ensure the prioritization and success of their programs. The ideal candidate will be able to lead federal program strategy and collaborate with state LCV partners on state or local priorities, with the goal of building a stronger Conservation Voter Movement (CVM) that includes federal, state and local wins.
- Develop and implement campaign plans for Independent Expenditure campaigns, issue campaigns including clean energy and climate change, federal and state level accountability projects, and ballot initiative engagement, collaborating as appropriate with lead program staff on the Government Affairs and Community & Civic Engagement teams as well as state LCV partners to ensure our collective programs are strategically aligned, planned and executed. Campaign and project plans include budget, voter persuasion and contact goals.
- Oversee the deployment of staff, opinion research, paid and earned media, direct mail, field organizers, canvasses, and management of vendors to achieve program goals.
- Work with 15 state LCVs to develop cutting edge, focused and winning political plans at the state level.
- Chart a proactive strategy for building power for the Conservation Voter Movement through engaging in federal, state and local elections, working closely with the Campaigns department field team and others to build and leverage our non-electoral, grassroots presence.
- Oversee LCV and affiliated entities’ electoral budget for federal and state-level political work.
- Work closely with the Campaigns, Communications, Membership & Online Engagement, and Legal & Strategic Initiatives departments to execute programs that leverage public support for the state LCV electoral programs.
- Work with departmental staff to achieve annual racial justice and equity goals, including, but not limited to, expanding and deepening our partnerships with organizations and coalitions led by people of color; elevating justice and equity in our research and candidate recruitment programs; and developing federal- and state- level messaging strategies that prioritize environmental justice and the disproportionate impacts of climate change on communities of color.
- Ensure timely and accurate compliance and reporting of all LCV electoral activities in collaboration with Legal and Finance departments.
- Coordinate and strategize with national and state environmental organizations and other coalition partners that conduct issue advocacy and/or independent electoral programs.
- Manage the electoral grants program awarded to state LCV affiliates.
- Manage multi-million dollar federal and state Independent Expenditure campaign budget.
- Oversee the development and approval of select federal campaign materials, including television and radio ads, direct mail, and phone scripts; work closely with state LCV affiliates to develop campaign materials.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Work Experience: Required - At least eight years or 4 election cycles of issue and/or electoral campaign experience, particularly with message development, campaign plans, paid media and voter contact. Prior management of candidate or Independent Expenditure campaigns. Experience drafting political plans, including explicit and culturally competent engagement of people of color and young voters. Experience with public opinion research techniques, message development and communication. Successful experience directly supervising professional, knowledgeable and accomplished program staff. Preferred - Experience working with a national organization who has state affiliates or chapters. Experience working with state and/or local level campaigns and/or organizations. Experience working with multiple coalition partners.
- Skills: Proven ability to manage strategic and creative issue and/or electoral campaigns. Effective fiscal and personnel management. Able to develop voter persuasion, engagement and contact plans in collaboration with campaigns team. Understands the role of data and new digital tools in creating strong and effective programs. Sound political judgement. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Highly collaborative. Excellent listener. Instinctually inclined to engage others while also being able to successfully drive a project to timely conclusion. Passionate about protecting the environment and communities impacted by climate change and environmental injustice. Ability to connect electoral strategy to non-electoral campaign work. Values team building. Works well in a fast-paced environment and able to multitask without sacrificing quality of work. Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines. Proven track record of successfully working across lines of race, ethnicity, language, class, gender and other identities and experiences.
- Cultural Competence: Demonstrated awareness of one’s own cultural identity, views about difference, and the ability to learn and build on varying cultural and community norms. A commitment to the complex understanding of racial justice and the urgency of confronting institutional racism and inequity within our political system. Commitment to equity and inclusion as organizational practice and culture. Understands environmental issues and their potential to engage the public.
- Conditions: Ability to work overtime with little notice; ability and willingness to travel. This position is based in Washington, D.C.
To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to email@example.com with “National Campaigns Director” in the subject line by September 2, 2019. No phone calls please.
LCV is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a racially just, equitable and inclusive workplace.