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Youth Organizing Associate

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Youth Organizing Associate

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Employment Type: Full-Time, Non-Exempt

Wage: A competitive hourly range of $21.63 to $26.44 base pay - $45K $60K annual salary

Department: Politics and Organizing

Reports To: Central Valley Regional Organizer

Position Location: Central Valley preferred, Hybrid-remote, but open to other regions in California

Work Schedule: We currently work two (2) days a week in office

Vaccine Policy: We require all staff to be fully vaccinated

Highly respected organizations, California Environmental Voters (EnviroVoters), and EnviroVoters Education Fund, are excited to launch a search for a Youth Organizing Associate to join our dynamic, fun, and high-performing team!

Ideal candidates have 1-2 years of experience in youth empowerment or political organizing, with a preference for those with experiences activating young Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) into political action and/or leading educational or issue-based campaigns. The candidate will facilitate discussions and trainings on water equity & climate justice, the power of young people in regional coalitions, partner community sessions, and other youth-centered political engagement. This program will primarily focus on two regions: the Central Valley and Inland Empire, with opportunities to grow the program in other battleground regions in California.

WHO WE ARE

We believe this moment requires transformative change.


The climate crisis is here. And Black, Indigenous and people of color have been bearing the burden of our pollution-based economy for generations. We have the solutions to stop climate change, but we lack the political will to do it at the rate and scale that's needed.


EnviroVoters exists to build the political will to solve the climate crisis. To protect our water, land, air, and California's most vulnerable communities, we are fighting to establish a Climate Champion majority in our state's legislation. We use climate action to advance racial justice, pass climate justice legislation, and to establish California as a leader on solutions to climate change.

Our vision is to build resilient, healthy, thriving communities, and create a democracy and economy that is just and sustainable for all.


EnviroVoters Education Fund, EnviroVoters's 501(c)3 sister organization, works through programs focused on voter engagement and mobilization, issue advocacy, legislative accountability, and research and opinion polling to provide the public, policymakers, and environmental advocates with the resources they need to make California's air, water and natural resources cleaner and greener through the democratic process. For more information, please visit www.envirovotersedfund.org.


The work of EnviroVoters and EnviroVoters Ed Fund to protect and advocate for the environment is rooted in our commitment to racial, social, and environmental justice. Engaging Black, Indigenous, and people of color, among other key constituencies for the environment is an organizational priority. Within the organization, we aim to create a workplace culture and policies and practices that demonstrate how we value equity and inclusion.


Young voters across the nation are tired of political spaces excluding them. We must address the power imbalance that keeps young people from impacting the decisions that determine our environmental and socioeconomic future. The Youth Organizing Associate will mobilize and train young people in California's Central Valley and Inland Empire to build the political power needed to push forward the climate solutions that will minimize the climate crisis and steward accountability in our political leadership.

The Youth Organizing Associate will coordinate EnviroVoters' Ambassador Fellowship Program - a year-long program designed to train and educate young activists in organizing best practices, power building, and help them grow into climate movement professionals. The Youth Organizing Associate will guide their youth-driven grassroots campaigns, grow turnout of young voters in battleground regions, and deepen partnerships with youth-focused organizations across California. The Youth Organizer will also lead on coordination between EnviroVoters and youth-led organizations across the state of California.

An army of Oil and Gas, Big Agriculture, and polluting industries have worked tirelessly to undermine young people in regions like the Central Valley and Inland Empire for too long. Against such well-resourced and substantial opposition, the environmental and environmental justice communities are only successful in fighting back when we are united and working together, and especially when young people are at the frontline organizing for their livelihoods and the generations to come.


OUR CORE VALUES

Relationships are at the heart of our culture and our core values enable us to build ones that are strong, trusting, empowering, and thriving. Therefore, in our everyday interactions with each other and our partners, we strive to act with Equity, Courage, Integrity, Compassion, Impact, and Learning.


WORK SCHEDULE AND VACCINE POLICY

A focus on relationships also informs our work schedule. We believe time together in person is critical to team building. To that end, we currently work two days a week in person. As such, we require all employees to be fully vaccinated.


WHAT YOU'LL DO

EnviroVoters seek a candidate who is passionate about the intersection of climate justice and the empowerment of young people in California's Battle ground regions, primarily in the Central Valley and Inland Empire. The critical role of the Youth Organizing Associate will lead our Ambassador Program, a nine-month program starting in September 2022 running through June 2023. This program introduces and trains participants in organizing and political power building. Program curriculum will include, but is not limited to, how to run issue-focused and electoral campaigns, effective political messaging, targeting and tactics, legislative advocacy and lobbying, volunteer management, and political events. The curriculum will include training sessions as well as on-the-ground action.

This is an opportunity to build relationships with and offer resources to young, aspiring activists in regions whose environmental health is crucial to the health and prosperity of this state. We believe conservation, climate justice, and environmental advocacy efforts should be led by the marginalized, young people and their communities most impacted by local, State, and Federal environmental policy.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Facilitate and project manage a nine (9) month Youth Ambassador Training Program, September through June each year. Help with recruitment, facilitation, scheduling of trainers, work 1:1 with Ambassadors on personal and cohort goals, plan retreats, and support campaign design & implementation and more to support full scope of the program.
  • Collaborate with EnviroVoters staff and outside experts to train Youth Ambassadors & young EnviroVoters' members in the best practices of grassroots organizing, power building, issue education, base building, coalition building, advocacy, mobilization, and political messaging
  • Support Get Out the Vote efforts focused on increasing the turnout of young, BIPOC climate justice voters in California
  • Grow EnviroVoters strategy & tactics for engaging & mobilizing young people, especially BIPOC, in our movement
  • Build deeper partnerships with organizations, collaboratives, and leaders across California focused on youth engagement and power building to grow youth political power and civic participation
  • Other duties as assigned

MUST HAVES

  • 1-2 years of experience with youth organizing or similar field work
  • Demonstrated experience working with historically excluded communities of color
  • Expertise and/or interest in the intersectionality of climate issues and racial justice
  • Commitment to an anti-oppression intersectional analysis of climate justice and youth power
  • Experience organizing, supervising organizers or youth coalitions
  • Understanding of how adultism, white supremacy, capitalism, and patriarchy create and exacerbate environmental issues
  • Experience facilitating meetings or training
  • Strong project management skills
  • Strong public speaking and presentation skills
  • Attention to detail in a high-paced environment
  • Experience with Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Suites
  • Openness to learning additional software programs and organizing tools
  • Team player and honest, reliable communicator

NICE TO HAVES

  • An independent self-starter
  • Motivational speaker
  • Standing for up to an hour during presentations
  • Creativity and commitment to our organization's goals
  • Knowledgeable about Central Valley or Inland Empire local, state, and/or federal politics

WHAT ELSE YOU SHOULD KNOW

This is an outstanding opportunity for a highly motivated professional to assume a pivotal role in this highly respected organization. California Environmental Voters offers competitive salaries and a generous benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, and disability coverage; a 401(k)-retirement program with employer match; flexible spending account (FSA) for health care expenses; commuter program; and optional life insurance.


This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) of this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instruction or assignments. All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the employee(s) will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. The requirements listed in this document are the minimal levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an at-will relationship.

We are committed to equity, inclusion, and environmental justice. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we seek to create and sustain a team that reflects the diversity of the state we serve. We welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds, especially those with experience working with communities most impacted by California's environmental challenges.


HOW TO APPLY

Apply through our careers portal – in case you need it, here is the link. Please note that a cover letter and resume must be provided for consideration and that applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. We look forward to receiving your application and learning more about you! Thank you for your interest in EnviroVoters!


California Environmental Voters and the California Environmental Voters Education Fund are committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We offer competitive salaries, generous benefits, and a pleasant working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience.

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