Are you inspired to mobilize Washingtonian tribes around elections and voting? Does the thought of engaging Native American voters to elect environmental champions at the state and local level get you excited? Native Vote Senior Organizer will be guided by Washington Environmental Council (WEC) and Washington Conservation Voters (WCV) the fiscal sponsor of Native Vote Washington. This person is responsible for supporting Native Vote WA’s civic engagement efforts and political organizing and accountability efforts. The Senior Organizer will work closely with the Washington Conservation Voters Field Director and supervise a team of Native Vote interns who will work as part of a broader field team. This is a full-time, exempt position and given the current pandemic we are working remotely and foresee doing that for an extended period. Our teams have access to a variety of online tools and systems that support working remotely. This can be a remote position within Washington state, but prioritizing folks who live on or near Lummi, Colville, Yakama, Puyallup, or Quinault Nations. At this time, we anticipate this job will involve some travel (up to 50% of time) to different parts of Washington State and requires a valid drivers’ license and regular access to a vehicle. The Native Vote Senior Organizer reports to the Field Director.
About our organizations
Native Vote Washington is a 100% Indigenous-led collaborative, serving Indigenous communities across the state of Washington. The Native Vote Advisory Committee provides guidance to the development and implementation of this indigenous-led political power building project in Washington and serves as the decision-making body for the project. In 2021, Washington Conservation Voters became the fiscal sponsor of Native Vote WA and Washington Environmental Council became the fiscal sponsor of Native Vote WA Education Fund, to increase the capacity of the organization to operate year-round.
Washington Environmental Council (WEC) is a nonprofit, statewide advocacy organization. For over 50 years, WEC has brought people together to solve Washington’s most critical environmental issues. WEC builds power for the environmental movement by building partnerships, mobilizing the public, connecting voters to decision makers, and taking legal action. Our mission is to develop, advocate, and defend policies that ensure environmental progress and justice by centering and amplifying the voices of the most impacted communities.
Washington Conservation Voters (WCV) ensures Washington’s decision makers keep our environment protected, healthy, and vibrant. Over the last 35 years, we have elected environmental champions, held our elected leaders to the highest standard, and built statewide momentum for environmental campaigns through innovative voter outreach efforts and community organizing. WCV’s mission is to develop, advocate, and defend policies that ensure environmental progress and justice by centering and amplifying the voices of the most impacted communities.
By effectively combining the policy know-how of WEC with the political know-how of WCV, we have reshaped how environmental protection is achieved in Washington. With one shared CEO, our organizations work in partnership as each pursues its unique mission. Combined, we have a staff of 40 and work in a LEED-certified building in downtown Seattle with a view of Elliott Bay. Given the current pandemic we are working remotely and foresee doing that for an extended period of time. Our teams have access to a variety of online tools and systems that support working remotely. Our expectation is that we will eventually return to some schedule of safely working together in our downtown office.
We offer competitive salaries, good benefits, and the opportunity to make a difference. We are committed to a representative, socially just, and welcoming work environment – people of color, people with varying abilities, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are especially encouraged to apply. We continue to advance the application of a racial equity lens to our work, and are led by a CEO who is a citizen of the Confederated Tribe of Warm Springs, Oregon.
The Native Vote Senior Organizer consults with the Native Vote Advisory Council to implement field campaigns and strategies that involve WA tribal community members, activists, and voters. In addition, the Senior Organizer works with the WCV Field Team to advance WCV’s c4 electoral efforts by supporting endorsed candidate campaigns, recruiting volunteers to get out the vote, and growing people-power in Native communities. The WCV Field Team supports the Native Vote Internship program by working with the Senior Organizer to recruit, train and supervise up to four interns. The Senior Organizer brings leadership, organizing capacity and mentorship experience to our work.
Specific Duties Include
- Authentically engage and collaborate with tribal nations, including the Yakama, Lummi, Puyallup, Colville, and Quinault, to strengthen and expand voter education and mobilization efforts.
- Manages the Native Vote internship program and manages up to four interns.
- Leads interns in engaging tribal members, activists, and interested folks from the community to participate in grassroots actions in support of voting and elections; can include recruitment and management of phone-banks, doorbell days, voter registration drives, virtual events, etc.
- Supports WCV’s electoral campaigns and endorsed candidates’ campaigns for office by recruiting a grassroots base to help with voter contact in their districts.
- Engages people in online activism by regularly drafting e-mail alerts to members, crafting online trainings, and engaging with the broad movement of activism occurring through social media, in close coordination with the WEC/WCV Communications Team.
- Ensures principles of tribal sovereignty, racial and social equity are infused in our fieldwork.
- Writing weekly field reports and ensures that activist data is comprehensively and accurately captured in appropriate databases.
- Assists with recruitment of attendees and organizing volunteers for coalition fundraising events.
- At least three years of organizing and implementing successful grassroots advocacy or electoral campaigns. Campus or community organizing of any kind can meet this requirement.
- Experience working with tribal communities and understanding of Tribal Treaty Rights and issues of sovereignty
- At least one year of experience supervising volunteers, interns or staff
- Commitment to environmental protection and principles of racial, social, and economic justice.
- Demonstrated ability in education or outreach and communications.
- Ability to maintain a flexible schedule that will include some evening and weekend work.
- Ability to take initiative, develop ideas, and turn them into action.
- Ability to work and communicate effectively, both independently and with a team, in a remote supervisory environment.
- Lives in Washington state or willing to move.
- A valid driver’s license, or the ability to obtain one, and ability to travel to different parts of Washington as needed, up to 50% of your work time. You will be reimbursed for approved travel costs.
- Bilingual Spanish speaker.
- Knowledge of the Voter Activation Network (VAN) or Votebuilder, Salesforce, or similar database platforms and field tools.
- Understanding of social networking tools like TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Working Conditions and Physical Demands
This is a full-time position and is expected to work a standard work week of 40 hours. Some weeks may require additional hours to meet deadlines. The position involves office work and frequent sitting at a desk, using a computer and/or phone for long periods of time. Must be able to conduct business in English, though fluency in other languages is welcomed. For remote work, employees must maintain a workspace with an internet connection where they can reliably perform work during scheduled work hours. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with different abilities to perform functions essential to the duties of the position.
While performing the canvassing duties of this job, the employee is regularly expected to be on their feet and/or walking. The individual will be interacting with community members in public settings and will adhere to all regulations and organizational protocols related to COVID-19 safety. While canvassing in the neighborhood, there is a potential for interacting with unpredictable community members and inclement weather.
This position has the option of being primarily remote, within Washington state. We are prioritizing folks who live on or near Lummi, Colville, Yakama, Puyallup, or Quinault Nations but if you live elsewhere this should not discourage you from applying. Our teams have access to a variety of online tools and systems that support remote work and supervision. We anticipate this job will involve some travel (up to 50% of time) to different parts of Washington State and requires a valid drivers’ license and regular access to a vehicle. You will be reimbursed for approved travel costs—mileage reimbursement is done at the federal mileage reimbursement rate.
The organization follows all requirements of local health authorities. We are currently working in hybrid remote mode with most staff coming to the office voluntarily. We maintain strict safety protocols while in our office. All staff who come to the office must be fully immunized against COVID-19.
Compensation and Benefits
This is a full time, exempt position with a salary range of $55,000 – $67,500 depending on experience. We also offer a comprehensive benefits package including employer paid medical, dental and vision insurance, 401k plan and organizational match of up to 3% of your annual salary, a flexible spending account, paid sick leave, three weeks of paid vacation, twelve paid holidays per year plus four floating wellness days, (when we return to the office) an unlimited ORCA transit pass that covers several Puget Sound area transit agencies, including Metro, Pierce Transit, Sound Transit and Community Transit, up to $50/month cell phone reimbursement, and if you work for seven consecutive years you are eligible for a two-month paid sabbatical. We welcome new and diverse people to a great team who together shape environmental protection in Washington.
Please submit a cover letter addressed to the Hiring Committee and a resume here. No phone calls or mailed applications please. This position is open until filled.
Washington Conservation Voters and Washington Environmental Council is an equal opportunity employer committed to dismantling structural racism and creating a welcoming work environment. WEC does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. People of color, people with disabilities, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are especially encouraged to apply.