Conservation Voters New Mexico Education Fund (CVNM Education Fund) is a statewide nonprofit environmental organization which believes that protecting our environment begins with the people of New Mexico. We do this by engaging the people of New Mexico in our long-standing shared values of protecting our air, land, water and the health of our communities. We also do this by mobilizing people to advocate on policy, enhancing the voting process, encouraging people to vote, cultivating conservation leaders and amplifying the voices of those most affected.
CVNM Education Fund and Gila Resources Information Project (GRIP) are partnering on a joint project to educate the broader public in Grant County on environmental issues that affect land, air and water. This project is a community outreach and education effort working to ensure that families in Grant County have a strong voice and the power to influence local, state and national decisions that impact their health and environment.
We are seeking a full-time exempt Program Associate to join our program team. The Program Associate will be tasked with engaging and building relationships with Grant County families, community leaders and decision-makers to take action to protect the community and local watershed from environmental impacts to land, air and water and advocate for sustainable management of local water resources. We are looking for a creative, ambitious, and goal-driven individual who enjoys working with a team, understands the importance of civic engagement in the policy process, and is passionate about building collective power in rural and/or communities of color. This position is based in Silver City and the Mining District, and requires the ability to work a non-standard work week, including some evenings and weekends.
The CVNM Education Fund/GRIP program, and therefore this position, is dependent upon outside funding. Presently, the program is funded for two years. Employment in this position is at will.
● Build, develop and train a base of dedicated Grant County volunteers and advocates to provide them with the tools and ability to have a long-term voice for environmental policies and values in the community.
● Build relationships with community leaders and decision-makers in support of the program scope of work.
● Collaborate with the CVNM Education Fund Campaigns Director and GRIP Executive Director to identify and implement strategies to meet campaign goals and get the attention of decision-makers and media, including public events, press events, meetings or presentations.
● Assist policy staff in identifying and creating policy solutions in the state legislature that bridge the campaign with the statewide policy goals of CVNM Education Fund, including providing information for policy overviews, engaging the public in the decision-making process, and lobbying.
● Work with CVNM Education Fund Communications Director, CVNM Education Fund Campaigns Director and GRIP Executive Director to implement earned media strategies, including press conferences, letters to the editor, and face to face meetings with reporters.
● Track organizing work through a database and assist with campaign reporting, as needed.
● Work effectively as a member of team, with the independence required of this position.
● Comply with CVNM’s policies and procedures.
● Additional duties as assigned by CVNM Education Fund Campaigns Director and GRIP Executive Director.
● In this remote position, the incumbent should be able to work independently, be comfortable collecting data, making and communicating decisions, be able to communicate in a timely and effective manner with others within the organization, and to use electronic tools (such as on-line calendaring and video conferencing).
● Minimum 2+ years in grassroots community, issue, political or labor organizing programs or campaigns, or in industries that engage the general public, like sales, customer service, or education.
● Ability to efficiently utilize databases and Excel.
● Comfortable presenting to bilingual and multi-cultural audiences, and engaging or collaborating with people in both group and one-on-one settings.
● Enthusiasm and commitment to amplify the voice and leadership of rural communities in New Mexico and/or communities of color.
● Demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion and diversity, and an interest in environmental issues that impact our air, land, water, and wildlife
● Strong understanding of how engaging the public in the political process can create policy change. Understanding of how a bill becomes a law or city/county policy processes is a plus.
● Must be able to work a non-standard work week, including nights and weekends as needed.
● Ability to implement key organizing strategies like door-to-door canvassing, phone banking, public speaking and willingness to learn and implement additional strategies.
● Both in-state and out-of-state travel may be required, including occasional travel from Grant County to Santa Fe.
● Position is focused in Grant County, and Program Associate must be comfortable in a remote work setting and/or working from home.
● A valid driver’s license, vehicle insurance, and reliable mode of transportation.
This is a full-time exempt salaried position based on experience. CVNM Education Fund also offers a benefits package for full-time staff that includes vacation and sick time, as well as health, dental and vision coverage.
To apply: Please send your resume, cover letter, and three references to email@example.com “Grant County Program Associate” in the subject line. Position is open until filled. No calls please. CVNM Education Fund is an equal opportunity employer. Employment with CVNM Education Fund is at will.
This project is the result of a partnership between CVNM Education Fund and Gila Resources Information Project; the employer is CVNM Education Fund.