Title: Climate & Energy Advocate

Status: Full-Time, Exempt

Reports to: CVNM Political and Legislative Director

General Description:

Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) and CVNM Education Fund are a family of nonprofit organizations headquartered in Santa Fe, NM. Our vision is for New Mexicans to thrive in just, resilient communities where our conservation and cultural values guide our decision-makers and public policies. CVNM connects the people of New Mexico to their political power by mobilizing voters, winning elections, holding elected officials accountable and advancing responsible public policies.

We are seeking a full-time exempt Climate and Energy Advocate to develop, coordinate, and implement public policy initiatives that advance New Mexico’s leadership to address climate change, development of clean energy resources, and just transition. We are looking for an ambitious, collaborative, and goal-driven individual who enjoys working with a team, understands the importance of civic engagement in the policy process, and is passionate about climate and energy advocacy.

The Climate and Energy Advocate must be committed to our mission and values of authentic community and stakeholder engagement in policy work, and equitable opportunities that promote race equity, diversity, and inclusion. CVNM staff incorporate these values into our day-to-day systems and work, and provide key support for collaboration across departments and organizational partnerships. 

This position is based in Santa Fe or Albuquerque, but some remote work is possible for the right candidate, and requires the ability to work a non-standard work week including some evenings and weekends particularly during the legislative session and election season.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Research and track climate and energy related policy developments across the West.
  • Develop and recommend statewide climate and energy policy priorities for CVNM touching on issue areas including renewable energy, coal retirement, de-carbonization, climate related oil and gas regulation, utility regulatory policy, transparency, just transition and other climate and energy related policy objectives that meet the long term goals of CVNM and CVNM Education Fund.
  • Engage and educate community leaders and partners to build support for climate and energy policy priorities, collaborating with CVNM Education Fund programs and staff.
  • Represent CVNM in coalitions, interim committees, and public meetings related to climate and energy issues.
  • Engage with New Mexico state agencies around climate and energy policy decisions including the Energy Minerals and Natural Resources Department, Environment Department, Public Regulation Commission, State Land Office, Renewable Energy Transmission Authority, and other agencies doing work relevant to climate and energy.
  • Educate legislators on public policy and assist with legislative outreach efforts, including acting as an expert witness and lobbying during the legislative session.
  • Assist with accountability, electoral, and other policy work that meets CVNM’s goals.
  • Other duties as assigned by CVNM Political and Legislative Director or other CVNM management.
  • Comply with CVNM policies and procedures.
  • Provide updates and content for communications and development departments.

 Qualifications

  • Minimum 3+ years working on issues related to climate change, utility regulation, energy policy or issue advocacy.
  • Knowledge of how of how a bill becomes a law and city/county/state policy processes.
  • Knowledge of Navajo Nation and/or Tribal Government policy processes is a plus.
  • Ability to work independently, meet deadlines, and troubleshoot challenges.
  • A team player who is comfortable managing several responsibilities and pitching in where needed throughout the organization.
  • Enthusiasm and commitment to amplify the voice and leadership of communities of color in New Mexico.
  • Demonstrated ability and comfort working in bilingual and multi-cultural environments, including with audiences and teams in both group and one-on-one settings.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion and diversity, and an interest in and commitment to work on environmental issues that impact our air, land, water and community health.
  • Demonstrated ability and comfort with leading meetings, engaging in coalition settings, and public speaking.
  • Experience designing or helping to shape campaign plans and strategies, and implementing or training others in key organizing strategies and tactics like power-mapping, door-to-door canvassing, and phone banking.
  • Understanding of ways that community organizing, leadership development, civic engagement, and decision-maker education can lead to policy or issue change.
  • Knowledge of New Mexico’s utility regulatory body and associated bodies of law is a plus.
  • A valid driver’s license, vehicle insurance, and reliable mode of transportation. Both in-state and out-of-state travel may be required.

Compensation:

This is a full-time exempt salaried position based on experience. CVNM also offers a benefits package for full-time staff that includes vacation and sick leave, as well as health, dental and vision coverage.

To apply: Please send your resume, cover letter, and three references to careers@cvnm.org with “Climate and Energy Advocate” in the subject. Position is open until filled. No calls please.

 CVNM is an equal opportunity employer. If you need additional assistance to apply, please contact careers@cvnm.org. Employment with CVNM is at will.

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