Title: Political Director
Status: Full-time, exempt
Reports to: Deputy Director of Programs
Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) is a statewide, nonpartisan nonprofit committed to connecting the people of New Mexico to their political power to protect our air, land and water for a healthy Land of Enchantment. We do this by mobilizing voters, winning elections, holding elected officials accountable and advancing responsible public policies.
We are seeking an experienced and dynamic Political Director to lead CVNM’s electoral and accountability work to ensure that New Mexico’s decision-makers prioritize protecting New Mexico’s air, land, and water through meaningful policy action. The Political Director will oversee and implement strategies and programs that help to identify and elect pro-conservation policymakers in New Mexico elections, and educate voters about the voting records of decision-makers. The right candidate for this role will have demonstrated success developing, coordinating and implementing elections engagement strategies, including voter persuasion, phone banks, mail piece and/or radio development, and field engagement. The candidate should also have a strong understanding of the importance of building trust and credibility with policy leaders, the legislative and policy-making process, leveraging public pressure to achieve policy wins, and racial equity.
The Political Director 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, and requires the ability to work a non-standard work week including some evenings and weekends, particularly during the legislative session and/or election season.
- Develop political plans, budgets and timelines for accountability and year-round electoral work to achieve the goals outlined in CVNM’s organizational strategic plan, and oversee the plan’s implementation;
- Identify and implement campaigns for the CVNM “Cycle of Accountability” in New Mexico, including the oversight of the annual legislative scorecard in collaboration with the CVNM Policy Director;
- Serve as liaison with allied individuals and organizations in the environmental and political community for electoral and accountability efforts;
- Oversee Verde Voters PAC and independent expenditure campaigns including tracking, management and reporting of funding and outcomes;
- Supervise and oversee political staffers, vendors and independent contractors;
- Represent CVNM in coalition and partner meetings;
- Manage and ensure data and information flow across Development, Communications, and other program departments;
- Collaborate with Communications Department to develop and execute earned media and communications strategies;
- Comply with CVNM policies and procedures, state and federal lobbying laws and regulations; and
- Other duties as assigned by CVNM leadership.
- Minimum 5+ years in political, electoral, or advocacy campaign experience;
- Knowledge of New Mexico politics;
- Knowledge of how a bill becomes a law or city/county/state policy processes. Knowledge of Navajo Nation and/or Tribal Government policy processes is a plus.
- Experience with Voter Activation Network and affiliated databases;
- Ability to balance multiple projects and meet frequent deadlines;
- A team player who is comfortable managing several responsibilities and pitching in where needed;
- Exemplary proficiency in interpersonal communication, listening and conflict resolution; diplomatic in resolving issues, and an ability to maintain a positive solution-based approach in high pressure or difficult situations;
- Strong organizational abilities including collaborating, planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation;
- Demonstrated record of success designing campaign plans and strategies, and implementing or overseeing others in key engagement strategies and tactics like power-mapping, door-to-door canvassing, mail piece development, and phone banking;
- Demonstrated ability and comfort with leading meetings, engaging in coalition settings, public speaking, and writing;
- Understanding of ways that community organizing, leadership development, civic engagement, and decision-maker education can lead to policy or issue change;
- Demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion and diversity, and an interest or commitment to work on environmental issues that impact our air, land, water and community health;
- Demonstrated ability and comfort working in or with bilingual and multicultural environments, audiences and teams in both group and one-on-one settings. Knowledge of New Mexico’s rural communities is a plus; and
- A belief that who we elect matters and that the protection of New Mexico’s land, air and water should be a political priority.
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 email@example.com with “Political Director” in the subject line. Position is open until filled. No calls please.