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.
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 protect, restore, and sustain Washington’s environment for all.
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 is committed to making sure all people in Washington state have a healthy environment and a strong, sustainable economy.
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 35 and work in a LEED-certified building in downtown Seattle with a view of Elliott Bay. 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 diverse, socially just, and welcoming work environment and 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 woman of color.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
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.