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Title: Climate & Energy Advocate
Status:
Full-time, exempt       
Reports to: Vice President of Programs
Salary: $75,000, negotiable for candidates with exceptional experience
Location:
CVNM’s main office is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, remote-hybrid possible for the
right candidate with Santa Fe presence expected during the legislative session

At the heart of CVNM Education Fund and sister organization CVNM is our dedicated team of people who hold deeply shared values for protecting our democracy and our environment. Our organizational culture is one that embraces continual learning around our commitment to equity, and to advocacy informed by our communities living on the front lines of drought, wildfires, floods, and other ravages of climate change. Our diverse board and staff bring a deep well of expertise and lived experience to the organization. Together, we are focused on connecting people to their political power, electing leaders who will act on climate, and advancing policies that protect our air, land, water, wildlife, and the health of our people. 

At CVNM Education Fund, we are committed to caring for our exceptional team while attracting talented new staff members with a broad range of expertise to join us in this monumental fight to solve the climate crisis. We strive to give our hardworking staff what they need to achieve fulfilling work/life harmony. We offer the highest standard of health and wellness benefits and paid time off, including a merit-based sabbatical program and a 35-hour work week. In recent years, we have also expanded our organizational structure to offer more pathways and opportunities for career advancement in advocacy, campaigns, operations, philanthropy, communications, and equity and culture. 

The Climate & Energy Advocate develops, coordinates, and implements climate and energy initiatives that advance New Mexico’s leadership in dealing proactively with climate change, implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act, development of clean energy resources, and transition away from carbon emitting sources of energy. The Advocate also works to build political will for policy passage through public and decision-maker education, press engagement, earned media, and other strategies. 

The Climate & Energy Advocate incorporates the values of racial equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging in the organization’s day-to-day systems and work, and provides key support for collaboration across internal departments, external audiences, and organizational partnerships.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

  • Represent CVNM Education Fund at partner tables and stakeholder coalitions focused on issues including but not limited to: renewable energy, climate change, energy transition act, just transition, oil and gas, and others as directed.
  • Develop relationships with grasstops and community leaders to advance organizational goals and build organizational connections.
  • Develop and recommend statewide climate and energy policy priorities for CVNM Education Fund touching on issue areas including renewable energy, coal retirement, de-carbonization, climate related oil and gas regulation, utility regulatory policy, transparency, and other climate and energy related policy objectives that meet the long term goals of CVNM Education Fund and CVNM. Policy concepts should be informed through partnership with impacted communities and/or organizations representing impacted communities.
  • Represent CVNM Education Fund in administrative, agency, and legislative meetings.
  • Attend and track meetings and administrative developments at policy making administrative bodies such as the Public Regulation Commission, Environmental Improvement Board, and others as needed.
  • Represent CVNM Education Fund as a registered lobbyist during New Mexico’s legislative session.
  • Collaborate with program staff across CVNMEF and CVNM to develop and execute strategies that advance advocacy goals and issue work and build support for climate and energy, including identifying opportunities for volunteers and community leaders to meet with legislators and decision-makers, participating in issue briefings to volunteers, earned media, letters and/or petitions.
  • Serve as a spokesperson with press and decision-makers, as needed.
  • Work with the Vice President of Philanthropy to manage a portfolio of donors, keeping them informed of climate and energy progress and accomplishments.

Core Qualifications:

  • Minimum 3+ years working on issues related to climate change, utility regulation, energy policy or issue advocacy.
  • Knowledge of how a bill becomes a law or city/county/state policy processes, including the NM legislative session.
  • 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 or with bilingual and multicultural environments, audiences and teams in both group and one-on-one settings.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion, diversity, belonging and an interest or commitment to work on environmental issues that impact our air, land, water and community health.
  • Approaches changing deadlines or priorities with flexibility and professionalism.
  • Ability to maintain a positive solution-based approach in high-pressure or difficult situations.
  • 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.
  • A valid driver’s license, vehicle insurance, and reliable mode of transportation. Both in-state and out-of-state travel may be required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of Navajo Nation and/or Tribal Government policy processes.
  • Knowledge of New Mexico’s utility regulatory body and associated bodies of law.
  • Demonstrated experience working with legislative or decision-making bodies in New Mexico

Compensation: This is a full-time exempt salaried position, with a starting salary of $75,000 annually. CVNM Education Fund also offers a benefits package for full-time staff that includes vacation and sick leave, a 4-day work week, 401k, and health, dental and vision coverage.

To Apply: Please visit https://cvnm.bamboohr.com/careers/24 to apply. Position is open until filled. No calls please. Candidates from historically underrepresented or disenfranchised backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. If you need assistance applying, please contact Careers@cvnm.org. 

Diversity, equity and inclusion are at the heart of all we do at CVNM and CVNMEF. We provide equal opportunities to all employees and applicants free from discrimination and harassment of any type regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability, status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Apply Now!

To apply: Please send your resume, cover letter, and three references to https://cvnm.bamboohr.com/careers/24 to apply. Position is open until filled. No calls please.

Candidates from historically underrepresented or disenfranchised backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

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