The Social Media Coordinator is responsible for working with LVEJO Directors, Organizers and Youth Leaders to plan and execute successful grassroots communication campaigns for environmental justice. She/he/they will ensure that LVEJO’s EJ 2020 campaigns are well documented and communicated. The Social Media Consultants will lead training workshops, develop training material (as needed), and work closely with staff, youth, and volunteers to advance environmental justice leadership development communication for the organization.
This position reports directly to the Executive Director and the four-person Leadership Team that includes: 1) the Executive Director; 2) the Policy Director; 3) the Finance Director; and 4) Organizing Director.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Work with LVEJO’s Directors to plan and coordinate social media and web content to advance LVEJO’s organizing and advocacy goals.
Contribute and initiate new written and digital content for outreach and engagement of supporters and work with Director’s to enhance our media strategy.
Help educate, engage and motivate LVEJO’s leaders, volunteers and supporters.
Communicate with and build relationships with volunteers and supporters to strengthen LVEJO’s capacity for outreach and advocacy.
Engage partners and allies around key media moments
Direct outreach to reporters writing the stories in real time when climate events are occurring
Direct outreach to community stakeholders
Work with LVEJOs team on website content production
Assist in the production and distribution of shareable event-specific materials (e.g. media backgrounders, talking points, infographics, social media shareables), to aid and promote the work
2-3 year experience in communications or nonprofit work
Media relations and community outreach experience
Excellent writing skills: able to produce concise, nuanced briefs and sharp, compelling copy
Must be able to speak/ and or write in English and in Spanish
Must be flexible and able to work evenings and weekends as needed
Must be able to work well with others
Be able to work with multiple commitments and deadlines
Must have commitment to environmental and social justice and have an acute racial and equity lens, and
Demonstrate critical analysis and be able to connect to Intersectionality and holistic community development
Additional Salary Information: Benefits
1.Compensation/Salary: Depending on experience.
2.This position is a part-time contractual position
About Little Village Environmental Justice Organization
LVEJO was founded in 1994 by public school parents who learned about the potential exposure of their children to dangerous particles during school renovations at Joseph E. Gary Elementary. After forcing the school administration to change their plans, these parents turned their attention to other issues of environmental justice in Little Village.
Under the leadership of the organization’s first... Executive Director, Victor Ceballos, LVEJO worked with neighborhood youth on local campaigns against polluting factories. LVEJO soon developed a campaign to remediate the Celotex superfund site and developed a strong youth leadership development program. With an organized youth base LVEJO conducted important surveys and maps of the neighborhood to understand the environmental problems that the community needed to address. Through this grassroots process, LVEJO identified the Crawford Coal Power Plant, Celotex, and the 31st CTA bus line as important environmental justice struggles.
In 2005 LVEJO’s community organizer Kim Wasserman-Nieto became the Executive Director, a position she would hold for eight years. Working alongside courageous community leaders, Wasserman and LVEJO’s organizers waged tireless grassroots campaigns to close down the Crawford and Fisk coal power plants, to remediate and convert the Celotex site into a new public park, and to permanently re-establish the 31st bus route in the neighborhood. LVEJO also formed strong alliances with other environmental and social justice organizations through the Clean Power Coalition.
Led by LVEJO and PERRO, another environmental justice group in Pilsen, the Clean Power Coalition was successful in retiring the Crawford and Fisk plants in 2012. This tremendous community victory represented a resounding example of community power and the necessity of community organizing. For her exemplary leadership and commitment Kim Wasserman-Nieto was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in April of 2013.
In 2013, LVEJO also won the Celotex superfund campaign and worked with the Chicago Park District to design the first public park to be built in Little Village in 75 years. To be opened in December of 2014, the new park will be named La Villita Park and will address the great need for open space in the community. In October of 2013 LVEJO’s long-standing campaign to re-establish the 31st bus route was also completed, ensuring that the neighborhood has adequate transit access for the first time in years.
After twenty years working for environmental justice in Little Village, LVEJO continues to organize for a healthier community in Little Village and beyond. Building upon the successful clean power, public transit, and open space campaigns LVEJO remains committed to organizing with those most impacted by industrialization and climate change.