Job openings at CLCV

The California League of Conservation Voters and the CLCV Education Fund are hiring for the following positions:

Communications Director

Director of Philanthropy

Communications Director

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer
Employment Type: Full-time/Exempt
Position Location: Oakland or Los Angeles

The California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) works to accelerate climate action by transforming our political system. CLCV believes radical change is necessary to prepare communities for the future, which starts with building democracy, electing environmental champions, pushing bold policy change. CLCV makes government, policy, and voting accessible through organizing, education, and advocacy. We’re in the business of changing what is possible — learn more at, and follow and like us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

CLCV Education Fund, CLCV’s 501(c)3 sister organization, works through programs focused on voter engagement and mobilization, issue advocacy, legislative accountability, and research and opinion polling to provide the public, policymakers, and environmental advocates with the resources they need to make California’s air, water and natural resources cleaner and greener through the democratic process. For more information, please visit

The work of CLCV and CLCV Ed Fund to protect and advocate for the environment is rooted in our commitment to racial, social, and environmental justice. Engaging black, indigenous, and people of color, among other key constituencies for the environment is an organizational priority. Within the organization, we aim to create a workplace culture and policies and practices that demonstrate how we value equity and inclusion.


The Communications Director is CLCV and CLCV EF’s chief storyteller and will coordinate our overall communications strategy to raise the profile of CLCV, CLCV EF, and our work and help organize the voice of Californians as a power to protect our environment and our future.

With 12 years left to make meaningful progress on the climate crisis, California has an outsized leadership role to play. CLCV and CLCV EF are focused on building the power and creating the policy roadmap to lead this progress. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Communications Director will work collaboratively with senior leaders to develop and implement communication goals and strategies that increase the organizations’ thought leadership, shape the public narrative, and broaden the impact of our mission. They will oversee organizational messaging and member engagement, with a particular focus on innovation in online organizing, advocacy, and fundraising.

This member of our Senior Leadership Team will be responsible for devising, implementing, and managing internal and external communications that help build and support a geographically and racially representative and inclusive environmental movement. As a seasoned professional, they will serve as a media liaison and on the record spokesperson.

The Communications Director will develop strategies to advance organizational objectives and campaigns using and innovating a range of digital and technology strategies including engagement with and growing our existing advocacy lists, earned media (digital, print, radio, TV), advertising, social media, texting, and more. They will ensure that all communications produced by CLCV and CLCV EF are accurate, professional, engaging, and appropriate for specific audiences. The Communications Director must possess excellent written and verbal skills, the ability to manage multiple projects, and a keen sense of California’s political landscape and top-tier environmental and social justice issues.


  • Collaborate with the CEO and senior leadership to develop organizational and communications strategies that will increase and grow programmatic reach and deepen impact.
  • Develop and implement annual communications goals in collaboration with other department leads, including establishing budget needs, fundraising and advocacy goals, list growth objectives, and other department priorities.
  • Supervise communications staff and manage consultants and vendors as necessary.
  • Maintain the integrity of the brand and identity of CLCV and CLCV EF, as well as develop and refine their core messages to ensure organizational consistency.
  • Identify significant media and public policy issues that can be leveraged to support CLCV and CLCV EF’s work, and create and implement plans to build on ongoing issues, as well as breaking news in order to achieve advocacy and fundraising goals.
  • Provide strategic leadership in developing and executing active communications strategies within a framework of publicizing CLCV and CLCV EF’s legislative accountability work and ensuring that California’s ethnically, racially, and geographically diverse communities are more aware of CLCV and CLCV EF’s missions and campaigns.
  • Coordinate public opinion research efforts, apply results to communications, and create research release strategies for earned media.
  • Manage the organizations’ websites, action alerts, digital fundraising appeals, event programs and remarks, press releases, op-ed pieces, and our flagship publication, the annual California Environmental Scorecard.
  • Develop, innovate and execute social media plans and campaigns and stay informed of latest digital engagement trends.
  • Research and prepare media and background materials to support CLCV and CLCV EF campaigns.
  • Support production, branding, and media engagement for events.
  • Build support with political and environmental allies, creating rapid response infrastructure and partnerships on messaging and campaigns.
  • Cultivate relationships with key reporters, media and news outlets, and actively pitch stories, spokespeople, and events during new cycles and campaigns.
  • Train and manage CEO, staff and Board members as media spokespersons, and actively work to build their leadership and national profile.
  • Oversee organizational response to public and media inquiries about CLCV and CLCV EF. 


  • Significant communications experience (at least 5-8 years) that includes a blend of political advocacy, digital engagement and fundraising, media relations, and branding.
  • A strong track record of positioning an organization to achieve tangible outcomes in a competitive communications environment.
  • Experience managing high performing, racially diverse teams.
  • Experience as a media spokesperson and coaching and supporting senior staff and board members to speak on behalf of the organization.
  • Skilled in using social media, technology, and innovative digital storytelling tools.
  • Experience using CMS and CRM systems (e.g. ActionKit, ActBlue, Blackbaud, etc.).
  • Ability to develop and analyze digital metrics based on benchmarks and best practices for nonprofit organizations.
  • Understanding of high-priority state and federal environmental issues and challenges, working knowledge of California state government and politics, familiarity with Capitol political process and players, and experience with California electoral campaigns preferred.
  • Track record of successful engagement with communities of color and knowledge of the intersection of equity and environment and environmental justice issues, especially within California.
  • Fluency or proficiency in multiple languages spoken throughout California preferred.
  • Demonstrated excellence in both written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple, complex projects in varying stages of development under time pressure with minimal supervision.
  • Strong collaboration, time management, organizational, emotional intelligence, and interpersonal skills, and a track record of working effectively across race, gender, sexual orientation, and other social identities.
  • Experience as a leader in organizations that have prioritized the integration of justice and equity through policies, practices, culture, and programs.
  • Experience working with and presenting to highly engaged Boards of Directors.
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends occasionally when necessary.


This is an outstanding opportunity for a highly motivated professional to assume a pivotal role in this highly respected organization. We are seeking an individual of outstanding quality with a respected track record. CLCV offers competitive salaries and a generous benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, and disability coverage; a 401(k) retirement program with employer match; discounted pre-tax Commuter Checks for public transit; flexible spending account (FSA) for health care expenses; and optional life insurance. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience.


Send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements and tell us how you found this posting to Please write “Communications Director” in the subject line. The position is open until filled. No phone calls please.

The California League of Conservation Voters and CLCV Education Fund are committed to equity, inclusion, and environmental justice. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we seek to create and sustain a team that reflects the diversity of the state we serve. We welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds, especially those with experience working with communities most impacted by California’s environmental challenges.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Director of Philanthropy

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer
Employment Type: Full-Time Exempt (40 hours)
Position Location: Los Angeles or Oakland, and occasional travel

The California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV), a 501(c)4 organization, works to protect and enhance the environment and the health of all California communities by electing environmental champions, advancing critical priorities, and holding policymakers accountable. For more information, please visit

CLCV Education Fund, CLCV’s 501(c)3 sister organization, protects California’s natural resources and improves the health of our communities. For more information, please visit

The work of CLCV and CLCV Ed Fund to protect and advocate for the environment is rooted in our commitment to racial, social, and environmental justice. Engaging communities of color among other key constituencies for the environment is an organizational priority. Within the organization, we aim to create a workplace culture and policies and practices that demonstrate how we value equity and inclusion.


We are seeking a Director of Philanthropy for an exciting opportunity on the leadership team of one of the nation’s leading statewide grassroots environmental political action organizations. This important role will lead our efforts to build on a 50-year history of donors supporting California’s environmental leadership, climate change, clean energy, environmental justice and protecting our state’s exceptional natural resources.

This position calls for a fundraising expert with a demonstrated ability to raise $3 million in combined funding for the 501(c)3 and (c)4 organizations. The candidate must be a dynamic individual with exceptional leadership and staff management skills. This person should be comfortable building a stable and growing funding base of individuals, foundations, corporate supporters, and nonprofit partners through major gifts, membership, fundraising events, planned gifts, and grants. The Director of Philanthropy will define annual revenue goals for major donors and membership, work with the CEO and Board in achieving those fundraising goals, manage revenue and cash reporting, increase donor engagement, and steward long-term supporters. 

In addition, the Director of Philanthropy will lead a strong Major Gifts program, developing strategic and targeted giving opportunities to inspire major donors towards increased giving in support of the CLCV mission, and working closely with the Development and Communications teams to acquire new members and build a robust major donor pipeline. The Director of Philanthropy will partner with the CEO, Political Director, Board, and Green Advisory Council to manage, cultivate, steward, and solicit an active portfolio of approximately 200 donors and prospective donors who give, or have the potential to give, $5,000 or more.

The Director of Philanthropy will supervise three fundraising and development operations staff based in Oakland and Los Angeles and will work closely with the CEO and other executive team members.


California leads the world as the largest economy to innovate, invest in, and regulate environmental progress – it is not an overstatement that we bear the brunt of the responsibility to protect the future.  This is a remarkable opportunity for an experienced and dynamic Development leader to have significant impact on the environment and advocacy within the California progressive community.  At CLCV, you will have the opportunity to serve a mission you’re passionate about as you contribute to our long-term vision. 


  • Secure 501(c)3 and (c)4 and PAC annual revenue goal of $3M (combined), with projected growth each year; develop realistic budgets; project cash flow; and report on revenue.
  • Supervise threestaff involved in individual giving, development operations, and events, as well as vendors/consultants assisting with grants and membership. Mentor a major gifts officer in building his/her fundraising skills.
  • Work closely with the CEO and Director of Finance to track revenue. Manage all major donor solicitations so that gifts budgeted are received within the period expected.
  • Build and maintain relationships with major donors who give $1,500+. Manage portfolio of high-level donors and prospects. Create stewardship, cultivation, and solicitation strategies; engage key Board and staff, as appropriate, in donor relationships.
  • Coordinate donor meetings by the CEO and Political Director, who will each serve as primary contact for a small portfolio of donors giving $10,000+.
  • Fully engage members of the CLCV and CLCV Ed Fund Boards in fundraising and networking activities. Serve as liaison to the Development Chair and Committee, and provide all Board members with the tools, knowledge and personal interaction to become active partners in achieving development goals.
  • Oversee daily operations of the development team. Inspire best effort, ownership and accountability in peers and direct reports.
  • Supervise the Major Gifts Officer to: engage pipeline major donors giving $500-$5,000/year; plan and implement gala and cultivation and stewardship events each year; create other programs to steward donors and attract new prospects; and track fundraising metrics, including donor contacts, meetings and solicitations. 
  • Supervise the Development Operations staff to ensure prompt, accurate entry of gift and donor activity in Raiser’s Edge and prompt gift acknowledgment, coordinate lists for membership appeals, and create accurate reports that inform and prioritize fundraising activities for donor acquisition, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Supervise grants management process for timely submission of grants, reports and other documents to assure compliance and good relationships with agencies and foundations. Build a robust pipeline of grants for the 501(c)3 CLCV Ed Fund. Work closely with the Ed Fund staff to gather content for proposals and reports.
  • Work collaboratively with the CEO and Communications team on creating fundraising collateral materials, and other print and online publications designed to support fundraising efforts and activities within the goals of the strategic plan.
  • Collaborate with the Communications Director in designing and implementing digital and online fundraising and membership growth strategies.
  • Regularly evaluate internal systems and procedures for efficiency and effectiveness. Ensure that the department complies with all relevant policies and regulations set forth by the IRS, Board and CEO.
  • Build a culture for philanthropy, internally and externally, that will attract staff, board members and donors to the organization, and inspire excellence in donor relations and fundraising.


The ideal candidate will possess the following skills:

  • Minimum five to eight years’ nonprofit fundraising experience with demonstrated mastery of a wide range of donor engagement and solicitation strategies.
  • Demonstrated successes in major gift fundraising, event planning, membership, donor communications, and staff management.
  • Success in identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donors for 6-figure gifts.
  • Demonstrated success managing and motivating a team towards the completion of fundraising goals and activities as outlined in a strategic plan and/or annual work plans.
  • Superior interpersonal, oral and written communication, and presentation and public speaking skills, with the ability to represent CLCV’s mission and interests to a diverse group of individuals and audiences.
  • High energy, results-oriented leader with personal initiative and a sense of humor. Friendly, outgoing and collaborative approach to foster a strong team-oriented style.
  • Exceptional project management skills, including prioritizing, designing, implementing and tracking multiple campaigns and programs.
  • Excellent problem solving, research, and analytical skills. Agile and able to work in a fast-paced and, sometimes unpredictable, environment.
  • Knowledge of database management systems and moves management principles, including Raiser's Edge or similar software.
  • Personal passion for preserving and protecting our state’s natural resources with a belief in the mission, principles, and values of CLCV’s approach to conservation and political advocacy.
  • Unquestioned integrity, professional demeanor and authenticity in building relationships with, and inspiring best effort from, staff, donors and partners.
  • Willingness to travel, mostly within California, and to work evening events.
  • Bachelor's degree or comparable experience.


  • Familiarity with political advocacy, 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 organizations, and political action committees.
  • Experience managing remote staff. (CLCV Development staff work in Los Angeles and Oakland.)
  • Demonstrated success in working with Boards and committees.
  • Flexibility and creativity to capitalize on donor messaging opportunities in an ever-changing political climate.


CLCV/CLCVEF has retained the services of ThinkingAhead Executive Search.  Please send your resume and expression of interest Chris Spagnola, Senior Recruiter, at and Jessica Martinez, Senior Recruiter, at

The California League of Conservation Voters and CLCV Education Fund are committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We offer competitive salaries, generous benefits, and a pleasant working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience.

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