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Job Announcement: Boards & Commissions Coordinator

Announcement date: June 4, 2020

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and first review will begin: June 30, 2020.


Conservation Voters for Idaho (CVI) protects Idaho’s environment and quality of life by informing, engaging and empowering citizens who care about our natural heritage and healthy communities. CVI is seeking a dynamic leader to carry out program implementation for our new Boards and Commissions Fellowship. The ideal candidate is well networked in Idaho among movement organizations and leaders, has a clear understanding of the workings of boards and commissions, and is invested in leadership development opportunities for low-income communities and communities of color. The Boards & Commissions Coordinator will report directly to the Executive Director and will work closely with CVI’s Voting Rights Associate.

In close coordination with CVI’s leadership team, and with leaders of allied organizations, the Boards & Commissions Coordinator will recruit participants, tailor the curriculum, recruit speakers and trainers, and facilitate the placement and ongoing support of fellows to serve on key boards and commissions. We are looking for someone who is detail oriented, results driven, and is self-motivated.

Program Overview:

Boards and commissions are powerful governing bodies with the ability to influence important local policy and investment decisions but appointees to local boards and commissions do not necessarily reflect all of the voices of our communities. As such, we are launching a fellowship to recruit, support, train and place women and people of color to serve on local boards and commissions. The fellowship will provide advocates with not just a voice, but a vote at the table. We deeply invest in each cohort through our six-month training, which teaches participants to understand complex and intersecting policy arenas, navigate the culture and language of commissions, and build effective relationships in and outside the commissions they serve on. The fellowship helps new community leaders to effectively leverage their seat on boards and commissions to bring environmental justice, race and class to the forefront of local and regional policies and plans.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Identify candidates for fellowship, oversee interview and selection process
  • Develop and maintain relationships with a local network of content experts and consultants.
  • Connect fellows with policy makers and elected officials as part of the training.
  • Coordinate curriculum content with relevant staff at CVI.
  • Facilitate placement of participants to relevant boards and commissions
  • Create mechanisms for ongoing support of appointees
  • Publicly promote the fellowship

Specific skills/subject knowledge:

  • Experience with training, facilitation, community outreach and curriculum development.       
  • Experience working with or significant exposure to grassroots organizing.
  • Ability to build effective relationships with community, policy, and government stakeholders; existing relationships in Idaho politics and social justice organizations a plus.
  • Political acumen and prior experience developing and implementing campaigns.
  • Knowledge of and experience working in community led issue campaigns, ideally in one or more of these issues areas: environment, economic development, healthcare, immigration, education, jobs, neighborhood standards, voting.
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English a plus.

Qualifications and Competencies:

Education and training: Bachelor’s degree, content knowledge in leadership development, civic engagement and/or environmental policy a plus. 

Work experience: At least three (3) years’ experience in public policy, public administration, civic engagement or community organizing.



This is a full-time position based in Boise.  Salary range for position is $34,800-$48,000. Competitive benefits including healthcare and retirement. This position may require some evening and weekend work. CVI is committed to providing a fulfilling professional experience for our staff. Investing in our employees, supporting their professional growth, and creating a workplace that is committed to excellence and works to create lasting change for Idaho is the foundation of our work. All CVI employees have access to a number of trainings, workshops, and professional development opportunities relevant to their position and career goals.

To Apply Send a resume, three professional references, and a cover letter that addresses your interest in the position to with the subject line BCCoordinator.