Position: Coalition Coordinator, Environmental Justice Coalition for Water (Deadline: rolling, until position filled, Sacramento, CA)
The Environmental Justice Coalition for Water (EJCW) is a statewide coalition of grassroots groups and intermediary organizations building a collective, community-based movement for democratic water allocation, management, and policy development in California. EJCW empowers low-income and people of color communities throughout California to advocate for access to clean, safe, and affordable water.
The Coalition Director position
EJCW seeks highly qualified applicants with demonstrated commitment to environmental justice to fill a Sacramento-based position. The Coalition Coordinator will work under the supervision of the Executive Director and in close partnership with and in support of EJCW staff, member organizations and allies, and Board of Directors.
The Coalition Coordinator is responsible for the development, coordination, and implementation of EJCW's programs and advocacy campaigns, including Human Right to Water (AB 685) implementation; pollution prevention; democratic water governance; Climate adaptation; and more.
Major job responsibilities:
Policy: Develop, coordinate, and implement EJCW's policy agenda through an inclusive process with staff, member organizations, and Board
Multi-forum advocacy: Develop, coordinate, and implement advocacy campaigns to advance EJCW's agenda using multiple strategies, including legislative and administrative advocacy, coalition-building, community organizing and mobilization, capacity-building, research, data analysis and writing, and social and conventional media outreach
Public speaking: Represent EJCW in stakeholder processes and outreach and education forums, including with decision-makers
Relationship management: Manage relationships and communication with EJCW stakeholders, including board of directors, member organizations, policymakers, academics, advocates, and funders
Communications: Coordinate EJCW's external communications strategy, i.e., website, print media, social media, etc.
Research and writing: Develop written materials, including: letters of support, sample letters, and fact sheets to advance EJCW's legislative and administrative policy priorities
Work groups: Staff EJCW's legislation and policy work group and other work groups as necessary
Community organizing: Conduct outreach, education, community organizing, and capacity-building with new and existing EJCW members.
Commitment to the organization's mission, purpose, and values
A bachelor's degree required; masters or advanced degree preferred; J.D.s welcomed
At least 3 years of public policy analysis, advocacy, program, and/or organizing experience
Knowledge of California legislative, administrative, and budget processes
Strong analytical, writing, research, and public speaking skills
Self-directed and organized individual with ability to work independently to meet multiple deadlines
Proven track record of developing successful partnerships with other groups
Ability to articulate a compelling vision to a wide diversity of audiences
Excellent written and oral communication skills; experience working with media
Understanding of and ability to articulate and abide by social and environmental justice principles
Comfort and experience working with community-based organizations, recent immigrant groups and people of color, in general
Willingness and ability to travel around State and work flexible hours, including evenings, weekends, and overnight travel, as required from time-to-time
Knowledge of water and/or other natural resource issues a plus
Bilingual, English-Spanish speaker a plus
Physical demands include: sitting, walking, and listening for up to 6-8 hours per day; computer keyboarding an average of 7 hours per day; ability to lift up to 25 lbs.
Work environment and travel demands include: travel to other regions both within and, on rare occasion, outside of California. This position is based out of EJCW's Sacramento office.
Reasonable accommodation: If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process, please provide us, in writing, an explanation of the reasonable accommodation needed.
Start date: As soon as possible. This position will remain open until filled.
Compensation: The Environmental Justice Coalition for Water offers a competitive nonprofit salary, commensurate with experience and qualifications, and a benefits package, including a retirement plan. Promotion is possible upon demonstrated success.
The EJCW is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition, disability, or sexual orientation.
How to apply
Applications: To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include "Coalition Coordinator" in the e-mail subject line. No phone calls or hard copy documents, please. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with interviews to begin in November 2014.