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Our translocal organizing strategy and mobilizing capacity is building a Just Transition away from extractive systems of production, consumption and political oppression, and towards resilient, regenerative and equitable economies.

Our members have won significant victories against polluting and extractive industries, preventing new carbon emissions from reaching our atmosphere. We are building local alternatives that center traditional ecological and cultural knowledge and create a pathway for a regenerative future.

In order to create solutions and continue the work we do, we need a talented and diverse staff. Review our current job opportunities below and apply to work with an alliance that brings together urban and rural frontline communities, organizations and supporting networks in the climate justice movement.

Black Membership Organizer - Application Deadline February 1, 2021
Position Overview

The Black Membership Organizer is responsible for supporting and expanding the capacity of the Climate Justice Alliance Black Caucus by working in collaboration with the Black membership, Black Caucus leadership to manage priorities and develop a long term strategy for organizing. The Black Caucus Organizer will work as part of the Organizing  team, and will report to the Organizing Director. This is a remote position, with Southeast residence preferred but not required. 

About Climate Justice Alliance (CJA)

Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) was formed in 2013 to create a new center of gravity in the climate movement by uniting frontline communities and organizations into a formidable force. Our translocal organizing strategy and mobilizing capacity is building a Just Transition away from extractive systems of production, consumption and political oppression, and towards resilient, regenerative and equitable economies. We believe that the process of transition must place race, gender and class at the center of the solutions equation in order to make it a truly Just Transition.

We are a unique alliance of 71 community, frontline, and environmental justice organizations; movement networks; and support organizations at the forefront of climate change. Our members are multicultural, intergenerational, and prioritize leadership among women, gender-oppressed, and persons of color. They come from traditionally underrepresented constituencies, including Indigenous Peoples, African American, Latinx, Asian Pacific Islander, and low-income white communities, often often located near toxic, polluting industries such as oil refineries, fracking wells, coal mines, power plants, and pipelines; rails, ports, and other major transportation corridors; landfills and incinerators; and industrial agriculture.

Core Responsibilities include:

Coordination of members of the CJA Black Caucus [40% of time]

  • Coordinate regular meetings to meet the organizing priorities established by the Black Caucus Membership
  • Coordinate strategy conversations, convenings, trainings, and/or meetings with Black caucus members
  • Engage Membership in creative ways that include online and offline organizing
  • Manage database with Membership Engagement Coordinator
  • Build relationships with & recruit Black-led grassroots organizations

Coordination of the Black Caucus Leadership Body [20% of time]

  • Develop workplan and budget with the Black Caucus Leadership and Organizing Director
  • Schedule, prepare agendas, and facilitate regular meetings with the Black Leadership space (primarily via online video conferencing)
  • Identify shared facilitation roles with Black Caucus Leadership
  • Work with CJA Staff, members of the Black Caucus, & Organizing Leadership Body to define regional structure and strategy with Regional Manager.

Building the Bigger We [15% of time]

  • Represent CJA Black Caucus in ally meetings and maintain relationships with allies (i.e. It Take Roots, Rising Majority)
  • Provide recommendations to the CJA Black Caucus and Leadership Body on how to engage with Black led formations and ally tables
  • Identify opportunities for members of the CJA Black Caucus to speak and/or play visible and leading roles in mobilizations, conference or meetings

Our Power Community Coordination [15% of Time]

  • Work with CJA Organizing Staff to ensure coordination amongst the CJA Black Caucus, the CJA Youth Collective, and Our Power Communities Regional Structures
  • Work with CJA Communications team and Organizing Staff to share out the Black Caucus content
  • Ensure integration of Black Caucus organizing program with other aspects of CJA strategies and full membership
  • Work with Radical Operations staff to integrate logistics and programs
  • Coordinate with CJA Organizing Director to develop Black Caucus Organizing strategy in relationship to Our Power Communities

Program Oversight and Organizational Collaboration [10% of time]

  • Manage a programmatic budget with support from the Organizing Director
  • Attend bi-weekly staff calls and monthly membership calls
  • Communicate the organizing direction and key decisions with the Organizing Director and  Lateral Leadership
  • Provide information to and/or attend Steering Committee gatherings and calls as needed

Supervisory Responsibility

Currently does not supervise other employees. 

Expected hours of work

Standard days and hours of work are Monday through Friday.  Daily schedule is flexible within the proximity of this time frame, and will be decided in consultation with the supervisor.

Travel

Significant domestic travel may be required for meetings and conferences. 

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience

We are seeking candidates who can demonstrate that they: are detail oriented and organized; take initiative; and excel in relationship building. 

  • Commitment to social justice; agreement with and commitment to CJA’s mission and values

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Experience

  • 3+ years of Organizing Experience (with experience in organizing coalitions)
  • Proven track record of strong project management and organizational skills, including attention to detail, ability to effectively prioritize tasks with little supervision, and work independently to accomplish assignments and projects
  • Demonstrated solution-oriented approach, high emotional intelligence, and ability to listen deeply to, provide support to, and follow the lead of frontline, community based leaders
  • Excellent analytical skills – ability to translate analysis into persuasive writing and speaking skills
  • Knowledge of Black liberation and experience working the Black environmental justice movement

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Experience

  • Self-starter with combined 2-5 years experience (work, volunteer, and/or academic) in organizing, writing, communications, journalism, policy, political science, and/or a related field
  • Experience working with frontline communities 
  • Familiarity with mainstream media, social media, and public relations best practices and platforms and ability to influence large numbers of people
  • Creative mind who is not afraid to present ideas and take initiative
  • Knowledge of the national landscape of climate/environmental justice and ability to think strategically and long-term

Position Type and Compensation

  • 100% FTE non-exempt position. Annual compensation is offered between $65,000 – $68,000
  • MSC’s 100% FTE benefits package includes:
    • 20 days vacation leave per year;
    • 12 standard holidays and 2 personal days per year;
    • 12 sick days per year;
    • 1 week paid MSC family and medical leave after one year of service; an additional week of paid leave for each additional year of service, up to 4 weeks;
    • Medical, vision, dental for employees and dependents (requires 30 day waiting period and a per paycheck employee contribution);
    • 100% employer sponsored basic life, short-term and long-term disability insurance coverage;
    • Access to a 403b retirement plan
    • Access to FSA and Commuter Benefits

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references (including name, affiliation, email, phone number and your relationship) to jobs@climatejusticealliance.org by February 1, 2021. In the cover letter, please answer the following questions 

  • Please share examples that demonstrate the listed required knowledge, skills, and experience.
  • How has white supremacy and systemic racism impacted the Black Environmental Justice Movement and frontline communities? What experience do you bring to confront it and ensure systemic change?
  • Please indicate if you are affiliated with, or were referred to us by, a CJA member group or ally. 

We are an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or any other status protected by law. People of color, LGBTQA+ candidates, and individuals affiliated with CJA member organizations are strongly encouraged to apply.

Co-Executive Directors - Application Deadline February 5, 2021

CJA is excited to announce we are shifting and growing our organization towards a triadic leadership model with a distributed approach to executive level decision making. We are searching for three Co-Executive Directors to form an executive leadership team of three exceptional leaders. Together, the executive leadership team will collectively guide and make decisions regarding overall strategic vision, direction, and charge of the organization.

Individually, and as a team, Co-Executive Directors will be responsible for:

  • Leading organizational culture, strategic vision and planning, accountability to the membership base, and decision-making including growing the leadership, capacity, and commitment of CJA staff, board, member groups, allies, and donors.
  • Coordinating, cross-communicating, and cross-pollinating across CJA’s work and members including accountability to, and proper delegation of, all the organization’s daily duties and tasks.
  • Joining the lateral leadership staff team (staff who manage programs and staff) to effectively and collectively determine implementation of CJA’s strategic plans. Ensuring continued innovation, development and success of CJA’s strategies and programs including leading CJA’s strategic communications, external relationships, and fundraising.
  • Advancing and prioritizing racial equity within CJA’s operations, culture, and programmatic work.
  • Developing and holding political and strategic vision of the Alliance with the Board of Directors, as well as holding responsibility for organization’s fiscal health, governance, and legal compliance.

About Climate Justice Alliance 

Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) was formed in 2013 to create a new center of gravity in the climate movement by uniting frontline communities and organizations into a formidable force. Our translocal organizing strategy and mobilizing capacity is building a Just Transition away from extractive systems of production, consumption and political oppression, and towards resilient, regenerative and equitable economies. We believe that the process of transition must place race, gender and class at the center of the solutions equation in order to make it a truly Just Transition.

We are a unique alliance of 74 community, frontline, and environmental justice organizations; grassroots alliances and networks; and movement support organizations at the forefront of climate change. Our members are multicultural, intergenerational, and prioritize leadership among women, gender-oppressed, and persons of color. They come from traditionally underrepresented constituencies, including Indigenous Peoples, African American, Latinx, Asian Pacific Islander, and low-income white communities, often located near toxic, polluting industries such as oil refineries, fracking wells, coal mines, power plants, and pipelines; rails, ports, and other major transportation corridors; landfills and incinerators; and industrial agriculture.

CJA is currently transitioning from fiscal sponsorship to its own 501c3. Alongside the transition to a shared executive leadership model, in the coming months, we are also transitioning from being a fiscally sponsored project to an independent nonprofit organization to better manage the incredible growth of our alliance.

Co-Executive Director Leadership Team Areas of Responsibilities 

CJA seeks individuals with demonstrated strength in a minimum of 3 of the following 7 areas to complement each other and holistically share leadership.

    • Member-led Campaigns, Programs and Project Development [25%]
      • Programmatic development, organizing campaigns, making Just Transition Real on the Ground, communications strategies, and popular education.
  • Political Partnership Cultivation & Intersectional Alliance Building [25%]
      • Political analysis and policy development, broad-based intersectoral movement building, and ability to identify moments for strategic interventions and ability to build alignment and clear shared vision.
  • Leadership and Staff Development & Supervision [25%]
  • Coaching and support of the learning and development of leaders across the organization and developing more inclusive and lateral decision-making models based on relationships, shared values, and trust.
  • Fundraising & Resource Development [5%]
      • Resource development through foundation, corporate, individual donor and revenue-based streams development. Resource mobilization within donor/foundation organizing communities, and moving capital into local loan funds.
  • Strategic Planning & Organizational Development [5%]
      • Participatory bottom-up strategic planning processes, structures, and implementation.
  • Finance, Administration & Operations [5%]
  • Management of smooth operations including accounting, payments, payroll, benefits.
  • Board Development & Governance [10%]
    • Support clear Board decision making processes; develop Board leadership and training; facilitate articulation of political vision and direction of the Alliance.

We seek three exceptional leaders to join our Triad of Co-Executive Directors who will be…

Rooted Resources for the Alliance

    • Grounded in CJA’s mission, values, and vision.
    • Strong sense of self, purpose and position within staff, membership, and the movement.
  • Integrated systems thinker who can weave together disparate areas of work to be cohesive, coordinated, stable, and strategic.
  • Strong facilitator, skilled diplomat, and conscious communicator.

Tone Setters

  • Thoughtful, tender, and fierce leader able to navigate complex systems, intersections, and relationships.
  • Vibrant, fun, and celebrates a diversity of culture.
  • Comfortable in the spotlight, but does not seek it.
  • Commitment to equity, inclusion, anti-racism, and justice. Commitment to crushing colonialism, racism (particularly anti-Blackness), and patriarchy.

Connected Communicators and Diplomats

  • High emotional intelligence, deep listening skills,  and ability to be clear, direct, honest, and transparent. People-centered approach to achieving shared vision. Inspirational and able to break down barriers.
  • Convey a strong sense of connection, respect, and mutual trust with their counterparts—from members to the partner level, to help unlock collective knowledge, lived experiences, and creative capacities.

Cultivators and Stewards of Innovative and Shared Leadership 

  • Demonstrated collaborative skills and experience with an exhibited commitment to shared leadership. Able to grow strong and stable leadership across the alliance.
  • Innovate outside of traditional paradigms and practices that is not caught up in old movement dynamics. Proven ability to practice emergent strategy; willing to try new practices; embraces transformational change; and excited about moving a bold, edgy, transformational politic.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in transformative justice processes to address tensions within the alliance. Ability to support staff and members to navigate the politics, responsibilities and accountabilities of difference, trust, forgiveness, conflict, and love in order to elevate the quality of relationships, of organizational practices, of community building, and of learning across the alliance. 

…experienced and knowledgeable in the following

    • Experience in grassroots, national, and/or international organizing. Strong project and campaign management experience.
    • Demonstrated effective experience in supervision and managing cohesive and well coordinated teams. Experience with leadership development and holding different forms of transparent, clear decision making.
  • Experience working within very diverse, multi-racial alliances and coalitions, including holding multiple approaches/complexity/multitudes, exercising a high degree of cultural awareness and understanding, and supporting clarity of vision and purpose
  • Strategic thinker and weaver who can identify opportunities and challenges; connect people, funding, resources and organizations across the country to one another; understands power and struggle; and can co-develop plans to shake up the status quo and build people power. 
  • Deep political analysis and intersectional grounding with a nuanced understanding of translocal to federal policy development and political power building.
  • Strong knowledge of the intersections, layers, dynamics, and depth of climate, environmental, racial, and economic justice issues, root causes, solutions, relationships, histories, and movements.
  • Demonstrated history of accountability to frontline communities and their leadership. Authentic community grounding, not led by rhetoric or personal gain, with a record of holding yourself and others accountable to that.
  • Demonstrated history of significant fundraising. Knowledge of and relationship with environmental funders a plus.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to a Just Transition to a Regenerative Economy, the north star for CJA’s programmatic and political strategies.

…preferably with these skills, knowledge, and experience as well

  • Prior experience in a leadership position within a frontline, grassroots organization and/or developing projects demonstrating a Just Transition on the ground.
  • Institutional memory/understanding/interaction with Climate Justice Alliance.
  • Direct action experience and understanding of its use/role amongst a diversity of tactics.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate environmental justice/climate justice issues and the Just Transition framework.
  • Grassroots internationalism experience.
  • Spanish-English bilingual.

Supervisory Responsibility

The Triad Executive Leadership team manages the supervision, support, and development for CJA’s Lateral Leadership team members. Co-Executive Directors are also collectively responsible for the organization’s health and wellbeing, including its people, resources, infrastructure, and reputation.

Co-Executive Directors report to the CJA Board of Directors.

Standard hours of work

Standard days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Due to the nature of the work, these hours may vary, and occasionally weekend work is required.

The positions are remote and exempt salaried roles.

Travel

Significant travel will be required for events, meetings, and convenings. During the current COVID-19 pandemic, organizational travel policies are being adapted as necessary, prioritizing the health of our staff and members. Currently, there will be no travel through March 2021. This policy will be updated in March 2021.

Position Type and Compensation

  • 100% FTE, exempt position.
  • Salary range is $95,000-$105,000 annually.
  • CJA’s generous 100% FTE benefits package includes:
    • 20 days vacation leave per year;
    • 12 standard holidays, 2 personal days, and 12 sick days per year;
    • 1 week paid family and medical leave after one year of service; an additional week of paid leave for each additional year of service, up to 4 weeks (note: this is our fiscal sponsor’s current policy which we plan to expand once we transition to being an independent 501c3 – please contact us if you have questions);
    • Medical, vision, dental for employees and dependents (requires 30 day waiting period and a per paycheck employee contribution);
    • 100% employer-sponsored basic life, short-term and long-term disability insurance coverage;
    • Access to a 403b retirement plan, FSA and Commuter Benefits.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time, with or without notice.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references (including name, affiliation, email, phone number and your relationship) to jobs@climatejusticealliance.org by February 5, 2020. In the cover letter, please:

  • Share examples of your three (minimum) areas of demonstrated strength from the section “Co-Executive Leadership Team Areas of Responsibilities”. We are especially interested in any experience or insights you have from prior formal, informal, or shared leadership roles. We are looking for candidates who are honest and self-aware of their strengths—we want to pair you with Co-Directors that bring complementary strengths.
  • Clarify which areas of responsibilities you want to lean into more and grow. Why?
  • Explain what excites you about this shared leadership model and working on the staff of CJA.
  • Please indicate if you are affiliated with, or were referred to us by, a CJA member group or ally. Please feel free to share if you are applying with someone else or were recommended to apply by a member of the movement.

We are an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or any other status protected by law. People of color, LGBTQ candidates, and individuals affiliated with CJA member organizations are strongly encouraged to apply.

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