The California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA) is a statewide, community-led alliance that works to achieve environmental justice by advancing policy solutions. We unite the powerful local organizing of our members in the communities most impacted by environmental hazards – low-income communities and communities of color – to create comprehensive opportunities for change at a statewide level. We build the power of communities across California to create policies that will alleviate poverty and pollution. Together, we are growing the statewide movement for environmental health and social justice.
Job Title: Civic Engagement Consultant
Purpose/Summary: CEJA is in an exciting moment where we are planning to launch a civic engagement program that focuses on environmental justice in California. Our overall vision is to organize voters of color in support of equitable environmental policy on a statewide level. Our program will be driven by our commitment to empowering community leaders to actively shape the policies that impact their health and quality of life.
Services Needed: CEJA is seeking the services of a Civic Engagement Consultant in an independent contractor position to provide research and program development services in anticipation of the launch our civic engagement program in 2016. The contract will be between our fiscal sponsor, the Environmental Health Coalition and the Subcontractor.
Scope of Work:
1. Research: Consultant will produce a high quality written document that synthesizes the following research and is suitable for distribution:
- The current landscape of progressive civic engagement work in California.
- Determine what the base of CEJA and what the specific demographic targets are.
- Conduct stakeholder interviews among a target list of leaders and organizers in the civic engagement arena to determine what the gaps are in the field, what are the trends on our issues, and what are the opinions in our target communities on environmental justice issues.
- An assessment of the capacity of each CEJA member organization to take on civic engagement work and what the spectrum of engagement will be.
- Review the funding landscape to determine where there are funding opportunities with an environmental justice frame.
- Based on the research, provide recommendations for consideration regarding CEJA’s strategic niche in the California civic engagement landscape.
2. Civic Engagement Committee Convening and Facilitation: Consultant will develop the infrastructure for the CEJA Civic Engagement Team:
- Work with the CEJA Co-Director and “CEJA Civic Engagement Team” to convene the committee and oversee the development of an overall civic engagement program.
- Create agendas and facilitate meetings for the team.
- Convene a minimum of 4 “Civic Engagement Team” meetings between July 2015 and January 2016.
3. Program development and design: Consultant will develop an internal document that provides recommendations for alternative civic engagement program designs to include the following:
- An analysis of organizational civic engagement models to give CEJA tangible options for CEJA’s role.
- Recommendations of what CEJA’s role will be as a civic engagement entity (e.g. intermediary, pilot program, etc.)
- Recommendations for program and infrastructure for CEJA civic engagement arm.
- Metrics CEJA will use to measure the success of our civic engagement program. Determine what our reach will be and how we will grow.
- Minimum of 3 years of experience in a leadership position in civic engagement advocacy preferably in environmental justice, social justice, civil rights or immigrant rights issues.
- Minimum 3 years experience facilitating meetings in a coalition setting among communities of color.
- At least 2 years experience developing the operations and infrastructure for civic engagement program.
- At least 2 years research experience in the civic engagement field among low-income communities and communities of color.
- Strong familiarity with how funding operates in a civic engagement program.
- Commitment to advancing environmental, social and economic justice.
- Strong knowledge of and analytical capacity to think strategically about civic engagement and implementation.
- Strong speaking and writing skills to present research to CEJA.
- Ability to work well both independently and in collaboration with diverse staff organizational leaders, and community allies.
- Ability to multi-task and take on additional work as required, and within reason.
- Ability and willingness to travel on occasion for civic engagement meetings.
- Ability to function well in a work environment that requires collaboration with many partners and member organizations.
- Internet fluency, web research a must.
- Strong working knowledge of Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point).