California Environmental Justice Alliance

Building Healthy Communities from the Ground up

Development Associate

Open until filled. 

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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 improve environmental health by creating comprehensive opportunities  for change at a statewide level. CEJA Action builds political power of communities of color to advance  environmentally and socially just policies in California and a more participatory, inclusive democracy. 

Position Description 

The Development Associate will work closely with the CEJA Development Director and Grants Manager,  staff, and occasionally member and partner organizations to develop and implement fundraising activities  that support environmental justice and social justice work that benefits California’s low-income  communities and communities of color. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position. 

Reporting Relation / Location 

The fiscal sponsor for CEJA is the Environmental Health Coalition (EHC), a member of CEJA. The fiscal  sponsor for CEJA Action is Tides Advocacy Fund. The Development Associate will be an employee of EHC  and initially report to the Development Director of CEJA. Remote working is mandatory during the COVID 19 pandemic. Once it is safe for staff to return to the office, the Development Associate must be able to  work out of one of CEJA’s offices in Huntington Park (Los Angeles area), Sacramento, or Oakland.  

Primary Responsibilities 

Planning and evaluation: 

  • Support the Development Director and Grants Manager in developing, implementing,  evaluating, and periodically adjusting CEJA’s annual Development Plan. 


  • Individual donors and campaigns: Collaborate with the Development Director and Grants  Manager to plan, create materials, implement, and track a range of online and offline strategies  to attract, engage, acknowledge, and retain individual donors. Generate and send  acknowledgement letters for individual donor gifts. 
  • Sponsors: Manage the sponsorship campaign for CEJA’s key statewide convening, Congreso. ● Grant-writing: Project-manage grant reports to funders, ensuring compliance with  requirements. CEJA-specific grant-writing training will be provided. 

Administrative management:  

  • CEJA Development Committee: Complete various Committee tasks, including co-managing the  Committee’s Slack channel, scheduling meetings, participating in subcommittees, and  supporting the annual retreat.
  • Grant agreements: Process new grant agreements by updating Salesforce and Box with  pertinent information and files, and by generating grant acknowledgement letters.
  • Salesforce maintenance: Learn and co-manage Salesforce, including running and evaluating  reports and maintaining data hygiene. Enter data related to grants drafted by the Development  Associate, to regrant processes, and to grant agreements. Provide leadership on other  Salesforce projects as requested by Development Director or Grants Manager. 

Regrants processes: Coordinate internal management of CEJA’s regrants program to member  and partner organizations, including developing, distributing, and collecting Memoranda of  Understanding; requesting grant checks; and tracking related information in Salesforce and Box. 

Other responsibilities 


  • Collaborate on development and implementation of projects jointly held by Development and  Communications teams. 
  • Report 501(c)(4) fundraising hours each month to CEJA Action’s Operations Manager. Fulfill a  range of administrative functions related to the digital tools used in CEJA’s and CEJA Action’s  development work, including maintaining orderly files and updating data. 

General organizational responsibilities: 

  • Foster an environment that promotes trust and cooperation amongst CEJA staff, members, and  partners. 
  • Actively participate in CEJA-wide events, such as the annual Congreso.  
  • Participate in CEJA staff meetings and other meetings as necessary.  
  • Complete additional tasks as assigned by the Development Director and Grants Manager. 

Qualifications and skills REQUIRED 

  • Minimum of 2 year of experience in fundraising or other nonprofit work, or equivalent  educational or work experience, preferably related to environmental justice, social justice, civil  rights, or immigrant rights issues. 
  • Commitment to advancing social and economic justice. 
  • Experience working with low-income communities and communities of color. ● Strong communications skills, including speaking and writing skills. 
  • 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 to work in a fast-paced office setting. 
  • Highly collaborative style and sincere commitment to work collaboratively with CEJA staff,  committees, organizational community members, and supporters. 
  • Relationship builder and people person. 
  • Strong working knowledge of Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point). 

Qualifications and Skills PREFERRED: 

  • Experience working in a coalition setting. 
  • Ability to work flexible hours to respond to position needs. 

Compensation: $58,000-$65,000, depending on experience. 

Benefits: EHC offers a competitive benefits package inclusive of: Vacation and Sick (Wellness) Leave;  Health, Dental, Vision and Chiropractic Insurance; Long Term Care Insurance; 401(k) Retirement Plan;  and Professional Development Opportunities.

Position Close Date: Open until filled.   

Application Submission Process: Please submit your resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to In the subject line, put the words “Development Associate,” followed by a dash and  your last name, first name. For example: Development Associate – Chavez, Cesar 


EHC provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and  prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex,  national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity  or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to  all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination,  layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.