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Communications Manager

Climate Justice Program Manager

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Communications Manager

The California Environmental Justice Alliance 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. 

CEJA has five main program areas: Climate Justice, Energy Equity, Green Zones, Civic Engagement, and Building the EJ Voice in State Policy. We also have a sister organization, CEJA Action for our electoral work.

Position Summary: This position is an exciting opportunity to lead strategic communications on environmental justice issues in California. The Communications Manager is responsible for developing and implementing CEJA’s overall communications strategy, including earned and social media strategy, managing CEJA’s online presence, and supporting policy and program needs and events. The Communications Manager plays a lead role in amplifying the voices of frontline communities most directly impacted by environmental justice issues.

Reporting Relation/Location: The fiscal sponsor for CEJA is the Environmental Health Coalition (EHC), a member of CEJA. The Communications Manager will be an employee of EHC and will report to the Executive Director of CEJA. CEJA has offices in Huntington Park, Sacramento, and Oakland. The Communications Manager will ideally be housed in CEJA’s Downtown Oakland office.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Lead communications strategy 

  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive communications strategy for CEJA and our sister organization CEJA Action.
  • Help advance program goals by developing and implementing a communications strategy for CEJA and CEJA Action’s programs and campaigns, such as overarching messaging, talking points, and earned media and social media strategy.
  • Manage and represent CEJA in collaborative communications projects to develop and implement narrative frameworks across program areas with key partners.
  • Develop and implement communications for our EJ Legislative Agenda, the release of annual reports such as our EJ Scorecard and EJ Agency Assessment, and annual events like Spring Lobby Day and Congreso in the Capitol.
  • In coordination with staff, help write, edit and produce collateral materials, such as fact sheets, flyers for events, and images for social media.

Manage media relations 

  • Develop and implement strategies for securing earned media, including identifying opportunities, writing and sending press releases, statements, op-eds or LTEs and identifying authors, maintaining a reporter database, and pitching reporters.
  • Develop and manage relationships with national, state and local media, with special attention to non-English media, such as Spanish and Asian language outlets.
  • Develop ideas and outreach opportunities for feature article placement, interviews, and appropriate activities that promote awareness of our mission and campaigns.
  • Monitor news to ensure awareness of big issues and framing our work accordingly.
  • Train staff and members to be spokespeople.

Manage online presence 

  • Manage and maintain CEJA and CEJA Action’s social media presence. Develop and implement strategies to increase following and engage our base of allies and supporters such as creating social media toolkits.
  • Manage and maintain CEJA and CEJA Action’s WordPress website, including generating or soliciting new content, updating existing pages, and managing back-end.
  • Manage and maintain CEJA’s email list and online petitions. Update contact lists, enabling effective and targeted email blasts. Ensure email blasts on policy and program priorities are released, including planning, writing or soliciting content, and editing.

Manage CEJA Communications Committee 

  • Facilitate monthly calls with communications committee and annual in-person retreats.
  • Develop new ways to engage communications committee to stay actively working and up to date on CEJA’s work.
  • Uplift CEJA member and partner work to show depth and diversity of EJ communities.
  • Promote member and partner organizations, events, and campaigns as requested.

Manage relationships with contractors and consultants 

  • Work with consultants on supporting communications needs, including co-facilitating spokespeople trainings or pitching reporters during rapid response moments.
  • Work with graphic designers to produce annual reports, visually compelling images, promotional materials, and graphics for CEJA events and campaigns.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in managing communications.
  • Commitment to advancing social, environmental and economic justice.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills 
  • Strong strategic and political analytical thinking.
  • Excellent, detail-oriented project management skills.
  • Ability to work well both independently and with a small staff team.
  • Ability to multi-task and take on additional work as required, and within reason.
  • Ability to work in fast-paced office setting.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to occasional statewide meetings throughout California and to work evenings on occasion.
  • Ability to function well in a work environment that requires collaboration with many partners and member organizations.

Preferred Qualities

  • Experience working with low-income communities and communities of color.
  • Experience working in a coalition setting.
  • Established relationships and connections to California media outlets.
  • Familiarity with California political landscape and community and advocacy groups.
  • Familiarity with CRM software like Action Network.
  • Proficient in graphic design and Word Press web development.
  • Experience in multimedia production, photography or videography.
  • Bilingual English-Spanish (strongly desired, though flexible for the right candidate).

Starting Salary: $63-73K, depending on experience.

BENEFITS: 

EHC offers a competitive benefits package inclusive of: 

  • Excellent Orientation Program 
  • Vacation and Wellness (Sick) Leave 
  • Health, Dental, Vision and Chiropractic Insurance 
  • Prescription Coverage 
  • Long Term Care Insurance 
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan 
  • Professional & Personal Development Opportunities 

POSITION CLOSE DATE: Open until filled. Preference will be given to applications received by December 12, 2019.

APPLICATION SUBMISSION PROCESS: Please submit your resume, cover letter and a writing sample (op-ed, blog or press release) to jobs@caleja.org. Please send documents as PDF email attachments. In the subject line, put Communications Manager, followed by a dash and your last name, first name. For example: Communications Manager – Chavez, Cesar

EHC IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

WE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE OF COLOR AND WOMEN TO APPLY

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.

Climate Justice Program Manager

POSITION DESCRIPTION

CEJA’s Climate Justice Program works to ensure that California’s climate policies protect and benefit low-income communities and communities of color, while aggressively pushing our state to transition off fossil fuels. The program consists of policy work in the state legislature, administrative advocacy, and movement-building efforts across the state. The Climate Justice Manager will be responsible for working with our member Climate Justice committee, developing, implementing and managing the Climate Justice workplan, and providing leadership and strategic vision for the Climate program. For more information about CEJA’sprograms, please visit www.caleja.org.

REPORTING RELATION/LOCATION

The fiscal sponsor for CEJA is the Environmental Health Coalition (EHC), a member of CEJA. The Climate Justice Program Manager will be an employee of EHC and will report to the Program Director of CEJA. CEJA has offices in Huntington Park, Sacramento, and Oakland. The Climate Justice Program Manager will ideally behoused in CEJA’s downtown Oakland.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

Climate Justice Committee Management and Community Engagement:

  • Facilitate, support and manage the Climate Committee, comprised of CEJA member and partner organization staff.
  • Lead and facilitate development of annual Climate Justice Committee annual work plan, monitor, execute with Committee, ensure progress and adapt as necessary.
  • Work with Climate Committee to create and implement long and short-term strategies for achieving climate goals.
  • Plan and facilitate monthly Climate Committee calls. Regularly communicate with Climate Committee members on program developments and activities.
  • Coordinate with staff at CEJA member and partner organizations to recruit and retain participants in CEJA activities.
  • Participate in coalitions, networks and events to advance Climate Committee goals.

Policy Analysis and Advocacy:

  • Lead the development of climate-related policy proposals, in coordination with Climate Committee members, Program Director, and other CEJA staff.
  • Advocate before the legislature, in coordination with Program Director and other CEJA staff.
  • Advocate before state agencies, including analyzing agency documents, drafting comment letters, and attending hearings and testifying on behalf of and with CEJA members.
  • Develop political strategies to achieve climate justice in statewide policy.
  • Develop, maintain and strengthen strategic partnerships with key allies and decision-makers.
  • Ensure research necessary to further Climate Committee goals is undertaken.
  • Develop fact sheets, briefings, reports and other written products to advance Climate Committee goals.

Additional program responsibilities:

  • Work with CEJA Communications Manager to develop and implement effective communication strategies to support Climate Justice program.
  • Represent CEJA in public forums.
  • Support CEJA development staff in grant reporting and funding proposals.

Organizational Responsibilities:

  • As necessary, participate in Steering Committee meetings to present and report on program progress.
  • Actively participate in program strategy, planning, tracking and reporting, and staff meetings.
  • Work with CEJA staff to provide timely reporting on program activities for funding purposes.
  • Actively participate in and support CEJA-wide events.
  • Foster an environment of trust and cooperation amongst staff, members and partners, and affiliate organizations.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Program Director

This position requires travel. Employee is expected to work in Sacramento and Oakland on an as-needed basis, and will make occasional trips to the offices of CEJA member and partner organizations throughout the state.

Qualifications and skills REQUIRED

  • Experience working on California climate policy
  • Demonstrated experience or understanding of environmental justice
  • Excellent analytical, writing/editing and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong research skills.
  • Demonstration of leadership and coordination skills, self-motivated; experience facilitating meetings.
  • Highly collaborative style and sincere commitment to work collaboratively with CEJA staff, committees, organizational community members, and supporters.
  • Relationship builder and people person.
  • Self-starter, able to work independently.
  • Ability to work flexible hours.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point) and internet fluency.

Qualifications and Skills PREFERRED:

  • Deep commitment to Environmental, Social & Economic Justice, and CEJA’s mission.
  • Experience working on clean transportation policies in California.
  • Minimum of 3 years in Program Management.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience working in environmental and/or social justice nonprofit sector.
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills.

Starting Salary: Competitive, depending on experience.

BENEFITS:

EHC offers a competitive benefits package inclusive of:

  • Excellent Orientation Program
  • Vacation and Wellness (Sick) Leave
  • Health, Dental, Vision and Chiropractic Insurance
  • Prescription Coverage
  • Long Term Care Insurance
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Personal Development Opportunities

POSITION CLOSE DATE: Open Until Filled

APPLICATION SUBMISSION PROCESS: Please submit your resume, cover letter and a writing sample to jobs@caleja.org. In the subject line, put the words Climate Justice Manager, followed by a dash and your last name, first name. For example: Climate Justice Manager – Chavez, Cesar

EHC IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
WE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE OF COLOR AND WOMEN TO APPLY
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.

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Finance & Administration Director


The California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA) is a statewide, community-led alliance that works to achieve environmental justice by advancing policy solutions. Environmental Health Coalition (EHC), an environmental justice organization in the San Diego/Tijuana region, is a founding member of CEJA and CEJA’s fiscal sponsor. As fiscal sponsor since CEJA’s inception, EHC manages all of CEJA’s finances including grant management, receiving assets, incurring liabilities, bookkeeping, accounting, financial reporting and all human resources functions. CEJA plans to transition to an independent 501(c)(3) organization over the next 18-24 months. Both CEJA and EHC are committed to ensuring that this process is a positive and successful one that will ensure CEJA’s success for the foreseeable future.

In order to accomplish this important goal, EHC and CEJA have created a new position, the Finance & Administrative Director (FAD) that is a shared position (50/50) between EHC and CEJA. The FAD will play a significant role in managing the financial, administration and human resources programs necessary to CEJA’s success now and following the completion of the incorporation process. As part of the EHC team, the FAD will provide financial, administration and human resources management. As a part of the CEJA team, the FAD will lead CEJA’s transition to a 501(c)(3) organization, and ultimately manage CEJA’s Administrative functions at theconclusion of the incorporation process. The purpose of the shared strategy is to enhance fiscal sponsorship services provided to CEJA from EHC; ensure integration of financial and human resources systems and facilitate a smooth transition. The following provides a description of the responsibilities and projection of phased evolution of the position over the next 18 – 24 months.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide financial management services from EHC to CEJA including: budget development, accounts payable, bookkeeping, banking, payroll, donation processing, grants management and reporting
  • Develop organizational, program and proposal budgets
  • Process check requests and credit card purchases
  • Monitor and manage grant budgets via revenue allocation and reporting
  • Maintain CEJA grant files
  • Develop monthly actuals reports
  • Reconcile credit card statements
  • Prepare journal entries
  • Serve as the EHC liaison to CEJA related to financial management issues
  • Compile and provide data to EHC staff to ensure timely grant and budget reporting.
  • Support and advise CEJA, and coordinate with EHC, to create a plan and timeline for the c3 launch.
  • Supervise CEJA’s Operations Manager.page1image27982464
  • Provide human resources services from EHC to CEJA including candidate recruitment, hiring, onboarding, termination and support
  • Collaboratively review and optimize current operations systems, policies and procedures.
  • Work with EHC and CEJA staff to develop and comply with the provisions of the Spin Off agreement enabling EHC to relinquish its fiscal sponsorship responsibilities and CEJA to take them over. This will include transfer of all assets, liabilities, employees, grant and contract agreements, etc.
  • Assist in annual internal audit

REPORTING RELATION/LOCATION

The fiscal sponsor for the California Environmental Justice Alliance is the Environmental Health Coalition (EHC), a member of CEJA. The FAD will be an employee of EHC and will report to EHC’s Finance Director and CEJA’s Executive Director and will supervise any finance staff who may be subsequently hired. The FAD will divide their time between EHC’s National City office and CEJA’s offices in Huntington Park in Southeast Los Angeles County until the incorporation process is complete.

As determined and scheduled in conjunction with managers, the FAD’s work locations will be:

  • EHC’s office in National City, CA (within south San Diego county) for approximately two (2) days each week;
  • CEJA’s office in Huntington Park, CA (within southeast Los Angeles county) for approximately three days each week;

QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS REQUIRED

  • Bachelor’s degree and formal financial training
  • 3+ years of experience in financial management for nonprofit organizations, including fund accounting, with demonstrated ability to perform daily financial functions with limited supervision
  • High proficiency in accounting software for non-profits and Microsoft Excel
  • Sound judgment in decision-making capabilities
  • Excellent management skills, with the ability to inspire, motivate, and hold staff accountable to high standards
  • Ability to develop, implement, and manage business systems and processes, including budget development
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, including experience in effectively communicating financial concepts and key data to, and collaborating with, individuals with a wide range of financial backgrounds
  • Keen analytic, organizational and problem-solving skills that allow for strategic data interpretation
  • Extreme detail-orientation
  • Experience working in an environmental or social justice organization

QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS PREFERRED

  • Deep commitment to Environmental, Social & Economic Justice, and EHC/CEJA’s mission.
  • Accounting degree or equivalent advanced degree
  • 5+ years of experience in financial management for nonprofit organizations, including fund accounting, with demonstrated ability to perform daily financial functions with limited supervision
  • Experience working with a coalition

SALARY RANGE: $77,000.00 TO $85,000.00

BENEFITS: EHC offers a competitive benefits package inclusive of:

  • Excellent Orientation Program
  • Vacation and Wellness (Sick) Leave
  • Health, Dental, Vision and Chiropractic Insurance
  • Prescription Coverage
  • Long Term Care Insurance
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Personal Development Opportunities

POSITION CLOSE DATE: Open Until Filled

RESUME SUBMISSION PROCESS: To apply for this position, please submit your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to the Environmental Health Coalition at frontdesk@environmentalhealth.org. Please put CEJA-FD into the subject line of your email. No phone calls please.

MISSION: Environmental Health Coalition is dedicated to achieving environmental and social justice. We believe that justice is accomplished by empowered communities acting together to make social change. We organize and advocate to protect public health and the environment threatened by toxic pollution. EHC supports broad efforts that create a just society and fosters a healthy and sustainable quality of life.

EHC IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
WE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE OF COLOR AND WOMEN TO APPLY

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.

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Fellowships

California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA) seeks to inspire and engage the next generation of California’s environmental justice leaders. We are proud to host fellowships at our Oakland, Sacramento, and Los Angeles locations across CEJA’s diverse program areas: Building the EJ Voice in State Policy, Civic Engagement, Climate Justice, Communications, Development, Energy Equity, and Green Zones.

If you have identified a fellowship opportunity from a sponsoring institution and would like to partner with CEJA, please email us at jobs@caleja.org and include the following information:

  • General information about yourself and why you are interested in working with us
  • Details about the sponsoring institution and requirements of the fellowship program
  • Whether you have secured the fellowship or are in exploratory stages
  • Details about your interest in EJ and desired program area in which you would like to work
  • Questions you have for us regarding the fellowship or CEJA overall
  • Optional: Feel free to include your resume or CV

Please allow 1-2 weeks for a response after your initial email. Our ability to host a fellow depends on our program needs and capacity. If we are able to host a fellowship within your area(s) of interest and the partnership is a good fit, we will follow up to schedule an interview at the appropriate CEJA location or via video conference for more information.