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California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA) seeks to engage the next generation of California’s environmental justice leaders. Thank you for considering a role with CEJA! Please send questions and application materials to jobs@caleja.org.

Climate Director

The California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA) is a statewide coalition of grassroots,
community-based organizations. We organize in communities most impacted by environmental
issues – low-income communities and communities of color – to advance statewide policy that
protects the environment and our health. For more information about CEJA, including our core
member and partner organizations, please visit www.caleja.org. CEJA’s role is to advance an
environmental justice (EJ) agenda in statewide policy, guided by the lived experiences of the
communities we serve, and to grow the power and breadth of the EJ movement. Our work is
based in the belief that no one EJ organization can win by itself; we need to be in a strategic
alliance with each other to address the root causes of environmental and climate injustice. CEJA
is looking for a collaborative, innovative, and experienced leader to direct one of our core
program areas, the Climate Justice Program.

JOB TITLE: Climate Director

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

CEJA seeks a Climate Director to oversee the development and operation of its Climate Justice
Program. The Climate Director will report directly to CEJA’s Interim Executive Director,
supervise one manager level position, and collaborate closely with our member and partner
organizations. As the leader of key CEJA programs, you will work to: put equity at the center of
the climate debate; reduce California toxic hotspots; implement strong regulatory measures; and
speed up our transition off fossil fuels.

LOCATION/EMPLOYMENT STATUS:

The Climate Director position is mostly remote but will require occasional travel to CEJA’s hubs
in Sacramento, Oakland, and Los Angeles, and to other locations throughout California. The
Climate Director must be a resident of California.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Leadership: Work closely with CEJA’s Leadership Team, identifying and implementing
organizational strategies and ensuring that CEJA is a well-managed organization aligned
with its mission, goals, and core values; attend occasional meetings of CEJA’s Board of
Directors.

• Staff Management: Oversee CEJA’s Climate Justice program team, serving as thought
partner, mentor, and supervisor to staff, ensuring that CEJA’s programs have ambitious
and attainable goals and work plans; provide clear and useful feedback and strategic guidance to staff, including through performance evaluations.

• Committee Management: Oversee CEJA’s Climate Justice Committee, including
facilitating committee meetings, co-developing the committee work plan, delegating roles
and responsibilities, and monitoring progress.

• Program Implementation and Coordination: Provide guidance and direction to climate
justice program staff to strengthen the planning and execution of CEJA’s climate work,
building connections across CEJA’s intersecting program areas and ensuring a
coordinated strategy to advance climate justice in California.

• Coalition Building: Build and foster strong working relationships within the Alliance,
with CEJA members and partners.

• External Relationships: Serve as one of CEJA’s lead external representatives, cultivating
and furthering relationships with a variety of decision makers and stakeholders, including
elected officials, labor unions, and environmental and social justice organizations.

• Advocacy: Participate in events to advance CEJA’s program goals, as needed, including
advocating before the state legislature, executive branch, and regulatory agencies.

• Policy Analysis: Support policy analysis of climate-related regulatory and legislative
proposals, and support strategy development, as necessary.

• Media and Communications: Work with program staff and CEJA’s Communications
Director to integrate strategic communications to advance program goals and help
strengthen CEJA’s capacity to produce timely and relevant communications materials.

• External Spokesperson: Serve as representative and spokesperson for CEJA at major
events, preparing, assisting with, and/or providing presentations as related to program
areas, and provide media interviews as assigned.

• Grants and Development: Support CEJA’s fundraising success by contributing to
climate-related grant proposals and reports and supporting the execution of grant
agreements; build and maintain relationships with key donors.

QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

• Deep commitment to environmental, racial, social, and economic justice and CEJA’s
mission.

• Successful track record of at least 5-7 years as staff supervisor.

• Strategic planning, program evaluation, and project management skills.

• Significant policy/program expertise in environmental justice issues.

• Specific expertise in climate justice policy, including fossil fuel phase-out, air quality and
climate solutions, transportation justice, and cross-sector strategies to promote a Just
Transition.

• Familiarity with California’s EJ policy landscape, community, and advocacy groups.

• Self-confidence and capacity to be a lead thinker and strategist in program development.

• Ability to navigate and advocate before various policy-making bodies.

• Outstanding communications skills (written and verbal), with the ability to facilitate
understanding across multiple audiences.

• Ability to develop a team-oriented environment; commitment to democratic participation.

• Ability to develop and facilitate alliance-wide meetings and retreats that engage all
members in campaign planning and decision-making.

• Experience leading fast-paced, collaborative program and policy campaigns, and ability
to multitask while maintaining attention to detail.

• Ability to work flexible hours to respond to position needs.

• Ability to facilitate conflict resolution between individuals and organizations.

• Public Policy, Urban Planning, Environmental Science, Law, or other relevant degree.

Salary: $98,000-$104,000, depending on experience.

Benefits: CEJA believes in helping to provide a good work-life balance for its employees and
offers a competitive benefits package inclusive of:

▪ Excellent orientation program
▪ Generous vacation (10 to 25 days per year)
▪ 11 paid holidays
▪ 2-week paid winter break (December 19th thru January 1st)
▪ 3 paid days per year for Civic Engagement
▪ 2-month sabbatical opportunity after 7 years of continuous employment
▪ Select health, dental, vision, and chiropractic insurance plans (paid by employer)
▪ Wellness leave (12 to 18 days per year)
▪ Medical reimbursement plan
▪ 401(k) retirement plan
▪ Professional development opportunities

Deadline: Position will remain open until filled.

Applications: Email resume with cover letter to: jobs@caleja.org. Please put “Climate Director”
in the subject line of your email.

The California Environmental Health Alliance is an equal opportunity employer. We
encourage people of color, women, and transgender and gender non-conforming people to
apply. CEJA 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.