CJA Just Transition Senior Campaign Coordinator

The Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) is seeking a full-time Senior Campaign Coordinator to support the alignment of local organizing from Our Power Communities with CJA’s Just Transition framework and 4 year strategy. This is a full-time, one-year contract with the possibility of extension. Location is flexible.  Seeking to fill as soon as possible and no later than July 1st, 2017.

CJA’s mission is to forge a socially and economically just transition away from an extractive economy and towards healthy, resilient local communities, to address the root causes of climate change. In 2012, CJA developed the Our Power Campaign engaging 40 member organizations to create a vision that supports local and national campaign goals rooted in front line, community-based struggles, including those of Indigenous peoples, people of color, new immigrants and working class people. CJA seeks to catalyze a broad-based, scalable campaign for transition away from industries that undermine the well-being of human communities and environmental systems – like dirty energy , industrial-scale manufacturing and agribusiness – and transform local economies into models of sustainability, equity, and resilience. We supports local organizing through peer-exchanges trainings, direct action, and coalition work to advance policies to end the fossil fuel industry harm, promote climate-protecting jobs and lead to a regenerative economy where all people thrive in harmony with Mother Earth.


Job Description - Senior Campaign Coordinator


The CJA Just Transition Senior Campaign Coordinator is responsible for coordinating Our Power communities, partners, and allies to build out 50 visionary Just Transition communities over 4 years in a way that 1. Supports existing community leadership, 2. Builds foundational material to unite a JT practice, 3.expands and popularizes tools for communities across the Nation to make Just Transition real on the ground 4.maintains CJA sphere of influence in Just Transition. This is not a local organizing position and requires someone with the vision to bring ideas, action, and people together to put forth viable frontline solutions at a time when communities are facing multiple threats and engaged in resistance. This is an exciting opportunity for a systems thinker, woke to the decolonization of communities, and yet practical enough to articulate with confidence the path between fighting the bad and building the new regenerative economy.  


They are responsible for carrying out the Our Power Communities Strategy and Implementation plan as described below. Working with the Executive Director, they would will be responsible for orienting, and coordinating the work of Just Transition Organizers as CJA expands its regional models and work together to create the visionary opposition needed in this political moment to “build the new.” They report to the Executive Director and work in consultation with other CJA staff, work groups, communications, policy, research, funder engagement personnel and regional anchor organizations across the nation.

Responsibilities include:

I. Campaign Development and Implementation (Approx. 80% FTE)

Support development and implementation of CJA’s 4-Year Strategy, with particular focus on the Our Power Communities program.

  1. Provide support for existing Our Power Communities, identifying opportunities for collaboration or peer learning between members, and coordinating calls, convenings and trainings.

  2. Establish and integrate regional strategies for CJA-- working with member organizations, Our Power Communities, CJA staff, and allies

  3. Strategically map and recruit more organizations and communities to build up Our Power, and support the development and training of new volunteer leaders and groups.

  4. Support the development and distribution of Just Transition principles, case studies and popular education tools.

  5. Ensure integration of Our Power Communities program with other aspects of CJA strategies and full membership such as the Reinvest in Our Power campaign.

  6. Support strong systems for internal and external communication, and contribute regularly to social media on the progress of Our Power communities.

  7. Provide thought leadership on the development of Just Transition for workers and communities.

  8. Maintain active relationships with frontline and Indigenous communities, potential and established allied groups and move collaborative work forward.

  9. Provide other campaign support as needed.

II. Expansion of the Climate Justice Alliance (Approx. 10% FTE)

  1. Identify and outreach to potential new member organizations in consultation with the membership committee.

  2. Work with other staff to serve as CJA Membership Liaison – develop orientation packet, orient interested grassroots allies who want to join Our Power; engage CJA members in Campaign activities

  3. Identify and assess emerging opportunities for the Our Power Campaign

  4. Develop sectoral shifts analysis and mapping imperative for regional infrastructure and support

  5. Work with CJA staff to develop staffing infrastructure (Regional Organizers) based on regional analysis

  6. Coordinate regional Organizers, supporting their work and finding opportunities to align it with 4 Year Strategy, Working Groups (Energy Democracy, Food Sovereignty etc.) and  CJA’s regional analyses

III. Organizational Leadership (Approx. 10% FTE)

  1. Participate in weekly staff meetings and monthly full membership calls. Help inform and lead agendas.

  2. Work closely with staff to detail campaign work plans, and submit quarterly reports on work progress.

  3. Attend Steering Committee gatherings and calls as needed and share updates budgets and plans for proposed work.

  4. Engage Membership in creative ways that include online and offline organizing. Collectively work on member-wide events, conferences, and meetings.

  5. Engage Academia and Policy leaders to support base-building work

  6. Understand and promote policy tools that help local communities reach JT goals


  • Community organizing experience – at least 3-5 years experience with grassroots campaigns and popular education, including regional or national experience.

  • Campaign development, coordination and evaluation experience 5-10 years.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work with and support organizers in local groups

  • Familiarity with climate policy, environmental justice and social justice issues as well as concepts pertaining to self determination, liberation, decolonization and the political social conditions of oppression.

  • Time specific results-based project coordination skills (including working with staff in other locations).

  • Organized and attentive to details. Able to work remotely and manage multiple work groups and utilize tools and methods that help coordinate multiple groups in multiple locations

  • Experience with communication and online media for campaigns.

  • Experience with volunteer coordination, staff coordination, or project development

  • Excellent written communications skills; attention to detail and accuracy.

  • Flexibility and positive attitude. Solution oriented and ability to move forward.

  • National travel required - approximately 4 weeks per quarter.

  • A desire to learn and grow through movement building

  • A second language is encouraged


CJA is a fiscally-sponsored project of Movement Strategy Center (MSC). CJA values-based alliance with a deep commitment to building transformative culture and challenging racism, sexism, homophobia, and oppression in all its forms. CJA is committed to identifying and developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds and challenging patterns of political marginalization and oppression.


CJA is 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, working-class people, differently-abled people, and LGBTQ persons are strongly encouraged to apply.


Competitive salary and benefits offered. Please send a brief cover letter, resume, salary requirements and three to five references to info@ourpowercampaign.org with the Subject Line: “Just Transition Organizer Application” by June 17th 2017. Please send your application as either a Word doc or pdf.


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