Climate Justice Policy Coordinator

The Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) is seeking a full-time Climate Justice Policy Coordinator to support the alignment of local member organizing with advocacy efforts at the state, tribal, and federal level that lead to a Just Transition to a regenerative economy. This is a full-time, one-year employment with the possibility of extension, designated to work out of the Washington, D.C. office.  We are seeking to fill this position 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. In the next four years, we will be consolidating and expanding our goals to include important policy implications. 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, energy democracy, and lead to a regenerative economy where all people thrive in harmony with Mother Earth.

Job Description - Climate Justice Policy Coordinator

The Policy Coordinator is responsible for providing strategic and advocacy expertise support to Climate Justice Alliance membership. They will focus on informing policy that advances the sectoral shifts (tipping points) of a Just Transition in a way that reflects the needs and solutions put forth by those most impacted by the root causes of the climate and environmental crisis. They are responsible for developing and advising CJA strategy on policy development and coordination with members in order to, deepen collective political power on clean energy, energy democracy, infrastructure, Just Transition.  In addition, to strong policy writing and analytical skills the Climate Justice Policy Coordinator will work to influence policy discussions at a national level with congressional representatives and staffers while facilitating members’ meetings with decision makers and their ability to participate in regional and national policy strategies. They report to the Executive Director and work in consultation with other CJA staff, work groups, communications, policy, research, policy personnel, member organizations, and regional anchor organizations across the nation to best position the Climate Justice Alliance for success in Just Transition and beyond.

Ideal candidate would be someone with 3-5 years working on climate or environmental justice policy, existing understanding of the beltway politics, good understanding on connecting local community struggles to policy tools, articulate communication and strong technical writing skills, attention to detail, past lobbying experience a plus.  

Responsibilities:

  • Support ED with development and execution of advocacy strategies

  • Provide research, analysis, and draft responses to a range of policy issues impacting CJA members

  • Track, monitor, and analyze state and federal legislation

  • Develop briefing materials and reports (oral and written) including legislative reports, one-page handouts, and talking points in consultation with membership

  • Draft comments, white papers, reports and other documents to influence key issues such as Carbon Pricing, Clean Energy and Just Transition.

  • Attend hearings, workgroups, and other meetings as needed and report out to membership

  • Participate on workgroups/taskforces as needed and help members engage in CJA policy initiatives that are informed by membership needs

  • Collaborate with ED on grassroots advocacy efforts and stakeholder outreach

  • Coordinate member testimony, legislative visits, and workgroup meetings

  • Plan and participate in CJA events as needed to enhance member educationon key issues and CJA advocacy efforts

  • Respond to priority issues and strategic communication to internal and external stakeholders

  • Facilitate policy roundtables on emerging legislation and political opportunities

  • Understanding of the emerging carbon pricing and cap and trade mechanisms and their effects on communities

  • Understanding of the intersections of EJ and CJ issues and how they contribute to clean energy, Just Transition policy implications.

Qualifications Include:

  • Excellent communication skills (written, verbal, and electronic)

  • Experience researching, analyzing, debriefing and preparing collective reports on complex issues

  • 3-5 years minimum experience with state and/or federal legislative process

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with broad range of stakeholders

  • Highly skilled at power mapping and analysis

  • Ability to work effectively with staff and volunteers in a member-orientated collaborative environment

  • Willingness to learn about and analyze new and/or complex issues

  • Ability to complete projects efficiently and independently with minimal supervision

  • Undergraduate degree in political science, public policy, or related field; Graduate Degree a plus

  • Ability to work long hours during legislative sessions and occasional overnighttravel as needed

  • Experience scheduling meetings with representatives for our members at both state and municipal level

  • Work with organizers to develop tool-kits, webinars, and CJA institutional wisdom for policy Pop Ed

  • A 2nd language a plus

  • Understanding of the Jemez Principles, EJ Principles and the Mission of CJA.

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: “Climate Justice Policy Coordinator Application” by July 6, 2017. Please send your application as either a Word doc or pdf.

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