Funder Relations Organizer Position Open

The Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) is seeking a full-time Funder Relations Organizer to support the alignment of local organizations with CJA’s overall Just Transition framework, goals and 4 year strategy. This is a full-time position, one-year contract with the possibility of being extended. Location is flexible – preference will be given to candidates in the US Midwest and the South/Southeast.

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 peoples. The 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. The Campaign supports local organizing through peer-exchange, trainings and direct action, and coalition work to advance policies to end extreme energy and promote climate-protecting jobs.

Job Description - Funder Relations Organizer

The Funder Relations Organizer is responsible for providing strategic and operational philanthropic expertise and campaign support to the Climate Justice Alliance. They will focus on building the sustainability of the Our Power Communities to advance a Just Transition in a way that reflects the root causes of the climate and environmental crisis. They are responsible for implementation of the Philanthropic Relations Strategy and Implementation plan that both raises needed resources and coordinates with key funder allies and regional groups to build a robust philanthropic community that supports collective lived-learning, Just Transition/Climate Justice wisdom, and experiences that build power for all involved. 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 to best position the Climate Justice Alliance for success in Just Transition and beyond.

Responsibilities include:

I. Move the Money Campaign and Implementation (Approx. 80% FTE)

  1. Support the development and implementation of CJA’s 4-Year Strategy, with particular focus on cultivating allies and organizers within the philanthropic sector to build with and “move the money” to the grassroots through program work, regranting and regional funding
  2. Mobilize funders for general operating and project work, researching and developing LOIs, grants and reports
  3. Maintain an active network with established and potential funders and donors
    • tracking and monitoring lists and tables
    • strategically mapping and recruiting funders to align interests and impact
    • developing funder briefings, packets, and maintaining regular communication with new and historic funder organizers and allies
  4. Develop quarterly/regular funder updates
  5. Conduct, direct or support research needed for crafting campaign strategy, goals and activities
  6. Provide other support as needed.

II. Expansion of funder ally circles and regional regranting (Approx. 10% FTE)

  1. Develop a regional funder relations plan, identifying and reaching out to potential new funders in consultation with the Executive Director
  2. Identify and assess emerging opportunities for collective partnerships in co-learning
  3. Develop a strategy for regional funder organizing and events, creating sectoral shifts analysis and mapping imperative to support regional infrastructure and groups
  4. Help develop MOUs and create opportunities for funders to engage deeply and craft expectations of funder participation

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
  3. Attend Steering Committee gatherings and calls as needed
  4. Engage members and funders in creative ways that include online and offline organizing
  5. Collectively work on funder-wide events, conferences, and meetings


  • At least 7 years’ experience advising and guiding efforts to deepen philanthropic engagement with the grassroots
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and relationship building
  • Excellent understanding and interest in funding trends and strategy
  • Familiar 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
  • Organizational skills and attention to details and accuracy
  • Able to work remotely, manage multiple work tasks, and meet the pressure of deadlines
  • Experience with communication and online media for campaigns
  • Flexibility and positive attitude, solution-oriented and ability to move forward
  • National travel required - approximately 2 weeks per quarter

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 with the Subject Line: “Funder Relations Organizer Application” by January 4, 2017. Please send your application as either a Word doc or pdf.

For more information on the Climate Justice Alliance and the Our Power Campaign

Our Power Campaign
About Our Power Campaign
Campaign launched by the Climate Justice Alliance - Communities United for A Just Transition.

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