The Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) is seeking a full-time organizer to support the alignment of local organizing with CJA’s Just Transition framework and 4 year strategy. This is a full-time, 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 - Just Transition Organizer
The CJA Just Transition National Organizer is responsible for supporting Our Power communities, partners, and allies to build out our Just Transition work. They are responsible for carrying out the Our Power Communities Strategy and Implementation plan as described below. 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.
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.
- Provide support for existing Our Power Communities, identifying opportunities for collaboration or peer learning between members, and coordinating calls, convenings and trainings.
- 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.
- Support the development and distribution of Just Transition principles, case studies and popular education tools.
- Ensure integration of Our Power Communities program with other aspects of CJA strategies.
- Support strong systems for internal and external communication, and contribute regularly to social media on the progress of Our Power communities.
- Maintain active relationships with frontline and Indigenous communities, potential and established allied groups and move collaborative work forward.
- Provide other campaign support as needed.
II. Expansion of the Climate Justice Alliance (Approx. 10% FTE)
- Identify and outreach to potential new member organizations in consultation with the membership committee.
- 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
- Identify and assess emerging opportunities for the Our Power Campaign
- Develop sectoral shifts analysis and mapping imperative for regional infrastructure and support
III. Organizational Leadership (Approx. 10% FTE)
- Participate in weekly staff meetings and monthly full membership calls. Help inform and lead agendas.
- Work closely with staff to detail campaign work plans, and submit quarterly reports on work progress.
- Attend Steering Committee gatherings and calls as needed.
- Engage Membership in creative ways that include online and offline organizing.
- Collectively work on member-wide events, conferences, and meetings.
- Community organizing experience – at least 3-5 year experience with grassroots campaigns and popular education.
- 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.
- Experience with communication and online media for campaigns.
- Excellent written communications skills; attention to detail and accuracy.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the Subject Line: “Just Transition Organizer Application” by January 4, 2017. Please send your application as either a Word doc or pdf.