For the past year and a half, the Oregon Just Transition Alliance has been building a movement for climate justice with leadership of base building organizations in the state of Oregon. We are looking for our Oregon Just Transition Alliance Organizer to build with us a movement to stop the bad and build the new with leadership of those most impacted and on the forefront of environmental racism, economic exploitation, and climate change. Join our team!
Please read on for a full description of the position below:
OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon is seeking a passionate, dedicated individual to join our growing team of organizers for social justice. The Oregon Just Transition Alliance Organizer reports to the Executive Director, and works with a broad network of state and local partners to advance key policy and advocacy priorities, as informed by OPAL’s organized membership base.
OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon founded the Oregon Just Transition Alliance in 2017. The alliance brings together frontline communities to “Build the New”.
The Oregon Just Transition Alliance is a statewide network of organizations actively building a grassroots movement in environmental justice and climate justice communities across the state of Oregon.
The Organizer will work closely with current, new and potential alliance members to build power, deepen partners’ involvement and analysis to advance an Oregon Climate and Environmental Justice Agenda.
Qualifications: Experience working with low-income communities and communities of color; Understanding of and commitment to Environmental Justice and Climate Justice principles and the Just Transition framework; Strong planning and facilitation skills and popular education-style training experience; Coalition-building, grassroots organizing and campaign experience preferred.
This position will require some statewide travel to urban and rural communities; as an organization committed to challenging traditional models of organizing and in proactively practicing ways to reduce our organizational carbon footprint, a Driver’s License and personal automobile are not required – but demonstrated experience and success in telecommuting and excellent communication skills are.
- ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
- Responsible for developing year-long training schedule for Oregon Just Transition Alliance members and supporters.
- Supports the organizational development of the Oregon Just Transition Alliance through but not limited to: organizing monthly Alliance coordinating calls, activities and plans intended to deepen member relationships with one another, and strengthen internal Alliance processes.
- Ensure strategic planning and organizational priorities are grounded in Environmental Justice values and are well-represented throughout OPAL and OJTA work areas
- Ensure OPAL and OJTA short-term strategic plans and priorities support a long-term vision for an Environmental Justice movement building and transformative change.
- PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT, IMPLEMENTATION & MANAGEMENT
- Offer technical assistance and intentional political education in examining existing or proposed rules and regulations relating to environmental justice, climate justice and a just transition.
- Support the development of the Oregon Just Transition Agenda incorporating climate, environmental, economic, racial and social justice. Efforts will include, but are not limited to: statewide work planning; identifying shared priorities with organizational partners; analysis of proposed and existing plans for policy action; and leadership development of community members to engage in policy making at local, regional and statewide levels.
- Working with the Advocacy Coordinator in supporting Alliance members in identifying policy and advocacy pathways.
- Ensure policy goals and advocacy campaigns are supportive of and determined by on-the-ground community organizing efforts across all program areas.
- Build upon OPAL’s track record of member-led participatory research and organizing to inform OPAL and OJTA campaigns and tactics, and facilitate such processes for future campaigns.
- Support national environmental and climate justice advocacy through Alliance networks (e.g. Grassroots Global Justice, Climate Justice Alliance, EJ Forum, 100% NGO)
- Develop popular-education style political education curriculum and training materials.
- Develop a consistent feedback loop from community visioning and strategic sessions to the Alliance membership.
III. FUNDRAISING AND DONOR DEVELOPMENT
- Support OPAL in developing the fiscal health and well-being of the organization, including grant writing, supporting fundraising events, and cultivation of individual major donors.
- Provide technical assistance to our networks and community-based partners in fee-for-service and pro bono capacities.
$40,000 starting salary for approximately 40 hours of work per week. OPAL offers a competitive benefits package with health insurance including mental and dental coverage, paid time off, and more.
OPAL Environmental Justice is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities and LGBT people are encouraged to apply.