Central Coast Outreach Associate

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The Environmental Justice Coalition for Water (EJCW)
Salinas, CA, United States
Position Type: 
Full-Time
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)
Languages Required: 
English and Spanish
Apply By: 
31 May 2019
5 days remaining

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Organizational Background 

The Environmental Justice Coalition for Water (EJCW) is a California based non-profit organization that supports a grassroots coalition committed to advancing the Human Right to Water and environmental justice in California water policy and management. We work in a community-to-capital framework that is fast-paced and strategic. EJCW has regional offices in Sacramento, Berkeley, and Salinas and works in communities throughout the Central Valley, the Bay Area, and the Central Coast respectively. 

The EJCW Central Coast office, located in Salinas, CA, has grown significantly over the past three years with respect to staffing and campaigns for safe, affordable, and accessible drinking water and wastewater. EJCW’s Central Coast program work includes intermediary financial and coordination services and direct community outreach and technical assistance services to over 240 households in 12 neighborhoods, with an additional 10 more neighborhoods coming online in the upcoming months/years. EJCW’s Central Coast Office reaches hard-to-reach places and populations that are underserved and underrepresented through direct grassroots community outreach and engagement, grass-tops partnership and collaboration, and water justice leadership co-development. 

Job Description 

The Environmental Justice Coalition for Water (EJCW) seeks to hire a fulltime, hourly, non-exempt, bilingual (English/Spanish) Outreach Associate to start in our Central Coast Office immediately or no later than June 15, 2019.  

The Central Coast Outreach Associate reports to the Central Coast Program Director and works in close partnership with and in support of EJCW member organizations, project partners, and other EJCW staff. The Outreach Associate is responsible for building strong and trusting relationships in hard-to-reach places with hard-to-reach populations that are underrepresented and underserved, including people-of-color, low-income, and immigrant communities, and other stakeholders, throughout the Central Coast region as part of existing and emerging environmental justice water campaigns at the local, regional, state, and, sometimes, national level. 

EJCW’s Central Coast staff embody an entrepreneurial, start-up mentality and are involved in multiple aspects of the organization’s growth. To be successful, the Outreach Associate should be adaptable to developing processes and systems, have a willingness to pitch in and be their own support staff, and be resourceful with a limited budget. 

Job Responsibilities 

  • General Community Outreach and Engagement 
  • Organize and conduct surveys through phone banking, canvassing (door-to-door knocking), flyering (for bottled water service, for MHI and LMIH surveys) in compliance with state and federal reporting guidelines 
  • “Ground-truthing” public data 
  • Develop public education material and public service announcements (in English and Spanish) 
  • Collect, organize, and manage various data. This includes quantitative data (such as water quality data, small water systems data, household income data, and water affordability data) and qualitative data (such as information about community history, leaders, community assets, and individual assets) 
  • Build partnerships and collaborations with grassroots community organizers and community-based organizations to share information 
  • Develop educational materials in coordination with Technical Assistance Senior Associate 
  • Community meetings 
  • Plan, organize, and facilitate community meetings to mobilize community action 
  • Conduct meetings in English and Spanish, often simultaneously 
  • Develop agenda in coordination with community partners and EJCW Central Coast team 
  • Secure community meeting spaces 
  • EJCW Water Justice Leadership Training(s) and Other Trainings 
  • Plan and organize leadership trainings 
  • Develop and recruit participants for planning committee(s) 
  • Coordinate meetings (sometimes monthly) with planning committee(s) 
  • There may be an opportunity to lead a portion of the EJCW Water Justice Leadership Training. 
  • Other responsibilities may arise as part of the planning process – including, but not limited to meeting with potential planning committee members. 
  • Progress Reporting, Expense Reporting, Timekeeping 
  • Draft progress report of outreach deliverables 
  • Track time through an online timekeeping portal 
  • Track direct costs for project activities (including mileage) in compliance with state and federal standards for reporting 
  • Develop work plan (including monthly objectives) to track progress 
  • Manage internal repository of community/project information 
  • Assist with reporting to funders of the position – including state and federal agencies. 
  • Manage volunteers   
  • Advertise and recruit 
  • Draft scope of work for volunteer recruitment 
  • Onboarding – including developing work plans, orientation 
  • Train volunteers for canvassing and phonebanking 
  • Other Tasks may include  
  • Supporting coalition-building in the region – including participating in meetings with other intermediaries 
  • Synthesize public records data and internal data to assist with grant proposal development 
  • Represent EJCW in regional coalition-building, such as serving on Integrated Regional Water Management Round 1 Project Ranking Committee or participating in planning level meetings 
  • Advocate for water policies and practices that are environmentally just and track their efficacy at meetings of the regional water board, Monterey County, groundwater sustainability agencies, and more 
  • Represent EJCW in regional water planning processes and decision-making, convenings, associations, regulatory meetings, and other venues relevant to water justice in the Central Coast. 

Qualifications: 

  • Bilingual, Spanish and English, fluency 
  • Community organizing or outreach experience 
  • Commitment to the organization's mission, purpose, and values 
  • Self-directed and organized 
  • Strong analytical, interpersonal, team work and public speaking skills 
  • Ability to work independently to meet multiple deadlines 
  • Basic understanding of cultural competency and experience working with community-based organizations, recent immigrant groups and people of color, in general 
  • Track record of developing successful partnerships with other groups 
  • Familiarity with Salinas/Pajaro Valley and Central Coast communities 
  • Willingness and ability to travel and work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, as required from time-to-time 
  • Ability or willingness to learn how to translate and explain water science in plain language 
  • Knowledge or familiarity with data management and/or GIS mapping a plus 
  • Familiarity using data repositories, such as online mapping tools or county databases a plus 
  • Bachelor’s Degree (or high school diploma with commensurate experience) 

Work Environment: 

Physical demands include: sitting, walking, driving, talking, and listening for up to 6-8 hours per day; computer keyboarding an average of 5-6 hours per day; ability to lift up to 25 lbs. 
Must provide own car, car insurance, and phone. 

Work environment is typical, non-profit office and includes frequent travel in and around Monterey County, the Salinas Valley, the broader Central Coast, and, occasionally, other parts of California. 

HOW TO APPLY 

Applications:  

To apply, e-mail resume or CV and cover letter to  . Include "Central Coast Outreach Associate" in the e-mail subject line. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis with the first comparative review on April 31, 2019. Upon proceeding to the second round interview, please provide three professional references 

Reasonable accommodation:  

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process, please provide us, in writing, an explanation of the reasonable accommodation needed. 

Hiring Timeline: 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Qualified applicants will be scheduled for an initial 20-minute phone interview. If you proceed to the next round, you will participate in a more in-depth interview with various members of the EJCW team. A successful applicant will need to start as soon as possible or by June 15, 2019, at the very latest. 

Equal Opportunity Employer:  

At EJCW, we practice what we preach and are, therefore, happily, an equal opportunity at-will, employer. Non-traditional applicants are highly encouraged to apply. 

Compensation:  

Hourly rate of between $19.23 and $21.63 per hour, commensurate with experience. 

Benefits: 

  • $400 per month health benefits stipend (pro-rated for start date and percentage of time employed) until such time that EJCW adopts an employee benefits program 
  • Mobile phone stipend 
  • Generous holiday and paid time off leave 
  • Flexible hours and remote work options are available after some time with the organization 
  • Non-ERISA 403(b) retirement account