The California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA) is a statewide coalition of grassroots, community-based organizations that works to achieve environmental justice by advancing policy solutions. We unite the powerful local organizing of our members in the communities most impacted by environmental hazards—low-income communities and communities of color—to create comprehensive opportunities for change at a statewide level. We build the power of communities across California to advance policies that will alleviate poverty and pollution and protect the environment and our health.
We have six core members and five partners across California. Collectively, we represent approximately 30,000 Asian Pacific American, Latino, and African American residents in the San Francisco Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley, Central Coast, Los Angeles, Inland Valley and San Diego/Tijuana area. We combine organizing, movement-building, and strategic policy advocacy to grow the statewide movement for environmental health and social justice.
Since its inception in 2001, CEJA has become the most powerful environmental justice force in California. CEJA has led the passage of over 10 groundbreaking environmental justice bills. In the last two years, CEJA has grown from a staff of two to eight, and increased our budget to $1 M.
In the current political landscape, where environmental and climate justice policies and programs are being stripped away and communities of color are under attack, CEJA is a necessary coalition that uplifts the voices of frontline communities, fights for aggressive environmental justice policies, and is helping to lead the resistance. CEJA is poised to strengthen our state leadership to impact policy-makers at the legislature and key regulatory agencies, mobilize thousands in a strong people-of-color voter base through our civic engagement program, and help lead the social justice movement to defend all vulnerable communities.
In this period of rapid growth and expanding opportunities, CEJA’s current Co-Directors, in partnership with CEJA’s Steering Committee, have initiated a bold vision for expansion of the organization’s leadership capacity. Together, we recognize a need for a new level of strategic leadership to build on powerful momentum and lead the next phase of CEJA’s evolution. We are recruiting our first Executive Director to bring dynamic, visionary, and unifying leadership to guide our collective work to the next level of impact.
CEJA’s current Co-Directors remain deeply committed to the success of our work and will be transitioning to new roles in the organization (Statewide Organizing Director and Senior Policy Strategist) to provide focused leadership in areas of expertise and continuity with our current campaigns. The Co-Directors are creating a comprehensive plan to support the new Executive Director in assuming leadership of our alliance, including facilitating relationship-building with allies, supporters and partners and transmitting key aspects of organizational history, framework and analysis.
The new Executive Director will be building on a powerful track record and organizational foundation, including:
- Strong alignment across CEJA’s core members, partners and staff on purpose, vision, and guiding values;
- Engaged and deeply committed Steering Committee made up of Executive Directors of all six core CEJA partner organizations; Highly skilled and committed staff; Strong internal systems;
- Collaborative and mutually supportive organizational culture built on racial and social justice principles;
- Current strategic plan developed with all CEJA members that provides direction with flexibility to adapt to emerging circumstances;
- Current Co-Directors who are committed to support full integration of the new Executive Director and who also understand the importance of giving the new ED space to develop their own vision and direction;
- Deep respect and trust within the environmental justice movement and a strong network of relationships among elected officials, regulatory agencies, and allies;
- Committed base of funding support; strong financial health and groundwork laid to expand and diversify funding.
ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Public Leadership & Strategic Alliance Building
- Lead collaborative evolution of CEJA’s vision for more equitable, healthy communities.
- Serve as a powerful, inspiring public voice for that vision.
- Actively create and maintain strategic partnerships for CEJA, both within the environmental justice field and more broadly with labor and other social justice organizations.
- Represent CEJA’s vision and priorities in conferences, meetings and speaking engagements with elected officials and leaders of other organizations and movements.
- Serve as a key media spokesperson.
Strategy, Program Development & Political Coherence
- Oversee development and implementation of CEJA’s strategic plans.
- Contribute big picture vision to the ongoing development of CEJA’s policy and organizing strategies and ensure development and evaluation of annual workplans.
- Ensure political coherence and values-alignment across all of CEJA’s campaigns and programs.
- Guide coalition and organization-wide prioritization of goals to maximize impact and ensure a sustainable workload.
- Oversee CEJA Action (the c4 arm of the California Environmental Justice Alliance), including strategy, fundraising, and compliance with lobbying limits and other regulations.
Fund Development & Financial Management
- Develop and implement a fundraising strategy and annual fundraising plan that aligns with CEJA’s principles and core values and results in sustainable funding necessary to carry out strategic priorities (in close collaboration with Development Director).
- Cultivate and steward relationships with funders, individual and institutional donors; Serve as visionary and inspiring voice to increase overall financial support for CEJA and our movement at large.
- Contribute to the development of fundraising materials, including appeals, proposals, and reports.
- Oversee development and management of organizational budgets.
- Liaison with fiscal sponsor (Environmental Health Coalition) for financial management, human resources and administrative management.
Steering Committee / Board Development
- Report to the Steering Committee to ensure strong governance, infrastructure, policies, and fiscal health.
- Plan and facilitate bi-monthly meetings with Steering Committee; Actively engage the Steering Committee in strategic decision-making and bring concrete policy recommendations to Steering Committee for approval.
Staff & Organizational Management
- Ensure strong organizational systems for staff hiring, training and development, supervision and evaluation, and ongoing communication.
- Regularly convene, support and directly supervise a senior management team, including Development Director, Statewide Organizing Director, and Senior Policy Strategist.
- Work with staff to set clear goals and objectives and ensure sufficient organizational resources and support to achieve outcomes.
- Model and create values-driven, collaborative organizational culture, where staff are valued for their contributions and supported in their development and wellbeing.
- Foster leadership development among staff, board, and community members.
- Ensure development and compliance with internal policies.
We seek a dynamic, visionary leader with deep commitment to environmental justice and exceptional people-skills to lead our coalition. Below are the ideal qualifications for Executive Director:
- Passion for CEJA’s vision and mission; Strong alignment with CEJA’s commitment to center frontline communities in efforts to transform policy.
- Minimum 5-7 years of experience in a strategic leadership role in relevant sector (eg: nonprofit organization, coalition, or public agency); Coalition-building experience strongly desired.
- Deep commitment and experience in environmental and social justice work; Robust network of relationships in our movement.
- Proven fundraising track record and fund development acumen; Comfort and enthusiasm regarding the ED’s role as chief fundraiser; Knowledge of relevant foundations, 501c3 funding streams, and individual donor fundraising desirable.
- Charismatic relationship-builder; Ability to listen and work effectively with diverse groups, from community residents to elected officials and donors/foundations.
- A critical thinker with a cutting edge, big-picture analysis of the issues in which CEJA plays a statewide and national leadership role. Ability to frame issues of environmental justice with an intersectional lens that compels diverse engagement in our movement.
- Excellent public speaking and written communication skills; Ability to engage with media; Demonstrated understanding of how to frame environmental justice issues for diverse audiences.
- Strategic planning and program development competency; Commitment and experience developing strategy collaboratively with grassroots constituents and in partnership across organizations.
- Management experience (staff supervision, finances, program effectiveness); experience in building or growing and organization desirable.
- Highly emotionally intelligent, collaborative, team-building leadership and management style that delegates and holds accountable and develops the leadership of others. Openly invites and engages a variety of opinions and perspectives and can also make decisions.
- Commitment to fostering an organizational culture where learning, creativity, humor and staff wellbeing are valued.
- Excited to run and represent a people-of-color-led staff and coalition.
ACCOUNTABILITY: The Executive Director is directly accountable to CEJA’s Steering Committee, composed of the Executive Directors of six core member organizations. CEJA is fiscally sponsored by the Environmental Health Coalition, a core member of CEJA. The Executive Director will be hired as an EHC employee.
LOCATION: CEJA’s Executive Director will be based in our Oakland, Los Angeles, or Sacramento offices. Wherever based, the position requires approximately 30% of the ED’s time to be spent travelling to represent the organization.
COMPENSATION: Salary range: $80,000 – $90,000, depending upon experience. Benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance, retirement plan, generous vacation and sick leave.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 24, 2017
To apply, email cover letter, resume and list of three professional references by May 24, 2017 to: [email protected]. Applications will be reviewed and kept in strict confidence by a Hiring Committee, which includes key CEJA staff and Steering Committee members.
Screening interviews will begin on a rolling basis. We anticipate scheduling semi-finalist and finalist interviews in June and July.
EHC is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or any other prohibited category. We strongly encourage women, people of color, LGBTQI, and all qualified persons to apply for this position.