Job Announcement: Our Power Campaign National Coordinator

Immediate Opening August 2013 – Posted until position is filled

CJA National Coordinator Announcement Aug.13


CJA representatives at a campaign planning meeting in Detroit.

The Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) is a new collaborative of community-based and movement support organizations uniting frontline communities to forge a scalable, socially and economically just transition away from unsustainable energy and false solutions to climate change. Fostering healthy, resilient communities will help to address the root causes of climate change while enabling us to adapt to the impacts already underway. CJA’s members are rooted in Indigenous, African American, Latin@, Asian Pacific Islander, and working-class white communities throughout the U.S. We are applying the power of deep grassroots organizing, direct action, coalition building, civic engagement, policy advocacy, and a variety of communications tools to win local, regional, statewide, and national shift. CJA is launching a national Our Power Campaign to win real solutions to the climate crisis  – solutions that will foster quality jobs that meet people’s needs while caring for natural resources and ecosystems. We are flexing Our Power at the local, regional, and state levels and building to affect national policy to bring about a just transition.  We are launching the campaign in three pilot ‘Hot Spots:’ Detroit, Michigan; Richmond, California; and Black Mesa, Arizona. They are a racially and ethnically diverse mix of rural and urban communities, and are home to key grassroots groups poised to take on the extreme energy economy driving climate change.

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 (or as we call it, “extreme” energy), industrial-scale manufacturing and agribusiness – and towards local energy, food, water, transit, waste, and housing systems that foster equity, democracy, and community resilience.  The campaign will support local organizing through peer-exchange, trainings, direct action and coalition work to advance policies to end extreme energy and promote climate-protecting jobs.

National Coordinator Position

The Coordinator provides leadership and drives the development of the Our Power Campaign. The Coordinator is responsible for supporting work-groups, fundraising for the national campaign, and general organizational development of the campaign. The Coordinator will report to the Steering Committee and will be working closely with the Co-Chairs Cindy Wiesner of Grassroots Global Justice, and Michelle Mascarenhas-Swan of Movement Generation. Start date negotiable between October 2013-January 2014. Location negotiable. Preference for candidates located in Miami, FL; San Francisco Bay Area, CA; Los Angeles, CA, Flagstaff, AZ; and Detroit, MI. The percentages on key responsibilities reflect priorities in the first phase; these will shift as new staff is hired and as the campaign evolves.

Key Responsibilities:
I. Campaign Leadership & Movement Building in partnership with Steering Committee  (Approx. 40% FTE)
1.    Develop and coordinate campaign strategy.  Build the Our Power staff team.
2.    Monitor landscape and strategic opportunities for the Our Power Campaign.
3.    Oversee implementation and evaluation of campaigns
4.    Cultivate relationships with strategic partners, policy makers, and other stakeholders
5.    Identify and coordinate opportunities to promote Our Power Campaign and local models of just transition through public speaking, media, etc.

II. Alliance Fundraising and Financial Management             (Approx. 40% FTE)
1.    Work with Fundraising Workgroup to develop the national fundraising plan; lead implementation
2.    Build relations with foundations and other potential donors
3.    Complete grant applications and reports
4.    Propose yearly and project budgets to the Steering Committee
5.    Monitor cash flow with fiscal sponsor

III.  Organizational Development
and Planning            (Approx. 20% FTE)
1.    Ensure work is connected to the mission and vision.
2.    Lead Strategic Planning and overall direction, growth and health of organization.
3.    Develop member agreements and working principles and help cultivate healthy group dynamics.
4.    Monitor committees and ensure work is connected, coordinated and well informed
5.    Supervise staff & work with co-chairs to hire new staff and consultants.
6.    Approve organization materials, websites, and tools.

1.    Leadership experience with national coalitions or networks.
2.    Direct experience movement building, and grassroots organizing and social justice campaigns.
3.    Experience in local/regional economic development, food sovereignty, energy democracy, zero waste, public transit, and/or climate justice and environmental justice issues.  Knowledge in climate policy is a plus.
4.    Project coordination (including working with offices or staff in multiple locations).
5.    Organized and attentive to details.  Able to work remotely and manage multiple work groups.
6.    Experience with fundraising and grants management.
7.    Flexibility and positive attitude.  Solution oriented and ability to move work forward.
8.    National travel required approximately once or twice per month.

Competitive salary and benefits.  Range $45,000 – $50,000.  Full time exempt employee.

CJA/OP is a values-based alliance with a deep commitment to building transformative culture and challenging racism, sexism, homophobia and oppression in all its forms. CJA/OP is an equal opportunity.  People of Color, working-class people, differently-abled people and LGBTQ persons are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please send a brief cover letter, resume, and five references to Please include in your cover letter why you are interested in the Our Power Campaign, your familiarity with movement building, a description of your campaign leadership experience and other qualifications for the position. Please send your application materials as either a Word doc or PDF. Reposted August 2013. Applications accepted until position is filled.

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

[1] CJA’s Steering Committee 2013: Asian Pacific Environmental Network; Black Mesa Water Coalitionl Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy; Communities for a Better Environment; East Michigan Environmental Action Council; Grassroots Global Justice Alliance;  Indigenous Environmental Network; Jobs with Justice; Movement Generation; and Movement Strategy Center.