Environmental Justice Organizer

Raleigh, North Carolina  | 
Wake County

NC Conservation Network (NCCN) is seeking candidates for the position of Environmental Justice Organizer. Working as part of our environmental justice team, and in partnership with dozens of partner organizations across the state, the Environmental Justice Organizer will lead efforts to build connections between community-based organizations and local health departments that are critical to informing and prioritizing action to address health disparities related to environmental exposures.

Objective

The Environmental Justice Organizer will work to involve community-based organizations in the regular assessment of health disparities conducted by local and/or regional health departments. The focus will be on outreach to and support of organizations serving communities of color, indigenous communities, and low-income communities to ensure that adequate attention is paid to the environmental causes of adverse health outcomes disproportionately impacting vulnerable North Carolinians. The goal of this work is to ensure meaningful involvement of all North Carolinians—regardless of race, color, national origin, or income—in local efforts to identify and respond to health disparities associated with environmental injustice. The Environmental Justice Organizer reports directly to the Environmental Justice Director.

Location

Our office is located in downtown Raleigh, NC. NCCN operates on a hybrid schedule, with staff expected to be in the office or working in the field twice a week, and eligible to work from home the remainder of the time. This position will require frequent travel within the state.

Responsibilities

Connection with Community-Based Organizations

The Environmental Justice Organizer will lead our efforts to engage community-based organizations in the assessments being conducted by local health departments. This work will involve conducting meetings, emails, and calls to connect with leaders, share information, and understand community concerns. Effective performance will require building and maintaining strategic relationships with a large number of individuals.

Coordination and Preparation

 As opportunities arise, and as driven by community interest, the Environmental Justice Organizer will distribute information about local input sessions, meet with community leaders and local health departments, and compile additional information to submit to local decision makers.

Advancing Community Priorities

 The Environmental Justice Organizer will perform additional duties critical to supporting newly engaged community partners. This may include highlighting the work of organizations for potential collaboration with NCCN affiliates, tracking local events and opportunities, connecting interested parties with existing working groups, and engaging colleagues to assist with advocacy, research, or capacity building efforts.

Qualifications

Critical Job Skills/ Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent practical experience
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Experience working with state or local advocacy organizations
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to develop effective relationships across varied demographics
  • Comfort working non-traditional hours, including occasional weekends and evenings

Preferred

  • Ability to read, write and speak Spanish
  • Lived experience in a community in NC affected by environmental injustice
  • Understanding of North Carolina history and politics
  • Ability to manage and update a database of contacts
Salary and Benefits

The starting salary range for this position is $45,000 to $50,000, commensurate with applicable work experience. Employment with NCCN includes a full benefits package, including health, dental, vision, and retirement, as well as generous paid vacation, sick, and holiday time. Health, dental, and vision premiums are covered at 100% for employees and 50% for dependents.

NCCN works with a population that is diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, class, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, and physical and mental ability. We believe in the need for and the value of this diversity as a critical part of any society. It is the policy of NCCN to work actively to build and maintain a program, a staff, and a Board that reflect this belief.

NCCN is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious affiliation, sex, gender identity, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at NCCN will be based solely on merit, qualifications, and skillset.