PA Environmental Justice Organizer

Job Type: 
Full Time
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Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund are seeking an Environmental Justice Organizer to work in our Philadelphia office on health-related environmental issues in Philadelphia and southeast Pennsylvania. We are looking for an experienced organizer who knows how to plan and implement community engagement strategies that recruit and empower residents to take actions that win issue campaigns and make a real difference in people’s lives. Applicants must have a passion for organizing around clean water and environmental justice issues. Clean Water Action’s local organizing campaigns are focused on work in communities of color and lower income neighborhoods, and experience in these communities will be highly preferred.
 
Clean Water Action (CWA) is a national, grassroots environmental organization that seeks to protect the environment and safeguard public health, promote passage of strong environmental laws, and help communities address local environmental problems affecting them. Clean Water Fund (CWF) is a national research and education organization which promotes the public interest on issues related to water, waste, and toxics.
 

This position will involve coordinating and organizing local campaigns for clean water, clean air, and a healthy environment in southeast Pennsylvania, and to assist with CWA’s state and national campaigns. The primary responsibilities of this position will be to work with community partners and residents in low-income and communities of color in Philadelphia to address the hazards of lead exposure and to establish green spaces that address stormwater pollution. The main focus of CWA’s state campaigns are protecting children state-wide from lead exposure and working for a state Environmental Justice policy that better protects communities of color from excessive pollution. At the national level, CWA is focused on restoring and expanding clean water protections that the Trump Administration weakened or removed, and ensuring major federal action to address climate change. Clean Water Action works at the federal, state, and local levels to elect pro-environment candidates.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conduct community outreach and education on the hazards of lead exposure from drinking water, dust, soil, and paint in low-income and communities of color in Philadelphia.
  • Work with community partners to support community outreach and education on issues of stormwater pollution as well as support implementing model greening opportunities in low-income and communities of color in Philadelphia.
  • Organize residents within regional EJ communities to identify additional environmental threats affecting them and pressure policymakers to make addressing those issues a priority.
  • Assist other local campaigns that help residents address pollution problems that threaten their health.
  • Support identified state and national campaigns.
  • Assist with voter education efforts on environmental issues, and through Clean Water Action, help elect pro-environment candidates.
  • Help coordinate media and public relations activities in southeast Pennsylvania.
  • Help with local fundraising activities.
  • Provide support for Clean Water Action’s field and phone canvasses.

This position is a permanent, full-time position. Salary range is in the mid-40’s and is based on experience. Attractive benefits package.

Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund requires COVID-19 vaccinations for all positions that will work in our offices or travel in our vehicles. Proof of vaccination will be required for applicants for this position.
 
Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund values a diverse workplace. People of color and those from economically disadvantaged communities are particularly encouraged to apply. Clean Water Action is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.
 
Qualifications: 
  • Paid or volunteer experience in issue organizing or community/neighborhood-based campaigns. Must have experience in community outreach and campaign strategy and development. Over one year’s paid experience preferred.
  • Experience working in low-income and communities of color preferred
  • Experience with canvass programs, including management of field outreach staff/volunteers desirable.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of environmental policy and public health issues.

 

How to Apply: 

Send your resume to Myron Arnowitt, Pennsylvania Director, Clean Water Action by email to marnowitt@cleanwater.org. Application taken until position filled. Internal candidates should contact their supervisors first.

 

Date Posted: 
Monday, April 11, 2022
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