Position Title: Senior Environmental Justice Manager, Clackamas County
Duration: Full Time, Ongoing
Compensation: $55,000-60,000 per year depending on experience; generous and progressive benefits including medical and dental care 100% of premiums paid by Unite Oregon, paid wellness leave, vacation, flex time, and personal days off.
About Unite Oregon
Unite Oregon is a 501c3 grassroots community organization with three chapters, in Portland, Beaverton, and Medford. We believe that all people can become leaders and agents of change in the areas of racial justice, immigrant and refugee rights, affordable housing, and living wages. Unite Oregon is building a unified intercultural movement for justice in our state.
Unite Oregon is seeking an experienced, culturally responsive Senior Environmental Justice Organizer to help immigrants, refugees, and people of color build power in Clackamas County. The focus of this position will be to establish a fourth chapter to our organization, based in Clackamas County; lead local community organizing, engagement, and leadership development efforts; build community capacity to engage with local government on emergent solid waste system planning that will impact the community for generations to come; and convene, train and empower diverse community members to voice their viewpoints, opinions and concerns in regards to government- decision making around solid waste systems planning and other environmental justice issues. This position will report to the Field Director and Executive Director, and work closely with the Housing Director and Political Director.
Responsibilities, in collaboration with organizing staff, are as follows:
Field Organizing and Community Engagement
• Manage Clackamas County field and programs and help develop and implement Unite Oregon’s environmental justice platform
• Establish a new Clackamas County Leadership Council of diverse community members to provide guidance to Clackamas County Chapter. Includes recruitment, coordination, and facilitation of the Leadership Council, and maintaining a balanced diversity of members
• Develop and implement local environmental justice issue campaigns and support statewide policy initiatives
• Recruit volunteers and maintain regular volunteer and leadership development opportunities (ie, regular phone banks, field activities, issue committees, etc)
• Maintain regular email and social media engagement with Clackamas County members
• Lead/support projects in the Clackamas County regions, specifically in 2020, a project in partnership with Metro related to improvements to the Metro South Transfer Station
• Set up and maintain new Clackamas County office
• Develop a grassroots fundraising program with annual goals including organizing and hosting local fundraiser events and membership drives.
• Manage all related grant reports
• Support other Unite Oregon grant- seeking efforts
• Tracking expenses, managing grant project invoices, managing and tracking of deliverables
• Volunteer and staff management, including development of database of Clackamas County members and participants in Metro project
• Developing board and regular reports to Unite Oregon leadership
• Participate in Unite Oregon staff meetings, retreats, and board meetings as needed
• Manage communication support for the project both internally and externally via social media, email, phone, newsletters, earned media, etc.
Shift balance of power among Clackamas County decision makers
• Organize, educate, and train community members to engage with regional and local governments around solid waste and local government decisions related to solid waste facilities and other environmental justice issues
• Build and maintain relationships with stakeholders in government and nonprofit sectors in order to remove institutional barriers
• Participate in coalitions that align with strategic plan and organizational mission and vision
Community Advisory Work Group (CAWG)
• Help recruit participants and process applications for the Metro South Community Advisory Group (CAG); support the admissions process
• Facilitate cohort meetings focused on educating and training diverse community members to advise on planning for a new solid waste and recycling center
• Work with team members to plan and implement curriculum
• Manage all necessary reporting
• Work closely with Metro to plan, implement, and evaluate program
• Ability to work independently and take initiative, while maintaining solid communication with and accountability to Executive Director (ED), Field Director, and Leadership Council (LC)
• Experience working in social justice with diverse communities
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Excellent organizational and record keeping skills
• Experience working with a diverse range of stakeholder organizations and leadership
• Strong facilitation skills
• Proficient with technology including word processing, powerpoint, spreadsheets, social media
• Experience writing grants or project proposals, or willingness to learn
• Anti-oppression, anti-racism, diversity, equity and inclusion work experience
• Availability to work during evenings and weekends as needed
Preferred Skills and Experience
• At least three years experience in grassroots community organizing or campaigns
• At least three years of project management experience
• At least two years experience working on environmental justice issues and policies
• Bilingual and bicultural: especially (but not limited to) Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Vietnamese, and/or Somali. Preferred but not required.
• Clackamas County resident and/or strong ties and history in the region
• Ability to travel to meetings and events across the County, Portland, Salem, and Medford as necessary
All interested candidates, please and resume and cover letter to Operations Director Khanh Le at [email protected]
This position is open until March 6th, 2020.
Unite Oregon is committed to providing equal employment opportunity and equal access in a non-discriminatory manner to its programs and services for all persons without regard to race, creed, color, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin, political affiliation, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any real or perceived sensory, mental, or physical disability.