The Officer will play a core role in the following areas:
- Case work: work closely with community advocates to develop a strategy for getting concrete resolution to environmental justice issues in their communities. This includes supporting them to understand regulation, identify violations, and develop an action plan for engaging institutions to get a remedy. The Officer will work with the team to develop trainings to build the advocates’ knowledge and skills for each part of the case process, including engaging affected people to lead the effort.
- Community outreach and organizing: support the advocates to build power within communities directly impacted by environmental justice issues. As they partner with communities on cases, advocates raise awareness about communities’ legal rights, create space for dialogue about community vision and priorities for action, and cultivate leadership by community members. The Officer will offer guidance on outreach and organizing and connect advocates to other organizers and activists who can serve as resources. In addition, the Officer will help develop content for communicating risks and impacts and steps in the regulatory process to communities.
- Policy analysis and advocacy: contribute to efforts to drive systems change based on learning from grassroots case experience. The Officer will analyze existing policy to identify opportunities and gaps, draw on grassroots case data to develop grounded recommendations for policy change, and help develop strategies and messaging for improving regulatory policy and practice.
- Coalition building: connect with allies to build a shared platform. The Officer will share learning from our grassroots experience with the broader EJ ecosystem and cultivate partnerships with civil society organizations with whom we share core commitments and strategic priorities. In addition, the Officer will build relationships with champions within government agencies.
The Officer’s specific responsibilities will be shaped in part by the skills and experience the person brings to the role. While the Officer will contribute significantly to each of these areas, the relative emphasis among them may shift based on their strengths and complementarity with other team members. In addition, the Officer will provide some operational support on program management and administration.
Here’s what you might have tackled in this role in the last month–
- Partnered with teammates to design training sessions for a monthly convening of legal empowerment advocates.
- Worked with a legal empowerment advocate to identify a legal hook for challenging air pollution arising from open coal piles in Baltimore.
- Participated in a team call with the Environmental Justice program in India to share lessons and strategies for building a people-powered movement around environmental justice.
- Drafted a policy brief drawing on case data to identify additional protections needed for the regulatory framework to meaningfully reduce harm in EJ communities.
About You/Must-Haves for the Position
- Experience in community-based environmental justice work in the United States: You are a seasoned environmental justice advocate who has spent time working at the intersections of community organizing, law, and policy. You have relevant credentials and strong connections and networks in the field, and are an outstanding communicator with experience engaging with diverse communities.
- In-depth knowledge of environmental regulation: You have a deep understanding of law and regulation on environment, land, and industry. You are familiar with the institutions that regulate these areas, and you can provide strong analysis of possible routes for administrative and other remedies to environmental harms.
- Strong program management. You are great at providing operational support to all aspects of an ambitious and emerging program; from training our advocates to managing key external partnerships and other stakeholder relationships. Not only can you execute on an existing plan and drive its tactical execution, you’re also able to identify what’s missing and iterate on details big and small.
- Experience with training, capacity-building and facilitation. You know what it takes to develop a training for community advocates, from needs assessment and training design to delivery and evaluating whether or not trainings are successful.
- Collaborative and service-oriented: You greet everyone you encounter with a collaborative spirit, kindness, and empathy. You are known as a team-player who brings an “all hands on deck” mindset to all projects, you’re adaptable, and you’re happy to contribute however you can to advance Namati’s mission.
- Growth-oriented: You’re always seeking to better yourself and your work, and you will push yourself to the peak of performance to help fulfill our mission. In service of that growth, you welcome and delight in feedback from supervisors, peers, and anyone else.
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