OPAL (Advocacy Coordinator) Closes when filled

OPAL (Organizing People/Activating Leaders)



OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon is seeking a passionate, dedicated individual to join our growing team of organizers for social justice. The Advocacy Coordinator reports to the Executive Director, and works with a broad network of state and local partners to advance key policy and advocacy priorities, as informed by OPAL’s organized membership base. The Coordinator will offer guidance to staff and membership on urban and rural environmental and climate justice policies and strategic partnerships to engage local decision makers and community leaders at city-wide, regional, and statewide levels.

Qualifications: xperience working with low-income communities and communities of color; Understanding of legislative and other governmental decision-making processes; Comfortable reading and interpreting local, state and national policies; Understanding of and commitment to Environmental Justice and Climate Justice principles. This position will require some statewide travel - as an organization committed to challenging traditional models of organizing, and reducing carbon footprint, a Driver’s License and car is not required - but experience in telecommuting and excellent communication skills are.

Key Duties: I. ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ● Support community members’ leadership in organizational decision-making processes ● Ensure strategic planning and organizational priorities are grounded in Environmental Justice values and are well-represented throughout OPAL’s work areas ● Ensure short-term strategic plans and priorities support a long-term vision for Environmental Justice movement building and transformative change. ● Coordinate the meaningful engagement of OPAL’s staff, membership, and volunteers in decision-making at the state, regional, and local levels. II. PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT, IMPLEMENTATION & MANAGEMENT ● Support OPAL staff and members in the development of campaigns, including but not limited to campaign work plans; articulated policy demands; analyses of opportunities and threats. ● Support the development of an Oregon Just Transition Agenda, incorporating climate, environmental, economic, racial and social justice, including but not  limited to: statewide work planning; identifying shared priorities with organizational partners; analysis of proposed and existing plans for policy action; and, leadership development of community members to engage in policy conversations. ● Support OPAL’s programming as needed, including analysis of regional plans and partner priorities regarding transportation, housing, air quality and other environmental justice issues. ● Ensure policy goals and advocacy are supportive of and determined by community organizing efforts to the greatest degree possible across all program areas. ● Build upon OPAL’s history of member-led research and advocacy to inform campaigns/priorities, and facilitate such processes for future campaigns. ● Support national environmental and climate justice advocacy as needed and appropriate. ● Build relationships with local, regional, state, and national decision-makers and stakeholders to ensure effective advocacy, including limited lobbying as determined by OPAL’s 501(c)3 status. ● Coordinate law and policy interns and volunteers in support of all program areas. ● Research, develop, and publish memos and position papers on environmental and climate justice issues of concern to OPAL staff and community members. III. FUNDRAISING AND DONOR DEVELOPMENT ● Support OPAL in developing the fiscal health and well-being of the organization, including grantwriting, supporting fundraising events, and cultivation of individual major donors. ● Provide technical support to our networks and community-based partners in fee-for-service and pro bono capacities.

OPAL Environmental Justice is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities and LGBT people are encouraged to apply. Open positions are listed below and will be removed from this page once the position is filled.

To apply to an open position, send a cover letter and resume to jobs@opalpdx.org – please reference in the subject line the position for which you are applying.

This position is open until filled.