Hiring: Director of Rural Justice

The Director of Rural Justice is a new position created to support CCEJN’s strategic priorities around water, pesticides, and farmworker rights. The position will oversee a team of staff, report to the Executive Director, and work collaboratively with the various team leaders and staff within CCEJN.

Key Responsibilities

  • Team Leadership:
    • Create a supportive and accountable work environment for Rural Justice team members; set clear goals and expectations for team members, thoughtfully give and receive feedback to staff, encourage a healthy work-life balance, promote staff’s personal and professional growth, and strive for inclusive and transparent decision-making;
    • Manage the completion and recording of grant deliverables associated with the Rural Justice Team and delegate appropriately.
  • Research, Policy, and Organizing:
    • Strategically develop and advance research and policy priorities in accordance with community needs and input;
    • Support the Director in developing and implementing long-range research and policy strategy to achieve CCEJN’s mission;
    • Build relationships with key coalition partners, community leaders, academics, and government stakeholders;
    • Lead and support staff’s legislative and regulatory engagement; and
    • Support CCEJN staff in efforts to organize community, receive community feedback, conduct community education, and build community capacity.
  • Organizational Development
    • Support the Executive Director in grant writing and reporting activities to financially support the Rural Justice Team;
    • Act as a thought leader on rural justice issues and support strategic planning;
    • Develop and monitor the Rural Justice Team’s budget; and
    • Work collaboratively on CCEJN’s Leadership Team to support overall organizational development.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree strongly preferred (major in sociology, environmental sciences, political science, or related field);
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communications skills;
  • Willingness to travel and work occasional evenings and weekends; and
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish.

Desired Qualifications

  • Subject-matter expertise in at least one of the following policy areas:
    • Pesticide issues as it relates to environmental health and justice;
    • Clean and affordable drinking water for disadvantaged communities; and/or
    • Farmworker issues and workplace rights and safety. 
  • At least 2 years of experience supervising staff;
  • At least 3 years of professional experience with advocacy campaigns, community organizing, capacity building, coalition building and/or movement strategy in communities of color, low-income communities, rural communities, and/or other marginalized communities;
  • Professional and/or personal experience in and a passion for environmental justice;
  • Experience with strategic planning, budgeting, and nonprofit fundraising;
  • Master’s degree in public health, public administration, public policy, or related field preferred.

Compensation & Benefits

The salary range for this full-time, exempt, salaried position is $70,000 to $85,000 depending on experience. CCEJN’s full-time benefits include dental insurance, health insurance, life insurance, paid time off, professional development assistance, and vision insurance.


Preferred in Fresno, CA, with hybrid remote options.

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to CCEJN’s Research & Policy Director, Genevieve Amsalem, at genevieve.amsalem@ccejn.org.  

Please include “Rural Justice Director” and your name in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls, please.

CCEJN is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, sex, or age.