Hiring: Policy Associate – Air & Climate Justice Team

The Policy Associate is a new position created to support the Central California Environmental Justice Network’s (CCEJN) Air and Climate Justice Team. The position will report to the Director of the Air and Climate Justice Team and will work collaboratively with CCEJN staff and organizational partners on regional air and climate justice issues. The Associate will also work with the South-Central Fresno community and rural environmental justice communities in the central San Joaquin Valley. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Advocacy & Community Organizing:
    • Build relationships with key coalition partners, community members, and government stakeholders, actively collaborate with fellow CCEJN staff members, partners, and residents.
    • Lead efforts to organize community, conduct community education, receive community feedback, and build community capacity to directly engage in air and climate justice issues. This includes designing bilingual, community-friendly factsheets, briefs, PowerPoints, brochures, etc.
    • Plan and facilitate meetings and events that bring together community residents, researchers, regulators, and air quality and climate scientists/technicians. Support collaboration, productive dialogue, and community-led decision-making.
    • Actively engage in and advocate for the interests of public health, environmental justice, and community-led decision-making in the following venues:
      • (1) Local land use and planning efforts at the Fresno city level
      • (2) The AB 617 South-Central Fresno Community Steering Committee
      • (3) Air quality and climate policy development at the regional and state level
  • Research & Analysis
    • Read, synthesize, and analyze research, policy, and planning documents related to air and climate issues.
    • Write and support the development of policy letters and comments
    • Support the Air and Climate Justice Director to strategically develop and advance research, policy and program priorities in accordance with community needs and input.
    • Build expertise in air and climate justice issues and policies
  • Administration and Capacity Building
    • Fulfill administrative duties including submitting hours and reimbursements, crafting bi-weekly work plans, supporting grant writing and reporting activities, and other duties as assigned by CCEJN’s Air and Climate Director and Executive Director.
    • Actively collaborate with and support fellow team members, including conducting regular check-ins with team members and participating in staff retreats and team building and staff development activities.
    • Support CCEJN’s communication efforts to raise awareness of air and climate justice issues.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in the social or environmental sciences
  • Excels in oral communication in both English and Spanish
  •  Excellent written communication skills
    • This include the ability to write community-friendly factsheets in Spanish, and also technical and persuasive policy letters and briefs, grant applications and reports, and other professional documents and emails in English.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills that support relationship building with community residents, partners, regulators, legislators, scientists/researchers, and others.
  • Strong sense of responsibility, dependability toward residents and colleagues, attention to detail and time management skills, and excellent project management skills.
  •  Computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite and Google Office Suite
  • Willingness to travel and work occasional evenings and/or weekends
  • Access to personal vehicle and insurance coverage
  • 2 years of professional experience with advocacy campaigns, environmental policy, community organizing, coalition building and/or movement strategy in communities of color, low-income communities, rural communities, and/or other marginalized communities.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Professional and/or personal experience in the field of environmental justice
  • 3 or more years of professional experience advocacy campaigns, environmental policy, community organizing, coalition building and/or movement strategy in communities of color, low-income communities, rural communities, and/or other marginalized communities.

Compensation & Benefits:

The salary range for this full-time, non-exempt, salaried position is $65,000 – $72,500. CCEJN’s full-time benefits include dental insurance, health insurance, life insurance, paid time off, professional development assistance, and vision insurance. 


Work must be performed in or near Fresno, CA. Hybrid-remote options available.

Application Process:

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

Please include “Policy Associate” and your name in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Intent is for the position to start in January, 2024. 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.