New Orleans Climate Justice Organizer

Status: Non-exempt Reports to: Campaign Director

Location: Greater New Orleans Area

Salary:  40 hours per week at $45,000-$50,000 (depending on experience) plus generous benefit package (including healthy, vision and dental insurance, paid vacation and paid sick leave).

Job Summary

The New Orleans Climate Justice Organizer works with priority New Orleans communities around strengthening the power grid, reducing flooding and advocating for green infrastructure and other green stormwater solutions, including citywide policy changes. This position will build on the Flood Less New Orleans campaign that Healthy gulf has been engaged in for several years.


Responsibilities

  • Maintaining and expanding relationships with priority communities affected by poor electrical infrastructure, flooding, or other factors that raise their risk for the impacts from climate driven weather patterns with an emphasis on low income communities and communities of color.
  • Working with key partners, like the Together NOLA, the Power Coalition, Water Collaborative, and Energy Future New Orleans and their members, to advocate for city-wide policy solutions that strengthen New Orleans’ power infrastructure, advance green infrastructure, reduce flooding, and otherwise prepare the City for climate driven weather disasters. 
  • Providing training resources to frontline communities as needed and identified by community members.
  • Developing relationships with decision-makers through regular communication and meetings.
  • Writing and publishing original content to educate the public and decision-makers.
  • Coordinating with communities, other NGOs and environmental groups on strategy.
  • Conducting media outreach as needed, including helping to facilitate the submission of op-eds or letters to the editor.
  • Attending public meetings, organizing public comment strategy, and giving public testimony

Ideal Qualifications

  • Experience with issues related to natural approaches to flooding, climate justice or environmental justice issues, organizing and/or political/issue-based activism.
  • Comfortable with public speaking and effective at written communication. 
  • Self-motivated, organized and focused. 
  • Good interpersonal skills for working within a team environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to climate, environmental, racial and social justice
  • Strong preference for somebody with a personal connection to New Orleans, or other parishes in the Greater New Orleans area. 
  • Ability to speak and write Spanish or Vietnamese.

To Apply, submit the following to jobs@healthygulf.org:

  • A cover letter. Within your cover letter, answer the following question in 2 paragraphs or less: The effects of climate change disproportionately affect communities of color. In the Gulf South, how can we ensure equity and inclusion as we adapt to the changing physical landscape that climate change will present us with?
  • a resume
  • 3 references

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Organizational Background

Healthy Gulf is a non-profit organization that works to unite and empower people to protect and restore the natural resources of the Gulf of Mexico region for the benefit of people and wildlife, communities, and ecosystems.

We work at the intersection of environmental and justice issues in the Gulf South, acknowledging the disproportionate impact of environmental issues on communities of color and low income communities. Healthy Gulf has made a commitment to work toward racial equity and inclusion and to engage with our partners to support the interdependent needs of the Gulf’s environment and people in a rapidly changing world.

We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, creed, or national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, genetic information, past, current or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.  We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.



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