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Director of Environmental Equity and Justice

Center for Biological Diversity

This is a Full-time position in Portland, OR posted August 30, 2021.

Director of Environmental Equity and Justice

Status: Full-time Exempt

Reports to: Executive Director

Positions reporting to this position: One to start

Location: Tucson, LA, Oakland, DC, Portland, Raleigh, Other

Background:

The Center for Biological Diversity believes the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature
– to the existence of a vast diversity of wild animals, plants and people.

Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction.

We do so through science, law, activism and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that humans, other species and all communities need to survive and thrive.

We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive.

The root causes of extinction, habitat destruction, pollution, climate change and ruthless wildlife exploitation are also the driving forces of systematic racism and the marginalization and exploitation of human communities.

We believe white supremacy is incompatible with justice and ecological balance.

We cannot secure one without the other; and will secure neither as long a racism prevails.

The Center’s Environmental Equity and Justice Director will work with our conservation programs, other conservation groups, justice and environmental justice groups, the media, lawmakers and agencies to secure visionary new environmental justice laws and policies, integrate environmental justice into the Center’s on-the-ground conservation campaigns, and broadly promote the importance of integrating environmental and justice work.

Goals:
Strengthen, expand and deepen environmental justice work within the Center’s conservation and communication programs.Develop a broad environmental justice vision for the Center and work with groups and lawmakers seeking to enact environmental justice laws and policies at the state and federal level.Educate the public, media, elected officials, agencies, environmental groups, recreation groups, and others about the importance of environmental justice and its essential connection to the protection of land, air, water, biological diversity and climate.Work with justice-centered groups, coalitions, media, elected officials and decision-makers to incorporate protection of biodiversity, habitat and climate into justice visions.
Beginning with a staff of two, the Environmental Equity and Justice Program will focus on:

Environmental Equity and Justice Vision, Legislation and Policy:
Work with Center leaders and environmental justice advocates outside the Center to develop a broad vision of state, federal and agency policies needed to end and reverse environmental racism and classism.Work with justice groups, environmental justice groups, environmental groups, lawmakers and others to create new state and federal laws and policies promoting environmental justice.

Often, this will mean supporting already existing environmental justice legislative and policy campaigns.Participate in a cross-program legal team identifying opportunities to establish legal precedents within existing environmental and civil rights laws to advance environmental justice.

(Participation does not require legal expertise).
Conservation and Communication Programs:
Work with the executive director and Executive Conservation Team to develop a vision for environmental equity and justice campaigns within the Center’s conservation and communication programs.Work with individual program directors (and in some cases, within-program environmental justice leads) to identify priorities, gaps and opportunities and develop concrete program plans to deepen, expand and/or initiate environmental equity and justice campaigns to be run by the program staff.Regularly advise program staff and leaders.

Where needed, assist program staff with outreach, networking and communications.
Movement Influencer:
Educate Center supporters, the larger public, media, elected officials, agencies, environmental groups, recreation groups, and others with environmental interests about the importance of environmental justice and its essential connection to the protection of land, air, water, biological diversity and climate.Reach out to justice-centered groups, environmental justice groups, media, elected officials and decision-makers to expand the incorporation of biodiversity, habitat and climate protection into justice agendas.

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