Environmental & Climate Justice Fellow (2 positions)

Vacancy Announcement –August 13, 2014

Position Location: Baltimore, MD  Travel: Occasional
Reports to: Director, Environmental & Climate Justice Program
Classification: Non-Member FLSA Status: Non-Exempt 


The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization.  The principal object of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality for all.  As part of its mission, the NAACP seeks to enforce federal, state, and local laws securing civil rights and to educate persons about their constitutional rights.

The NAACP ECJ Leadership Fellows Program is designed to give students and recent graduates the opportunity to work for twelve months at NAACP Headquarters in Washington, DC.  The ECJ Fellows will focus on supporting ECJ Communications, Organizing, Materials Development to advance the objectives of the Environmental and Climate Justice Program and to build their own individual professional capacity through increased knowledge and skills. The NAACP ECJ Fellows Program is made possible through the generous support of the Hewlett Foundation.

Summary of Duties:

Those selected for the ECJ Leadership Fellows Program will support the following ECJ Projects and more:

  • Coal Blooded Campaign—Organizing communities to address pollution from coal fired power plants;
  • Just Energy Campaign-Advancing Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy;
  • Strengthening Community Resilience Project;
  • GREEN Team—Building Institutional Environmental Awareness and Energy Efficiency at the NAACP Headquarters;
  • Youth and College Leadership Initiative on Environmental and Climate Justice; and
  • African American Church Leadership Initiative on Environmental and Climate Justice.

Under the direct supervision of the Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program (ECJP), the ECJ Leadership Fellows will perform the following duties:

  1. Support NAACP Capacity Building in Communications Environmental and Climate Justice
    • Interview membership and develop stories for placement in the ECJP Newsletter.
    • Assist with updating the ECJP Webpage.
    • Help with tweets, Facebook, and blog posts for ECJ activities.
    • Help with developing op-eds with state and local leaders
  2. Support NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program Research and Organizing:
    • Conduct outreach to engage key constituencies in environmental and climate justice work including youth and faith leaders, tracking federal, state, and local policies on environmental and climate justice, as well as corporate practices.
    • Conduct a range of research projects, including racial impact studies, and facilitating member engagement in educating policymakers on environmental issues impacting communities of color and low income communities.
    • Work with Legal team to develop an intake process for environmental justice issues.
  3. Support NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program Educational/Organizing Materials Development
    • Assist with development, update, and/or finalization of the following toolkits: Environmental and Climate Justice General Toolkit, 10K Steps Youth and College Toolkit, African American Church Leadership Initiative Toolkit, Justice in Emergency Management Toolkit,  and Community Resilience Toolkit.
    • Development of issue fact sheets and film discussion guides.


The ideal candidate for this position will possess many, if not all, of the following qualifications and competencies:

  • A passion for and commitment to advocating for the creation of progressive policies and programs as well as for the elimination of social policies and practices that lead to racial and ethnic disparities.
  • Experience with and interest in environmental issues is preferred, but not essential
  • Exceptional writing skills;
  • Excellent people skills;
  • A results-focused approach and commitment to going the extra mile;
  • An organized work style;
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Prezi, Publisher and other relevant programs
  • Track record of success managing multiple programs and events.
  • Ability to travel upon request

Selected participants will be awarded a stipend of $2000/month to offset living and travel expenses while participating in the program.  This stipend will be paid on a bi-weekly basis through our payroll system and is subject to applicable state, local, and federal taxes. 

Please note that this position does not include benefits, except for those required by applicable federal, state, and local laws. ECJ Fellows will be responsible for securing their own housing and transportation for the duration of the program.  ECJ Fellows may also seek funding from outside sources to supplement the stipend. 

It is the continuing policy of the NAACP to take affirmative action to assure equal opportunity for all current and prospective employees without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, personal appearance, marital status, familial status, family responsibility, pregnancy or other pregnancy-related conditions, childbirth, disability, military/veteran status, citizenship status, religion or political affiliation, past convictions or incarceration, prior psychiatric treatment, or any other status protected by federal or state law, local ordinance or Executive Orders. The NAACP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To Apply: Resume, cover letter, writing sample, and salary requirements should be sent to NAACP:
Email: hresources@naacpnet.org (preferred method)
Mail: NAACP – Human Resources, 4805 Mt. Hope Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215
Fax:  (410) 580-5735
Please note that this position is grant-funded and employment is contingent upon the continuation of such funds.