Environmental & Climate Justice Program Manager

Vacancy Announcement – August 13, 2014

Position Location: Baltimore, MD  Travel: Occasional
Reports to: Director, Environmental & Climate Justice Program
Classification: Non-Union FLSA Status: 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 ECJ Program Manager will support provide administrative and managerial support to the ECJ Program through staff supervision, program coordination, partnership cultivation, and facilitation of interdepartmental linkages. The ECJ Program Manager will ensure that the ECJ Program has the necessary infrastructure to effectively advance the objectives of the Environmental and Climate Justice Program.  The ECJ Program Manager position is made possible through the generous support of the Hewlett Foundation and the Kresge Foundation.

Summary of Duties:

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

I  Project Management

  • Serve as Principal Lead on the Coal Blooded Campaign, including conducting outreach with branches to conduct orientation, training, and strategy sessions, as well as providing ongoing campaign support and documenting activities and progress.
  • Support ECJ Fellows in start-up and management of the Youth and College Leadership Initiative on ECJ and the Black Church Leadership Initiative on ECJ.
  • Assist ECJ Director by providing management support for the Just Energy Policies and Practices Campaign and the Strengthening Community Resilience Initiative.
  • Organize and Manage NAACP Delegations to special events such as the People’s Climate March, Commission on the Status of Women, National Adaptation Forum, EPA Hearings, etc.

II Unit Engagement and Support

  • Coordinate Monthly ECJ Leaders and Clean Air Stewardship Calls.
  • Develop and maintain a system of soliciting assignment of ECJ Leads in all states, as well as managing ECJ Lead contacts and communications, including targeted regional and state communications to ensure that all are kept abreast of activities and opportunities.
  • Develop and maintain a system for engaging states and local leadership in campaigns and projects and providing ongoing support for campaign/project activities.
  • Develop and maintain a system for responding to unit requests for assistance and following up and providing ongoing support.   

III Supervision of ECJ Administrative Coordinator and ECJ Fellows

  • ECJ Administrative Coordinator
    • Ensure effective performance of all duties in the Administrative Coordinator’s Portfolio.
    • Assist the Administrative Coordinator with development and maintenance of Administrative Coordinator’s Work Plan.
    • Conduct daily check-ins with the Administrative Coordinator to assist with organizing planning and output.
    • Conduct quality control checks of work products.
    • Provide coaching, where necessary, on quality improvement with an emphasis on attention to detail, follow up, and timely communication of work status.
    • Conduct performance/outcome evaluation for the Administrative Coordinator.
  • ECJ Fellows
    • Assist ECJ Director in orienting ECJ Fellows and supporting ECJ Fellows in selecting their areas of interest and corresponding projects.
    • Assist ECJ Fellows with development and maintenance of their work plans including their professional development goals.
    • Mentor the ECJ Fellows as their professional development evolves and help to connect them with opportunities for exposure and growth.

IV.  Interdepartmental Collaboration

  • Revive and Manage the Interdepartmental GREEN Team, coordinating meetings and executing activities, including monthly film screening, incentive programs, etc.
  • Liaise with the Field Team and ensure coordination with each Field Team around respective ECJ activities in the corresponding regions/states.
  • Manage cooperation with the Civic Engagement/Voting Rights, Education, Criminal Justice, Economic, and Health Departments on joint projects/activities.
  • Liaise with the Youth and College Division
  • Liaise with the Legal Department to ensure that there is a smoothly operating intake, technical assistance, and member support process for environmental justice issues that are presented.
  • Liaise with the Development Department and coordinate fundraising and report generation and submission.
  • Liaise with the Communications Department to assist with content generation and posting via traditional and digital media.
  • Liaise with the Washington Bureau Legislative Analyst assigned to ECJ to ensure that s/he is kept abreast of the priorities of the ECJ Program and ensure that the ECJ related activities of the Legislative Analyst are coordinated with other program activities and documented in the ECJ Program Files.
  • Manage coordination/collaboration with other departments as necessary.

V.  Partnerships Coordination

  • Develop and maintain a partnership matrix to ensure that the department and the ECJ Leaders nationwide are aware of who our technical, informational, and funding partners are, including the resources they have to offer and how we work together.
  • Maintain communications with partners and represent the NAACP ECJP on coalition/partnership calls and listservs, while keeping the department abreast of what’s happening with the partners and what are opportunities for engagement.

VI. ECJ Team Coordination Information and Management

  • Organize and maintain Weekly ECJP Team Meetings.
  • Maintain the Electronic Resource Database with ongoing updates.
  • Maintain ECJP Library in the Office, including establishing a filing system and a catalogue of materials in the library.

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 and climate justice is essential;
  • Prior staff supervision experience preferred;
  • Ability to facilitate interdepartmental as well as external partnership coordination is critical;
  • Experience with research and data analysis strongly desired;
  • Exemplary attention to details;
  • Exceptional writing skills;
  • Excellent people skills;
  • Experience with constituent support;
  • A results-focused approach and commitment to going the extra mile;
  • An extremely 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.

Compensation (salary and benefits) is competitive and will be commensurate with skills and experience.  Salary will be paid on a bi-weekly basis through our payroll system and is subject to applicable state, local, and federal taxes. 

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.