Open Positions

Title: Environmental Justice Organizer
Reports to: Organizing Director
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Job Description

Pittsburgh United is a coalition of community, labor, faith, and environmental organizations committed to building a community and an economy that works for all people. The Environmental Justice Organizer is responsible for leading and coordinating the Our Water, Our Rivers Campaign and all environmental justice related work at Pittsburgh United. The Our Water, Our Rivers Campaign fights for green infrastructure, climate resilience, safe drinking water, water affordability, and fights against the privatization of drinking water in the Pittsburgh region.

Scope of Responsibility

The Environmental Justice Organizer will be responsible for working with the Organizing Director, Digital Organizer, and coalition partners to develop, implement, and win strategic campaigns. This will include working closely with new and existing coalition partners and experts to develop effective policy and/or campaign goals, planning and implementing educational activities, coordinating and overseeing public policy advocacy, developing materials for the coalition’s use on issue campaigns, and assisting the Executive Director in identifying, raising and managing environmental justice specific campaign funds.

The Environmental Justice Organizer is responsible for building and exercising the relationships necessary to organize the Campaign effectively and for organizing campaign partners from all sectors to achieve campaign goals. The ability to build strong relationships and work closely with and support the leadership of others is therefore an essential skill.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The organizer will work closely with partner organizations to build a cohesive campaign. Typical activities will include:

  • Coalition Organizing and Management
    • Building and maintaining effective relationships with existing campaign partners, new campaign partners, allies, community members, elected officials, stakeholders, and leaders in the environmental justice space as well as building solidarity between these partners
    • Frequent (weekly/biweekly) check-ins with table partners; at least monthly check-ins with allies
    • Developing the capacity of table partners to understand and participate effectively in campaigns
    • Planning and facilitating meetings to further strategic campaigns
  • Developing and Executing Campaign Strategy
    • Lead the development of strategic campaigns
    • Create processes that allow partners to effectively participate in campaigns
    • Plan and execute meetings, events, actions, or other strategic activities that further the goals of campaigns
    • Monitor and/or participate in governmental and public meetings and processes related to Pittsburgh United’s environmental justice campaigns, including lobbying and testifying
    • Work with Campaign Researcher to identify key research questions and integrate research into campaign strategy
    • Work with Organizing Director, Economic Justice Organizer, and Housing Justice Organizer on issues and campaigns with goals that intersect with Environmental Justice campaigns
  • Communications and Data

    • Work with the digital organizer and communications team to promote events, resources, actions, etc.
    • Act as a spokesperson for the campaign; develop table partners to act as spokespeople
    • Speak at events to highlight the campaign where appropriate
    • Maintain various campaign lists and data systems
  • Fundraising and Administration
    • Build relationships with funders/program officers in coordination with the Executive Director
    • Participate in grant writing and reporting when appropriate
    • Maintain organized digital and physical campaign records
    • Maintain timesheets and calendar, especially for lobbying activities

Qualifications and Skills

  • Demonstrated skills in organizing and community outreach (experience with coalition organizing preferred)
  • Experience in developing and implementing a successful campaign plan
  • Superior interpersonal skills and ability to work with a diverse array of individuals and communities and challenge people to take risks in order to make change
  • Experience leading a team in project work
  • Experience with advocacy and/or public policy
  • Ability to receive and integrate performance based feedback into ongoing work plans as well as the ability to provide relevant and timely feedback to peers in a constructive manner
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial, social, economic, and environmental justice as well as strengthening the labor movement
  • Commitment to understanding race, class, gender and other equity issues as part of the work as well as the impact these structural issues have on our collective work
  • Passion for working for environmental justice in our region
  • Drivers license and access to a vehicle (preferred)

Other Information

The work schedule includes some evening and weekend meetings and events, as necessary. Candidates requiring strictly a 9 to 5 schedule will not be a good fit for this position. Travel is occasionally required around the Pittsburgh region or to state and national conferences related to environmental justice.

The Environmental Justice Organizer is a full-time exempt position with a generous benefits package including health, dental, and vision insurance. Pittsburgh United uses an equity-based scale to determine all salaries in the organization. The salary range for qualified candidates is $42,000-$50,000.

How to Apply

Position available immediately. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Send cover letter, resume, and at least three references to with the subject line: Environmental Justice Organizer Application.

Pittsburgh United is an affirmative action employer. Women, LGBTQIA people, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Pittsburgh United’s office is wheelchair accessible.

Our Mission

Pittsburgh United strives to advance social and economic justice in the Pittsburgh region ensuring that working families and low and moderate-income communities share in the prosperity generated by economic growth and development.

We promote strategies that will build healthy and sustainable communities, raise standards for low wage workers, and forge a fair economy for all. We use innovative community organizing, research, advocacy and communications methods to win progressive policy and organizing campaigns.

Who We Are and What We Do

Pittsburgh United is a coalition of community, labor, faith, and environmental organizations committed to advancing the vision of a community and economy that work for all people. Our past and current campaigns have positioned us to forward an organizing strategy and progressive policy agenda around economic development and make that vision a reality.

We aspire to create a new social contract, whereby all workers are able to care for themselves and raise their families, sharing in the prosperity generated by economic growth and development. Through our campaigns, we are developing organizing, education, advocacy, and communications strategies to fight and win progressive policy campaigns that ensure sustainable communities, raise standards for low-wage workers and harness economic development and public investment for community benefit.

The Pittsburgh United office is accessible.