Transportation Justice Policy Advocate – Environmental Health Coalition


Are you passionate about environmental health and justice? Do you love working with community members to lift up our voices for change? Join and help us achieve Environmental Justice.

Environmental Health Coalition (EHC) is a San Diego/Tijuana non-profit social and environmental justice organization dedicated to the prevention and cleanup of toxic pollution threatening our health, our community and the environment.

The Transportation Justice Policy Advocate (PA) works within EHC’s Climate Justice Campaign to advance policies and projects that reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from transportation sources. The PA focuses on low income communities of color that are the most impacted by these sources and works with community leaders to identify key issues and community-driven solutions. With community leaders and other non-profits, the PA conducts policy advocacy to influence local governments and state regulatory and legislative bodies to reduce impacts in low- income communities of color in the San Diego region.

The PA will advocate to and work with local, regional, and state entities including SANDAG, San Diego Unified Port District, City of San Diego and National City, California Legislature, and other regulatory bodies related to transportation justice, goods movement, air pollution, climate change, and public health. The PA is responsible for representing the interests of EHC members before decisionmaking authorities and ally groups in order to change or enforce public policies.

Working with Community Organizers and Leaders, the PA will coordinate EHC’s work in City Heights related to air pollution, transportation and land use with our base of resident members and the City Heights Built Environment Team (BET). The PA will work to implement City Heights BET Community Driven Action Plan to accomplish the following goals that support the Building Healthy Communities Initiative:
• To create a City Heights community where residents live with health-promoting land use, transportation and community development and
•To increase opportunities for diverse low-income City Heights residents to organize and actively advocate for desired changes in land use, transportation and planning issues that improve their health and well-being.

Primary Responsibilities:
§ Organize and advocate for the development and implementation of land use, transportation, and community development policies that advance public and environmental health, equitable development, land use compatibility, affordable housing, climate and transportation justice, jobs and health;
§ Conduct issue research and policy advocacy activities regarding transportation, climate change, air pollution, and related environmental justice issues affecting low-income communities of color;
§ Understand government systems and laws, and effectively monitor and advocate with those entities;
§ Develop written analyses, position papers, and correspondence;
§ Conduct effective networking and ally development activities with individuals, groups, organizations, and governmental entities in the San Diego region;
§ Work with community organizing efforts to ensure coordination;
§ In collaboration with the EHC City Heights Community Organizer develop an empowered and effective City Heights Community Action Team composed of EHC community leaders;
§ Coordinate and facilitate an effective collaborative with City Heights Built Environment Team (BET);
§ Work with EHC team members to develop strategic plans for key projects and activities;
§ Participate in statewide environmental justice networks to secure state policy around air pollution reduction and transportation.

Required Qualifications and Skills:
§ 2 years’ experience in grassroots organizing and/or policy work;
§ Demonstrated commitment to the principles of environmental justice;
§ Excellent oral and written communication skills;
§ Creative thinker who is familiar with and has applied the popular education model;
§ Excellent analytical ability;
§ Proficient with computer programs including Microsoft Office, Outlook, Excel;
§ Reliable transportation method;
§ Ability to work flexible hours including some nights and weekends;
§ Ability to handle multiple tasks, work under pressure, and maintain attention to detail; and
§ Cultural competence is a must.

Preferred Qualifications and Skills:
§ 3 – 5 years’ experience and knowledge in transportation, land use, climate and air pollution regulation, or other related fields;
§ Experience in research including data and policy analysis and GIS;
§ Bilingual (English/Spanish); and
§ Familiar with San Diego regulatory bodies and state and local government.

Salary Range: This is a full-time position which has a range of $47,500 – 53,600 per year; salary commensurate with experience

Benefits Include: Health, dental and vision insurance, 401k, LTC, generous vacation and wellness leave, professional development and other benefits

Target Start Date: Position open until filled

Applications: Submit cover letter, resume, 3 references and salary requirements to Environmental Health Coalition:
Subject line should read: POLICY ADVOCATE AUG 2016

MISSION: Environmental Health Coalition is dedicated to achieving environmental and social justice. We believe that justice is accomplished by empowered communities acting together to make social change. We organize and advocate to protect public health and the environment threatened by toxic pollution. EHC supports broad efforts that create a just society and fosters a healthy and sustainable quality of life. EHC is an equal opportunity employer