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Job Announcement – Executive Director


Date: August 17, 2017 

Applications Due: October 16, 2017 

Established in 1978, the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice is one of the oldest and most successful environmental justice organizations in California and continues to operate a comprehensive suite of community engagement programs focused on reducing residents’ exposure to local pollution sources and bringing resources and amenities to low-income communities of color. Our innovative combination of community organizing, environmental health education, leadership training, policy advocacy, and civic engagement has positioned the organization as a leading voice for systemic change in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. 

After nearly four decades of service to the community, our founder and executive director is retiring. Her departure comes at a time when the organization is at its strongest and has become one of the most respected non-profits in the region: CCAEJ was recently recognized by Senator Roth as the non-profit of the year, has an operating budget of over $1 million, 10 full time staff, and a committed board of 9 members. The organization is in a prime position to expand upon this legacy. 

The next Executive Director will have the unique opportunity to build capacity and strengthen the organization. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and has the overall strategic and operational responsibility for the non-profit’s staff, consultants, and programs. The new Executive Director will have knowledge of and experience with working on environmental justice issues, equity, community engagement, and CCAEJ’s core programs which will be used in the execution of the organization’s vision and mission.

Organizational Responsibilities includes: 

Leadership and Management: 

  • Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, evaluations, and consistent quality of finance and administration 
  • Provides leadership in developing program, organizational and financial plans with the Board of Directors and staff, and oversees the implementation of plans and policies 
  • Ensures compliance with federal, state, and local regulations  
  • Maintains a working knowledge of significant developments and trends related to CCAEJ programmatic strategies 
  • Recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals 
  • Actively engage board members, partnering individuals and organizations, and funders 
  • Seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for ongoing local operations 
  • Ensure effective systems to track progress and regularly evaluate program components that can measure success, which can be effectively communicated to the board of directors, funders, and other stakeholders 
  • Supervise staff, lead and or participate in coalition meetings, and work effectively with diverse partners 
  • Set up financial and organizational protocols with the board to ensure the non-profit is in compliance with the general accounting practices 
  • Works with finance committee and the board in preparing an annual budget 
  • Manage budgets, grant reporting, and donor expansion 


  • Expand local revenue and fundraising activities to support existing programs, general operations, and regional expansion; such as grant writing or conducting an annual fundraiser event with new and old potential donors 
  • Use external presence and relationships to gain new opportunities

Planning and Organizational Development: 

  • Revise and facilitate a strategic planning process for program advancement and organizational expansion 
  • Build new partnerships such as establishing relationships with funders, donors, decision makers, and community leaders to expand programs 
  • Be an external presence that promotes programs

Community Engagement: 

  • Engage and educate the general public and decision makers around social and environmental determinants of our communities (e.g., racism, wage theft, discrimination, environmental and social injustices, etc.) in a way that promotes where we live, learn, work, play, and age; and the  influence of those determinants on our total health 
  • Sustain a broad multi-sector coalition composed of diverse leaders, community members, and stakeholders from throughout the county who are committed to advancing health equity and reducing racial tensions 
  • Establishes working relationships, collaborations, and alliances with diverse community groups and social/environmental justice partners to implement CCAEJ’s strategic initiatives

Human Resources: 

  • Oversees recruitment, employment, and performance of all personnel 
  • Works in conjunction with associate director and senior level staff 
  • Directly supervises program staff  
  • Ensures job descriptions are developed, regular performance evaluations are held, and sound human resource practices, partners, and policies are in place
  • Encourages staff professional development and relates evolving skills to CCAEJ mission and goals 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • At least 5 – 10 years of experience working at the senior staff level working in at a social or environmental justice non-profit, conducting community engagement, facilitating, and coordinating projects/activities 
  • Experience with supervising staff – strong skills in staff management, facilitation, conflict resolution, and team building 
  • Ability to oversee financial budgets and systems 
  • Knowledge of community engagement strategies that increase participation of local community members in an effort to address issues identified in the community 
  • Training in coalition and capacity building for marginalized populations 
  • Ability to create a community driven agenda and partnerships 
  • Ability to facilitate community meetings and education/information meetings 
  • Ability to understand and articulate existing conditions of social and environmental inequities in San Bernardino and Riverside County 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Able to work independently and be self-initiating 
  • Demonstrates ability to work with diverse communities 
  • Commitment to goals and philosophy of CCAEJ 
  • Ability to travel

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience and knowledge of local, regional, and state policies pertaining to, for example, air quality, goods movement, and land use 
  • Cultural competency and the ability to work with a diverse group of people 
  • Most be comfortable speaking at public meetings, to the media

CCAEJ is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation or any other protected category.  We strongly encourage women, people of color, LGBTQI, and all qualified persons to apply for this position.

Reports to: CCAEJ Board of Directors 

Compensation & Benefits: $80,000 – $100,000. Salary will commensurate with experience. We offer a generous benefit package that includes medical, dental paid holidays, vacation and sick paid time off.   

Location of Office: Jurupa Valley – Riverside County, CA 

Application Deadline: October 16, 2017 (Submit in PDF format – 5 pages max.)

  1. Cover Letter explaining your interest in this position 
  2. Current Resume 
  3. Three References 
  4. Writing Sample 

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