We are hiring: Just Transition Campaign Coordinator

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Richmond Our Power Campaign Coordinator

Job Announcement


Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) is seeking a Richmond Our Power Campaign Coordinator to lead organizing, coalition-building, and program efforts to advance a just transition agenda for addressing the climate and economic crises in Richmond, CA. Working class communities of color in Richmond have long lived on the frontlines of environmental injustice and feel the health impacts of poor air quality, toxic emissions, and water and soil pollution. At the same time, our communities are also on the frontlines of economic injustice due to gentrification, displacement, unemployment, and rising food and energy costs. The fundamental interrelatedness of the climate crisis and the economic crisis requires a transformation of the economy and solutions that are led by and strengthen local communities, especially those at the frontline of the extractive economy.  The national Climate Justice Alliance has launched the Our Power Campaign to push for a just transition from the current extractive economy to local, living, interdependent economies rooted in social and ecological justice.


Since 1993, APEN has been fighting for environmental justice for all people, educating and building power with low-income Asian immigrants and refugees in Oakland, Richmond, and across the state. It has built a strong, educated base of community members and organizations that not only have a direct interest and stake in creating more equitable and sustainable communities, but also are leading the way to ensure community vision is reflected in how communities are created. With a special focus on climate resilience and local clean energy, a budget of approximately $1.9 million, 17 current staff, and 7 active board members, APEN employs multiple strategies to create systemic lasting change: Strategic Policy Campaigns, Civic Engagement, Alliance and Movement Building, and Grassroots Base Building and Leadership Development.


The Richmond Our Power Campaign Coordinator will play a crucial role in leading our multi-racial coalition-building and organizing efforts, our work to build local projects that demonstrate alternatives to our current economy, and amplifying the stories of our community-led solutions in Richmond. This position is full-time based in our Richmond, CA office. The Richmond Our Power Campaign Coordinator reports directly to APEN’s Campaign & Organizing Director, however, will work closely with Richmond ally organizations.


Build a Base for the Our Power Campaign

  • Organize Richmond groups and community members to join the Our Power Campaign
  • Develop curriculum for educating about just transition
  • Conduct outreach events and activities for engaging people in the campaign
  • Create stronger connections and linkages with different constituencies such as labor unions, faith groups, schools, etc.

Build and Coordinate the Our Power Campaign Coalition

  • Build an Our Power Campaign Coalition
  • Coordinate the development of the campaign vision, agenda, goals, and strategy for the coalition
  • Facilitate coalition meetings
  • Maintain relationships with coalition members and external partners

Create Local Models for a Just Transition

  • Support the creation of local, community-owned solar
  • Foster projects that build the new solidarity economy, including cooperative worker-owned enterprises
  • Develop new models of ownership, governance, and democracy

Amplify Stories of Just Transition

  • Create narratives to amplify the story of Richmond’s just transition work
  • Develop a communications plan to increase the visibility of the Our Power Campaign
  • Build a recognizable identity to the campaign


  • Deep commitment to the mission and vision of the Our Power Campaign, and the Principles of Environmental Justice;
  • Experience working in multi-racial coalition-building and social justice movement-building
  • Ability to identify and set coalition priorities in line with campaign goals and strategic direction;
  • Direct knowledge and understanding of how to build grassroots and political power through base-building, civic engagement, and movement building;
  • Some knowledge and understanding of just transition, new solidarity economy models, community ownership;
  • Self-confidence and the capacity to proactively create and independently move forward a complex agenda;
  • Strong communication skills (both written and verbal);
  • Team-oriented, with a commitment to democratic participation.
  • Willing to work some evenings and weekends
  • Willing to travel

SALARY and BENEFITS          

Salary DOE, competitive salary range. APEN also offers its staff a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision; vacation and sick time; 401k contributions and an opportunity to qualify for a sabbatical. APEN is a family-friendly employer.


Applications are due electronically to: Chiravann Uch at apen@apen4ej.org. Please use “Our Power Campaign Coordinator hire” in subject line.

The email must include:

– Resume

– Cover letter describing interest in the position, qualifications and salary history

– Three professional references, including at least one former supervisor

Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Position open until filled

APEN is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, queer and gender non-conforming people are encouraged to apply.