Energy Justice Policy Specialist

05 Sep, 2022

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Energy Justice Policy Specialist

West Harlem Environmental Action,Inc., d/b/a WE ACT for Environmental Justice
New York, NY

West Harlem Environmental Action Inc. a/k/a WE ACT for Environmental Justice is a Northern
Manhattan community-based, membership organization whose mission is to build healthy communities
by ensuring that people of color and/or low income participate meaningfully in the creation of sound
and fair environmental health and protection policies and practices. We use community organizing,
community-based participatory research and evidence-based policy advocacy campaigns to create
systemic policy change at the federal, state and local levels of government. WE ACT is locally and
nationally known for its work on children’s environmental health, community-driven climate resiliency,
healthy homes campaigns government accountability, and community-based environmental health
research partnerships.
WE ACT seeks a full-time Energy Justice Policy Specialist to work closely with WE ACT’s
Executive Director, Director of Policy, statewide coalitions, and government advisory boards to
develop strategic, unified, and sustained advocacy to achieve equity in energy / climate policy and
practice.
The Energy Justice Policy Specialist on Day One will be knowledgeable on Local Law 97,
electrification policies, carbon reduction strategies, carbon pricing, and clean energy issues.
They will influence city and state executive, legislative and agency actions and educate
legislators/officials on energy policy and energy justice. The specialist will coordinate WE ACT’s
energy-related policy agenda items that support an equitable transition away from fossil fuels and
evaluate renewable energy investment opportunities in communities with environmental justice
concerns. They will advise on community-based energy justice issues and issues regarding renewable
energy, fossil fuel infrastructure, public service commission matters, rate cases, utility affordability,
and more.
The Energy Justice Policy Specialist defines and formulates WE ACT’s energy policy positions,
builds broad-based support for these positions, and promotes WE ACT’s presence and the presence of
an environmental justice perspective in policy formation.
Responsibilities
• Knowledgeable on Local Law 97, Electrification issues, carbon reduction strategies, carbon
pricing, and clean energy issues.
• Develop and implement components of our annual public policy agenda to advance energy
justice for the organization.
• Staff task forces and other collaborative initiatives and projects.
• Lead and participate in policy-setting forums and government relations activities.
• Provide strategic advice on public policy issues to the Executive Director, Director of Policy
and other WE ACT staff.
• Strengthen and support the overall energy policy development capacity of the organization and
the community we serve.
• Monitor and provide strategic advice, policy briefings, and recommendations on legislative
change and energy policy issues at the state and municipal levels.
• Develop and implement the organization’s energy policy agenda based on existing priorities and
ongoing consultations with WE ACT staff and key stakeholders in the environmental,
environmental justice and environmental health movements.
• Lead or participate on task forces and collaborative initiatives to develop effective public policy
solutions to energy transition issues.
• Organize and lead community-based planning initiatives including facilitating workshops,
developing planning materials, and strategically engaging in the public planning process to
promote equity in land use and development.
• Identify and work with key partners to advance the organization’s energy justice policy agenda.
• Address urgent energy policy issues as they arise.
• Build community and government awareness on key policy issues through public education,
government relations, collaboration with frontline community leaders, and media strategies.
• Create forums for dialogue with government officials, funders, agencies, and donors on topics
impacting environment, environmental justice and environmental health in communities of
color.
• Provide leadership to WE ACT programs/projects.
• Work on departmental and organizational teams and projects.
• Advise the organization about “sign-on” letters addressing current or future energy policy
issues.
Skills
• At least 3 years of experience in energy policy and law, environmental justice policy, or related
field.
• A deep understanding of energy policy, literature, and law; environmental policy and law;
environmental justice concerns and perspectives; city, state, and federal politics; and New York
political leadership.
• Recognizes ways that race, and other identities (historically and presently) intersect and play out
in the work, especially for clients and community members, and has demonstrated the ability to
apply racial justice lens to their work.
• Experience working in diverse communities.
• Excellent public speaking and writing skills required.
• Demonstrated ability to engage diverse stakeholders.
• Ability to work in a team of community organizers, policy advocates, and
Researchers.
• Strong sense of ownership over goals.
• Spoken Spanish preferred but not required.
Salary
$70,000 – $80,000. Salary commensurate on experience. Full Medical benefits, vision and
dental. Voluntary benefits also available. 403B/401K Program available for pre-tax
contribution. Pre-Tax metro benefits also available.
Applications
• Send application to evelyn@weact.org. Telephone calls will not be accepted.
• Include cover letter, resume, three references, and daytime contact information.
WE ACT is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of
color, women, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ communities.

Job posted: 2022-09-05