Environmental Policy Analyst

10 Nov, 2022


Environmental Policy Analyst

Community Health Councils
Los Angeles, CA

Program Area: Policy/Gov’t Affairs

Job Classification: Exempt, Full-time

Reports to: Policy Generalist

Salary Range: $65,000 – $72,000

Organization Summary

Community Health Councils (CHC) is a non-profit, community-based health education, advocacy and policy organization established in 1992 in response to the growing health and healthcare crisis. CHC’s mission is to collectively build equitable systems. CHC has been at the forefront of systems change work to eliminate disparities in health and well-being. With a primary focus on South Los Angeles, CHC works at the local, state, and national level to improve the health of under-served and marginalized communities. CHC’s policy work is achieved through policy research, local coalitions coordination, advocacy, capacity building, and grassroots organizing. The focus of CHC’s policy work is to address disparities and inequities through our three main pillars:

  • Health Care Systems: improving access and utilization of health systems.
  • Community Resiliency: Identifying the facilitating factors to positioning and sustaining community driven resiliency that leads to systems change.
  • Economic Resiliency: Identifying and implementing sustainable and systemic solutions to improve the economic resiliency for under-resourced communities like South LA.

Summary Description

The role of the Environmental Policy Analyst (EPA) is to analyze  economic, scientific, and other data to provide objective information on environmental issues, including among other things, those environmental issues related to community safety hazards and to community economic health. The end goals are to create policy recommendations, promote solutions, and build public awareness. Under the general direction of the Policy Generalist, the Environmental Policy Analyst performs key analyses and studies on a wide range of environmental issues in support of the planning and execution of CHC’s mission, goals, and objectives. The EPA  is expected to define and apply appropriate methodologies and utilize analytical tools and techniques to achieve sound, reliable, fact-based conclusions, and recommendations. Assignments are generally given in terms of expected objectives to be accomplished and work is evaluated based on results achieved. Assignments require considerable knowledge of environmental protection policies and coalitions and stakeholders relevant to the assigned projects. The Environmental Policy Analyst will also have critical project management experience to ensure the successful implementation of large and complex projects, including oil/gas just transition in LA County, and large-scale community engagement around the Inglewood Oil Field (IOF).

This position will also develop and implement strategies for conducting community-based research and advocacy to support the identification and advancement of community driven policies and solutions; this includes designing and facilitating trainings as needed for community residents, nonprofit organizations, and other audiences.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Identifies and evaluates organizational environmental policy needs and priorities; identifies problems, resources; plans, develops, organizes, and manages complex projects; determines schedules, timelines, and budgets.
  • Convenes task forces, coalitions, committees, and community meetings; facilitates meetings; develops and manages work plans, goals, and objectives; ensures successful completion and performs cost benefit analysis of recommendations or alternatives.
  • Implements action plans, determines analytical techniques and data collection process, and obtains necessary information and data for analysis.
  • Reviews and evaluates impact of state, county and city standards and requirements on CHC relevant projects and activities; confers with policy and other relevant internal teams to discuss systems and processes and makes recommendations to comply with requirements.
  • Raises awareness about IOF / environmental issues through community engagement with South LA residents and key stakeholders through in-person and online trainings, webinars, and surveys.
  • Lead a community engagement plan. Outreaches to, organizes, and actively engages community members and agency stakeholders to participate in public decision-making processes at the local, state and/or national levels.
  • Works with representatives of regulatory agencies and/or policy makers around environmental.
  • Represents CHC with resident led groups and CBOs, public agencies, and city and countywide committees on environmental issues within the assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Identifies training needs related to environmental issues; develops curriculum; develops or selects training materials; documents training to meet deliverables.
  • Effectively coordinates key local strategic initiatives and special projects to support the initiative’s goals, including long-term strategic vision and short-term objectives.
  • Researches and prepares materials such as policy reports, issue briefs, comment letters, talking points, or presentations and proposals on a variety of environmental policy issues for key internal and external audiences such as community members and policymakers.
  • Conducts and analyzes research based on specific project needs and community interests and input, including interviews, focus groups, community surveys, observations, etc.
  •  and facilitates contingencies and/or resolutions that may be needed to support the effective management and implementation of projects/tasks.
  • Researches, develops, and recommends policies, procedures, and guidelines to ensure CHC is in compliance with federal, state and local environmental protection laws and regulations.
  • Supports the Director and other Senior staff with programmatic reports and other funder requests as appropriate.
  • Regular and predictable attendance is required.
  • Employee may be assigned additional or alternate duties as organizational needs require.

Minimum Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental resources, urban planning, public or business administration, or a closely related field; and at least three years of experience in this field; or an equivalent combination of training and experience; or master’s degree in environmental resources or urban planning PLUS at least one year of related experience within a nonprofit, foundation, or governmental setting.
  • Minimum of two to four years of experience building coalitions and/or community engagement, preferably in California, or related experience (i.e., political organizing, or campaign experience with labor unions, state or non-profit community organizing) to support CHC’s outreach efforts.
  • Knowledge and experience in both qualitative and quantitative research methods, including community-based participatory research.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of principles, tools and techniques of project management and program planning including goal setting, work plan development, organization, and implementation.
  • Ability to analyze complex operational and administrative problems, evaluate alternatives; reach sound, logical, fact-based conclusions; and recommend or implement effective courses of action.
  • Has the ability to break down complex environmental concepts to community members and decisionmakers
  • Must be able to coordinate multiple, complex projects with multiple stakeholders; and meet critical deadlines.
  • Knowledge of policy development and legislative processes.
  • Knowledge of Los Angeles area policy issues, especially issues relevant to South Los Angeles preferred.

Other Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of community organizing within BIPOC communities and communications campaign strategies.
  • A commitment to CHC’s values, mission, and vision – evidenced, in part, by exhibiting a high level of personal and professional integrity, humility and humanity. Strong commitment to advancing social justice and equity.
  • Strong communication skills: ability to exercise diplomacy, gather information from others, make inquiries and synthesize information; ability to convey information and explain or discuss organizational policy and procedure with others in person or by telephone.
  • Ability to work with staff and community members from diverse racial, sexual orientation, gender identity and cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Comfortable in team-oriented environment based on open, transparent, continual communication, information sharing and inclusive decision-making.
  • Familiarity with GIS, SPSS, STATA, SAS or other quantitative software, and qualitative analysis software (e.g., NVivo) a plus.
  •  Efficient in Microsoft Office Suite, including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required. Knowledge of Asana project management is a plus.

Other Position Requirements

  • Willingness and ability to travel locally.
  • Must be available to work occasional evenings and weekend days.

Physical and Emotional Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to:

This job requires that the employee must occasionally lift or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties listed. The inability to cope with a stressful work environment does not constitute a protected disability.

Community Health Councils offers a competitive salary and generous benefits including medical, dental, vision, and matching-403b plans, vacation, sick and holiday benefits. Benefits are about 25% of an employee’s salary; CHC is an equal opportunity employer. Women and persons of color are encouraged to apply.

TO APPLY: Please email a Cover Letter and Resume as separate attachments to humanresources@chc-inc.org and include the exact title of the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Job posted: 2022-11-10