National Coalition Manager

05 Sep, 2022


National Coalition Manager

West Harlem Environmental Action,Inc., d/b/a WE ACT for Environmental Justice
Washington, D.C.

West Harlem Environmental Action a/k/a WE ACT for Environmental Justice is a non profit,
community-based advocacy organization that works to build healthy communities by ensuring that people
of color and/or low income residents participate meaningfully in the creation of sound and fair
environmental health and protection policies and practices. WE ACT is a nationally recognized leader
in the environmental justice (EJ) movement and is known for its work in the areas of children’s
environmental health; government accountability; and climate, energy and environmental justice. WE
ACT’s deep roots in the community, track record of policy impact, integrity and reputation are driving
exponential growth over the next year, including in our federal policy office.
WE ACT is the only national EJ organization with a permanent presence in Washington, DC. Our
newly minted five-year strategic plan outlines a federal policy strategy that includes advancing and
reforming new national policy, practices and regulations; supporting policy implementation and
regulatory efforts of existing policy to ensure accountability; convening coalitions, organizations and
researchers to drive a shared national EJ agenda; building a powerful narrative to catalyze a national EJ
movement; and serving as a connector, regrantor and technical assistance provider to build the capacity of
EJ organizations into a powerful, cohesive national movement.
WE ACT prioritizes the voices of longstanding community members, communities of color,
lower-income communities and, most importantly, those who have been historically marginalized
and subjected to environmental and other forms of racism and exclusion. In accordance with the
Jemez Principles, we believe that communities must speak for themselves.We work at the intersection
of community engagement and activation, policy, research and education. WE ACT leverages our place at
the table to push system actors, including elected officials, Big Greens, coalitions and allies to center
racial justice and equity.
WE ACT is seeking a National Coalition Manager with a demonstrated passion for justice and
equity issues for our Federal Policy Office. This individual reports to the Director of Federal Programs
and National Advocacy and will develop and execute impactful and comprehensive advocacy and
government affairs campaigns, including through the Environmental Justice Leadership Forum, an
alliance of more than 50 environmental justice organizations based in 22 states, which WE ACT
convenes. The EJ Forum was initiated in 2008 in response to the emerging concerns around possible
mitigation strategies and regulations that were being presented as options to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions. These strategies and regulations had the potential to amplify the disproportionate
environmental burden on communities of color, and/or low-income people.
By leveraging relationships with WE ACT local members, as well as state and national coalitions and
partners, the manager will elevate the most pressing issues to develop and drive the adoption of model EJ
policy at the national level in order to remediate, redress and prevent environmental racism. The manager
will continue to build and lead the EJ Forum, facilitating alignment on and support of a coordinated
national agenda. The manager also takes a leadership role in helping to build the capacity of EJ
organizations by overseeing a regranting function and providing training around policy, advocacy,
communications and fundraising to EJ organizations across the country. Key Responsibilities include:
Coalition Strategy & Leadership
● Under the general direction of the Director of Federal Programs and National Advocacy, support
the management of the Environmental Justice Leadership Forum.
● Maintain a strong and effective working relationship with the WE ACT policy team to
communicate and link local and state environmental justice issues with state and federal
administrative, legislative and regulatory solutions.
● Help to manage working groups for EJ Forum members based on local, state and federal
environmental justice priorities.
● Build new organizational relationships that reflect our values and priorities, contributing to and
managing the growth strategy for the EJ Forum that aligns with political realities for advancing
equity, justice, climate and environmental policies and practices.
● Engage key leaders, organizations and partners in strategy implementation to build institutional
and community buy-in for specific campaigns of the EJ Forum.
Technical Assistance & Training
● Develop an annual training calendar to support EJ leaders with strategies and tactics for local,
state and federal (in-district) engagement, advocacy and community building.
● Partner with Communications staff to build and effectively manage a thought leadership program
and digital community for EJ leaders across the country.
● Manage the administrative model to deliver grants to EJ leaders in a way that works to dismantle
the traditional power dynamic between funders and grantees.
Policy Research
● Partner with the Director of Federal Programs and National Advocacy to analyze advocacy and
legislative proposals and produce written materials for policymakers and EJ Forum members.
● Support EJ leaders in increasing local and state advocacy and growing member/stakeholder bases.
The incoming National Coalition Manager is driven by their belief in and commitment to WE ACT’s
vision and mission. Through their track record as a coalition manager, the successful candidate helps to
coordinate WE ACT’s national coalition and capacity building efforts. The manager builds authentic and
lasting relationships inside and outside the organization with alliance members, engaging with them as
partners in WE ACT’s mission and vision.
The successful candidate is entrepreneurial and self-directed, bringing coalition-based advocacy
experience. This role requires a deep commitment to the principles of environmental justice and the
ability to lead through influence, rather than positional authority. The optimal candidate has worked in an
advocacy environment and understands the movement context, possessing a strong grasp of the economic,
social and political forces that shape environmental policy in the U.S. This is an externally and internally
calibrated role for a professional who has been part of successful coalitions involving diverse stakeholders
to win key fights that improve community health and well-being. The successful candidate will have
played a positive role in effective networks that are rooted in trust and collaboration across sector,
geography and community. The selected candidate will also possess most of the following Core and
Preferred qualifications:
● Strong commitment to the mission and goals of WE ACT and a strong passion for solving the
climate crisis through environmental justice.
● At least 7 years of increasing responsibility in policy, advocacy, organizing and/or community
outreach work, with a proven track record of executing strategies that generate strong coalitions
and successful campaigns.
● Demonstrated experience working across lines of race, class, gender and geography and an
analysis of how climate change and energy-related issues intersect with historically marginalized
● Developing understanding of how organized movements create change and accomplish policy
objectives, legislative/policy analysis skills and familiarity with administrative, constitutional and
regulatory processes.
● Strong oral and written communications skills.
● Strong project management skills and a high degree of emotional intelligence to support
collaboration between and among diverse stakeholders.
● Outstanding relationship-building skills with a wide range of diverse external constituencies and
diplomatic abilities that build the trust-based relationships necessary for stakeholders to buy in
and share accountability for our collective work.
● Demonstrated ability to prioritize and be flexible in a fast-paced, constantly evolving and
collaborative environment, where working on a team and working individually are required.
● Background in environmental, climate, energy, transportation or civil rights policy.
● Knowledge of environmental policy, particularly as it relates to clean air, clean water, energy and
environmental health issues.
WE ACT offers competitive nonprofit compensation and is committed to justice in salary
transparency and wage equity. The salary range for this position is $75,000 – $85,000, based on
experience and qualifications. WE ACT offers a generous suite of benefits, including comprehensive
health care (medical, dental and vision), flexible spending account, life insurance, pre-tax transit
program, retirement programs and paid holidays and vacation, along with onsite HR support for your
benefit needs. WE ACT follows a 3-2 hybrid work policy, requiring 3 days in the office per
week. All staff are fully vaccinated.
WE ACT is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of
color, women, persons with disabilities and LGBTQ communities. We are committed to transparent
and equitable recruitment, hiring and promotion processes that foster inclusion and belonging. If you’ve
read this job description, are excited by it and can see yourself in this role, we hope you apply. If you need
a reasonable accommodation during the application or interview process, please email David Hudson at
To apply or nominate a candidate, please send to with “National Coalition
Manager” in the subject line a resume and cover email or letter answering the following:
1. Why are you passionate about environmental justice?
2. Briefly share an example of a coalition that you helped to manage. What was its purpose and
what did it achieve? What did you learn that you would apply to WE ACT’s policy and
coalition-building goals?
Submission in a combined PDF or Microsoft Word file is preferred. This position is open until filled and
applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Job posted: 2022-09-05