Program Coordinator – Environmental Justice

Status: Full Time, Non-Exempt

Job Description:

The Program Coordinator for the Sisters in Control–Environmental Justice program primary focus is on developing and coordinating Black Women for Wellness’ environmental research projects.

The Program Coordinator works in partnership with the Program Manager to design program implementation strategies, collect data, engage with the community, conduct outreach and represent the organization at key meetings and community events.

This position is ideal for a highly motivated individual who is a self-starter and requires minimal supervision, and who is committed to working with Black women around environmental health and justice issues as it pertains to advocacy, research and policy.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

The Sisters in Control - Environmental Justice Program Coordinator primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Advocacy and Policy

  • Participation with advocacy and implementation of Black Women for Wellness environmental justice policy agenda
  • Participate in coalitions/co-sponsor meetings on environmental bills
  • Develop related printed materials, factsheets
  • Contribute to the development of messaging campaigns connected to policy efforts
  • Develop and train volunteers as environmental justice advocates.

Community Outreach and Engagement

  • Create/distribute educational materials on Environmental Justice/toxics issues
  • Conduct presentations, workshops and trainings about environmental toxic issues
  • Support the implementation of a strong internship program with federal and local agencies that support both students and the organization with moving an environmental justice agenda forward in California/south Los Angeles
  • Seek and cultivate potential research partners (with local beauty industry businesses, managers, community members, research institutions, governmental agencies, and academics)

Community Building and Collaboration

  • Actively participate in coalitions and partnerships with academic institutions, research institutions, organizations, and boards in our environmental justice work (Coalitions)
  • Serve as the community liaison with academic institutions, research institutions, boards and coalitions that partner with Black Women for Wellness in our environmental justice work
  • Develop and cultivate relationships with beauty professionals, stylists, and salon owners in South Los Angeles/Inglewood area

Communications and Social Engagement

  • Create/distribute, develop factsheets, reports, and other materials from community-based research educational materials on Environmental Justice/toxic issues
  • Support instituting a strong social media presence via webinars, twitter chats, snapchat, Instagram and other social media combined with traditional media that promotes our environmental justice work

Research and Knowledge Building

  • Stay updated on environmental toxic related issues
  • Conduct community based research within communities of color
  • Participate with publication of journals, popular education and social media, abstracts to conferences and institutes on the environmental justice research and work of Black Women for Wellness
  • Survey outreach, facilitate focus groups, other data collection
  • Record, transcribe, analyze and input data from research

Education and Experience:

  • Requires Bachelor Degree in Public Health, Environmental Science, or other related field ▪ Requires two (2) to three (3) years of experience coordinating programs and providing educational workshops, presentations, and trainings
  • Requires two (2) to three (3) years of experience conducting community based research within communities of color
  • Requires two (2) to three (3) years of experience conducting both quantitative and qualitative research

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Must have outstanding oral and written communications skills, experience working with Black communities
  • Proficient with Microsoft office programs including: Word, Excel and PowerPoint, WordPress knowledge is plus
  • Proficient with online media tools including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, WordPress and Tumblr
  • Experience with databases (salesforce, etc. a plus)
  • Ability to relate to Black/African American communities as well as other diverse communities; Knowledge of south Los Angeles communities is a plus
    Share Black Women for Wellness values and mission
  • Available to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, as required
  • Able to work in a team-based environment, is effective at team building, able to utilize team resources productively and efficiently while remaining flexible and responsive to new ideas and situations
  • Values accuracy and attention to detail
  • Possesses a professional appearance and attitude, and strong work ethic

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Sense of humor;
  • Knowledge of Black communities/working with Black communities a plus;
  • Deep understanding and history of Reproductive Justice;
  • Experience grant writing;
  • Experience with doing community participatory research.

Black Women for Wellness:

Black Women for Wellness is committed to the health and well-being of Black women and girls through health education, empowerment and advocacy. Black Women for Wellness believes in the strength and wisdom of our community and allies. We believe that we have the solutions, resources, and responsibility to create the shifts and change needed to impact our health status. Each of us must develop our personal power, hold accountable and support acknowledged leadership, and most importantly, contribute to our survival and growth as a community.

Sisters in Control

Black Women for Wellness' Sisters in Control Environmental Justice program, researches the impact of toxic chemicals on communities of color and leads the Healthy Hair Initiative, which surveys stylists and salon workers in Inglewood and South Los Angeles to assess their awareness of toxic work conditions.

Salary and Benefits:

Black Women for Wellness is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, or religious affiliation. All are encouraged to apply.

Send Resume and Cover Letter to Robert Akil Bell - [email protected]


DISCLAIMER: This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts, requirements or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned.