Position Title: Climate Equity Policy Fellowship, Virginia Organizing

Position Posting: https://virginia-organizing.org/were-hiring-climate-equity-policy-fellow/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=655bc8a5-980b-4c49-b734-2fdf6fb1479b

Fellowship Program Dates: June 13, 2022 to June 16, 2025

Overview

Virginia Organizing is a non-partisan statewide grassroots organization dedicated to challenging injustice by empowering people in local communities to address issues that affect the quality of their lives. Founded in 1995, Virginia Organizing has 16 active local chapters across the state. Virginia Organizing is looking for a Climate Equity Policy Fellow to support the organization’s powerful, proactive agenda for equitable, just, and transformative climate solutions in Virginia.

Position Summary

Virginia Organizing is seeking a highly organized, thoughtful, detail-oriented policy professional to join staff and participate in a three-year Climate Equity Policy Fellowship. The primary goal of the Fellow position is to provide policy support and research while receiving training, mentoring, and coaching opportunities through formal programming aimed to develop expertise in equitable climate and clean energy policy and strategy.

We are looking for someone who is interested in working with our directly-affected chapter members from across Virginia to research, strategize, analyze, and draft local and state policy proposals. Our ideal candidate shares our vision of energy and climate policy solutions that are community-centered and equitable. This candidate is passionate about grassroots community organizing and has demonstrated the ability to work collaboratively with diverse communities. The ideal candidate will have a balance of organizing principles, research and writing skills, lived experience, and experience developing successful policy solutions.

This position will report to Virginia Organizing’s Executive Director and Organizing Director.

Job Responsibilities

Public Policy Development and Analysis, including community engagement and research

  • Support the organization’s existing local and statewide campaigns
  • Educate and develop relationships with state partners and allies
  • Build relationships with Virginia Organizing leaders in local chapters and on our member-led Environmental Justice Strategy Committee
  • Collaborate with state coalition partners to advance successful campaigns
  • Evaluate new and existing policies and issue areas associated with climate justice that Virginia Organizing may pursue
  • Support state-level campaigns and regulatory actions to advance policy solutions
  • Draft comments and testimony, policy memos, and public communications pieces
  • Conduct research and policy analysis to support organizing efforts
  • Develop toolkits, presentations, case studies, and other materials
  • Draft legislation in response to policy priorities elevated by Virginia Organizing chapters and strategy committees

Leadership and Professional Development

  • Participate in staff meetings, retreats, chapter meetings, and site visits, as well as leadership development and skills-based workshops
  • Participate in training related to the Climate Equity Policy Fellowship program
  • Provide input and feedback to ensure the Fellowship reflects needs through quarterly (first year) and annual (second year) meetings with the Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund
  • Learn unique leadership style, values, vision, and purpose through self-reflection exercises, goal-setting activities, and mentorship
  • Bring lived experience, innovative ideas, and diversity of perspective to the working group and organizational conversations
  • Provide support to local organizers and chapter members and engage in regular communications and collaboration to form solid working partnerships
  • Learn key public policy advocacy tactics to support work plan objectives

Qualifications

  • Experience working in low-income communities and communities of color across racial and cultural lines
  • Demonstrated capacity to analyze policy both in writing and verbally
  • Proven ability to build diverse, equitable, and inclusive solutions, including policy priorities
  • Ability to work at home, somewhere in Virginia, with the ability to travel to Richmond and occasionally other places in Virginia for in-person meetings

Compensation

Virginia Organizing’s starting salary for this position is $45,000 and increases with experience. Full-time employees receive generous benefits, including full health, dental, vision, and childcare benefits, in addition to paid vacation, sick, parental, and family leave.

We strongly encourage women, people of color, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community to apply.

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