Position Overview

Climate Justice Alliance is seeking a dynamic Resource Mobilization Co-Director to join our members in challenging the extractive history and structure of philanthropy in order to build a Just Transition and invest in living, local, resilient economies. We are living in an exciting moment where there is a lot of momentum to resource frontlines and their solutions – we need someone to leverage this movement while also partnering with our members to ensure that funding doesn’t continue to go to techno-fixes and market schemes.

The Resource Mobilization Co-Director focuses on institutional fundraising,  and shares responsibility with a Co-Director (referred to as Team Co-Director below,) who is focused on corporate and individual giving. The Co-Director model is designed to strategically distribute decision-making and critical work. As Co-Directors, these collaborators are responsible for setting a clear, strategic vision to move our strategic plan, and will bring a creative, collaborative, and empathetic leadership style to their work with CJA staff and members. They are committed to equity, inclusion, anti-racism, and justice; bring a people-centered and accountable approach to achieving shared vision; and can demonstrate a history of significant fundraising. As a part of the Resource Mobilization Team they will report to the Co-Executive Director overseeing finance and operations.

Core Responsibilities

Co-Design & Co-Lead the Move the Money Campaign  (30%)

  • Build the Field and the Movement by Moving Money to Grassroots, Frontline Organizations
  • Support Team Co-Director in designing and implementing strategy to cultivate allies and organizers with access to financial resources to “move the money” directly to the grassroots organizations
  • Support the development and implementation of CJA’s Strategic Plan, including the ambitious goal of moving $100 million in philanthropic capital and investments to Just Transition projects
  • Ensure Climate Justice Alliance Meets Internal Fundraising Goals
  • Co-lead on designing and implementing a plan for achieving annual fundraising goals, with a focus on philanthropic institutions, with the Co-Director
  • Set clear financial goals for institutional giving each year for CJA’s general operating budget

Build Relationships and Organize Members, Funder Allies, and Others (20%)

  • Maintain an active, engaged network with established and potential philanthropic supporters and leverage relationships to move strategic goals.
  • Craft mobilization strategy.
  • Collectively work on resource mobilization team events, conferences, and meetings.

Provide support and leadership to CJA members, allies, and coalition spaces. Manage the Resource Mobilization Team & Budget (25%)

  • Ensure management and implementation of annual fundraising plan and team budget
  • Coordinate and facilitate team meetings and cross-team/project meetings
  • Manage consultant contracts and team-specific hiring processes with support from CJA HR.
  • Maintain confidentiality of all organizational and personnel matters

Contribute to Setting Organizational Political Strategy and Direction (10%)

  • On a rotating, yearly basis with Team Co-Director, serve on the Lateral Leadership Team of CJA, which makes joint decisions around political strategy, program development, and program budgets
  • Share responsibility with Team Co-Director for annual collaborative work planning process for resource mobilization team
  • Contribute to and hold shared responsibility for annual organizational work planning with Lateral Leadership and ensure alignment with organizational strategic plan

Build Healthy & Sustainable Organizational Work Culture (10%)

  • Along with all other staff, this position contributes to CJA’s culture of innovation, teamwork, and continuous learning. They work diligently to collaborate and support each other within and across teams and excel in an environment where every member takes care of their own basic administrative needs.

Other duties as assigned (5%)

These tasks represent baseline responsibilities for this position. As CJA grows, there will be possibilities (and sometimes the need to) move into new accountabilities and areas of work.

Supervisory Responsibility: Co-Director will supervise the Funder Relations Coordinator and Philanthropic Partnerships Strategist.

Expected hours of work: Standard days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m in your time zone.  Daily schedule is flexible within the proximity of this time frame, and will be decided in consultation with the supervisor.

Travel: Travel is currently optional for CJA staff due to restrictions caused by COVID – 19. Any shift to this policy will be made in consultation with staff. Under ordinary circumstances, occasional domestic travel for meetings or conferences would be required for this position.

Physical duties of this role: Ability to work at a computer and participate in video conferencing, speaking and typing for extended periods of time.

Occasional physical duties: May occasionally be responsible for logistics during travel which includes lifting items (not in excess of 25 lbs.), coordinating meals/catering, and driving.

(CJA is willing and able to make reasonable accommodations for candidates who may not be able to fulfill these physical duties).

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • At least 7 years’ experience advising and guiding efforts to deepen philanthropic engagement with the grassroots
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and relationship building
  • Excellent understanding and interest in funding trends and strategy
  • Familiar with climate policy, environmental justice and social justice issues, as well as concepts pertaining to self-determination, liberation, decolonization, and the political & social conditions of oppression
  • Organizational skills and attention to details and accuracy
  • Able to work remotely, manage multiple work tasks, and meet the pressure of deadlines
  • Experience with communication and online media for campaigns

 Position Type and Compensation: 100% FTE, exempt position. $80,000-$90,000 (@100%FTE) commensurate with experience.

CJA’s 100% FTE benefits package includes:

  • 20 days vacation leave per year;
  • 15 standard holidays per year;
  • 12 sick days per year;
  • 1 month of paid parental leave during first year; eligible for an additional 2 months of paid parental leave in the second year of employment, up to 3 months;
  • 3 month sabbatical leave after 5 years of continuous full-time employment
  • Medical, vision, dental for employees and dependents (requires 30 day waiting period);
  • 100% employer sponsored basic life, short-term and long-term disability insurance coverage;
  • Access to $1200 annually in Professional Development funds;
  • Access to FSA Benefits.

About Climate Justice Alliance

Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) was formed in 2013 to create a new center of gravity in the climate movement by uniting frontline communities and organizations into a formidable force. Our translocal organizing strategy and mobilizing capacity is building a Just Transition away from extractive systems of production, consumption and political oppression, and towards resilient, regenerative and equitable economies. We believe that the process of transition must place race, gender and class at the center of the solutions equation in order to make it a truly Just Transition.

We are a unique alliance of 89 community, frontline, and environmental justice organizations; movement networks; and support organizations at the forefront of climate change. Our members are multicultural, intergenerational, and prioritize leadership among women, gender-oppressed, and persons of color. They come from traditionally underrepresented constituencies, including Indigenous Peoples, African American, Latinx, Asian Pacific Islander, and low-income white communities, often often located near toxic, polluting industries such as oil refineries, fracking wells, coal mines, power plants, and pipelines; rails, ports, and other major transportation corridors; landfills and incinerators; and industrial agriculture.