Job Title:  Climate Justice Organizer

Location: regional downstate IL. Work from home and, and as COVID permits, conduct in-person meetings and trainings.

Position: Full-time

Salary: $35,000-$40,000 (commensurate with experience) to start, with full health benefits and home office stipend.

Contact:  Don Carlson, Executive Director, don@illinoispeoplesaction.org with resume and cover letter.

Our Climate Justice campaign seeks to build power to have a voice in response to environmental injustices. We also seek to address community-identified solutions in those neighborhoods which are affected first and worst by climate change and energy inequities.  Our current campaign focuses on implementing the new state climate/energy law to benefit everyday people and their communities.  You’ll identify, work with, and train grassroots and faith leaders to be the public face and own all facets of the campaign.

Primary Responsibilities:  We’re seeking a full-time community organizer committed to building and using power for justice.

Outreach and relationship building with grassroots and faith-based leaders in downstate IL communities toward community empowerment.
Identifying and supporting community based environmental justice issues.
Promoting the implementation of the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act prioritizing ≥ 40% of benefits going to Environmental Justice and BIPOC communities.
Leadership training with grassroots and faith leaders on empowerment strategies.
Working collaboratively within IPA’s regional environmental justice strategy campaign.
Working collaboratively with local, state and national affiliates and allies.
Qualifications: Previous 1-2 years organizing experience with grassroots or faith-based community groups, labor or electoral organizing preferred, but not required.  We will also provide training.

Commitment toward racial and economic justice.
Belief in the leadership of grassroots and faith communities as vehicles toward self-determination and justice.
Ability to forge strong relationships with relevant partners and groups in downstate Illinois.

Attention to detail and the ability to manage technical aspects of environmental justice issues, paperwork and deadlines.
Willingness to work non-traditional hours.
Black, Indigenous and People of Color strongly urged to apply.  IPA is an equal opportunity employer.



To apply for this job email your details to don@illinoispeoplesaction.org

About Illinois People's Action (IPA)

Illinois People’s Action (IPA) is a progressive grassroots, faith and community organization located in downstate (outside of Chicago) Illinois that organizes to address the systemic causes of injustice and not its symptoms.  Our mission is to empower everyday people, along with faith communities, to become true partners in decisions affecting their lives and communities.

Over the last 26 years we’ve fought and won on a variety of issues.  We helped lead the successful downstate grassroots fight for racial equity in the state’s new climate law, stopped 300% interest predatory lending statewide, kept families together by stopping ICE immigration enforcement, and negotiated millions in new banking reinvestment – to name a few big victories.  We did this through organizing to build power, meeting with decision-makers and, if denied, using direct actions to bring about negotiations.