Community Health Cases Manager

THE POSITION:  Community Health Cases Manager 

REPORTS TO: Illegal Toxic Threats Program Director

LOCATION: OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA OR LA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

THE ORGANIZATION

  • Mission: CEH protects people from toxic chemicals by working with communities, consumers, workers, government, and the private sector to demand and support business practices that are safe for public health and the environment.
  • Commitment to JEDI: At CEH, striving for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion for all is critical to our mission and values. We know that having a team that is diverse in race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, ability, sexual orientation, age, and background and opinions — and fostering inclusion among that team — is core to achieving our organizational goals. We strive to recruit talent from a diverse pool of candidates, and ensure that those that we hire are sufficiently supported so that they flourish. We want everyone to not only have a seat at the table, but to know that their presence and input makes our organization stronger.

THE POSITION
The Center for Environmental Health is seeking a Community Health Cases Manager to provide strategic capacity building, organizing, and technical assistance support to CEH’s current and future community partners in legal work. This professional possesses a true passion for and a strong commitment to environmental justice, democracy, and partnership with community-based organizations and residents living at the fence lines of industrial facilities. This position is an exciting opportunity to build and manage a small but growing facet of a program focused on detoxifying outdoor and indoor air caused by industrial pollution in communities. 

The Community Health Cases Manager is a charismatic, passionate, and interpersonally skilled professional who has experience and success working in a role supporting and being in service to grassroots environmental justice efforts to combat local air and water pollution issues, and can engage with and inspire potential and existing community partners. 

The Community Health Cases Manager liaises between CEH program staff, CEH’s outside legal counsel, and residents and leaders from fenceline communities. Over the life of a legal case, they will deploy CEH’s assets in order to  provide various types of technical assistance, maintain open lines of communication with leaders regarding litigation specifics and developments, and clearly communicate community wants and needs and advocate on residents’ behalf to CEH’s attorneys. This position requires exceptional attention to detail, timely responsiveness, and compassionate understanding of community driven processes. The Community Health Cases Manager will be well connected, ideally holding strong existing relationships with California-based environmental justice organizations and networks through past or present work in this field. This individual will be supervised by the Director of the Illegal Toxic Threats Program. 

This is a mid-level, part-time (20-24 hours/week) position. It includes up to 30% time spent traveling in the State of California for meetings and convenings with community partners.  Salary range is $32,500-$45,000 dependent upon experience and FTE. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

Responsibilities in this role ebb and flow throughout the course of any given week, month, or year. At no time will the individual be conducting all of the below responsibilities at a single time, nor is this list exhaustive of all current and potential future responsibilities. 

  • Uphold and honor the Principles of Environmental Justice and the Jemez Principles of Democratic Organizing.
  • Learn and follow CEH’s Community Partner Protocol.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Consumer & Community Health Litigation, manage programmatic and administrative tasks of the Illegal Toxic Threats in Communities (ITT in Communities) Program. 
  • Schedule necessary meetings with affected community members, community based organizations, CEH’s legal counsel, and regulatory agencies (e.g. AQMD, DTSC, CARB, Water Board); as needed.
  • Communicate outreach progress and case development to the Director and ITT team. 
  • Ensure respectful collaboration with and inclusive participation of community leaders from initiation of a legal case through its conclusion. 
  • Conduct investigative research related to industrial sources of pollution for new potential casework. 
  • Create technical documents related to legal cases, including but not limited to: toxic chemical profiles (incorporating relevant information such as health effects and routes of exposure), air, soil, and/or water sampling protocols and summaries, lab result summaries,  etc. 
  • Organize community and organizational partner meetings to inform stakeholders about potential and ongoing cases. As needed, ensure these meetings have snacks and are facilitated in an inclusive manner (e.g. with a focus on language justice and accessibility for differently abled persons). Request support for these meetings from other CEH staff when necessary. 
  • Perform outreach in communities (this sometimes involves presenting at a community meeting, door-to-door knocking with residents.
  • Receive training to utilize an x-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzer, used for screening soil samples in-office. 
  • Maintain confidentiality of cases and stakeholders.
  • Upon request from community stakeholders, research and connect them to additional resources that may be needed which are not in CEH’s wheelhouse (e.g.  housing or immigrant rights legal aid).
  • Represent CEH at resident-led or CBO-led meetings, regulatory agency hearings,  working group meetings, and other meetings and convenings on toxic exposure issues in California.
  • In collaboration with CEH’s communication team, draft op-eds, press releases, action emails, and provide other communication support related to the work. 
  • Maintain detailed and accurate records of program-related data. 
  • Develop and manage evaluation methods for the capacity building and legal work performed by the ITT in Communities program. 
  • Assist in preparing funding reports for ITT in Communities Program.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Strong commitment to and understanding of social and environmental justice principles and history of professional work applications of a racial, environmental, and economic justice lens.
  • Experience working with disadvantaged and environmental justice communities as an organizer, advocate, community engagement specialist, or other community oriented role.
  • Compassionate and timely communication skills.
  • Strong attention to detail. 
  • Proficiency in using technologies like Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and Zoom (video conferencing service). 
  • On occasion,  the ability to work some weekend and evening hours for community engagement meetings.
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English.
  • California-based (Bay Area or Los Angeles).
  • Must hold a California Driver’s License.
  • Ability to travel 25-30% of the time, throughout the state of CA (mainly in Southern CA). 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Experience advocating on behalf of disadvantaged and environmental justice communities in regulatory forums and engaging local, regional, and state agencies.
  • Hold an existing network of professional allies and advocates to draw upon for expertise in pollution prevention, legal and policy analysis, toxicology, and exposure assessment
  • Experience with policy analysis, advocacy, and/or issue-based campaign planning experience. 
  • Background in toxic chemicals and chemical exposures work. 
  • Exceptional writing abilities.
  • Exceptional meeting facilitation skills.

To apply:

This position is open until filled. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply by March 30 for priority consideration. To apply, please send the following to Kaya Allan Sugerman at communityhealth@ceh.org, with the subject line: Community Health Cases Manager application.

  1. Cover letter describing your interest in the position and relevant experience/skills.  
  2. Resume; 
  3. Three professional references; and 
  4. 1-3 page writing sample.

Desired start date: May 1, 2020.

CEH is an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity or expression, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, age, ability, personal appearance, family responsibilities or national origin.