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Program Associate Position with Pacific Institute

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  • Christopher Lepe
    FYI November 27, 2006 posting Job Opening Community Strategies for Sustainability and Justice Program: Program Associate The Pacific
    Message 1 of 2 , Dec 12 9:32 PM

      November 27, 2006 posting


      Job Opening

      Community Strategies for Sustainability and Justice Program: Program Associate

      The Pacific Institute is seeking a new full-time Program Associate for the Community Strategies for Sustainability and Justice (CSSJ) Program. Founded in 1987 and based in Oakland, California, the Institute works to develop solutions to the related problems of environmental protection, economic development, and human health from the local to the international level. The CSSJ program was launched in 1995 to assist communities in addressing critical human health and environmental issues. Our program work includes community based participatory action research, technical and policy analysis, community education, and leadership development. Our goal is to empower community residents so that they can have a real say in their future. The target populations addressed through the program are low-income and people of color communities in California.

      Position Description

      The Institute is seeking an experienced Program Associate with a community / urban planning background who can lead our efforts in two main initiatives: 1) addressing the environmental and community health impacts of freight transport from a land use and planning perspective, and 2) developing a Neighborhood Indicators report for West Contra Costa County focused on environmental, economic, and community health issues. We seek an energetic, enthusiastic, organized person with strong analytical abilities, writing skills, and motivation. The Program Associate needs to be equally at home working with community residents, community and non-profit organizations, as well as with policymakers and regulatory agencies. Specific responsibilities will vary, but will include:
      • Develop and deliver workshops on city planning, freight transport, and environmental health in Oakland and Richmond
      • Help impact and develop local, regional, and statewide policies that protect the health of environmental justice communities affected by freight transport
      • Conduct research on community health, environmental quality, public safety, and related topics for a Neighborhood Indicators project for West Contra Costa County; locate data down to a census tract level
      • Develop capacity building trainings for local partner organizations that could include skills-based and issue-based trainings (for example: Presentation and public speaking skills and diesel pollution trainings)
      • Support community capacity-building, participatory research and alliance-building for West Contra Costa County Neighborhood Indicators project
      • Coordinate efforts to increase the integration of public health involvement in City of Oakland planning processes
      • Work with the Communications Director to prepare communications on research, including press releases and fact sheets
      • Present findings of the Institute¬ís research in public forums, including to the media
      • Explore fundraising initiatives for the Community Strategies Program and help with fundraising activities, and help prepare reports to foundations and donors


      • Masters degree in urban planning, environmental health, environmental science, public health, environmental engineering or related field, or equivalent experience
      • Background or experience integrating urban planning and environmental health issues are desirable
      • Bilingual in Spanish a strong plus
      • Experience with community-based participatory research and / or popular education is a plus
      • Excellent written and oral communications skills, strong interpersonal skills, and the demonstrated ability to work with a variety of people from diverse backgrounds, including our community partners, NGO partners, agencies, and elected officials
      • Ability to communicate and translate technical, scientific, or policy-related information to a lay audience
      • Strong understanding of and commitment to the environmental justice movement
      • Strong organizational skills, self-motivation, and a true enjoyment of managing multiple tasks at once
      • Strong policy and research skills
      • A team player who works well with others as well as independently
      • Excellent computer skills, including fluency with Word, Excel, Access database management, and the Internet
      • Familiarity with GIS and community mapping a plus

      Compensation and Benefits

      Compensation includes a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a generous benefits package that includes health, dental coverage, and retirement. Expected range is $36,000 to $40,000.

      Application Procedure

      Please send a cover letter, resume, a sample of your writing, and contact information for three references to: Swati Prakash at the Pacific Institute, 654 13th Street, Oakland, California 94612.
      Hard copy, faxes (510 251-2203), or email  (swati@...) are acceptable. No phone calls please.
      Ideal Start Date is January 2, 2006, but position is open until filled.
      Pacific Institute is an equal opportunity employer.
      People of color and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

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