Climate Justice Associate

  • Full Time
  • Portland
  • June 25, 2023

Website CEP2U Community Energy Project

The Climate Justice Associate is a key member of CEP’s advocacy and policy program focused on energy justice, climate justice and green and healthy homes. We directly work with the Oregon Public Utility Commission, utilities, state, county and city agencies and other policy arenas. CEP works frequently with other environmental justice stakeholders around rulemaking, bills, and program design with a strong equity lens for frontline communities. The position coordinates efforts between multiple staff and board; will draft policy documents and public comments; and represent CEP in stakeholder groups. Finally, this position will support the board and Executive Director as needed. 



Advocacy and Policy Development (60%) 

1. Support development and updating of CEP advocacy policy, guidelines and rules

2. Help draft CEP public comments, letters and other communications 

3. Write copy for advocacy communications and marketing materials 

4. Research and track policy issues in energy justice, climate justice and housing

5. Support efforts to set yearly policy agenda with other staff and board 

6. Represent CEP in advocacy efforts with partners, stakeholders and government agencies 

7. Provide administrative support for advocacy program 

  • Prepare for events, meetings and travel 
  • Schedule internal and external meetings 
  • Coordinate advocacy efforts and create a master calendar for organization and other staff 
  • Write program reports and track deliverables 


Internal and External Engagement (30%) 

1. Coordinating stakeholder sessions with EJ organizations 

2. Working cross-departmentally with other teams 

  • Write copy for advocacy communications and marketing materials 
  • Learn technical information on topics such as energy efficiency
  • Engage directly with clients 

3. Develop and implement community engagement opportunities such as listening sessions, surveys, client interviews, etc. 


Office Administration and Board Coordination (10%) 

1. Provide assistance to the Executive Director for advocacy efforts and public presentations

2. Provide support to the Board of Directors by preparing board packets, scheduling the meetings, and taking minutes 

3. Other duties as assigned 



1. Minimum Bachelor’s Degree required, or five years’ experience in a nonprofit setting.

2. Prior experience in public policy or advocacy development. Work in energy policy, environmental policy or climate policy is highly desirable. 

3. Strong writing and editing skills for policy papers, public comments, and communications.

4. Motivated and analytical self-starter who is highly organized, creative, and solutions-oriented. 

5. Strong administrative skills and attention to details. 

6. First-rate critical thinking, problem solving, and time management skills are an absolute must

7. Excellent interpersonal skills—able to manage and communicate effectively with diverse individuals and groups of people in a variety of manners. 

8. Experience working with Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. 

9. Presentation skills highly desirable. 

10. Strong interest in environmental & social justice issues and community development. 

11. Demonstrated personal or professional experience with culturally-informed services to diverse and traditionally underserved groups (e.g. BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, low-income) is highly desirable.


Benefits: CEP is proud to offer a robust benefits package that includes paying 100% of the monthly premium for employee-only health care coverage. CEP also matches up to 3% of the employee’s contribution to their 403 (b).  We offer 10 days of vacation time off per year, 12 days of sick time per year, 11 days of paid time off for nationally recognized holidays, as well as paid days between Christmas and New Years Eve. Eight weeks paid sabbatical at six years. 

Statement of Inclusion: Community Energy Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Community Energy Project values and operates by a policy of inclusion, providing equal opportunity to all persons regardless of their protected status, including race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and/or any other class determined by law.

To Apply: Send resume and cover letter to Donovan James at [email protected] by Jun 25, 2023 

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