Environmental Justice Manager

  • Clean Air Carolina
  • Charlotte, NC or The Triangle, NC
Full Time Marketing Nonprofit Program Management OTHER Community Services

Job Description

Clean Air Carolina (CAC) is a statewide advocacy organization working since 2003 for cleaner air and solutions to climate change. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina with a satellite office in the Research Triangle Park, CAC uses a broad range of educational and advocacy programs to achieve its mission: to advocate for the health of all North Carolinians by pursuing equitable and collaborative solutions that address climate change and air pollution.

Air pollution and climate change disproportionately impact the health of communities of color, low-income residents, and indigenous people. We work with these communities to address environmental justice issues and are now hiring an Environmental Justice (EJ) Manager to lead this work. We are an inclusive workplace that values diversity and equity. The position can be based in Charlotte or in the Triangle.


The EJ Manager is responsible for building and maintaining partnerships with environmental justice communities working on air and climate issues in both urban and rural areas. The manager will create relationships with affected communities and provide technical assistance, training, and other capacity-building services to advance equitable health outcomes for those most vulnerable to the impacts of pollution.


  • Oversees the development of our equitable air permitting campaign engaging environmental justice communities, health leaders, the faith community and other advocates to address the serious health concerns about the cumulative impacts of pollution 
  • Leads our partnership with AirKeepers working to create the Historic West End Green District in Charlotte
  • Acts as a liaison with academic and research institutions, nonprofit organizations, government, and others that partner with CAC in our environmental justice work
  • Works alongside Policy, Health, and Citizen Science managers to prioritize needs and engagement of environmental justice communities 
  • Supports the development of educational materials, events, and advocacy training to raise awareness about the link between air pollution and chronic disease
  • Builds EJ program’s capacity through supervising and supporting a growing network of volunteers and interns


  • Commitment to CAC’s mission, respect for the work of our nonprofit partners, and commitment to providing exemplary service to the community
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with staff, board, and stakeholders
  • Exercises the ability to problem-solve, skillfully organize, and effectively multi-task
  • Demonstrates ability to work effectively in stressful situations and address conflict in a productive way
  • Ability to work cooperatively in a high-volume, fast-paced environment, and work well under pressure
  • Must be able to work in a multi-cultural/multi-ethnic environment
  • Must be able to maintain confidences and handle highly confidential information
  • Must perform in a professional manner at all times


Critical Skills/Experience

  • Experience advocating for social, economic, or environmental justice
  • Experience with and knowledge of constituencies most impacted by environmental injustice
  • 3-5 years of work experience in a nonprofit or community organizing setting
  • Experience with local governing bodies and/or a state legislature
  • Strong writing and public speaking skills

Preferred Skills/Experience

  • Experience with one or a combination of the following work areas: equity, civil rights, social justice, environmental justice, climate justice, or energy justice
  • Strong anti-racist and equity background in health, environmental, and/or climate justice
  • Environmental, social sciences, or health degree

The above duties or working procedures describe the chief function of the job and are not considered to be a detailed description of every duty of the job. Clean Air Carolina requires a background check for all positions.


The work environment requires someone that is a self-starter, confident, responsible, reliable, enthusiastic, and goal-oriented. The individual must be flexible in a rapidly-changing work environment and work well independently and as part of a team.


This is an outstanding opportunity to lead a pioneering nonprofit’s environmental justice efforts. This full-time (40 hours per week) position requires occasional evening meetings, weekend work, and overnight travel. This position is eligible for CAC’s full benefit package including medical/dental/vision/life insurance coverage, 403(b) plan, mobile phone stipend, generous paid time off (PTO), parental leave, and nine (9) paid holidays. CAC employees also benefit from ongoing professional development opportunities.

This position can be based in our Charlotte or Triangle office (Durham, NC), but is remote during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Only online applications received by May 19, 2021, 11:59pm will be accepted. Women, BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ are encouraged to apply. CAC is seeking to cultivate a diverse team that is reflective of the population of North Carolina.

For questions about this position, please email gerald@cleanaircarolina.org. No phone calls.

To learn more about Clean Air Carolina, please visit our website at www.cleanaircarolina.org.

Clean Air Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We are committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourage applications from candidates of color. We do not discriminate on the basis of ethnic group identification, race, color, language, accent, ancestry, national origin, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, medical condition, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and needs of the organization.


Business Development, General Business, Project Management


48,000 to 55,000