Project Director

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $60,000.00
Maximum: $70,000.00




Santa Ana
United States


The Opportunity


Orange County Environmental Justice (OCEJ) and OCEJ Action are an affiliated pair of multi-cultural, multi-ethnic 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) environmental justice organizations that are developing grassroots leadership and advancing an environmental justice agenda in the ancestral homelands of the Acjachemen and Tongva Nations, now known as Orange County, California. Since their formation in 2016, OCEJ and OCEJ Action have: 

  • Canvassed and surveyed 4,000 people living in the Orange County communities that are most vulnerable to pollution and negative environmental impacts;
  • Produced an analysis of the most pressing environmental justice issues in our region as identified by these residents;
  • Organized a committee of resident leaders who want to get involved in environmental justice issues; and
  • Launched “Let’s Talk EJ,” a series of education and outreach events bringing together a broad community of activists and leaders who are concerned about environmental justice in Orange County.


At present, OCEJ and OCEJ Action are fiscally sponsored projects governed by an Advisory Board comprised of leaders with a strong commitment to environmental justice, knowledge of Orange County, and deep connections to local Latino and Asian American/Pacific Islander communities. 


OCEJ and OCEJ Action seek an experienced, highly motivated leader, organizer, and strategic thinker to serve as Project Director. The Project Director will work in close collaboration with the Advisory Board and other stakeholders to lead the development of the new organizations.




  • Develop and implement a large-scale grassroots outreach and civic participation program (field program) to engage low-income people of color in organizing, advocacy, and voting related to environmental issues that impact their lives.
  • Build strong coalitional relationships with organizational stakeholders and grassroots leaders, including representatives from local Latino Asian and Pacific Islander, and indigenous communities.
  • Develop and implement strategic campaigns to advance the project’s policy and organizing goals.
  • Develop and maintain a diverse and sustainable funding base for the project, including grant writing and reporting, grassroots fundraising, major donors, and special events.
  • Manage day-to-day operations of the project, including budget, record keeping, compliance, other administrative matters, and coordination with the fiscal sponsors.
  • Formulate and implement an organizational development plan resulting in the launch of a new 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and an affiliated 501(c)(4) social welfare organization.
  • Recruit, train, and supervise other project staff.
  • Support and coordinate with the OCEJ Advisory Board.




The ideal candidate has any combination of experience, training, and/or education that demonstrates:


  • Self-motivated with the ability to take initiative and to be a strong team player.
  • Excellent personal organization and time management skills.
  • Strong commitment to environmental justice and understanding of environmental issues that impact low-income communities of color.
  • Minimum five years of organizing experience in an environmental, labor, community, political, or faith-based context with demonstrated ability to organize using house visits or a similarly strong relational power building method.
  • Experience designing and utilizing popular education techniques and leadership development trainings.
  • Proven ability to run a successful field program, such as a large-scale canvass or get-out-the-vote campaign, including familiarity with a voter database such as VAN or PDI.
  • Bilingual in English and either Spanish or Vietnamese (or better yet, trilingual).
  • Cultural competence and emotional intelligence to support and promote a collaborative, multi-racial, multi-ethnic environment.
  • Outstanding interpersonal communications skills and love of people with a demonstrated ability to lead, inspire others to take leadership, build strong working relationships, and hold self and others accountable.


Terms of Employment


  • This is a full-time, exempt position.
  • Salary commensurate with nonprofit sector for job title and experience ($60,000 to $70,000).
  • Full family health benefits (medical, dental, and vision).
  • The position will require long and/or irregular hours of work, including evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable, insured means of transportation.
  • We may consider filling this position with two jobs, which could be part-time.


Full family health benefits (medical, dental, and vision).

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

  • Send cover letter and resume to the attention of Yenni Diaz, Project Director at Applications will only be accepted by email.
  • Application deadline: June 15, 2018. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and applicants are encouraged to submit their resume and cover letter as soon as possible.
  • Applicants who do not meet minimum requirements will not receive a response.
  • Exceptional experience in all areas is not a requirement for consideration.
  • Women and people of color are especially encouraged to apply.