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Sisters in Control: Program Manager, Environmental Justice

Sisters in Control: 

Black Women for Wellness' Sisters in Control Reproductive Justice / Environmental Justice programs and the Healthy Hair Initiative surveys stylists and salon workers in Inglewood and South Los Angeles.

Position: Program Manager, Sisters in Control Reproductive Justice Environmental Justice

Supervisor: Sisters in Control Reproductive Justice Program Manager

Work Schedule: 40 hours/week FTE (Monday – Friday); nights and weekends as needed; Travel Required

Expected Hours: 15-20 hrs.

Status: Exempt

Education: College Degree in Chemistry, Environmental Science, Public Health or a related field.

Experience: Two to three years’ work experience

Salary Range: $57,800- $70,000

Job Summary:

The Program Manager for the Sisters in Control – Environmental Justice program primary focus is on developing and coordinating Black Women for Wellness’ environmental research projects with local beauty industry businesses and professionals.  

The Program Director job is to design program implementation strategies, collect data, engage with community, conduct outreach and represent the organization at key meetings and community events. This person wil supervise and manager the Environmental Justice Program Coordinator.

This position is ideal for a highly motivated individual who is a self-starter and requires minimal supervision, and who is committed to working with Black women around environmental health issues and promotion of the Healthy Hair Initiative.

Primary Responsibilities:

The Sisters in Control - Environmental Justice Program Manager primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

Supervision and Management

  • Supervise and Manage EJ Program coordinator
  • Conduct evaluation and job performance reviews

Advocacy and Policy

  • Participation with design, advocacy and implementation of Black Women for Wellness environmental justice policy agenda.
  • Provide advice on signing onto letters of support for environmental bills.
  • Participate in coalitions/co-sponsor meetings on environmental bills.
  • Develop related printed materials, factsheets.
  • Contribute to the development of messaging campaigns connected to policy efforts.
  • Contribute to Black Women for Wellness written policy agendas (environmental sections).
  • Support organizing community members to attend lobby days/legislative visits for environmental-related bills.
  • Develop and train volunteers as environmental justice advocates.

Community Outreach and Engagement 

  • Create flyers and other materials for outreach.
  • Create/distribute educational materials on Environmental Justice/toxics issues.
  • Conduct presentations, workshops and trainings about environmental toxic issues
  • Support the implementation of a strong internship program with federal and local agencies that support both students and the organization with moving an environmental justice agenda forward in California/south Los Angeles.
  • Seek and cultivate potential research partners (with local beauty industry businesses, managers, community members, research institutions, governmental agencies, and academics).

Community Building and Collaboration

  • Actively participate in coalitions and partnerships with academic institutions, research institutions, organizations, and boards in our environmental justice work (Coalitions).
  • Serve as the community liaison with academic institutions, research institutions, boards and coalitions that partner with Black Women for Wellness in our environmental justice work.
  • Develop and maintain professional contact/relationships with community leaders, community organizations, businesses, and elected officials around toxic chemical safety.
  • Ensure that collective decisions and plans are rooted in Black Women for Wellness Environmental Justice base and consider our communities concerns/ideas.
  • Develop and cultivate relationships with beauty professionals, stylists, and salon owners in South Los Angeles/Inglewood area.

Communications and Social Engagement

  • Create flyers and other materials for outreach.
  • Write op-eds on important Environmental Justice issues.
  • Create/distribute educational materials on Environmental Justice/toxics issues.
  • Develop educational campaigns.
  • Support instituting a strong social media presence via webinars, twitter chats, snapchat, Instagram and other social media combined with traditional media that promotes our environmental justice work.

Research and Knowledge Building

  • Stay updated on environmental toxic related issues.
  • Conduct community based research within communities of color.
  • Conduct both quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Participate with publication of journals, popular education and social media, abstracts to conferences and institutes on the environmental justice research and work of Black Women for Wellness.
  • Develop and coordinate Black Women for Wellness’ community-based environmental research projects.
  • Input with the submission of proposals and request for funding. 
  • Input with written reports on funded work 
  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative research in South Los Angeles area.
  • Survey outreach, facilitate focus groups, other data collection.
  • Record, transcribe, analyze and input data from research.
  • Develop factsheets, reports, and other materials from community-based research.

Administrative

  • Coordinate and handle administrative and logistical aspects of the program
  • Coordinate and record and document project data as requested by Policy Director and/or Executive Director
  • Track program expenses

Required Qualifications:

  • Requires Bachelor Degree in Public Health, Environmental Science, or other related field.
  • Requires two (2) to three (3) years of experience coordinating programs and providing educational workshops, presentations, and trainings.
  • Requires two (2) to three (3) years of experience conducting community based research within communities of color.
  • Requires two (2) to three (3) years of experience conducting both quantitative and qualitative research

Required Skills:

  • Must have outstanding oral and written communications skills, experience working with Black communities.
  • Ability and interest in working with communities of color around toxic chemicals in personal products.
  • Proficient with Microsoft office programs including: Word, Excel and PowerPoint, WordPress knowledge is plus.
  • Proficient with online media tools including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, WordPress and Tumblr.
  • Experience with databases (salesforce, etc. a plus).

Other Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Ability to relate to Black/African American communities as well as other diverse communities; Knowledge of south Los Angeles communities is a plus.
  • Has insights into the cultural and traditions of Black community especially those with relationship to research, personal care, hair and historical medical treatment.
  • Share Black Women for Wellness values and mission.
  • Flexible and responsive to new ideas and situations, and work respectfully with a diverse group.
  • Willing to travel throughout California, moderately and light national travel.
  • Available to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, as required
  • Able to work in a team-based environment, is effective at team building and able to utilize team resources productively and efficiently
  • Values accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Possesses a professional appearance and attitude, and strong work ethic.

Physical Requirements:

  • Able to walk 30 minutes at a time.
  • Should be able to carry up to 25 pounds (health education materials and tabling needs).
  • Must have a valid driver's license and a reliable means of transportation.

DISCLAIMER: This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts, requirements or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned.

How to Apply:

Candidates should email their resume to stephanierones@bwwla.com, with a subject heading including their name, job title of interest and desired salary. Please include a cover letter. BWW will contact you for an interview if BWW believes you may be a good fit.

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