Executive Director

The Yale Center for Environmental Justice is a joint undertaking between Yale School of the Environment (YSE) and Yale Law School (YLS), in partnership with the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration (RITM). The Yale Center for Environmental Justice (YCEJ) is committed to strengthening institutional capacity to empower frontline communities to lead change by catalyzing partnerships and expanding interdisciplinary research, teaching, and practice in environmental justice. In addition, YCEJ promotes a more inclusive definition of environmental justice, recognizing the politics of lived experiences and interconnected systemic inequities that shape environmental inequality.

YCEJ brings this perspective to four priority areas: First, we explore ways to improve environmental decision-making using different disciplines to address areas of process failure. Second, we create opportunities for engaged research and experiential learning in partnership with local environmental justice groups. Third, we will enable explicit linkages to tribal nations in the United States and indigenous environmental groups globally to address environmental justice issues as they arise in this specific legal and policy context. Finally, we will advance just transitions in energy and food systems with a focus on the connection between clean energy, food security, and food sovereignty.

The YCEJ serves as a center of gravity for the different environmental justice initiatives at Yale through partnerships, programs, outreach, and convening. For example, YCEJ hosts events throughout the year including the annual Global Environmental Justice Conference. YCEJ’s partner-led fellowships and projects support Environmental Justice (EJ) career pathways, and organizations and institutions advancing EJ locally and on tribal lands. In collaboration with the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale (CBEY), YCEJ leads the Clean and Equitable Energy Development Program focused on developing clean energy justice curricula for the Financing and Deploying Clean Energy (FDCE) Certificate Program.

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Position Focus
The Yale Center for Environmental Justice (YCEJ) at the Yale School of the Environment (YSE) is seeking an inaugural Executive Director to lead the Center. The Executive Director will develop a strategic direction and organizational development in alignment with YCEJ’s commitment to strengthening institutional capacity to build power with frontline communities leading change. The successful candidate will have a network capable of catalyzing partnerships and shape Yale’s expanding interdisciplinary research, teaching, and practice in environmental justice. The Executive Director position also includes a strong teaching component. The Executive Director will grow and steward the Center’s budget, hire personnel, and put YCEJ’s vision for a collaborative and inclusive Center into practice. As the Center’s leader, the successful candidate will develop and sustain YCEJ’s programs at the highest level of excellence. This includes supervising the Clean and Equitable Energy Program (CEED) in partnership with the Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY).

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

Principal Responsibilities
Responsible for administration of the YCEJ organizational and program development, including leading the development of YCEJ’s strategic direction, fundraising, resource development, and priority research partnerships, public relations, strategic advocacy, outreach and communication, and supervision.

Durational position for 2.5 years, with extension possible. This is a grant funded position with an initial time horizon of 2.5 years.

Serve as primary coordinator and liaison for YCEJ for interdisciplinary research, teaching, and practice in environmental justice
Lead the collaborative development of a mission and vision for the Center
Develop and implement a strategic plan
Prepare and track budgets, monitor expenses
Manage staff and students as needed
Develop new and lead existing programs, building relationships and coordinating with Yale centers, schools, departments, faculty, advisory board members, funders, various administrative offices (i.e. admissions, career development) and other stakeholders across the university, as well as the Center’s broader networks
With the Faculty Director and Program Manager, engage faculty from across schools at Yale to develop innovative structures for interdisciplinary experiential learning
Develop and implement communications strategy and oversee maintenance of YCEJ’s website, newsletter, social media, and outreach materials
Act as a point of connection with EJ-related professional networks for student opportunities, partnership projects, and events
With YSE and the Yale Law School (YLS) development offices, plan and execute a strategy to raise funds for center activities, including grant writing
Act as a liaison with the YCEJ advisory board including the development and implementation of a board engagement strategy
Lead teaching component determined by candidate expertise, curricular needs, and faculty approval in collaboration with affiliated faculty and Program Manager
Strong preference for candidates with experience in Energy Justice, Tribal Resource Management and/or Community Based Participatory Research
Oversee events such as workshops, conferences, guest speakers
Required Education and Experience
Master’s Degree in environmental or other related field, terminal degree preferred. Minimum of 5 years of demonstrated expertise in the field of environmental justice or related fields.

Preferred Education and Experience
Experience growing organizations from the ground up, terminal degree preferred with strong preference for candidates with experience in Energy Justice,Tribal Resource Management or Community Based Participatory Research and partner-led intersectional justice projects.

Skills & Abilities
Experience developing a new organization from the ground up including experience facilitating the development of a mission and vision, experience with advisory board engagement, and establishing organizational structures.
Proven experience writing successful grants and fundraising
Proven collaborative leader who cultivates community and collaborative teams and acts with humility and curiosity as an advocate for others’ positions
Proven experience working diplomatically and collaboratively with diverse stakeholders to identify shared goals and mutual interests, develop new collaborations and promote interdisciplinary exchange
Experience with teaching and course development, preferably at the graduate level or comparable professional level, strong preference for expertise in Energy Justice, Tribal Resource Management, and/or Community Based Participatory Research methods

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