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Clean Air is Hiring A Community Organizer

Clean Air; Organizing for Health and Justice is a membership based environmental justice organization that builds power by developing grassroots leaders who organize their communities to run and win Environmental Justice and public health campaigns in Western New York. Clean Air currently has over 200 dues paying members in working class communities and communities of color disproportionally impacted by environmental pollution and disinvestment.

In light of the current federal administration and shifting energy economy, the need to build power and resilience in communities historically cut out of decision making is more urgent than ever. Without the leadership and direction by communities most affected by injustice, policies and practices are often ineffective. Clean Air’s just transition organizing and environmental justice/labor partnerships have been highlighted as a national model by Grist, Bill Moyers, and Mother Jones. We see both the successful decommissioning and remediation of our coal plant, and the public investment in renewable generation as organizing opportunities to build power, advance climate justice, and demonstrate real life solutions to our changing energy economy.

The Position:

The main responsibility of this position is to establish a new, member led, campaign team to address equitable public investment, and job creation in the renewable energy sector in Western New York.  The community organizer will work in predominantly working class communities and communities of color in the City of Buffalo and the Tonawandas to build and support member organizing teams. The organizer will identify leaders through canvassing, one on one relationship building, and community meetings. The organizer will build the capacity of team member’s leadership and organizing abilities. The organizer will develop and facilitate community trainings to build leadership capacity of members, lead member teams through campaign planning and support members during campaign execution. This position is an opportunity to be involved at the ground floor on Clean Air’s newest campaign, and build the inaugural  team to work to advance environmental and economic justice in Western New York.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Establish a campaign team to work at the intersections of race, class and economic and environmental justice
  • Identify leaders through canvassing and community meetings
  • Conduct one on one  meetings with residents/leaders
  • Collaborate with Clean Air staff and members to develop curriculum and execute leadership development workshops that align with the needs of the campaign. The goal is to develop leaders who have the knowledge, skills, and self-interest to build power.
  • Collaborate in joint visioning,  organizing meetings, and actions with organized labor and clergy groups
  • Coordinate and facilitate community meetings, trainings and strategy sessions
  • Work with Clean Air staff and members to support  and align the work of an ongoing campaign team organizing for a just energy transition
  • Collaborate with staff and members to continue to grow a culture of fundraising within the organization. Fundraising responsibilities include member recruitment and occasional special events support


  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build genuine, long-term relationships that move leaders to action
  • Experience establishing and developing campaign teams and supporting member lead decisions and actions
  • Demonstrates the ability to work across lines of difference, with a nuanced understanding of systemic oppressions race/ class/ gender/ ability.
  • Active listener, with experience in group decision making processes
  • Access to reliable transportation, meaning the ability to get to many neighborhoods in  City of Buffalo and to and from the Tonawanda’s – sometimes multiple times a day
  • Experience organizing in communities of color
  • Flexibility to work one or two evenings a week, and occasionally (once a month) on weekends

Compensation and Benefits

  • This is a part-time, exempt position with potential opportunity to go full time. Working 20 hours a week, starting $20 an hour. This position is currently for 1 year, with the potential of being permanent depending on funding.
  • We provide full medical and dental insurance.
  • We provide paid time off, opportunities for professional development and a fairly flexible schedule.
  • This job offers an opportunity to be on the cutting edge of equity and community organizing work. You will be challenged often, pushed to the limit, learn a bunch, have a lot of fun, work along a small and close team dedicated to building power, be frustrated on occasion and inspired frequently.

Our Hiring Process and Timeline

  • We will review applications on a rolling basis until August 27th.
  • We will begin scheduling interviews August 13th.
  • If you are invited for an in-person interview, we will ask for a work sample relevant to this position (a process you created, a writing sample, or other relevant materials), and the contact information for 3 references (1 supervisory reference and two peers).
  • We would like the selected candidate to start mid-September.

Clean Air is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages People of Color, women, femme- identifying, those with working- class backgrounds, LGBTQIA  individuals and those with disabilities to apply.

Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to with the email subject “Organizing Position”. Describe in your cover letter why you are interested in working with us and how your experience matches with our needs. If you would like to speak with someone regarding this position, please call Rebecca at 716-852-3813.

Internship Opportunities

Internship Overview
The Clean Air Coalition is a grassroots environmental health and justice organization based in Buffalo, New York. It works to build power by developing grassroots leaders who run and win campaigns that advance environmental justice and public health in the region. The Clean Air Coalition envisions a world where our environment promotes health and equity and where communities are actively engaged in decisions that impact their lives.

We seek interns to help with our organizing, community-based research, and development. All internships include some operations and administrative work. The Clean Air Coalition’s internships are ideal for highly motivated individuals looking to deepen and practice their skills engaging community leaders in solving environmental health and justice organizations.

Our interns work out of our Buffalo office. The Winter/Spring placements start in January and ends in May. Summer interns begin in June and end in August and the fall interns begin in September and end in December (exact dates are flexible). Internship hours may require attendance of evenings and/or weekend community events and neighborhood meetings.

The Coalition accepts two interns per semester. Internship goals are set between the intern and their supervisor based on the needs of the organization and the interests of the intern. Past intern projects include producing a report on toxic releases and worker exposures in Tonawanda, developing educational materials on how Erie County government passes laws, publishing a report on Tier 2 compliance in Erie County, making recommendations to improve the Coalition’s brand and identifying national foundations interested in supporting the Coalition’s work.

Current Internship Needs:
The Coalition is currently seeking interns to work on projects in the following areas:
PB Research Analyst: This project will focus on the first Participatory Budgeting (PB) process in the City of Buffalo. Intern will become familiar with best practices PB nationally and worldwide, support implication of PB in Buffalo and synthesize data collected and create visual reporting documents.
Political Education and Research Projects: Will include creating popular education documents on local municipalities that govern our organizing areas, tracking decision makers through and researching and developing popular education materials.
Development: Interns will work closely with Executive Director and Development Coordinator. Projects will include providing assistance on special event planning and execution; conducting research on major donor prospects and foundations; produce support for the board retreat, annual dinner and several targeted direct mail appeals.

The ideal candidates will have:
• Ability to work independently
• Strong interest in social justice, participatory democracy, environmental justice or non-profit management
• Strong communication, writing, and organizational skills
• Experience or interest working with non-profit organizations
• Strong skills working with Microsoft Office, Google Drive, Constant Contact, SalesForce
• Research experience, in or out of the classroom, on issues related to public policy, participatory democracy, public health, urban planning, environmental justice, spanish language, or development
• Bilingual in Spanish candidates highly encouraged to apply

We strongly encourage applications from people of color, women, and LGBTQ individuals. The internship is unpaid, though it may lead to paid work depending on the intern’s performance and available resources. For more information, visit our website at

To apply, send a letter of interest, resume, and work sample (e.g. a brochure, flyer, powerpoint presentation, report, info sheet) to