Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

As the breadth of the Ecology Center’s work continues to increase, so has our need for visionary and creative leaders at all levels of engagement. Join our team in developing innovative solutions for healthy people and a healthy planet.

The Ecology Center is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage women, people of color, and people of all gender identities, sexual orientations, and cultural backgrounds to apply. Read our Statement of Values on Diversity and Inclusion.

Science and Health Senior Organizer

The Ecology Center seeks an innovative Science and Health Senior Organizer to direct environmental health campaigns at the Ecology Center, including our consumer product testing project, HealthyStuff.org, and our Health Leaders Fellowship program.  

Our ideal Science and Health Senior Organizer is a bright and creative campaigner with a background in the sciences and ability to understand scientific information and translate it to make it accessible to lay audiences.  The job will work with our environmental health team to develop campaign and science strategy for HealthyStuff.org, our Health Leaders Fellowship, and other campaigns at the Ecology Center.

The Ecology Center's HealthyStuff.org conducts independent scientific research on hazardous chemicals in materials and products.  The project develops applied analytic testing methods using its own internal lab and collaborates with researchers around the world.   Product test data, rankings, and reports are used to engage suppliers, manufacturers, retailers, consumers and policy makers on campaigns to change chemical policy. The Ecology Center’s Health Leaders Fellowship cultivates health professionals into advocates for health and the environment in the public policy arena, the clinical setting and in their communities. Fellows are provided with in-depth issue training on the intersection between health and the environment and civic engagement training and practice. 

This is a permanent full-time position at 40 hours per week and based out of the Ecology Center’s office in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Most work will be Monday-Friday between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm.


Founded in 1970, the Ecology Center works to develop innovative solutions for healthy people and a healthy planet. In recent years, the Ecology Center developed the country’s leading product-testing service for toxic chemicals; created a statewide Health Leaders Fellowship program; and led successful advocacy campaigns to expand transit service in southeast Michigan.  The Ecology Center is the parent organization of Recycle Ann Arbor, founded in 1977, which works to build zero waste communities through convenient and innovative services. The Ecology Center has offices in Ann Arbor and Detroit.

Duties and Responsibilities

Overall Project Management:

  • Ensure the conception and implementation of strategic program activities as needed.
  • Coordinate activities between Ecology Center & HealthyStuff.org and national environmental health campaign collaborators.
  • Recommend changes in strategy and tactics as necessary.
  • Monitor on an ongoing basis the needs of the programs and make strategic changes to the work as needed.

Campaign & Research Collaborations, Program Planning:

  • Build and maintain existing and new campaign and research collaborations
  • Coordinate and build relationships with academic researchers
  • Coordinate outreach and contracts with third party labs
  • Develop coordinated product testing plans and study designs to support market and policy campaigns
  • Take lead in networking and program planning for national market campaign collaborations
  • Work with Health Leaders Fellowship team to implement the toxics-focused activities of the program including the program orientation, lobby day, and practicum projects related to reducing exposure to toxic chemicals including lead, toxic flame retardants, phthalates, etc.

Project Management, Web & Testing Systems:

  • Oversee all HS web site maintenance, trouble shooting and new feature development
  • Coordinate any new web development
  • Oversee maintenance, operation, training, safety and regulatory compliance for analytical test instruments
  • Coordinate hiring, training and supervision of work study and interns
  • Develop work plans for interns
  • General coordination of HealthyStuff.org team


  • Regularly represent Ecology Center as a spokesperson with media, donors and the public
  • Develop and implement communications strategy with internal and external communications staff
  • Manage and respond to consumer and press inquiries
  • Assist in outreach for Health Leaders Fellowship and policy initiatives.


  • Maintain relationships with key funder networks
  • Work with development staff to recruit major donors
  • Develop new campaign strategies & related funding opportunities
  • Maintain program budgets
  • Write, review and/or edit grant proposals and reports
  • Foundation relations with grant officers

Minimum Qualifications

  • Five years experience working on NGO advocacy campaigns, and/or experience
  • Demonstrated experience managing teams Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Solid grasp of environmental issues pertaining to environmental health
  • Demonstrated commitment to social and environmental justice.
  • Minimum Masters degree in a related field.

Preferred experience

  • Two or more years of experience with data management and analysis, working knowledge of statistical programs like SPSS or Strata.

Salary and Benefits

Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience, with a generous benefits package including health, dental, FSA, 403(b), ongoing professional training, and growth opportunities. The office culture is upbeat, collaborative, and goal-oriented.        

To Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@ecocenter.org with “Science and Health Senior Organizer” in the email subject. Please include how you heard about the position.

Application Deadline

Please apply by January 23, 2017. Applications received by that date will be given priority, but we will continue to receive applications until the position is filled. Only selected applicants will be contacted and invited for an interview.



Our Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Ecology Center Statement of Values on Diversity and Inclusion

The Ecology Center works to develop innovative solutions for healthy people and a healthy planet. We are a dedicated community of individuals tackling the most pressing health and environmental issues of our time with integrity, persistence and science. Through our expert staff and over 40 years experience, we provide credible information, strategic action, and education on complex environmental issues.

A commitment to equity and fairness is a critical component of any healthy organization, and that equity must extend to issues of race and income.  Our organizational commitment to equity extends not only to internal practices and opportunities, but also to the way in which our organization interacts with our community, our region, and the world.  We embrace an explicit goal that our campaigns, priorities, and activities increase equality and justice for all people.  As we continue to grow and develop, we must embody principles of diversity, inclusion, and equity in order to remain vibrant and innovative and truly be the change that we wish to see in our communities and world.  

Diverse organizations are stronger, more resilient and more innovative.  Greater diversity will help us sustain a movement in which all voices are represented and in which all communities contribute to addressing the environmental issues that confront us now, and for generations to come.  On an individual and organizational level, diversity and inclusion are important values we will continue to  to build upon in the coming months and years in order to truly help build social justice and equity.

Our Diversity & Inclusion Committee is currently working to create a long term plan that will help us advance toward our goals, including:

  • building competency among staff, management, and board on issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity;
  • cultivating a culture of inclusion, learning and innovation in the organization; 
  • creating internal processes that will better nurture a more diverse staff and a more inclusive work atmosphere;
  • integrating these principles more fully into our programs and communications;
  • building relationships with diverse organizations and individuals that support these goals;
  • helping to promote and grow diversity and inclusion in the environmental movement as a whole.


Published on May 7, 2015

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