Employment Opportunities

As the Ecology Center's work continues to broaden and expand, so does our need for visionary and creative leadership throughout our organization. Join us in developing innovative solutions for healthy people and a healthy planet. 

The Ecology Center is an equal opportunity employer. We actively encourage women, people of color, people of all gender identities, sexual orientations, and cultural backgrounds to apply. 
 

Current Job Opportunities

Toxics Campaign Director

The Ecology Center seeks an innovative Toxics Campaign Director to direct environmental health campaigns at the Ecology Center, including our work to prevent and clean up contamination of per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in Michigan, and our national market-based campaigns with our team at HealthyStuff Labs.

Our ideal Toxics Campaign Director is a bright and creative campaigner with an 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 lead campaign strategy development and implementation for the PFAS Action Network and HealthyStuff Labs.

The Toxics Campaign Director will work with the environmental health team to plan and execute the Ecology Center’s policy, education, environmental justice, and advocacy campaigns related to toxic chemicals and human health. This position will focus 60% of its time on Michigan focused PFAS campaign activities and leading the newly formed PFAS collaboration between PFAS-impacted communities and environmental organizations in MI and across the Great Lakes region. This person will spend 40% of their time focused on national public policy and market campaigns related to but not limited to PFAS. The campaign director will have broad experience and enjoy developing and running public policy and/or market campaigns. They will exhibit a good understanding of scientific concepts and have experience in building diverse coalitions that center the needs of impacted community members.  

This is a permanent full-time position at 40 hours per week, the position is currently remote with an option to remain remote or to be based out of the Ecology Center’s offices in Ann Arbor or Detroit, Michigan in the future. 

Organization
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
Coalition and Project Management

  • Develop innovative environmental health campaigns which incorporate the perspectives of multiple communities, including communities of color, and build campaign coalitions with organizations from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Provide MI PFAS Network coalition leadership through administrative support, strategic planning, and campaign activities.
  • Serve on relevant coalitions and steering committees at the state and national level. 
  • Lead, project-manage, and assist with the development of programs including marketing, promotion, and recruitment efforts. 

Advocacy and Communications activities

  • Regularly represent Ecology Center as a spokesperson with media, donors, and the public
  • Provide lawmakers with model legislation and resources on toxics policy; lobby on issues as needed.
  • Develop and implement program communications and e-communications plans with state and national partners.
  • Assist with the development of new study designs to support market campaigns, and state and national policy campaigns
  • Assist with networking and program planning for national toxics market campaign collaborations.
  • Assist with the coordination of activities between the Ecology Center and the Healthy Stuff lab, and national environmental health campaign collaborators. Assist with prospecting, renewing, and writing grants and associated reports. 

Qualifications

  • Prior experience with public policy and/or market campaigns and strategic planning and strong strategic planning and program implementation skills.
  • Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Community organizing experience and a track record of cultural competency. 
  • Knowledge of how to build a diverse, inclusive coalition that focuses on its goals through an equity lens;
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills with the ability to persuade diverse groups of people. 
  • Eagerness to learn about new topics, ideas, and campaigns and a strong curiosity about science and the impact of chemicals on human health.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and conflict management skills;
  • Ability to collaboratively move a project forward through organizational and political barriers;
  • Ability to work with political and business leaders across the ideological spectrum;
  • An understanding of the concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities.

Salary and Benefits
Salary will range from $52,000 - $62,000 and is commensurate with experience. The Ecology Center’s benefits package is generous including health, dental, FSA, 403(b), ongoing professional training, four weeks of vacation to start, 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 “Toxics Campaign Director” in the email subject. Please include how you heard about the position.

Diversity and Inclusion
The Ecology Center is committed to diversity and inclusion in our internal practices and opportunities, and in how we fulfill our mission of working for healthy people and a healthy planet. For more about our values and work in this area, see the Ecology Center Statement of Values on Diversity and Inclusion. The Ecology Center is an equal opportunity employer.

Application Deadline
Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Please send applications by March 22, 2021. 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

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 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 build upon in the coming months and years 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 our goals, including:

  • Building our competence 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