The Just Transition Organizer is a new position for the organization, and reflects an expansion of our work to re-orient philanthropic resources to be aligned with social justice movement priorities. From 2015-2019, Justice Funders coordinated two Community and Funder Collaboratives to successfully move more than $1.5 million in grants to Bay Rising and Lift Up Contra Costa, two regional civic engagement alliances comprised of frontline groups that are organizing and building power in marginalized communities to advance systemic change for racial and economic justice.
With the growing number of social justice groups and alliances that are situating their organizing work within the Just Transition framework, there are new opportunities for aligning philanthropic resources to support local, place-based projects that are experimenting with true alternatives to our extractive, capitalist economic system by building local, regenerative economies that transfer wealth and economic power to low-income communities of color. One such formation is the Richmond Our Power Coalition (ROPC), with whom Justice Funders is partnering to promote Just Transition vision, values and projects to philanthropic communities in the Bay Area and nationally.
Through support from the Chorus Foundation and other philanthropies, Justice Funders has secured funding for the first year to advance this work. Sustaining this work in subsequent years will require this position to fundraise for their salary & programmatic expenses. There are a few responsibilities of this position that will require interfacing with the Chorus Foundation and their network officers in other regions.
Specifically, this role will be responsible for (1) amplifying the vision and values of the Just Transition framework within philanthropy; (2) elevating the priorities of the Richmond Our Power Coalition within philanthropy; (3) aligning philanthropic resources with the strategy set forward by ROPC; (4) facilitating participatory/democratic grantmaking processes of resources stewarded by the ROPC; and (5) working with Justice Funders Development team to ensure that the Just Transition Organizer’s work can be sustained.
The Just Transition Organizer will join a staff team of 9 people based in the Bay Area and 1 person based on the East Coast. The location for this role would be in the Bay Area. This position will be accountable to co-created work plans that they develop with the ROPC, work in coordination with the Chorus Foundation’s network organizers, and report to the Executive Director of Justice Funders.