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  • Title: Environmental Justice Fellow

  • Status: Regular,Full-time

  • Timeline: 5-month fellowship, positions beginning in mid-January

  • Benefits: health care benefits through our partners at Climate CorpsFellows

  • Reports to: PAALF Executive Director Location: Portland, Oregon


The Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF), a sponsored project of Self Enhancement Inc (SEI) is seeking a Climate Associate to support our Environmental & Climate Justice Program.

The program supports policies that advance environmental protections in Oregon that provide economic and social benefit to communities of African descent. Specific near-term program objectives include building capacity in communities of African descent to advance climate solutions; environmental protections; access to the clean energy economy; shifting discourses that centralize the voices of those most impacted by environmental injustice and climate change, and strengthening relationships between environmental organizations and the black community.

The successful candidate will be able to support the PAALF’s vision of built civic skills in the Black community to act and lead on environmental issues, and the presence of a strong social movement in Oregon for environmental and climate justice.


The mission of the PAALF is to helps our Black community imagine the alternatives we deserve and build our political participation and leadership to achieve those alternatives. For more information, please visit https://www.paalf.org.


  • Support the development and maintenance of collaborative relationships with PAALF members, partners, key interest groups and individuals, including policymakers.

  • Coordinate and educate PAALF members regarding the environment and climate action issues and policy.

  • Coordinate with staff to align our organizing projects and campaigns with our local and statewide policy advocacy plan, the 2017 PAALF People’s Plan and PAALF’s Ecology Strategic Action Plan.

  • Support the maintain PAALF’s environmental digital forum.

  • Educates and engages PAALF members through website communications, fact sheets, articles in PAALF’s e-newsletter, personal interactions and other communications.

  • Represents PAALF at public and community events.


The skills most sought by the PAALF for this Fellowship are a strong work ethic and demonstrate an ability to apply environmental justice to public policy. Our selected Fellow will have an understanding of, and experience working with, diverse populations, specifically Black, African American, and African communities and a proven ability to bring stakeholders together around shared visions and work strategically to secure policy changes and other program objectives. Supplementary skills that will benefit competitive candidates includes a gift for writing and speaking in a clear and compelling fashion, strong organizational skills, good knowledge of the principles of climate change, and self-motivated.


This position is similar to AmeriCorps. Full-time at 40 hours a week. We recognize paid holidays per calendar year. We provide a monthly stipend of $2,000 and an additional $50.00/month transportation stipend. Health benefits are provided through our partner Climate CorpsFellows


Please apply via our partners website at https://fm.seiinc.org/fmi/webd/ClimateCorps?homeurl=https://www.climate-corps.org/ . No phone calls, please. If you have any questions please email info@paalf.org. We will begin reviewing applications in December 2018, but the position will remain open till filled. All applicants will be notified once a hiring decision has been made. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Imagine your job bringing smiles filled with hope and potential to a student’s face – every day! Self Enhancement offers you the opportunity to affect the lives of students, their families and the community on a daily basis through our exciting job opportunities and the professional development we promote.

The Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF), a Sponsored Project of Self Enhancement, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.