The Cecil Corbin-Mark Fellowship for Environmental Justice Leadership

 

OVERVIEW
WE ACT for Environmental Justice is inviting applicants for the inaugural year of the Cecil Corbin-Mark Fellowship for Environmental Justice Leadership. Two applicants will be selected to work on environmental justice policy issues, and gain experience in community-based policy advocacy, legislative and regulatory drafting, policy research, and community engagement.

WE ACT is a non-profit environmental justice organization based in New York City that fights environmental racism and works to improve environmental health through community organizing, education, community-based research, and advocacy. Beginning as a volunteer organization in 1988 to fight local environmental health threats, WE ACT has grown into a New York and national environmental justice leader with offices in Northern Manhattan and Washington DC.

Cecil Corbin-Mark, WE ACT’s Deputy Director and a well-known and highly respected leader in the environmental justice movement, passed away on October 15, 2020 at the age of 51. He was a life-long resident of Hamilton Heights in Harlem, New York, where his family has lived for six decades. Cecil began his environmental justice career at WE ACT for Environmental Justice at the age of 25. He was the first paid staff person hired by the Harlem-based volunteer group when it became a formal non-profit organization. Over the next 26 years, Cecil grew to be one of the leading figures in the movement both in New York State and across the nation. At the time of his untimely passing, Cecil was WE ACT’s Deputy Director and Director of Policy Initiatives. In this capacity, Cecil helped develop and pass numerous environmental health related bills in New York City and New York State, provided overall policy guidance to WE ACT’s New York program staff, managed WE ACT’s Washington DC federal policy office and served as an informal mentor to aspiring environmental justice advocates across the country.

 

THE FELLOWSHIP
Through the new Cecil Corbin-Mark Fellowship for Environmental Justice Leadership, WE ACT is establishing a unique opportunity for young people to continue to follow in Cecil’s footsteps, and to launch them on a career path to become the next generation of environmental justice leaders. The WE ACT team believes that it is appropriate to honor Cecil in a way that: 1) increases the capacity of our organization to win climate justice victories; and 2) creates an ongoing  opportunity for talented young people to contribute to WE ACT’s campaigns for environmental justice. During this year-long fellowship, participants can expect to work on WE ACT campaigns alongside seasoned environmental justice leaders. Fellows will gain experience in EJ areas including environmental health, EJ policy, and community organizing. Fellows can also expect leadership development and learning opportunities throughout the program that will strengthen their professional skills, and deepen their understanding of the operations of a community-based advocacy organization. Fellows will also have access to networking opportunities with WE ACT stakeholders and allies. Detailed information about the types of campaigns Corbin-Mark Fellows can expect to be a part of can be found here.

In the Fellowship’s inaugural year, WE ACT will be hosting two fellows, with terms beginning in June 2022 and lasting one year. Selected applicants will work on environmental justice policy issues, and gain experience in community-based policy advocacy, legislative and regulatory drafting, policy research, and community engagement. Experience in environmental justice and/or environmental policy would be a significant plus; however, in selecting applicants we will also place value on applicants’ background in or connection to one or more environmental justice communities, as well as applicants’ passion for environmental justice policy work.

 

APPLICATION MATERIALS

Applications are now closed.

 

Key Application Dates

  • Application Opens – March 4, 2022
  • Application Closes – April 15, 2022 (5pm ET)
  • Interviews – April-May 2022
  • Notifications – Mid-May 2022
  • Start Date – June 2022

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Passionate interest in environmental justice – specifically policy, community organizing or environmental health
  • Be authorized to work in the US for the duration of the program
  • Have a bachelor’s, master’s, or law degree focused on environmental science/studies, environmental health, environmental justice, environmental policy or other related fields

and/or

  • Have demonstrated experience in environmental justice, policy, community organizing, environmental law, or environmental health

 

Project Knowledge, Skills, and Other Requirements

  • Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to work well with community members of color and/or low wealth
  • Ability to listen and synthesize information
  • Strong writing skills
  • Demonstrated experience or academic background in justice, policy, science, health, community organizing, and/or advocacy related areas
  • Ability to meet deadlines and take initiative to pursue work, assist others and resolve issues
  • Ability to put together workshops, webinars, and other educational meetings
  • Strong verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects at once
  • Highly organized, with strong attention to detail
  • Excellent time management and planning and proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to travel, including to Washington, DC and Albany, NY
  • Fellows will be based in our Harlem, NYC office and must be able to attend in-person events and work a combination of in-office and remote days on a weekly basis, according to WE ACT’s hybrid work policy

 

COMPENSATION
This program includes an annual salary of $70,000, plus benefits: medical, dental and vision, voluntary benefits, and pre-tax transit program.

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
WE ACT is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, women, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ communities.

 

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