Bilingual (Spanish-Fluent) Health & Justice Organizer - AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina

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January 23, 2021

Seeking a Bilingual (Spanish-Fluent)

Health & Justice Organizer
 

Join the movement to advance environmental health and justice in North Carolina!

The Health and Justice Organizer provides education and outreach to protect communities from
harmful pesticides and chemicals, especially children and farmworkers on the frontlines of
agriculture. Through digital communications, and direct outreach and organizing, the organizer is
responsible for sharing information about the health impacts of pesticides, supporting efforts to
strengthen protections, and building community participation in advocacy for reform.

Position Requirements

The ideal candidate speaks Spanish with native fluency, loves working with people, brings strong
organizing and communication skills, has relationships with pesticide-impacted communities, and is
rooted in the principles of environmental justice. We’re looking for:
Demonstrated experience in community organizing or outreach.
Spanish and English fluency (written and verbal) required.
An ability to learn and explain simple principles of agriculture and science.
Knowledge of agriculture, farmworker issues, and/or environmental health. A background in
science or public health is very helpful.
Experience working with immigrant communities, and comfort working in the rural south.
Experience in training, facilitation, or popular education is helpful.
A flexible schedule - late hours and some weekends required during the agricultural season.
Some digital and print communications skills, with proficiency in office software and social
media.
Experience independently managing projects with successful and measurable results.
A deep understanding of systemic health disparities and a commitment to addressing the
intersectional injustices of agrochemical pollution.

Responsibilities

Community Outreach and Organizing
Build statewide participation in health and justice campaigns, with a focus on farmworkers
and impacted communities.
Seasonally provide education and resources on pesticide safety and workplace rights to
farmworkers and families, advocates, and growers.
Give presentations and organize workshops and events about pesticide impacts,
environmental health and justice, and healthy solutions.
Build community leadership, skills, and confidence for advocacy.
Strengthen relationships with coalitions and agencies that serve at-risk communities
(especially farmworkers and child care institutions) and explore opportunities for
collaboration.
Serve as a resource on the health impacts of pesticide exposure and stay up-to-date on the
latest research and news.
Communications
Strengthen Toxic Free NC communications and messaging, and develop digital and print
resources (factsheets, social media, newsletters, and website) on NC environmental health
issues and campaigns, amplify voices of impacted communities, and engage decision-makers
and statewide constituents to build power for change.
Increase Spanish-language materials and test strategies to expand reach in NC Latinx
communities
Manage media relations with NC Spanish-language press; write press releases, and ensure
that information reaches target audiences.

Additionally: Collaborate with other members of staff on programs, advocacy, and organizational
initiatives to advance the mission of the organization.

This is a full time (40 hours/week) position with paid vacation, holidays, and health and dental
benefits . This position is based at Toxic Free NC; however, ten hours per week will support
farmworker outreach efforts at the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry, as a means to increase
farmworker participation in health and justice campaigns and initiatives. The salary range,
commensurate with experience, is $40 – 45K . A flexible schedule is required, including some
weekend and evening hours, especially during the agricultural season (March – September). Toxic
Free NC is based in downtown Durham; but is currently operating remotely due to Covid-19. The
Episcopal Farmworker Ministry is based in Dunn, NC. The job requires access to a vehicle and a valid
driver’s license. An EFWM vehicle will be available for outreach from Dunn (1 -2 times/week) during
the agricultural season. This position is cross-posted as Health & Justice Outreach Manager.

We want you !

Toxic Free North Carolina is an equal-opportunity employer committed to creating an inclusive and
anti-racist working environment. Women, people of color, and especially those with personal
connections to communities impacted by pesticides are strongly encouraged to apply.

TO APPLY:

Please submit a cover letter, résumé, contact information for three references, and a writing sample
to jobs@toxicfreenc.org with the subject line “Health and Justice Organizer” Applications will be
reviewed starting January 25 . No phone calls, please.

About Toxic Free NC

Toxic Free NC has been fighting pesticide pollution since 1986. We advance environmental health and
justice in North Carolina by advocating for safe alternatives to harmful pesticides and toxic chemicals
used in agriculture and consumer products. Through policy advocacy, engagement, and programs,
our focus is to serve communities across the state, especially farmworkers, children, and those most
impacted by pesticide pollution. Come join our small and mighty team!

About Episcopal Farmworker Ministry

Episcopal Farmworker Ministry responds to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of migrant
and seasonal farmworkers and their families, and actively supports opportunities for them to become
self-directive. We seek to minister to farmworkers in three principal ways: through direct services;
through development and support of programs that work towards the empowerment of
farmworkers; and by encouraging leadership development, advocacy, and education aimed toward a
systemic change of agricultural policy at local and state levels.