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  • Full Time
  • St. Louis City
  • Salary: $20/hour
  • Organization Type: Environment/Park/Animals

Missouri Coalition for the Environment

Policy Coordinator

June 27, 2024

Organization Background

Founded in 1969, the Missouri Coalition for the Environment (MCE) is Missouri’s independent citizens’ environmental organization for clean water, clean air, clean energy, and a healthy environment. We envision a future where the people of Missouri, regardless of race, income, or geography, live in and demand a clean, safe, and protected environment, now and for generations to come. We work to achieve this vision through our mission of educating, organizing, and advocating in defense of Missouri’s people and their environment.

Our values, listed below, direct the mission-driven activities we undertake to achieve our vision.

Collaboration – We learn from, nurture, and support other organizations and individuals working for environmental justice and protections. We recognize that we are stronger together.

Equity and Inclusion – We are committed to being inclusive in our work with partners, geographies, communities, and one another, and celebrate the contributions of our staff, supporters, partners, and volunteers. We acknowledge historical inequities and make intentional efforts to dismantle racist and other unjust systems.

Integrity – Our actions reflect our vision, our mission, and our values. We commit to continual learning, evaluation, reflection, and growth. The information we provide is accurate, reliable, factual, and science-based.

Sustainability – We are devoted to the environment because people are a part of nature and reliant on its biodiversity, stable climate, and unpolluted habitats for our survival.

Tenacity – We relentlessly champion the protection of Missouri’s people and their environment.

Position Overview

The Policy Coordinator reports directly to the Policy Director and is a key member of MCE’s committed, enthusiastic, and driven team that works to make a significant and lasting impact in the lives of Missourians and the environments in which they live, work, and play through policy advocacy. The Policy Coordinator is responsible for helping to create and advance MCE’s policy agenda with other members of the Policy team, and communicating with MCE members, partners, allies, policymakers, and other decision makers about MCE’s policy advocacy work.

In prioritizing both proactive and reactive policy advocacy activities, the Policy Coordinator must factor in decision making whether a policy being considered has the ability to advance or hinder racial equity for communities in Missouri. A large portion of the work will be to help develop and then advocate for an Extreme Urban Heat Action Plan for the City of St. Louis that will include policy changes for city departments, city ordinances, and potentially state legislation. However, there will be other activities and issues to address and this work must always be centered around people and environmental justice.

This position will be 30 hours per week. There is a potential to increase to 40 hours per week, if desirable by the employee and if other funding and projects become available.

Duties and Responsibilities

Partner with the MCE’s Leadership Team (Executive Director, Policy Director, and Development Director) to inform our policy work, educate Leadership Team on relevant issues, and position MCE as a thought leader in our field
Work with Policy Director and other Policy Staff to inform MCE’s policy agenda
Analyze draft legislation, regulations, and proposed permits related to MCE’s policy priorities, as directed by Policy Director
Conduct government document review, including submitting Freedom of Information Act and Missouri Sunshine Law requests, as needed
Collect, organize, and analyze data from government agencies, science-based organizations, and citizen science projects to inform our policy agenda, as needed
Identify, develop, and nurture relationships with partners, ally organizations, and policymakers to advance MCE’s policy priorities; participate in, build, and (co)lead coalitions as needed
Develop (with support from Policy Director and communications team) blogs, e-alerts, social media content, and other electronic communication materials on issues relevant to MCE’s policy priorities
Coordinate educational events for MCE members, funders, and members of other coalitions we (co)lead to understand the current policy issues MCE is working on and the roles they can play in the effort
Serve as a spokesperson on relevant policy issues and representing MCE at a variety of public events and forums
Work with MCE’s Outreach and Development team to execute cross-departmental activities that empower communities with policy priorities that align with MCE to effectively advocate for their desired policy change.
Execute other policy-and advocacy-related tasks as identified
Work with Policy Director, other Policy staff and Policy interns to translate academic research into policy briefs and other materials intended for legislative and regulatory audiences.
Articulate MCE’s policy positions and agenda at relevant meetings of government stakeholder groups, government task forces, commissions, and committees
Develop (with support from Policy Director and communications team) and distribute public comments, fact sheets, support letters, and other tools to educate policymakers and MCE members/partners on issues relevant to MCE’s policy priorities
Serve as a resource for policymakers and regulatory agencies on issues related to environmental justice, environmental health, conservation, and the climate crisis
Testify regarding bills in the Missouri Legislature and local legislative bodies, as needed
Engage other staff, MCE board and advisory board, and MCE members in our advocacy work, including but not limited to providing “lunch ‘n learns” or webinars around relevant policy issues and legislative/regulatory processes
Track all engagement with individual members in Bloomerang as well as in our internal outreach and advocacy activity dashboard.
Write content for MCE’s Annual Report, semi-annual Alert Newsletter, fundraising efforts, the website, and more
Attend and participate in weekly staff meetings
Submit monthly board reports
Participate in MCE’s Annual Meeting, Chats for Change, Advocacy Day and other events and meetings as necessary
Manage project-related tasks from grant funded projects with other members of the MCE team, which includes regularly meeting with community partners, tracking work in a project reporting document, and assisting with developing regular reports to funders.

Required Skills and Abilities

Basic understanding of the human health and socioeconomic impacts of climate change
Knowledge of the connection that extreme urban heat has on human health and wellness
Experience with the regulatory and legislative processes
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Demonstrated ability and effectiveness working in a team and independently
Demonstrated ability to collaborate with multiple stakeholders to further a shared goal
Valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving record, and proof of auto insurance required
Experience with basic computer programs, such as Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Zoom, and social media applications
Self-directed and organized to develop and carry out a work plan
Flexible to adjust to changing circumstances and schedules
Highly motivated to work with local advocacy organizations and community groups
Cultural competence in working with MCE members, rural and urban stakeholders, and local community leaders
Experience with government document review and data collection preferred
Experience organizing events with partners is a plus
Proficiency in Spanish is a plus

Benefits and Compensation

$20/hour, non-negotiable
176 hours (22 days) of paid time off per year
15 paid holidays
4 weeks of paid parental leave
6 weeks of paid short term disability
Flexible work hours
Flexible hybrid office/home work environment
100% paid health, dental, and vision insurance
Contribution from MCE to employee’s SIMPLE Individual Retirement Account
$50/month mobile phone stipend
Professional development opportunities

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disabled status, or genetic information.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to mvatterott@moenvironment.org with the subject line Policy Coordinator by July 31, 2024.