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BMWC Just Transition Campaigner

Job Announcement & Description

The Black Mesa Water Coalition (BMWC) is seeking a full-time Just Transition Campaigner to lead the work of BMWC’s No Coal & Environmental Justice Program, particularly the Just Transition Campaign. This is a full-time position located in BMWC’s Flagstaff, AZ office. This position will require regular travel throughout the Navajo Nation, surrounding states, and nationally. This position reports to the Executive Director.

BMWC is dedicated to preserving and protecting Mother Earth and the integrity of Indigenous Peoples’ cultures, with the vision of building sustainable and healthy communities. We strive to empower young people and spark collaboration with surrounding communities and organizations to address the problems we collectively face. Our central goals are to:

  1. Heal and redefine our world by reaffirming our power – rooted in our Indigenous teaching of Hozho – to ensure respectful, self-engaged communities that will achieve long term self-sufficiency absent of all forms of oppression.
  2. Restore and maintain our relationship with Mother Earth as a sacred being, ensuring our communities make and implement decisions that protect her regenerative ability to provide for the well-being of all creation.
  3. Transition away from an extractive economy to a culturally based, ecologically restorative economy that is determined, controlled, and managed by local communities and which ensures all families are healthy and vibrant.



The Just Transition Campaigner is responsible for building and ensuring the success of BMWC’s Just Transition Campaign. They will update and build on our current campaign by finalizing necessary advisory and working group(s), building a team of Navajo leaders to educate communities about just transition, building Navajo Nation-wide infrastructure to support and advance just transition, supporting and aligning ongoing just transitions efforts, and ensuring our tribal leaders prioritize just transition.

This is a full time position reporting to the Executive Director. The Just Transition Campaigner will work out of BMWC’s Flagstaff based office with regular travel throughout the Navajo Nation, surrounding states, and nationally. All BMWC employees are at-will, FLSA exempt status employees.



Community Education & Base-Building (approx. 55% FTE):

  • Finalize a Just Transition Curriculum that reflects the existing “Just Transition Principles” and “Strategic Framework for Just Transition”, developed in partnership with the Climate Justice Alliance, and that is relevant to Navajo communities.
  • Develop popular education materials and tools to disseminate and advance just transition across the Navajo Nation.
  • Build a team of Navajo leaders that will educate, support, and empower Navajo communities to achieve just transition.
  • Provide support for existing allied communities, community leaders and organizations, identifying opportunities for collaboration or peer learning.
  • Strategically map and recruit more existing allied communities, community leaders and organizations to build up the Just Transition Campaign, and support the development and training of new volunteer leaders and groups.
  • Build Navajo Nation-wide infrastructure to support and advance just transition, including necessary advisory and working group(s).
  • Organize strategic gatherings and trainings to build knowledge, capacity, and teamwork across the Navajo Nation.
  • Ensure integration of the Just Transition Campaign with BMWC’s other work and strategies.
  • Support the Executive Director in maintaining and further developing other parts of BMWC’s No Coal & Environmental Justice Program.

Movement Building Support & Alignment (approx. 35% FTE):

  • Maintain active relationships with existing and emerging environmental justice organizers and organizations across the Navajo Nation and support them as needed and as capacity allows.
  • In partnership with these allies, develop and manage alignment and coordination among environmental justice organizations and organizers across the Navajo Nation to develop a collective vision, goals and objectives as well as campaigns.
  • Represent BMWC in the regional and national organizations we are members of including but not limited to the Arizona Equal Voice Network (AZ EVN), Climate Justice Alliance (CJA), Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), and Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ); and move collaborative work forward.

Organizational Leadership (approx. 10% FTE):

  • Manage No Coal & Environmental Justice Program budget in coordination with Executive Director.
  • Participate in staff-wide conference calls, meetings, and staff and board meetings
  • Maintain project supplies, filing systems, and general organization of No Coal & Environmental Justice Program.
  • Contribute to BMWC’s external communications via social media outlets, website, list serve(s), etc.
  • Ensure thorough understanding of BMWC’s work and the external contexts that influence and impact our work.
  • Represent BMWC in a variety of settings.
  • Attend trainings to build skills that will support the organizations mission.
  • Coordinate with and support BMWC’s other areas of work as needed.



  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field and/or three years of experience in community organizing with grassroots campaigns and popular education.
  • Driver’s license and liability insurance.
  • Support of the mission, vision and goals of BMWC.
  • Navajo cultural competency.
  • Familiarity with climate policy, environmental and social justice issues, especially on the Navajo Nation.
  • Familiarity with concepts pertaining to community empowerment, self-determination, liberation, decolonization, and the political and social conditions of oppression.
  • A demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards.
  • Strong organizational skills with attention to details and accuracy.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to work effectively in teams and support organizers in local groups.
  • Experience with common computer applications (i.e. MS Office, Google docs, Dropbox, video tele-conferencing systems, etc.).
  • Experience using social media and web development tools (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, WordPress).
  • Experience with communication and online media for campaigns.
  • Experience in budget development and oversight.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving abilities and abilities to think and work strategically.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks, goals, responsibilities, and work groups
  • Ability to build and carry out work plans.
  • Ability be self-motivated and to work independently.
  • Ability to create the conditions that allow others to take ownership and become leaders.
  • Flexibility and positive attitude, solution-oriented.
  • Willingness and ability to travel frequently, across the Navajo Nation and nationally.



A competitive salary is offered. If interested in applying please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, two to three professional references, and a short writing sample by Friday, January 12, 2018 at 5:00pm MST. To submit the application and/or ask a question, please email with “BMWC JT Campaigner” in the subject line.

If you are being considered for the position, you will be contacted the week of January 15, 2018 to set up an interview. The tentative start date for the position is January 29, 2018.

BMWC is a fiscally sponsored project of Native Movement. We are an equal opportunity employer.