Ecology Center is Hiring a Science and Health Campaigns Director

The Ecology Center seeks a innovative Science and Health Campaigns Director to direct environmental health campaigns at the Ecology Center, including our consumer product testing project, HealthyStuff.org, and our Health Leaders Fellowship program.  

Our ideal Science and Health Campaigns Director is a bright and creative campaigner with a background in the sciences and ability to understand scientific information and translate it to make it accessible to lay audiences.  The job will work with our environmental health team to develop campaign and science strategy for HealthyStuff.org, our Health Leaders Fellowship, and other campaigns at the Ecology Center.

The Ecology Center's HealthyStuff.org conducts independent scientific research on hazardous chemicals in materials and products.  The project develops applied analytic testing methods using its own internal lab and collaborates with researchers around the world.   Product test data, rankings and reports are used to engage suppliers, manufacturers, retailers, consumers and policy makers on campaigns to change chemical policy. The Ecology Center’s Health Leaders Fellowship cultivates health professionals into advocates for health and the environment in the public policy arena, the clinical setting and in their communities. Fellows are provided with in depth issue training on the intersection between health and the environment and civic engagement training and practice. 

This is a permanent full-time position at 40 hours per week, and based out of the Ecology Center’s office in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Most work will be Monday-Friday between the hours of 8am and 5pm.

Organization

Founded in 1970, the Ecology Center works to develop innovative solutions for healthy people and a healthy planet. In recent years, the Ecology Center developed the country’s leading product-testing service for toxic chemicals; created a statewide Health Leaders Fellowship program; and led successful advocacy campaigns to expand transit service in southeast Michigan.  The Ecology Center is the parent organization of Recycle Ann Arbor, founded in 1977, which works to build zero waste communities through convenient and innovative services. The Ecology Center has offices in Ann Arbor and Detroit.

Duties and Responsibilities

Overall Project Management:

  • Ensure the conception and implementation of strategic program activities as needed.
  • Coordinate activities between Ecology Center & HealthyStuff.org and national environmental health campaign collaborators.
  • Recommend changes in strategy and tactics as necessary.
  • Monitor on an ongoing basis the needs of the programs and make strategic changes to the work as needed.

Campaign & Research Collaborations, Program Planning:

  • Build and maintain existing and new campaign and research collaborations
  • Coordinate and build relationships with academic researchers
  • Coordinate outreach and contracts with third party labs
  • Develop coordinated product testing plans and study designs to support market and policy campaigns
  • Take lead in networking and program planning for national market campaign collaborations
  • Work with Health Leaders Fellowship team to implement the toxics-focused activities of the program including the program orientation, lobby day, and practicum projects related to reducing exposure to toxic chemicals including lead, toxic flame retardants, phthalates, etc.

Project Management, Web & Testing Systems:

  • Oversee all HS web site maintenance, trouble shooting and new feature development
  • Coordinate any new web development
  • Oversee maintenance, operation, training, safety and regulatory compliance for analytical test instruments
  • Coordinate hiring, training and supervision of work study and interns
  • Develop work plans for interns
  • General coordination of HealthyStuff.org team

Communications:

  • Regularly represent Ecology Center as a spokesperson with media, donors and the public
  • Develop and implement communications strategy with internal and external communications staff
  • Manage and respond to consumer and press inquiries
  • Assist in outreach for Health Leaders Fellowship and policy initiatives.

Development//Grants:

  • Maintain relationships with key funder networks
  • Work with development staff to recruit major donors
  • Develop new campaign strategies & related funding opportunities
  • Maintain program budgets
  • Write, review and/or edit grant proposals and reports
  • Foundation relations with grant officers

Minimum Qualifications

  • Five years experience working on NGO advocacy campaigns, and/or experience
  • Demonstrated experience managing teams Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Solid grasp of environmental issues pertaining to environmental health
  • Demonstrated commitment to social and environmental justice.
  • Minimum Masters degree in a related field.

Preferred experience

  • Two or more years of experience with data management and analysis, working knowledge of statistical programs like SPSS or Strata.

Salary and Benefits

Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience, with a generous benefits package including health, dental, FSA, 403(b), ongoing professional training, and growth opportunities. The office culture is upbeat, collaborative, and goal-oriented.        

To Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@ecocenter.org with “Science and Health Campaigns Director” in the email subject. Please include how you heard about the position.

Please apply by January 9, 2017. Applications received by that date will be given priority, but we will continue to receive applications until the position is filled. Only selected applicants will be contacted and invited for an interview.

View job posting on the Ecology Center website.