Manager of the Sustainable Workspaces and Schools Program

The Organization



CEH protects people from toxic chemicals by working with communities, consumers, workers, government, and the private sector to demand and support business practices that are safe for public health and the environment.


All people live, work, learn, and play in healthy environments.


The Center for Environmental Health (“CEH”) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that protects people from toxic chemicals and promotes business practices that are safe for public health and the environment. They stop corporations from exposing people to toxic chemicals, they collaborate with leaders of responsible businesses and industry leaders, and they are committed to inclusive, community-led solutions that address environmental injustices in low-income communities of color.


CEH is an organization of committed science-driven advocates who work together to keep short-sighted business interests from harming people in the name of profit. We are proud of our work and achieve big wins for people’s health. The organizational culture is one of entrepreneurism and thoughtfully assessed risk taking. CEH believes that to protect the health of all people, we must address the disproportionate health effects of toxic chemicals caused by systemic racism and other social injustices. The movement to eliminate dangerous chemicals must move forward in partnership with Environmental Justice, Reproductive Justice, and other related movements working to address the pressing social justice issues of our day. CEH’s headquarters are in Oakland, and we have a small office in North Carolina’s Triangle Area. CEH staff are currently working remotely during the local shelter-in-place orders. We strongly prefer that the Manager of the Built Environment and Schools Program program will work in our Oakland, CA office once CEH reopens, however remote participants may be considered.

Commitment to JEDI

At CEH, striving for justice, diversity, equity and inclusion (“JEDI”) for all is critical to its mission and values. They know that having a team that is diverse in race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, ability, sexual orientation, age, and background and opinions — and fostering inclusion among that team — is core to achieving its organizational goals. CEH strives to recruit talent from a diverse pool of candidates and ensure that those professionals it hires are sufficiently supported so that they flourish. The organization wants everyone to not only have a seat at the table, but to know that their presence and input makes the organization stronger.


This is a full-time, exempt position. The Manager of Sustainable Workplaces and Schools is part of a team that educates and supports staff at large-scale institutions to select products without toxic chemicals for use in the built environment. The Manager assists purchasers throughout the process of adopting and implementing environmentally preferable procurement (EPP) practices for CEH’s priority product categories. By creating widespread demand for products without harmful chemicals, we are increasing access to safer products for all and advancing public health and environmental justice. The position will initially focus on the procurement of healthier flooring and carpeting and will provide input on the selection of future product categories within the built environment.

Start date: Position will be open until filled. Applications received by May 28th will be given priority.

Reports to: Director of Institutional/Corporate Engagement

Direct Reports: This position may supervise a work-study students or interns.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The Manager of Sustainable Workplaces and Schools will:

Engage and Educate Organizations to Procure Healthier Products

  • Identify and reach out to sustainability/procurement leads at private and public organizations to engage them in adopting CEH’s health protective criteria for our priority products in the built environment.
  • Lead informational efforts/webinars and presentations to educate purchasers on environmental and health concerns related to furniture, flooring and carpeting as well as other sustainability themes and future product categories.
  • Track purchaser outreach and actions taken using contact management software.

Assist Organizations in Implementing Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Practices 

  • Develop tools and resources to help purchasers identify and procure healthier products including fact sheets, lists of preferable products, consumer guides, etc.
  • Provide guidance to purchasers on how to implement EPP practices and assist purchasers to address common challenges at various steps of the process.
  • Maintain strong relationships with purchasers and support them to adopt EPP recommendations for additional product categories.   
  • Help promote CEH’s fee-for-service model for organizations with the ability to pay for our assistance, while also supporting organizations without the resources to pay for services.

Additional Duties

  • Represent CEH in networks and at conferences, conduct business outreach, and participate in relevant state and national NGO coalitions as well as with our partners in shared grants and projects.
  • Partner with the development team to write grant proposals and reports to foundations and attend meetings with foundation representatives and donors as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Candidate Qualifications/Experience

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  2. At least 4 years of relevant work experience. Experience working in a field dealing with sustainability and/or environmental or public health is strongly preferred.
  3. Experience with project and/or program management preferred.
  4. Demonstrated passion and commitment to environmental health and justice issues.
  5. Familiarity with issues related to toxic chemicals, sustainability and environmental health.  
  6. Proven ability to establish and maintain positive professional relationships with a wide range of people working in a variety of sectors, including government, academia, private businesses, manufacturing, design, advocacy, etc.
  7. Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills, including the ability to educate and motivate others through public speaking and presentations.
  8. Positivity and creativity—willing to take risks and explore innovative, new ideas.
  9. Demonstrated capacity to work independently, thrive as part of a team, and manage multiple tasks and deadlines at the same time.
  10. Strong commitments to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, working in a multicultural workplace, and approaching cultural differences with humility, sensitivity, and appreciation.
  11. Proficiency in Excel, Word, and Outlook is required, familiarity with Salesforce or similar customer relationship management (CRM) software is a plus.

What to expect from CEH

  • Salary range: $58,000-$65,000
  • Full benefits, including 401k match (up to 5% of salary), health insurance, vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.
  • A team with a sense of justice, collaboration, and humor. 
  • A low-ego, high-performance, all-for-one-and-one-for-all culture, and flexible and supportive work environment.

Working Conditions and Job Setting

  • Physical ability to type (or use voice keyboarding software) and use a computer is essential.
  • Infrequent periodic lifting of up to 20 pounds is required.

Applying for this job
Assemble the following materials and send in a single PDF:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Short writing sample (two pages maximum)

Please merge these documents into a single PDF with your surname and the name of the position in the file name and email it to: with the subject line: Manager of the Sustainable Workspaces and Schools Program

We acknowledge receipt of all employment applications. Candidates whose applications are no longer being considered will be notified (Note: this sometimes can take a while.)

We will accept applications until the position is filled. Those applications received by May 28, 2021 will receive priority.

EOE: CEH is an equal opportunity employer. As an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, it considers applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity or expression, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, age, ability, personal appearance, family responsibilities or national origin.