Community Environmental Health Manager

ORGANIZATIONAL PROFILE: The Center for Environmental Health (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. CEH believes that air, water, food, and the products we use every day should be free of dangerous and untested chemicals. We hold companies to account through public interest litigation, work together with institutions to implement environmentally preferable purchasing, and reform entire regulatory systems through policy. This is an organization of committed advocates who work together to protect the health of all people, including those who face disproportionate health effects of toxic chemicals caused by systemic racism and social injustice. 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: The Community Environmental Health Manager (CEHM) provides strategic capacity building and technical assistance support to CEH’s staff and current and future community partners in CEH’s work to end environmental exposures to toxic chemicals. The CEHM manages environmental exposure cases, and liaises between program staff, the organization’s legal counsel, and residents and leaders from frontline communities. The CEHM manages community health advocacy projects over the life of a legal case or policy advocacy campaign, providing various types of technical assistance, maintaining open lines of communication with leaders regarding litigation developments, advocating on residents’ behalf to CEH staff and attorneys, and recommending solutions to environmental health concerns to address barriers and move projects forward to achieve the CEH mission and vision.   

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:  

Community Exposure Partnership and Casework 

  • Provide scientific leadership and support for community-based air and water contamination cases, and environmentally preferrable products and standards development initiatives 
  • Collaborate with community leaders and advocacy organizations from initiation of a legal case through its conclusion.  
  • Build and maintain partnerships with local and national environmental justice and environmental health organizations during legal cases and after their conclusion.  
  • Conduct community outreach and provide capacity building resources to community leaders and organizations during legal cases.  
  • Create technical documents related to legal cases, including but not limited to toxic chemical profiles (incorporating relevant information such as health effects and routes of exposure), air, soil, and/or water sampling protocols and summaries, lab result summaries, etc.   
  • Schedule, participate in, and co-lead or lead meetings with affected community members, community-based organizations, CEH’s legal counsel, and/or regulatory agencies (e.g., EPA, Air Quality Management Districts, Department of Toxic Substances Control, CARB, Water Board) as needed.  
  • Represent CEH at resident-led or community based organization-led meetings, regulatory agency hearings, working group meetings, and other meetings on toxic exposure issues in California.  
  • Communicate and advocate for community wants and needs to CEH staff, CEH’s legal counsel, and partner organizations.  
  • Serve as a primary contact for environmental justice community inquiries related to potential toxic environmental exposures, managing follow-up research, and connecting residents/ community groups with additional legal and technical resources (when CEH cannot support further).  
  • Work with CEH’s Science Lead to execute internal capacity building (e.g., knowledge-sharing of new tools, training) to support new case research for community exposure cases.  
  • Identify new advocacy issues and opportunities based on emerging scientific research and/or contaminants of concern, particularly around toxic chemicals, plastics, and petrochemicals, to protect consumers from endocrine disrupting chemicals. 


Community Exposure Strategy 

  • Conduct investigative (online, scholarly, and field) research (e.g., review and analysis of EPA and company-reported data, academic studies, physical air monitoring, soil, and water sampling); utilize that data to inform strategy for targeted solutions to air pollution and water contamination issues.   
  • Manage environmental exposure cases:   
  • Communicate outreach and case development progress to the team. 
  • Manage programmatic and administrative tasks of community exposure cases.  
  • Maintain detailed and accurate records of program-related data. 
  • Develop and manage evaluation methods for capacity building, policy and legal work performed through community exposure cases. 
  • Collaborate across CEH teams to enable science-informed decision making, conduct policy analysis and advocacy, and evaluate and develop scientific approaches that support work to reduce communities’ exposure to toxic chemicals. 
  • In collaboration with the Communications team, support in the drafting of op-eds, press releases, action emails, and provide other communication support related to the work. 
  • Assist in preparing funding proposals and reports for community exposure work.  



  • Bachelor’s degree in related field required.  
  • At least two years of experience in managing environmental health issues through community engagement and case management required. 
  • Extensive project management experience, including demonstrated ability to design, launch, and manage projects against tight timelines, to apply a proactive collaborative style that gains the support of stakeholders, and to identify and/or secure funds to support critical activities 
  • Experience in conducting investigative research and using data to inform strategy for targeted solutions to address community health issues. 
  • Experience in reviewing technical documents related to health effects from toxic chemicals and routes of exposure. 
  • Experience working with disadvantaged and environmental justice communities as an organizer, advocate, community engagement specialist, or other community-oriented role.   
  • Strong commitment to and understanding of social and environmental justice principles such as Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing.  
  • Experience applying a racial, environmental, and economic justice lens to work and advocacy. 
  • Experience advocating in regulatory forums and engaging local, regional, and state agencies. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to translate technical information into accessible forms. Comfort with public speaking. Clear writing style is a must. 
  • Strong meeting facilitation skills and experience. 
  • Strong attention to detail. 
  • Proficiency in using technologies like Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and video conferencing services. 
  • Preferred but not required: Bilingual in Spanish and English.  
  • Ability to work some weekend and evening hours for community engagement meetings, as needed.  
  • California-based (preferably San Francisco Bay Area or Los Angeles).  
  • Must hold a California Driver’s License.  
  • Ability to travel up to 30% of the time throughout the state of CA (mainly throughout Southern CA and CEH headquarters in Oakland). 


We offer competitive salaries,excellent benefits, and a supportive working environment. The salary for this position is $75,000 per year. Salary is based on a nonprofit scaleandiscommensuratewith skills and experience.Internal equity will be reviewedandconsideredtodetermineafinal offer.Our offices areopen,and we areoperatingin a hybrid model.  

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. 


Write/gather the following materials and send in a single PDF: 

  • Cover letter 
  • Resume 

Please merge these materials into a single PDF whose file name includes “Community Environmental Health Manager” and your surname. Then email that PDF to: (subject line: Community Environmental Health Manager).