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Air Quality Advocate

Environmental Health Coalition
National City, California
Closing date
Aug 13, 2021

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Focus Areas
Job Function
Advocacy / Lobbying
Position Type
Full Time
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The Air Quality Advocate (AQA) is a position for an experienced professional who thrives in a fast-paced environment working with community organizers, allied organizations to influence government policies to achieve environmental justice through air quality improvement. The AQA works to advance policies and projects that reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from transportation and stationary sources, focusing on heavy-duty freight and industrial sources.  The AQA focuses on low-income communities of color where these sources are disproportionately located and works with community leaders to identify key issues and community-driven solutions.  The AQA conducts policy advocacy to influence local governments and state regulatory and legislative bodies to reduce impacts in low-income communities of color in the San Diego region.

The AQA designs and implements advocacy campaigns to promote a policy agenda developed in conjunction with community residents. The AQA represents EHC with local, regional, and state regulatory bodies related to transportation justice, goods movement, air pollution, climate change, and public health. The AQA represents EHC members’ interests before decision-making authorities and ally groups to change or enforce public policies.


  • Analyze air pollution information and monitoring data from government and other entities
  • Provide expertise on the health impacts of air pollution
  • Develop community-friendly educational materials and training on air quality, pollution sources and health impacts of air pollution. Compile information to advance environmental justice policy change
  • Conduct advocacy and represent EHC positions to promote air pollution reduction and air quality through legislative and regulatory mechanisms at the local, regional, and state levels
  • Work with community residents, local government agencies, and decision-makers to reduce air pollution
  • Monitor rulemaking at the local, regional, and state level to ensure compliance and advancement of environmental justice, including the San Diego Air Pollution Control District, the California Air Resources Board, the Port of San Diego and other governmental entities as required
  • Understand local, regional, and state government systems and laws, and effectively monitor and advocate with those entities;
  • Develop written analyses, position papers, issue briefs and correspondence;
  • Conduct effective networking and ally development with individuals, groups, organizations, and governmental entities in the San Diego region and throughout California;
  • Work with EHC community organizing efforts to ensure community participation;
  • Work with EHC team members to develop strategic plans for key projects and activities;
  • Participate in statewide environmental justice networks to secure state air pollution policy.




  • Two years experience in grassroots organizing and/or policy advocacy work
  • Two years experience in transportation, climate and/or air pollution policy and regulation, or other related advocacy fields;
  • Two years experience conducting policy research fact-finding and writing
  • Ability to explain complex policy and data information in simple terms
  • Proficient with computer programs including Microsoft Office, Outlook, Excel, Access, GIS, statistical software;
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of environmental justice
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent analytical ability
  • Reliable transportation method
  • Ability to work flexible hours
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, work under pressure, and maintain attention to detail
  • Must demonstrate the ability to be culturally competent in all respects


  • Three years experience in grassroots organizing and/or policy work;
  • A Bachelor’s degree in public health, environmental science or other related field;
  • Familiarity with local agencies, municipal governments, and state and local government  
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) is highly desirable
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