Emerald Cities Seeks Los Angeles Director

Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC) is a national non-profit organization comprised of labor, community, business and government based in Washington, D.C.  ECC partners are united around the goal of rapidly greening our nation’s metropolitan regions to advance triple bottom line outcomes:  environmental, economic and equity. ECC envisions a future in which American cities are the greenest and most equitable in the world, leading the way to head off global climate change and ensuring that low-income, communities of color are full participants and beneficiaries of the new economy. Visit our website for more information: http://www.emeraldcities.org/.

Based in Washington, DC, ECC coalitions work in major U.S. metropolitan regions.  While significant progress is underway to green America’s cities – its buildings, its infrastructure, its waters – much of this work and the economic benefits from these investments only trickle into low-income communities of color.  ECC’s core competency is ensuring that environmental and climate policies and investments create careers, business opportunities and shared wealth for historically marginalized communities.  This includes multi-stakeholder engagement in planning, developing and implementing community benefit/economic inclusion strategies in clean energy and water and local sustainable food projects.


The Los Angeles Local Director is a management level position that works with local and national partners to build high road – sustainable, just and inclusive economies — in the Greater Los Angeles region.

EC-Los Angeles is currently a self-sustaining operation and has established proficiencies and successful programs that increase the capacities of disadvantaged populations and businesses to pursue jobs and contracts in energy efficiency, clean energy and clean water.   The candidate is expected to effectively manage and scale these programs, while engaging in larger environmental, climate and economic justice issues in the region.

The range of responsibilities involves diversifying  the environmental, clean energy and construction sectors, including: working collaboratively to advance environmental and economic justice policies; 1) develop and implement local hire, workforce education and training programs; 2)  strengthen the competitiveness of minority, women and disadvantaged and veteran-owned businesses in green building and construction;  3) implement monitoring and compliance programs, including on-line data systems and pro-active compliance;  and 4)  promote community wealth through innovative local ownership structures.

The goal is to ensure that historically underrepresented groups are full participants in the growing green economy.


The range of duties include business, fund, program, and project development, as well as program and relationship management.

  • Community Engagement – establish and maintain collaborative relationships with community, labor, business, environmental organizations to help advance environmental, climate and economic justice.
  • Economic Inclusion Program Development – Identify/develop initiatives/programs/products and services to increase access of low-income communities to quality jobs, business and wealth creation opportunities in the sustainability sector; including clean energy, green infrastructure and local sustainable food.
  • Organizational Development and Management –
    • Business and fund development;
    • Effectively implement and manage EC-LA’s grants and contracts;
    • Support ECC’s strategic communication goals, including conference attendance, presentations;
    • Assist ECC national and local directors field building and capacity building initiatives;
    • Develop annual workplans and quarterly progress reports and fund development plans
  • Contract Management – Implement ECC’s Economic Inclusion Programs, including:
    • Refine/Standardize/Expand EC-LAs E-Contractor Academy training and coaching program
    • Design “best in class” programs to position SBE/WBE/MBE/ DBE/VBE contractors and small businesses to successfully compete in the emerging green economy



  • BA required, masters preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years of technical experience in construction, workforce/economic development, and/or community economic development, including knowledge of construction apprenticeship, project labor/community workforce agreements, commercial and public construction procurement,
  • Experience in energy, environmental and climate justice issues helpful
  • Ability to lead implement and manage program development, grant writing, budgeting.
  • Demonstrated leadership, entrepreneurial and business development experience
  • Ability to take initiative and to work independently.
  • Strategic and task oriented.
  • Demonstrated success working with multiple constituencies, including group convening, facilitation and communication skills with varied stakeholders including business, labor, government officials, and community organizations.
  • Strong writing, verbal communication, and analytical skills.
  • Commitment to the goal of advancing equity and inclusion in America.

Performance Evaluation

The Local Director will be evaluated for job performance after 90-days of employment and thereafter on an annual basis.  Job performance evaluations will be conducted by ECC National Staff, with input and feedback from the Local Council.

Salary commensurate with experience

Submit resume to: eccjobs@emeraldcities.org