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Director, Just Energy

Director, Just Energy

Director, Just Energy

Partnership for Southern Equity, Inc.
Atlanta, GA 30308

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- Full-time

The Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE) advances policies and institutional actions that promote racial equity and shared prosperity for all in the growth of metropolitan Atlanta and the American South. We have grown our resources to support an operation of four core programs; Just Energy (JE), Just Growth (JG), Just Health (JH) and Just Opportunity (JO), and Just Solutions (JS)/YES! for Equity.

PSE seeks a thoughtful, dynamic and courageous leader to serve as the Director for Just Energy. Just Energy is our framework for advancing energy equity which we define as the fair distribution of the benefits and burdens, of energy production and consumption. We advance Just Energy through relationship-centered strategies such as community organizing, leadership development, coalition building, authentic community-engagement and leveraging data and research. Ultimately, these activities will build civic power to advance a more democratic and equitable clean energy ecosystem that benefits Black communities, communities of color, rural and low-wealth communities across the south.

This position is responsible for leading, building, and maintaining a strong energy team at the Partnership for Southern Equity that includes the direct supervision and development of full-time staff. The Just Energy Director will help facilitate power building and racial equity for systems transformation through our energy justice and climate work. Provide strategic leadership and oversight of the activities of Just Energy Portfolio while working collaboratively with internal and external partners. Provide subject matter expertise in racial equity; environmental justice; climate; power building; equitable institutional systems management; training presentations; curriculum development; proposal writing; and effective community engagement/organizing strategies that catalyze change for marginalized communities in the American South.


  • Serve as a member of the PSE leadership team and provide strategic thought partnership to overall organizational success.
  • Prepares documentation required for project funding for various environmental initiatives including proposals and grant applications.
  • Drafts and prepares reports, presentations, and proposals; presents proposals and recommendations to the Chief Equity Officer, board of directors, and other key stakeholders.
  • Develops and maintains appropriate documentation and records including budgets and other financials.
  • Experience working across lines of race, class, gender, and urban/rural to secure policy change and build power.
  • Proposes and implements strategies and programs to address various environmental concerns including energy production and use, conservation, reduction of pollution, recycling, building and facility design, and general education on sustainability, climate, and environmental justice.
  • Provide vision and guidance toward the retention, expansion and actions of PSE’s Just Energy Circle
  • Develops and implements organizational programs and advocacy that address environmental and racial equity concerns.
  • Evaluates efficacy of Just Energy programs; recommends and implements improvements as necessary.
  • Assist with the development of an authentic communications and information sharing strategy that captures the learnings and best practices of Just Energy and their individual and collective racial equity organizational and community transformation work.
  • Conducts research to identify environmental and sustainability concerns, interests, and issues.
  • Maintains current working knowledge of, and ensures compliance with, all applicable local, state, federal, and internal environmental laws and regulations.
  • Building and maintaining relationships within the equity ecosystem of racial justice among local, regional, and national environmental justice, climate groups, policy makers and funders.
  • Exceptional leadership coaching skills and ability to coach others to ambitious outcomes, encouraging them to elevate their levels of responsibility and performance.
  • Identifies and facilitates training as needed.
  • Actively participate in Steering Committee and Coalition meetings to present and report on program progress.
  • Foster an environment that promotes trust and cooperation amongst PSE staff, community members, and partner organizations.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • A deep commitment to racial equity and climate justice in the American South
  • Bachelors degree in Environmental Science, Political Science, Sociology, Public Policy, Public Administration, Anthropology, Organizational Leadership, Business, Planning, or other related field required.
  • A minimum of 5-7 years of work experience in nonprofit, government, or Environmental Justice sector; at least three years in a team management role or leadership position with supervisory experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Superlative and creative problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • High moral character and superior professional reputation among community members.
  • Thorough and current knowledge of energy and sustainability practices, applicable laws and regulations.
  • Ability to analyze and understand research and to identify information that is relevant and valuable.
  • Extremely proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to create, interpret, and execute a budget.
  • Presentation skills required to deliver proposals to varying groups of individuals.
  • Deep understanding of the landscape of the racial equity and economic justice movements and their intersection with climate justice.
  • Superior leadership, strategic thinking, and planning skills.
  • Ability to travel up to 20%.


  • Masters degree in Environmental Science, Political Science, Sociology, Public Policy, Public Administration, Anthropology, Organizational Leadership, Business, Planning, or other related field.
  • Professional certification.
  • Knowledge and insight into the issues, challenges, options and solutions related to the Just Energy issue areas.
  • Experience in leadership role in a nonprofit organization.
  • Expert team builder with ability to build strong relationships quickly, including with staff, funders, and external allies and partners.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Sense of humor.

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