job: director, Massachusetts, with salary info

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From: Meira Soloff <meira at>

Action for Regional Equity

Job Announcement: Director
Action for Regional Equity (Action!) – a coalition of 18 Massachusetts 
organizations united to address continuing disparities in affordable 
transportation investment, and environmental justice – addresses the 
development challenges facing the Commonwealth. By recognizing the
connection between these issues, Action! identifies policy solutions 
that share
benefits and burdens of growth fairly across communities. Advancing regional
equity creates policies that value vital working class communities, 
develops the region, and benefits all of its residents. PolicyLink, a 
nonprofit research and advocacy intermediary, has been a valued partner from
the onset.

Position Description
The Director will play the lead role in the coordination and 
implementation of
Action!’s Transit Equity and Community Controlled Housing Campaigns. The
Director will work with Action! Organizational leadership, campaign 
and PolicyLink staff to implement a 24-month workplan that advances
recommendations from recent research produced by Action! on these 
issues. The
campaigns’ priority issues revolve around transportation investment, housing
affordability, economic development, land-use, and environmental 
justice. The
Director will be responsible for implementing a range of strategies 
policy and advocacy, research, coalition building and project 
management. The
Director must be able to lead a multi-issue campaign that involves 
players from
multiple sectors including community groups, labor, government officials and
academia. Annualized salary is in the range from $50,000 to $56,000 with
benefits, dependent on experience. The position runs through December 2009
with the possibility for continuation dependent on the status of the 

Duties include but are not limited to:
• Project Management: Set agendas and facilitate Campaign meetings; maintain
effective communication and conduct follow-up activities with Action!
leadership, campaign partners and funders; create campaign plans, creative
tactics and events.
• Policy and Advocacy: Research and analyze local, regional, state, and 
policies that are relevant to Action! mission and campaign goals; 
develop and
recommend strategies to help Action! and its partners effectively 
navigate and
impact Massachusetts policy-making arena; maintain a scan of current 
related to housing, development, transportation, and health and assess the
degree to which they address the coalition’s priority concerns; organize and
attend public hearings and meetings to advance the campaign’s goals.
• Coalition Building: Develop consistent communication with Massachusetts
organizations engaging in related policy arena; define and cultivate 
intentional partnerships with labor unions, elected officials, city 
staff, private
interests, and community leaders who all share a stake in the development
outcomes around housing and transportation investment Achieve agreed-upon
campaign objectives and organizing strategies with pivotal stakeholders.
• Capacity Building: Work with Action! leadership to leverage training on
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commitment for policy goals, not limited to
a broad-based public education effort on the importance of community 
housing and equitable transit oriented development; assess and address 
capacity building needs of campaign partners; provide technical 
assistance to
community organizations on an as-needed basis.
• Other Duties: Support fund development activities that raise resources to
support the campaign. Assist in writing press releases and in planning media
strategies. Represent the organization at conferences, meetings, radio 
and other media events, when necessary.

• Strong skills and demonstrated success with critical campaign activities:
strategic planning, public speaking, activist training, organizing 
people, oral and
written communication and problem solving..
• Minimum 4 years experience working on social and environmental justice
issues and/or land-use and planning.
• Equivalent experience to a master’s degree in planning, environmental 
public health, public administration, or community development.
• Strong understanding and commitment to the environmental justice
movement in Massachusetts and clear analysis of race and class issues.
• Detail orientation with a demonstrated ability to manage multiple 
tasks and
meet deadlines.
• Understanding of the fundraising process including liaison with foundation
representatives and grant writing experience.
• Willingness to travel throughout Massachusetts as campaign demands evolve.
• A team player with the demonstrated ability to work effectively with 
from diverse backgrounds as well as independently.

Closing Date:
December 11, 2007. Earlier submissions will be reviewed as received.
For more information or to submit qualifications, contact Meira Soloff at
meira at, or call (617) 442-3435x237.
Campaign Priorities available upon request.

Meira Soloff
Program Associate
Action for Regional Equity
2181 Washington St.
c/o ACE, Suite 301
Roxbury, MA 02119
617.442.3343 x 237

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