Environmental Policy Advocate

  • Location: Durham, NC
  • Close Date: March 18, 2019
  • Hiring Organization: Toxic Free NC

Job Description

Founded in 1986, Toxic Free NC is the leading pesticide outreach and advocacy organization in the state. We envision North Carolina as an integral member of a just, global community where human and environmental health is valued, respected, and enjoyed by all. We aim to improve the health and well being of North Carolina’s people and the environment by reducing exposures to toxic chemicals used in agriculture and in our daily lives. Through policy advocacy, engagement, and programs (“Just and Sustainable Agriculture” and “ToxicFree Kids”) our focus is to serve communities across the state, especially farmworkers, children, and vulnerable groups most impacted by pesticide pollution. Come join our small and mighty team!

Toxic Free NC aims to improve the health and well-being of North Carolina’s people and the environment by reducing exposures to toxic chemicals used in agriculture and consumer products. We’re seeking a Policy Advocate to ensure that public policy is responsive to those most affected by pesticide and toxic chemical exposure. As a champion for human and environmental health and justice in North Carolina, you are a strong communicator, well versed in legislative policy-making at the national, state, and local levels; can demonstrate prior success in mobilizing people and groups, and are skilled at coalition building and developing powerful campaign strategies. You are passionate about building a just and sustainable food system and shifting the regulatory paradigm from “risk mitigation” toward precautionary protection of public safety. Reports to the Executive Director.



• Lead Toxic Free NC’s policy efforts by identifying issue areas and entry points for Toxic Free NC to advance legislation and corporate policies that improve environmental health for North Carolina, and move the dial toward a precautionary approach to pesticides and other chemicals.
• Strategize and implement all issue campaigns, and develop detailed work plans for campaigns to include timelines, deadlines, the delegation of tasks, tracking tools, and evaluation processes. Ensure campaigns are science-based, true to the mission, and inclusive.
• Represent Toxic Free NC and work in close and supportive collaboration with coalition partners and working groups.
• Attend meetings and watchdog activities of the NC Pesticide Board.
• Act as a campaign spokesperson, and provide thought leadership on toxics and pesticide reform through engagement with the community, media, partner coalitions, regulatory boards and bodies, and policymakers.
• Keep staff and other stakeholders well-informed of policy issues
• Stay abreast of national, local, and municipal pesticide policies that impact our state, and work in partnership with the Community Mobilizer to provide an opportunity for our base to take meaningful action to influence change.
• Work with Community Mobilizer to build, maintain and activate our base.
• Support the sustainability and growth of Toxic Free NC by supporting fundraising efforts, administering grant requirements including reporting, and ensuring deliverables are met
through implementation and/or team support.
• Collaborate with and support members of the Toxic Free NC staff on programs, engagement, and organizational initiatives to increase the breadth of impact and advance the mission of the organization.
• Support team communications such as the development of educational materials, newsletters, and appeal campaigns.
• Participate in team meetings, and offer ideas for continuous improvement of programs, initiatives, and campaigns.


• Professional public policy experience working on environmental or health advocacy issues, including experience turning legislators into champions
• Demonstrated success planning and executing issues-based campaigns
• Must be a strong written and verbal communicator, able to synthesize and persuasively convey highly technical information, including principles of chemistry, to any audience.
• High level of comfort with public speaking and presentation delivery.
• Strategic, dynamic, and solutions-oriented thinker
• Training or educational background in environmental policy, public policy, environmental science, public health, chemistry, or a related field
• Embodies Toxic Free NC’s mission and values, including a commitment to addressing systemic inequity
• Must have a valid driver’s license and ability to travel throughout North Carolina and occasional travel outside the state
• Knowledge of food system, organic agriculture, pollinators, and/or environmental justice issues a big plus

Salary / Compensation

This is a full-time position (40 hours/week) with paid vacation, holidays, and health benefits. The salary range, commensurate with education and experience, is $40,000-45,000 annually. The job requires access to a vehicle for frequent travel around the Triangle and occasional travel around the state.

Applications Instructions

Send us a cover letter, résumé, two writing samples (not more than five pages each) and three job-related references to jobs@toxicfreenc.org with the subject line “Policy Advocate Application.” Incomplete application packages will not be accepted. No phone calls, please. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until March 18.

Toxic Free North Carolina is committed to creating an inclusive working environment. Women, candidates of color and those with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Toxic Free North Carolina is an equal opportunity employer.