Pacific Institute Seeks Popular Education Associate for Community Strategies Program

Job Opening:
Community Strategies for Sustainability and Justice Program
Popular Education Associate

The Pacific Institute is seeking a part-time Popular Education Associate focused on popular education curriculum development and community workshop planning with the Community Strategies for Sustainability and Justice (CSSJ) Program. Founded in 1987 and based in Oakland, California, the Institute works to advance innovative evidence-based solutions that advance environmental sustainability, economic vibrancy, and social equity from the local to international level. The CSSJ Program, launched in 1995, partners with community groups and coalitions to provide research support and technical assistance on critical environmental health and justice issues. Our program work includes community-based participatory action research, community education, technical and policy analysis, and leadership development.

Position Description

The Institute is seeking a part-time Popular Education Associate who will build upon the curriculum resources we have developed with our community and coalition partners over the past decade. The CSSJ program is currently compiling, standardizing, and preparing to deliver workshop activities and materials on a range of topics including the community health impacts of freight transportation, community mapping, tools for community research, and environmental health and justice, among others. The Popular Education Associate will assist with the creative process of piloting curriculum resources and developing a format for designing and distributing them to communities in the region, state, and nationally.

We seek an energetic, organized, self-directed, and confident person with experience developing and facilitating community workshops or related community education activities, and a passion for popular education on environmental health and justice issues. Graduate students are encouraged to apply. Specific areas of work may include:

  • Coordinating scheduling, participant recruitment, and other logistics and outreach planning tasks for training series with community and coalition partners
  • Working with community or coalition partners to plan and co-facilitate workshops that tailor materials in the curriculum guide to a particular audience
  • Developing detailed lesson plans for workshops and trainings on community mapping, community resilience to climate change, and the community health impacts of freight transport (eg the movement of goods from where they are made to where they are sold on trucks, trains, ships, and planes)
  • Conducting background research needed to develop workshop activities and materials
  • Standardizing developed workshop activities and accompanying materials based on lesson plan templates into curriculum guides and training manuals
  • Coordinating translation of workshop agendas and materials into Spanish
  • Graphically designing and formatting a curriculum guide on community mapping based on materials developed with community partners
  • Developing and facilitating a process to solicit and integrate feedback from community partners into workshop agendas, training manuals, and curriculae


  • Bachelor’s degree and educational or experiential background in education, public health, urban planning, ethnic studies, environmental science, geography, or related field
  • A working understanding of and demonstrated commitment to popular education principles and environmental, economic, and other social justice movements
  • Experience with planning and facilitating community education workshops
  • Demonstrated ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Fluency in Spanish and experience working with Spanish-speaking communities
  • Strong writing skills with the ability to write about technical topics for a lay audience
  • Ability to verbally communicate technical, scientific, or policy information to a lay audience
  • Strong organizational skills, self-motivation, and a true enjoyment of managing multiple tasks at once
  • Excellent computer skills including fluency with MS Word, Excel, Publisher, and Adobe Illustrator or InDesign software
  • Experience with layout for publications and formatting community education materials
  • Experience with popular education, community-based participatory research, or participatory action research
  • Familiarity with GIS mapping software a plus

Time and Compensation

The Popular Education Associate will work approximately 20 hours per week through May 2014, with a possibility of extension. Compensation is a competitive hourly wage and is commensurate with experience.

Application Procedure

Please send a brief cover letter, resume, writing sample, and 3 references to: Catalina Garzón at the Pacific Institute, 654 13th Street, Oakland, California 94612. Hard copy, faxes (510 251-2203), or email (cgarzon (at) are acceptable. No phone calls please.
Anticipated Start Date is September 16th 2013; position is open until filled.