State Initiatives Manager

We are seeking an experienced and passionate State Initiatives Manager to lead and coordinate Just Solutions’ Emerging States Program. This role involves program strategy and management, and developing, supporting and leveraging collaboration and capacity building with Emerging States EJ-CJ organizations and coalitions, particularly in the Midwest. You will collaborate with diverse stakeholders, including community organizations, government agencies, and non-profit partners, to drive impactful, timely initiatives that promote climate justice and equitable solutions.

The ideal candidate is a trusted, values-driven campaign and program manager with a proven track record of organizing and moving complex programs forward from inception to completion. They can effectively and appropriately inform, engage and coordinate diverse organizations, other external stakeholders, and internally across staff to advance priorities. The candidate brings relevant experience working on complex organizing campaigns at the state or federal levels, has experience working with BIPOC organizations and leaders on issues or campaigns that center their leadership, and possesses fundamental knowledge of climate, racial and economic justice issues. The candidate is able to travel and work with multiple states and strategize how to build a multi-state program, and resides in Michigan-Midwest.

Below are specific required and preferred skills and abilities for this position.


  • Minimum of 5 years of project/campaign management, grassroots organizing, and coalition building experience.
  • Understanding of climate justice issues, including an understanding of the disproportionate impacts of climate change on marginalized communities.
  • Experience leading organizing tactics and strategies in collaboration with diverse partners and coalitions in regional, statewide, and/or national context.
  • Experience in community or stakeholder engagement and facilitating inclusive decision-making processes.
  • Proven track record of successfully managing complex projects with multiple stakeholders.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively engage and collaborate with diverse stakeholders and communities.
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize tasks, and adapt to changing project needs.
  • Passion for Just Solutions’ purpose and commitment to racial, social, and environmental justice.
  • Willingness to learn new topics/issues related to climate and/or environmental justice.
  • Values emotional intelligence, empathy and resilience our core to our success
  • Ability for creative problem solving and distinguishing levels of authority in making decisions


  • Experience working in highly diverse teams and organizations.
  • Experience working in the non-profit sector either as a paid employee or a volunteer.
  • Experience working in Michigan or the Midwest.

For a complete overview of the position summary, job responsibilities, qualifications and more, please view the job description here.

Reports to: Director of State Initiatives
Remote (Preferably based in the Midwest – Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin)
Salary: $95,000 – $115,000 depending on experience.


Please submit a current resume and cover letter outlining your interest in the position and capacity to do the job. The cover letter can be addressed to Brandon Dawson, Director of State Initiatives, and applications sent via email to The position will remain open until filled, qualified candidates will be invited to interview on a rolling basis.