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About AIJ

The Alaska Institute for Justice is a non-profit organization headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska. Our mission is to protect the human rights of Alaskans. The Alaska Institute for Justice includes three programs: Alaska Immigration Justice Project dedicated to providing legal representation to Alaska’s immigrant and refugee communities; Language Interpreter Center dedicated to training bilingual Alaskans to work as interpreters and provide an interpreter referral service; and Social and Climate Justice Research and Policy Institute focused on social and climate justice issues. As an agency we are committed to equity and justice and fostering a team work environment.

About the Social and Climate Justice Research and Policy Institute

The Research and Policy Institute includes a small team of people dedicated to social and climate justice to inform public policy at the local, national and international level.

Climate Justice Tribal Liaison Director

The successful candidate plays a critical role in leading AIJ’s effort to forge meaningful, sustainable relationships with Alaska Native communities and advocate for climate justice. The successful candidate will work with tribal communities to elevate Alaska Native voices, values, and priorities through community-based environmental monitoring of permafrost thaw and flooding and climate justice policy development. This is an excellent role for a person who is passionate about justice, equity and decolonizing the systems that are responsible for the climate crisis.

This position has both external and internal-facing leadership responsibilities. Externally, the successful candidate represents the Alaska Institute for Justice as liaison to Alaska Native communities and state and federal government agencies and international working groups. The successful candidate must possess the ability to effectively work and advocate with Alaska Native communities. Internally, the candidate will primarily be responsible for leading the climate justice work with Alaska Native communities, including implementing community-based environmental monitoring and climate justice advocacy strategies developed with Alaska Native communities.

Position Required Qualifications

  •  Bachelor’s degree in ethnic studies, environmental studies, social psychology, or a related field that includes coursework and/or experience communicating and working with Alaska Native communities.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, and ability to build lasting
  • Strong knowledge of Alaska Native cultures, histories and government relations, including concepts of sovereignty and self-determination.
  • Minimum two years of experience working with Alaska Native
  • Ability to communicate across cultural lines to interpret federal and state policies on disaster relief and response, housing and climate adaptation, and working with Alaska Native communities, evaluate the impact of these policies on these communities.
  • Strong interest in developing policies with Alaska Native communities to increase their receipt of funding and technical assistance from state and federal grant programs for climate adaptation.
  • Facilitate telephonic meetings with Alaska Native
  • Plan annual climate justice and climate adaptation
  • Draft reports with Alaska Native communities to document environmental change and climate adaptation work.
  • Able to work independently, collaboratively and creatively to find solutions to
  • Experience and commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and

Salary:  70,000-90,000 with a generous benefits package

The Alaska Institute for Justice is an Equal Opportunity Employer Position open until filled

To apply please submit a cover letter referencing this position and the applicant’s philosophy about climate justice and Alaska Native tribal sovereignty, a resume, a writing sample and the names and contact numbers for three professional-related references electronically to:

Robin Bronen, Executive Director

Alaska Institute for Justice

robin.bronen (at) akijp.org

Interviews will begin April 2022.

 

Climate Justice Policy Attorney

Job Summary:

This position has several major job responsibilities, including working with tribes and state and federal government agencies, preparing written reports and legal analysis, reviewing legislation related to disaster relief and response, land use planning and hazard mitigation.  Demonstrated commitment to environmental and social justice is critical.  The Alaska Institute for Justice’s (AIJ) mission is to protect the human and civil rights of Alaskans.  AIJ’s Research and Policy Institute is dedicated to social and environmental justice research and litigation to inform public policy at the local, national and international level.

Specific Duties:

  • Work with AIJ staff on public policy and advocacy issues to support Alaska Native communities to receive the funding and technical assistance they need
  • Identify ongoing opportunities to improve recognition of climate-forced population displacement among policy decision-makers and advocate for strengthened national – international policies to address the issue;
  • Monitor, analyze, and recommend appropriate responses to legislative and regulatory developments that have implications for Alaska Native communities
  • Work with the AIJ team to draft legislative analysis, position statements, white papers, reports, articles, fact sheets, issue briefs, and other resources
  • Collaborate in planning and implementing AIJ Research and Policy Institute events and meetings with government and non-profit agencies
  • Represent the project team and participate in relevant Arctic and climate policy meetings and working groups
  • Understanding of how climate change is impacting Arctic regions is advantageous, but not required.

Minimum Qualifications:

Demonstrated commitment to social and environmental issues.  Minimum two years public policy, litigation or legal work experience.  J.D., B.A. or B.S. degree in public policy.  Previous work experience with Alaska Native communities.  Computer keyboarding and office skills required.  Knowledge of Microsoft Windows, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel required.

Salary:             75,000-95,000

Generous benefits package

The Alaska Institute for Justice is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Position open until filled

 

To apply please submit a cover letter referencing this position, a resume, a writing sample and the names and contact numbers for three professional-related references electronically to:

Robin Bronen, Executive Director

Alaska Institute for Justice

robin.bronen (at) akijp.org

Position open until filled