Available Position: 

Job Title: Equity Director
Work Location: Illinois
Reports to: Climate Jobs Illinois Executive Committee
Classification: Exempt Status: Full-time
Employee Type: W-2

Send resumes and any questions to Joe Duffy: joemduffy@gmail.com

About Climate Jobs Illinois: 

Climate Jobs Illinois is a coalition of labor organizations advocating for a pro-worker, proclimate agenda in Illinois. A state affiliate of the Climate Jobs National Resource Center, Climate Jobs Illinois is united around a shared goal of combating climate change while reversing income inequality. Our mission is to advocate for a clean energy economy at the scale climate science demands, create good union jobs and support more equitable communities. The coalition represents hundreds of thousands of Illinois working men and women who are the best trained and skilled to build Illinois’ new clean-energy economy from the ground up. This important work combined with labor standards—such as prevailing wage and project labor agreements, with union apprentice trained workers—provide a pathway to a strong middle class in Illinois. By focusing on the construction of clean energy sources as a way to combat the climate crisis, Climate Jobs Illinois offers a compelling new approach to creating an equitable and clean economy. Building a clean energy economy is an opportunity for labor to lead in climate by creating high-quality family-sustaining jobs that spur economic development while reducing carbon emissions. Learn more at www.climatejobsillinois.org.

Position Summary: 

Under the direction and guidance of the Executive Committee, the Climate Jobs Illinois Equity Director, is responsible for the planning, organizing, staffing, motivating, directing, management of and fundraising for all of Climate Jobs Illinois’ workforce development programs contained in the Climate Equity Jobs Act. 

Responsibilities (Essential Duties and Responsibilities): 

  • Leads operational strategy for the organization’s programs related to workforce development, events, and initiatives as guided by Climate Jobs Illinois’ mission as well as the Executive Committee. 
  • Manages and coordinates volunteer and professional relationships in support of Climate Jobs Illinois’ events related to workforce development, and major/planned gift fundraising activities. 
  • Identifies and cultivates relationships with foundations, corporations, labor unions, governmental entities, individuals, and community organizations to secure major planned gifts and grants allowing Climate Jobs Illinois to meet budget goals for workforce development plans. 
  • Coordinates activities, events, and grant opportunities to raise money in support of Climate Jobs Illinois workforce development budget. 
  • Collaborates with the Governing Board and Executive Committee to establish the annual budget, and to maintain sound financial procedures, reporting, and performance.
  • Monitors organization activities – identifies and addresses problems related to areas such as funding, expenditures, and related matters. 
  • Cultivates and maintains relationships with leading employers, workforce entities and labor unions across multiple industries throughout Illinois. 
  • Develops strong knowledge of current employment and industry trends in Illinois and opportunities for Climate Jobs participation by consulting with unions and employer partners, conducting independent research when necessary. 
  • Ensures support from elected officials, and governmental entities for Climate Jobs Illinois’ initiatives. 
  • Oversees creation and distribution of marketing materials for Climate Jobs Illinois, including regular updates to union leaders, contractors, community organization and job seekers. 
  • Meets with elected officials, community members and organizations to tell the Climate Jobs Illinois story and to gain support for Climate Jobs Illinois programing. 
  • Culturally competent with diverse communities to ensure their concerns and experiences are incorporated into Climate Jobs Illinois programming. 
  • Ensures compliance with all laws, regulations and guidelines governing non-profit organizations. 
  • Performs all other duties incidental to the duties of an Equity Director and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned by the Executive Committee. 

Qualifications (Knowledge, skills, and abilities): 

  • Proven track record of success in a leadership position overseeing operations of an organization or program with exposure to foundations, while maintaining solid relationships with staff, board, donors and community. 
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, priorities and personalities simultaneously with careful attention to details in a fast-paced environment.
  • Successful resource development, fundraising and philanthropy experience. 
  • A solid knowledge of accounting, budgeting, financial management and marketing. 
  • Extensive experience in leading the process of ongoing strategic planning. 
  • Extensive experience in public speaking/public relations. 
  • An entrepreneurial spirit, preferably including experience developing and implementing public-private partnerships to achieve community-wide social and economic goals. 
  • Strong business acumen and ability to handle complex situations and multiple responsibilities. 
  • Experience engaging in various problem solving and taking initiative, while utilizing a people centric approach and exhibiting good judgment. 
  • Cultural competency and sensitivity to diverse cultures, backgrounds, and communication styles. 

Preferred knowledge, skills, and abilities: 

  • 5+ years of experience in workforce development 
  • Not-for-profit experience is a plus 
  • Bachelor’s Degree and/or combination of equivalent employment and education experience 

Physical Demands and Work Environment: 

  • Talking in-person/on the phone consistently. 
  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer. 

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work: 

  • Monday–Friday – 9am–5pm 
  • Frequent overtime and weekends. 


  • Significant travel within the Chicago area, in addition to Springfield, and other locations across Illinois.

Note: This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job- related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments. All duties and responsibilities are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbents will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at-will” relationship.