Deputy Director

Deputy Director


The Central Valley Air Quality Coalition (CVAQ) is a diverse, dynamic partnership of community, public health, labor, and environmental justice organizations working for clean air in the San Joaquin Valley, with prioritization for communities of color and low income communities that are disproportionately impacted. CVAQ’s mission is to work toward awareness, act as a watchdog, advocate for policy, and mobilize communities to restore clean air to the Valley. CVAQ is a project of Social & Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE), a registered public non-profit. More information can be found at


Supports the organizaiton’s mission, vision, and values by exhibiting exellence, competence, accountability, collaboration, innovation, commitment to our community and to the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice. 


The Deputy Director supports the Executive Director in achieving CVAQ’s mission. The Deputy Director reports to the Executive Director and supports policy advocacy, community engagement, program implementation, and other core coalition activities. The Deputy Director works collaboratively with coalition members and assists with supervising staff, with the aim of maintaining CVAQ’s leadership position in the movement for clean air and environmental justice in the San Joaquin Valley. The Deputy Director operates with a high level of integrity and exercises independent judgment to plan, prioritize, and organize a diversified workload.


The Deputy Director will:

  • Assist the Executive Director in developing and implementing long-range strategic plans focused at achieving CVAQ’s mission and goals. Track progress toward achieving goals in a consistent and timely manner.
  • Cultivate relationships with and among coalition members. Promote active and strategic participation by members in all areas of CVAQ’s work.
  • Support the Executive Director with administrative requirements, including: assuring that the Operating Guidelines and Principles are adhered to; enforcing all administrative
    policies and procedures.
  • When the Executive Director is absent or otherwise unable, and with Chair and Fiscal Agent as appropriate, conduct official correspondence and sign and execute legal documents.
  • Assist with maintenance of official records and documents, and ensure compliance with fiscal agent agreement which include federal, state and local regulations.
  • Support the Director in supervising staff. Assist staff in relating their specialized work to the overall work of CVAQ. Help maintain a climate that attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse staff of qualified people.
  • Oversee consultant and contractor services as assigned.


  • Support the Executive Director in implementation of a comprehensive development plan to ensure that adequate funds are available. Help maintain relationships with current funders and cultivate relationships with new funders.
  • Contribute to grant writing and fundraising.


  • Actively participate in campaigns and committees. Provide leadership in strategy formation, capacity building, and policy advocacy in order to maintain CVAQ’s leadership position within the broader movement as the primary voice for San Joaquin Valley air issues.
  • Work effectively with key leadership of major allied organizations and community groups; assist key leaders in forging and implementing a common agenda and action plan. Actively engage in efforts to achieve maximum impact and ensure attainment of goals.
  • Maintain advanced knowledge of air pollution problems and solutions, relevant decision-making bodies, laws, regulations, policies, and the political climate in the San Joaquin Valley and at relevant state and local decision making bodies.
  • Facilitate, coordinate, and/or participate in CVAQ meetings as appropriate; foster strong internal communication and accountability among CVAQ members.


  • Implement strategies for using communication tools to engage members, inform impacted communities, and build power to create change. Coordinate with staff to effectively leverage media, website, and other communication tools to promote campaigns and activities. Oversee creation of timely press materials and web content.
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with impacted community residents, CVAQ members and staff, key elected officials and administrative staff, opinion leaders, and other stakeholders.
  • Represent CVAQ to relevant agencies, organizations, funders, and the general public.


Successful candidates will have experience in:

  • conceptualizing, implementing, and evaluating programs,
  • non-profit or project management,
  • policy analysis, community engagement, and/or advocacy.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills are a must. PC literacy as well as familiarity with Microsoft Suite, Google, and other collaborative tools required. Having an understanding of air quality policy and the socio-political landscape of the San Joaquin Valley is helpful. Experience supervising staff is desirable. Fluency in Spanish (reading, speaking, and writing) or another language is preferred.


An undergraduate degree in Environmental Sciences, Public Health, Political or Social Sciences or related subjects (education may be substituted with 4 additional years of relevant work experience) AND a minimum of 5 years of work experience, preferably at management level.

The ideal candidate demonstrates the following attributes:

  • Committed to environmental justice
  • Strong Initiative
  •  Dynamic
  • Competent
  • Committed
  • Tact and Diplomacy
  • Well Organized
  • Meticulous
  • Efficient
  • Highly Accountable


This is a full time, exempt position with long, varied, and irregular hours. $60,000 – $70,000 annual salary, depending on experience. CVAQ offers a generous benefits package, including medical insurance and paid time off. The primary place of business is CVAQ’s Fresno office, with frequent travel and reliable transportation required. Some telecommuting negotiable.


The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by
this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus. Employees in this position will be required to
work indoors in a standard office environment; travel by motor vehicle outdoors in varying degrees of
temperatures; work in indoor and outdoor environments that are outside of the office setting; and come
in direct contact with community and government representatives, CVAQ members, staff and the public,
when considered safe according to public health guidelines.


Submit a cover letter, resume, and 2-3 page writing sample reflective of relevant work to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; position open until filled.