U.S. & Canada Regional Director

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Nothing and no one should be disposable

GAIA seeks an inspiring, dynamic, and collaborative Regional Coordinator for our U.S. & Canada region. This is a leadership role in GAIA’s global network, which includes more than 500 organizations and individuals in 93 countries working for a world without waste. 

Our member network is the core of what we do. Using a bottom-up organizing strategy, we follow their leadership as they direct local campaigns to change policy and build community power. Working at the intersection of zero waste, environmental justice, and systems change, we shut down incinerators, expose the fossil fuel industry’s pivot to plastic production, and support frontline communities in a just transition to zero waste. Our original research educates the public, supports campaigns, and shapes policy to address the true climate, community, environmental, and economic impacts of incineration and other quick-fix approaches to our disposable-dependent system.  

As incinerators across the U.S. and Canada reach the end of their lifecycles, this is a crucial turning point for communities to shut down aging facilities. It is also a turning point for polluting industries, who are responding to public pressure to answer for their creation of the climate crisis by expanding their production of plastic and other harmful products. The Regional Coordinator will play a key role in tapping into the potential for this moment to help shift the world away from an extractive economy, and toward justice and sustainability. 


GAIA U.S. & Canada Regional Director will work with members and supervise regional staff to set a critical path for current and future work, and lead GAIA’s campaigns and strategies in the U.S. & Canada. This is a position with significant growth and professional learning opportunities, as part of the growing movement for zero waste and ending incineration and plastic pollution.

The successful candidate will be an effective networker and team leader, skilled at building alignment across diverse contexts. The candidate will be motivated to plan and implement national strategies in collaboration with environmental justice organizations, frontline grassroots organizations, and other allies to defeat “waste-to-energy” incineration. They will be excited by the opportunity to increase member involvement and amplify the impact of local campaigns for zero waste strategies and ending incineration, and to collaborate horizontally with and take leadership from grassroots organizers in the network. The Regional Director will also have fundraising and resource mobilization experience, capable of building key donor and partner relationships to support the strategies of GAIA’s network. 

On an international level, the Regional Director will work with Directors and Coordinators from other world regions to guide the work of GAIA’s global network. This includes helping to oversee the integration of GAIA’s campaigns across borders, as well as to ensure regional participation in strategic planning to further GAIA’s mission internationally, promoting member solidarity, engagement, and connectivity, and ensuring the sustainable growth of our network. 

GAIA’s U.S. & Canada Regional Director will:

  •  Provide leadership to overall strategies in the region, including research and policy work, member support and engagement initiatives, and communications strategies, in collaboration with regional staff responsible for those work areas;
  • Supervise and  provide mentoring and leadership development opportunities to GAIA’s lean and highly effective 4-person U.S. & Canada Regional Team;
  • Work with GAIA’s global fundraising and finance team to support fundraising for U.S. & Canada projects and seek new funding opportunities for members;
  • Manage the regional budget including overseeing organizational grants and small funds distribution to members in U.S. & Canada;
  • Together with staff team, ensure facilitation of regional member development and consultation processes, including shared analysis of key strategic opportunities and threats, and member engagement in national and international campaigns;
  • Continue to build and strengthen connections and partnerships between GAIA and allied networks and organizations, including serving on the leadership body of Break Free From Plastic USA, and working with academic partners;
  • Active participation in GAIA’s Regional Coordinators Team (for global leadership) through monthly calls, regular online communication, and (pandemic permitting) in-person international meetings up to 1-2 times per year;
  • Serve as a GAIA spokesperson in the media and public venues, and support coworkers and members to be spokespeople.

The Regional Director will also participate in GAIA’s regional and international list serves, campaigns, and alliance-building meetings, in collaboration with the network’s international member leadership and staff.


At least 5-7 years of successful experience in a team leadership role, including experience at either an social or environmental justice organization. 

Experience campaigning at the grassroots level, or at a national or international level alongside grassroots organizations.

Excellent networking skills and proven track record in uniting diverse opinions and teams around a common agenda and plan in a way that facilitates conflict resolution and values community wisdom.

A passion for environmental health and climate, social, and environmental justice. Commitment to GAIA’s mission and core values. 

Proven track record in effective staff supervision/team leadership, with an approach based on collaboration, mentorship, accountability, and consensus-building.

Strategic thinker with demonstrated skill in analyzing political, environmental, and social trends and developing strategies  that are multi-faceted and decentralized.

Experience with external communication campaigns for programs or movements. 

Strong writing and public speaking skills, with an ability to simplify messages and communicate complex issues to the public.

Excited about working with a global multicultural alliance, which requires extensive online communication with staff and members (primarily via online tools).

Highly computer literate, and comfortable with new media technologies.

Strong interpersonal communication skills. Good listener.


Familiarity with climate, waste, toxics, and pollution advocacy.

Proven track record in raising money for organizations and projects, particularly from U.S. philanthropic foundations and other major donors.

Spanish language skills

Skilled in or has practical appreciation for other key programmatic areas for member support, such as community organizing, local policy development, research, and/or meeting facilitation.


  • Salary range $80,000 – $110,000, dependent on experience.
  • Good benefits, including employer-covered health/dental insurance, paid family leave, and approximately 30 days of paid time off each year (including vacation, holidays, and the last week of each calendar year), and an opportunity to qualify for a sabbatical.
  • This position will preferably be based out of the New York City metro area or secondarily the San Francisco Bay Area. However we are willing to consider applicants with strong qualifications located elsewhere in the U.S.
  • National and likely international travel will be required when safe considering pandemic restrictions (pre-pandemic this position involved travel at least once/month). Some odd hours are required due to work with colleagues in other world regions.
  • We take pride in our ability to support one another’s work in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect, and look forward to introducing the successful candidate to our welcoming and highly motivated team and members.
  • We seek candidates who are excited to make an initial commitment of at least two years to this work.


We are committed to equal employment opportunity principles and to provide all employees with a safe work environment free from discrimination and harassment. We welcome you regardless of your race, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, age, physical ability, nationality, or any other status unrelated to the performance of the job and protected by law. GAIA practices affirmative action, and candidates from historically disadvantaged or marginalized groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


Please send your resume and cover letter to gaiajobs@no-burn.org with the subject line “Regional Director Application.”  No calls, please. References and writing samples will be requested from successful candidates later in the process. 

This position will be open until filled. Applications will be considered as received.

To apply for this job email your details to gaiajobs@no-burn.org