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Request for Proposals: JEDI Consultant

Request for Proposals

The Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) seeks a solutions-oriented and forward-thinking Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) consultant or consulting firm with a background in advocacy, environmental justice, or other related fields. This consultant/consulting firm will support and guide the JEDI committee’s efforts to integrate the goals as outlined in the committee’s JEDI Logic Model (see attachment).

Consultant/Consulting Firm on Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI)

The consultant will work with the JEDI committee and OEC leadership team to:

  • Guide the JEDI committee in the completion of identified JEDI goals and objectives.
  • Develop and guide the organization’s framework for objective collaboration with groups from the offset.
  • Lead targeted coaching and training for members of the Ohio Environmental Council staff and board.

Scope of Work

  • Coach staff members on incorporating JEDI into their ongoing work and measuring impact.
  • Work with the Board Governance committee to build the knowledge base around systemic racism and how to address it in the environmental justice movement.
  • Help create “informal” training (i.e. Lunch and Learn, bi-monthly staff meeting) that the JEDI committee can plan and implement.
    Continue building a culture of shared leadership

About the Ohio Environmental Council

The Ohio Environmental Council was created in 1969 on the strength of individuals and continues more than 50 years later because of individuals and groups who work together to protect and restore Ohio’s natural resources and beauty. The Ohio Environmental Council is the state’s most comprehensive, effective and respected environmental advocate for a healthier, more sustainable Ohio. Our experts work daily to restore, protect, and strengthen the quality of life for families and communities—from the air we breathe and the water we drink to the food we eat and natural resources we enjoy.

Using legislative initiatives, legal action, scientific principles, and statewide partnerships, we secure a healthier environment for Ohio’s families and communities. Our staff, board of directors, group members and individual members, grantors, and community supporters all share the OEC’s mission: to secure healthy air, land, and water for all who call Ohio home.

Submission Guidelines and Requirements

The proposal should focus on addressing the agency’s ability to provide the services outlined in the Scope of Work. Please also include the following:

  • Successful track record in providing JEDI recommendations to environmental organizations.
  • Experience incorporating and refining JEDI in organization-wide strategy.
  • Experience strengthening JEDI practices in organization-wide strategy.
  • Experience with providing JEDI training, professional development, and facilitating difficult conversations across teams.
  • Perspective to approach JEDI from a U.S. and global context.

The Ohio Environmental Council is committed to equitable treatment and opportunity in its relation with consultants and potential consultants. As such, we encourage proposal submissions from organizations and individuals who represent diverse communities.

Proposals should contain the following:

  • Cover letter that provides a detailed description of the history, experience, and qualifications that you have to satisfy the items outlined in the scope of work.
  • Resume
  • Portfolio or documentation of similar/relevant projects that you have undertaken including results achieved.
  • Detailed and comprehensive project costs, including an itemized budget for the services to be performed.
    At least three references from relevant projects that you have completed.

We are interested in candidates who can bring a customized, nuanced approach to JEDI at Ohio Environmental Council and someone who is familiar with advocacy organizations and the environmental justice movement.

All items should be submitted in a zip file and emailed to Dante Ferguson at by 3 PM Friday, December 10th, 2021. Any questions or concerns should be directed to Dante Ferguson as well.

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