JOB TITLE: Communities Program Director
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
EFFECTIVE DATE: May 24, 2021
LOCATION: Washington DC or San Francisco, CA preferred
APPLY TO: https://ecoamerica.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=17
ORGANIZATION & PROGRAM BACKGROUND
ecoAmerica is a 501(c)(3) non-profit works with institutional partners to build a critical mass of institutional leadership, public support, political will and collective action for climate solutions in the United States. We develop and manage sector-based programs for the health, faith and community sectors, empowering networks of trusted leaders and institutions to lead by example and engage stakeholders on climate action. Our goal is to put America on an irrefutable path to carbon neutrality, resulting in a more sustainable and just future. More information on our organization, programs, and JEDI commitment is available at www.ecoamerica.org.
The Communities Program Director leads ecoAmerica’s work to engage and activate America’s communities (cities, counties, regions, states) in climate action, advocacy and collective action. The Communities Program Director reports to the Executive Director and works collaboratively with other staff members to cultivate, activate and support leaders and partners in an efficient and effective manner. S/he will have in-depth knowledge and strong experience in the community’s field, significant knowledge and experience in the climate field. The incumbent must have a proven record of success in program management and in collaborating with C-level executives.
Build, activate, and support our network of mainstream leaders and organizations to guide the Communities program to engage and activate Americans on climate at the local level.
- Engage institutional and thought leaders from local, state and national government and NGO’s in the sector Leadership Circle Executive Committee that guides and supports our communities work.
- Identify, enroll and activate an expanded Leadership Circle to engage local, state, and regional leaders and empower them in local climate action and advocacy.
- In collaboration with the executive management team, identify, enroll and activate new local and state partners in targeted communities and regions by securing formal programmatic partnerships.
- Support sector Leadership Circle members, partners and stakeholders in further enrolling constituencies within the sector.
Drive local climate action by engaging partners and the Leadership Circle in programmatic activities that build support, capacity, and collective action.
- Create and implement program strategy in collaboration with the executive management team.
- Support, enhance, promote, and deliver the Path to Positive Ambassadors Training Program through and in collaboration with partners.
- Oversee and engage with program communications (social media, newsletters, website content, online community content and events) in collaboration with the executive management and marketing teams.
Enhance existing and create and promote new resources to inspire and empower communities to effective action and advocacy on climate change
- Develop, implement and promote program resources (e.g. guides, reports, presentations, and fact sheets) and engage others in endorsement and distribution of resources through partners and Leadership Circle members.
- Plan, coordinate, host, and promote monthly episodes of the webcast series, Let’s Talk Climate. Produce regular blog posts and participate in the creation of newsletters, website content, and other outreach.
- In conjunction with the management and marketing teams help conduct, document and promote (where feasible) sector specific research to understand the dynamics and/or stakeholders to build sector knowledge and form strategies and plans.
General organizational responsibilities
- Participate as a professional and positive member of the organization by contributing to activities that support ecoAmerica’s overall mission and success
- Participate with ecoAmerica and Network management in the planning and implementation of organizational and cross sector strategies, plans and activities including the sector forums, national summits, and campaigns.
- Participate in sector-specific fundraising efforts in collaboration with the Development team.
- Participate in staff and other organizational meetings to review progress and deliverables, share knowledge, and to collaborate on ecoAmerica activities.
- Work in cooperation with the Executive Director and Chief Administrative Officer to establish and manage sector program budgets and forecasts.
QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE SKILL REQUIRED
- College degree required; advanced degree preferred and minimally 10+ years related work experience
- Experience in leading the building and implementation of advocacy campaigns for stakeholder initiatives that energizing networks in independent and collective action.
- Experience building and managing professional relationships, “leading from behind” and interacting with high-level leaders from private, public, and NGO’s
- Current knowledge and understanding of the communities’ culture (local, state, national), leaders, organizations, structures and sustainability efforts
- Ability to blend strategic thinking with creation and management of real tactics and implementation
- Excellent verbal, written and visual communications, presentation and motivational skills
- Proficient skills across multiple platforms, including but not limited to Microsoft Office Suite and Google Docs
- Commitment to climate and environmental solutions and ecoAmerica’s mission.
This position is largely sedentary in nature however one must possess the ability to speak, hear, and write as well as the ability to use a computer and related software programs, and lift up to 20 lbs. Local and/or national travel periodically required.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
ecoAmerica provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, ecoAmerica complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
ecoAmerica expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of ecoAmerica’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.