Climate Ready Boston Coordinator (Temp-Grant Funded)

Location: Boston

Closing Date: 1/10/2018

THIS IS A GRANT-FUNDED POSITION FOR 18 MONTHS. 

Brief Job Description (essential functions of the job):

In January 2015, Mayor Walsh released the latest update of the City of Boston's Climate Action Plan. One of it’s primary goals is to prepare Boston for the rising sea levels, increased precipitation, and more frequent and intense heat waves caused by climate change. Since then the City has advanced this goal through the release of the Climate Ready Boston report in December 2016 and subsequent neighborhood resilience planning in East Boston, Charlestown, South Boston, and Dorchester Bay. Continued implementation of additional strategies includes integrating preparedness and climate change projections into all municipal planning and permit review; coordinating Boston's preparedness activities with related work by other municipalities, regional authorities and offices of the Commonwealth; and working with business, institutional, non-profit and neighborhood groups to ensure that all parts of the Boston community have the support, incentives, and resources necessary to reduce their vulnerability to the increasing risks associated with climate change.

The Climate Ready Boston Program Coordinator will work with the Climate Ready Boston Program Manager and Director of Climate and Environmental Planning in the Environment Department to support implementation of Climate Ready Boston. 

Responsibilities:

Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Become thoroughly familiar with the City of Boston's climate and sustainability goals and the City’s administrative structure, programs, and staff responsibilities for climate action.
  • Stay current with scientific developments and convey them in practical terms to stakeholders.
  • Support neighborhood climate resilience planning and develop proposals for extending planning into additional neighborhoods or deepening efforts in existing.
  • Support the management of projects to develop specific plans that address risks from longer and more frequent heat waves, more intense precipitation, and higher sea levels and coastal flooding
  • Support the development and convening of the Infrastructure Coordination Committee.
  • Lead innovative community outreach around climate preparedness
  • Assist in coordinating and mainstreaming internal and external activities related to climate preparedness within City Hall.
  • Work with City agencies such as the Boston Public Health Commission and Department of Neighborhood Development to expand the awareness of climate preparedness in their activities and develop resources for residents, small businesses, and other stakeholders to take action.
  • Perform related work as required.