Climate Change Philanthropy Fellow

Opportunity Type: Other

Troy, MI, US

The Climate Change Philanthropy Fellow will support the Environment Program in advancing its goal of helping cities implement comprehensive climate-resilience approaches grounded in equity. The fellow will gain experience and insight into institutional philanthropy, climate change policy and advocacy, community development and strategies to incorporate equity firmly in climate change work. This position provides a valuable career development opportunity for an emerging climate change professional as well as added capacity to the Environment Program to fulfil its ambitious goal.  

The fellowship is a two-year appointment and is open to those who have completed a master’s degree in a field related to urban climate resilience, such as environmental studies, public health, public policy or urban planning. We are most interested in candidates whose education has included coursework on climate change mitigation and/or adaptation, urban systems and public policy, and who hold a deep commitment to both environmental work and racial equity.  

Primary responsibilities   

  • Providing project coordination support to the Kresge staff team that leads the foundation’s Climate Change, Health and Equity Initiative.   
  • Assisting in the team’s review of grant requests and management of its portfolio of grants.   
  • Leading special projects as needed.   
  • Conducting background research to support Environment team strategy and program development; this includes keeping abreast of new developments and published research in fields relevant to climate resilience.   
  • Preparing key materials for Kresge presentations and meetings, supported by relevant desk research.   
  • Participating in travel to conferences, convenings and site visits with grantees and funding partners as needed.