Climate Justice Program Manager, Front and Centered
The Climate Justice Program Manager will develop strategies, lead a portfolio of projects, and oversee work as part of a collaborative cross-sector team and our statewide membership to advance the development and implementation of Front and Centered agenda for climate and environmental justice. They will be responsible for developing advancing projects and policy solutions at various stages, from conception through fruition, that improve the lives of frontline communities and put Washington on the path toward a Just Transition. They will work in close partnership with the subject matter leads and coordinators, develop their own areas of issue expertise, and engage research, advocacy, membership, communications, grants and other staff. They will be responsible for strategic decisions, project management oversight, coordinating information, and ensuring action across staff teams, membership, partners, and policymakers.
This Program Manager’s portfolio will focus on climate justice. Key subject matter areas will include greenhouse gas emissions and climate impacts as they relate to climate policy making, climate funding (public and private) and key sectors; including transportation; energy generation, buildings, and other end-uses including decarbonization and electrification; as well as potentially food systems; manufacturing, forest and marine ecosystems and more.
The position will report to the Co-Director for Policy and Programs and will supervise staff and provide direction to contractors.
Front and Centered agenda includes our vision for:
- Equitable Co-Governance - The communities most impacted by the extractive economy are at the center of government decision-making on the transition to a just and equitable environment. Including, implementation of the Health Environment for All Act (HEAL) and Just Futures that strengthens community self-determination and state accountability
- Healthy and Resilient Communities & Livelihoods - Every community has a clean environment and we prevent and address pollution, not just as a single source, but for its cumulative effects on overburdened neighborhoods and climate impacts and communities are more prepared to meet their own needs and less dependent on extractive industries.
- Energy Justice - Everyone has appropriate, affordable, access to and control over renewable energy that powers their homes and communities and eliminates excessive use of energy and toxic energy systems. Including equitable implementation and expansion of the Clean Energy Transition Act.
- Transportation Justice - Every community has reliable, accessible, affordable transit and infrastructure to safely roll, walk, and wheel that is free from toxic air, risk of injury and highways expansions contributing to climate change and displacement. Including implementation of statewide accessible frequent transit standards and divestment of highway investments toward equitable mobility.
Program Strategy, Planning, Delivery, and Evaluation
- Participate in organizational strategic planning, goal setting and evaluation in your program area and connections to other priority areas and key Front and Centered capacities
- Oversee the delivery of multiple and intersectional projects
- Provide administrative management, including developing project budgets, fundraising and contracting, and reporting on major organizational initiatives.
Development, implementation, and management of program and policy priorities and supervision
- Lead work plan development and follow-through in your program area, and develop, coordinate, and administer timelines and supporting roles to meet deliverables for the multiple and intersectional projects under your portfolio
- Navigate Front and Centered issues from community identified needs through concept development through policy-making process as part of a collaborative team
- Provide supervision, guidance and coaching of directly reporting staff and contractors
- Provide guidance and coaching to other staff and contractors without direct positional oversight
- Provide administrative management, managing contracts and follow-through
Issue leadership, research, development and communication
- Take leadership on specific focus issue areas as assigned and sheppard their advancement, develop recommendations and position statements aligned with community priorities and best available information
- Serve as point of contact and representative for the coalition on inquiries relevant to focus issue areas and prioritize and ensure consistent and responsive communication
- Track issue and policy developments and keep coalition team members and membership informed with analysis
Partnerships, advocacy, education, and communication
- Attend government meetings and public processes and communicate coalition positions effectively
- Identify and coordinate with prospective partners and engage them as appropriate, including in coordination with other staff
- Listen and provide feedback to partners based on community perspectives, attend events, provide Front and Centered perspective
- Draft easy-to-communicate talking points that communicate program and policy priorities in focus areas, identify communications needs and develop materials in collaboration with team members
- Develop, coordinate, facilitate and Front and Centered events and briefings
- Passion for changing the rules, for making justice the center of the climate and environmental conversation, and for being part of a dynamic, fun, and creative team that is facilitating frontline communities participation.
- At least five years of professional experience related to policy or program management or advocacy, including developing, analyzing, or advocating for a policy change within a public policy venue or major institution.
- At least three years of project management experience (additional or overlapping), demonstrating ability to clarify objectives, develop strategies and supervise portfolio of projects from start to finish; identifying tasks, goals, timelines, roles and responsibilities within a team to execute.
- At least two years (additional or overlapping) in related to community organizing, engagement or partnership development, including relationship building, understanding community concerns, and strategic mobilization (volunteer experience accepted).
- At least one year experience (additional or overlapping) supervising staff where you provide guidance, direction, and coaching in a supervisor/supervisee employment role.
- At least one experience (additional or overlapping) in research or analysis, with proven ability to understand information efficiently, assess its use and value for a project or initiative, and deploy it.
- Highly organized and resourceful with a strong attention to detail
- Knowledge of equity and social justice issues, and in particular environment and climate justice, and ideally knowledge in environmental health, including environmental regulation and health impacts, or in participatory democracy and governance, or in climate mitigation and resilience, or Just Transition, including understanding of economy and racial consumer capitalism and solidarity / regenerative economics.
- Ability to play a supportive role for Front and Centered to engage community leaders and their members in action, in-person and remotely, and across a diverse statewide groups of prospective participants.
- Demonstrated commitment to advancing racial equity or working directly in and for communities of color with experience working in diverse communities namely with people of color and indigenous peoples as well as disenfranchised communities.
- Strong commitment to the vision, mission, and values of Front and Centered, including a service ethic and commitment to racial justice.
- Proven ability to take initiative, identify priorities and accomplish tasks, and advance projects, including ability to work within a team to execute and work independently.
- Skill to communicate effectively complex concepts in easy to understand ways, verbal and written.
- Team player capable of working both collaboratively and independently.
- Deep knowledge and passion for social movements, environmental justice and racial justice.
- Experience working with and taking direction from frontline communities and working with community based organizations.
- Ability to travel and attend meetings, potentially on weekends and evenings.
Applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and three relevant professional references to email@example.com, put “Position Title” and “name” as the subject line of the email.
Applications will be reviewed and considered on a rolling basis with interviews anticipated to start early December. The anticipated start date is ideally winter 2023-2024.