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Climate Program Manager Position Opening - Reply Date Extended

NOAH, and our great climate partners in the City and academia, seek an energetic and enthusiastic climate project organizer to join our dynamic ClimateCARE team in East Boston. This person must be knowledgeable, flexible, proactive, able to work independently and possess effective community engagement skills. Please read through the job description for the Climate Program Manager position. If you would like to pursue the position, please answer the following questions in an email and email your resume to Phil Giffee, Executive Director of NOAH, at pgiffee@noahcdc.org. All applications are due by Friday, March 17, at 3 PM. No phone calls, please.

  1. Please describe your experience working on climate change or advancing climate resiliency projects.
  2. Please describe your experience in project management.
  3. Please describe your experience or role in a diverse, community campaign or organizing role.
  4. Briefly discuss your qualifications for our Climate Program Manager position.

EB ClimateCARE is a Kresge Foundation supported three-year initiative entering its second year. NOAH was chosen because of our long and successful history in environmental activism and community engagement. NOAH was chosen because of its long and successful history oin environmental activism and community engagement. A firm foundation has been built with multiple stakeholders, with the City of Boston being a very strong partner/ally in Climate Change/Resiliency work. We have an exceptionally talented leadership team of academics and professionals which meets weekly with NOAH staff to help manage and steer the initiative. We are well versed in the dynamics and challenges facing the neighborhood due to Climate Change. A number of East Boston residents have been involved in our work for years. We now need to deepen and broaden involvement of the diverse array of people and interests in our cherished community. We have built a model for outreach and organizing called ‘Supported Community Planning’ in which we recognize and respect the personal and family challenges many people face, which can often impede residents involvement in important issues such as Climate Change. SCP will be deployed by the CC Manager to broaden education, feedback and involvement in this next phase of our work. This position is not just organizing; it is definitely not just technical or engineering-oriented. It is about effective communication with neighborhood residents so they can understand and be involved in shaping the well-intentioned technical fixes proposed by agencies and departments in the City and the State. The CC Manager will also interface with our professional teams. We have many friends and allies in these departments, some of whom are currently involved in our Adaption Planning Working Group (APWG), a multi-agency infrastructure planning and coordinating entity EB ClimateCARE has created. This bridge-like position will assist in the translation of ideas and plans between community and agencies in order to inform planners of resident needs. The position will also assist in the development of smaller Pilot programs in order to get information to and feedback from residents. The success of the 'feedback loop' will create meaningful and useful plans for the City and agencies as well as practical and useful programs and climate alternative programs for residents and businesses. We are excited about the possibilities!
 

Position Title: Climate Program Manager

Reports to: NOAH’s Executive Director, in collaboration with our ClimateCARE team

NOAH’s multi-year ClimateCARE program encourages community resiliency in East Boston by engaging a broad cross-section of interests, with special attention on social equity, through involving diverse, low-income, immigrant and minority residents in a process that will culminate in integrated agency plans that mitigate and adapt to future sea-level rise and extreme heat conditions in our peninsular neighborhood of 40,000+. Collectively, we intend to create - and model - a neighborhood-based urban environmentalism project through our Supported Community Planning principles and activities, such as making greenhouse gas negative investments easy and common in East Boston households and resiliency-building, cost effective technologies and services in City/State departments and agencies which are already planning for East Boston.  An energetic and knowledgeable ‘customer service orientation’ will be critical to the success of the ClimateCARE Program Manager in order to reach and involve residents and agencies alike.

Responsibilities:

  • Help create finished ClimateCARE promotions, instructional graphics, communications and presentations within the community and beyond including: neighborhood meetings, associations, ethnic groups, on-street promotions, events, and social media postings. Support NOAH’s community vision, focus and climate practices throughout a multi-year, multi-stakeholder, cross-sector Resiliency planning initiative in order to educate residents/businesses on the dangers and imminence of the effects of GHG and sea-level rise.
  • Work very closely with our diverse community to engage people in NOAH’s CC initiatives, receive feedback, and share same with the ClimateCARE team.
  • Apply ClimateCARE ‘supported’ theories, practices and methods as the Pilots are created and rolled out.
  • Collaborate with NOAH Youth, staff, and multiple academic, inter-agency, project partners while recruiting, mentoring and empowering community residents and local agency partners. Interact with diverse partners, including community and neighborhood leaders, the general public government officials and academic partners. This will include public speaking and presentations to a diverse array of audiences, including occasional evening and weekend events.

Minimum Requirements:

This position requires five years of experience with climate resiliency program planning and community organizing/engagement. The successful candidate will be an energetic, detail oriented and creative thinker who is also able to work with diverse stakeholders, including our newcomer populations.
 

Additional desirable attributes:

  • Experience in green building technologies and infrastructure; and familiarity with the Boston Resiliency community
  • Ability to work under supervision, receive feedback
  • Outstanding organizational and coordination abilities
  • Experience in identifying target audiences and devising campaigns that engage and motivate
  • Ability to create and deliver presentations tailored to audience needs
  • Proficiency in Spanish language skills a huge plus
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Working knowledge of MS Office; photo and video-editing software is an asset
  • Experience working on flexible, goal oriented teams and track multiple processes.

Salary commensurate with experience.



NOAH is an equal opportunity employer.  We encourage applications from all people, including East Boston residents, women, and people of color.

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