Climate Justice Program Manager
JOB TITLE: Climate Justice Program Manager
EMPLOYER: Catalyst Miami, Inc.
REPORTS TO: Director of Policy & Advocacy
SALARY RANGE: $55,000-$65,000
SUMMARY: Oversees and implements climate justice initiatives and will join a team of policy advocates and direct service providers working toward the vision of a just society where everyone can lead healthy, prosperous, and self-determined lives.
Catalyst Miami’s vision is a just society in which everyone can lead healthy, prosperous, self-determined lives. To realize this vision, we build power with frontline communities throughout Miami-Dade County to collectively advance justice and achieve shared prosperity. The Policy and Advocacy team fosters grassroots leaders and activists, organizes collectively for direct action, and holds elected leaders accountable to communities of color. The three objectives that fit into our overarching strategy are as follows:
- Work with our community partners to overturn & reimagine policies and practices based in racism and discrimination;
- Collectively shape the policies and practices of the future to be anchored in racial, economic and social justice;
- Create collective models of sustainable and transformational economic growth for our communities.
Miami is one of the most at-risk cities in the world for climate change impacts. Since 2014, Catalyst Miami has capitalized upon its 25-year track record as an economic justice organization by building power around integrating social justice into the local climate movement. As a result of this work, we aim to create systems changes that build economic opportunities for our communities, as well as prioritize community decision-making and control, all while addressing the climate crisis.
For this Climate Justice Program Manager role, we are seeking a highly organized, strategic, detail-oriented, collaborative team-player with a deep passion for community engagement who will participate in a Climate Equity Policy Fellowship. Our ideal candidate will provide policy support and analysis while receiving training, mentoring, and coaching opportunities through programming aimed to develop expertise in equitable climate and clean energy policy and leadership. To be considered, candidates must have excellent interpersonal and public speaking skills, be culturally competent, comfortable engaging in spaces at the intersection of climate justice, including housing and health, and have a foundational understanding of environmental issues, including lived experience. Through this opportunity you will work on policy initiatives, speak at community meetings, network with local partners and stakeholders, and work with the Miami Climate Alliance, and co-lead the Clean Energy for All (CEFA) table. You will also gain in-depth understanding of climate change, affordable housing, civic engagement, and other key community issues at a local, grassroots level.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Develop expertise and establishes climate justice policy advocacy initiatives and programs at the local, state and federal levels
- Evaluate new and existing policies and issue areas associated with climate justice and energy equity that Catalyst Miami may want to consider pursuing
- Oversee community organizing work related to energy justice, natural disasters such as extreme heat, and other climate justice concerns
- Participate in all Climate Equity Policy Fellowship cohort meetings, retreats, site visits, and trainings including the orientation, leadership development, and skills-based workshops related to the Fellowship program
- Provide input and feedback on the Climate Equity Policy Fellowship to ensure it reflects individual needs through quarterly meetings
- Build strong relationships within the community to advance climate justice policies, including interfacing with elected and government officials, and community stakeholders
- Represents Catalyst Miami at community events and conferences
- Ensure program-related collaterals and records are up to date for project monitoring
- Contribute to grant proposals, reports, white/concept papers, toolkits, case studies and policy memos as requested
- Collaborate with staff across various departments to ensure the work is aligned with the organization’s goals
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
- Passion for addressing racial and social justice issues impacting local communities
- Passion for and a baseline knowledge of climate justice, energy justice, extreme heat, and/or civic engagement
- Experience in community outreach, coalition-building and organizing
- Strong communication and people skills - significant experience working with diverse communities and exhibiting cultural competency
- Comfort with public speaking
- Excellent organization skills - organized and detailed, ability to manage multiple projects independently and simultaneously
- Familiarity with common software programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Google Suite, and online platforms such as Zoom and Google Meets
- Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team, as well as being a self-starter who can work independently
- Strong innovative and creative thinking
- This position will directly supervise one employee.
- Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.
- Conducts interviewing, hiring, onboarding and training of employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; supporting employee development; acknowledging, celebrating and taking disciplinary action; and addressing complaints and resolving problems.
- Lived experience in frontline communities; this includes Black, Indigenous, and POC communities and low-income and working-class communities
- Language: Professional working proficiency in oral and written English.
- Professional working proficiency in oral and written Spanish or Haitian Creole highly desirable.
- Education: Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience
- Years of experience: 3 or more
- Computer skills: Microsoft Office Suite and working knowledge of web-based platforms
- Customer service orientation
- Promotes products and services
- Inspires & motivates
- Team player
- Develops talent (self)
- Articulate vision and understands the big picture
- Stable and calming influence
- Emotional intelligence
- Leads by example
- Open to feedback
- Effective interpersonal communicator
- Asset focused (as opposed to charity focused)
- Active listener
- Step out of comfort zone
- Learning agility, comfortable with uncertainty, adaptable to sudden change
- Goal oriented, prioritization and time management
- Analytical/critical thinker, problem solver and resourceful
- Continuous improver-persistent
- Move projects forward simultaneously
- Tolerate and effectively manage stress
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:
- Ability to lift weights of up to 25 pounds
- Stretch and bend to organize and distribute materials for Catalyst Miami activities
- Able to sit at desk for long periods of time and utilize computer for extended periods
- Must be able to work flexible hours to accommodate project needs
- Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The above describes the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or physical requirements. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
Email Camilo Mejia at [email protected] with your cover letter, resume, and a brief explanation (500 words or less) of how climate gentrification has impacted you and your community?
In the same email, please briefly answer the following questions:
- Do you have any experience leading, participating or managing climate justice policy and advocacy initiatives and/or coalitions?
- Do you have previous experience in project management and staff supervision?
- Do you have experience working with grant proposals, reports and/or white/concept papers?
- Are you able to read, speak or write Spanish and/or Haitian Creole fluently?