Project Manager (climate adaptation)
We are seeking a committed employee with a strong understanding of climate change adaptation strategies; at least a BA degree, preferably in the sciences or engineering; and at least 3 years’ relevant work experience, including fulfilling grants from agencies such as NOAA, USDA, NFWF, and EPA. The person will be well-organized, versatile, a quick-study and a good writer. This is a full-time, remote position. Because the position requires significant video conferencing, the candidate must have access to a private or quiet room.
Salary range, $65,000-$70,000 (potentially higher based on experience). Package of benefits. On January 1 st 2024, we will be shifting to a four-day, 32 hour week.
Anthropocene Alliance (A2) is the nation’s largest coalition of frontline communities fighting for climate and environmental justice. The alliance consists of 223 community-based organizations in 41 U.S. states and territories. 82% of our grassroots leaders represent mostly low income, Black, Latinx, or Native American communities, and almost 70% of our leaders are women. They are impacted by flooding, toxic waste, wildfires, drought and heat — all compounded by bad development and the climate crisis.
A2’s mission is to empower communities, making them more resilient while mitigating climate change. We help impacted communities access scientific, technical, communications, finance, operations, and grant writing assistance. Our Frontline 360° service is a collaborative project with the Environmental Protection Network, Thriving Earth Exchange, Community and College Partners Program, Center for Applied Environmental Science, and others. Please learn more about us in US News and World Report, and Inside Philanthropy and read our members' reviews in Great Nonprofits.
The project Manager will work closely with our Chief Program Officer to manage grants awarded to A2, and to provide in-house research and expertise in climate adaptation. The position involves:
- Acting as the A2 project lead to help distribute $9.6 million for forestry and watershed management, funded by USDA’s Urban and Community Forestry Program, and in partnership with River Network, Native Americans in Philanthropy, Thriving Earth Exchange and the Environmental Protection Network (60% of the time).
- Acting as A2 lead to the University of New Mexico’s Southwest Environmental Finance Center that is helping communities finance water infrastructure (20% of the time).
- Project managing various climate resilience projects funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, including program reporting, making grant revisions, and ensuring that deliverables are being accounted and invoiced for.
- Maintaining and adding to a list of contractors and pro bono entities that can provide engineering and landscape architecture expertise, accounting, and legal support.
- Providing research and analytical support to the grant writing team.
- Presenting at conferences and webinars, and other duties as assigned.
- Strong understanding of climate change adaptation strategies and obstacles
- Experience fulfilling grants from agencies such as NOAA, USDA, NFWF, and EPA
- Experience working remotely
- Can use (or quickly learn) online mapmaking and data systems for climate and environmental information (e.g., EJ Screen)
- Degree in science or engineering (e.g., forestry, ecology, climate change, renewable energy) as well as practical experience
- Highly organized and can track and manage multiple projects at once (note: A2 uses Air Table for project management)
- Flexible, and able to work odd hours in response to members’ needs
- Committed to environmental justice and desire to work with people from underserved communities that may not have strong bandwidth or computer skills
- Able to attend virtual and in-person meetings
- Empathetic and a good listener
- Three or more years of experience
Prefer but not required:
• Speaks Spanish
To apply, email email@example.com with your resume, a cover letter indicating how you learned about this job opening, and two writing samples (e.g., grant report, grant application, comments submitted to federal agencies). Finalists may be asked to undertake a brief assignment and provide references before interview.
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