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Date: July 17, 2013

Climate Organizer – New Organizing Institute (Washington, DC)

New Organizing Institute seeks a Climate Organizer to manage a new program to build capacity and depth in the climate movement.

The Climate Organizer will be responsible with assisting partner organizations in climate-related training work, and recruiting and supporting a team of fellows to work in climate organizations.

NOI is a progressive organization that builds capacity and sophistication in the progressive movement in the areas of technology and new media, especially as they relate to organizing. NOI offers numerous trainings for progressive practitioners, engages in data research, and coordinates with a wide range of progressive partners to leverage common interests in the improvement of technology options in the field.

This position is temporary through June 2014, with an option to extend through the 2014 elections and possibly beyond.

The Climate Organizer will play a crucial role on NOI’s Training and Campaign Support Team by:

  • Developing and delivering training content to equip climate organizers to run sophisticated campaigns (as many as 13 trainings from Fall 2013 to Spring 2014)
  • Manage Climate Leadership Corps to… — Identify and select fellows to participate in the program.
  • Recruiting organizations to host fellows.
  • Working with host organizations and fellows to identify placements that will have the biggest impact.
  • Supporting cohorts of fellows with continued trainings and debriefs to build a community of practice.
  • Lead a program-wide debrief at RootsCamp 2014.
  • Identifying opportunities for NOI to support the climate movement through 2014 and beyond.

Apply here.

Managing Director – Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (Cambridge, MA)

The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) is seeking a Managing Director to direct SBN’s daily operations and lead strategic development and growth of the organization and its core programs. The ideal candidate will be a passionate and motivated sustainability professional with experience in the following core areas: organization and program management, event planning, fundraising, and non-profit or business administration. Successful candidates will be resourceful self-starters and team players that thrive in dynamic and fast-paced work environments and enjoy taking on new challenges.

As Managing Director you will be responsible for directing the day-to-day operations and strategic development of SBN and its core programs and events including (but not limited to) the following specific responsibilities:


  • New member identification, recruitment and engagement
  • Retention of existing members
  • Development and management of member networking and learning events including monthly B2B Networking Group Meetings, SBN onTours, technical assistance workshops, and new events.


  • Grants: Identification of grant opportunities, grant writing, and
  • Sponsorships: New sponsor development & existing sponsor
  • Foundations: Research appropriate foundations and develop strategic


  • Lead planning of SBN’s annual Sustainability Leadership Summit &
  • Provide overall management and direction for the development, management of awarded grants (meeting deliverables, invoicing, reporting, etc.) management (SBN/SBLP & Special Events) relationships for foundation support
  • Provide guidance and direction for SBN’s large-scale local food events Annual Holiday Party planning, and execution of SBN’s recurring and one-time smallscale events including monthly B2B Networking Group Meetings, SBN On Tours, ALLocal Dinners, Technical Assistance Workshops, documentary film screenings and more- including the annual Boston Local Food Festival, Hyper Local Craft Brewfest, Local Craft Brewfest and Buy Local Trade Show planned in collaboration with partner organization The Williams Agency.

Staff Management:

  • Recruit, contract and manage SBN staff and interns
  • Ensure professional development of staff and interns
  • Provide day-to-day guidance & support
  • Support the Sustainable Business/Community Leader Program staff with new client development and engagement (particularly highprofile clients)


  • Invoicing and bill processing
  • Budgeting and budget management
  • Program and event accounting
  • Basic financial accounting: check/cash processing etc.

Office Management:

  • Manage office lease and tenant sub-leases
  • Act as primary liaison to landlord and sub-tenants
  • Manage office services including internet, phone, and cleaning
  • Ensure office runs smoothly


  • Manage SBN’s Facebook page
  • Write newsletter articles, blog posts, website updates and other communications in support of the Marketing and Communications Coordinator
  • Edit event and other outreach e-mails/communications
  • Prepare and deliver presentations at events and conferences


  • Guide the overall strategic development of the organization
  • Act as staff liaison to the Board, prepare board reports, attend board meetings and make presentations as needed
  • Represent SBN at internal and external conferences and events
  • Support special programs including the SBN Affinity Program, Worcester SBLP, and others as needed
  • Develop strategic & collaborative partnerships with businesses and organizations to grow the organization and achieve our mission


  • • College degree required, graduate degree preferred
  • • Minimum 3-5 years of professional experience in environmental sustainability or related field
  • • Prior management experience (project/programs and staff) required
  • • Fundraising experience & knowledge a must
  • • Budgeting/financial management and working knowledge of Excel Spreadsheets a must
  • • Excellent written and verbal communications skills a must
  • • Confident presenting to external clients and small and large groups
  • • Strong organizational skills, strategic thinker, innovator, self starter
  • • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities, deadlines and frequent interruptions
  • • High level of professionalism and strong attention to detail required
  • • Ability to work a flexible schedule including occasional nights and weekends
  • • Strong work ethic and a passion for SBN’s mission
  • • Comfortable using all basic Microsoft Office products (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • • Knowledge of social media platforms a plus

To apply:

Contact Taryn Johnson at taryn@sbnmass.org with cover letter, resumé and references to apply.

Program Coordinator – Northwest Biocarbon Initiative (Olympia, WA, Seattle, WA, or Portland, OR)

Climate Solutions’ mission is to accelerate practical and profitable solutions to global warming by galvanizing leadership, growing investment, and bridging divides. Since 1998, Climate Solutions has pioneered the vision and cultivated political leadership in the Northwest for the proposition that clean energy and broadly-shared economic prosperity can go hand-in-hand. Through our programs such as Business Leaders for Climate Solutions, New Energy Cities, Sustainable Aviation Fuels, and Northwest Biocarbon Initiative, Climate Solutions builds a powerful constituency for local, regional, and national action on climate and clean energy. Climate Solutions has offices in Olympia, Seattle and Portland. For more information about Climate Solutions, visit www.climatesolutions.org.

The Northwest Biocarbon Initiative (NBI) program is dedicated to establishing the Northwest as a leading laboratory and incubator for biocarbon solution. In addition to rapidly transitioning off of fossil fuels (the first climate solution), we must also restore safe levels of greenhouse gases in Earth’s atmosphere by developing scalable strategies to pull carbon from the air and store it in soils, trees, and other plants (the second climate solution). NBI is building the movement to protect and increase carbon stored in forests, farms, communities, wetlands, coasts, and other ecosystems, in ways that are economically attractive and deliver multiple public benefits.

Climate Solutions is seeking a talented Coordinator to lead our NBI program in its movement-building work to:

  • Engage and lead a diverse range of partner groups in communications activities connecting their work to Northwest leadership on the global biocarbon imperative, and to overcome key barriers to biocarbon solutions;
  • Increase public understanding and visibility of biocarbon as the second major solution to the climate crisis;
  • Frame current scientific knowledge on biocarbon for public understanding, and identify key gaps in knowledge to help shape the research agenda going forward; and
  • Educate policymakers – local, state, and federal – on the biocarbon imperative, and on specific policy actions they can take to support biocarbon innovation and Northwest leadership.

The NBI Coordinator will work in close consultation with Climate Solutions’ Director of Strategic Innovation Eileen V. Quigley, who will supervise this position, as well as with NBI’s Steering Committee, which includes several key partner organizations. This position may be located in our Olympia, Seattle, or Portland office.

For more information about this exciting position, visit here.

ENRE Student Fellowship Program – American Planning Association

APA’s Environment, Natural Resources and Energy Division announces its Student Fellowship Program for second-year planning graduate students.


$2,500 for the 2013-14 School Calendar Year (two awards of $1,250 at the end of each semester)


  • Second-year graduate student enrolled in a PAB-accredited graduate planning program focusing on issues related to the environment, natural resources or energy. Student may be full or part-time, but must be classified as a second year student.
  • GPA: B or above (3.0 on a 4.0 scale)
  • Studies focused on issues related to the environment, natural resources or energy, and pursuing a program or course of study consistent with the Division’s mission.
  • Preference will be given to students with APA and Division memberships.


The Division’s Fellowship committee will select the Fellowship recipient by August 26, 2013.

The Division’s mission is to promote sound environmental, natural resources and energy planning and sound resource use policies among individual members of APA and the general public, and within the planning profession and communities of all scales.

Awards will be based on:

  • Meeting the eligibility criteria
  • Quality of the application materials
  • Connection of the student’s course of study to Division’s mission

Submission Requirements:

  1. Application form (doc)
  2. Recommendation letter from thesis/project faculty advisor
  3. Description of masters’ thesis or project, including how it relates to the Division’s mission (800-word maximum)
  4. Essay describing interest in environmental planning, experience (extra-curricular activities may be included), and future career goals (600-word maximum)
  5. CV or resume

Responsibility of the student Fellow:

  • Maintain the course of study identified in the application and GPA of B or greater

Submit a paper by August 7, 2013 to Danielle Bower at bowerdanielle@gmail.com for consideration for publication in the division’s newsletter. Student is also encouraged to submit application to present a session at the annual APA National Conference.

For more info, click here.

Christine Mirazayan Science and Technology Fellowship (Washington, DC)

The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program is designed to engage early career individuals in the analytical processes that inform U.S. science and technology policy. Fellows obtain the essential skills and knowledge needed to work in science and technology policy at the federal, state, or local levels. Fellows spend 12 weeks at the National Academies in Washington, DC learning about science and technology policy and the role that sciences and engineers play in advising the nation.

More information: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/policyfellows/index.htm

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