Job Announcements 1) EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 2) International Policy and Communications Intern 3) National and Southeast Program/Outreach Intern
SUMMARY: US Climate Action Network (USCAN) seeks an Executive Director to be its organizational spokesperson, leader and fundraiser. We want someone with the vision to lead a broad, deep, and powerful community of organizations to meet the enormous challenges and manifold opportunities presented by climate change. The Executive Director is responsible for ensuring that the organization builds and implements programs that advance its mission, secures the resources it needs to succeed, and uses the funds it raises efficiently and effectively. The Executive Director also supports the work of the Board of Directors and supervises the staff.
USCAN’s mission is to support and strengthen US-based civil society organizations’ influence on the development and implementation of local, national, and international climate policy and action.
Founded in 1989, USCAN fosters and facilitates collaborative efforts to share information, coordinate activities, and develop strategies across diverse organizations and constituencies. The network spans an array of perspectives and approaches. USCAN members are united by their common desire to reduce US greenhouse gas emissions, to increase climate resiliency, to inspire the United States’ positive participation in international forums to secure equitable, effective climate policies, and to support on-the-ground implementation of climate solutions. Just this year we have held an annual conference, conducted webinars on the recent draft EPA rule on carbon pollution, and involved ourselves in the international climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany. These and many other services we provide have caused our membership to grow rapidly this year and we now have 122 members.
To learn more, go to www.usclimatenetwork.org.
The Executive Director:
- Serves as the principal spokesperson for the organization;
- With staff support, serves as the organization’s lead fundraiser with foundations, individuals and corporations;
- Works with Board and staff to develop, update, and evaluate the organization’s strategic and annual plans;
- Ensures that the organization builds and implements programs which effectively advance its mission;
- Builds trusting relationships and works closely with member organizations and other allies to make progress on common goals;
- Ensures that the organization develops sound annual budgets and builds the organization’s financial strength and stability;
- Works with Board and staff to develop and implement an annual communications plan;
- Is responsible for hiring, supervising and evaluating staff;
- Acts as Board liaison, informing and supporting the Board as needed and working closely with the Board Chair;
- Has overall responsibility for planning and executing the annual conference and other meetings and events.
The Executive Director reports to the Chair of the Board of Directors.
- Strong commitment to advancing action on climate change
- Significant connections to the climate change community both domestically and internationally
- Proven ability to inspire, motivate, communicate, collaborate and manage
- Five or more years’ experience in a senior leadership role (program development and implementation, budgeting, management) or other relevant experience
- Strong commitment to a collaborative work style with member organizations, Board, staff and other key stakeholders
- Proven success in raising funds from individuals, foundations & corporations.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: Negotiable, depending on experience and qualifications.
LOCATION: Washington, DC with occasional domestic and international travel
START DATE: As soon as possible.
CLOSE DATE: Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
1) Cover email/letter explaining why you’re interested and qualified,
2) Resume and references
Please include the words USCAN Position in the email subject line.
No phone calls please.
All applications will be acknowledged promptly.
US Climate Action Network encourages diversity and prohibits discrimination in the office place. The organization exceeds the anti-discrimination policies of the District of Columbia and of the federal government. Specifically, USCAN prohibits discrimination in hiring on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, disability, matriculation, political affiliation, source of income, place of residence or business, gender identity, or socio-economic status.
National and Southeast Program/Outreach Intern
Would you like to make connections and experience opportunities few internships can offer? Are you interested in energy and climate advocacy, outreach, and program management?
Hours & Compensation:
35-40 hours/week, $800 monthly stipend. Help obtaining college credit (if needed).
Early September 2014- December 2014 or beyond; interns are expected to commit for a duration of 4 to 6 months. Specific dates are flexible; negotiable start and end dates.
National Outreach & Membership Director, and Southeast Regional Coordinator. Position will require working and reporting remotely to at least one supervisor via phone, email, and Skype. If needed, travel for in-person meetings and summits.
The preferred location of the internship is in our Washington, DC office (near Union Station). Though exemplary candidates working remotely from Atlanta, Charlotte, Miami, New Orleans, or any other Southeast transportation hub will be strongly considered.
The US Climate Action Network (USCAN) is the largest US network of organizations focused on energy and climate issues. USCAN’s mission is to support and strengthen US-based civil society organizations’ influence on the development and implementation of local, national, and international climate policy and action. The Southeast Climate & Energy Network (SCEN), a program of USCAN, is a regional network of nearly 200 organizations working across 12 states in the Southeast. SCEN's mission is strategic coordination among organizations in the Southeast to secure fair, just and science-based climate and energy policies. As an intern for USCAN, you will work for both the national outreach and Southeast regional programs. Through both, you will have the opportunity to get a bird's eye view on what's happening in climate and energy politics on a national and regional level.
Here, you'll obtain real-world experience while supporting our outreach and programmatic work. Your duties will include research, programmatic support, event planning, and outreach. You’ll have the opportunity to work with the diverse collection of organizations that make up the clean energy and climate movement. Best of all, an internship with USCAN introduces you to and puts you in touch with our entire network.
The intern's position will be dynamic and include work in outreach, programs, fundraising, and event planning, such as:
- Monitor major state newspapers for climate and clean energy news,
- Routinely review the websites of member organizations and other stakeholders for campaigns or announcements,
- Create and deliver summary reports to supervisor,
- Establish working relationships with USCAN and SCEN organizational members,
- Assist with listserve management, and
- Other duties as required.
For national outreach and membership:
- Attend and assist with organizing community meetings and briefings for USCAN members,
- Design new outreach documents and digital materials,
- Attend briefings, congressional hearings, and other events as needed,
- Help coordinate USCAN member engagement and surveys,
- Help manage USCAN member database and list serves, and
- Research, identify, and assist with outreach to potential new member organizations.
For Southeast regional coordination:
- Prepare weekly Huddle Round-Up newsletter for members.
- Track progress of Southeast state legislative sessions, state and municipal public service commissions, and the Environmental Protection Agency,
- Assist in the development of a Southeast climate and clean energy strategic plan and power map,
- Continuously update SCEN member roster information,
- Research grant opportunities for SCEN and its members,
- Assist with fundraising research,
- Logistics and event planning for SCEN summits, and
- Represent SCEN in calls, conferences, and events when possible.
- Knowledge of climate and energy issues,
- An understanding of community organizing, civil society, and government,
- Event planning skills,
- Writing and research experience is highly desired,
- Excellent communication skills, including the ability to effectively and responsibly communicate via phone, email, and Skype,
- A passion for working with diverse constituencies,
- Ability to work remotely is highly valued,
- Takes initiative and completes tasks independently,
- Strong organizational skills,
- Positive attitude,
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and other software applications, and
- Ability to travel in the Southeast.
How to apply:
Qualified applicants should submit a brief cover letter describing their interest in this position, resume, and professional references via email to Rudi Navarra (email@example.com) with the subject 'First Name Last Name, USCAN Internship'. Position available until position is filled. No inquiries by phone, please.
USCAN encourages diversity and does not tolerate and prohibits discrimination and harassment in the office place. USCAN prohibits discrimination in hiring, promotions, wages and firing/layoffs on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, disability, matriculation, political affiliation, source of income, place of residence or business, gender identity, or socio‐economic status. USCAN affirms the right to equal pay for equal work.