Research Support - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
The New School is launching an innovative new leadership program for activists in the Environmental Justice movement. In 2018, we embarked on an assessment of the need for and interest in an environmental justice movement leadership program, surveying and interviewing more than 200 movement leaders. From this study, we developed a program designed specifically to support the impact of the Environmental Justice (EJ) movement to respond in a time of growing climate urgency and inequalities. The program seeks to support social movement and organizational effectiveness using a Just Transitions framework.
The program is designed to support leaders in generating innovative and contentious strategies in response to the current climate crisis. It is designed as a two-year leadership program that will launch in Spring/Summer 2020 with a first cohort of 16 fellows. The complete program consists of four distinct phases: (1) Building individual leadership capacities for contention and innovation; (2) Support and space to explore and develop new ideas; (3) Support and tools to testing and prototyping ideas; and (4) Resources and support to implement tested ideas. After our pilot cohort in 2020, we envision running concurrent cohorts in staggered phases and we expect to grow each cohort to 25 participants, with as many as 50 new leaders a year in the program.
We are seeking a dynamic, dedicated Program Director to guide and oversee all aspects of this new program, including our initial launch. This is a great opportunity to be part of building a new initiative from the ground up. This program will be housed at The Tishman Environment and Design Center in collaboration with the Social Movements and Innovation.
The Program Director will contribute to all aspects of the Environmental Justice Movement Leadership Fellows Program including development, design and launch. The Program Director will be responsible for developing and refining the design of the program and exploring innovative program models.
Job Responsibilities Include:
Program Design ●In consultation with the lead faculty, oversee and plan the delivery of the program including its activities in accordance with the mission and goals ●Develop and implement short-term and long-term goals, objectives and project timelines for the success of the program ●Develop evaluation program and framework, including goals and objectives, metrics, monitoring, reporting, and refinement ●Guide and contribute to curriculum or leadership program modules with faculty, cohort participants and other relevant stakeholders ●Oversee the iteration and evolution of leadership curriculum and program design with the principle faculty members, participants and evaluators.
Program Delivery & Oversight ●Represent the organization externally; interface with environmental justice representatives, funders/donors and other stakeholders ●Oversee and manage budget development; work with senior management to provide the best possible program and serve the needs of participants while staying on budget ●Ensure program tracking and support, including financial and program deliverables to funders, to university, and to sector partners; report all issues, trends and outcomes ●Oversee recruitment of program facilitators and coaches for program participants ●Recruit, hire, and train program and support staff as necessary ●Other tasks as needed
●Broad experience with the full range of organizational functions, including team building, staff supervision and coaching, strategic planning, program strategy, finance/budgeting, information systems, human resources, and marketing/communications ●5-10 years of experience in progressive leadership, fellowship or cohort programs; or leading social justice movement, environmental or climate justice or other related programming or organizations ●Excellent interpersonal skills ●Experience facilitating meetings and workshops ●Knowledge of curriculum development, particularly in the areas of environmental or climate justice, social movements, or just transition ●Excellent research and writing skills ●Experience managing internal and external teams ●Experience with fiscal management
●A commitment to and passion for environmental justice, leadership development, social movements, racial equity ●Willingness to embody mindsets of curiosity, generosity, generative thinking, and risk-taking ●Positive attitude, with a strong sense of optimism, collaboration, and teamwork ●Extremely well organized, detail-oriented, analytical, and oriented towards problem-solving ●Sensitivity to and appreciation for diverse viewpoints, different communication styles and a wide range of colleagues from diverse cultures and backgrounds ●Enjoys start-up settings, experimentation, and iteration ●Sense of humor, humility, and the ability to maintain perspective in the face of uncertainty
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Please send two job references (please include full name, e-mail address, and telephone number) along with your resume and cover letter.
This position offers opportunities for professional growth within the initiative. Candidates interested in developing a career in environmental justice, grassroots movements and/or community engagement will be given priority.
The New School is committed to creating and maintaining an environment that promises diversity and tolerance in all areas of employment, education and access to its educational, artistic or cultural programs and activities. The New School does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, sex or gender (including gender identity and expression), pregnancy, sexual orientation, religion, religious practices, mental or physical disability, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, veteran status, marital or partnership status, or any other legally protected status. Position would begin immediately. This is a full-time position. Benefits and tuition waiver eligible.
Internal Number: 17775
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