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Climate Training Manager

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The Climate Reality Project is a nonprofit organization founded by former US Vice President Al Gore. Our mission is to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every sector of society.  

At The Climate Reality Project, we come to work every day to help solve the climate crisis. We do it by working from the ground up, empowering people and communities worldwide to fight for their future and together drive a just transition to clean energy.

We are committed to building a more just and equitable world, one where all voices are heard and respected regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or physical ability. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other historically marginalized communities. We encourage applicants to read our diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice statement on our website.

Position Summary

The Climate Training Manager is a key member of the Trainings and Events Team, and will focus on leading, developing and analyzing training agendas, creating mission and campaign-aligned content, and identifying and recruiting subject matter experts. Additionally, this role will perform pre-training site visits, including analyzing potential sites for trainings, within the United States and internationally, develop and present training concepts and generate buy-in from The Climate Reality Project’s Executive Team and Chairman, and ensure collaboration among internal departments towards the successful implementation of Climate Reality Leadership Corps trainings. Currently reporting to the Climate Training Senior Manager. The Climate Training Manager has no direct reports.

This position is within a union-represented collective bargaining unit, and specific terms and conditions of employment will be subject to a collective bargaining agreement between Climate Reality and the union.

This is a full time, exempt, benefits-eligible, hybrid position, currently expected to work from The Climate Reality Project office in downtown Washington DC at least two days per week.  The salary for position is $80,000.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop session content and broader training theme recommendations for management for Climate Reality Leadership Corps training agendas
  • Independently research, identify, vet and recommend to management possible speakers for Climate Reality Leadership Corps trainings
  • Develop and lead speaker preparation meetings for each agenda session, which includes developing topically specific content
  • Oversee speaker data, logistics, and travel (on site and remote). Liaise between speakers, Climate Reality staff, and vendors
  • Plan and participate in pre-training site visits on behalf of management both domestically and internationally and conduct regionally focused research and analysis, identifying key topics, critical stakeholders, potential action opportunities, and compelling case studies
  • Collaborate with other departments and vendors to ensure that events and projects track with organizational priorities of building the climate movement and mobilizing activists
  • Facilitate and present at cross-organizational planning meetings. Present during meetings with high-level external speakers or partners. Prepare briefing materials and memos, and present training concepts to the Chairman and executive leadership team
  • Collaborate with the development and management of other organizational events as needed
  • Contribute to the ongoing improvement of our operations and enrichment of our culture, for example by serving on ad hoc or ongoing working groups, assisting with the onboarding and training of colleagues, and participating in efforts to assess, refine, and strengthen our culture and practices
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Comfortable working with high-profile leaders and representing Climate Reality to external stakeholders
  • Strong interest and ability to conduct research and write in new subject areas
  • Analyze and present findings and recommendations to senior leaders
  • Awareness of cultural diversity and ability to work effectively with international stakeholders
  • Excellent communication and project management skills, with strong attention to detail and timelines
  • Collaborative and diplomatic mindset
  • Self-starter with the ability to identify and solve for system weaknesses with creative solutions
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite required, CRM experience preferred
  • Ability to work under short deadlines and handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally for periods up to 1-2 weeks per instance, several times per year
  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer required

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree—or equivalent experience
  • Has at least 3 to 5 years of relevant experience
  • Working knowledge and interest in researching climate policy, just transition, clean energy, grassroots activism, and environmental and climate justice topics in the US and abroad
  • Experience managing external constituents for long-term projects or large-scale events
  • Experience developing education-based events  theme-focused agendas , or large-scale training in the United States or internationally highly desired
  • Experience with project management methodologies and tools

Organizational Competencies

The Climate Reality Project has adopted a competency-based approach to job definition, hiring, performance assessment, and professional development. The following are our seven organization-wide competencies and examples of how they manifest for this role.

  1. Teamwork and Collaboration: Actively listens to others and seeks to understand diverse perspectives; builds and sustains collaborative teams; demonstrates the ability to effectively supervise.
  2. Flexibility and Adaptability: Demonstrates the ability to adapt to changing priorities and circumstances; takes initiative to solve problems, improve processes, and/or achieve outcomes; learns quickly when faced with new situations or systems.
  3. Written and Verbal Communication: Written communication is clear and concise; verbal communication is intentional and straightforward; provides timely and helpful information across the organization as needed; clearly conveys objectives, deadlines, and expectations to supervisees.           
  4. Time and Project Management: Manages multiple competing priorities, tasks, and projects effectively, appropriately seeking help from others when needed; assigns work that is both manageable and appropriate to supervisees' level of experience; gathers and provides relevant information to support effective decision-making.                                            
  5. Professional Development: Actively learns through experimentation when tackling new problems, using both successes and failures as learning fodder; supports supervisees’ professional development by providing opportunities to put skills into practice; connects supervisees to other advocates, experts, mentors, and resources and to substantive training opportunities.
  6. Climate Justice: Works to understand and achieve anti-racist principles to disrupt the systems of white supremacy, privilege, classism, sexism, and racism; seeks to understand how systemic racism and environmental injustice impact individuals and frontline and fenceline communities; works to promote a welcoming and inclusive environment in Climate Reality spaces (workplace, events, trainings, and other convenings).
  7. Climate Reality Mission and Focus: Is passionate about Climate Reality's role and mission and can act as a Climate Reality ambassador to a diverse set of audiences; stays up-to-date on climate trends, impacts and solutions.

Role-Specific Competencies

In addition to organization-wide competencies, each role has its own competencies. Below are examples of how each competency manifests in this role.

  1. Cultural Awareness: Approaches decisions (including vendor selections) with a sustainability framework; plans bi- or multi-lingual events in countries outside of the United States; works effectively with international attendees and vendors.          
  2. Technology and Data Systems: Stays up-to-date on current and new technology and data systems.
  3. Interpersonal Skills: Represents the division in organizational meetings and projects; represents Climate Reality at events and in the environmental community.     
  4. Leadership and Management: Identifies risks and troubleshoots obstacles encountered during the planning and implementation processes; analyzes American and international EJ/CJ climate landscapes (i.e., key topics, critical voices, and compelling case studies).          

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At Climate Reality, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your experience does not align perfectly with every qualification in this job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

The Climate Reality Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or any other category prohibited by local, state or federal law. This policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, placement, promotion, transfer, demotion, compensation, benefits, social and recreational activities and termination.

TO APPLY

Send a cover letter and resume to hiring@climatereality.com

BENEFITS

Excellent benefits, including employer paid 100% employee medical, life, dental, vision insurance. 401K, Paid Parental Leave, and other benefits such as wellness days, vacation and sick time are all included.