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Youth Engagement Associate


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 Youth Engagement Associate is responsible for supporting the development, expansion, and management of  Climate Reality youth engagement programs to support youth activists in pursuing real solutions for the climate crisis. This position will support the program manager and the larger Global Youth Programs team in strategic campaign planning and implementation, event and logistical planning, coalition, and movement building. This position may require some weekend work and domestic travel.

Currently reporting to the Youth Engagement Manager, the Youth Engagement Associate has no direct reports.

The salary for the role is $56,374/year gross.

This is a hybrid position, currently expected to work from Climate Reality’s downtown DC office at least two days per week. 

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.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Provide organizing and chapter support to Climate Reality’s youth leadership development programs ,  to run advocacy trainings, host days-of-action, and drive targeted grassroots campaigns
  • Communicate with Climate Reality Leaders ages 29 and under as well as students in the volunteer network
  • Work with the Youth Engagement Program Manager to support global youth engagement initiatives and scaled programs, including coordination with Climate Reality Branches.
  • Support the Field and Campaigns teams in developing resources and materials and leading webinars or workshops for Climate Reality Leaders and chapters as is relevant to deepening youth and intergenerational engagement.
  • Maintain electronic records of campaign metrics and narratives as needed
  • Assist in the development of the Youth Engagement social media strategy
  • Assist in the planning, implementation, and post-training engagement of Youth Climate Reality Leaders and Climate Reality youth campaigns members and volunteers under the age of 30 through digital and on-the-ground programming at Climate Reality Leadership Corps Trainings
  • Work with the Campaigns team to support development of youth oriented pathways in the organization's global campaigns.Support  the Green Schools Campaign and coordinate with Field and Campaigns team to promote chapter and Leader participation in initiative.
  • Building relationships and coalitions with youth activists and youth justice organizations, as well as identifying strategic engagement opportunities for Climate Reality members to get involved.
  • Track and report campaign metrics and narratives as needed
  • Support and contribute to the ongoing improvement of our operations and enrichment of our culture, for example by serving on ad hoc or ongoing work 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

  • HBCU, campus and student organizing experience preferred
  • Experience in event and logistical planning
  • Experience working in a coalition
  • Understanding of the intersections between climate, racial, and economic justice
  • Dedication to solving the climate crisis and environmental justice
  • Willingness to travel
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills, particularly advocacy writing
  • Good time management and organization skills
  • Solution oriented in the management of potential challenges
  • Capable of balancing multiple priorities effectively
  • Demonstrable strategic thinker and problem-solving acumen
  • Enthusiastic, self-motivated and committed to excellence
  • Capable of working well with a variety of personalities and leadership styles
  • Have a basic understanding of the legislative process
  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer required

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree—or equivalent experience
  • Has between 0-2 years of relevant experience
  • Working knowledge of organizing communities, leading climate change campaigns, and cultural diversity
  • Proven track record with coalition building, political organizing, grassroots, or field campaign organizing

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: Builds and sustains productive working relationships with colleagues; actively listens to others and seeks to understand diverse perspectives; follows through on commitments.
    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; gives and receives constructive feedback in a thoughtful manner.
    4. Time and Project Management: Possesses a strong work ethic i.e., a sense of ownership over tasks, commitment to following things through, and a willingness to do what it takes to get the job done; manages multiple competing priorities, tasks, and projects effectively, appropriately seeking help from others when needed.
    5. Professional Development: Shows commitment and acts to continuously improve; connects with advocates, experts, mentors, and resources, and actively seeks new ways to grow and be challenged through internal and external training opportunities; accepts assignments that broaden capabilities.
    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.

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: Operates with an awareness of cultural diversity, with a specific lens on equity and justice; can work effectively with diverse groups, such as organizations, coalitions, and volunteers; works with communities to cultivate issue knowledge and advocacy.               
  2. Technology and Data Systems: Manages internal electronic document storage effectively, including for the purposes of supporting program metrics and analysis; uses Microsoft Office (e.g., Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and CRM software proficiently.   
  3. Interpersonal Skills: Is communicative, persuasive, patient, conscientious, and polite to Climate Reality colleagues and the general public over email, phone, and in person; works with internal staff to execute large-scale events for climate leaders; collaborates with internal staff and external agencies and consultants.                      
  4. Leadership and Management: Works across departments or teams to foster organizational health and relationship-building.

How to Apply

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 anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.  Please send a cover letter and resume to 

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.