Program Associate, Climate Corps

With world attention on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. By focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions. We are one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, with more than two million members and a staff of approximately 700 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world. We operate in 22 geographies with unique projects running across four programs. You will be part of a vibrant workplace where innovation and results are a way of life.

 

EDF envisions a world in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected to the environmental challenges we face and are engaged in creating durable, equitable solutions. We seek talented candidates who share our Core Values of Respect, Results, Innovation, Optimism, and Integrity, and support our Commitment to Diversity.  

Program Associate, Climate Corps

 

Climate Corps® (www.edfclimatecorps.org) is a network of professionals united to advance climate solutions. This network is grounded in an innovative summer fellowship program, which embeds trained graduate students in companies, cities and universities to accelerate and advance energy and climate goals.  Since the program’s launch in 2008, Climate Corps fellows have uncovered over $1.6 billion dollars in energy savings for participating organizations. With a network of over 2,500 professionals, Climate Corps seeks to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon energy system by inspiring and empowering leaders.

 

This is a one-year fixed term position.

 

OVERALL FUNCTION

 

The Program Associate plays an important role in enabling the Climate Corps program to communicate effectively with key stakeholders, tell compelling stories, and showcase the program’s impact through its website and other public facing materials. The Associate will also be a key contributor to the fellowship program by supporting pre-fellowship preparation, acting as an engagement liaison for summer fellowships, coordinating the process to post fellow project summaries to the Climate Corps website, and contributing to other key fellowship activities. Finally, the Associate will help support event logistics for various in-person and virtual fellow and network events.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Build and execute communications plans with key stakeholders by organizing, gathering, writing, and editing announcements to fellows and alumni about events, news, resources, fundraising, and program updates through regular newsletters and email campaigns.

  • Lead the process to post fellow project summaries to the Climate Corps website by gathering and organizing project information and coordinating with the Webteam to create the pages, delivering a webinar to fellows on how to write their project summaries, training team members on their roles in the process, tracking summary submissions and reviewing and editing as needed, and organizing, preparing and uploading fields and photos to each individual webpage.

  • Manage Climate Corps website content by routinely gathering and updating information provided by the team such as text, photos and new pages via WordPress.

  • Create engagement strategies for Climate Corps’ online network platform and LinkedIn page with regular job postings, events, thought leadership pieces, and through direct interactions with network members.

  • Work with the EDF+Business Marketing and Communications team to support social media campaigns and strategies by creating share images, drafting tweets and executing other social media activities.

  • Design a system to identify and develop key stories that emerge from the summer fellowship program and alumni network and coordinate with others at EDF on storytelling opportunities.

  • Maintain Climate Corps photo libraries - including an internal library and online network-facing library - by resizing and organizing fellow headshots and photos, coordinating with EDF Digital Librarians on uploads to the EDF Library, fielding requests for photos from EDF staff, and coordinating professional photography shoots at fellowship and alumni locations by researching local photographers, scheduling shoots, and processing invoices.

  • Coordinate with and support project leads on the design and content for program brochures, presentations, and other materials, and engage the EDF Content Team for new content creation.

  • Identify, track, and facilitate opportunities for nominating alumni to various industry awards and for selecting fellows for EDF awards.

  • Support program events by developing materials such as videos, slide decks and handouts, writing and/or proofing team talking points, coordinating swag purchases and distributions, and developing networking activities.

  • Contribute to other key fellowship activities, including contributing to fellow recruitment presentations, host recruitment, project implementation collection, feedback surveys and after-action reviews.

  • Oversee 5-10 relationships with Climate Corps host organizations including supporting summer fellowships and tracking successful completion of fellowship deliverables.

  • Participate in advancing EDF DEI goals in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included, and empowered to address the environmental and organizational challenges in alignment with EDF values.

 

QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with at least 2 years of relevant work experience

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Detail oriented self-starter with demonstrated ability to use independent judgement to plan, prioritize and organize a diversified workload

  • Ability to organize data, information and files in a thoughtful manner

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a highly collaborative and geographically dispersed team in a fast-paced, dynamic, and professional environment

  • Ability to advance EDF DEI goals in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included and empowered to address the environmental challenges we face. This includes fostering equitable systems and empowering diverse constituencies both internally and externally

  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and background.

  • Proficiency in the use of PCs, Microsoft Office suite, and Google products

  • Experience with design or photo editing software and comfort with using WordPress to edit websites preferred

  • Interest in the business implications of climate and energy issues

  • Willingness to travel (5-10% of the time), once safe to do so.

 

 

 

Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

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