Program Manager, The San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative

Job description

Posting #: 2842
Position Status: Full-time temporary
Location: San Diego
Position Type: School of Leadership and Education Sciences, Administrator

Advertised: January 07, 2021 Pacific Standard Time
Applications close:

Position Title & Department:

Program Manager, The San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative; Non-profit Leadership Program SOLES

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Department Description:

Mother Rosalie Hill Hall on the University of San Diego campus is home to the School of Leadership and Education Sciences' (SOLES) vibrant and vision-driven collective of academic departments, centers and institutes. Here, we combine innovation with introspection, academics with real-world application, and study with social impact.

Our nationally-accredited programs span the realms of leadership, teaching and counseling, both at graduate and undergraduate levels. They're all approached with an emphasis on social justice, multiculturalism and a determination to forge a better world together.

University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:

This recruitment is open to current University of San Diego employees only. Only current USD employees are eligible to apply and be considered for this position.

This is a full-time, temporary, benefit based position with a projected assignment end date of June 30, 2021.

The San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative (Climate Collaborative) advances climate change solutions and expertise across the San Diego Region. The University of San Diego serves as Fiscal Sponsor for the Climate Collaborative which is currently housed at The Nonprofit Institute.

The Program Manager will be responsible for establishing and developing a Climate Resiliency Hub that will house the key programs of the Climate Collaborative to support the membership network of cities, public agencies, non-profit organizations, and community leaders to advance San Diego’s leadership in climate adaptation solutions. The key activities of the Climate Resiliency Hub include primarily coordination of regional working groups, research, communications, strategic partnerships, trainings and outreach and communications that sustain engagement in regional, statewide and national dialogues.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Research
    • Lead and develop work plans to make strategic programmatic recommendations to strengthen the development of a Climate Resiliency Hub.
    • Lead research to enhance programmatic framework to inform larger regional resilience strategies
    • Lead and support current programmatic areas (Climate-Smart Water, Equity, Adaptation and Coastal Resilience) and establish the framework for integration to the Climate Resiliency Hub
    • Review planning documents from throughout the member and larger statewide networks; especially those pertaining to integrated climate adaptation and sea level rise, to provide a regional perspective on climate science and adaptation frameworks
    • Inform internal programmatic strategies and development based on regional and statewide driving mechanisms - such as policies, innovative funding partnerships, projects and best practices, and state guidance documents and resilience toolkits
    • Lead with the Director and the Advisory Board planning and research on other organizational focus areas to enhance the Climate Resiliency Hub
  • Strategic Partnerships
    • Lead and manage key Climate Collaborative strategic training partnerships
    • Lead key program development and sustain partnerships with the Resilient Cities Catalyst and manage projects and programmatic development through the California Resilience Partnership
    • Identify and develop opportunities for new funding pathways to enhance partnership opportunities - examples include grant writing and project development.
    • Maintain strong member engagement opportunities with The Atlas for Citie virtual platform - identify case studies, develop 1-2 training opportunities through The Atlas platform (office hours, Q&A sessions)
    • Engage and develop 2-3 annual coastal resilience and adaptation training opportunities with NOAA’s Coastal Training Program at TRNERR
    • Identify and foster pathways to develop new strategic training partners to enhance membership and programmatic development
  • Communications
    • Manage technical data analysis and lead the development of new tools and project deliverables; such as ESRI storymaps, research papers and guidance tools
    • Produce specific guidance documents and tools for regional resiliency activities and plans, such as white papers, one pagers, and website content
    • Lead development of key communication and engagement pathways (monthly newsletter, social media, etc.)
    • Develop case studies, best practice models and research development tools to advance and establish the Climate Resiliency Hub.
    • Inform and advise development of new, innovative communication products (multi and mixed-media, video case studies, presentations, etc.)
  • Working Groups & Trainings
    • Lead Regional Working Groups: Specifically Climate Collaborative’s leadership and coordinating monthly meetings for the Adaptation and Policy Working Group and Sea Level Rise Working Group
    • Lead Climate Collaborative Network Meetings:
      • Lead the planning and execution of network meetings with adaptation focus, arrange speakers, create agendas, and compile needed materials
    • Engage working groups with research developed guidance, tools and resources to advance the development of the Climate Resilience Hub
    • Assist the Director of the Climate Collaborative and the Advisory Board in managing Advisory Board meetings, including through scheduling, creation of agendas, and facilitating meetings.
  • Outreach and Membership Engagement
    • Sustained Engagement at Other Regional Dialogues:
      • Participate in climate adaptation dialogues, promote and share collaborative success stories, explore opportunities for new regional partnerships, outreach and leverage findings. (e.g. ARCCA, IRWM RAC Climate Change Seat)
    • Connect San Diego to Statewide and National Dialogues:
      • Explore opportunities to elevate San Diego’s Climate Adaptation Leadership profile, opportunities for outreach and platform to leverage Climate Collaborative project findings
    • Maintain Successful Community Relationships:
      • Specifically through participation in regional working and advisory groups related to climate resilience and regional planning d
    • Support engagement of current and new members
    • Provide leadership to the Climate Collaborative network and key members in fundraising efforts, including but not limited to grant writing to gain fiscal support for Climate Collaborative programming

Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree in an environment, sustainability or related field and focus in business or public policy required, or undergraduate degree in a related field
  • Minimum 3-5 years of experience in a related field strongly preferred.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Interest or experience in climate resilience, water and stormwater planning strongly preferred.
  • Experience conducting and leading research projects.

Performance Expectations - Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

Ability to:

  • Analyze and make thoughtful suggestions on the design and implementation of Climate Collaborative program priorities and projects.
  • Coordinate work with other agencies.
  • Communicate clearly, both in the written and spoken word, and to write, edit, proofread, research, and report.
  • Exercise judgment and leadership skills to make decisions under uncertainty.
  • Demonstrate tact, diplomacy, and discretion in dealing with sensitive complex issues.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of climate change, adaptation, climate resilience, stormwater management and general sustainability.
  • Pertinent local, State, and Federal regulations and laws related to climate adaptation and climate change.
  • Principles and practices of effective writing, photos, video, and communication.
  • Internet technologies and associated products, tools, and equipment.

Special Conditions of Employment:

A current, valid California Class C driver’s license at the time of appointment and maintained at all times.

Background check: Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes.

Posting Salary:

Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits.

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University (with three year vesting period), and access to on-campus Fitness Centers. Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer. USD: Human Resources: Benefits

Special Application Instructions:

Resume and Cover Letter Required

Click Apply Now to complete our online application. In addition, please upload a cover letter and resume to your application profile for the hiring managers’ review. If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at [email protected]

Additional Details:

Hours: 37.5

Closing date: January 13, 2021

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

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Job No:
Posted: 1/9/2021
Application Due: 4/9/2021
Work Type: Full Time