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Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives

Just Solutions Collective
California, United States (remote)
7 days ago

Description

Reports to: Executive Director, Aiko Schaefer

Location: Remote

Salary and Benefits: This is a full-time, senior-level position with an annual salary of $140,000-$150,000, and includes excellent benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401k (with company match), sick leave, vacation, and paid holidays. In addition, there are funds for office setup and a monthly stipend to cover phone, internet, and home office setup funds. 

ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND

The Just Solutions Collective is a national Black, Indigenous, People of Color-led organization that broadens and deepens the understanding and advancement of equitable and effective climate policies and programs. We believe urgent and bold action is needed to drive our country's transition to an equitable clean energy future and that communities most harmed by climate change must play a leadership role in designing, prioritizing, and implementing solutions. Our highly experienced advisory board, staff, and senior policy fellows across the country offer action-based research, policy expertise, customized training/technical assistance, and a robust network supporting the movement for environmental and climate justice. 

POSITION SUMMARY

The Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives is an executive-level position that works directly with the Executive Director and senior leadership team to advance Just Solutions' mission, strategies, and programs. More specifically, this position plays a lead role in determining how we develop, prioritize, and deploy our research, analysis, and field-building resources to support the policy capacity and impact of state environmental and climate justice organizations and coalitions at the front lines of the climate movement. 

The Senior Director will lead the creation of project hubs to further leverage the expertise of staff, fellows, advisors, and partners within the Just Solutions Collective to respond to community needs and priorities, proactively filling gaps and needs in research or policy content. The Senior Director brings the highest level of internal coordination to design, implement, manage and evaluate the Hub strategy to meet the organization's and our partners' near and short-term objectives.

The Senior Director is a highly organized strategic project manager and/or senior campaign manager who manages and mentors project team leaders across multiple hubs. Given the scope, complexity, and number of projects and operational needs, this position requires significant experience managing large and dynamic projects. In addition, this position has knowledge of environmental justice and the larger context/movement and a vision for developing and expanding or hub strategy to meet long-term organizational priorities.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

The position holds key responsibilities that will evolve as the team and organization grow, and functions are distributed. During the first year, we anticipate a focus on the following responsibilities:

ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP 

  • Serve as a thought partner and strategist on the Executive team to shape the organization's overall strategy, execution, and process improvement.
  • Attend staff, board, and executive team meetings. 
  • Budget management, administrative, and operational responsibilities related to the position.

STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT & BUILDING OF HUBS 

  • Design, implement and manage the internal strategy for identifying, convening, and coordinating resources in the collective to meet requests for research and analysis and build broader knowledge and policy capacity for EJ-CJ state coalitions and organizations. 
  • Evaluate and prioritize requests for research, analysis, and technical assistance/training and determine our capacity to provide and/or complete deliverables for EJ-CJ state coalitions, partner groups, and Hubs. 
  • Set clear expectations for excellence, anticipate staffing and operational needs, and oversee the overall production of work to meet deliverables on time and within budget.
  • Support Project Managers to define and execute project scope, objectives, detailed activities, and deliverables. 
  • Regularly assess progress and impact and revise strategies when needed.

TEAM BUILDING & STAFF MANAGEMENT 

  • Determine the number of staff needed to complete our planned programmatic work, and hire and build out the internal team needed to grow and execute initiatives and/or projects moving forward.
  • Set and communicate clear expectations for staff performance, leadership, and advancement.
  • Supervise and support the project managers to ensure they meet their full potential, including routine meetings, evaluations, and professional development opportunities. 
  • Support and create space and opportunities for staff to lead, take risks, and innovate.
  • Ensure staff have the resources and coaching to understand the political climate and the role of Just Solutions and our partners.

SYSTEMS & INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT 

  • Identify, develop and initially maintain internal tracking, reporting, and communications systems to ensure the highest level of coordination and outcomes.
  • Provide staff support and training to ensure active, accurate, and effective use of systems.
  • Keep abreast of emerging project management systems and work to identify improvements and maintenance of existing systems.


Requirements

CANDIDATE PROFILE

The Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives is a values-driven leader with a proven track record in project and people management. They set the highest standards for professionalism and serve as a role model within the organization. They are results-oriented and work proactively to build, align, and leverage programs, systems, and strategies for maximum impact. 

They have a passion for climate justice and professional knowledge of how research and analysis can shape and forward policy action and change. They demonstrate a continuous learning & growth mindset and are comfortable exploring new ideas, taking risks, and pushing past roadblocks in search of solutions. They can effectively juggle multiple projects in dynamic and changing environments. They have worked in and managed diverse staff teams and can provide clear direction and effective mentorship. They know current project management approaches and systems, in particular Slack and Asana, and follow best practices to convene, coordinate and deliver outcomes. 

Below are specific required and preferred skills and abilities for this position. We know that women and Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) often do not apply for positions when they do not meet everything on the list. If that is the case for you, we encourage you to apply anyway. 

REQUIRED SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES 

  • 10-12+ years of project management experience. Knowledge of project management best practices to motivate and guide individuals and teams to deliver high-quality work on time and within budget.
  • Staff and program management experience, five years minimum.
  • Demonstrated experience in program development and project innovation to maximize impact. 
  • Commitment to Just Solution Collective's mission and values.
  • Demonstrated experience in executive-level strategy and planning to set organization-wide goals, strategies, and metrics to meet the organizational purpose and long-term program priorities.
  • Knowledge of evaluation and learning practices to track progress against goals, integrate lessons, and course correct when needed.
  • Ability to identify and leverage relationships, skills, and abilities to improve the organization's quality of work and outcomes. 
  • Authentic, transparent, accountable leadership skills to inspire trust and confidence. 
  • Due diligence with department budgeting, financial monitoring, and reporting.

PREFERRED 

  • Experience working in highly diverse teams and organizations.
  • Experience working on environmental or climate justice issues or campaigns as a volunteer or staff person.
  • Familiarity with project management software tools, methodologies, and best practices, including working knowledge of asana and/or other project management tools.
  • Experience working in the non-profit sector either as a paid employee or a volunteer.

NOTE: This job description is inclusive of, but not limited to, the job duties, responsibilities, qualifications, or requirements contained herein. Additional duties and responsibilities may be required by our Executive Director and/or Advisory Board members.  

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY

Just Solutions Collective is a fiscally sponsored program of Community Initiatives, a 501c3 non-profit organization. Community Initiatives is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to ensuring that all employees and applicants receive equal consideration and treatment, regardless of race, color, creed, gender (including gender identity or gender expression), religion, marital or domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical, mental or medical disability, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship, military service status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law or local ordinance. 

Just Solutions Collective centers diverse communities' work and lived experience and reflects that commitment in our workplace. Our team works directly with diverse professionals, community leaders, and non-profit organizations; all focused on solving the climate and racial justice crises. Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), and others from underrepresented groups, especially people with direct experience working within our partner communities, are encouraged to apply. 

TO APPLY

Please submit a current resume and cover letter outlining your interest in the position and capacity to do the job. Your cover letter should also include answers to the following questions:

  1. Please share an experience when you managed a program/project from design through implementation. What short-term and long-term goals did you meet?
  2. How have you led your team through difficult situations, tight deadlines and/or conflicting priorities? 


Applications should be sent via email to careers@justsolutionscollective.org. Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, December 14. The position will remain open until filled. Applicants who do not follow these instructions will not be considered.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 66900484
  • Workplace Type: Remote
  • Location:
    California, United States
  • Company Name For Job: Just Solutions Collective
  • Position Title: Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives
  • Industry: NonProfit (501c3)
  • Job Function: Operations
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: 7-10 Years
  • Required Travel: 0-10%
  • Salary: $140,000.00 - $150,000.00 (Yearly Salary)

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