Clean Wisconsin seeks a natural climate solutions manager to develop, carry out and coordinate the organization’s emerging work on natural climate solutions (NCS). The manager will report to and collaborate with Clean Wisconsin’s water program director and will also coordinate closely with the climate, energy and air program director, staff scientist, green infrastructure staff and others as necessary. The NCS manager will lead efforts to understand the science of mitigating and responding to climate change in the natural environment and to develop and implement policy goals and other actions based on this science. The manager will also work to advance and advocate for those policies and actions with our communications, membership and government relations staff.
The manager will provide technical and policy expertise, conduct research and analysis, conduct strategic assessment and planning, build coalitions, and collaborate around public education and advocacy work, media and public relations, organizing, lobbying and fundraising. The NCS manager advises the water program director and climate, energy and air program director to create policy goals and identify other actions pursuant to the organization’s mission. This manager reviews and tracks scientific and policy developments regarding climate-change mitigation and adaptation in natural systems and will engage key decision makers and other leaders in understanding the challenges and opportunities around natural climate solutions while organizing support for identified policy goals and other actions to advance NCS priorities. Additionally, the manager’s responsibilities involve public speaking, media relations, outreach, education and representing Clean Wisconsin before local, state and federal governmental agencies.
- Program Development and Strategic Planning
- Collaborate with water program director, climate, energy and air program director, and other staff to ensure that Clean Wisconsin has a long-range NCS strategy that advances its mission.
- In concert with the water program director and climate, energy and air program director, explore and develop opportunities to advance natural climate solutions by engaging an array of stakeholders, including local, state and federal agencies, agricultural groups, environmental and conservation organizations, and land managers in implementing Clean Wisconsin’s NCS strategy.
- Understanding the Scientific Landscape of NCS
- Work closely with Clean Wisconsin’s staff scientist to research and understand the challenges and opportunities in mitigating and adapting to climate change and related water resource concerns in the natural environment.
- Cultivate relationships with key researchers in Wisconsin and elsewhere to track the latest scientific developments to drive policy development and action and educate and inform key stakeholders.
- Work with agricultural, land management, governmental and conservation and environmental partners to measure, monitor, and benchmark impacts of current natural systems management policies and practices on climate change and water resource concerns, the risks posed to those systems by climate change, and the effect of various policy and practice changes in mitigating those risks.
- NCS Policy Development
- Through research and relationship building, understand the NCS landscape and define the needs and opportunities in the policy arena for decision makers, funders and partners.
- Work with the water program director and climate, energy and air program director and other staff to develop and propose legislative or administrative initiatives to advance policy goals.
- Communication, Advocacy and Public Relations
- Establish Clean Wisconsin as the leader on NCS policy development, action and advocacy in Wisconsin.
- Work with other staff to guide public and policymaker understanding of NCS.
- Articulate and communicate the benefits of NCS policies beyond the climate realm (water, air, wildlife, natural resources, etc.).
- Establish and maintain sound working relationships with relevant stakeholders.
- Represent Clean Wisconsin at various local, state and national activities.
- Attend community and professional meetings as appropriate (including those scheduled for evenings and weekends).
- Translate and condense scientific, technical or legal information into accessible formats.
- Collaborate with communication staff in the preparation of press releases, publications, fact sheets, and website and social media content.
- Respond to information requests by current and potential members.
REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
- Familiarity, fluency and comfort with the scientific and technical language of water and climate science and policy.
- Demonstrated ability to translate technical issues into common, accessible language.
- Demonstrated ability to forge strong relationships of trust with Wisconsin government officials, decision makers and stakeholders.
- Demonstrated skills in working with people from a diverse range of backgrounds, especially communities most affected by environmental injustices.
- Demonstrated ability and willingness to be a spokesperson to the media, to other advocates and within appropriate governmental forums.
- Knowledge and appreciation for how issues of water quality and climate change impacts and mitigation play out in low-income households and communities of rural and urban areas.
- Attention to detail and procedural rules.
- Superb oral communication and listening skills paired with strong desire to grow writing skills.
- Ability to perform in a multi-task environment and to prioritize work requirements; ability to manage competing priorities while maintaining a long-term vision.
- Ability to interact effectively, appropriately, and compassionately with staff and colleagues.
- Proficiency and comfort with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Outlook and Zoom (or equivalents).
- Experience in policy advocacy is greatly preferred.
- Personal commitment to addressing climate change and water quality problems through landscape management.
- Personal commitment to addressing the disproportionate climate change and water quality burdens that fall on low-income households in rural and urban areas.
- Discretion and sound judgment.
- Flexibility and creativity.
- Sense of humor.
- Commitment to help create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.
- An undergraduate degree or five years of experience in water and/or climate policy, scientific research, environmental advocacy, or related work.
- An advanced degree in a relevant field including policy analysis, research, or science is a plus.
For the position is $64,000-$75,000 commensurate with skills and experience. Benefits package includes health and dental insurance, a 403(b) retirement plan with a 6% employer match and paid vacation.
Please submit a cover letter and resume describing and demonstrating your qualifications to firstname.lastname@example.org. For best consideration, please submit by April 11, 2022. Be sure to include “Natural Climate Solutions Manager” as the subject line of your email.
Clean Wisconsin is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in our work and in our hiring practices. We value a team with different perspectives, educational backgrounds, and life experiences, and we prioritize diversity within our team. We encourage people from underrepresented backgrounds to apply. Please also see our statement on diversity, equity and inclusion.