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Climate Justice Specialist

Company: The Nature Conservancy
Location: Providence
Posted on: September 23, 2022

Job Description:

Providence, Rhode Island, USA Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management#LI-POST
The Nature Conservancy's mission is to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. We're rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. Whether it's career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there are lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube on Glassdoor. Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We'll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply - we'd love to hear from you. To quote myriad TNC staff members, "you'll join for our mission, and you'll stay for our people."
The Climate Justice Specialist works at the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) in the office of the director to develop and support an environmental justice advisory group to advise state agencies on climate policy and program goals of The Nature Conservancy and DEM. The Specialist will assist DEM and the RI Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council (EC4) on development and implementation of equitable programs and policies in response to climate change.The EC4 is comprised of officials from state agencies with responsibility and oversight of assessing, integrating, and coordinating climate change efforts. The Council is charged with developing and implementing plans for the state to meet economy-wide enforceable targets for greenhouse gas emissions reductions. In 2021 the Rhode Island legislature passed the landmark Act on Climate. The Act was signed into law by Governor McKee, and a new urgency was set for the state's response to climate change. The Act on Climate requires the development and publication of a series of plans that outline how Rhode Island will meet the mandates for the reduction of emissions of greenhouse gases. The Act also states each plan "shall include an equitable transition to climate compliance for environmental justice populations, redress past environmental and public health inequities, and include a process where the interests of and people from populations most vulnerable to the effects of climate change and at risk of pollution, displacement, energy burden, and cost influence such plan." To meet this requirement, Governor McKee in January 2022 directed the EC4 to develop an environmental justice advisory group. More information about the EC4 and the Act on Climate is available at estimated salary for this position is $65,000-$80,000 with a very competitive benefit package.
The Climate Justice Specialist will engage local and state organizations advocating for environmental justice communities, organize interested community members and advocates into an environmental justice advisory group, support the operations of that advisory group, and support effective coordination and communication between the advisory group and the EC4. The Climate Justice Specialist will assist DEM and the EC4 on the development and implementation of programs and policies that center equity and environmental justice in the state's response to climate change. These tasks will include researching policies and programs, coordinating with other state agencies on programs related to climate change, and supporting the operation of DEM, and the EC4 (including the EC4's two advisory bodies) and associated committees and groups.
May supervise volunteers, interns, or temporary staff. Financial responsibility to complete projects appropriately. Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements. Works within scope of program's strategic goals. Provides research and policy analysis in support of policy priorities. May assist in preparation of program materials including presentations, memos, and other communications. Influences the outcome of policy initiatives at the state level. Develops strategic partnerships with relevant agencies, conservation organizations, and environmental justice advocates. Work independently, working with supervisor as needed.
Bachelor's degree and 3 years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience with the intersections between the climate movement and related movements for social justice. Experience building and managing strong community and stakeholder relationships, especially with grassroots organizations, environmental justice advocates, and communities of color. Experience researching information from different sources and compiling it into a cohesive reporting structure. Experience with legislative, planning, policy or corporate initiatives at the state or local level. Experience presenting to and communicating with government or program leadership. Experience working with partners and government agenciesDESIRED QUALIFICATIONS Bi-lingual fluency in English and Spanish strongly preferred. Experience, coursework, or other training in climate change advocacy, sustainability, equity, and environmental justice. Experience coordinating projects working across teams, departments, and functions to achieve optimal results. Experience building networks or organizational capacity, facilitating informational sessions in multi-cultural spaces, increasing internal knowledge and capacity, and identifying key stakeholders. Experience negotiating agreements. Self-starting, independent worker.
Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff, we impact conservation throughout the world!The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan to include employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits in the Culture Tab on're proud to offer a work environment that is supportive of the health, well-being, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!
To apply for job ID 51952, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.Do you have military experience? Visit our U.S. Military Skills Translator to match your military experience with our current job openings!TNC is committed to offering accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please send a note to with Request for Accommodation in the subject line.Where legally permissible, TNC requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated and willing to keep up to date with vaccines that protect against COVID-19. By accepting an offer of employment, you agree to comply with this requirement, unless you are entitled to a legally mandated exemption.

Keywords: The Nature Conservancy, Providence , Climate Justice Specialist, Other , Providence, Rhode Island

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