Program Manager I - Climate Engagement
Type of Job
$61,189 – $101,350
Oct 1, 2021
About the job
Department of Environmental Protection, Energy, Climate, and Compliance Division, Office of Energy and Climate
Closing Date: October 27, 2021
Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich has unveiled the Climate Action Plan that will guide the County toward its goals of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80 percent by 2027 and by 100 percent by 2035 compared to 2005 levels. The Montgomery climate plan, which will increase resilience in the face of climate hazards, is one of the most ambitious climate plans in the nation for a local government.
DEP is seeking a Program Manager I to join the Office of Energy and Climate to engage the community as partners in climate action. This position will lead a range of climate-related engagement and communication activities, with a particular focus on efforts to involve underserved community members who are likely to feel the impacts of climate change most acutely.
The Program Manager will have considerable knowledge of, and experience in, community engagement, particularly participatory approaches that integrate climate resilience, health and racial equity. The individual will serve as a thought leader, catalyzing a paradigm shift from conventional, non-inclusive outreach to a community engagement process that centers Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) and frontline leaders in the co-creation of solutions to climate change. The individual must be a systems thinker who sees, and helps to forge, integrated solutions that cut across departments and sectors.
The primary responsibility of this position will be to help shape a new community engagement process — one that is premised on community empowerment, amplifies under-represented voices, and cultivates community-driven civic leadership. The Program Manager will help the County create and implement a process in which program development is centered on the needs, desires, wisdom, and insights of County residents, tailored to meet their specific needs, and co-created through authentic collaboration. Such a model is premised on a “participatory action research framework” in which solutions are devised through the participation by, and lived experiences of, stakeholders so that interventions are fully “owned” by the community.
Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Lead process to identify equitable community collaboration and engagement focused on frontline and BIPOC residents most impacted by climate change to develop community-based resilience, mitigation, health and quality-of-life solutions.
- In partnership with community-based organizations, help identify, co-create and manage the County’s Community Justice Academy (or other outcome based on community input) to address climate priorities identified in the CAP.
- Build internal and external support and identify funding for program(s) flowing from community-based conversations; help institutionalize these programs including building on existing assets and programs; convening community-based organizations, networks, and County departments to facilitate strategic planning sessions; help determine program structure, governance, funding needs, outreach strategies, etc.
- Administer contracts with community-based organizations with whom the County partners.
- Conduct trainings, workshops, and communication/outreach campaigns.
- Support other actions in the CAP that advance the priorities and needs of BIPOC, frontline, and other communities most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
The ideal candidate will have considerable experience in program development and management, community engagement, and working with low income, under-represented and BIPOC communities. The successful candidate will be culturally competent, empathetic, and collegial.
Bilingual applicants in the Spanish/English languages are encouraged to apply. If the candidate selected for this position possesses multilingual skills, they will be required to successfully pass an examination assessing oral communication, reading comprehension, and interpreting skills. For Advanced proficiency, the candidate must also pass an examination requiring translating text from Spanish to English and vice versa.
This position requires the ability to attend meetings, engagement events, and perform work at locations outside the office, which includes traveling to various locations throughout Montgomery County.
Effective August 30, 2021, all new hires will be required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus prior to their first date of employment. Individuals who are unable to be vaccinated should contact OHR@montgomerycountymd.gov to discuss possible accommodations.