Program Manager

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Information Technology

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Responsibilities: The New School is launching an innovative new leadership program for activists in the Environmental Justice movement. In 2018, we embarked on an assessment of the need for and interest in an environmental justice movement leadership program, surveying and interviewing more than 200 movement leaders. From this study, we developed a program designed specifically to support the impact of the Environmental Justice (EJ) movement to respond in a time of growing climate urgency and inequalities. The program seeks to support social movement and organizational effectiveness using a Just Transitions framework. The program is designed to support leaders in generating innovative and contentious strategies in response to the current climate crisis. It is designed as a two-year leadership program that will launch in Spring/Summer 2020 with a first cohort of 16 fellows. The complete program consists of four distinct phases: (1) Building individual leadership capacities for contention and innovation; (2) Support and space to explore and develop new ideas; (3) Support and tools to testing and prototyping ideas; and (4) Resources and support to implement tested ideas. After our pilot cohort in 2020, we envision running concurrent cohorts in staggered phases and we expect to grow each cohort to 25 participants, with as many as 50 new leaders a year in the program. We are seeking a dynamic, dedicated Program Manager to manage all aspects of this new program, including our initial launch. This position will report to the Program Director. This is a great opportunity to be part of a new initiative from the ground up. This program is led by faculty members, Dr. Ana Baptista and Dr. Sujatha Jesudason and is housed at the Tishman Environment and Design Center in collaboration with the Social Movements and Innovation. Job responsibilities include: Provide thought leadership to the program and general day-to-day management through the regular coordination and tracking of work products, benchmarks, and outcomes Communicate regularly with team members on strategic decision making necessary to keep the project on track and within budget; track and report on project deliverables and timeline Develop and codify policies and procedures to enable the program to run effectively Oversee recruitment of faculty and coaches for curriculum delivery in collaboration with the Program Director Oversee the development of key program deliverables such as the scope of work, marketing materials, website, and reports Contribute to ongoing programmatic evaluation and research Prepare grant reports and updates, including visual and narrative summary of performance benchmarks and powerpoint slide presentations for team meetings and meetings with funders and external partners Provide logistical support for events, travel and other administrative duties as needed Support scheduling for team members and consultants Spearhead recruitment of participants for each cohort; provide individualized support for participants during all stages from recruitment to program completion Other tasks as needed Minimum Qualifications: Excellent interpersonal skills Program management experience, and ability to multitask and prioritize work Excellent research and writing skills Experience managing internal and external teams 3-5 years experience in environmental science, environmental justice, community development, urban studies, social movements, or leadership development OR master's degree in a related field Design and Technical skills: Adobe Creative Cloud, Publisher, Process and program design Interview/qualitative methods skills Organizational change/organizational management background Special Instructions to Applicants: Other detailsThis position offers opportunities for professional growth within the initiative. Candidates interested in developing a career in environmental justice, grassroots movements and/or community engagement will be given priority. The New School is committed to creating and maintaining an environment that promises diversity and tolerance in all areas of employment, education and access to its educational, artistic or cultural programs and activities. The New School does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, sex or gender (including gender identity and expression), pregnancy, sexual orientation, religion, religious practices, mental or physical disability, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, veteran status, marital or partnership status, or any other legally protected status. Position would begin immediately and go through June 2021 with an opportunity for an extension contingent upon funding and performance. This is a full-time position. Benefits and tuition waiver eligible.
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