Director of Sustainability- City of Providence

Providence has established itself as a national leader on climate justice and is looking for its next leader who will continue this transformational work to make Providence a more equitable, just, and sustainable city. The Director of Sustainability is responsible for advancing the City’s climate and sustainability agenda set forth in the Climate Justice Plan and the City’s Sustainability Plan. Current projects include managing an influx of funding from the federal government, launching a community choice aggregation program, redeveloping a site in the Port of Providence to bring waterfront access to near-port communities, and supporting the community’s forthcoming Green Justice Zones. The Director manages a team of three, works across City departments, and collaborates with stakeholders and partners such as state agencies, nonprofits, businesses, colleges and universities, and grassroots organizations.

Duties & Responsibilities:
Maintain and develop strategic partnerships (local and national) to help achieve citywide climate and sustainability goals.
Ensure that the City continues to advance its sustainability work while centering racial equity and collaborating with frontline, BIPOC communities.
Work with the Mayor’s Communications Team to respond to press inquiries and manage all external communications related to the City’s sustainability work.
Create a supportive and inclusive team environment for the Office of Sustainability staff, especially with regards to the team’s continual anti-racism growth and learning.
Plan and manage the Office of Sustainability’s budget. This includes preparing an annual budget, reporting and tracking expenses, and being accountable to the Finance Department, Mayor, and Providence City Council.

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university; A Master’s degree in a related field (i.e. Public Policy, Urban Planning, Sustainability) is preferred. Plus, at least five of experience working in the climate and sustainability field. Or, any combination of experience and education that is substantially equivalent to the above requirements.
Personnel Management and supervisory skills.
Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of the intersections between the climate movement, labor, racial justice, reproductive justice, gender justice, and other movements for social justice
Ability to effectively build social networks and facilitate connections, especially with underrepresented groups.
Experience developing and implementing policy.
Building consensus and finding commonalities with groups of people with diverging interests and perspectives.
Excellent communications skills and the ability to present on findings, policies, or recommendations to elected officials, stakeholders, and City staff.
Ability to manage competing priorities, delegate work, and ensure that workload is aligned with staff capacity.
Experience working on system-level change from within a large organization.

Desired Qualifications:
Familiarity with Providence’s and Rhode Island’s environmental policy and advocacy landscape.
Knowledgeable of network theory and/or decentralized movement-building.

Salary: $77,955 – $90,280

Full job description and application are here.

Open until filled.


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