The failure of governments to act on the climate crisis in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence may well be the biggest inter-generational human rights violation in history. The crisis disproportionately impacts people already vulnerable, disadvantaged and subject to discrimination—those who are also least responsible for the crisis. At the same time, those most responsible for the climate crisis--including heads of government, fossil fuel companies, banks, insurance companies and asset managers—are profiting from the destruction and hindering efforts to stop it.
The Climate Justice Program Manager at AIUSA will develop, manage and direct the organization’s work to help stop the climate crisis, with a focus on convincing decision makers in the US government (federal, state, local) and US corporate sector to phase out fossil fuels well before 2050 and ensure a just, human rights based transition to green energy that leaves no one behind. This position is a unique opportunity to help create a new human rights program at Amnesty USA, one that recognizes the leadership of, and collaborates with, Indigenous Peoples, communities of color, youth, women, people living in poverty, persons with disabilities, environmental Human Rights Defenders, workers, environmental organizations, and other impacted people who are already leading the call for climate justice.
The Program Manager will work with a wide range of such leaders and stakeholders to decide on goals and annual objectives for the Program as well as to develop and implement strategies to achieve them. The program could, for example, include work focusing on: US banks and/or insurance companies that support fossil fuels projects; city governments; state and federal legislation; and/or efforts to defend the human right of Indigenous Peoples to peacefully protest against fossil fuel projects.
The position will collaborate with stakeholders on selecting and implementing a range of tactics, including grassroots activism, human rights education in schools, advocacy, communications, coalition building, training and public education. The position will also carry out regular monitoring, evaluation and learning related to the program. The work of the Project Manager will also help support AIUSA’s organizational goals, including with respect to increasing grassroots engagement, improving Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA), supporting innovation and collaborating with colleagues on fundraising. Please note that this position does not currently manage other staff.
The successful candidate should have extensive professional expertise in the causes of and solutions to the climate crisis from a human rights perspective; demonstrated success in collaborating with stakeholders to design and implement strategies that have made a difference in the world; a strong track record of collaborating with a diverse set of stakeholders; and experience and expertise in leveraging a range of tactics to make change, including grassroots activism, public education, education in schools, coalition building, lobbying and corporate advocacy.
• Provides overall strategy and direction for AIUSA’s program of work on the climate crisis in alignment with the Amnesty movement’s global strategy and policy on the climate crisis as well as with front-line communities;
• Collaborates with stakeholders to set long-term goals and short-term annual objectives for the Program;
• Collaborates with stakeholders to create and implement strategies to achieve goals and objectives, utilizing a range of tactics, including grassroots activism, human rights education in schools, corporate advocacy, lobbying, communications, coalition building, training and public education;
• Engages a wide range of stakeholders in the strategic planning and implementation of the program, including AIUSA’s member leaders;
• Identifies and develops key alliances with movements, communities, Indigenous Peoples, organizations and community leaders to develop and implement the programs; works to strengthen and build relationships with local, state and national climate advocacy groups; and supports activities across a range of stakeholder organizations, advocacy groups and local coalitions;
• Collaborates with stakeholders to create materials to engage, educate and inspire supporters to action, including an Educator’s Guide and Action Guide
• Ensures monitoring, evaluation and learning with respect to the program;
• Supports fundraising efforts; manages the budget for the portfolio of issues;
• Coordinates work with counterparts at Amnesty International’s Secretariat (IS) and in other Amnesty sections, ensuring that AIUSA and global AI movement strategies are aligned.
• Conducts advocacy on the federal level when strategic, and works closely with various departments to build state and local advocacy strategies if and when relevant.
• Serves as a public spokesperson for AIUSA on the climate crisis; develops talking points and other resources on the topic;
• Develops training and educational materials and assists in training students, youth groups, local member groups, member leaders, and external stakeholders on human rights principles, messaging, and grassroots organizing;
• Collaborates internally with other campaign, program, government relations, policy and administrative staff on intersections of other human rights work with the climate program;
• Other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience:
• At least five to seven years of direct experience with climate justice, human rights and program management;
• Strong relationships within human rights and/or social justice advocacy communities;
• Track record of collaborative work across movements, Indigenous Peoples, communities, organizations or coalitions;
• Experience developing campaign or program strategies that leverage a range of tactics including grassroots activism, public education, education in schools, advocacy with businesses, and lobbying at the federal, state and/or local level
• Demonstrated experience as on-the-record spokesperson and familiarity with social media tools;
• Experience working within a membership-based organization and familiarity with principles of shared leadership between staff and members
• In-depth knowledge of the drivers of and solutions to the climate crisis from a human rights perspective
• Strong understanding of the intersection between environmental issues, human rights, social justice and Indigenous Peoples rights
• A demonstrated ability to strategize, develop, organize and run successful campaigns and programs
• Proven experience as a program or project manager with effective planning and delegation skills
• Excellent interpersonal and relationship management skills with proven ability to build cooperation, resolve problems, manage projects and/or implement appropriate solutions
• Excellent written and oral communication including public speaking skills
• Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all stakeholder groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, impacted communities, Indigenous Peoples, people with disabilities, youth and others
• Proven skills in project management including budgeting
• Exceptional initiative and follow-through skills with the ability to deliver measurable results
• Strong relationships within related human rights and/or social justice advocacy communities
• Familiarity with international human rights standards
• A commitment to uplifting inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility in programs and in organizational policies
• Good political judgment and strategic analysis skills
• Ability to multi-task, pay attention to detail, and juggle competing priorities
• Ability to work occasional evening and weekend hours
• Commitment to the mission statement and goals of Amnesty International USA
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