Program Manager - North America

Global Catholic Climate Movement
  • Location
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jan 06

Position description

Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) is an international network of Catholic people and 900 member organizations, all working together to develop solutions to the climate crisis. We are led by the Holy Spirit, and we find joy and support in our faith and each other. We act at the forefront of faith-based efforts to protect the environment, and our work is very fast-paced, with multiple projects and priorities managed daily. We enjoy a collaborative working environment in which everyone is committed to tackling the climate crisis with courage and love. We believe as Pope Francis said in Laudato Si’, that “truly, much can be done!”

Read here: 3 reasons to join GCCM

About the position

 The Program Manager for North America defines and delivers campaign strategies for GCCM in the US and Canada. Collaborating with and supporting partners and members throughout the North American region, the incumbent will provide vision, outstanding project management, and grassroots and grasstops organizing that strengthens and expands GCCM’s highly successful campaign work. This staff member will build GCCMs presence and activate the Catholic community to work for climate justice and will play a role in shaping the strategic direction of GCCM in the region. This person will report to the Director of Network Engagement, and will liaise with other programmatic teams as needed.  

Areas of responsibility:

External relationships

  • Develop and implement an outreach strategy to engage the Catholic community in North America (including the US and Canada).
  • Recruit participants for GCCMs mobilization programs, including Laudato Si Animators, Circles, Chapters, Laudato Si Generation, Catholic sustainability programs. Recruit participants for key global moments, such as climate strikes.
  • Train leaders in the Laudato Si Animators program.
  • Recruit and oversee volunteers to assist in implementing mobilization work.
  • Conduct one-to-one outreach and provide support to GCCM member organizations, key Catholic leaders and other Catholic stakeholders.
  • Create educational and informational materials to support outreach and campaign needs, including the facilitation of webinars. 
  • Utilize online tools (social media, website, online platforms) to engage a base of supporters and parish leaders in North America.
  • Collaborate with other climate - faith organizations. 
  • Build and maintain relationships with Catholic media.
  • Identify opportunities to advocate for climate justice and against fossil fuel development.
  • Represent GCCM in public venues.
  • Ensure relevant grant reports and documents are completed in a timely manner.

Strategic thinking and planning:

  • Define and implement a plan for the US and Canada, including the development of support infrastructure, to engage GCCM members to act towards the organization’s strategic goals of ecological conversion, sustainability, and advocacy.
  • Institute ongoing goal-setting, tracking, and evaluation systems to ensure maximum organizational impact.


  • Understand GCCM’s history, campaigns, and theory of change, and keep current with basic climate science, Church context, and climate policy and news in North America.
  • From time to time, contribute work towards GCCM’s overall mission that is outside standard responsibilities and instead relies solely on geographic location or work capacity. 


Candidates should:

  • Demonstrate 3 to 5 years’ experience in the areas of responsibility.
  • Demonstrate 1 to 3 years experience in staff management.
  • Have familiarity working with Catholic institutions and Church structures.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with ecological issues at both the level of impact and the level of policy.
  • Excellent writing and verbal skills in English and (preferably) Spanish as well.
  • Demonstrate a sustained history of working on advocacy campaigns.
  • Preference for experience working with Latinx communities.
  • Be comfortable working in a prayerful faith-based environment.


The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Leads by example: Endorses and embodies GCCM values and the Laudato Si’ paradigm in behavior and words.
  • Strategic and Innovative: Is a creative and strategic thinker, naturally ambitious, who exercises courage, imagination and confidence to think outside of the box and push boundaries. Integrates learning and ongoing innovations in his/her area to improve impact and reach.
  • Productive: A highly motivated self-starter with the ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced work environment and to produce high-quality documents and materials with a strong attention to detail.
  • Project management: Is able to structure and lead complex projects and ensure that a quality end product is delivered on or ahead of schedule. Familiar with Microsoft Office suite, Google Apps Suite, the basics of digital organizing, and able to learn new applications and programs quickly.
  • Effective problem solving: Identifies challenges, effectively structures a problem-solving approach, analyzes data to produce insights, and generates wise, actionable recommendations.
  • Leads oneself: Shows considerable self-awareness and is inherently curious about how he/she adds value to the organization. Fosters a growth mindset that is open to change.
  • Compelling and authoritative: Is inspiring, articulate, and persuasive, to compellingly present complex ideas to Catholic individuals and institutions and a wider audience, both as a public speaker and writer. A highly skilled relationship builder. 
  • Knowledge of the Catholic Church structure: An understanding of the Catholic Church structure around the globe, and existing contacts with different Catholic institutions and individuals (preferred).
  • Culturally sensitive: Is aware of differing cultural practices and can sensitively and authentically engage in a wide variety of relationships. Able to work seamlessly across borders and time zones. 


  • English, with preference for other languages (especially Spanish).

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