Environmental & Climate Program Director

Location: Remote

Reports to: SVP, Programs & Strategic Initiatives 

The Environment & Climate(E&C) Program Director of the African American Alliance of CDFI CEOs is a strategic contributor to the Alliance’s program management team and will be responsible for the management of programs and initiatives critical to the Alliance’s E&C strategy. 

The programs may impact the Alliance’s member services and the Alliance’s overall efforts to support the communities that its members serve. The E&C Director will design E&C programs and develop project management plans that address the diverse interests of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) of varying asset sizes, impact focuses, and resource needs. The E&C Director will also be an ambassador for the organization and be responsible for establishing and maintaining vital relationships with Alliance members, service providers, and other mission-aligned partner organizations. The E&C Director will also work collaboratively with local, statewide, and national elected and appointed officials and coalitions to advance the Alliance’s E&C objectives. 

This may be a highly visible role internally with the Alliance’s leadership and the board of directors. This role would suit an individual of outstanding ability with at least three to five years’ experience in the CDFI industry supporting climate lending operations or business services at a program delivery level. 

RESPONSIBILITIES AND ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: 

  • Design, implement and evaluate programming that educates Alliance members on strategies that address E&C issues and builds members’ capacity to provide green financing and technical assistance. 
  • Develop webinars for members on relevant best practices in E&C program implementation and industry subject matter experts 
  • Research and identify E&C challenges that CDFIs face and recommend resources, partnerships, and support services to address these challenges. 
  • Serve as the staff lead for the E&C working group of Alliance members, soliciting input from members on the direction of the Alliance’s E&C strategy and priorities. 
  • Collaborate with Economic Development & Lending team to prepare members to apply for and deploy funds from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) 
  • Lead research activities to ensure a thorough understanding of member needs and industry best practices related to E&C 
  • Collaborate with partner organizations and staff to provide relevant tools, educational programming, and technical assistance to Alliance members. 
  • Provide input to the development and implementation of policy priorities and strategy, including strategically positioning the organization with policymakers and other influencers. 
  • Serve as the leader in sustaining existing and building new partnerships with external E&C groups and community organizations (for example, environmental justice groups, civic groups, housing, transportation, civil rights, etc.) and government and business leaders. 
  • In partnership with staff, maintain an active awareness of all relevant Climate, Energy, and Environmental issues, including those related to GGRF. 
  • Effectively communicate the E&C campaigns and activities with Alliance members and other external stakeholders, including those related to GGRF. 
  • Provide regular reports and work progress updates to the Alliance’s leadership and board of directors. 
  • Contribute to fiscal activities, including budgeting, reporting, audit, and compliance. 

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATION: 

  • An undergraduate degree in environmental science, business, finance, or another related field is preferred. At least 5 years of professional experience in E&C program management, non-profit lending or other fields may substitute for a relevant degree. 
  • Demonstrated passion for and commitment to environmental justice and social change. 
  • Demonstrated ability to build, manage, and implement project work plans. 
  • Must be a self-starter; exceptional organizational skills required; ability to meet designated deadlines is also a critical qualification. 
  • Experience leading cross-functional teams through growth and/or change. 
  • Ability to manage several related programs simultaneously and adjust to frequently changing demands. 
  • Demonstrated understanding of green finance and climate lending. 
  • A general understanding of environmental science concepts related to air quality is preferred. 
  • General familiarity with the environmental regulatory powers and authority of state, and federal agencies desired. 
  • Experience working within a community-based nonprofit organization or CDFI and culture is a plus. 

COMPENSATION: 

$110,000 – $120,000 plus benefits (including group healthcare, negotiable flex hours, and paid holidays & leave). This is a full-time, at-will exempt position. Salary depends on qualifications and experience. 

Please attach your resume, cover letter, and a writing sample describing your first 90-days in the role for consideration.

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The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The team member profile does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.