Engagement Coordinator (part-time)

About Project Drawdown

The World’s Leading Resource for Climate Solutions

Project Drawdown is a nonprofit organization that seeks to help the world reach “drawdown”— the future point in time when levels of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline. Since the 2017 publication of the New York Times bestseller Drawdown, the organization has emerged as a leading resource for information and insight about climate solutions. Cities, universities, corporations, philanthropies, policymakers, communities, educators, activists, and more turn to Project Drawdown, as they look to advance effective climate action. We aim to support the growing constellation of efforts to move climate solutions forward and move the world toward drawdown—as quickly, safely, and equitably as possible.

Position Summary

Project Drawdown is hiring a new, part-time (50%, or 20 hours/week) Engagement Coordinator — a professional with experience in community engagement, partnership-building, resource development, and logistics who will join the organization’s growing Drawdown Stories team.

We are looking for an individual who can work independently and as part of a team to plan, manage, coordinate, execute and evaluate a wide array of activities aimed at supporting our storytelling work and its production, platforms and partnerships, supporting the Drawdown Stories team overall but with a particular focus on grassroots, local, and community-based outreach.

Drawdown Stories exists to provide an entryway for a diverse range of audiences by providing tangible examples of how climate solutions are being implemented today. Our work showcases the various people in climate careers that help make drawdown possible. 

The guiding principle of Drawdown Stories is “Climate Solutions in Color.” 

Through Climate Solutions in Color, we work to “pass the mic” to the climate heroes who often go unheard. We shine a light on these individuals to help those who’ve been overlooked in climate conversations discover their own real-world superpowers. We recognize that, often, the communities most immediately and severely affected by climate change are often excluded from the dialogue about solutions. This includes Black people, Indigenous peoples, and people of color across America, who are far more likely to live in areas with polluted air and water, less greenspace, and more vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, including extreme heat, droughts, wildfire and more. Climate Solutions in Color calls for our storytelling to prioritize diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, surfacing underrepresented voices and welcoming traditionally marginalized communities to make the most of climate solutions.

The Engagement Coordinator will help us advance Project Drawdown’s storytelling initiatives.

As a small organization with a big mission, we’re seeking someone who can manage simultaneous projects and meet multiple deadlines, while maintaining a high level of initiative, creativity, collaboration, and excellence. 

The Engagement Coordinator will report to the Director of Storytelling & Engagement at Project Drawdown and collaborate with other members of the organization including the marketing and communications team, program staff, and others. This position will also work with freelancers and consultants, as needed, and with other organizations and content experts around the world to build collaborations, cultivate new opportunities, and enhance efficient use of resources toward common climate solutions goals.

The Engagement Coordinator focuses on grassroots, local, and community-based outreach with the goal of expanding the impact of our work – primarily through deep relationship-building, partnerships (namely with connections on-the-ground and other justice-centered groups), proactive and strategic community workshops, community listening, and resource development. The Engagement Coordinator will support the development of the Drawdown Stories network, and foster relationships with the community members we reach (particularly around Drawdown’s Neighborhood, the International Stories Initiative. and other storytelling initiatives), cueing up organizations and interviewees working on climate solutions for the Storytelling Coordinator, who will coordinate production logistics. Much of the Engagement Coordinator’s work will involve connecting with community- and chapter-based groups, education organizations, local media, environmental justice groups, and others who may deepen our impact within communities. The Engagement Coordinator will help track impact metrics (qualitative and quantitative).

Project Drawdown welcomes people of all backgrounds, identities, and beliefs to join us in helping the world reach Drawdown quickly, safely, and equitably. We are a 100% remote organization based in the U.S. Candidates currently authorized to work in the United States (U.S. Citizens, green card holders, and work visa holders), who reside anywhere within the U.S. may apply.

Essential Responsibilities

In partnership with Project Drawdown’s storytelling and marketing & communications teams, the Engagement Coordinator will focus on the following responsibilities:

Partnership-building and network development

  • Work with the Director of Storytelling and Engagement and Storytelling Coordinator to identity relevant partners (community organizations, education networks, academic institutions, media platforms, corporations, etc as well as relevant individuals) to maximize the reach, influence, and impact of Drawdown Stories, with a focus on grassroots local, community-based, and other justice-centered connections (primarily nationally with some coordination with international stakeholders across target regions)
  • Contribute to a partnership strategy and partnership imperatives for our Drawdown Stories work, with diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice at the heart of this work (in line with the Climate Solutions in Color vision), particularly focusing on the approach to partnerships that further the impact of our work, including engagement with community- and chapter-based groups, education organizations, local media, environmental justice groups, and others who may deepen our impact within communities
  • Coordinate with the rest of the Drawdown Stories team to build relationships with partners over meetings, calls and email to explore opportunities to best integrate them into our storytelling work, while adding value for and having impact with these partners and their communities
  • Share opportunities that further our reach and influence with the Storytelling Coordinator as opportunities present themselves
  • Support the development and management of a database (the Drawdown Stories network) to keep track of partners and community members we engage with, with a focus on grassroot people and organizations, as well as others defined in coordination with the Stories team
  • Maintain communication with partners and potential partners, community members and other Project Drawdown teams deemed relevant to your work, while keeping an eye out for opportunities to connect their work to ours and to invite them to participate in events and other touchpoints where beneficial
  • Strategically and proactively organize talks, workshops and other speaking engagements in support of our impact
  • Help develop standard slides (from existing materials) for use in talks and workshops (with feedback and input from the Storytelling Coordinator, and other relevant team members)

Deep community-building and story research support

  • Research, vet, and, in coordination with and support of the Storytelling Coordinator, help secure inspiring interviewees (including those implementing drawdown climate solutions) for Drawdown Stories initiatives – for both in-person and virtual productions – with an emphasis on identifying and featuring interviewees from underrepresented groups (Black people, Indigenous people, people of color, women, LGBTQ people, blue collar workers, and others not often represented in the climate conversation) – at which point the Storytelling Coordinator will lead engagement with the interviewees
  • Lead ongoing engagement with local communities, including the connectors and other people and organizations we do not feature as interviewees, in addition to engaging interviewees after story production is complete
  • As part of the Drawdown Stories network, keep track of community members who want to amplify Project Drawdown, and create a plan for equipping them with resources to do so
  • Support the development of the Drawdown’s Neighborhood discussion, learning, and action resources – drafted by an external collaborator
  • After Drawdown’s Neighborhood production is complete, help lead engagement with interviewees, their organizations, and other local community members, coordinating to provide amplification resources (e.g. promotional toolkits) and create opportunities to celebrate, uplift, and add value for the interviewees and their organizations (in coordination with the Storytelling Coordinator) – supporting the coordination of screening and engagement events in the cities where we film these stories
  • Coordinate with freelancers and other vendors to support these efforts as needed
  • Support the development of resources and processes to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of our work, including a coordinated storytelling timeline and calendar and prep for internal meetings with other teams at Project Drawdown
  • Serve as a key team member in defining and track impact metrics

Identifying resources for the community and impactful opportunities

  • Identify resource needs from the community (including resources to help them amplify and engage with Project Drawdown resources), and coordinate with the Stories team, other teams at Project Drawdown, and aligned partners to connect communities with those resources – drafting and/or creating resources first-hand on a case-by-case basis
  • Explore and secure opportunities to expand the impact of our work, including support of an external storytelling and engagement advisory network (particularly as it relates to the Climate Solutions in Color principle) and special projects
  • Connect with teams, people, and programs at Project Drawdown, new and existing partners, and other community members (see: partnership-building and network development) to identify collaboration opportunities
  • Connect partners with other Project Drawdown teams and opportunities as appropriate
  • Help solidify (and eventually evolve) the Climate Solutions in Color vision as we build coalitions of values-aligned stakeholders, with a particular focus on grassroots engagement
  • Host or coordinate logistics for one-on-one, small group, and large group conversations – from discussions and brainstorms, to webinars and workshops – to invite community input in Drawdown Stories, namely from partners and community members aligned with the Engagement Coordinator’s area of focus
  • Provide feedback on stories, presentations and more

Education and/or Experience

The ideal candidate will possess a combination of the following education and/or equivalent experience: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in a field relevant to this role or equivalent professional experience
  • Strong understanding of storytelling as well as diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, and its value in the climate space
  • Experience working directly with underrepresented communities
  • 3+ years of experience in partnership-building and community engagement
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Experience working with a broad range of external partners across geographies, sectors, political persuasions and disciplines to increase the reach and impact of an organization’s activities
  • Experience working with outside consultants and freelancers
  • Impeccable organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to multitask in a fluid environment
  • Background in climate or sustainability is helpful but not required

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The qualifications listed here are necessary to perform this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

  • Experience working with marketing and communications and/or storytelling professionals
  • Strong understanding of the value of organizational communications, marketing, and storytelling
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to manage multiple workflows on deadline
  • Excellent written, speaking / presentation, and interpersonal communication skills to engage effectively within the organization and with external collaborators / stakeholders
  • Creative thinker who’s able to pitch, identify, and source compelling and relevant content and collaborations with and for multiple audiences
  • Experience with a range of tools and platforms  including Zoom and Zoom Webinar, Calendly, Airtable, Mailchimp, Campaign Monitor, and the Google Suite is a plus
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to generate innovative ideas 
  • Fluency in English

Location

As with all positions at Project Drawdown, this one will be 100% remote. Employees can work anywhere within the United States. Candidates currently authorized to work in the United States (US Citizens, green card holders, and work visa holders), who reside anywhere within the US may apply.

Compensation

This is a part-time (50%) position with benefits. The salary range for this position is $30,000 - $40,000 / year (based on a full-time equivalent of $60-75K). We work hard to ensure our salaries are competitive with similar leading nonprofits in major cities across America. In addition, Project Drawdown provides exceptional benefits for half-time roles, which includes 2 weeks PTO in your first year plus 3 sick days, 13 holidays, and a paid holiday closure December 26–30, health/dental/vision insurance (employee premium 100% paid), a 401k program with company match, a parental leave benefit, a professional development program, and a home-office connectivity stipend. This may grow into a full-time position.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete our online application form here

All candidates will need to upload a cover letter, their most recent resume, as well as work samples as described below:

  • Cover letter that creatively communicates your background and fit for this role.
  • Resume detailing your professional and educational background.
  • Portfolio of 2-3 samples of your work that demonstrate your ability to make projects like this successful  (please include context about your role in creating the work samples).

Applications will be reviewed beginning July 18, 2022. The application process may be closed at any point after that date.


Project Drawdown is an equal opportunity employer committed to having a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. Project Drawdown does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by law, and we will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. We strongly encourage all qualified persons to apply for this position. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and the organization’s need.


If you have questions, contact us at jobs@drawdown.org. Please, no phone calls.