Intern Director of Organizational and Partnership Development and Student Outreach

Organization

Climate Change Recovery (CCR), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is looking for someone interested in spearheading our organizational and partnership development as well as our outreach to students, including both prospective participants and students and families who have already participated. We have been organizing our key program, Youth Acting for our Earth (YAE!) for the last eight years. YAE is a peer-led youth and young adult climate training program to empower young adults, youth, and their parents to impact climate policy. Our program is well established; our YAE youth leaders have trained over 400 youth and young adults from 4 states and 3 countries, ranging from 4th graders through young adults in their 30s. Organizationally we are in a start-up phase as CCR applied for and obtained 501(c)3 status effective October 2021, and we are working to become financially strong enough within a year to provide salaries for at least 1-2 full-time staff members. We have several strategies to achieve this, including offering four internship positions over the next few months to very capable new team members-to-be: Community Organizer, Nonprofit Management Intern, Partnership Development and Outreach Intern, and Social Media and Fundraising Development Intern.

Please visit ClimateChangeRecovery.org to learn more about the work we do.

Position

We are looking for someone to work together with our core staff to help us develop new partnerships with other nonprofits and a variety of organizations, streamline our databases, and deepen the partnerships we have already created. This person will also be in charge of student outreach—helping students and families hear about and register for the training, and then engage or reengage them after the training, creating and using our teams of youth, young adults, and parents to achieve meaningful action on the climate crisis.

As a member of the team, the intern holding the position of director of organizational and partnership development and student outreach will be involved in strategic planning and preparation as we work to expand to new states, create ongoing relationships for annual trainings with new or established sponsors, and firmly establish our post-training support program.

Responsibilities

The intern will, over the course of the summer, act as the director of organizational and partnership development and student outreach, beginning with working to refine and extend our databases of nonprofit and business partners, individuals interested the training, school contacts, and participants. They will review what we have currently, quickly research and confer with our team about how we might design a better system within our budget, create simple to follow processes, and implement the systems needed to support substantial growth over the next five to 10 years, including helping to recruit volunteer coordinators and possibly community organizers.

They will assist the executive director and community organizer with developing and expanding access to the program and post-training support. They will take the lead on caring for and revitalizing the database, making follow up contacts to try to reengage those interested in the program and helping to identify potential sponsors and regular donors. Examples of our partners include 350 and other climate or environmental organizations, faith groups (currently Jewish, Muslim, and Christian, though we are looking to expand to other communities as well), schools (K-U, public, private, and homeschool), media, and groups focused on serving youth.

The student outreach aspect of the job will involve both outreach to school staff through individualized emails and cold calls and reaching out to students and parents who have participated in the training through calls, texts, and other means, encouraging them to read our emails, engage in advocacy efforts as part of YAE teams and with partner organizations, and return to lead trainings. If time permits, they will also recruit volunteers to lead local YAE teams and moderate the Slack-based teams we are setting up, helping to get the teams off the ground.  We are in an exciting phase of our work trying to address the greatest challenges humankind faces, and we want someone with strong organizational, technology, writing, verbal communication, and interpersonal skills on our team who is comfortable working with our diverse communities.

Qualifications

The director of organizational and partnership development and student outreach will have at least one year (as of the start of the position) of training in a master in public administration, policy, or sustainability program or the equivalent along with one or more relevant years of professional experience (preference given to nonprofit experience)—and be interested in or planning to having a career focused on the climate crisis. They will also have the following experience and attributes:

  • Bachelor’s degree and MA/MBA/MPA/MPP or equivalent in process) in a relevant degree area
  • Excellent people skills, with experience collaborating in a multidisciplinary, diverse, and dynamic team
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities, proposing new ways of creating efficiencies, and guiding investment in people and systems
  • Technologically savvy, with some sophistication and a lot of comfort in using Google and Apple programs such as Pages, Numbers, and Keynote
  • Flexible and a self-starter; comfortable with working independently and with feedback; able to work on multiple projects while also being highly detail-oriented
  • Understanding of the need to protect data confidentiality
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to seeing rapid and effective action on the climate crisis
  • Comfort with making cold calls and possibly doing in-person outreach at events
  • Familiarity with running meetings over Zoom and providing technical support as needed to participants
  • Knowledge of social marketing techniques and applied social psychology

Not required but highly desirable experience includes:

  • Demonstrated experience in CRM systems such as Salesforce
  • Experience using Action Network for group emailings
  • Database maintenance

To apply:

To apply, please email your resume/CV and simple cover letter or short statement of intent to vergun@alumni.stanford.edu. Please indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line. We will get back to you promptly about arranging an interview.

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