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Senior Program Officer, U.S. Programs

Home-Based Location, Washington DC or Montpelier VT

The Senior Program Officer (SPO) position provides strategic support and leadership to one or more Program Directors to advance equitable resilience and sustainability projects in communities across the United States. The position guides the design, development, and implementation of projects to accelerate locally-led solutions that tackle immediate problems while strengthening communities overall. Working across a variety of U.S geographies, the SPO works with grassroots and other community organizations, institutional partners, and local and regional governments to foster collaboration to address climate impacts. The SPO coordinates between project partners and stakeholders, leads community engagement, designs and facilitates workshops, and analyzes data to best inform future project implementation.


Position Scope

This position will be remote, with a work-from-home or a shared office space arrangement, with supervision at distance, or in one of ISC’s U.S. offices (Washington, D.C. or Montpelier, Vermont). Extensive travel (up to 50%) within the U.S. is required.


Key Responsibilities

Provide effective relationship management between ISC, project partners, and project stakeholders, to foster ongoing productive relationships.

Provide effective partner/process management, including multi-stakeholder collaboration, analysis, and meeting facilitation.

Provide virtual and in-person advice, assistance, and technical know-how to stakeholders; drawing from the incumbent’s professional training and experience; ISC’s extensive library of case studies and resources; and examples from other local, national, and international best practices.

Use a variety of tools to support project management, data analysis, monitoring and evaluation, and overall project planning and implementation.

Track the progress of partners, capture best practices and lessons learned, distill and synthesize those practices and lessons, and identify technical assistance or resources to support the partners’ achievements toward identified goals.

Research and develop resources, tools, case studies, and other materials to support the identified goals of partners.

Design and deliver workshops and other educational and capacity-building activities to policy makers, elected officials, businesses, and communities to increase support for and advance climate/resilience efforts.

Inform the development and implementation of communications strategies and materials.

Provide strategic support and leadership in identifying opportunities for advancing the project and its objectives, including analyzing trends in national and local sustainability and resilience action, identifying potential partnerships beneficial to advancing the project, and developing ideas for expanding and deepening the impact of the project.

Manage project budgets in conjunction with the Senior Budget & Operations Officer and Program Director.



Strong program leadership skills including: Ability to listen deeply and learn quickly; Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication; Demonstrated experience in meeting and workshop facilitation; Strong research and analytical skills; Ability for rapid response to leverage strategic opportunities in the moment; Flexibility and willingness to adapt to changing priorities

Ability to work productively with diverse individuals from differing backgrounds (government, private sector, advocacy, social profit organizations, and community-based organizations)

Knowledge of and experience serving underrepresented communities, neighborhoods, and populations most vulnerable to the impacts of climate related events

Experience working directly with and for communities of color to address and overcome systemic racism and the multitude of adverse outcomes that result

Experience in community resilience and sustainability solutions

Experience using data analysis to drive decision making and inform resilience approaches and strategies for a region

Ability to work and collaborate effectively within a highly distributed, highly matrixed team

Ability to work independently from a remote location

Strong work ethic and personal integrity

Ability to provide leadership and project management for team projects, prioritizing work assignments, managing to budgets and appropriate deadlines, and applying performance management frameworks for strategic learning in project delivery

Proficient in use of Google products, Microsoft Office suite, data processing, and other software



Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or equivalent experience

Seven to 10 years of relevant professional experience working with or for a local government; community-based/focused institution; or public health, economic development, social service, or similar social profit organization. Experience working on sustainability, climate, environmental justice and other like subject matter is a plus

Project design and implementation experience

Willingness and ability to travel

Commitment to ISC’s mission and goals


ISC is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workplace. Women, persons with disabilities, and people from diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.


Application Instructions:

Read this information carefully. Adhering to these instructions will ensure that your application is submitted as required for hiring committee review.

A cover letter is required. Your cover letter should be no more than one (1) page in length.

A resume is required. Your resume should be no more than three (3) pages in length and should include details about your relevant education, skills and experience as they relate to this role.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we will not be returning emails or phone calls inquiring about the status of an application. If the hiring committee selects your application for interview you will be contacted directly by a member of our team.



Posted July 3, 2018

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