Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs

Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs

Climate Jobs Project Director

Based in Stratford, CT


The person who accepts this new full-time, salaried position will work with the Executive Director and Board of the CT Roundtable on Climate and Jobs (CRCJ) to launch a new statewide initiative supported by a multi-year grant. The project’s primary goal is engaging CT’s labor leaders in crafting and winning implementation of a comprehensive climate jobs agenda that will shape the state’s post-pandemic economic recovery through climate-friendly infrastructure investment. The broader goal is creating the opportunity for CT’s labor movement to help lead a national initiative to build a labor-led economic transformation that will address the dual crises of climate change and systemic inequality.

CRCJ’s CT Labor Climate Caucus

  • Advise the Executive Director and Board on overall strategies for strengthening collaboration with the state’s labor movement in identifying common interests and strategic campaigns that align with the organization’s mission
  • Build and maintain relationships with labor leaders from across the broad spectrum of the state’s labor movement
  • Expand the number of labor organizations that participate in CRCJ’s work as Roundtable Affiliates
  • Work with the leadership of the CT AFL-CIO, State Building and Construction Trades Council, and SEIU CT State Council to expand participation in the CT Labor Climate Caucus
  • Coordinate planning and organizing of periodic gatherings of the CT Labor Climate Caucus to develop policy goals and campaign strategies

CT Climate Jobs Study

  • Coordinate and lead the publication of a comprehensive statewide climate jobs study:
    • Collaborate with a research team at Cornell University’s Worker Institute to collect and organize background data on local climate impacts, economic inequality, and potential in-state job creation from mitigation and adaptation measures
    • Lead the discussion among CT labor leaders in defining and prioritizing policy priorities
    • Coordinate with the Worker Institute in designing and publishing the final report

Organizing and Advocacy Campaigns

  • Oversee the development of campaign strategies and coordinate with union leadership and staff to implement the strategies
  • Direct advocacy/lobbying efforts to secure support of elected officials for implementation of policies through executive action or passage of legislation
  • Work with CRCJ’s Communications Coordinator to develop and produce relevant advocacy campaign materials and to organize public events

Rank-and-File Educational Program

  • Collaborate with Cornell University’s Worker Institute to tailor educational materials for a “train-the-trainer” program to engage rank-and-file members of participating unions
  • Develop a pilot program with 2 or 3 unions
  • Launch full program and support leader-trainers in presenting workshops for rank-and-file members to build broad support for the advocacy campaigns

Other Responsibilities

  • Provide a professional public presence for the organization, speaking at events and serving on official bodies, as appropriate
  • Participate in national gatherings and in collaborative efforts among similar initiatives funded by Climate Jobs National Resource Center (CJNRC) in other states
  • Work with the CRCJ’s Executive Director to manage project budgeting, record-keeping and reporting

Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study
  • 5+ years’ experience working in public policy, with organized labor, preferably at the managerial or director level
  • Nonprofit administration or organizational leadership with a history of creating and maintaining successful collaborations and partnerships.
  • Well-versed in the impacts of and issues surrounding climate change
  • Ability to work from home until working in a Connecticut-based office is possible, be a self-starter, and familiar with the labor movement in Connecticut.
  • English language proficiency is required; fluency in Spanish preferred.

To Apply
Please send a cover letter that describes why you are interested in and qualified for this position along with your résumé to the Hiring Coordinator at: exec.search@ctclimateandjobs.org.

Please only send PDF versions of your application materials.

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