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Collaborative Capacity & Development Manager, San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative

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Position Status: Full-time temporary
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Staff, School of Leadership and Education Sciences

Position Title & Department:

 Collaborative Capacity & Development Manager, San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative; School of Leadership and Sciences
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Department Description:

Rooted in social justice, led by compassion, inspired by curiosity, driven by a shared vision.

Mother Rosalie Hill Hall on the University of San Diego campus is home to the School of Leadership and Education Sciences' (SOLES) vibrant and vision-driven collective of academic departments, centers and institutes. Here, we combine innovation with introspection, academics with real-world application, and study with social impact.

Our nationally-accredited programs span the realms of leadership, teaching and counseling, both at graduate and undergraduate levels. They're all approached with an emphasis on social justice, multiculturalism and a determination to forge a better world together.

University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Contemporary Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:

This is a full-time temporary, benefit-based position with an anticipated end date of June 30, 2025.

The San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative (SDRCC) advances climate change solutions and expertise across the San Diego Region. The Project Manager, Capacity & Development (Manager) will report to the Director of Climate and Environmental Programs and will be responsible for supporting SDRCC’s programs and climate fundraising efforts that advance San Diego’s leadership in climate resilience solutions. Even as public funding for climate change becomes more readily available, our regional partners still experience capacity constraints to develop competitive projects and win funding awards for climate resilience regionally. The Manager will support and lead grant writing, project development, and manage member and SDRCC fundraising efforts; in addition they will help the Director to oversee and execute SDRCC’s ongoing technical assistance programs. The Manager will provide technical and research support needed to fulfill capacity building projects and program effort, specifically in partnership with SDRCC’s member agencies. They will support SDRCC’s community and membership engagement and support the Director by leading member communication, grant writing, and additional engagement opportunities. The University of San Diego serves as Fiscal Sponsor for SDRCC which is currently housed at The Nonprofit Institute. Established in 2002 in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES), The Nonprofit Institute (NPI) provides research, technical consulting, convening, and training to develop community leaders and organizations. SDRCC staff members are expected to regularly engage with and participate in NPI programs, meetings, and activities as needed to support our collective missions and goals.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Lead and Support Capacity Building and Technical Assistance Projects and Programming

  • Provide Research and Technical Support: Research and support development of work needed to fulfill projects, contracts and commitments specifically on SDRCC active projects across core water, equity, coastal resilience and adaptation programming.
  • Lead Direct Research and Technical Support for SDRCC Members: Support the production of specific guidance, update tools for regional resiliency activities and plans, such as white papers, one pagers, and development of multimedia content, including ESRI Story Maps, conducting and aggregating surveys, and data visualization. Includes maintenance, enhancement, and weekly updates of SDRCC’s Climate and Energy Funding Tracker.
  • Develop and Strengthen Member Capacity for Climate Resilience Funding Opportunities: Support and oversee the development of SDRCC’s Member Technical Assistance (TA) Programs, including communication with members about funding opportunities, grant writing, project development and enhancement, and additional TA as developed. 
  • Sustained Engagement & Outreach and Regional Dialogues: Participate in resilience dialogues specific to SDRCC projects and network needs, promote and share collaborative success stories, explore opportunities for new regional partnerships, outreach and leverage findings

Support SDRCC Program Development, Fundraising, and Capacity 

  • Support the Director in SDRCC Fundraising Efforts: including but not limited to leading grant writing to support Climate Collaborative programming, research projects, and sponsorships
  • Support Building and Maintaining Relationships: participate in community dialogues, support environment team members and help identify opportunities for collaboration and regional resilience project development 
  • Support SDRCC Membership and Network Building: work with the Director and Advisory Board to advance outreach and communication materials that will support membership recruitment and retention efforts, as well as ensure member benefits are executed 
  • Assist the Director to develop annual program impact reports for active projects, contracts, grants and ongoing programs as needed

Support SDRCC Administration 

  • Assist the Director with the Climate Collaborative Network and Membership: assisting current members in sustaining engagement, aiding member recruitment, coordinating on member benefits, navigating membership changes, and supporting new members 
  • Assist the Director with the Advisory Board: supporting Board meetings, including providing updates on capacity and development programs, collaborative fundraising opportunities, and additional support as needed
  • Support SDRCC Communications: Including contributing content and program updates for the newsletter, website, and other SDRCC communication and outreach materials, including social media and membership engagement, provide support for project website content and process updates as needed 
  • As Needed Project Support for Core Programs: Support core SDRCC programing such as Working Groups, Network Meetings, and Member Mixers by supporting event planning and execution, arranging speakers, creating agendas, notetaking and compiling needed materials 

Special Conditions of Employment:

Effective June 1, 2023, based on CDC guidance, the University strongly encourages all campus members to stay up to date with Influenza and COVID-19 vaccination recommendations.  For more regarding information USD's COVID-19 protocols, please visit sandiego.edu/onward.

Background check:  Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. 

Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • College degree in a sustainability related field, environmental science, urban planning or public policy required, graduate degree strongly preferred.
  • 2-3 years of experience working in climate, sustainability, public policy, resilience planning 
  • Strong project management skills 
  • Experience with grant writing, fundraising, and/or development 
  • Strong written and communication skills
  • Sensitivity and demonstrated competence in working with diverse populations

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Background in quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills, data synthesis and creating summary findings; experience with statistical software such as Microsoft Excel, R-Programming, SPSS or Python
  • GIS mapping experience
  • Experience analyzing data from publicly available government data sources
  • Interest or experience working with local cities, public agencies, nonprofits, philanthropy and community groups 
  • Experience researching public policy and conducting academic literature reviews

Performance Expectations - Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Ability to:

  • Analyze and make thoughtful suggestions on the design and implementation of Climate Collaborative program priorities and projects.
  • Coordinate work with local and regional agencies, nonprofits and academic institutions.
  • Communicate clearly, both in the written and spoken word, and to write, edit, proofread, research, and report.
  • Exercise judgment and leadership skills to make decisions under uncertainty. 
  • Demonstrate tact, diplomacy, and discretion in dealing with sensitive complex issues.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of climate change, adaptation, climate resilience, energy management and general sustainability. 
  • Pertinent local, State, and Federal regulations and laws related to climate change. 
  • Principles and practices of effective writing, photos, video, and communication. 
  • Internet technologies and associated products, tools, and equipment. 
Posting Salary:

$29-$31 per hour; Excellent Benefits

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package including; medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University, and access to on-campus Fitness Centers.  Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.  USD: Human Resources: Benefits

The salary range provided in this posting reflects what we reasonably expect to pay for this position.  Actual compensation offered or earned is dependent on experience, education and other factors including departmental budget.

Special Application Instructions:
Resume and Cover Letter Required

Click the 'Apply Now' button to complete our online application. In addition, please upload a cover letter and resume to your application profile for the hiring managers’ review.  If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at jobs@sandiego.edu.

Additional Details:

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Closing date: Open until filled 

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit www.sandiego.edu/smokefree.

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