South Bay Resilience Manager

Job Title: South Bay Resilience Manager
Job Location: Santa Clara County
Starting Salary Range: $68,000 – $82,000, Full-time Employee (37.5 hours/week) 


About this opportunity:

Greenbelt Alliance is hiring for a Santa Clara County-based Resilience Manager to lead our efforts in forging a collective vision for community resilience that integrates equity, conservation, and housing.

This role will be primarily focused in San Jose, Newark and Gilroy – engaging diverse leaders from communities typically underrepresented in land-use decision-making, identifying and overcoming barriers to infill housing development, and advocating for nature-based solutions to climate change. If you share this vision and urgency, this could be the role for you!

We are looking for someone eager to build relationships and engage communities around topics of climate resilience, equitable planning and policy, extreme heat and sea level rise.
While experience and familiarity with these topics as well as land use planning, advocacy, and community engagement are desired, we encourage interested applicants to apply even if they don’t have existing expertise in all of these areas.

You’ll be a great Resilience Manager for Greenbelt Alliance if you:

  • Bring a passion for solving complex problems, forging partnerships, and collaborating on finding solutions, with a commitment to community, the environment, and climate-smart housing for all.
  • Enjoy cultivating relationships with local and regional stakeholders including with community-based organizations, government officials, agency and planning staff, firefighting professionals, and academics.
  • Have a passion for climate and environmental justice and are interested in learning and/or expanding your experience in the field of climate resilience, community-centered planning, and equitable policy development.

Key Activities Will Include:

  • Leading local and regional advocacy efforts with robust stakeholder involvement that results in integrating equity, climate and housing considerations into land-use policies, development proposals, policy campaigns, and other relevant efforts.
  • Working with the Greenbelt Alliance Bay Area Program Team as a critical thinker, leveraging South Bay experiences and lessons learned to influence positive land-use outcomes across the Bay Area.
  • Leading our Gilroy Resilience Hotspots work to work with partners on the creation of a resilience hub to mitigate extreme heat and build resilience.
    Support our Newark climate resilience work through community outreach, capacity building and advocacy.
  • Serving as an effective communicator who will work with the Marketing and Communications team to articulate our work in a strategic and compelling way to influence the political will and support required for building climate resilience, climate justice, and climate-smart growth in the Bay Area.

Desired Qualifications for Manager:
NOTE: We do not expect any single candidate to have extensive expertise/experience in all of these areas, but will prioritize candidates with demonstrated success being a critical-thinker and quick-learner.

  • 3-4 years of experience in any of the following: advocacy, community-based projects, conservation, housing, environmental science, climate change, land use, housing planning, or related fields.
  • Knowledge, experience and/or interest in politics and/or policy advocacy, a plus.
  • Knowledge of the Bay Area, particularly the South Bay, highly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with diverse stakeholders, forging working partnerships, navigating political landscapes with diplomacy, and cultivating new audiences.
  • Highly values working in teams, and advancing justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace and in our day-to-day programmatic work.
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills.
  • Strong communication skills, responsibility and maintaining transparency.
  • Values active communication, compassion, being bold and having fun.
  • Proficiency in Spanish
  • Strong project management skills

We are hoping the Resilience Manager can start around June 15, 2024.

  • Starting Salary Range: $68,000 – $82,000, Full-time Employee (37.5 hours/week)
  • Benefits: Paid vacation and sick leave; full coverage for medical, dental, vision, and life insurance policies
  • Position Reports To: Zoe Siegel, Director of Climate Resilience
  • Timeline: Hiring immediately, position opened until filled. Applications will be reviewed and considered on a rolling basis. 


Work Authorization:

At this time, Greenbelt Alliance is unable to offer assistance to noncitizens or nonresidents in obtaining employer-sponsored work visas. All employees must have authorization from the federal government to work lawfully in the United States of America. Authorization would include US citizenship, US permanent residency (“green card”), or any other type of unexpired work authorization visa issued by the federal government.

Equal Employment Statement:

Greenbelt Alliance is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or any other category. We strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQIA+ persons, people of different levels of physical ability, people with diverse national and class origins, and all qualified persons to apply for this position.

Greenbelt Alliance encourages candidates of all abilities to apply to this position! In the case you may require any kind of special accommodation in order to complete the application or hiring process, please contact Chance Kawar via email at

About Greenbelt Alliance:

Greenbelt Alliance’s mission is to educate, collaborate, and advocate to ensure the Bay Area is resilient to a changing climate. We envision a region of healthy, thriving communities made up of lands and people that are safe during climate disasters, and where everyone is living with nature in new and powerful ways for generations to come. Together, we are working toward a future where people and nature don’t merely survive, but thrive. We focus on data-driven and innovative policy solutions fostering much-needed regional collaboration to plan and invest in resilient communities, leveraging our expertise to realize a climate-resilient Bay Area. 

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