Resilience Manager, East Bay

Full-time Position, East Bay-based Required, Remote Office Setting

California is in a new era of intense climate hazards and acute housing shortages. Communities across the state are struggling with how to keep people safe and ecosystems thriving while meeting critical targets for new affordable housing development and open space protections. The East Bay is specifically facing skyrocketing housing costs, intensifying in recent years as Silicon Valley has added jobs but not homes. Limits on growth within existing communities have put pressure on open space and farmland in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, threatening the agricultural economy, ecosystems, and pushing vulnerable communities further away from jobs and services and into increased risks from extreme heat and wildfire. These climate and housing-related impacts are disproportionately felt by low-income, immigrant communities and communities of color—including many who have already been displaced from the inner East Bay. Equitable, holistic strategies and multi-sector collaboration that accelerate housing growth and build community resilience are urgently needed now.

At Greenbelt Alliance, we’ve been hard at work for over 60 years protecting the Bay Area’s natural and working lands and encouraging city-centered growth, resulting in nearly 3.3 million acres protected. To solve the complex challenges of today, Greenbelt Alliance is focusing on land-use policy advocacy and regional collaboration to realize a climate-resilient Bay Area. We’re doing this by drawing on equitable nature-based solutions to ensure our most vulnerable communities thrive in a changing climate with climate-smart housing availability for everyone.

About the Opportunity

Greenbelt Alliance is hiring for a Resilience Manager based in Contra Costa County who can work with multiple partners and jurisdictions in the East Bay to forge a collective vision for resilience that integrates equity, conservation, and housing considerations. This person will work to engage diverse leaders from communities typically underrepresented in land-use decision-making, identify and overcome barriers to infill housing development, and advocate for nature-based solutions to climate change that reduce wildfire and other risks. If you share this vision and urgency, this could be the role for you!

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 government officials, agency and planning staff, firefighting professionals, and academics.
  • Have experience building partnerships and forging working alliances and coalitions with community-based organizations and local advocates, Indigenous leaders, environmental coalitions, and economic development and housing advocates.

Key activities 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 our five-person Program Team as a critical thinker, leveraging East Bay experiences and lessons learned to influence positive land-use outcomes across the Bay Area.
  • 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.

We are looking for someone who:

  • Has 3+ years of experience in advocacy, community-based projects, conservation, housing, environmental science, climate change, land use, housing planning, or related fields.
  • Is knowledgable of the Bay Area, particularly the East Bay, highly preferred.
  • Can demonstrate the 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.
  • Has excellent writing and speaking skills.
  • Has strong project management skills, taking responsibility and maintaining deadlines and transparency.
  • Is knowledgable, experience and/or interest in politics and/or policy advocacy, a plus.

We are hoping the Resilience Manager can start around June 15, 2022.

Starting Salary Range: $65,000 – $75,000, 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, Senior Director of Climate Resilience

Timeline: Hiring immediately, position open until filled

How to Apply

Please submit your application (PDF resume and cover letter) via the button below by May 23, 2022.

Hint: We’re looking for a one-page compelling and concise cover letter that tells us who you are and why you are passionate about this role. And for your resume, hit the high notes—again, keep it concise. Don’t forget that we’re asking for both to be in pdf format!

Equal Employment Statement

Greenbelt Alliance is focused on making positive change in the world and supports diversity. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, multi-lingual and -cultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Greenbelt Alliance provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability.

About Greenbelt Alliance

Our efforts are more urgent than ever as we see our most vulnerable communities already suffering from the effects of a changing climate—we need to accelerate our pace of adaptation to build a resilient future. That is why Greenbelt Alliance’s mission is to educate, advocate, and collaborate to ensure the Bay Area’s lands and communities are resilient to a changing climate. We envision a region of healthy, thriving, resilient communities made up of lands and people that are safe during climate disasters and recover quickly from wildfire, floods, and drought, where everyone is living with nature in new and powerful ways for generations to come. Over Greenbelt Alliance’s six-decade history, we have stewarded this region’s beautiful natural landscapes while promoting the growth needed for thriving communities in the right places. As a result, today, almost 3.3 million acres of the Bay Area’s nine counties are protected open spaces. Learn more about our organization here.

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