JOB TITLE: Resilience Manager, North Bay, Full-Time
REPORTS TO: Deputy Director
TIMELINE: Hiring immediately, position open until filled.
Salary range: $70,000 – 80,000
California is in a new era of megafire 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 protection in a coordinated and climate-smart fashion. In the Bay Area, Sonoma County is facing depleted local housing stock for its workforce and accumulated damages to natural and working lands from severe wildfires just over the last five years. Post-wildfire landscapes are in turn more vulnerable to other climate hazards, including erosion, flooding, and water supply challenges that need to be taken into account when planning future development strategies. These climate and housing-related impacts are disproportionately felt by Sonoma’s Latinx, indigenous, low-income, immigrant communities, and communities of color. Equitable, holistic strategies and multi-sector collaboration that builds community resilience are urgently needed now.
At Greenbelt Alliance, we’ve been hard at work for more than 60 years protecting the Bay Area’s natural and working lands, resulting in nearly 3.3 million acres protected. In Sonoma County, we successfully established Urban Growth Boundaries and renewed community separators as land-use decisions that protect open space and encourage city-centered growth. Today, however, landscapes are at risk of sprawl development and multiple climate risks, with the North Bay projected to see a 50% increase in wildfires over the next 50 years. In order to solve such complex issues, Greenbelt Alliance focuses on land-use policy advocacy and regional collaboration to realize a climate-resilient Bay Area, drawing on equitable nature-based solutions to ensure our most vulnerable communities thrive in a changing climate with climate-smart housing availability for all income levels.
We are seeking to add a person to the team who can work with multiple partners and jurisdictions in Sonoma County and the North Bay at large to forge a collective vision for resilience that integrates equity considerations. This person will work to engage diverse leaders from communities typically underrepresented in land-use decision-making, identify and overcome barriers to infill 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!
About the Opportunity:
Greenbelt Alliance is hiring for a Resilience Manager based in Sonoma County with a primary focus on the North Bay. This person will help forge collaborative and practical next steps in planning and policymaking that bring a multi-disciplinary approach to solutions that advance the role of natural and working lands in fostering climate resilience alongside the city-centered, climate-smart development this region must achieve.
Who we are looking for:
- A professional bringing 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.
- Ability to cultivate relationships with local and regional stakeholders in Sonoma County and around the Bay Area including with government officials, agency and planning staff, firefighting professionals, and academics.
- Experience building partnerships and forging working alliances and coalitions with community-based organizations and local advocates, indigenous leaders, Latinx communities, environmental coalitions, and economic development and housing advocates.
- Desire to develop and execute local and regional advocacy with robust stakeholder engagement that results in integrating equity considerations into land-use policies that promote multi-benefit nature-based solutions, land management that supports fire-adapted landscapes, and housing solutions that increase affordability at all income levels.
- Critical thinker who works with the Program team on leveraging North Bay experiences and lessons learned to influence positive land-use outcomes across the Bay Area.
- 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.
- 3+ years of experience in advocacy, community-based projects, conservation, environmental science, climate change, land use, planning or related fields.
- Knowledge, experience and/or interest in policy advocacy, a plus.
- Knowledge of the Bay Area, particularly Sonoma County and the North 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 project management skills, taking responsibility and maintaining transparency.
- Values active communication, compassion, being bold and having fun.
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.