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Senior Program Officer - Climate and Environment

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Town/City Montpelier, Vermont or Washington, D.C.
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Deadline 21/11/2010
Company Name Institute for Sustainable Communities
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Directory Entry : Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) mission is to help communities around the world address environmental, economic, and social challenges to build a better future shaped and shared by all.
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ISC is seeking a Senior Program Officer to lead the implementation of its Climate & Environment Program. This person will join a dynamic and growing team that is developing and implementing a variety of programs to help communities – in particular cities and metropolitan areas in the US and China – increase the energy efficiency of their building stocks and transportation systems, reduce carbon emissions, create “green” jobs and economic opportunities, and strengthen resilience to the local impacts of global climate disruption.

The successful candidate will have a strong and proven ability to manage complex programs involving many moving parts and multiple partners and stakeholders. Exceptional leadership, communications, interpersonal, strategic thinking and analytical skills required are required. The most-qualified applicants will have extensive, on-the-ground, real-world experience with community-based action to increase energy efficiency and reduce climate pollution.

Organization Description

Founded in 1991, ISC is an independent non-profit organization that gives passionate, committed people the tools, skills, and resources they need to make their communities better places to live. With our headquarters in Montpelier, Vermont, and offices in China, Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo, and Washington, DC, ISC has an international staff of approximately 80 people. Our approach ensures that solutions emerge from within the community, rather than being imposed from the outside. By combining technical expertise and leadership training with strategic investments in local organizations, we spark creative solutions and lasting change. We have managed more than 75 projects in 23 countries. For more information on ISC, please visit our website at www.iscvt.org.



  • Lead the development and implementation of major components of the Climate Leadership Academy program, including training workshops and an on-going peer-learning network and program;
  • Oversee the development and dissemination of information resources, including resource guides and case studies on local climate solutions;
  • As appropriate and feasible, provide technical and program support to ISC’s other climate and environment programs, in the US and abroad;
  • Communicate with VP of Climate & Environmental Programs about progress, issues, challenges and opportunities;
  • Provide supervision to a team of up to 3 staff members.
  • Participate in budget development and management.
  • Initiate successful communications and fundraising strategies.

Working Conditions

Postion requires working in an office setting and some travel.



  • Master’s degree and at least five years of professional experience in a field related to the mission of ISC and its Climate & Environment Program;
  • Proven experience designing and implementing complex projects involving multiple partners;
  • Experience with, and demonstrated success in, promoting effective community-scale action to increase energy efficiency (related to both building and transportation-related energy use), reduce climate pollution, and develop associated “green” economic development and job opportunities;
  • Excellent leadership, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills;
    Research, analytical and budgeting skills;
  • Strong work ethic, personal integrity, and sensitivity to people from different countries/cultures;
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively;
  • Ability and willingness to adapt to changing program priorities;
  • Above average skills in Microsoft Office suite, data processing, e-mail, Internet browsers, and other software;
  • Willingness and ability to travel.


  • Technical expertise in one or more of the following areas: energy efficiency, green building, smart growth, sustainable community development, climate protection (mitigation and adaptation), and green economic development;
  • Experience working directly and effectively for or closely with local, regional or state government agencies;
  • Knowledge of adult learning theory and practices, and proven experience designing and delivering peer-learning and training programs for adult professionals.

To Apply

Submit cover letter, resume, and salary history to: jobs@iscvt.org. Position is open until filled and resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please specify last name, first initial and position title in the subject line of your email.

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