Climate Justice Grants and Scholarships Program Manager

Nonprofit seeks Climate Justice Grants and Scholarships Program Manager in Washington DC.

The Climate Reality Project is a nonprofit organization founded by former US Vice President Al Gore. Our mission is to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every sector of society.

At The Climate Reality Project, we come to work every day to help solve the climate crisis. We do it by working from the ground up, empowering people and communities worldwide to fight for their future and together drive a just transition to clean energy.

We are committed to building a more just and equitable world, one where all voices are heard and respected regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or physical ability. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other historically marginalized communities. We encourage applicants to read our diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice statement on our website.

Position Summary

The Climate Justice Grants and Scholarships Program Manager is responsible for developing and managing the organization’s training scholarship program. This position will identify and select scholarship recipients, communicate with awardees, collaborate with staff and vendors to manage the logistics (travel, housing, per diem, etc.) for scholarship recipients selected to attend Climate Reality Project Leadership Trainings, and work with the Engagement Team on post-training programming.

Currently reporting to the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, the Climate Justice Grant Program Manager has one direct report, the Scholarships and Grants Associate.

This is a hybrid role that requires a two day minimum per week work requirement in our downtown Washington DC office. The salary for the role is $81,696/year.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create an environment where supervisees feel comfortable sharing ideas and suggestions
  • Assign work that is both manageable and appropriate to supervisees’ level of experience
  • Provide guidance and support when needed
  • Support supervisees’ professional development by providing opportunities to put skills into practice and connecting supervisees to other advocates, experts, mentors, and resources
  • Manage the creation, implementation, and maintenance of procedures and processes for the scholarship program after coordination with multiple departments
  • With strategic direction from the department director, manage the day-to-day operations of the scholarship program and how it relates to organizational priorities, partnership management, recruitment opportunities, and more
  • Serve as the organization’s primary substantive liaison for scholarship applicant and recipient questions, logistics, communications, and more
  • Cultivate new scholarship recipients through the creation of informational materials and recruitment strategies, working in conjunction with other departments
  • Determine the parameters within regulatory compliance for scholarship recipients, budgetary needs, and distribution of funds
  • Coordinate with the Special Projects team and outside vendors to arrange travel logistics for scholarship recipients
  • Budget the scholarship program for numerous events and ensuring funds are allocated within the budget approved
  • Steward long-term engagement strategies as they relate to scholarship recipients with internal and external stakeholders
  • Responsible for onsite logistics for scholarship administration, data collection, and scholarship program specific needs at trainings
  • Represent the Strategic Partnerships Department in organizational meetings and projects as necessary
  • Represent Climate Reality at domestic and international events and meetings when needed
  • Support and contribute to the ongoing improvement of our operations and enrichment of our culture, for example by serving on ad hoc or ongoing work groups, assisting with the onboarding and training of colleagues, and participating in efforts to assess, refine, and strengthen our culture and practices
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Relevant experience in nonprofit work, project or event management, or engagement (a focus on climate issues highly encouraged)
  • Experience in working with communities to cultivate issue knowledge and advocacy
  • Financial and budgetary experience as related to programs or events preferred
  • Awareness and appreciation for diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Ability to work effectively with a variety of stakeholders, personalities, and leadership styles
  • Ability to travel
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Effective organizational/project management skills working across multiple teams
  • Attention to detail and adherence to deadlines
  • Capable of balancing multiple priorities effectively
  • Enthusiastic, self-motivated, and committed to excellence
  • Solution-oriented approach
  • Personal commitment to Climate Reality’s mission and demonstrated knowledge of climate and environmental issues
  • Proficient computer skills (MS Office and database management)
  • Self-starter with the ability to identify and solve for system weaknesses with creative solutions.
  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer required

Education and Experience

  • Has between 2-4 years of experience
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the United States and international environmental justice movement

Organizational Competencies

The Climate Reality Project has adopted a competency-based approach to job definition, hiring, performance assessment, and professional development. The following are our seven organization-wide competencies and examples of how they manifest for this role.

  1. Teamwork and Collaboration: Builds and sustains productive working relationships with colleagues; actively listens to others and seeks to understand diverse perspectives; follows through on commitments.
  2. Flexibility and Adaptability: Demonstrates the ability to adapt to changing priorities and circumstances; takes initiative to solve problems, improve processes, and/or achieve outcomes; learns quickly when faced with new situations or systems.
  3. Written and Verbal Communication: Written communication is clear and concise; verbal communication is intentional and straightforward; provides timely and helpful information across the organization as needed; gives and receives constructive feedback in a thoughtful manner.
  4. Time and Project Management: Possesses a strong work ethic i.e., a sense of ownership over tasks, commitment to following things through, and a willingness to do what it takes to get the job done; manages multiple competing priorities, tasks, and projects effectively; assigns work that is both manageable and appropriate to supervisees’ level of experience.
  5. Professional Development: Shows commitment and acts to continuously improve; connects with advocates, experts, mentors, and resources, and actively seeks new ways to grow and be challenged through internal and external training opportunities; accepts assignments that broaden capabilities.
  6. Climate Justice: Works to understand and achieve anti-racist principles to disrupt the systems of white supremacy, privilege, classism, sexism, and racism; seeks to understand how systemic racism and environmental injustice impact individuals and frontline and fenceline communities; works to promote a welcoming and inclusive environment in Climate Reality spaces (workplace, events, trainings, and other convenings).
  7. Climate Reality Mission and Focus: Is passionate about Climate Reality’s role and mission and can act as a Climate Reality ambassador to a diverse set of audiences; stays up-to-date on climate trends, impacts and solutions.

Role-Specific Competencies

In addition to organization-wide competencies, each role has its own competencies. Below are examples of how each competency manifests in this role.

  1. Communication and Facilitation Skills Communicates with the public and acts as a climate spokesperson on the environmental front and within media, education, and advocacy spaces.
  2. Technology and Data Systems: Manages internal electronic document storage effectively, including for the purposes of supporting program metrics and analysis; Proficient use of Microsoft Office (e.g., Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and CRM software (e.g., Salesforce)
  3. Leadership and Management Skills: Manages staff, including planning and coordinating workflow for the team; Is a systems thinker with attention to detail and high standards for work products and relationship management; Sets ambitious goals.
  4. Relationship Building: Leverages existing network to expand climate and environmental justice work; Fosters and strengthens partnerships between the public, other similar organizations, and Climate Reality.
  5. DEI&J Content-Area Expertise: Approaches all work using a social justice framework: incorporates intersectionality when working on internal and external work; is inclusive of sociocultural groups; advocates for equity, inclusion, and justice within all aspects of the organization; and focuses on how privilege and white supremacist characteristics are part of the organization and works to dismantle them.
  6. Cultural Awareness: Works effectively with international attendees and vendors; Approaches decisions (including vendor selections) with a sustainability framework.

How to Apply

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At Climate Reality, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your experience does not align perfectly with every qualification in this job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

The Climate Reality Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or any other category prohibited by local, state or federal law. This policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, placement, promotion, transfer, demotion, compensation, benefits, social and recreational activities and termination.


Excellent benefits, including employer paid 100% employee medical, life, dental, vision insurance. 401K, Paid Parental Leave, and other benefits such as wellness days, vacation and sick time are all included.

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Feb 07, 2024

Full Time


Apr 02, 2024


USD 82k

Washington, DC, United States

2-4 years


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