Program Director, Climate Ready Employees for a Sustainable Tomorrow (CREST) Initiative

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About JFF and JFFLabs: 

Jobs for the Future (JFF) drives transformation of the American workforce and education systems to achieve equitable economic advancement for all. JFFLabs, the innovation engine of JFF, mobilizes promising technologies and strategic partnerships to scale solutions that expand economic advancement for all. We bridge the gap between companies and startups, traditional education and workforce systems, and investment.  


About the position:  

JFF is excited to partner with Ares Charitable Foundation to work at the forefront of building skills and career pathways, preparing individuals and organizations for climate resilient jobs. The growing urgency to mitigate climate change and increase environmental responsibility has radically altered how to think about evolving climate-resilient, energy and “green jobs.” Upskilling people for climate change action will require innovation and collaboration across sectors and regions, new business models, and clearly defined roles and the Program Director of CREST will be a leader in that charge with JFF.

Reporting to the Executive Director of JFFLabs, the Program Director of CREST will lead a new, cross organization, multi-year initiative. In this role, you will oversee multiple workstreams concurrently, develop structured processes and reporting mechanisms that drive team accountability and keep key stakeholders aware of milestones. You will work with the team to build project plans and processes, manage milestone delivery, and will help coach and support entrepreneurs, innovators, and regional groups to develop scalable and equitable solutions to upskill people into energy and green jobs.

This role will be instrumental in leading our innovation initiatives with key stakeholders. You will oversee the delivery of innovation challenges and collaborative activities specifically focused on clean energy and green jobs, and will support the development and execution of partnerships, strategies with innovators/entrepreneurs, working with local governments and universities. 

The ideal candidate will have the flexibility and passion to work on a wide variety of projects and the demonstrated ability to lead cross functional teams. This person will be a strategic partner to business leaders and teams across JFF, and will cultivate successful relationships with external partners and funders. Given this, the ideal candidate should demonstrate a strong understanding of climate, energy, and green jobs trends and best practices.

Our team environment is creative, impact-oriented, generative, fast-moving, diverse, inclusive, entrepreneurial, and highly collaborative. We are builders and innovators, driving progress in a unique environment that is part start-up/part traditional nonprofit that continues to evolve with the needs of the economy and the people we serve. We want to be recognized for our creativity, innovation, impact, and culture and be a place where high performing talent wants to work, grow, and create something amazing.


What you'll do: 

Lead Org-wide Climate Resilient, Energy and Green Jobs Initiative  

  • Serve as the strategic lead for a new climate resilient, energy, and green jobs initiative; develop the program to meet the mission and requirements of the grant and manage the day to day activities of the team
  • Deliver value by leading opportunity framing, collaborative solutions design workshops, and manage executive stakeholder discussions
  • Collaborate with communications and marketing teams to identify blogs, posts, articles, and multi-media opportunities to disseminate findings, learnings, and data, and oversee communications for consistency and engagement
  • Create nurturing strategic relationships with key customer stakeholders and lead a steering committee to ensure coordination across various units
  • Partner with Programs and Marketing teams, as well as task/workstream leads to define project objectives, resource requirements, timing, and deliverables in support of organizational and initiative goals
  • Develop, manage, and communicate project expectations, updates, and milestones (i.e. status and progress reports, roadblocks/contingency plans, post-mortems, etc.) to key stakeholders and ensure grant deliverables are moving toward established goals and objectives

Research, Innovate, and Scale

  • Support the research and surfacing of leading-edge trends, market disruptions, alternative management options, alternative finance options, and emerging technologies that might impact regions while improving training and education opportunities for historically marginalized groups
  • Work in partnership with project team to coach regions by managing delivery and activities on regional challenges and to identify, vet, and advise startups
  • Build engagement and sustainability plans, and outcomes measures for the program, initiatives, and workstream activities
  • Influence the mindset of stakeholders and companies by challenging the status quo and showcasing how new models and emerging technology can help eradicate occupational segregation
  • Synthesize insights and patterns from engagements to move solutions to scale across multiple regions
  • Identify, prioritize and represent JFF at high level public forums and contribute to JFF’s thought leadership in relevant domains through publications, blogs, and other media

Manage Teams and Build Coalitions

  • Lead a team of up to 5 direct reports, and indirectly lead and influence a staff of 20+ project members
  • Develop and coach various workstream leads on best practices for initiative management
  • Assist in building industry partnerships with companies, academia, innovators, and venture looking to advance initiatives focused on upskilling and reskilling employees in the green economy
  • Identify, engage, and activate startup communities focused on clean energy and green economy initiatives
  • Collaborate with various units across JFF to lead the process of shaping and implementing the Climate initiatives that both support JFF strategic goals/mission and respond to and influence developments in the field


Who you are: 

  • You have at least 10 years of professional experience managing projects and leading teams in education, workforce development, or climate change fields
  • You are an expert relationship builder and manager with strong influencing and collaboration skills, consistently working in support of mission attainment and growth.
  • You excel working in unstructured environments with evolving processes and are comfortable working in an environment that can be ambiguous, with rapidly changing priorities due to new opportunities
  • You have experience working across startups, government, nonprofits, and academia, and are adept at leading meetings and building relationships with high profile partners, funders, and business leaders
  • You have experience working with accelerators, incubators, and the venture capital community
  • You have experience advising startups and founders.
  • You have knowledge and/or training in project management methodologies such as Asana and/or Agile; PMP certification preferred but not required
  • You have experience in innovation or human centered design initiatives (a plus)
  • You have demonstrated experience designing and launching new programs and initiatives that drive systemic change
  • You have excellent communication skills – both written and spoken – and are able to translate complex ideas into accessible messaging for a wide range of audiences
  • You enjoy building out and coaching others on process development and resource allocation and can create excitement and energy around your work
  • You possess high energy and passion for JFF’s mission and the ability to apply JFF’s  core values to all areas of your work
  • You model inclusive leadership, working effectively with colleagues from a diverse range of backgrounds, and building and stewarding an organizational culture that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • You build positive, effective, collaborative cultures and teams wherever you work
  • You are a curious and adaptive learner, with a willingness to take in new information, perspectives and data to inform your work
  • You demonstrate a growth mindset and a desire to continuously improve in your work


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at JFF:  

JFF is committed to sustaining a diverse community with a work environment that is welcoming, respectful, and encouraging to all. JFF fosters a culture of inclusion that celebrates and cultivates diversity along multiple dimensions, including race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, socioeconomic status, religion, ability, culture, and experience. As part of our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, JFF strongly encourages people impacted by the criminal legal system to apply.


To apply: 

As part of your application, please include your resume and a thoughtful cover letter, addressed to Kristina Francis, Executive Director, JFFLabs outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position. 


Positions at JFF are not eligible for employer-visa sponsorship or open to F-1 student visa holders.


All JFF employees are required to be fully up to date on their vaccinations against COVID-19, unless a medical or religious exemption has been requested and a reasonable accommodation approved. 


JFF offers a competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience and skills. 


About JFF and JFFLabs: 

Jobs for the Future (JFF) drives transformation of the American workforce and education systems to achieve equitable economic advancement for all. JFFLabs, the innovation engine of JFF, mobilizes promising…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule


Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
88 Broad Street, Boston, MA 02110, United States
8th Floor

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