Director, Communities

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Competitive




1730 Rhode Island Avenue Northwest
Suite 200
District of Columbia
United States


JOB TITLE:                  Program Director, Path to Positive Communities

DEPARTMENT:            Network                               

REPORTS TO:             Bob Perkowitz, eA Founder/ President

EFFECTIVE DATE:      October 2018



ecoAmerica is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that uses research and strategic partnerships to create large-scale engagement programs that build awareness, understanding and action for climate and sustainability solutions among mainstream Americans. Founded in 2006, we have a core expertise in consumer marketing and focus on building the base for climate and sustainability solutions by connecting them to the core values and day-to-day concerns of Americans. Further information on our organization and programs is available at

ecoAmerica is working to build a critical mass of institutional leadership, public support, political will and collective action for climate solutions in the United States. We develop and manage sector-based programs for the faith, health and communities’ sectors, empowering networks of trusted leaders and institutions to lead by example and engage stakeholders on climate action. Our goal is to put America on an irrefutable path to clean energy, ultimately leading toward a more sustainable and just future.




The Communities Program Director leads the Communities Sector program for ecoAmerica. Reporting to and in collaboration with the President, the position works to expand partnerships that reach and engage America’s local communities in order to elevate climate change as a top priority, build climate literacy, lead on climate solutions and collaborate for collective impact. The Communities Program Director works collaboratively with other staff members to cultivate, activate and support leaders and partners in a timely and cost-effective manner. He or she will have in-depth knowledge and strong experience with local community and/or state government, and preferably also in the climate field. The incumbent must have a proven record of success in program management and in collaborating with c-suite level executives.


Build, activate, and support a network of leaders and organizations to guide and support the Communities program through the Leadership Circle

  • Identify, enroll and activate institutional and thought leaders from local, state and national government and other relevant organizations in the sector Leadership Circle
  • Plan and produce quarterly in-person or virtual Leadership Circle meetings, and manage on-going sector Leadership Circle communications
  • Develop and support Leadership Circle members, partners and stakeholders in further enrolling and activating constituencies within sector

Develop and nurture the P2P Communities program, to ensure its strategy, plans and resources fulfill the program and organizational mission

  • Create and implement the Communities sector program strategy in collaboration with the executive management team
  • Drive and support development, implementation, distribution and promotion of resources and activities to lead by example and engage constituents on climate solutions within their communities – including training, webinars, and events.
  • In conjunction with the marketing team help conduct and document sector specific research to understand the dynamics, stakeholders and situations in order to build sector knowledge and form strategies and plans 

Develop and engage partners and the overall sector in activities that build support, capacity and action for climate solutions

  • Identify, enroll and activate partners by securing MOUs
  • Maximize MOU partnerships by developing and implement partner and direct outreach plans, including driving timelines and budgets, in collaboration with relevant internal and external stakeholders

Collaborate with other sector directors, management, and stakeholders to develop and activate opportunities for collective climate action

  • Build and support a coalition of sector stakeholders interested in collective climate action
  • Incorporate collective action initiatives in collaboration with partners and stakeholders
  • Participate with ecoAmerica and Network management in the planning and implementation of organizational and cross sector strategies, plans and activities


General organizational responsibilities

  • Participate as a professional and positive member of the organization by contributing to activities that support ecoAmerica’s overall mission and success
  • Support and implement grant-making programs with select partners
  • Participate in staff and other organizational meetings to review progress and deliverables, share knowledge, and to collaborate on ecoAmerica activities
  • Work in cooperation with the President and Chief Administrative Officer sector program budgets and forecasts


·      College degree required; advanced degree preferred and minimally 10+ years related work experience

·      Experience in leading the building and implementation of complex multi-year, multi‐faceted campaigns for multi-stakeholder initiatives with emphasis on energizing key players and establishing a model of collaboration.

·      Experience building and managing professional relationships, “leading from behind” and interacting with high-level leaders from private, public, and NGO’s

·      Current knowledge and understanding of the communities culture (local, state, national), leaders, organizations, structures and sustainability efforts

·      Ability to blend strategic thinking with creation and management of real tactics and implementation

·      Excellent verbal, written and visual communications, presentation, public speaking and motivational skills

·      Proficient skills across multiple platforms, including but not limited to Microsoft Office Suite and Google Docs

·      Commitment to climate and environmental solutions and ecoAmerica’s mission.


This position is largely sedentary in nature however one must possess the ability to speak, hear, and write as well as the ability to use a computer and related software programs, and lift up to 20 lbs. Local and/or national travel periodically required.


ecoAmerica provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, ecoAmerica complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

ecoAmerica expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of ecoAmerica’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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