Vice President of Climate and Sustainable Development
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by United Nations Association - Southern New York District - Bronx Chapter
Times of day
A few hours per week
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) is a membership organization dedicated to inform, inspire, and mobilize the American people to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations. For 70 years, UNA-USA has worked to accomplish its mission through its national network of Chapters, youth engagement, advocacy efforts, education programs, and public events. UNA-USA is a program of the United Nations Foundation. UNA-USA and its sister organization the Better World Campaign represent the single largest network of advocates and supporters of the United Nations in the world.
We are dedicated to educating, inspiring and mobilizing Americans to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations, strengthening the United Nations system, promoting constructive United States leadership in that system and achieving the goals of the United Nations Charter.
UNA-USA chapters help expand UNA-USA’s work by forging partnerships with local businesses and nonprofits, sponsoring local education and advocacy programs. The V.P. of Climate and Sustainable Development (CSD) Initiatives will be a founding officer and member of the Bronx UNA-USA Southern New York (SNY) Chapter. The V.P. of CSD, under the leadership of the Senior Vice President, will be responsible for leading the development of domestic UN-model simulations that advance and raise awareness of UN-led global efforts to achieve Sustainable Goal Target No. 13: Take Urgent Action to Combat Climate Change and Its Impacts. Goal 13 of the UN-adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) is dedicated to strengthening the resilience and global adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards.
Board Member Responsibilities
The Chapter, as a group and as individuals, is not only expected to provide organizational governance, but to also take an active role with long-range strategic development initiatives. Chapter Officers must exercise a strong sense of professionalism, high moral standards and fiscal stewardship whilst maintaining the best interest of the UNA-USA.
o Understand and become acquainted with the UN Charter, UN governance structure and subcommittees, Universal Declaration of Human Rights and UNA-USA’s mission.
o Willingness to engage in a succession plan inclusive of developing and testing standard operating procedures ensuring the continued success of the Chapter during periods of transition and growth.
o Make a moderately significant initial commitment of time for meetings, orientation and for periodic consultation with UNA associate members. Per week contribution after the chapter startup phase is approximately 5 hours per week.
o Selected candidates must register to become a UNA-USA member within ten business days after being extended an offer to contribute in the volunteer V.P. CSD capacity.
o Attempt to recruit two UNA-USA members annually.
o Commit to a two-year term, commencing as of the date of appointment.
o Assume responsibility of staying abreast and raising awareness about climate-change relevant press releases, briefings and conferences of note, advanced or sponsored, most importantly by, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
o Lead the development of engaging communal events that raise awareness of the global challenges, specific to UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No. 13 – Take Urgent Action to Combat Climate Change and Its Impacts, the stabilizing efforts of the UN, UN-legal instruments and the policies therein e.g. United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement, and celebrate Community-Based Organizations (CBO), local not-for-profit organizations and for-profit organizations that have mobilized human footprint reduction and climate-change adaptive efforts on a micro-level. In addition, this position will be responsible for the development of “green” business solution networking events aimed at connecting small business owners to “green” business solution providers.
o Design domestic micro UN-simulated youth-engagement programs that promote awareness about the environmental externalities of the human footprint, human footprint impact reduction schemes and early warning signs of the adverse effects of climate-change. Youth-engagement programs may include but are not limited to “A GreenHouse School Top” initiative and credit-bearing solar panel installation and maintenance trade programs for graduating high school seniors and college-aged students. Program design efforts should encourage collaboration with CBO’s, Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), secondary and post-secondary institutions, or through existing UN partnerships.
o Recommend to the V.P. of Advocacy, efforts that strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters for socioeconomically disadvantaged communities within the borough of the Bronx and NYC as a whole.
Programmatic responsibilities are subject to change. Selected candidate will have an opportunity to develop alternative outreach programs, communal engagement opportunities and advocacy efforts. In addition, the selected candidate will assist in the recruitment for additional volunteer personnel to assist with the research, identify funding opportunities and operations management specific to the subdivision, Climate and Sustainable Development Initiatives.
The applicant must have superior writing skills, be comfortable supervising a team of volunteers, willing to invest a moderately significant amount of time to establish the framework of the subdivision, and become well acquainted with the UN structure, UN Charter and the UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform. A minimum of an undergraduate degree in a relevant field of study is preferred.
How To Apply
Please send resumes in pdf format to email@example.com. Please indicate your name and the position title in the subject line i.e. Jane Doe_VP of Climate and Sustainable Development. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.