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Emerald Cities Collaborative

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30+ days ago

Just Power Partners Planning Consultant (RFP)


The Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC) is a national non-profit organization that partners with labor unions, community organizations, social justice advocates, development intermediaries, research and technical assistance providers, and socially responsible businesses dedicated to building high road – sustainable, just and inclusive – regional economies. The Collaborative envisions a future in which American cities are the greenest and most equitable in the world, leading the way to head off global climate change while creating a vital new economic sector with low-income and communities of color as central actors and beneficiaries in this new economy. Visit our website for more information: http://www.emeraldcities.org/

The Just Power Partners (JPP) came together at the end of 2020 with an initial goal of scaling the efforts of frontline communities to drive energy democracy and justice (EDJ) policy wins, by establishing a Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)-led EDJ policy support infrastructure. JPP is a POC-led collaborative of EDJ organizations working to align and leverage our unique, but complementary capacities to build a more robust national infrastructure of policy research, training, communications, and technical assistance that supports frontline communities. The four current steering committee organizations are: Emerald Cities Collaborative, Initiative for Energy Justice, Just Solutions Collective, and The Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund.


JPP is seeking a Planning Consultant to facilitate the development of a plan for our collaborative efforts moving forward. The selected consultant would report to Just Power Partners steering committee organizations collectively and manage the general operations of the partnership, assess its most effective trajectory, and ensure its alignment to aforementioned goals. The consultant will be responsible for understanding the needs, interests, and assets of the steering committee, facilitating cross-organizational collaboration, and providing strategic recommendations for deeper collaboration and development of JPP in alignment with foundational statements. Finally, the consultant will play a proactive role tracking the field, assessing the priorities and long-term trajectory of JPP relative to the field overall, planning and facilitating monthly JPP strategic planning calls.

Location: Remote

Job Type: Contract

Compensation: 6-month contract will not exceed $37,500. Potential for a 6-month extension.


The scope of work is designed and funded for a fully remote consultant (individual or organization) for 6 months, with a potential for a 6-month extension/additional contract. Compensation for the initial 6-month contract/scope will not exceed $37,500.

Within the first 6 weeks, the consultant will work with JPP to establish a work plan for the remaining time of the contract based on the following scope of work, notes from previous JPP strategic convenings, and introductory conversations.

The following scope of work, for the initial 6-month period, covers three core responsibilities, including both strategic and administrative work:

Design and facilitate planning dialogue in monthly strategy and regular working calls among the steering committee organizations, as well as a potential gathering of JPP member and ally organizations as determined by identification of ally engagement strategies during the internal JPP strategic planning process;

Assess and provide strategic recommendations for near-term opportunities and on the long-term purpose and structure of JPP by understanding true value--add of such a partnership within the overall movement; deliverables include recommended structure, operational plan, and other components to set a longer-term pathway for JPP; and,

Organize JPP operational frameworks, including refining foundational statements and designing structures for collaborative communication and information sharing.

Design and Facilitate Planning Dialogue

  • Set agendas, organize work, manage/track progress for monthly strategic calls with an eye towards defining/scoping JPP purpose and approach
  • Work with JPP steering committee organizations to establish a strategic plan for JPP collaboration, including joint or coordinated funding opportunities

Assess Near-Term Opportunities and Long-Term Purpose and Structure

  • Assess and recommend near-term activities that the steering committee organizations can consider for implementation during the planning process
  • Assess and recommend JPP structure and operational plan for maximum effectiveness aligned to agreed upon purpose and strategy
  • Design and execute JPP landscape and purpose assessment to inform programmatic and fundraising trajectory
  • Develop presentations and a final recommendation report for JPP

Organize JPP Operational Frameworks

  • Support JPP alignment with foundational statements regarding JPP purpose and activities (both current and new)
  • Design structures for collaborative communication and information sharing

EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONSDeep knowledge/understanding of the Environmental Justice (EJ) landscape, preference for candidates with previous experience working with EJ groups

  • Strategic planning experience as a seasoned consultant, project management or coalition coordinator
  • Demonstrated ability to hold and use a racial equity analysis in developing strategy, systems, and culture
  • Ability to develop, manage and improve “fit for purpose” systems and processes
  • Excellent communications (written and verbal), presentation and facilitation skills
  • Experience with coalitions, alliances and/or networks, particularly across disparately resourced organizations; direct experience with local and national advocacy organizations
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Highly organized and resourceful, with strong attention to detail
  • Problem solving, project management, and creative resourcefulness
  • Comfort or quick learning curve with using Google docs
  • Deep knowledge and passion for social movements, equity, and clean energy
  • Dedication and enthusiasm for our purpose

Interested consultants (individuals or organizations) should apply on Indeed then send an email to Whitney Weston at wweston at emeraldcities.org with the subject line, “Just Power Partners - Consultant” and attach a letter of interest and approach, resume, and 3 references from former or current clients. We ask candidates to submit any questions and their application by September 30, 2022. Interviews will be scheduled with qualified candidates on a rolling basis.

Women, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and other people from communities traditionally underrepresented in the environmental and energy efficiency sectors, are encouraged to apply.

Emerald Cities Collaborative is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.

Job Type: Contract

Pay: Up to $37,500.00 per year

Work Location: Remote