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Emerald Cities Collaborative

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18 days ago



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:


The Project Director is a management-level position and is responsible for the overall management of the Just Transition Powerforce Program in partnership with Emerald Cities Collaborative leadership. The successful candidate is 1) experienced in environmental justice, 2) works with and in BIPOC communities; 3) an effective facilitator of corporate-community relationships, 4) experienced in clean energy and sustainable development projects, investment funds, 5) has an understanding of ESG trends, including current and emerging regulations, reporting frameworks and best practices and 6) able to implement capacity building programs. Since this position is dependent on funding the successful candidate may be asked to apply skills with other corporate or municipal clients.

The candidate will proactively organize and facilitate the work of the Just Transition Powerforce program by managing relationships among all participants, liaising with Marjoram and Sol Systems staff, and building strategic vision Emerald Cities Collaborative leadership. The candidate will work alongside dozens of collaborators to facilitate the Just Transition Powerforce scope of work.

Location: Remote

Job Type: Full-Time, Exempt

Salary: Commensurate with experience


Administrative/Financial Management & Communications (Internal/External): Leads in supporting the day-to-day operations of Powerforce by helping prepare, organize, lead, and facilitate meetings. Builds digital spaces for shared resources and tools for Powerforce participants. Coordinates work across internal teams while advancing a smooth and transparent process of information exchange between teams. Provides clear and consistent communications to key leadership in regular check-in and planning meetings. Provide senior-level administrative support including reviewing and routing correspondence, drafting letters and documents, collecting, and analyzing information as needed, contacting management, and processing expenses. Market and communicate program activities with Marjoram and partners, including blogs, op-eds, news releases, seminars/workshops, etc. Manages grant disbursements and investment fund governance systems.

Network/Relationship Development & Management: Cultivates and sustains relationships with each Powerforce participant, to promote a leader-full network and a culture of community care, consensus, solidarity, trust, joy, and commitment. Establishes the mission and vision for the Powerforce; governance systems for committees; meeting schedules and logistics; roles and responsibilities for each participant; timelines; compensation; and methods for evaluation. Formalizes a Memorandum of Understanding with all parties confirming agreements. Supports and takes a lead role in knowledge-sharing within the Powerforce, strengthening and providing information and support for local tables, coalitions, and networks. This includes organizing and participating in regular meetings and formulating allied movement building actions.

Program Development & Management: Provides ongoing research, background information, and analytical support for Powerforce participants in the development and implementation of project steps.Works with advisory committee members and subject matter experts to facilitate the development of model community-driven solar projects, civic engagement strategies, and economic inclusion initiatives.Assists in the design, development, and implementation of a $50M Community Investment Fund and serve on the investment fund advisory board.Organizes and supports a learning community of industry-community partners around environmental justice, energy democracy, waste, community engagement, and other relevant topics. Leads development and ongoing enhancement of corporate ESG strategy and goals. Evaluates methodologies for community benefits and corporate learning community outcomes in order to develop a model/toolkit for ECC and its partners, corporate entities and the public. Assists in the design and implementation of evaluation metrics.

Project Development: Develops and promotes announcements, outreach, and convenings to invite community-level participation in energy projects and funding opportunities. Promotes best practices for community involvement to renewable energy development partners. Research, develop and maintain partnerships with additional implementation partners as needed in local sites, such as faith-based organizations, unions, economic development organizations, professional associations, and BIPOC constituency groups. Liaise with renewable energy developers and Marjoram in community investment project selection and development.


The ideal candidate has direct experience in the full range of community organizing and multi-stakeholder engagement, environmental and climate justice policy development, and program management.

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum of 5 years professional experience in nonprofit, foundation, government, and/or community organizing work
  • Demonstrated commitment to civil rights/economic and racial justice/ECJ/anti-racism and anti-oppression, and a passion for just energy transition
  • Experience fostering and maintaining partnerships with grassroots organizations, large corporations and government entities
  • Extensive leadership skills and the ability to work as a self-starting member of a team
  • Demonstrated proactive problem-solving skills with strong decision-making capability
  • Extensive facilitation, strategy execution and project management experience is preferred
  • Technical proficiency with Powerforce, Zoom, Marjoram Teams, Microsoft Office Suite
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and excellent relationship building skills
  • Proven expertise in ESG/Sustainability/Corporate Responsibility Strategy a plus


To apply, send a resume, writing sample and cover letter to Whitney Weston at wweston at Subject line should read “PROJECT DIRECTOR" – [Your Name].

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: Full-time

Pay: $80,000.00 per year


  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift