Director of Divest Ed Program

Reports to: Executive Director of Better Future Project

Position Status: Full-time

Salary Range: $45,000-$50,000 - Salary negotiable based upon experience

Location: Our office in Cambridge, MA 

Ideal start date: By end of February 2020

Position Narrative 

Divest Ed is the national training and strategy hub for college campus fossil fuel divestment campaigns (see more at divested.org). Divest Ed was launched in October 2018 and is a program of Better Future Project, a statewide grassroots climate action nonprofit in Massachusetts. Divest Ed has rebuilt the national student fossil fuel divestment network and provided coaching, training, and resources to over 80 campaigns. We are looking for a Director who can help us escalate nationally, carry forward reinvestment, and plan forward for how the movement wins and evolves over the next few years! 

Divest Ed seeks to center and uplift students who have been marginalized in the climate movement, including students of color, undocumented, poor and working class, lgbtq and gender-non-conforming students, and students from communities on the frontlines of climate change and environmental injustice. We seek to ground this movement in climate justice through our Escalation Principles, intentional recruitment, political education, community reinvestment, and solidarity with prison divestment campaigns. 

Priorities & Responsibilities

  • Stay in the big-picture 
    • Have a vision for the movement’s growth and long-term strategic plan. 
    • Ensure that initiatives are grounded in anti-oppression, equity, inclusion, and solidarity with and accountability to frontline communities. 
  • Leadership development and training 
    • Oversee development of training curriculum. 
    • Help with leading and facilitating trainings. 
    • Oversee our summer leadership development program in terms of structure, training, mentorship, community-building, and developing anti-oppressive culture. 
  • Supervision  
    • Supervise 3 staff members and oversee interns. 
    • Support staff in personal wellness and sustainability, campus coaching, and executing national escalation and community reinvestment. 
  • Programmatic stability 
    • Develop budget and annual plan with staff input. 
    • Work with Executive Director and Director of Development on fundraising for Divest Ed. 
    • Serve on the Leadership Team of Better Future Project to work on organization-wide matters. 
  • Partners & stakeholders 
    • Build new and existing relationships and provide regular updates. 
    • With groups working on: Frontline fossil fuel resistance, student and youth organizing, targeting corporate power and finance, and environmental and climate justice. 
    • With other stakeholders: major donors, Campus Divestment Advisory Committee, and faculty.

Required Qualifications

  • 4-5+ years community organizing (and ideally some campus organizing) experience, including:
    • strategic planning for a campaign or organization, supervising, facilitating trainings on anti-oppression and organizing, building trust with and accountability to other movement groups, and working with young people. 
  • Able to travel nationwide several times per year.

Added plus, but not required 

  • Understands the details of divestment and endowments (can rely on other staff for support) 
  • Skilled in digital communications and social media

Qualities we’re looking for 

  • Big-picture and long-term thinker 
  • Empathetic, emotionally intelligent 
  • Understanding of root, systemic causes of the climate crisis and principles of a Just Transition
  • Relatable to young people and college students 
  • Able to balance collaboration with direct supervision

Benefits

  • Comprehensive benefits package, including dental, vision, and health insurance, cell phone stipend, and employee-funded fossil free retirement plan
  • Generous paid time off, including separate personal, vacation, and sick time and paid holidays 

How to Apply 

Submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@betterfutureproject.org with the subject line “Divest Ed Director” and address the letter to the Hiring Committee. Include your last name in your resume and cover letter files. The cover letter should speak to your interest in student organizing, in the fossil fuel divestment and reinvestment movement, in Divest Ed’s organizing, and whether or not you meet the Qualifications & Qualities listed above. Applications are accepted until the position is filled. 

Better Future Project is an equal opportunity employer. We are an organization working to actively challenge systems of oppression. People of color, women, indigenous people, trangender and gender non-conforming folks, and members of other marginalized groups are encouraged to apply.