Our client, Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE), is an Atlanta-based nonprofit. PSE has been advancing the cause of equity through an ecosystem-based model for multi-demographic engagement in the City of Atlanta and the surrounding metropolitan region – a bustling area emblematic of many Southern communities riven by racial, economic and class disparities. Using its strength in its ability to connect, educate, and empower diverse individuals and organizations to encourage just, sustainable practices for shared prosperity, PSE has stood at the forefront of promoting balanced growth and shared prosperity throughout metropolitan Atlanta and the American South.
Focusing on four key areas: energy, growth, health and opportunity, PSE has developed strong partnerships, which have resulted in a series of successful policy initiatives that helped elevate and enable the communities they serve.
Learn more about PSE at www.psequity.org.
PSE seeks a thoughtful, dynamic and courageous leader to serve as the Director of Just Energy. This position is responsible for leading, building, and maintaining a strong energy team at the Partnership for Southern Equity that includes the direct supervision and development of full-time staff.
The Just Energy Director will help facilitate power building and racial equity for systems transformation through our energy justice and climate work. Provide strategic leadership and oversight of the activities of Just Energy Portfolio while working collaboratively with internal and external partners. Provide subject matter expertise in racial equity; environmental justice; climate; power building; equitable institutional systems management; training presentations; curriculum development; proposal writing; and effective community engagement/organizing strategies that catalyze change for marginalized communities in the American South.
The Director for Just Energy reports to the VP, Strategy & Engagement and will have up to six (6) direct reports.
The Director for Just Energy is responsible for the following:
Organizational Initiatives and Strategic Thought Partnership
- Serve as a member of the PSE leadership team and provide strategic thought partnership to support overall organizational success
- Propose and implement strategies and programs to address various environmental concerns including energy production and use, conservation, reduction of pollution, recycling, building and facility design, and general education on sustainability, climate, and environmental justice
- Provide vision and guidance toward the retention, expansion,and actions of PSE’s Just Energy Circle
- Develop and implement organizational programs and advocacy that address environmental and racial equity concerns
- Evaluate efficacy of Just Energy programs; design, develop and execute processes and systems that optimize work, performance, and accountability of the Just Energy program
- Prepare documentation required for project funding for various environmental initiatives including proposals and grant applications
- Draft and prepare reports, presentations, and proposals; present proposals and recommendations to the Chief Equity Officer, board of directors, and other key stakeholders
- Develop and maintain appropriate documentation and records including budgets and other financials
- Foster an environment that promotes trust and cooperation amongst PSE staff, community members, and partner organizations
- Exceptional leadership coaching skills and ability to coach others to ambitious outcomes, encouraging them to elevate their levels of responsibility and performance.
- Train, coach, and mentor staff on an on-going basis
Advance Energy Equity
- Experience working across lines of race, class, gender, and urban/rural to secure policy change and build power
- Conduct research to identify environmental and sustainability concerns, interests, and issues
- Assist with the development of an authentic communications and information sharing strategy that captures the learnings and best practices of Just Energy and their individual and collective racial equity organizational and community transformation work
- Maintain current working knowledge of, and ensure compliance with, all applicable local, state, federal, and internal environmental laws and regulations
- Build and maintain relationships within the equity ecosystem of racial justice among local, regional, and national environmental justice, climate groups, policy makers and funders
- Participate in Steering Committee and Coalition meetings to present and report on program progress
- Perform other related duties as required
- A deep commitment to racial equity and climate justice in the American South
- Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Political Science, Sociology, Public Policy, Public Administration, Anthropology, Organizational Leadership or related field
- A minimum of 5 years’ experience in nonprofit, government, or environmental justice sector; at least 3 years working in a management role with supervisory experience
- Deep understanding of the landscape of the racial equity and economic justice movements and their intersection with climate justice
- Thorough and current knowledge of energy and sustainability practices, applicable laws and regulations
- Excellent communication and relationship-building skills, with ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external parties
- Demonstrated experience conceiving, developing, and implementing strategic initiatives within an organization
- Strong program management skills-managing complex, multifaceted projects and teams, resulting in measurable success, program growth and accountability
- Superlative and creative problem-solving and analytical skills
- Strong professional reputation among community members
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
- Experience with financial systems, basic accounting, and fiscal sustainability
- Ability to travel up to 20%
- Master’s degree in Environmental Science, Political Science, Sociology, Public Policy, Public Administration, Anthropology, Organizational Leadership, or related field
- Knowledge and insight into the issues, challenges, options,and solutions related to the Just Energy issue areas
- 3+ years’ experience in a leadership role in a nonprofit organization
- Grant writing experience
- Superior leadership and interpersonal skills and abilities, particularly in the areas of emotional intelligence, conflict resolution and change management
- Expert team builder with ability to build strong relationships quickly, including with staff, funders, and external allies and partners
- Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
The preferred location for this position is Atlanta, GA. Remote hires will be considered in other southern states including:
Relocation expenses are available for this position.
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
The salary range for this position will be $87,500-$110,000 annually with an anticipated starting salary dependent upon the qualifications and experience of the hired candidate.
PSE offers an outstanding benefits package that includes the following:
- Sick Days
- Paid Holidays
- 70% Employer Paid Medical
- Employer Paid Dental
- Employer Paid Vision
- Paid Life Insurance
- Paid Long-Term Disability
- 401k with 5% employer match
- Option for FSA and HSA enrollment
HOW TO APPLY
This position is open until filled, interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply at their earliest convenience. Applications will be screened against the criteria as listed in this profile. All nominations, inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.
Due to the number of applicants, we will not be able to respond to individual requests for updates.