Climate Action Coordinator

Part-time, exempt position

The Ecology Center

The Ecology Center is a 45-year-old nonprofit located in west Berkeley. Our mission is to inspire and build a sustainable, healthy, and just future for the East Bay, California, and beyond. The Ecology Center transforms the ideas of sustainability into everyday practice. We offer information you can act on, infrastructure you can count on, and leadership for lasting change. We are working toward a world of resilient communities, zero waste and toxics, equal access to healthy food, sustainable resource use, and a safe and stable climate.

Summary of Responsibilities:

The Climate Change Action Coordinator leads and develops the Ecology Center’s activities focused on helping the local population prevent and prepare for climate change. The Climate Change Action Coordinator facilitates and convenes the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition and Steering Committee, collaborates with local and regional allies on shared climate change goals and projects, and works with Ecology Center program staff to develop and deliver climate content and services.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and facilitate the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition (BCAC), in collaboration with the City of Berkeley’s Office of Energy and Sustainable Development.
  • Organize and host BCAC convenings: promote, conduct direct outreach, plan agendas, prepare materials, recruit speakers, volunteers, and participants, coordinate logistics, and provide facilitation.
  • Lead the Coalition Steering Committee: develop meeting agendas, facilitate meetings with City staff, coordinate logistics, including scheduling and outreach, recruit new members as needed, and facilitate Steering Committee decision-making processes. Develop guidelines and governance documents as necessary.
  • Support BCAC Working Groups when needed/possible, foster group communications, help to shape groups’ direction, support chairpersons in carrying out projects, and report groups’ progress to the full Coalition and public.
  • Represent BCAC to the general public through networking, public talks, tabling, and other outreach. Recruit new member organizations and individuals to the Coalition.
  • Develop and promote events for the public that focus on solutions to climate change issues, leverage partnerships with other organizations, and address public policy, advocacy, and activism.
  • Lead and develop EcoHouse Climate Action and Adaptation Tours in partnership with fellow staff.
  • Identify key climate-related policies, issues, and initiatives, both local and at the state level, and lead BCAC and EC community engagement. Stay abreast of, support, and collaborate with regional organizations on climate events, campaigns, and initiatives.
  • Facilitate climate-related content in the Ecology Center’s Youth Environmental Academy and participate in youth mentoring.
  • Develop educational and promotional materials for the Ecology Center’s climate work, as needed, including the Ecology Center website, Facebook, and blog.
  • Evaluate and document the results of our climate action activities. Develop metrics for gauging the success of BCAC activities and track on a regular basis.
  • Maintain familiarity with, follow, and ensure staff compliance with all Ecology Center policies and procedures in the performance of daily duties
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Significant facilitation experience: both meetings and events, and a wide variety of audiences
  • Excellent presentation skills in both verbal and written formats; experience in public speaking and conducting outreach to diverse audiences
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including conflict resolution skills
  • Experience creating new processes & structures; creativity, flexibility and ability to achieve outreach goals
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Experience working in a collaborative community setting
  • Extensive climate change knowledge; well-developed relationships with local climate change and environmental justice organizations; familiarity with inner East Bay (Berkeley, Oakland, El Cerrito, Richmond) communities and institutions.
  • Self-starter with a “can do” attitude. Ability to think and act strategically to guide program needs and directions
  • Experience working with youth
  • Experience working with government and/or in the policy arena
  • Ability to work well with a range of computer applications
  • Ability to effectively supervise facilitators, project assistants, and volunteers
  • Efficient and well organized; able to report information in a timely manner
  • Bilingual skills preferred


Part-time position is 20 hours per week.


$20/hr. Benefits include pro-rated health, dental, 401k plan, vacation, sick and holiday leave.

How to Apply:

  1. Complete application found at
  2. Send resume, cover letter, and completed application to Amy Kiser at

Application Deadline:

February 28, 2015


We value diversity. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. EOE/AA