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Program Manager, OH

Action for the Climate Emergency
Cleveland, Ohio
Closing date
Oct 24, 2021

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Focus Areas
Environment, Philanthropy / Social Responsibility
Job Function
Advocacy / Lobbying, Program / Project Management
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Some college
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level
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OVERVIEW Action for the Climate Emergency (ACE) educates, inspires and supports young people to lead the fight for their future. We ensure they have everything they need to understand the science and advocate for solutions to the climate emergency. We envision a world in which a global movement, rich in youth leadership, has turned the tide on climate change. We believe an equitable, biodiverse, carbon neutral future is still within reach if we, the people, compel our leaders to act. 



JOB SUMMARY The Program Manager will work to advance the programmatic and strategic growth of ACE through implementing ACE’s 501(c)(3) distributed organizing and campaign work in Ohio, across the organization’s primary issue areas of: climate education and storytelling, stopping fossil fuel expansion, and ushering in a new era of renewable energy. 



The scope of responsibilities will include, but is not limited to: building, activating and managing state-based Action Teams; implementing national and state-based campaigns through state-based Action Teams; managing data and digital tools; partnership and coalition management in the state, managing in-state communications (e.g. text, email, and other modes) with the Action Team Network and state-based Action Teams, creating state-based campaign and action collateral, and potentially managing 20 state-based Action Teams doing education, climate advocacy and/or civic engagement work.



In this position, the Program Manager will work to strengthen ACE’s role and impact in advocating for an end to the era of fossil fuels, a swift and equitable transition to renewable energy, and an increase in diverse youth participation in our democracy. 


This is a full time, remote position based locally in Cleveland, Ohio. Candidates must be based in Cleveland, though will work from a home office and will participate in in-person events as safety allows.  The Program Manager will work from home, meet regularly by video chat with ACE team members, partners and youth, and conduct the majority of activities both online and in-person, when safe. The Program Manager must be available for regular travel within the United States, to participate in field work, conferences, actions, organizing, events, and to attend staff retreats as COVID-19 safety guidance allows.




Key Responsibilities

  • Action Team recruitment, management, and coaching: Directly recruit and manage 15-20+ state-based Action Teams, including all aspects of recruitment, on-boarding, training, engagement, advocacy, civic engagement, and legislative action. 


    Campaign strategy and implementation: Stay tuned in to local and state-based work of Action Teams to inform strategy, and help co-create and implement state-based climate education, civic engagement and climate advocacy campaigns to advance the organization’s mission, and engage potentially tens of thousands of young people in our campaign work. 


    Field-based Campaign Work: Regularly conduct campaign work in the field, both in-person (when safe) and digitally, and mentor Action Teams, Action Team Network members, and other campaign staff and partners to take action via various campaigns. 


    Digital engagement and outreach: Manage the state-based communications to the Action Team Network and Action Teams, including working with any other in-state staff (e.g. civic engagement managers). Write and send emails, text messages and other communications, and manage digital tools and technologies, to engage youth activists in the ACE Action Team Network, and ACE Action Team members under the management of the Campaign Managers, Civic Engagement Managers, and Program Managers in key states.


    Content Development: Conduct background research and create content for state-based campaign pages, toolkits, social media, websites, and other campaign collateral. Support development of video content, social media campaigns, live events, and other relevant content creation as needed. 


    Live events and training: Routinely conduct mass on-booarding calls, trainings, etc. for campaigns, launch events, and other needs as they arise. 


    Stay updated: Keep on top of local policies, events, coalitions, campaigns, trends and related hashtags within the short-form video ecosystems like TikTok, Reels or Triller.


    Legislative Advocacy: Regularly participate in the education of leaders on related issue areas, policies and ways to take action. This may include meeting with elected leaders to discuss relevant policies, events, or opportunities to take leadership, supporting Action Team Network members or ACE Action Team members to do the same, or participating in coordinated advocacy in coalition with partners.



Qualifications Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience


    A minimum of 3-4 years experience in field organizing, distributed organizing, advocacy work, youth engagement or youth development, project management, preferably with a climate or other social justice focus


    Experience leading campaign work for related social justice causes


    Strong analytical skills with ability to set priorities, complete work with minimal supervision, and meet deadlines. Proven track record of time and project management.


    Self-starter with strong organizational skills and creativity


    Existing expertise or willingness to master trends in climate education, youth development, youth organizing and the climate movement.


    Awareness of the issues of concern to young people, including climate change and climate justice, and a passion for empowering youth to take action


    Strong interpersonal skills and ability to cultivate and manage partnerships, internal and external. Excellent communicator, reliable and clear.



Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated competence in supervising a team and managing projects


    Ability to train and coach youth 


    Spanish language is a plus



Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of the position satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable employees with disabilities to perform the essential functions of their job, absent undue hardship.



Position Details


  • Application Deadline: September 30, 2021


    Schedule: Full-time 


    Annual salary range: $ 49,100-$65,800 commensurate with experience


    Generous benefits including: Medical, Dental, Vision, 403b retirement savings plan, Vacation, 2 Floating Holidays, 2 Community Service Floating Holidays, Sick time and 12 observed holidays. Paid Parental Leave, Flexible Schedule.


    ACE is an equal opportunity employer that highly values staff diversity


    Location: Remote



Application Guidelines Please apply by emailing a cover letter, resume, non-academic writing sample (max 1 page), and 2-3 examples of social media content to, with “Program Manager, Cleveland” in the subject line.  All your information will be kept confidential according to EEOC guidelines. 


ACE is an equal opportunity employer that highly values diversity, equity and inclusion and views the climate crisis as a social justice crisis. People who identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), people who experience gender oppression, people with disabilities, and people who identify as members of the LGBTQIA+ community are particularly encouraged to apply.


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