Project Coordinator of Interfaith Network for Climate Action

  • $50,000.00 - $55,000.00/year
  • The Parliament of the World’s Religions (PWR) – an international organization that cultivates harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities and engages guiding institutions across the globe in order to achieve a just, peaceful, and sustainable world – is creating an “Interfaith Network for Climate Action” (INCA).

    The PWR seeks a Project Coordinator to lead this new initiative.

    The “Interfaith Network for Climate Action” will identify and coordinate faith-based, interfaith, and secular organizations that are currently or potentially active in sponsoring campaigns that focus on the fulfillment of pledges to take actions that slow and mitigate climate change and its impact on nature and human communities. It will seek to increase cooperation among these organizations to build synergy and maximize effectiveness in addressing the global threats of climate change. This will include: (a) mapping the collaborating existing networks and identifying who is doing what, where and with whom; (b) providing forums to share knowledge, identify challenges, and develop synergistic strategies; (c) developing methodologies  for measuring and reporting on the impact of collaborative efforts; (d) expanding the number and diversity of collaborative networks; (e) providing visibility  and recognition for the collaborative efforts; and (f) setting the stage for continued and broadened  networks and next steps.

    The Project Coordinator will report to the Executive Director (or Chief Operating Officer) and work closely with the PWR’s Climate Action Task Force. The position will be located in Chicago.

    Tasks required of the Project Coordinator:

    • Initial and ongoing outreach to spiritual leaders and organizations who operate commitment/pledge campaigns to solicit their participation in the INCA.
    • Coordination of INCA with the planning and preparation for an international conference to be held in Toronto in early November, 2018.
    • Coordination of volunteer efforts providing technical and non-technical assistance to INCA partners.
    • Organization of three major meetings among partner groups to facilitate shared information, planning, and action
    • Creation of program materials under the guidance of the PWR and its Climate Action Task Force.
    • In consultation with the Director of Communications, coordination of marketing programs, including the production of marketing materials, press releases, and other indirect marketing efforts i
    • Work with other PWR staff and volunteers to keep them informed and appropriately involved in the INCA.
    • Oversight of staff, interns, and volunteers in performing portions of the program.
    •  Regular progress reports to the PWR and its Climate Action Task Force.

    Skills required of the Project Coordinator:

    • Broad familiarity with existing climate commitment campaigns and commitment campaign approaches and methodologies
    • Ability to administer and manage implementation of grants, specifically the grant funding this position
    • Sensitivity and openness to a wide variety of religious and spiritual beliefs and different cultures
    • Demonstrated ability for project tracking, scheduling, and reporting, including using project management software
    • Demonstrated ability to write clear, concise, and informative correspondence, reports, and presentations
    • Demonstrated competence in computer programs necessary to grant implementation including Google Docs, Microsoft Excel, Word, Project, and PowerPoint
    • Demonstrated ability to organize  and run multi-stakeholder meetings efficiently and effectively, including reporting and tracking outcomes and next steps
    • Comfortable working with individuals at all levels inside and outside the organization.

    Experience required of the Project Coordinator:
    • Bachelor’s degree or higher
    • 5-8 years of progressive project management and coordination experience
    • Demonstrated success coordinating large, multi-stakeholder projects, preferably with international stakeholders
    • Experience working in a non-profit multi-stakeholder environment
    • General knowledge of religions of the world, and experience in communicating across religious divides
    • Familiarity with the issue of climate change and methods of mitigation and adaptation
    • Familiarity with climate commitment campaigns already underway
    • Demonstrated ability to use consensus building techniques to achieve goals in non-hierarchical environments
    • Experience in creating and delivering presentations to broad stakeholder groups to achieve consensus

    Range of annual compensation: $50,000 - $55,000

    The position is open immediately.

    The Parliament of the World’s Religions is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any class protected by state or federal law, including race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age, disability or genetic information. 

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