Fast Action on Super Pollutants Today (FAST)

Job Type: Full Time
Location: Remote,
The Opportunity
There is growing recognition that a critical part of solving the climate crisis will involve decarbonizing supply chains. In the United States, where goods movement through ports exceeds, on average, $500 billion each month, transitioning our ports and associated freight transit systems to zero emissions will be essential. 

Over the next two years, a confluence of factors will create an opportunity to push for broad-scale electrification of ports and port operations: (1) unprecedented rates of cargo at US ports, (2) the availability of significant amounts of federal funding for zero-emission transition efforts, and (3) increased awareness of the health impacts of port diesel emissions on vulnerable communities. The FAST Zero Emissions Ports Campaign is poised to help turbo-boost existing advocacy efforts by improving coordination and channeling resources effectively.

About the Organization
Fast Action on Super Pollutants Today (FAST) is an organization created to provide support to and increase capacity for advocates across the US working on campaigns to reduce super pollutants like methane, black carbon, and hydrofluorocarbons.

The Zero Emissions Ports campaign was co-created by representatives of community-based organizations across different port regions throughout the US and through engagement with a set of zero emission transportation funders, including the Pisces Foundation, Climate Imperative, ClimateWorks Foundation, and Tempest Advisors. With the goal of addressing key barriers to 100% electrification of the global transportation system, the strategy supports local organizing, regional and national coordination of zero emission initiatives, port leadership development, organizational capacity building, and broader movement building. 

About the Position
The Campaign Manager will play a critical role in coordinating the Zero Emissions Ports Campaign strategy in collaboration with established NGO partners. The Campaign Manager will connect and amplify advocacy efforts at different ports across the US and help direct resources from funders interested in supporting the work.

Key Responsibilities

Campaign Implementation 

Work with partner NGOs on local, state, and federal initiatives to accelerate the transition to zero emissions ports, including:
  • Convene key stakeholders to collectively train, provide technical assistance, and strategize
  • Craft and deliver effective advocacy messages to policy-makers
  • Track metrics on identified policy outcomes and other markers of progress
  • Maintain an understanding of the needs and strengths of partner NGOs to share learnings and resources, and leverage success 

Grantmaking and Coordination
  • Work with partner NGOs to help identify their capacity-building needs and connect them with additional grant writing support to apply for federal  funding
  • Advise and coordinate with existing funders to align grant support with program priorities to more effectively address funding gaps and enhance the collaborative funding approach
  • Support the FAST Initiative Officer with fundraising efforts by contributing to the development of outreach materials and participating in donor meetings

Desired Skills and Qualifications
  • 5+ years of relevant professional experience working on ports issues, with a broad understanding of the various stakeholders, technologies, and regulatory frameworks related to port operations
  • Technical understanding of ports-related emission reductions and zero-emission transportation frameworks and technologies 
  • Experience with advocacy campaigns and community engagement; experience with environmental justice issues at the community and policy levels preferred

Additionally, qualified candidates will have:
  • The ability to understand, synthesize, and communicate about technical concepts with stakeholders of different backgrounds and levels of familiarity with port topics 
  • Facilitation skills and the ability to manage strategic communications across a diverse set of stakeholders
  • Strong project management skills
  • The ability to work independently and collaborate effectively within a team environment
  • A Bachelor's degree in a relevant field (e.g., sociology, political science, environmental policy, transportation, and/or energy systems) 

Compensation, Location, and Terms
This is a remote, full-time position housed at Possibility Labs, the fiscal sponsor of FAST.  The position reports to the FAST Initiative Officer. 

The starting annual salary range is $110,000-$120,000 depending on experience. This position is funded for 2 years with the goal of extension to 5 years based on funding availability.

We offer a competitive compensation package that includes 20 days vacation, 14 standard holidays and 2 personal days, 12 sick days; medical, vision, dental for employees and dependents (enrollment effective on the hire date);
100% employer sponsored basic life/AD&D, short-term and long-term disability insurance coverage; access to a 401K retirement plan; access to FSA and Commuter Benefits.

 The Ports Campaign Manager has the option to work from the FAST office in San Francisco, CA. We offer a collaborative work environment that encourages innovation and personal growth.

Domestic travel is required on a monthly intermittent basis, approximately 5% time.

To Apply
CEA Recruiting is assisting FAST with this search. To be considered for the position, please use the link to submit a resume, a thoughtful cover letter, and salary expectations. https://forms.gle/SyE3BeM5Y6bM8w8t7

We know some strong candidates may not have all the qualifications listed above. If you have skills and experiences that we have not thought of and would be an asset to the role, please apply. 

Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply before June 7th. The position will remain posted until filled. You may contact search lead Tamara Evans tamara@ceaconsulting.com with questions, but please use only the website to submit your application materials. 

FAST encourages people of color, those from under-resourced communities, immigrants, LGBTQ+, and others with diverse backgrounds and with a variety of skills, experiences, and ideas. We are an equal opportunity employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, marital or veteran status, or any other protected class.

CEA Recruiting works with leading environmental nonprofits, foundations, and businesses to recruit top talent and design effective organizational staffing strategies. For more information, visit www.cearecruiting.com. 

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