Forest-to-Cities Climate Challenge Organizer
Posted Jun 28
The Forest-to-Cities Climate Challenge Organizer is the primary staffer for the Build It With Wood program and heads the Forest-to-Cities Climate Challenge. This staff member will be best equipped to succeed in the position if they have meaningful prior experience with community organizing, communications, and forestry.
The position will seek climate commitments from forest landowners, forest product manufacturers, builders, architects, engineers, developers, investors, and ultimately legislators and other elected officials, and manage an associated social media campaign. S/he both executes projects directly; oversees contractors, interns and other NEFF staff working on the project; and works with partners to ensure completion of all critical actions in a timely manner.
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Outreach to stakeholders along the value chain to gain pledges of support for the Build It With Wood concept and to develop a community of interest that supports and communicates with one another. Organize that community in support of specific actions, policies, and communications opportunities.
• Establish and promote the Exemplary Forestry registry.
• Develop strong partnerships with WoodWorks, Think Wood, the US Climate Alliance, the Trust for Public Land, The Nature Conservancy, Second Nature and others to promote engagement with the Forest-to-Cities Climate Challenge.
• Work with the three firms considering Northeastern CLT mills to define their sourcing sustainability criteria and relationship to the Exemplary Forestry registry.
• Work though the Boston Planning and Development Agency, the Green Ribbon Commission, the Metro Mayors Commission Regional Housing Task Force and other avenues to encourage individual cities to adopt policies to encourage sustainably sourced mass timber as part of their housing and climate commitments.
• Develop and implement a social media campaign and possibly a broad communications campaign in support of the Forest-to-Cities Challenge, building on public commitments from the constituencies above. The social media campaign will target both building sector professionals (architects, engineers, developers, builders) and the climate concerned public, and will include sophisticated use of social media aggregators to identify and reach target groups via multiple social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.). Where possible, we will try to reach the same individual with multiple streams of information.
• Simultaneously improve the Build It With Wood section of NEFF’s website as a primary information resource about wood construction and the Forest-to-Cities Challenge.
• Continue NEFF’s existing partnership with construction companies to develop simpler costing protocols for mass timber buildings and to make those available through MIT’s wood design lab.
• Conduct interviews with builders and developers who self-identify as interested in wood construction in response to a survey and social media outreach to identify builders and developers interested in being part of the Forest-to-Cities Climate Challenge.
• Support NEFF’s senior advisor in developing science components of the program and promote the results as they become available.
• Oversee and guide the work of a TerraCorps member assigned to NEFF or other intern, staff or contractors.
Salary is commensurate with experience. New England Forestry Foundation offers a comprehensive benefit package for full time employees and a friendly working environment. The position is based at the organization’s Prouty Woods headquarters in Littleton, Massachusetts, which offers access to hiking trails and a lake for swimming as well as ample parking and easy access to major commuting options.
New England Forestry Foundation is an equal employment opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, alienage or national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample via email to Frank Lowenstein