Overview

Reports To:        Associate Director of Climate Solutions

FLSA Status:       Exempt

FTE Status:         FTE 1

Supervises:         N/A

Posting Date:     November 9, 2022

Closing Date:     December 2, 2022

Salary Range:    $75,000 – $88,000 commensurate with skills and experience

We’re looking for a project manager with excellent people skills to drive our climate solutions work in Massachusetts and the broader northeast. As an integral member of the Climate & Health team, this person will leverage their creativity, interpersonal skills, and organizational skills and their experience in sustainable facilities and/or operations management to spur climate action in the health care sector. If you have an eye for scaling strategies to other states and an understanding of the connections across climate, health care delivery, equity, and potential mitigation and resilience solutions – we encourage you to apply!

Organizational Overview
Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) seeks to transform health care worldwide so the sector reduces its environmental footprint and becomes a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice. We believe health care, as the only sector with healing as its mission, has an opportunity – and obligation – to use its ethical, economic, and political influence to create an ecologically sustainable, equitable and healthy world. HCWH in the U.S. works to achieve its mission in collaboration with its sister organization, Practice Greenhealth, the leading nonprofit membership and network organization for sustainable health care that delivers environmental solutions to more than 1,400 members throughout the United States.

Position Description
The Associate Director of Regional Climate Solutions will maintain and strengthen HCWH’s work in Boston, greater Massachusetts, and the surrounding region through ongoing direct support, strategic partnerships, innovative pilot projects, events, publications, data analysis, and communications efforts. The Associate Director will also work nationally with the climate team to develop and manage program initiatives to help the health care sector reduce its carbon footprint and build climate-resilient facilities and communities.

Primary Objective
As a core member of the Climate and Health team, develop, manage and support climate and health mitigation and resilience initiatives.

  • Work with health systems, clinicians, and strategic partner organizations – primarily based in Massachusetts – to promote institutional, community, and health system personnel climate and health leadership.
  • Provide climate solutions technical expertise to national and statewide climate initiatives to support health system engagement and climate-smart policy development.
  • Work closely with the Massachusetts Director of Climate Policy to lead the development and implementation of statewide mitigation and resilience initiatives in Massachusetts, including piloting new approaches to be scaled nationally.
  • Co-lead the Boston Green Ribbon Commission (GRC) Health Care Working Group and support the Massachusetts Health Care Climate Alliance (MA Alliance) to support health systems in meeting state GHG reduction goals and preparing for climate change impacts.

Essential Functions
Massachusetts-Based Functions

  • Shared responsibility for the strategic development, day-to-day management and implementation of Massachusetts climate and health program projects and sub-contracts, including co-leading the Boston Green Ribbon Commission Health Care Working Group, and supporting state-level working groups and alliances that advance our work, including through the MA Alliance, and other program efforts.
  1. The Boston Green Ribbon Commission is a group of business, institutional, and civic leaders in Boston working to develop shared strategies for fighting climate change in coordination with the City’s Climate Action Plan. HCWH staffs the Health Care Working Group, supporting health system members in work on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and climate resilience, collecting and analyzing data, coordinating with other sectors and City officials, and promoting the work of the health care sector.
  2. The MA Alliance, formed in 2017 by HCWH, is a group of MA health systems that is committed to deeply mitigate their sector’s climate impacts, improve institutional climate preparedness, and educate and engage policymakers to enact health-smart, public policy related to climate, energy and infrastructure resilience.
  • Familiarity with greenhouse gas emissions and energy intervention data for the health care sector and leveraging the data to engage health systems and advance the work.
  • Support the Massachusetts Director of Climate Policy to educate City of Boston and state legislators and regulators so that energy, climate, and buildings policies and programs advance and support the healthcare sector’s mitigation and resilience initiatives.
  • Establish and/or strengthen relationships with community- based organizations and advocacy initiatives throughout the state to explore collaborative efforts and build strength for community voice.
  • Identify, develop, and maintain strategic partnerships to execute the Massachusetts climate and health program’s goals.
  • Present at and participate in Metro-Boston and Massachusetts meetings of the GRC, the MA Alliance and with hospital personnel, allied organizations, NGO networks, and at educational events and on conference calls and on webinars.
  • Contribute technical and other content to climate and health communications efforts in Massachusetts, other states, and nationally, including presentations, articles, blogs, press releases, newsletters, reports, and other materials.
  • In collaboration with the Boston-based Director of Climate Policy, prepare grant reports, funding proposals, and budgets.

National-based Functions

  • Work with the US Climate and Health team and other place-based staff to develop new strategies, content, and programs, and help scale them across the organization’s networks.
  • Provide oversight to and serve as a touch point for partners in other states as we test and scale strategies and advocate for climate solutions.
  • In consultation with the Communications Team, assist in identifying, prioritizing, and leading the creation of new resources to advance climate and health work (e.g. how-to guides, toolkits, checklists, webinars, podcasts).
  • Work closely with the national climate and health team to plan for and facilitate sessions at CleanMed, the annual conference on health care sustainability.
  • Prepare, conduct, and facilitate presentations and media interviews on health care sector best practices and strategies on climate action to promote greater learning and uptake.
  • Build and maintain productive working relationships with other departmental staff across the organization.
  • Support development of national funding proposals and budgets.
  • All other duties as requested and needed to meet organizational goals.

Qualifications

  • Minimum Education: BA or BS in health or environmental field. Combined experience/education is acceptable as a substitute for minimum education.
  • Minimum Experience: At least five years of experience in program/project management in a nonprofit, consulting, or health care setting.
  • Required Field of Expertise: Sustainable facilities and operations management, energy management, and/or climate change solutions.
  • Preferred Education: Master’s degree preferred
  • Preferred Experience: Experience in a healthcare facility or working with healthcare clients. Experience implementing climate change mitigation and resilience solutions.
  • Preferred Experience: Working and building relationships with underserved communities or community-based organizations.

JOB-SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES REQUIRED

  • Ability to think strategically and creatively while organizing time efficiently.
  • Strong program and project management experience working with a diverse group of stakeholders required. Experience hiring and managing external consultants is preferred.
  • Well-honed interpersonal skills to work across a virtual organization and with varied external stakeholders, including hospital employees and community-based organizations.
  • Deep understanding of impact of climate change on health, health equity and health care delivery, and potential mitigation and resilience solutions.
  • Strong research, writing, and organizational capabilities.
  • Ability to develop and deliver engaging presentations. Familiarity with media requests preferred.
  • Experience developing, presenting and implementing educational content.
  • Track record of planning and organizing all aspects of a variety of event types (e.g. in-person meetings, conferences) with multiple stakeholders and partners.
  • Experience working with the health sector strongly preferred.
  • Experience with grant development, tracking and reporting preferred.
  • Familiarity with leading research and creating resources related to climate change and health preferred.
  • Proficiency in computer and communications technologies including Microsoft Office programs and Google Suite.

What’s In It For You?

  • Work for an organization where the mission is inspiring and your colleagues care deeply for the mission and the network of people carrying out that mission.
  • Play a key role in helping drive growth, influence impact, and advance efforts to create a more sustainable health care sector and community.
  • Be part of an inspirational global network.
  • Fantastic benefits!

To Apply or Inquire
Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth are committed to cultivating and sustaining culturally and ethnically diverse organizations, and to the principles that promote inclusive practices. We believe that systems can only be transformed when a diversity of voices, perspectives, and lived experiences are a part of the movement for change.  We are dedicated to building a diverse staff with expertise and interest in addressing systemic racism within our organization and to serve the mission of the organizations in respectful ways. Health Care Without Harm/Practice Greenhealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

In addition, Health Care Without Harm believes that the transition to a low-carbon future can only occur when a diversity of voices, perspectives, and lived experiences are a part of the movement for change. Climate change disproportionately impacts the health and wellbeing of communities of color and other under-resourced communities.  HCWH believes that people from these communities have unique and essential expertise that need to be a part of our work.  We encourage candidates that represent these and other communities that are disproportionately affected by climate change to apply.  Unconventional candidates with deep community roots and organizing experience will be given full consideration.

To apply, upload a cover letter along with your resume to Emmie Mediate, US Director, Climate and Health, via this link. Questions can be addressed to jobs@hcwh.org. Only competitive candidates will be invited to participate further in the recruitment process. Closing date to submit an application is on Friday, December 2, 2022.

About Health Care Without Harm

Organizational Overview
Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) seeks to transform health care worldwide so the sector reduces its environmental footprint and becomes a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice. We believe health care, as the only sector with healing as its mission, has an opportunity – and obligation – to use its ethical, economic, and political influence to create an ecologically sustainable, equitable and healthy world. HCWH in the U.S. works to achieve its mission in collaboration with its sister organization, Practice Greenhealth (PGH), the leading nonprofit membership and network organization for sustainable health care that delivers environmental solutions to more than 1,400 members throughout the United States.