Senior Programs Manager, North America
About Laudato Si' Movement
Laudato Si’ Movement serves the Catholic family worldwide to turn Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ encyclical letter into action for climate and ecological justice. Laudato Si’ Movement’s grassroots movement-building efforts draw on the combined gifts of nearly 800 member organizations and thousands of grassroots volunteers help bring the Laudato Si’ message to life.
About the position
The Senior Programs Manager for North America defines and delivers campaign strategies for LSM in English speaking countries in North America and the Caribbean. Collaborating with and supporting partners and members throughout the region, the incumbent will provide vision, outstanding project management, and grassroots and grasstops organizing that strengthens and expands LSM’s highly successful campaign work. This staff member will build LSMs presence and help fulfill our mission of inspiring and mobilizing the Catholic community to care for our common home and achieve climate and ecological justice. This person will also play a role in shaping the strategic direction of LSM in the region. For this role, a special emphasis will be placed on movement building and campaigning in Texas and New Mexico. Both states are hotspots of fossil fuel activity in the US and yet both also have the potential to be leaders in climate solutions. This person will report to the Director of Network Engagement, and will liaise with other programmatic teams as needed.
Areas of responsibility:
- Drive movement building work and climate and ecological justice campaigning across North America, with a special emphasis on work in Texas and New Mexico.
- Manage the recruitment and development of participants for LSMs mobilization programs, including Laudato Si’ Animators (LSA), Circles, Chapters, Laudato Si’ Generation (LSGen) and Catholic sustainability programs. Recruit participants for key global moments, such as climate strikes or the Season of Creation.
- Manage the training and structure of regional and national leaders of the LSM membership types: LSA, Laudato Si’ Generation, LS Circles and Chapters.
- Engage, collaborate with, and support LSM member organizations.
- Identify opportunities and advance advocacy for climate justice and against fossil fuel development.
- Manage the recruitment and work of volunteers to assist in implementing mobilization work.
- Manage the creation of educational and informational materials to support outreach and campaign needs, including the facilitation of webinars.
- Utilize online tools (social media, website, online platforms) to engage a base of supporters and parish leaders in North America
- Develop and implement an outreach strategy to engage the Catholic community in North America (including the United States, Canada, and English-speaking Caribbean countries).
- Cultivate and nourish partnerships with key Catholic leaders, Catholic stakeholders, climate - faith organizations as well as communities impacted by fossil fuels and the climate crisis.
- Build and maintain relationships with Catholic media.
- Represent LSM in public venues.
- Ensure relevant grant reports and documents are completed in a timely manner.
- Define and implement a plan for North America, including the development of support infrastructure, to engage LSM members to act towards the organization’s strategic goals of ecological conversion, sustainability, and advocacy.
- Institute ongoing goal-setting, tracking, and evaluation systems to ensure maximum organizational impact.
- Manage a minimum of two LSM staff to deliver on programmatic objectives across North America.
- Understand LSM’s history, campaigns, and theory of change, and keep current with basic climate science, Church context, and climate policy and news in North America.
- Contribute work towards LSM’s overall mission that is outside standard responsibilities and instead relies solely on geographic location or work capacity.
- Demonstrate 3 to 5 years experience in the areas of responsibility in non-profit organizations, preferably faith-based and/or environmental.
- Demonstrate 1 to 3 years experience in staff management.
- Familiarity working with Catholic institutions and Church structures.
- Demonstrate familiarity with ecological issues at both the level of impact and the level of policy, including the nature of the fossil fuel industry.
- Excellent writing and verbal skills in English, and preferably in Spanish too.
- Demonstrate a sustained history of working on advocacy campaigns.
- Preference for experience working with Hispanic communities.
- Comfortable working in a prayerful faith-based environment.
- Leads by example: Endorses and embodies and the Laudato Si’ paradigm in behavior and words. Is grounded in faith and committed to spiritual transformation.
- Strategic and Innovative: Is a creative and strategic thinker, naturally ambitious, who exercises courage, imagination and confidence to think outside of the box and push boundaries. Integrates learning and ongoing innovations in his/her area to improve impact and reach.
- Productive: A highly motivated self-starter with the ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced work environment and to produce high-quality documents and materials with a strong attention to detail.
- Project management: Is able to structure and lead complex projects and ensure that a quality end product is delivered on or ahead of schedule. Familiar with Microsoft Office suite, Google Apps Suite, the basics of digital organizing, and able to learn new applications and programs quickly.
- Effective problem solving: Identifies challenges, effectively structures a problem-solving approach, analyzes data to produce insights, and generates wise, actionable recommendations.
- Leads oneself: Shows considerable self-awareness and is inherently curious about how he/she adds value to the organization. Fosters a growth mindset that is open to change.
- Compelling and authoritative: Is inspiring, articulate, and persuasive, to compellingly present complex ideas to Catholic individuals and institutions and a wider audience, both as a public speaker and writer. A highly skilled relationship builder.
- Knowledge of the Catholic Church structure: An understanding of the Catholic Church structure in North America, and existing contacts with different Catholic institutions and individuals (preferred).
- Culturally sensitive: Is aware of differing cultural practices and can sensitively and authentically engage in a wide variety of relationships. Able to work seamlessly across borders and time zones.
- English (with a strong preference for Spanish as well).
- Salary consummate with experience
- Flexible working including home based
- Generous holiday entitlement with additional holidays around Easter and Christmas
- Cover letter (one page).
- Salary Expectation
- A video in which in which you answer the following questions:
- What is your approach to building partnerships across difference?
- Please describe your experience leading a grassroots campaign. What was the outcome?
- The video has to be recorded in English and no more than 3 minutes of length. For submitting the video, we recommend you to upload and save your video with your name in your personal Google Drive. Then, change the settings of the video to: “anyone with the link can view”. Copy the link in the application form. You can also use other platforms (such as Dropbox, Youtube, Dailymotion, etc) for sharing your video link.
Deadline: on a rolling basis, with final application deadline on December 10th.