Jobs at ASAP
Executive Director- Remote
Join the ASAP Board of Directors and ASAP Staff to lead a small and mighty team as they steward the climate adaptation field’s most influential organization into its next phase of growth and success!
ASAP is the premier professional society of the climate adaptation and resilience community. Since its inception, in 2015, ASAP has built its membership base through an inclusive and accessible model that welcomes all people who use climate information in their day to day work and who embrace the network values of trust, reciprocity, member leadership, open access and transparency. While growing its membership, ASAP Staff and member leaders have worked with careful intention to build a new field of practice that looks to the expertise and knowledge of people at the forefront of climate change and recognizes the valuable expertise of those who have lived experience addressing climate impacts in their own communities.
ASAP is staffed by a 6 person team of exceptional professionals with a deep commitment to climate work, dedication to one another and willingness to work continuously to maintain an organizational culture of transparent and collaborative decision making, emotional openness and support, and the pursuit of joy, amid what is sometimes very heavy work. The Executive Director will join ASAP’s Deputy Director (Rachel Jacobson) and Finance Director (Jeff Fournier) as part of a senior leadership team that works together in constant coordination and complements each others’ perspectives on strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats from within and outside of the organization. This team works transparently with the whole staff to ensure alignment between ASAP’s Strategic Plan, Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Commitments, Annual Budget, and Staff and Revenue Workplans. While all decisions at ASAP are made through transparent processes, and most are made collaboratively, the Executive Director carries the responsibility of being the final decision maker.
Connecting and Supporting a Growing Membership Network
The ASAP Network is home to nearly 1,000 individuals and 40+ organizations. The next Executive Director will lead the ASAP Network as it forges a new model for how a social impact network of this size operates and what it can accomplish. The next Executive Director will work with members and staff to identify and implement new ways to support and connect a network where members are less likely to know one another personally and where new individuals and organizations are joining weekly.
Accelerating Capacity Building & Setting Field Standards
We are at a moment when the adaptation field and many other professionals, policy makers, and community leaders are seeking guidance on the principles and standards for climate adaptation practice and the knowledge and competencies needed to work in this space. Equipped with field building resources that reflect the expertise and knowledge of our diverse, justice centered organization ASAP is poised to become the standard setting organization of the adaptation and resilience field.
Championing Equitable and Effective Adaptation
The next Executive Director will champion the important role climate adaptation and resilience professionals play in building a just, equitable, and climate ready future and represent the work of the network to audiences across all of society. This role as champion and subject matter expert is one of the most important and sensitive responsibilities of the position. Close coordination with member leaders will be essential to ensure the priorities and policies that ASAP is known to support come from the membership and reflect the values of the organization.
Is it you?
If you know that transparent, collaborative processes lead to the best outcomes; You want to center climate change adaptation in your vision for societal transformation; You love the idea of connecting and supporting a diverse network of dedicated climate leaders; And you want to lead an incredible group of staff people that values teamwork, gratitude, growth, accountability, and pragmatism - then we welcome your application and hope you will consider applying to be the next ASAP Executive Director!
What we offer
- This is a fully remote position.
- Generous leave package: 13 holidays (6 floating), 14 days vacation, 12 sick days.
- Health, dental, short and long-term disability, and life insurance.
- Employer match retirement at 4% after 90 days.
- Competitive annual salary between $110,000 - $125,000.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Adaptation field leadership: Cultivate and promote ASAP’s position as a leader in the field of climate adaptation and ensure ASAP’s continued contributions to the growth and development of the field.
- Visioning: Provide clear vision and direction for ASAP’s programs, fundraising, member recruitment, partnerships, and communications in alignment with ASAP’s Strategic Plan and the needs of the adaptation field.
- Values alignment: Ensure that all ASAP programs and activities center justice and equity. Guide ASAP to become an increasingly inclusive and accessible organization and network.
- Governance: Collaborate effectively with ASAP's Board of Directors and leverage their energy and expertise to enhance the ASAP Network and achieve ASAP's mission.
- Revenue development: Strategically develop resources to ensure the financial health and long-term sustainability of the organization. Lead proposal development, individual donor cultivation, and fee-for-service contract acquisition.
- Workplace development: Welcome collaborative decision-making. Lead efficient and transparent processes. Offer strong mentorship and support to all team members. Ensure ASAP remains a great place to work for staff at all levels of the organization and phases of their life.
- Fiscal oversight: Support the fiscal management of the organization, including: fiscal policy development and adherence, accounting process adherence, annual budget preparation and adherence, and leading the Board and staff to address budget gaps.
- Operational oversight: Support the operational health of ASAP and ensure the organization’s programs and operations comply with business and labor laws.
Executive Leadership Skills & Experience
- Strong staff and program management skills, including program planning, delegating, and supervising staff.
- Hands-on budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, and reporting.
- Extensive experience collaborating with a volunteer Board of Directors.
- Ability to manage multiple projects with competing timelines, diverse groups of participants, and diverse work products at the same time.
- Experience coordinating and collaborating with diverse organizations and groups of people and leading them to achieve a shared goal.
- Ability to lead and contribute to teams both in person and virtually.
Demonstrated Fundraising Success
- Experience designing and successfully executing revenue strategies for a small to medium size organization (eg. annual budget between $500,000 to $1,000,000).
- Proven ability to communicate programs and opportunities to diverse stakeholders in a cohesive, transparent manner that maximizes engagement and motivates action.
- Extensive experience developing proposals for a range of audiences including private foundations, the public sector, and individual donors.
Subject Matter Expertise
- Deep understanding of climate adaptation and resilience as a field of practice. This understanding may be informed by relevant professional experience, by experience with neighboring fields (such as sustainability, hazard mitigation, planning, ecology, engineering, etc), by lived experience, by Traditional Ecological Knowledge, and/or by academic knowledge.
- Knowledge of principles and practices for supporting and growing social impact networks.
- Strong verbal, writing, and presentation skills. Experience creating blogs, white papers, reports, progress reports, stories of success, web content, and newsletters and creating and delivering presentations for a range of audience types and sizes.
Collaboration and Relationship Building Experience
- Experience building successful coalitions that center Black people, Indigenous people, People of Color, and people with limited income and resources and ensuring that all work that flows from those coalitions is reparative, just, and advances shared liberation for all participants.
- Experience managing and growing a network-based organization, preferably in the nonprofit sector.
- Ability to lead teams in a transparent and collaborative manner.
- Ability to simultaneously see the big-picture, think strategically, and attend to details.
- Willingness to take action and solve problems on complex and challenging issues by thinking creatively.
- Ability to frame challenges in a positive, pragmatic way that inspires action.
Personal Integrity and Trustworthiness
- Demonstrated commitment to the highest personal and professional standards, quality work, ethical basis, and building the field of adaptation/resilience practice.
- Displays integrity, hardworking, holds high standards, and a pursuit of joy in their work.
Applications must be submitted via Trinet, apply here.
The American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP) is a professional association and social impact network for the climate change adaptation and climate resilience community. We welcome all people who use climate information in their day to day work and embrace the network values of trust, reciprocity, member leadership, open access, and transparency. Together with our members and partners, we are advancing the field of climate change adaptation by learning from Western science, Indigenous knowledge, and the lived experience of those addressing climate impacts in their own communities. ASAP members build essential climate resilience for communities, ecosystems, and economies across North America - ASAP keeps them connected, sharing, learning, and adapting.
Each year, ASAP trains hundreds of practitioners, students, workers, and applied researchers across all sectors, industries and regions in North America. Our virtual and in-person training programs use an engaging set of strategies to educate and inspire learners, helping them meet their adaptation goals by aligning their practice with the principles and strategies that lead to just, equitable, and effective climate change adaptation work. We draw on our professional guidance resources and robust network of experts to ensure excellence in training design and delivery.
The Training Specialist will be a critical part of the ASAP team, working to increase the quality of climate change adaptation practice across sectors and scales in North America by designing and delivering climate change adaptation training for a diverse set of audiences. The Training Specialist will plan and deliver existing ASAP trainings - such as Principles of Quality Climate Change Adaptation, Funding and Finance for Local Governments, and Private Sector Climate Service Provider Academy - and design new trainings with partners from the public, private, nonprofit, and academic sectors. The Training Specialist will work collaboratively with the ASAP staff team to prepare training materials, market trainings, and plan and execute training event logistics.
Applicants interested in either full-time or part-time work are encouraged to apply. The full-time salary range for this position is $62,000-68,000 annually and includes a generous benefits package. Location is U.S. based, but otherwise flexible. This position reports to the ASAP Program Manager.
- Plan and deliver existing ASAP training and education programs including: Principles of Quality Climate Change Adaptation, Funding and Finance for Local Governments, and Climate Data and Information for Your Region.
- Adapt ASAP training design, content, and materials to meet the needs of partners.
- Use ASAP’s professional guidance resources and ASAP member expertise to design and update curriculum arcs, learning objectives, content, and materials for existing and new training programs and modules.
- Work collaboratively with ASAP staff and partners to assess training needs, resources, and gaps for a variety of populations across the climate adaptation field.
- Recruit and prepare expert speakers for trainings.
- Work collaboratively with ASAP staff to execute logistics for virtual and in person trainings and monitor and evaluate training outcomes.
- Work collaboratively with the ASAP Communications Team to recruit training participants and disseminate training materials to ASAP’s general audience.
- Ability to explain climate change adaptation and climate resilience concepts to a variety of audiences.
- Experience designing and implementing virtual or in-person training programs.
- Experience coordinating groups to produce an output and achieve a shared goal.
- Commitment to principles of justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Desire and ability to work both in a team and independently.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to manage time, remain organized, and pay attention to details.
- Proficiency in Google Suite (GMail, Google Hangouts, and Google Calendar).
- Ability to use video and audio calling, text, email, and digital calendar to connect and communicate across a remote team.
- Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter via Trinet. Click here to apply.
- We will accept applications until the position is filled. Our first round of application review will begin with those applications submitted by January 18, 2023.
- Applicants should be able to begin work by March 1, 2023.
Black people, Indigenous Peoples, people of color, and people with low wealth are at the forefront of climate change. Therefore, the field of climate change adaptation must include people who can meaningfully represent the concerns of those who hold these identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage applications from people who identify as such.
Are you looking to join a dynamic team committed to connecting and supporting adaptation professionals across sectors and scales? Come work with us at ASAP!
The American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP) connects and supports climate change adaptation professionals to advance innovation and excellence in the field. We believe that climate change is a real and serious danger to all sectors and systems; that adaptation and resilience build stronger, more prepared communities, ecosystems, and economies; and that equity and environmental justice should be major considerations in all work that adaptation professionals do. ASAP members are building essential climate resilience for communities, ecosystems, and economies across North America. The ASAP network keeps them connected, sharing, learning, and adapting.
Black people, Indigenous Peoples, people of color, and people with low incomes are on the front lines of climate change. Therefore, the field of climate change adaptation must include professionals who can meaningfully represent the concerns of people with these identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage applications from people who identify as such.
ASAP is committed to cultivating a diverse staff and a supportive working environment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, ancestry, religion, physical or mental disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, citizenship or any other factor protected by anti-discrimination laws. ASAP is an equal opportunity employer.
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What Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Means to ASAP
At ASAP we believe that climate change disproportionately hurts the most marginalized people in society — including people of color and people from low-income backgrounds. Therefore, the field of climate change adaptation must include professionals who can meaningfully represent the concerns of people with these identities and backgrounds. As such, we strongly encourage applications from people who hold these identities. Additionally, ASAP is committed to creating a dynamic, multi-cultural, diverse working environment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, ancestry, religion, physical or mental disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, citizenship or any other factor protected by anti-discrimination laws. ASAP is an equal opportunity employer.