Position Title: Partnerships Manager, RAY Diversity Fellowship

Application Link: https://elpnet.org/about/work-with-us

Location: Remote


Flexible schedule, paid time off, paid holidays, paid professional development days, employer contribution to medical, dental, vision, short-term disability, and life insurance.

Organizational Background

The Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Diversity Fellowship Program aims to increase and  facilitate conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy-related career  pathways for emerging leaders of color. The RAY Fellowship Program is a two-year  paid fellowship designed to equip recent college graduates with the tools,  experiences, support, and community they need to become leaders in the  conservation and clean energy sectors—one that, in our visions of the future, fully  represents, includes, and is led by the diverse communities, perspectives, and  experiences of the United States.

The RAY Program is managed by the Environmental Leadership Program (ELP), whose  mission is to support visionary, action-oriented, and diverse leadership for a just and  sustainable future. ELP aims to catalyze change by providing emerging leaders with  the support and guidance they need to launch new endeavors, achieve new  successes, and rise to new leadership positions. Since 2000, we have created a  dynamic network of over 1,400 environmental and social change leaders across the  U.S.

ELP values the contributions of people from equity-seeking groups as a critical factor  in our ability to meet our mission. We encourage applications from LGBTQ+ people,  Indigenous peoples, people of color, low-income earners and the unemployed,  immigrants and refugees, people with disabilities, and other equity-seeking groups. If  you wish to self-identify as belonging to an equity-seeking group(s), please feel free  to indicate so in your cover letter.

Position Details

The RAY Partnerships Manager will be part of ELP’s Emerging Leaders Program Team,  building and maintaining relationships with RAY organizational partners (hosting and  non-hosting), and supporting the development of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)  training and coaching for hosting and non-hosting RAY Member organizations. As part  of this work, the Manager will engage in coaching calls for active hosting  organizations, and provide support for organizations working towards readiness to  host a RAY Fellow. The Manager will also support program development and  implementation for the RAY Fellowship, and be engaged in retreat facilitation across  ELP’s programs. This position will report to the RAY Fellowship Program Director.

The Manager will be expected to bring new ideas, collaborate with the whole RAY  team in developing program strategy, and join our established culture of continuous  improvement and innovation. As a member of a remote-working team, they will be  expected to manage their own balanced work week based on the demands of the job  and any relevant deadlines. This job will take place in a virtual office, with some in person work.

All in-person programming and staff work is temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.  However, when possible again, this role does require the ability to travel to multi-day training, over the course of the year.

Key Responsibilities

Building and Maintaining Relationships with External Partners (40%)

  • Work with the RAY Program Director to find, establish, and grow relationships with appropriate hosting and non-hosting RAY Member organizations. The Manager will be responsible for maintaining the relationships we have with organizational partners as the RAY Fellowship grows. This will include meeting logistical needs like keeping track of contacts through Salesforce, answering inquiries, MOU changes, etc.
  • Support quarterly RAY Member calls.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Training and Coaching (50%)

Support the development and implementation of curriculum for RAY hosting and  non-hosting Member organizations to advance their readiness and ability to support  RAY Fellows. Including but not limited to:

  • Co-create and facilitate the RAY Supervisor Orientation: a multi-day DEI training for RAY Fellow Supervisors who may have little to no experience  working with recent college graduates of color or building inclusive spaces.
  • Conducting monthly 1:1 RAY Supervisor coaching sessions.
  • Develop support for non-hosting members which can include a non-hosting quarterly call and other support items.
  • Developing further curriculum (eg: quarterly webinars) to challenge and push predominantly-white environmental organizations to move towards a  transformative shift that is critical of white norms, values, and expectations in  the workplace.
  • Developing further curriculum to support and grow liberated BIPOC environmental organizations and supervisors.

Special Projects (10%)

  • Support curriculum-building for RAY Fellows programming including, but not limited to:
  • Programming that centers young professional BIPOC individuals in becoming empowered and liberated leaders in a variety of workplace settings.

Who Should Apply

We are looking for applicants that are:

  • Energetic, innovative, creative, self-motivated and an attention to detail.
  • Dedicated to continuous improvement and a culture of learning, care, and
  • Committed to developing interpersonal skills: empathy, grace, flexibility, patience, and collaboration.
  • Passionate about social justice, environmental justice, and/or climate justice principles and priorities that are interested in facilitating and working with racial justice initiatives.

That have experience in some of the following:

  • Building trust with individuals from diverse backgrounds, particularly early career professionals from underrepresented backgrounds.
  • Peer mentorship or similar coaching support.
  • Cultivating community across identity differences and across geographies.
  • Networking and establishing relationships in person, by phone, and by email.
  • Working cooperatively with wide a range of personalities
  • Using cloud-based collaborative software: Microsoft Office products, Google Docs, Dropbox, Email Marketing, etc.
  • Managing relationships in Salesforce CRM
  • Using online convening tools to build online communities, facilitate webinars/trainings
  • Ability and discipline to work remotely.

Hiring Process and Timeline

  • To be considered, please submit your résumé and cover letter through our Application Page.
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a priority date of December 17, 2021.
  • The first round of interviews will be 30 minutes in length, via phone the first week in January 2022.
  • Finalists will be invited to a second-round virtual one-hour interview with multiple members of our team. If you are invited for a second-round interview, we  may ask for work samples relevant to this position.
  • The intended start date of this position is February 1, 2022.


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