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25 Jan 2023

Full-Time Assistant Director, RCC Fellowship Program

Rachel Carson Council – Posted by Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Job Description

DESCRIPTION: The Rachel Carson Council seeks an aspiring, creative, committed, and flexible environmental leader, likely a recent graduate or toward the beginning of their career, willing to help expand and innovate at a small, but respected and growing organization. The position’s primary responsibility will be the management and oversight of the RCC Fellowship Program. The ideal candidate will combine the imagination, empathy and writing of Rachel Carson with her dedication to connecting with a wide network of academics, activists, NGOs, and writers to protect the environment through education, writing and advocacy, bringing impeccable, but accessible, science and solutions to the public and policymakers.

The Assistant Director, RCC Fellowship Program, reports directly to the President & CEO, will be mentored by him, and works collaboratively with the Director of the RCCN and other RCC staff. The position is designed for an emerging environmental justice leader with experience in education, organizing, advocacy, and writing and editing, who will oversee, build and deepen the RCC Fellowship Program, mentor RCC Fellows, guide their projects, and review and edit their publications and other deliverables. The Director should have wide knowledge and experience in climate justice and environmental health issues, on and off campus, such as fossil fuel divestment, clean and renewable energy, wood pellet production and other false solutions to the climate crisis, factory farms, and chemical pollution (coal ash, PFAs, pesticides). She or he will enhance and expand RCC outreach, visibility, and membership growth through effective communications to the RCCN, members, and the public.

Position is full time and salary is $48,000 annually. 3 weeks (15 workdays) vacation, 5 sick days. Funds for professional development. Employees under 26 arrange medical plan. Over 26 years old, reimbursed by RCC.

Start date as soon as possible but by June 1; location is the RCC Washington office on DuPont Circle. Hybrid in-person and remote schedule. 3 days in office during the academic year. 4 days in office during summer with full-time Duke Stanback Fellows in D.C. during June-July. The Assistant Director will attend the RCC American Environmental Leadership Institute, July 23-27, 2023, in Washington, D.C. Some travel is required. The position will remain open until filled.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Assistant Director is responsible for managing the national RCC Fellowship and summer Duke Stanback Fellowship Programs in coordination with the Director of the RCC Campus Network under the supervision and guidance of the President & CEO, as well as in collaboration with other RCC staff who participate in the program. Responsibilities include:

The RCC Fellowship Program:

  • Orchestrate the recruitment and selection process for the Fellowship Program.
  • Promote and advertise the RCC Fellowship program throughout the year in various media, ads, academic outlets, and organizational listservs to increase the national applicant pool and diversity. Actively and directly reach out to RCCN campus contacts (faculty, students, current and former Fellows). Continue to identify avenues to increase and diversify applicant pool.
  • Review initial applications and conduct interviews for the RCC Fellowship program. Emphasis on determining the viability of proposed Fellowship projects, the level of interest and commitment, and qualifications.
  • Choose finalists, select and award RCC Fellows winners, in discussion with and approval of RCC CEO.
  • Mentor and manage the Fellowship cohort throughout the academic year by:
  • Monthly check-in calls. Coordinate monthly check-in calls with Fellows to assess progress on projects, provide feedback.
  • Work with Fellows on writing at a professional level in varying formats (photo essay blogs, Op-eds, etc.) Set up regular sessions on writing, leadership, advocacy, environmental issues for Fellows with President & CEO and relevant speakers.
  • Provide mentorship for students / speak with them on personal issues, help provide ideas or insights about how to improve their projects, transition into other professional settings, develop leadership, speaking, presentation skills, etc.
  • Coordinate timely development and review of RCC Fellow photo essay blogs and other deliverables, edit to share with RCC CEO.

Duke Stanback Program

  • Orchestrate hiring process. Monitor communications from Duke for hiring timeline and interview scheduling.
  • Develop position descriptions and projects for the growing cohort of Stanback Fellows.
  • Review applications and select finalists with President & CEO. Conduct interviews with Duke candidates January to May.
  • Manage Stanback Fellows daily in summer. Mentoring and management similar to RCC Fellowship program.

RCC American Environmental Leadership Institute

  • Develop content/curriculum/speakers for the 5-day RCC American Environmental Leadership Institute (AELI) held at Rockwood Manor Retreat Center in coordination with President & CEO and staff.
  • Coordinate travel logistics, costs, reimbursements for Fellows to attend AELI and logistics during AELI — food, lodging, transportation, entertainment, etc.

Rachel Carson Council Campus Network

  • Visit and speak at colleges and universities to expand and deepen RCCN and promote, recruit for RCC Fellowship.
  • Develop and maintain contacts with RCC Fellows and create an RCC Alumni Fellows network.
  • Assist the Director of the RCCN in production, content of the RCC Campus Dispatch, especially news, information, and writing from RCC Fellows.
  • Assist with RCC fundraising and development as needed (grants, donors, membership).
  • Carry out additional tasks as needed and directed by the President & CEO within RCC’s mission.


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in environmental studies, science, or history, or combined with other concentrations in fields such as African American or Women’s Studies, English, journalism, public policy. Experience (0-3 years), but with demonstrated talent and commitment to climate and environmental justice.
  • Commitment to the RCC mission and appreciation of the legacy of Rachel Carson.
  • Leadership with effective interpersonal skills, humor, warmth, empathy. Ability to work well with diverse constituencies from EJ networks to establishment leaders.
  • Outstanding academic achievement and leadership in the broad area of environment and environmental justice across disciplines to combine science and the humanities with a knowledge of climate change and environmental justice.
  • Exceptional professional writing and presentations to a variety of audiences and in differing formats and media.
  • Understanding of and work with environmental justice issues and diverse organizations and settings.
  • Strong initiative, creativity, and imaginative approaches to environmental work. Intellectual curiosity and strong research

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Job Categories: Environmental. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: #environmentaleducation, management, membership growth, youth leadership, and youth mentoring. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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