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25 Jan 2023

Full-Time Director, Civic and Campus Engagement

Rachel Carson Council – Posted by [email protected] Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Job Description

DESCRIPTION: In addition to recent graduates, or those with experience at environmental NGOs, who have organized, coordinated, or worked with campuses, the Director of the RCCN offers a unique opportunity for those wanting to transition from academia to a position as a national public educator and advocate for the environment and for campus civic engagement. Examples include recent graduate students, teaching assistants, lecturers, adjuncts, and junior faculty. Senior environmentalists at NGOs or academia who, for whatever reason, are able and willing to work at compensation lower than larger more established institutions may also be considered.

The Director (or Assistant Director or Associate Director depending on experience) of the RCC Campus Network (RCCN), reports directly to the President & CEO and works collaboratively with the Assistant Director of RCC Fellowship Programs and other RCC staff. The position is meant to build and deepen the national RCC Campus Network with special attention to engaging faculty, as well as students, staff, and administrators. 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. 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 ranges from $48,000-$75,000 annually, depending on experience and ability. 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.


Visit and speak at colleges and universities to expand and deepen the RCCN and promote, recruit for RCC Fellowships. Also speak at environmental and civic organizations on behalf of the RCC.

Write and publish articles, Op-Eds, reports, policy briefs, and papers for the RCC on its issues to include placement in other media outlets, journals, magazines, etc.

Write, produce, and edit the RCC Campus Dispatch, a monthly e-newsletter with curated articles from various sources. Write original content to include book and media reviews, features on RCC campuses and faculty, photo essays (blog), events of interest to faculty and students.

Further develop and maintain direct contact with RCC faculty, administration, and student contacts through visits, phone, email, etc., creating a usable data base.

Regularly interview faculty, deans, staff, etc. for news, information, updates, ideas on campus environmental education, activism, atmosphere for RCC Campus Dispatch and our other newsletters and outlets.

Produce resources, educational modules, and curricula for use on campus and in classrooms.

In coordination with the Assistant Director, RCC Fellowship Programs, participate in mentoring several RCC Fellows and reviewing and editing their essays and other deliverables. Train RCC Fellows in effective work with faculty, administrators, and staff and in producing educational materials, modules, writing, etc.

In collaboration with the President, Assistant Director Fellowship Programs, and other RCC staff help develop content/curriculum/speakers for the 5-day RCC American Environmental Leadership Institute (AELI) held at Rockwood Manor Retreat Center.

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, Master’s, or Ph.D. 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 (0-5 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.

Exceptional writing for a variety of audiences and in differing formats and media.

Compelling speeches and public presentations for the organization to large and small groups on campuses, civic organizations, and media.

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.

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: academia, Civic Engagement, coordination, environmental education, Events, leadership, and universities. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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