The New School Operations & Events Manager, EJ Fellowship in New York, New York
In coordination with Environmental Justice (EJ) leaders from across the country, The New School has launched Ripe for Creative Disruption: An Environmental Justice Movement Fellowship (https://www.tishmancenter.org/ejfellowship) . The pilot cohort includes six multi-organizational groups, totaling 20 groundbreaking EJ leaders (https://www.tishmancenter.org/ej-fellows) interested in deepening disruptive design. The cohort is intergenerational, primarily BIPOC , and women-led. The groups include 2-4 leaders each and represent 18 movement organizations working in frontline communities across eight states and five territories, including Indigenous territories, the Mariana Islands of Micronesia, and Puerto Rico. The cohort includes leadership from national alliances, such as the NDN Collective, Climate Justice Alliance, and Moving Forward Network; six executive directors of legacy EJ organizations; and members of the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council. The Fellowship, housed at the Tishman Environment and Design Center (https://tishmancenter.org/) , uses Just Transition, liberation practice, and decolonization as its frameworks to “remix” design in the vision of EJ communities.
The Ripe for Creative Disruption Fellowship embodies design and collective leadership to support frontline leaders to transform political, economic, and social systems; reclaim power; and scale people-centered solutions for climate justice futures across local, Tribal, national and global scales. The Fellowship seeks to co-create the conditions, coaching, and curriculum that can best support groups of movement leaders in their efforts to generate and pilot these strategies for movement impact.
The Fellowship is a two-year experience consisting of four distinct phases: (1) Collective Leadership Mindset & Purpose; (2) Re-Imagine (3) Manifest; and (4) Power & Scale. Our goal is to use this pilot as a foundation to develop a 10-year legacy fellowship that prepares communities to use the vision of the EJ Movement to address current climate crises and build solutions for the future.
We are seeking a seasoned administrative, logistics, and event planning professional to act as the Operations & Events Manager. This position will report to the Fellowship Director and work in close collaboration with the Tishman Center Managing Director, Lead Curriculum Designer & Facilitator, EJ movement advisors, key contributors, and other stakeholders.
This is a great opportunity to be part of a new initiative from the ground up. The Operations & Events Manager will lead the day-to-day operations of the fellowship. The ideal candidate should be a detailed oriented, focused self starter who excels at tracking processes & information and takes pride in providing foundational, radical operational support in service of EJ fellows, movement, staff, and other relevant partners and contributors. The ideal candidate should be comfortable working with a diverse range of working and communication styles and grassroots groups, and should be excited to travel to New York City and to place-based community retreat locations across the US and Turtle Island as part of the program implementation process and staff planning process (20% average expected travel).
This is a full-time remote position that is part of a U.S. and Canada based team. Occasion travel to the New School offices in New York City may be required (1-2x per quarter).
The New School is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and particularly seeks applications from members of underrepresented groups, as well as candidates who share this commitment.
Primary Job Responsibilities
Maintain & implement the administrative processes of the program in service of supporting the frontline communities, leaders, and the larger environmental justice movement
Manage systems & lead processes for payments, bookkeeping, receipts, and reimbursements for staff in coordination with the department
Develop and codify administrative policies and procedures to enable the program to run effectively and in alignment with Tishman Center and The New School procedures
Plan and provide logistical support to the planning and execution of team meetings, public and private events, and retreats (virtual and in-person)
Provide administrative support to the program such as booking travel and compensating external partners, expense reporting, and honoraria payments with the appropriate departments liasoning between movement partners and the New School
Coordinate with external consultants regarding scopes, timelines, and payments
Supervise the Program and Communications Associate, as well as manage interns, research assistants, additional operational support as needed
Project management skills: able to stay on top of multiple projects, plans backwards, anticipates obstacles, identifies and involves stakeholders appropriately, uses resources wisely
Systems thinking: able to determine needs & build systems & processes that are inclusive, efficient, and meet internal and external stakeholder needs
Information management: Able to track invoices, approvals, from inception to completion
Results-oriented: has a track record of achievement and producing results, good at problem solving, a balance of self initiation & reaching out when stuck; & perseveres despite obstacles
Commitment to the Jemez Principles & EJ Principles: ability to listen deeply to, provide support to, and follow the lead of frontline, community based leaders and collaborators
Agile: Comfortable engaging in an emergent, collaborative work-style with multiple partners, staff, and contributors
Event planning & management: Experience planning and implementing virtual and in-person events, including contracting with vendors, creating & advising on run-of-shows and agenda, preparing materials, booking travel, space rentals,
High emotional intelligence: Sensitivity to and appreciation for diverse viewpoints, different communication styles and a wide range of colleagues from diverse cultures and backgrounds
Ability to manage up and across programs leads to accomplish goals and land deadlines
Ability to adhere to University COVID -19 policy and requirements
Past experience working with an environmental or climate justice or social justice organization
Past experience working within and navigating university systems
Proximity to The New School office for meeting set up, logistics, as needed
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Special Instructions to the Applicant
Please submit an example of an operational work plan or project you’ve coordinated and three job references (please include full name, e-mail address, and telephone number) along with your resume and cover letter.
This position offers opportunities for professional growth within the initiative. Candidates interested in a career in environmental justice, grassroots movements and/or community engagement will be given priority.
The New School was founded by forward-thinking educators in 1919 to defy the intellectual constraints of a traditional college education. The New School is committed to creating and maintaining an environment that promises diversity and tolerance in all areas of employment, education and access to its educational, artistic or cultural programs and activities. The New School does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, sex or gender (including gender identity and expression), pregnancy, sexual orientation, religion, religious practices, mental or physical disability, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, veteran status, marital or partnership status, or any other legally protected status. The New School is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and particularly seeks applications from members of underrepresented groups, as well as candidates who share this commitment.
Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and Queer candidates are highly encouraged to apply.
This position is grant funded and would begin immediately and go through December 2023 with an opportunity for an extension contingent upon funding and performance. New York Benefits and tuition waiver eligible.
Salary Range: $78,000-85,000