About Laudato Si' Movement
Laudato Si’ Movement (LSM) is an international network of Catholic people and 700 member organizations, all working together to develop solutions to the climate and ecological crisis. We are led by the Holy Spirit, and we find joy and support in our faith and each other. We act at the forefront of faith-based efforts to protect the environment, and our work is very fast-paced, with multiple projects and priorities managed daily. We enjoy a collaborative working environment in which everyone is committed to tackling the planetary crisis with courage and love. We believe as Pope Francis said in Laudato Si’, that “truly, much can be done!”
About the position
The Programs Coordinator, North America supports the delivery of campaign work LSM in English-speaking North America, including Canada, the United States, and the Caribbean. The incumbent will support grassroots and grasstops organizing that strengthens and expands LSM’s highly successful campaign work. This staff member will build LSMs presence and help fulfill our mission of inspiring and mobilizing the Catholic community to care for our common home and achieve climate and ecological justice. This person will report to the Senior Programs Manager of North America, and will liaise with others as needed. This role will include an emphasis on movement building and climate justice work in New Mexico and Texas. Both states are hotspots of fossil fuel activity in the US and both have potential to be leaders in climate solutions.
Areas of responsibility:
Implement movement building work and climate and ecological justice campaigning across North America, with a special focus on Texas and New Mexico.
Support the training of leaders in the Laudato Si’ Animators program, including answering technical questions and providing technical support in a timely manner, providing guidance for participants in completing their final projects, etc.
Support implementation of an outreach strategy to engage the Catholic community in North America with a special emphasis on Texas and New Mexico.
Support participants for LSMs mobilization programs, such as Laudato Si’ Animators, Circles, Chapters, Laudato Si’ Generation, Catholic sustainability programs. Recruit participants for key global moments, such as climate strikes.
Utilize online tools (social media, website, online platforms) to engage a base of supporters and parish leaders in North America.
Assist in the development of educational and informational materials to support outreach and campaign needs, including the facilitation of webinars.
Ensure relevant grant reports and documents are completed in a timely manner.
Identify and implement opportunities to advocate for climate justice and against fossil fuel development
Cultivate collaborative partnerships with communities impacted by fossil fuels and climate change.
Support ongoing tracking, and evaluation systems to ensure maximum organizational impact.
Update and manage organizational databases related to work in North America.
Draft and send communications, letters, reports, and website updates.
Assist with logistics for events, projects and campaigns.
Understand LSM’s history, campaigns, and theory of change, and keep current with basic climate science, Church context, and climate policy and news in North America.
From time to time, contribute work towards LSM’s overall mission that is outside standard responsibilities and instead relies solely on geographic location or work capacity.
Demonstrate 1 to 3 years experience in the areas of responsibility.
Preferred familiarity working with Catholic institutions and Church structures.
Familiarity with ecological issues at both the level of impact and the level of policy.
Excellent writing and verbal skills in English.
Experience working on advocacy campaigns.
Be comfortable working in a prayerful faith-based environment.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following attributes:
Leads by example: Endorses and embodies LSM values and the Laudato Si’ paradigm in behavior and words. Is grounded in faith and committed to spiritual transformation.
Strategic and Innovative: Is a creative and strategic thinker, naturally ambitious, who exercises courage, imagination and confidence to think outside of the box and push boundaries. Integrates learning and ongoing innovations in his/her area to improve impact and reach.
Productive: A motivated self-starter with the ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced work environment and to produce high-quality materials with a strong attention to detail.
Project management: Is able to lead projects and ensure that a quality end product is delivered on or ahead of schedule. Familiar with Microsoft Office suite, Google Apps Suite, the basics of digital organizing, and able to learn new applications and programs quickly.
Effective problem solving: Identifies challenges and takes a problem-solving approach, analyzes data to produce insights, and generates wise, actionable recommendations.
Leads oneself: Shows self-awareness and is curious about how he/she adds value to the organization. Fosters a growth mindset that is open to change.
Is inspiring, articulate, and persuasive, to compellingly present complex ideas to Catholic individuals and institutions and a wider audience, both as a public speaker and writer. A highly skilled relationship builder.
An understanding of the Catholic Church structure in North America, and existing contacts with different Catholic institutions and individuals (preferred).
Is aware of differing cultural practices and can sensitively and authentically engage in a wide variety of relationships. Able to work seamlessly across borders and time zones.
Languages: English, with a strong preference for Spanish as well.
Location: New Mexico or Texas, United States.
Type: 40 hour per week position through the end of December 2020.
Work environment: Will work at home.
Salary and benefits:
Salary consummate with experience
Flexible working including home based
Generous holiday entitlement with additional holidays around Easter and Christmas.
To apply, please send the following documents:
Cover letter (one page).
Deadline: September 17th, 2021.