Program Officer with Institute for Sustainable Communities


The Program Officer supports the design, development, and implementation of equitable resilience and sustainability projects across our U.S. Program portfolio. These projects accelerate strategies to tackle immediate environmental, economic, and social challenges and to build lasting capacity of our stakeholders.

Working across a variety of U.S geographies, the Program Officer works with grassroots and other community organizations, institutional partners, and local and regional governments to foster collaboration to address climate impacts, through programs such as the Partnership for Resilient CommunitiesClimate Change, Health & Equity, and other ISC U.S. initiatives. The Program Officer coordinates between project partners and stakeholders, supports community engagement, designs and facilitates workshops, conducts research, develops materials, and analyzes data to best inform future project implementation.

Position Scope

This position will be remote, with a work-from-home or a shared office space arrangement, with supervision at distance, or in one of ISC’s U.S. offices (Washington, D.C. or Montpelier, Vermont). Up to 30% domestic travel required. 


  • Participate as a member of a program team in the development, implementation and support of ISC programs
  • Serve as point-of-contact with multiple partners, ensuring that ISC is tracking the progress of partners, capturing best practices and lessons learned, helping disseminate those practices and lessons, and identifying technical assistance or resources to support the partners towards identified resilience goals
  • Research and develop resources, tools, case studies and other materials 
  • Develop and co-author quarterly grant reports, final program reports and other written documents
  • Assist in the development and delivery of events, including co-facilitation of workshops and covenings
  • Conduct assigned research 
  • Assist in the dissemination of program materials to participants
  • Assist with the development and implementation of communications strategies and materials including case studies, newsletter articles, blogs, etc.
  • Provide administrative support as necessary
  • Assist in fundraising support including grant RFPs and concept notes
  • Maintains a working knowledge of program budgets


ISC is committed to addressing structural racism and income inequality in the US that undermines efforts to build strong communities and regions prepared to respond to climate change. As such, the ideal candidate will have experience serving underrepresented communities, neighborhoods, and populations most vulnerable to the impacts of climate related events, and experience working directly with and for communities of color to address and overcome systemic racism and the multitude of adverse outcomes that result.

Other qualities of the ideal candidate include:

  • Three to six years of professional experience in a relevant field such as: environmental sustainability, resilience, or adaptation; public health; transportation; housing; economic development; or workforce development
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in a related area
  • Ability to work productively with diverse individuals from differing backgrounds (government, private sector, advocacy, social profit organizations, and community-based organizations)
  • Direct experience working with the non-profit sector and/or city/regional government, preferably focused on social/racial justice, public health, environmental justice, equitable development and/or climate change adaptation and resilience issues
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Direct experience in stakeholder engagement; facilitation experience valued, but not required
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively as a positive and contributing team member
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Strong work ethic and personal integrity
  • Flexibility and willingness to adapt to changing priorities and ability to meet deadlines
  • Proficient in use of Microsoft Office suite, Google applications and other software
  • Commitment to the ISC mission and goals

ISC is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workplace.People from diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds,women, and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply.

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