Director of Climate and Land Use

Business Manager

Director of Climate and Land Use

Groundwork USA seeks a Director of Climate and Land Use to help promote and expand its efforts to support community-based strategies advancing equity, health, and resilience in low-income neighborhoods across the nation.

Groundwork USA is the only network of local organizations devoted to transforming the natural and built environment of low-resource communities — a national enterprise with local roots, working at the intersection of the environment, equity, and civic engagement. Through inclusive, meaningful community engagement and cross-sector collaboration, local Groundwork affiliates, called “Trusts,” transform neglected land and waterways into assets that low-income neighborhoods need to be healthy and resilient while building community capacity. Groundwork USA supports this dynamic network and advances the field of equitable development through national technical assistance and learning network programs for local practitioners. Our work is supported by the US Environmental Protection Agency, the National Park Service and other partners.

The Position

The Director of Climate and Land Use will help support, manage, expand, and codify the work of community organizing, environmental justice, climate adaptation, climate mitigation, equitable land-reuse, and capacity building at Groundwork USA and within the Network. The Director will support the head of the division in the day to day administration of our core climate, land, and water programs.

Responsibilities include:

  • Supporting the head of the division in the day-to-day administration of core climate, land, and water programs, including program oversight, reporting, and financial management.
  • Providing supervision, coaching, and support to highly skilled and independent direct and dotted-line reports.
  • Codifying and analyzing our core programming- making recommendations for refinements in pedagogy, practice, and process.
  • Assisting Groundwork Trusts in carrying out the Climate Safe Neighborhoods (CSN) strategy and consolidating learnings from the partnership into an adaptable, community-centered framework for local action. Including:
    • Coaching CSN Trust project managers and coordinators in community engagement, community organizing, leveraging demonstration projects, community education, and the development and implementation of local systems change strategies.
    • Supporting USA staff & Trusts with developing and strengthening synergies between CSN and other climate resilience programming.
    • Collaborating on initiatives to strengthen Groundwork Trusts and their climate programs, including goal/strategy setting, best practice workshops and developing and implementing systems for supporting peer-to-peer learning.
  • Providing climate-adaptation, community engagement, and project management focused equitable technical assistance to communities- within and external to our network- through coaching, workshops, and presentations.
  • Representing Groundwork USA in national partnerships and diverse public settings, including at conferences, on webinars and workshops, and in meetings with partners.
  • Contributing to grant proposal development and reporting.
  • Collaborating with the Climate, Land, and Water team members to expand the capacity of staff, network members, and the broader sector to engage in equitable land reuse, resident-led climate adaptation projects, and equitable, environmental justice focused systems change.
  • Helping to nurture a collaborative, high-performance culture in a geographically dispersed staff.
  • Contributing to Groundwork USA’s continued progress as an inclusive, culturally competent organization.


Candidates in communities with local Groundwork Trusts (see will be given preference but all locations will be considered. This is a full-time position, but Groundwork USA is committed to flexibility in arranging work schedules to balance work and family responsibilities. This full-time position is remote and some travel is required.


Required Qualifications:

The Director of Climate and Land Use must exhibit the following key competencies:

  • Must share a passion for Groundwork’s values and vision.
  • Familiarity and/or experience with the challenges faced by environmental justice communities.
  • An understanding of meaningful community engagement practices, and ways to effect systems change in low-resource communities.
  • An ability to effectively build relationships with and engage individuals working on the ground in distant locations.
  • Excellent coaching, communication, and relationship-building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and collaborate with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Familiarity with climate adaptation strategies and methods.
  • Strong research, project management, and organizational skills, with the ability to independently follow through on assignments, meet deadlines, and facilitate the efforts of the full team to do the same.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including writing, presenting, delivering workshops, proofreading, and editing.
  • Experience with GIS and the use of geospatial analysis to make data-informed land use decisions.
  • At least two years of managerial experience.
  • At least five years of relevant professional experience.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Additional professional experience, potentially including a master’s degree in a relevant field such as urban planning, urban ecology, or education.
  • Experience working in a leadership position with youth.


Compensation. The starting salary range for this position is $90,000-$98,000, commensurate with qualifications. Benefits include health insurance, dental and vision insurance, a retirement plan with employer match, life insurance, short-term disability and long-term disability, work from home stipend, and generous vacation, sick, and parental leave policies.


Applications.  Please submit a cover letter and resume to Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis; all applications received by February 25, 2023, will be ensured full consideration. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted – your understanding is appreciated.


See the full job description here.

Groundwork USA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to maintaining and growing a diverse team, and an anti-racist organization committed to doing business in keeping with core values of relevance, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Business Manager

Groundwork USA seeks a Business Manager to support the day-to-day financial and administrative operations of the organization. This is an opportunity to join a dynamic, growing national organization with inspiring work and an enthusiastic team.

A national enterprise with local roots, Groundwork USA is the only national network of local organizations dedicated to creating healthy, resilient neighborhood environments in low-resource communities through meaningful community engagement and collaboration.  Local Groundwork affiliates, called “Trusts,” are community-based organizations that transform neglected land and waterways into community assets while building community capacity to effect change. Groundwork USA supports this dynamic network and advances climate justice and equitable development initiatives through national technical assistance and learning network programs for local practitioners.

Interested candidates should review our website,


The Position

The Business Manager is responsible for leading and managing a broad range of financial and administrative responsibilities that support the organization’s effectiveness and efficiency. The responsibilities include managing the organization’s accounting records, supporting the day-to-day financial operations of the organization, all aspect of office management and supporting HR processes. The Business Manager also manages the organization’s payroll and provides support for grant reporting and compliance, as well as organizational initiatives and policy compliance. This is a full-time position, reporting to the Chief Operating Officer (COO). This position is 100% remote.




  • Manage the organization’s accounts payable, including processing payment requests and vendor invoices through our electronic invoicing and payment system, making recurring electronic payments handled outside of this system, and compliance with organizational policies and IRS reporting (1099) requirements.
  • Manage the organization’s credit cards including payment, reconciling, and maintaining documentation.
  • Manage accounts receivable including maintaining accounts receivable register, depositing checks, recording electronic receipts, coordinating with the Development Director, and accounting for all cash inflows.
  • Coordinate cash management in collaboration with the COO and Finance Director.
  • Support the organization’s annual audit process, including the federal Single Audit.
  • Manage payroll, utilizing ADP, while ensuring compliance with federal, state and local laws and organizational policies.
  • Make payments to the 403(b) plan and accounting for employee and employer contributions.
  • Maintain employee time reporting system (BambooHR) and create a monthly payroll allocation based on employee timesheets.
  • Support federal grant compliance efforts as it relates to vendor invoices.


Human Resources

  • Support the Director of Operations with hiring and onboarding efforts.
  • Support the Director of Operations with employee benefit management including open enrollment, updating employee records, and managing vendors.



  • Act as the point person for all inquiries made to GWUSA’s main phone line.
  • Coordinate distribution of received mail to the appropriate staff members.
  • Support new staff with ensuring they have the proper office supplies, technology, etc. to accomplish their jobs and manage requests from existing staff.
  • Coordinate outsourced IT vendor, act as point of contact for organization’s IT systems and equipment and maintain inventory of IT equipment.
  • Assist staff in locating and securing meeting spaces for occasional in-person meetings.
  • Support organizational travel needs.


Requirements and Minimum Qualifications

  • A passion for Groundworks’ values and vision.
  • Experience and comfortable working in multi-cultural, inclusive settings
  • Demonstrated bookkeeping and accounting skills with a minimum of three years of relevant experience.
  • Experience with accounting and expense management software.
  • Strong Excel skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Excellent organizational and written and verbal skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a remote work environment.
  • Demonstrated experience with maintaining effective, professional relationships within and outside an organization.
  • Initiative and demonstrated ability to handle multiple responsibilities, balance competing priorities and meet deadlines.


Preferred Qualifications

  • An undergraduate degree in accounting or business administration.



The starting salary range for this position is $70,000-$75,000, commensurate with qualifications. Benefits include health insurance, dental and vision insurance, a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match, life insurance, short-term disability and long-term disability, work from home stipend and generous paid-time off.



To apply, click here to complete a short application and submit a cover letter and resume.

Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis; all applications received by February 24, 2023, will be ensured full consideration.


Groundwork USA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to maintaining and growing a diverse team, and an anti-racist organization committed to doing business in keeping with core values of relevance, equity, diversity, and inclusion.


Nonprofit Environmental Justice Organizer, Groundwork Northeast Revitalization Group

Groundwork Northeast Revitalization Group, Inc. (Groundwork NRG) is seeking a dynamic and motivated individual to join its team as the Climate Safe Neighborhoods (CSN) Organizer. The CSN Organizer will be responsible for fulfilling the planning, outreach, organizing, and advocacy responsibilities associated with the Climate Safe Neighborhoods initiative (see below). The CSN Organizer will fulfill the day-to-day needs of the program and coordinate with volunteers, community stakeholders, and Groundwork NRG staff. The CSN Organizer will also report to internal and external stakeholders regarding the progress and outcomes of the program.

The goal of the CSN initiative is to develop community-informed plans to address the climate safety needs of vulnerable neighborhoods, specifically regarding heat and flooding, and to implement community-informed solutions through civic engagement, training, and employment opportunities. The CSNOC will fulfill this purpose through sustained resident engagement, organizing, and advocating for municipal policy which directs resources to neighborhoods most vulnerable to heat and flooding. Arguments for investment will be made using maps that place contemporary vulnerability in the context of historical practices of residential segregation. Please visit the program’s website for more information:

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with the Groundwork NRG Executive Director and Staff to meet grant deliverables and deadlines, which include:
    • Develop and manage a plan to identify focus neighborhoods and strategies for civic engagement.
    • Coordinate with Groundwork USA and partner organizations to understand and use provided map products to communicate heat and flooding-related resiliency challenges and disparities in the context of historical policies.
    • Conduct research on local climate resiliency solutions that consider local, regional, or state policy and funding solutions while considering the possibility of existing Groundwork NRG programming to serve as mitigation strategies.
    • Write program updates, communication materials, and reports.
    • Craft narrative descriptions of local CSN efforts and profiles of focus neighborhoods for web-based sharing.
    • Develop and manage relationships with Groundwork NRG partner organizations and stakeholders. These neighborhood-level relationships with individuals and organizations are critical and essential to this role.
    • Attend community and neighborhood meetings, which may include night and weekend hours.
    • Participate in local government-sponsored committees focused on climate change and equity.
    • Build local awareness and support for a community-informed climate resiliency agenda by undertaking a civic engagement strategy that draws participation from diverse, local residents and stakeholders.  A successful community engagement strategy will ensure that community stakeholders:
    • Understand heat and flooding related risks, their origins, and potential solutions.
    • Meaningfully participate in community-led and Groundwork-supported planning and implementation of climate resiliency solutions.
    • Are equipped and mobilized to advocate for equitable climate action and green investment at the neighborhood, city, regional, and/or state levels.
    • Lead organizing and outreach campaigns for other Groundwork NRG programming.
    • Advocate for adoption of local public- and private-sector climate resiliency solutions.
    • Recruit and supervise interns and volunteers that support CSN and other outreach efforts.
    • Assume Other Responsibilities as Assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree or at least 3 years of cumulative work history, preferably in     project management, organizing, and/or outreach.
  • Must be able to pass a background check;
  • Possess strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Possess organized and efficient work habits;
  • Demonstrate experience with Microsoft Office Suites (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.), Google suites, etc.;
  • Demonstrate an eagerness and willingness to add to their skills and knowledge base to further Groundwork NRG’s mission;
  • Experience as a leader with overall responsibility for organizational and program success;
  • Ability to balance competing priorities and deadlines while staying nimble and open to new opportunities;
  • Be a self-starter and work well independently, as well as value collaboration;
  • Demonstrate exceptional research and information management capabilities;
  • Demonstrate experience with facilitation and process management;
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects/processes simultaneously;
  • Possess strong analytical skills and problem-solving capabilities.



  • Spanish language skills strongly preferred;
  • Experience with training and evaluation tools;
  • Established relationship with Northeast Kansas City, Kansas communities   and neighborhoods;
  • Experience with fundraising including grant writing and reporting.


Working Conditions: This position will require evening and weekend activities

Location: Office: 803 Armstrong Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas 66101

Benefits & Pay: Full-Time Employment: $21/hour @ 35 hours/week. This position is eligible for benefits. This is a grant-funded position and there is no guarantee of work beyond the end of the current grant period though efforts will be made to extend funding for this role.

Non-discrimination Statement: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, disability, age, national origin, or ancestry.


Director of Youth Programs, Groundwork Denver
The Youth Program Director is an integral part of the Program Director team at Groundwork Denver, providing strategic direction for the organization regarding partnerships with local youth and communities. Reporting to the Associate Director, the Director of Youth Programs (“Youth Program Director”) oversees Groundwork Denver’s youth development programs with a focus on leadership, environmental stewardship, community engagement and environmental career development. The Youth Program Director serves as a bridge between the outdoor, hands-on work of the Youth Green Teams and the indoor, behind-the-scenes administrative office work to support the Green Teams. The Youth Program Director is responsible for recruiting, hiring, welcoming, training, listening to, partnering with, and equipping youth and young adults with knowledge and skills to further green their environments and succeed in their careers.


Program Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the implementation of the Youth Program, including hiring, partnership development, day-to-day operations, reporting and evaluation. Oversee Youth Program budget, ensuring grants and contract expenditures are aligned and budget is being spent responsibly and prudently
  • Manage the recruitment and hiring of all youth employees.
  • Build relationships with each youth and supervisor by visiting and working alongside youth teams throughout the year, and especially during the summer, the height of the program
  • Provide supervision and evaluation for Program Assistant, Green Pathways Project Manager, interns, and other staff working to support the Youth Programs
  • Collaborate with other Program Directors and Managers to center youth across program activities
  • Coordinate closely with the volunteer program to engage youth employees in leading volunteer events
  • Develop new grant proposals with the Executive Director and grant writer. Responsible for writing grant reports in coordination with the Executive Director and grant writer
  • Successfully administer youth program grant funds, including adhering to contract billing and financial reporting requirements, ensuring expenses are allocated properly, and youth staff time is billed accurately
  • Equip Youth Supervisors and Assistant Supervisors with trainings, policies, and other tools needed to ensure youth team’s safety and adherence to organizational risk management policies
  • Build and maintain external partnerships while supporting Youth Supervisors to do the same in order to develop meaningful work for youth employees, build the funding base for the youth programs, and collaborate on efforts related to youth development
  • Represent Groundwork Denver at external meetings, collaborations and community events related to youth development
  • Continuously improve the youth program by overseeing the youth program evaluation, including survey development, data collection, and completing the evaluation reporting


Responsibilities as a member of the Groundwork Denver team:

  • Actively participate in Groundwork Denver’s Journey towards Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) including discussions, readings, strategic planning, self-reflection, action and more
  • Participate in fundraising events and appeals as requested
  • Participate in volunteer days when needed
  • Participate in shared office responsibilities like cleaning, organizing, and risk management
  • Collaborate respectfully and productively with co-workers to achieve Groundwork Denver’s overall mission
  • Contribute to a positive office culture
  • Attend all staff meetings, meetings for one ongoing staff committee, and other meetings as discussed with the Associate Director


Qualifications, education and experience:

  • Understanding of race and class equity and a commitment to continuous personal learning and growth regarding race and class equity and how it impacts the organization, staff, youth, families and neighborhoods
  • Experience working with the youth that Groundwork Denver employs or who have similar life experiences or backgrounds will be prioritized
  • Passion for Groundwork Denver’s mission, youth development, and environmental justice
  • At least 7 years work history in non-profit or youth-related industry, with 3 years of direct leadership experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in education, social work, or similar field – or 4 years equivalent related work experience required. Master’s degree highly desired
  • Highly organized to be able to track youth working on many projects at once, grant deliverables, budget detail, deadlines, and evaluation data
  • Ability to work both independently without close oversight, but also a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside of the organization
  • Supervisory experience and ability to mentor staff in ways to meet program goals through their programs/projects
  • Demonstrated ability to engage youth from low-income, urban communities
  • Fluency in languages in addition to English is highly desired
  • Demonstrated successful project management experience

Other Requirements:

  • The job requires both office and field work. Office work includes utilizing computer systems, managing phones, and sitting in meetings. Groundwork Denver’s main office is on the ground floor with no steps inside or outside of the building. The front door is wide enough for wheelchairs and other mobility supports, but does not have an automatic door opener
  • Field work includes walking and biking in natural areas and parks; walking and biking in urban neighborhoods; field labor including bending, stooping, shoveling, weeding, cutting trees and plants; carrying heavy equipment; camping; and other physically challenging tasks
  • Ability to travel to and from meetings and appointments
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation

Salary and other benefits:

This is a full-time, salaried and benefitted position with a range of $60,000-65,000, depending on experience. Benefits include health and dental insurance, ability to add family members to insurance at own expense, paid health and wellness as well as vacation hours, 12 paid holidays, partial remote work potential, RTD (public transportation) EcoPass, and stellar, passionate colleagues and community.

To Apply:

Please email a one-page cover letter, and no more than 2-page resume to Please write “[YOUR LAST NAME] Director of Youth Programs Application” in the subject line.

In the cover letter, please describe:

  • Why you are interested in this position
  • An example of how you have lived out or worked for justice, equity, diversity and/or inclusion
  • Your experience in working with middle school youth, high school youth, and young adults and what you learned from them
  • Your experience managing budgets and grant-funded programs


Preference will be given to applications received by February 5, 2023.

See the full job description in English and Spanish here.

Climate Justice Director, Groundwork Denver
Groundwork Denver is looking for a Climate Justice Director to spearhead the development and implementation of a new community engagement model for Groundwork Denver as envisioned in its new strategic plan. Reporting to the Associate Director, the new position will be integral in leading Groundwork Denver (GWD) into a future where community and youth voice are centered to lead the direction of the organization’s programs, activities, and priorities. The Climate Justice Director will be leading the effort in the intentional and meaningful ways in which GWD listens, follows, and engages with the community. Climate justice, obtained through immediate and tangible projects in partnership with residents, will be the guiding principle for this position’s work. The position will ultimately be responsible for creating and managing a new Promotoras program and new community and youth advisory councils. While this new position will evolve over time, it is estimated that the Director will initially spend 50% on external community engagement, 25% program development, and 25% on on-the-ground project implementation.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Develop and pilot a community engagement model based on community feedback provided in GWD’s strategic planning process.
  • Develop relationships with community and youth residents to gain feedback and understanding of how GWD can support climate justice efforts in their communities.
  • Develop strong working relationships with community-based organizations to increase cross- collaboration on local climate resilience efforts.
  • Be involved with on-the-ground projects that lead to increases in climate resilience in pilot neighborhoods (currently identified as GES, Sheridan, and Commerce City).
  • Bring new ideas and projects, identified by residents, to Groundwork Denver to consider as potential new avenues for climate resilience.
  • Support GWD’s efforts in engaging with policy, advocacy, and civic participation work by helping to define this work and identifying and developing relationships with partner organizations.


Qualifications and Experience:

  • Passion for Groundwork Denver’s mission and alignment with our values and goals.
  • At least 5-7 years of leading community organizing, community engagement, or campaign efforts.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Spanish is required. Translation of short communications will be expected.
  • Ability to engage people from a wide variety of backgrounds.
  • Experience with organizational change management towards community centered models.
  • Strong background in climate justice, environmental justice, and/or racial justice. Willingness towork on nature-based projects such as tree planting, gardening, and other outdoor, hands-on activities.
  • Individuals from communities that have been historically marginalized or under-represented in the environmental movement are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates who were raised in or currently reside in neighborhoods of GES, Sheridan, or Commerce City, or who have similar life experience or backgrounds, will be strongly considered.
  • Candidates with experience connecting, motivating, and organizing youth and young adults preferred.
  • Understanding of racial equity and a commitment to continuous personal learning and growth around issues of race and class equity.
  • Flexible and adaptable style to meet changing needs in a grassroots organization.
  • Ability to work both independently without close oversight, but also a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside of the organization.

Other Requirements:

  • Our main office is located in the Cole neighborhood of Denver, accessible by public transportation. The office environment is ADA compliant with gender-neutral restrooms.
  • Must comply with all COVID safety protocols.
  • Work activities will include joining community and staff in field work that may include walkingin natural areas and parks, picking up trash, planting trees, and other outdoor physical activities. These natural settings may or may not be ADA compliant.
  • Work activities will involve regular evening and weekend commitments.
  • Ability to utilize computer systems, manage phones, and travel to and from meetings andappointments in a timely fashion.

Salary and Benefits:

This is a full-time salaried position. The salary range is $56,000-64,000 per year. Benefits include: paid sick, holiday and vacation hours; health and dental insurance for employee; optional coverage of family members (at employee’s expense); and an EcoPass.

To Apply:

Please email a one- to two-page cover letter and no more than 3-page resume to In the cover letter, please describe why you are interested in this position and your approach to community engagement.

Position is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed starting on December 19, 2022.

You can review the full job posting in English and Spanish here.

Senior Program Manager, Groundwork Milwaukee

JOB TITLE: Senior Program Manager

REPORTS TO: Deputy Executive Director


SALARY RANGE: $55,000 to $60,000

DESIRED START DATE: December 2022/January 2023

About Groundwork Milwaukee: Groundwork Milwaukee is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement, and management of the physical environment by developing community-based partnerships that empower people, businesses, and organizations to promote environmental, economic, and social well-being. Groundwork Milwaukee’s programs are rooted in 4 foundational pillars of:

● Civic Engagement

● Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math Education (STEAM)

● Everyone is a Leader

● Lifelong Learning

Position Overview: The Senior Program Manager will lead the day-to-day activities, strategic implementation, and people involved in Groundwork Milwaukee’s Climate Safe Neighborhoods Programs (CSNP). CSNP is a collection of three people-centered programs focused on improving community resilience to the immediate and secondary impacts of the climate crisis. From food security to climate adaptation infrastructure, resident priorities drive the development of a stronger, safer community. including the Milwaukee Grows Garden Network and ecological outreach and education. The Senior Program Manager will dedicate special attention to the emerging Climate and Health Justice programming in Milwaukee’s Metcalfe Park neighborhood by building out resident-directed, climate adaptation, and resilience strategies and processes, including the development of a resident advisory board. The Senior Program Manager will be pivotal internal and external leader with Groundwork Milwaukee.


Key Responsibilities:

1. Co-lead The Metcalfe Park Climate and Health Justice Table by:

  • Building and maintaining meaningful and authentic working relationships with Metcalfe Park Community Bridges, the anchoring and convening organization of the table; Metcalfe Park residents (the directors of the table); and other partner organizations (additional subject matter experts of the table);

  • Co-curating content with community members and partner organizations to craft a story map that narrates the historical contexts which have led to the present climate and health landscape of Metcalfe Park and Milwaukee.

2. Working closely with residents and community stakeholders to identify and pursue opportunities to intervene in local systems for a more equitable distribution of climate adaptation resources to neighborhoods experiencing extreme heat, flooding, and other climate-crisis related impacts; by:

  • Helping residents understand why our communities look the way they do

  • Identifying their priorities to keep their communities safer from the impact of the climate crisis

  • Building the capacity of residents and other stakeholders to self-organize and self-advocate for a more equitable distribution of resources

  • Leading community driven processes to guide the development of funding proposals to fund neighbor-led and -benefited climate and health initiatives;

  • Collaborating with the Education and Outreach Coordinator, driving appropriate and available resources to meet the goals of the Metcalfe Park Climate and Health Justice Table; and

  • Co-creating, planning and delivering workshops with residents and Education and Outreach Coordinator.

3. Leading Groundwork Milwaukee Climate Safe Neighborhoods Umbrella Programming by:

  • Nurturing and further developing a culture of collaboration and shared standards among the broader Climate Safe Neighborhoods programming, which includes the Milwaukee Grows Garden Network and Green Team Youth Programs

  • Directly managing and supporting the Community Programs Manager, who has responsibility for the operations and implementation of Milwaukee Grows Community Garden Network programming;

  • Convening weekly Programs Teams meetings;

  • Facilitating the creation and implementation of resident-informed climate resilience goals across Climate Safe Neighborhoods programming over a 3 year timeline;

  • Supporting the creation of a yearly budget, expense tracking and record expenses;

  • Supporting, coaching, and indirectly managing a team of staff and interns who are responsible for delivering ecological programming and community engagement.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Providing support across Groundwork Milwaukee programs including the Green Jobs and Education Program.

  • Supporting the recruitment, onboarding, supervising, and exit interview processes with staff and interns.

  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.

  • Managing the organization of Climate Safe Neighborhoods documents, folders and event calendar.

  • Participating in presentations, tabling events, and other relevant forums.

  • Supporting the writing, evaluation, and reporting of grants and other external communication.


The ideal candidate will exhibit expertise or competency in the following areas:

  • Ability to listen deeply to community members and synthesize that input into actionable plans.

  • Experience building and maintaining positive working relationships with residents and other stakeholders.

  • At least two years experience leading program teams and/or resident groups in developing, working towards, and tracking concrete goals and outcomes.

  • Familiarity with the use of qualitative and quantitative data, including maps, to tell a story of place, inform community members, and inform local decision making.

  • Two to three years of experience designing, implementing and supporting community outreach and organizing efforts.

  • Organizing and managing program and administrative processes and systems.

  • Building knowledge around issues of community development, green infrastructure, civic engagement, food sovereignty, climate resilience, and environmental justice.

  • Navigating Google Suite or similar cloud based work tools.

The ideal candidate has existing connections to the residents and neighborhood of Metcalfe Park and has a demonstrated ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds.


Work Location and Scheduled Work Days:

This position has an office at Groundwork Milwaukee’s downtown office located in Schlitz Park. Local travel is required and candidates with a Valid Driver’s License are preferred. While we encourage staff to work with their supervisor to negotiate work location, life balance, and a schedule that aligns best with them, the person who fills the position will be asked to work around 15 evenings and 15 Saturdays during the year to best reach neighbors during their out of work hours. Typical hours are between 9am and 6pm, with staff expected to work 40 hours per week.

Compensation Overview:

  • Salary Range $55-60,000 based on experience

  • The position is eligible for 5 personal days, 15 paid holidays (which includes the time span from December 23rd, 2022-January 2nd, 2023) and 20 days of vacation.

  • The position is eligible for health, dental, and vision insurance benefits with 50% premium paid for by Groundwork Milwaukee.

  • Monthly technology stipend


To Apply:

Please email a cover letter and resume to our Deputy Executive Director, Damien DeBuhr, at In the cover letter, please highlight:

  • Why you are excited about the position.

  • Your experience building programs and initiatives that prioritize participant feedback.

  • Your experience engaging and/or organizing residents.

Groundwork Milwaukee encourages applications from community members who have served in AmeriCorps and other national service programs as well as those who live in the agency’s primary service area, which consists of the entire city of Milwaukee and focuses on the areas North and West of downtown. Groundwork Milwaukee provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status or civil union status, past or present military service, or any other protected classification. This policy applies to all employment decisions, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, compensation, and training.

See the full position here.

Groundwork USA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to maintaining and growing a diverse team, and an anti-racist organization committed to doing business in keeping with core values of relevance, equity, diversity, and inclusion.