Climate Safe Neighborhoods Outreach and Organizing Manager

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Position Overview: Climate Safe Neighborhoods Organizing and Outreach Manager will be responsible for fulfilling the planning, outreach, organizing, and advocacy responsibilities associated with Groundwork Milwaukee’s Climate Safe Neighborhoods (CSN) initiative. The position will fulfill the day-to-day needs of the program and coordinate with volunteers, community stakeholders, and Groundwork Milwaukee staff, and will also report to internal and external stakeholders regarding the progress and outcomes of the program. 

Groundwork Milwaukee is a nonprofit organization and land trust 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. 

Responsibilities Include:

  • Working in partnership with the Deputy Executive Director and Groundwork USA representatives, meet grant deliverables and deadlines that include:
    • Develop and manage a plan to identify focus neighborhoods and strategies for civic engagement. 
    • Coordinate with GWUSA and partner organizations to understand and use mapping data to build community awareness around heat and flooding-related risks and disparities in the context of environmental justice. 
    • Conduct research on local climate resiliency solutions that consider local, regional, or state policy and funding solutions while considering the possibility of existing Groundwork programming to serve as mitigation strategies.
    • Write program updates, communication materials, and reports.
    • Craft written descriptions of local CSN efforts and profiles of focus neighborhoods for web-based sharing.
  • Develop and manage relationships with Groundwork Milwaukee partner organizations and stakeholders. These neighborhood-level relationships with individuals and organizations are critical and essential to this role. 
  • 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 Milwaukee Green Space Action 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.

Successful candidates for this role will have several of the following experiences, qualifications, knowledge, and skills: 

  • Have personal or professional connections to Milwaukee’s communities most affected by climate change dangers.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with diverse groups of volunteers or professionals in identifying and then working towards a common goal.
  • Comfort working in an evolving but fast paced and deadline-oriented environment. 
  • Commitment (through volunteer, work, or life experience) to social justice. 
  • Experience or interest in community development, green infrastructure, civic engagement, climate change activism, or environmental justice.
  • Organizing and managing processes.
  • A healthy sense of humor. 
  • Working collaboratively with a diverse team. 
  • Giving and taking feedback. 
  • Managing multiple projects.
  • Navigating Google Suite or similar cloud based work tools to work with documents, emails, spreadsheets, and survey forms. 

Additional Important Information

Groundwork Milwaukee is a learning and leading organization focused on action. The organization’s mission  is  to improve the environmental, economic, and social well-being of folks throughout Milwaukee and is led by the people who make up our team. With this in mind Groundwork Milwaukee strives to create greater pay and compensation equity across the organization; and build hiring and cultural practices that result in the development staff that looks more like the community we serve alongside.

Compensation Overview:

  • Salary Range $40-45,000 based on experience
  • The position is eligible for 20 days of vacation, in addition to 11 paid holidays and 5 personal days 
  • 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 describe:
  • Why you are interested in this position.
  • Your experience and success organizing or working  in Black and brown communities.
  • What is important to you about climate justice

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. 

We encourage applications from community members who have served in AmeriCorps and other national service programs as well as those who live in our primary service area which generally runs from:

The MIlwaukee River to the East 

I-94 Freeway to the South

City of Milwaukee Border to the West 

Mill Road to the North

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