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RCC is Hiring!

Director, Civic and Campus Engagement, the Rachel Carson Council

The Organization: Founded in 1965, the Rachel Carson Council (RCC) is the organization that, before her death from breast cancer, Rachel Carson asked her friends and colleagues to form to continue her work. Today, the RCC’s mission carries on Carson’s extraordinary legacy and ecological ethic combining scientific concern for the environment and human health with a sense of reverence and wonder for all forms of life in order to build a more sustainable, just, and peaceful future.

The RCC is a growing and respected voice at the grassroots and on Capitol Hill. We are committed to environmental and climate justice through education, organizing and advocacy – especially the RCC Campus Network (RCCN) of sixty-three colleges and universities and thousands of students, staff, faculty, and administrators. As part of the RCCN, the RCC carries out a national RCC Fellowship Program with some 30 undergraduate and graduate RCC Fellows selected nationwide who receive mentoring, a $2,000 stipend, and work on RCC year-long projects and campaigns from their respective campuses. The RCC also selects nine full-time summer Duke Stanback Fellows who work at the Washington, D.C. office on Dupont Circle. All RCC Fellows and Stanback Fellows attend the 5-day RCC American Environmental Leadership Institute at the Rockwood Manor Retreat Center alongside the C&O Canal Historic National Park.

The Position:

The RCC seeks an aspiring, creative, committed, and flexible environmental leader toward the beginning of their career, willing to help expand and innovate at a small, but respected and growing organization. The ideal candidate will combine the imagination, empathy and writing of Rachel Carson with her dedication to connecting with a wide network of academics, activists, NGOs, and writers to protect the environment through education, writing and advocacy, bringing impeccable, but accessible, science and solutions to the public and policy makers.

In addition to recent graduates, or those with experience at environmental NGOs, who have organized, coordinated, or worked with campuses, the Director of the RCCN offers a unique opportunity for those wanting to transition from academia to a position as a national public educator and advocate for the environment and for campus civic engagement. Examples include recent graduate students, teaching assistants, lecturers, adjuncts, and junior faculty. Senior environmentalists at NGOs or academia who, for whatever reason, are able and willing to work at compensation lower than larger more established institutions may also be considered.

The Director (or Assistant Director or Associate Director depending on experience) of the RCC Campus Network (RCCN), reports directly to the President & CEO and works collaboratively with the Assistant Director of RCC Fellowship Programs and other RCC staff. The position is meant to build and deepen the national RCC Campus Network with special attention to engaging faculty, as well as students, staff, and administrators. The Director should have wide knowledge and experience in climate justice and environmental health issues, on and off campus, such as fossil fuel divestment, clean and renewable energy, wood pellet production, and other false solutions to the climate crisis. She or he will enhance and expand RCC outreach, visibility, and membership growth through effective communications to the RCCN, members, and the public.

Qualifications:

Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Ph.D. degree in environmental studies, science, or history, or combined with other concentrations in fields such as African American or Women’s Studies, English, journalism, public policy. Experience (0-5 years), but with demonstrated talent and commitment to climate and environmental justice.

Commitment to the RCC mission and appreciation of the legacy of Rachel Carson.

Leadership with effective interpersonal skills, humor, warmth, empathy. Ability to work well with diverse constituencies from EJ networks to establishment leaders.

Exceptional writing for a variety of audiences and in differing formats and media.

Compelling speeches and public presentations for the organization to large and small groups on campuses, civic organizations, and media.

Outstanding academic achievement and leadership in the broad area of environment and environmental justice across disciplines to combine science and the humanities with a knowledge of climate change and environmental justice.

Understanding of and work with environmental justice issues and diverse organizations and settings.

Strong initiative, creativity, and imaginative approaches to environmental work. Intellectual curiosity and strong research.

Responsibilities:

Visit and speak at colleges and universities to expand and deepen the RCCN and promote, recruit for RCC Fellowships. Also speak at environmental and civic organizations on behalf of the RCC.

Write and publish articles, Op-Eds, reports, policy briefs, and papers for the RCC on its issues to include placement in other media outlets, journals, magazines, etc.

Write, produce, and edit the RCC Campus Dispatch, a monthly e-newsletter with curated articles from various sources. Write original content to include book and media reviews, features on RCC campuses and faculty, photo essays (blog), events of interest to faculty and students.

Further develop and maintain direct contact with RCC faculty, administration, and student contacts through visits, phone, email, etc., creating a usable data base. Regularly interview faculty, deans, staff, etc. for news, information, updates, ideas on campus environmental education, activism, atmosphere for RCC Campus Dispatch and our other newsletters and outlets.

Produce resources, educational modules, and curricula for use on campus and in classrooms.

In coordination with the Assistant Director, RCC Fellowship Programs, participate in mentoring several RCC Fellows and reviewing and editing their essays and other deliverables. Train RCC Fellows in effective work with faculty, administrators, and staff and in producing educational materials, modules, writing, etc.

In collaboration with the President, Assistant Director Fellowship Programs, and other RCC staff help develop content/curriculum/speakers for the 5-day RCC American Environmental Leadership Institute (AELI) held at Rockwood Manor Retreat Center.

Assist with RCC fundraising and development as needed (grants, donors, membership).

Carry out additional tasks as needed and directed by the President & CEO within RCC’s mission.

Salary and Title:

$48-75,000 annually, depending on experience and ability. Title will be Director, Associate Director, or Assistant Director depending on experience and ability. Leave and benefits: 3 weeks (15 workdays) vacation, 5 sick days, 2 personal days, and all Federal holidays. Funds for professional development. Employees under 26 eligible for medical coverage with family remain on plan until after 26. Not covered by family, or over 26 years old, choose medical plan to be reimbursed by RCC.

Starting Date: As soon as possible, but by June 1. Position is at the RCC Washington office on DuPont Circle. Hybrid in-person and remote schedule. 3 days in office during academic year. 4 days in office during summer with full-time Duke Stanback Fellows in D.C. during June-July. The Assistant Director will attend the RCC American Environmental Leadership Institute, July 23-27, 2023, in Washington, D.C. Some travel is required. The position will remain open until filled.

To Apply by Mail:

Send letter of application, resume, writing samples, (at least one non-academic) and two references to:

Dr. Robert K. Musil, President & CEO
Rachel Carson Council
8600 Irvington Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20817.


Assistant Director, RCC Fellowship Program, the Rachel Carson Council

The Organization: Founded in 1965, the Rachel Carson Council (RCC) is the organization that, before her death from breast cancer, Rachel Carson asked her friends and colleagues to form to continue her work. Today, the RCC’s mission carries on Carson’s extraordinary legacy and ecological ethic combining scientific concern for the environment and human health with a sense of reverence and wonder for all forms of life in order to build a more sustainable, just, and peaceful future.

The RCC is a growing and respected voice at the grassroots and on Capitol Hill. We are committed to environmental and climate justice through education, organizing and advocacy – especially the RCC Campus Network (RCCN) of sixty-three colleges and universities and thousands of students, staff, faculty, and administrators. As part of the RCCN, the RCC carries out a national RCC Fellowship Program with some 30 undergraduate and graduate RCC Fellows selected nationwide who receive mentoring, a $2,000 stipend, and work on RCC year-long projects and campaigns from their respective campuses. The RCC also selects nine full-time summer Duke Stanback Fellows who work at the Washington, D.C. office on Dupont Circle. All RCC Fellows and Stanback Fellows attend the 5-day RCC American Environmental Leadership Institute at the Rockwood Manor Retreat Center alongside the C&O Canal Historic National Park.

The Position:

The RCC seeks an aspiring, creative, committed, and flexible environmental leader, likely a recent graduate or toward the beginning of their career, willing to help expand and innovate at a small, but respected and growing organization. The ideal candidate will combine the imagination, empathy and writing of Rachel Carson with her dedication to connecting with a wide network of academics, activists, NGOs, and writers to protect the environment through education, writing and advocacy, bringing impeccable, but accessible, science and solutions to the public and policy makers.

The Assistant Director, RCC Fellowship Program, reports directly to the President & CEO, will be mentored by him, and works collaboratively with the Director of the RCCN and other RCC staff. The position is designed for an emerging environmental justice leader with experience in education, organizing, advocacy, and writing and editing, who will oversee, build and deepen the RCC Fellowship Program, mentor RCC Fellows, guide their projects, and review and edit their publications and other deliverables. The Director should have wide knowledge and experience in climate justice and environmental health issues, on and off campus, such as fossil fuel divestment, clean and renewable energy, wood pellet production and other false solutions to the climate crisis, factory farms, and chemical pollution (coal ash, PFAs, pesticides). She or he will enhance and expand RCC outreach, visibility, and membership growth through effective communications to the RCCN, members, and the public.

Qualifications:

Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in environmental studies, science, or history, or combined with other concentrations in fields such as African American or Women’s Studies, English, journalism, public policy. Experience (0-3 years), but with demonstrated talent and commitment to climate and environmental justice.

Commitment to the RCC mission and appreciation of the legacy of Rachel Carson.

Leadership with effective interpersonal skills, humor, warmth, empathy. Ability to work well with diverse constituencies from EJ networks to establishment leaders.

Outstanding academic achievement and leadership in the broad area of environment and environmental justice across disciplines to combine science and the humanities with a knowledge of climate change and environmental justice.

Exceptional professional writing and presentations to a variety of audiences and in differing formats and media.

Understanding of and work with environmental justice issues and diverse organizations and settings.

Strong initiative, creativity, and imaginative approaches to environmental work. Intellectual curiosity and strong research.

Responsibilities:

The Assistant Director is responsible for managing the national RCC Fellowship and summer Duke Stanback Fellowship Programs in coordination with the Director of the RCC Campus Network under the supervision and guidance of the President & CEO, as well as in collaboration with other RCC staff who participate in the program. The Assistant Director will:

The RCC Fellowship Program:

Orchestrate the recruitment and selection process for the Fellowship Program.

Promote and advertise the RCC Fellowship program throughout the year in various media, ads, academic outlets, and organizational listservs to increase the national applicant pool and diversity. Actively and directly reach out to RCCN campus contacts (faculty, students, current and former Fellows). Continue to identify avenues to increase and diversify applicant pool.

Review initial applications and conduct interviews for the RCC Fellowship program. Emphasis on determining the viability of proposed Fellowship projects, the level of interest and commitment, and qualifications.

Choose finalists, select and award RCC Fellows winners, in discussion with and approval of RCC CEO.

Mentor and manage the Fellowship cohort throughout the academic year by:

Monthly check-in calls. Coordinate monthly check-in calls with Fellows to assess progress on projects, provide feedback.

Work with Fellows on writing at a professional level in varying formats (photo essay blogs, Op-eds, etc.) Set up regular sessions on writing, leadership, advocacy, environmental issues for Fellows with President & CEO and relevant speakers.

Provide mentorship for students / speak with them on personal issues, help provide ideas or insights about how to improve their projects, transition into other professional settings, develop leadership, speaking, presentation skills, etc.

Coordinate timely development and review of RCC Fellow photo essay blogs and other deliverables, edit to share with RCC CEO.

Duke Stanback Program

Orchestrate hiring process. Monitor communications from Duke for hiring timeline and interview scheduling.

Develop position descriptions and projects for the growing cohort of Stanback Fellows.

Review applications and select finalists with President & CEO. Conduct interviews with Duke candidates January to May.

Manage Stanback Fellows daily in summer. Mentoring and management similar to RCC Fellowship program.

RCC American Environmental Leadership Institute

Develop content/curriculum/speakers for the 5-day RCC American Environmental Leadership Institute (AELI) held at Rockwood Manor Retreat Center in coordination with President & CEO and staff.

Coordinate travel logistics, costs, reimbursements for Fellows to attend AELI and logistics during AELI — food, lodging, transportation, entertainment, etc.

Rachel Carson Council Campus Network

Visit and speak at colleges and universities to expand and deepen RCCN and promote, recruit for RCC Fellowship.

Develop and maintain contacts with RCC Fellows and create an RCC Alumni Fellows network.

Assist the Director of the RCCN in production, content of the RCC Campus Dispatch, especially news, information, and writing from RCC Fellows.

Assist with RCC fundraising and development as needed (grants, donors, membership).

Carry out additional tasks as needed and directed by the President & CEO within RCC’s mission.

Salary:

$48,000 annually. 3 weeks (15 workdays) vacation, 5 sick days. Funds for professional development. Employees under 26 arrange medical plan. Over 26 years old, reimbursed by RCC.

Starting Date: As soon as possible, but by June 1. Position is at the RCC Washington office on DuPont Circle. Hybrid in-person and remote schedule. 3 days in office during academic year. 4 days in office during summer with full-time Duke Stanback Fellows in D.C. during June-July. The Assistant Director will attend the RCC American Environmental Leadership Institute, July 23-27, 2023, in Washington, D.C. Some travel is required. The position will remain open until filled.

To Apply By Mail:

Send letter of application, resume, writing samples, (at least one non-academic) and two references to:

Dr. Robert K. Musil, President & CEO
Rachel Carson Council
8600 Irvington Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20817.