Climate Change & Energy Project Manager - CivicWell

Climate Change & Energy Project Manager

Climate Change & Energy Project Manager


CivicWell (formerly the Local Government Commission) supports leaders responding to the climate crisis and its impact on their communities. As a nonprofit organization, we inspire, equip, connect, and cultivate leaders working toward a more sustainable and resilient future. We know that innovation happens when communities name their own challenges and define their own visions. Through policy guidance, collaborative partnerships, and direct assistance, we support and equip communities to bring those visions to life.


About Us:

DEI Statement

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are central to our mission and work at CivicWell. As we endeavor to support sustainable solutions and the communities that implement them, we approach each project with a DEI lens and infuse our values into our work.

Supporting local leaders in building healthy, thriving, and climate-resilient communities includes working toward equitable access to transportation options, housing, clean air and water, reliable and renewable energy, and safe public spaces. Local vision always leads our work, and we are committed to ensuring that processes are inclusive and marginalized voices are centered.

Our vision is to foster and nurture a community that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive for our staff, partners, and the communities with whom we engage; and CivicWell is committed to embracing this path as an organization.



We are looking for an experienced and dynamic individual to join CivicWell’s Climate Change and Energy team to lead the management and execution of complex projects related to equitable climate change adaptation, community resilience, and clean energy.

We are seeking a motivated, detail-oriented individual with strong communication and organizational skills with a growth mindset, and the ability to learn and apply new skills. This is an excellent opportunity to be involved and build expertise in California’s rapidly evolving climate and energy field.

This is a hybrid position with the option to work primarily from a remote location within California. Ideal candidates will be based in the Sacramento region. This position will also require traveling to other regions throughout California (typically once or twice a quarter).



The Project Manager will report directly to the Climate Change and Energy Program Director and will be responsible for managing projects within CivicWell’s evolving climate and energy portfolio. Key projects include the Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation (ARCCA), the Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative (CRCRC), the California Adaptation Forum (CAF), the California Climate & Energy Collaborative (CCEC), the Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition (LGSEC), and additional local, regional, and statewide projects.

General Project Management Responsibilities:

  • Project Management: Oversee and coordinate the activities of specific climate resilience- or energy-focused projects and initiatives; oversee the management and implementation of contracts and grants; and manage all project deliverables, timelines, and administrative and financial responsibilities of projects.
  • Program Development: Identify emerging trends, potential challenges and new opportunities; lead and/or participate in program development and fundraising activities; and actively participate in project-level and program-wide strategic planning activities.
  • Relationship Management: Oversee, supervise, manage and motivate staff; effectively delegate tasks to staff and provide clear guidance and training as needed; work collaboratively with all members of the Climate & Energy Team and CivicWell staff; cultivate and maintain relationships with funders and project partners and stakeholders; and represent CivicWell at various meetings and workshops.

Project-specific Responsibilities:

  • Identify priority strategies, policies, and actions to advance climate resilience and/or clean energy efforts locally, regionally, and statewide by organizing and facilitating committees and working groups, conducting research on innovative practices and new technologies, and working with local partners on place-based planning activities.
  • Conduct interviews, surveys, and roundtable discussions to understand barriers that local agencies and other practitioners face, assess community needs and concerns, and collaboratively identify priority solutions to advance.
  • Plan and implement statewide, regional, and local conferences, workshops, and trainings that include 20-800 participants. Establish and facilitate advisory committees, agendas and programs, marketing materials, calls for session proposals, and other activities related to organizing events.
  • Develop and/or maintain resources that support local government climate resilience, clean energy, and sustainability initiatives and support local agencies and practitioners in staying informed, such as by developing fact sheets, newsletters, and other targeted resources.
  • Provide technical assistance to local jurisdictions and climate change/energy practitioners, including targeted recommendations based on research and best practices, grant writing assistance, facilitated meetings with subject-matter experts, and information sharing and collaboration mechanisms.
  • Analyze new and emerging policies, funding guidelines, and other climate change- and energy-related policy documents to develop comment letters that speak to CivicWell’s priorities and principles, such as regional coordination, cross-sector collaboration, social equity and support for marginalized communities, climate-smart land use planning, and more.
  • Lead or participate in regular calls and meetings with project partners to share progress reports, coordinate activities, and strategize on opportunities to respond to emerging policies and trends and evolving local needs.
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with project partners, funders, members, participants, and other stakeholders.
  • Manage project budgets and staff resources.
  • Additional responsibilities, as required.



Successful candidates will demonstrate their dedication to playing a leading role in the rapidly evolving fields of climate change adaptation, community resilience, and / or clean energy with the experience and skills necessary to be an effective project manager.

Minimum education, relevant experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the responsibilities of the position satisfactorily include:

  • At least 3 years of experience managing multiple projects with excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in environmental policy, planning, or a closely related field. (Relevant work experience may be considered in place of a degree on a case-by-case basis).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of innovative policies, practices, and strategies related to climate change adaptation, community resilience, and / or clean energy in California.
  • Clear understanding of climate change science, frameworks for climate mitigation and adaptation, and California local government planning, policy, and administrative practices.
  • Working understanding of equity, environmental justice, and/or social/racial justice principles, frameworks, and practices as applied in the fields of climate change and energy.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills with demonstrated experience and skills in managing relationships, facilitating meetings, engaging diverse stakeholder groups and/or community members, and preparing and delivering presentations.
  • Excellent written communication skills, including experience preparing concise, comprehensive, and understandable policy memos, technical reports, community engagement plans, fact sheets, and other written materials.
  • Experience with event planning, including developing agendas, coordinating with speakers, organizing logistics, and moderating panels.
  • Experience with fundraising, including grant writing or sponsor recruitment.
  • Experience with key software programs, including Microsoft Office Suite, iOS/Apple, Google Suite, Constant Contact, MailChimp, and Survey Monkey.



CivicWell supports staff by providing opportunities for professional development and training in a collaborative work environment. A strong work-life balance is encouraged and supported through flexible work schedules, a focus on staff engagement, and employee appreciation. Staff has the opportunity to engage and participate in both internal and external organizational initiatives and play an important role in an organization that is positively impacting communities across California.


This position is full-time and exempt (salaried). This position’s annual full-time starting salary range is $64,480 – $76,960, depending on qualifications.


CivicWell’s benefits package includes

  • 100% employer-paid medical, dental, vision, and long-term disability coverage.
  • Vacation: Ten days of paid time off accrued in years one and two / three weeks accrued during year three.
  • 12 paid holidays per year.
  • Access to CivicWell’s Employee Assistance Program.
  • 401K retirement plan with an employer contribution of up to 4% of salary. Full-time employees are eligible to participate in the plan after 90 days of employment and will become eligible for the 4% employer match after 1 year of employment.



Interested applicants should email their resume and cover letter describing their qualifications and interest in the position along with three professional references to


Candidates must use the following headings and labels when submitting their applications. References should be included directly in the email body.

  • Email subject line: Project Manager Application [Full Name]
  • Cover Letter attachment: Cover Letter [Full Name]
  • Resume attachment: Resume [Full Name]


Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

CivicWell is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity and/or expression, religion, sexual orientation, status as a veteran, pregnancy, childbirth or medical conditions, disability, marital status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Our agency embraces a diverse and culturally rich workforce, and is committed to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment during employment.

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    Interested applicants should email their résumés, cover letters describing their qualifications and interest in the position, and three references to