Career Opportunities at CLEO

About The CLEO Institute

The CLEO Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan organization exclusively dedicated to climate change education, engagement, and advocacy. Founded in 2010 in Miami, Florida, we work with front-line communities and their leaders to build climate literacy. We highlight the urgency of climate action and impact policy while championing solutions for a resilient future.

The CLEO Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and intersectional individuals are encouraged to apply.

South Florida Policy & Campaigns Manager

We are currently seeking a full time South FL Policy & Campaigns Manager to co-lead The CLEO Institute’s campaigns and advocacy efforts across Florida. The Policy & Campaigns Manager will develop and implement robust, non-partisan, and multifaceted campaigns for sound policy solutions to combat the climate crisis and address a range of climate related threats. The Policy & Campaigns Manager will be responsible for managing CLEO’s organizing  staff, communicating climate change and other issues to CLEO members, the general public, and decision makers. Our ideal candidate will have both policy and campaign expertise on Florida issues as well as multiple years of advocacy experience.

Responsibilities

Campaigns

  • Work alongsideExecutive Director, North FL Policy Manager & CLEO Programs Managers to develop and  implement advocacy/policy campaigns  to  support  CLEO Institute’s work across Florida.
  • Elevate awareness of the interconnectivity of climate change, public health, extreme heat, and pollution issues in Florida.
  • Collaborate with and organize CLEO Institute’s partners and other stakeholders to support implementation of campaigns

Communications

  • Engage and guide new grassroot advocates and existing groups into action on policy solutions that reflect CLEO Institute’s policy priorities.
  • Collaborate with and organize CLEO Institute’s partners and other stakeholders to support implementation of campaigns
  • Set up meetings with and educate local and state decision-makers and the general-public about the importance of climate action
  • Work alongside communications team to help craft campaign e-mails, action alerts, website content, blog and social media posts; draft, edit, and submit letters to the editor and other opinion pieces
  • Attend monthly GenCLEO meetings and help inform student led advocacy efforts.
  • Attend other monthly partnership meetings on related topics
  • Attend commission meetings and help prepare talking points for staff and supporters

Organizing:

  • Train and Manage Organizing staff to build a diverse and educated membership – including communities of color, immigrant communities, and traditionally underserved communities, as well as business interest, such as agricultural producers – to advocate for sound policy solutions.
  • Oversee and support organizing team in efforts for community outreach, event planning, public speaking
  • Serve as a liaison between campaign staff and all other departments at CLEO Institute

Qualifications

  • Proven success in campaign development, implementation, and leadership.
  • Experience with campaign tactics such as phone banking, coalition building, sign-on letters, etc.
  • Experience managing staff.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Can do attitude
  • Conflict resolution prone
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment

Education and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • 3-5 years in campaign, advocacy or policy work
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite
  • Bilingual in Spanish preferred
  • Strong communications skills (verbal and written)
  • Understanding of climate change policies, issues, and science.
  • Understanding of Florida climate, energy, and political landscape.

Reporting and Location:

This position is based in Miami but will need to spend considerable amount in Tallahassee during the State’s legislative session. Some nights and/or weekend work should be expected.

This position reports to the Executive Director.

Position: Full-Time; Salary range $42,000-$50,000 dependent on experience, alongside a competitive benefits package after 90 days. Summer Fridays. Professional Development opportunities.

To apply: Please submit your resume and cover letter to yoca@cleoinstitute.org. Please write “SFL Policy & Campaigns Manager” in the subject line.

Orlando - Programs Manager

The CLEO Institute exists to improve climate literacy and spur climate action. The ideal candidate is passionate about CLEO’s mission and solving the climate crisis, a quick learner, pays close attention to detail to ensure nothing falls through the cracks, and is willing to play several roles to help execute programs and manage tasks and/or events.

They work in tandem with, take direction from, and report to the Senior Director of Programs. The person is a self-starter, proactive and well organized, and will manage office and growing program needs. They work with CLEO staff, partners, and volunteers to advance the organization’s work. Therefore, having a fundamental understanding of climate science, its seriousness, and solutions, is desired. The Program Manager must be able to work evenings and weekends, as needed. Salary range is between $40,000-$48,000 depending on qualifications and experience. **Staff must be based in Orlando and are expected to work in the office. At the moment, CLEO staff is working on a hybrid basis (virtual/office) as we resume normal office hours due to COVID.

Job Description

Office-related responsibilities

  • Purchase office supplies
  • Maintain and update databases in Network for Good (donors, members, participants, etc.) and generate reports as needed
  • Process contracts and agreements for interns, coordinators, partners, services, and events
  • Provide timely monthly accounting reports to administrative manage

Programs-related responsibilities

  • Facilitate climate trainings
  • Co-facilitate and curate CLEO-wide webinars as well as localized content
  • Oversee program execution & development in the Orlando area, including but not limited to: Empowering Resilient Women, Climate Resilient Schools & GenCLEO Youth Advocacy movement
  • Manage programs expenses and budgets
  • Prepare materials/handouts for events, whether in person or online
  • Assist with grant research, writing proposals and reports, and managing deliverables
  • Assist with program evaluation
  • Seek out new partnerships and funding opportunities to expand CLEO’s presence in Orlando
  • Help with event planning (i.e. secure venues, catering, invite panelists/guest speakers), and manage event logistics
  • Provide content for social media and e-newsletters about the programs in collaboration with the Social Media Coordinator
  • Represent CLEO in the community including attending events and conferences, participating on panels, networking, presenting climate information.

Required Qualifications

  • Excellent communications skills (written and oral)
  • Bilingual (Spanish)
  • Keen public presentation skills
  • Experience managing programs, with fixed timetables and defined deliverables & budgets
  • Ability to communicate and engage effectively with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Computer skills – experience with Microsoft Office/Google Suite/Apple programs
  • Strong time management skills and excellent follow-through
  • Ability to work and problem solve with little supervision
  • Basic understanding of climate change
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent work experience
  • Access to reliable transportation to get to and from meetings, presentations and events

Preferred Qualifications

  • 1-2 years supervisory experience managing multiple staff members
  • Strong background in climate science
  • Community outreach background in the Orlando area
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM) programs experience preferred

To apply: Please submit a resume & cover letter to info@cleoinstitute.org.

Part-Time Grant Writer- Remote

The CLEO Institute is currently seeking a talented part-time grant writer responsible for all areas of grant proposal development: identifying needs; identifying funding sources; developing proposals; providing technical support for proposal development; providing training for proposal development; maintaining grant-related record keeping and conducting grant-related research. As our organization and team continues to grow, the grant writer will work to secure funding and investment sources for various programs and initiatives. The ideal candidate has senior-level experience, especially with non-profits and environmental organizations and grant opportunities, as well as established familiarity and connections with existing funders and donor systems. 

We are seeking a candidate that is passionate in efforts to create equitable climate outcomes. This candidate will also transform that passion into compelling storytelling that connects with donors to help them see the value and community impact that The CLEO Institute delivers. The ability to expand our growing network of climate-oriented funders, especially within the state of Florida, will be one of the crucial skills that this candidate brings to the position, along with their confidence to work independently and ability to prioritize and follow through on detail-oriented writing and project management functions. They are also a supportive member of  the leadership team and an advocate for environmental and social justice issues in ways that align with the CLEO Institute’s goals. This is a 100% remote-work position; although the CLEO Institute is based in Florida, local residence is not required. This position reports to the Director of Development.

Responsibilities

  • Writing, collating supporting documents, submitting, and managing grant proposals, including to foundations and to individual donors
  • Be responsible for all aspects of grant proposal writing including but not limited to information gathering, seeking feedback and reviews, and meeting proposal deadlines
  • Identify new government funding opportunities and creates profiles of prospective sources
  • Grant research and reporting (with the assistance of program managers)
  • Maintain database of funding sources and opportunities
  • Maintain and build relationships with funders and donors
  • Work with Program Managers to submit accurate and timely reports for all grants based on funding requirements
  • Work closely with Executive Director, Sr. Director of Programs, and Director of Development in fundraising appeals, proposal writing, special projects, mail campaigns, and other methods to keep and improve the existing donor base and attract new donors
  • Maintain effective communication with regards to grant status and requirements
  • Maintain up-to-date records, including grant tracking and reporting
  • Comply with grant reporting requirements as necessary
  • Track relevant statistics in development and periodically report findings to the leadership team
  • Prepares fundraising related presentations
  • Participates in the organization’s strategy building process and maintains a strong sense of direction about the organization

Required Qualifications

  • At least 3 years of successful grant writing experience for nonprofits, including federal grant application experience
  • Has pre-existing connections with statewide and national funders and/or donors
  • Strong oral and written communication and editing skills: ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals 
  • Knowledge of fundraising techniques, technical writing, strategies, and prospect research
  • Ability to multitask and manage several grant submissions or reports at once while working with different staff members to complete grant related items
  • Able to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Detail-oriented and punctual, able to meet deadlines and manage calendar with little supervision 
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Highly accountable to self and others
  • Strong time management skills, able to manage project work flows
  • Proven track record of completing successful grant applications


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience writing grants for nonprofits with an environmental lens
  • Familiarity with climate education and advocacy grant opportunities 
  • Bilingual in Spanish preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree in English, communications, creative writing or a related area (master’s degree preferred)

This is a part/time position: approximately 20 hrs/week.
Pay range $ 22,000 – $26,000,  depending on experience. 

To apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter to info@cleoinstitute.org.

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