Resilient Communities Program Director

Clean Wisconsin

  • Full-Time
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Application deadline: 2022-07-17

Clean Wisconsin is a nonprofit organization with offices in Madison and Milwaukee and a mission to protect and preserve Wisconsin’s clean water, clean air and natural heritage. The organization is seeking a Resilient Communities Program Director to advance this mission by engaging those communities most affected by climate change and other environmental harms—with focus on the Milwaukee metropolitan area.

The Director is a full-time, senior manager responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Resilient Communities Program (formerly the Milwaukee program), including managing its staff and interns, developing a program plan in collaboration with the vice president of programs & government relations, and fundraising both for the Program and for the organization as a whole. The Director will also oversee the organization’s Milwaukee office located in the historic Garden Homes community. The Director reports to the vice president.

Clean Wisconsin is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in our work and in our hiring practices. We value a team with different perspectives, educational backgrounds, and life experiences, and we prioritize diversity within our team. We encourage people from underrepresented backgrounds to apply. Research shows that men apply for jobs when they meet most, if not all, of the criteria, while women and people of other marginalized identities tend to only apply if they meet 100% of the requirements. If you think you could bring something unique to this job, please apply. Please also see our statement on diversity, equity and inclusion


  • Build a strong and enduring reputation and presence for the Resilient Communities Program in Wisconsin.
  • Ensure that the Program provides meaningful and reliable support to communities most affected by climate change and other environmental harms. Collaborate with these communities and ensure that their priorities, concerns and proposed solutions are reflected in those of Clean Wisconsin programs and those of policymakers both local and state.
  • Work with the president, vice president and other staff to identify opportunities for new areas of work and new partnerships for the Program with emphasis on environmental justice, community engagement and public health.
  • Lead Clean Wisconsin’s commitment to environmental justice by supporting and holding accountable the new state-wide Office of Environmental Justice and by collaborating with other environmental-justice leaders and coalitions.
  • Work closely with the directors of Clean Wisconsin’s water program and climate, energy & air program to ensure that:
    • These other programs are guided authentically by the priorities, perspectives, goals and concerns of communities engaged by the Program;
    • These other programs provide technical support to the work of the Program; and
    • The Program complements their work.
  • Lead and oversee the Program’s green infrastructure initiative and actualize its potential for building a community-led movement for climate resilience:
    • Manage green-infrastructure staff, including the green infrastructure manager and green infrastructure associate;
    • Maintain the Program’s relationship with the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD);
    • Develop customized workshops and informational materials;
    • Advocate for local and state level policies to support green infrastructure and remove barriers to implementation, particularly in local municipal codes and ordinances;
    • Conduct public education and outreach; and
    • Advocate for the removal of barriers to green infrastructure in local municipal codes and ordinances.
  • Serve on the Milwaukee Estuary Area of Concern Community Advisory Committee if given a seat. Work closely with Clean Wisconsin’s science program to ensure that complex and technical information is presented in an accessible way so that committee members can make informed decisions.
  • Collaborate closely with Clean Wisconsin’s general counsel and vice president to advance the organization’s efforts to build relationships with and uplift the superior conservation practices of tribal nations in Wisconsin and adjacent states.
  • Collaborate closely with communications director to highlight the work of the Program by engaging frequently with reporters and news media, drafting opinion pieces for publication and social media, and building out Clean Wisconsin’s new website.
  • Work with Clean Wisconsin staff and consultants to develop grant proposals to support the Program and the larger organization as needed.
  • In coordination with Clean Wisconsin’s director of government relations, conduct research and analysis, draft official comments and testimony and engage in direct lobbying with local and state legislators.
  • In coordination with Clean Wisconsin’s office manager oversee all issues pertaining to the organization’s Milwaukee office, including office-specific workplace policies, leasing and landlord relations and hosting staff visiting from the Madison office.
  • Plan and host four meetings of Clean Wisconsin’s Milwaukee Advisory Council each year.

Skills and Experience

  • Demonstrated skills in working with people from a diverse range of backgrounds, especially communities most affected by environmental injustices.
  • Three years of experience working on environmental issues or equivalent knowledge of environmental issues.
  • Demonstrated advocacy experience resulting in tangible victories and significant outcomes.
  • Intimate experience and familiarity with the challenges and realities faced by underserved communities of color in the City of Milwaukee and across the state.
  • Demonstrated ability to be a spokesperson to the media, to other advocates and to government partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to forge strong relationships of trust with government officials.
  • Superb oral communication and listening skills paired with strong desire to grow writing skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to perform in a multi-task environment and to prioritize work requirements; ability to manage competing priorities while maintaining a long-term vision.
  • Ability to interact effectively, appropriately and compassionately with staff and colleagues.
  • Demonstrated success in effectively managing staff to produce results is preferred.
  • Experience with green infrastructure is a plus, but not required.
  • Proficiency and comfort with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook (or equivalents).

Required Traits

  • Passionate commitments to advancing Clean Wisconsin’s mission to environmental justice and to the principles of Clean Wisconsin’s statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Discretion and sound judgment
  • Flexibility and creativity
  • Sense of humor
  • Commitment to help create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences

Required Education

An undergraduate degree or equivalent experience.

Salary range for the position is $81,000-$96,000 commensurate with skills and experience. Benefits package includes health and dental insurance, flexible spending benefits, a 403(b) retirement plan with a 6% employer match and paid vacation.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume describing and demonstrating your qualifications to by July 17, 2022. Be sure to include “Resilient Communities Program Director” as the subject line of your email.

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