Associate Program Manager of Engagement

Strategic Energy Innovations Published: October 27, 2023
San Francisco, CA
Skill Level
Mid Level
Job Type
Climate Change / Program Management
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We exist in an unprecedented time for climate work, surrounded by innovative solutions to the global issue of Climate Change. Although we are now equipped with diverse impactful solutions, we still need people who are trained, ready, and motivated to achieve them. That’s where you come in! 

Who are we?

SEI is a teams-based, non-profit organization dedicated to building leaders who drive sustainability solutions. Through our Education and Workforce programs, we partner with schools, communities, and businesses to develop inclusive and just sustainability leadership pathways from elementary school to early career. 

The Opportunity

SEI is seeking an Associate Program Manager of Engagement to join our Programs Division and support the Workforce Department. The Associate Program Manager of Engagement will support work on the Climate Corps program, which advances sustainability solutions with organizations as we foster emerging leaders. The transformational change we are driving towards is a trained and capable workforce able to meet the pressing climate challenge. 

This Associate Program Manager of Engagement will play a pivotal role in overseeing, coaching and developing a team of SEI Regional Supervisors to mentor and support Climate Corps fellows. The position will involve training, process development, relationship building, team building, and identifying professional development opportunities, while also serving as a direct supervisor to multiple Climate Corps Fellows. The Associate Program Manager of Manager is self-motivated, comfortable working in a fast-paced, complex environment, and is excited to mature the program’s processes, and procedures as we scale. 

SEI is located in Marin County, CA, and operates on a hybrid work schedule for those located in the Bay Area; however, this position is open for fully remote work anywhere else in California. 

We encourage anyone who is interested in this position to apply, even if they do not meet all of the qualifications. We recognize that a unique perspective and background can enhance a role when many, if not all, of the listed qualifications are not met. 

The Impact You’ll Make

People Management

  • Provide direct supervision, mentorship, and coaching of multiple Climate Corps fellows while also managing, mentoring and training a team of Regional Supervisors to optimally support, mentor, and develop Fellows in the following areas:
    • Steward Fellows’ professional development by identifying and providing appropriate training, developmental assignments, and/or support. Tailor approaches to individual as well as cohort wide needs.
    • Work with individuals to identify and develop their strengths, helping Fellows pursue opportunities that enhance their talents.
    • Engage regularly with Fellows, as a Cohort group and/or in 1:1 meetings, to provide mentorship and guidance, support, and help remove obstacles to their success.
    • Constructively address situations, issues, and behaviors. Initiate difficult conversations and clearly communicate corrective actions.
    • Conduct and document employee performance plans, and end-of-year performance evaluations as needed.
    • Support overall Fellow experience including the onboarding of Fellows and managing of Fellow resources.
  • Champion a productive, inclusive and trusting environment that fosters teamwork and collaboration. 

Partner Relationships 

  • Build and support partner relationships.
  • Support overall Partner experience including partner orientations, feedback surveys, and networking.
  • Develop relationships with key stakeholders at Climate Corps host sites to support a meaningful experience for Fellows and ongoing participation of host sites.

Project Management

  • Design and execute processes and practices that support program consistency and quality talent outcomes.
  • Identify, create, implement, and document processes and improvements when necessary.
  • Support the Program Director with other aspects of our workforce programs, including program planning and budgeting, partner outreach and recruiting, instructional planning, staff supervision, evaluation, follow-up, and reporting.
  • Plan, manage, and coordinate activities to ensure that goals or objectives of programs and projects are accomplished within the prescribed time frame and funding parameters.
  • Degree or equivalent experience in sustainability, environmentalism or green energy.
  • 2+ years’ experience in workforce development.
  • 3+ years’ experience in fellowship management or equivalent.
  • 3+ years experience in team building, mentorship and supervision of direct reports.
  • Experience supporting the management of projects and components of more extensive programs with multiple funding streams.
  • Some HR knowledge and experience is preferred.
  • Strong verbal and written communication, analytical thinking, and organizational skills.
  • Clear, direct, and succinct writer.
  • Ability to work under direct supervision, collaboratively in teams/partners, and/or independently.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to empathize with others.
  • Experience and aptitude for rapport-building & working collaboratively with colleagues, partners, & clients
  • ??Experience with relationship building and management.
  • Adaptable—manages a constantly changing hybrid work environment; successfully collaborates with geographically dispersed team members.
  • Genuine commitment to anti-racism, willingness to work in racial equity frameworks, and experience in addressing racism and racial equity with team members and programmatically.
  • Commitment to being part of creating, maintaining, and improving a diverse, equitable, respectful, and inclusive workplace with a desire to continue education and training in the broader fields of inclusion and workplace diversity across all dimensions of equity.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to SEI’s mission.
  • Willingness to travel intermittently, including the occasional overnight trip. 


  • The starting annual salary for this position is $76,000.


  • To promote greater work-life balance and better personal well-being, for Bay Area residents work is conducted in your home office or an offsite location 3 days per week and at our San Rafael office 2 days per week, and for those residing outside of the Bay Area, all work is conducting in your home office or an offsite location.
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan, with employer match after one year
  • Generous paid time off, and 14 paid holidays
  • Employer pays 100% of medical, dental, and vision healthcare insurance premiums for you and your dependents
  • The ability to do what you do best; the opportunity to do work you are naturally gifted at and trained to do
  • Purpose: Joining a mission-driven equitable and inclusive workplace committed to concrete and substantial change

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

We seek candidates who share SEI’s commitment to equity and environmental justice, and who share a commitment to work and learn within an anti-oppression framework. Persons of color, persons with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community are strongly encouraged to apply.  SEI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity. We believe that a wide array of perspectives contributes to creative climate solutions where all communities thrive. We strive to reflect diverse communities, especially those most impacted by climate change and other kinds of environmental, social, and economic injustices.


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