Partnership Manager

Environmental Initiative

Environmental Initiative is a nonprofit organization working to advance social equity and environmental health. We do this by: 

  • Convening and facilitating conversations among diverse stakeholders to address environmental, economic, and public health issues.
  • Managing on-the-ground projects to improve our air, land, and water.
  • Planning and hosting events for leaders from nonprofits, communities, business, and government agencies to share information, network and learn from one another.

We believe building relationships, collaboration, and working across differences are the keys to fostering an inclusive, just, and thriving world. Learn more on our website.

Position Summary
This position will provide co-leadership and management of two established partnerships:

  • Clean Air Minnesota – a network of public-sector, private-sector, and community partners working together to reduce air pollution and improve public health.
  • Sustainable Growth Coalition – a business-led partnership harnessing the reach and expertise of member organizations to advance corporate sustainability through the circular economy. 

The Partnership Manager will work within Clean Air Minnesota and Sustainable Growth Coalition projects and programs to provide equitable and inclusive community engagement expertise, build trusting relationships with diverse partners, and advocate for environmental justice.

The position reports to Environmental Initiative’s Partnership Development Officer.

Position Responsibilities

Project Management and Leadership

  • Manage and co-lead projects, in consultation with directors, coordinators, and communications staff, including developing workplans, managing budgets and staff teams, designing project timelines, identifying intended outcomes, defining key milestones, and evaluating impact.
  • Lead Environmental Initiative project teams and provide work direction and mentorship to project team members. This position does not currently include supervisory responsibilities.
  • Manage project tasks and assignments across a project team, such as engagement strategies, research, analysis, grants and proposal development, report writing, and other activities, driving to specific, defined outcomes.
  • Align program and project implementation with organizational vision, strategies, and direction, and seek opportunities for cross-programmatic collaboration, evolution, and expansion of partnerships and project work.

Stakeholder Engagement and Communications

  • Proactively communicate with project partners, funders, and other key stakeholders.
  • Build and maintain a diverse network of trusting relationships with people from communities most impacted by environmental and systemic injustice, and with representatives from nonprofits, government, and business. 
  • Design and execute equitable and inclusive community engagement strategies and tactics.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with project partners, community leaders, funders, contractors, and vendors.
  • Collaborate with Environmental Initiative’s communications team to communicate project purpose, value, results, and significance.
  • Design and produce virtual or hybrid meetings, events, and other gatherings.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Ability to work independently and perform self-directed work.
  • Preference for working collaboratively and leading, as well as participating on teams.
  • Highly developed project, time, and budget management
  • Ability to both think strategically at a high-level and manage details effectively.
  • Creative problem solver, entrepreneurial spirit, and comfort with exploring and experimenting with innovative solutions.
  • Capable of designing and facilitating effective meetings.
  • Experience with program evaluation.
  • Intercultural competence. 
  • Strong communications skills (written and verbal).
  • Capacity to navigate conflict and address wide-ranging stakeholder needs.
  • Experience managing collaborative projects, preferably including community, business, government, and nonprofit partners.
  • Proficiency with Mac computer systems and the Microsoft Office suite. 

Physical Requirements

Environmental Initiative embraces a flexible working environment, with the option to work primarily remotely and determine a regular work schedule that accommodates individual needs and preferences. Environmental Initiative has leased office space at 807 Broadway St NE in Minneapolis. The person in the position is expected to be physically present for certain in-person meetings or events with Environmental Initiative providing reimbursement for required travel expenses Occasional lifting, moving, or transporting materials or equipment weighing up to 30 pounds may be expected, and other accommodations can be made if necessary due to accessibility requirements.

All Environmental Initiative employees are required to either provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or provide proof of weekly COVID-19 testing. A MacBook Pro laptop is provided to all employees, and regular communication with Environmental Initiative staff, contractors, and partners via email, phone, Zoom, and Microsoft Teams is expected.

Learning and Development

Environmental Initiative is committed to the professional growth and development of all staff members. We invite all staff members to develop the skills required to work across differences in identity, interest, lived experience and power. We expect that all staff members will do their part to help implement the organization’s strategic plan, in addition to prioritizing the needs of their specific areas of work.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time position anticipated to start in June 2022 with an annual starting salary in the range of $45,000 – $50,000.

Environmental Initiative offers a flexible benefits package to all employees, including paid time off, a group health care plan, dental insurance, health savings (HSA) and flexible spending (FSA) accounts, life insurance, long-term disability coverage, and a 403(b) retirement plan and matching program.

How to Apply

Complete an online application and upload your resume.

Applications submitted by May 9, will receive primary consideration, and the position will remain open until filled.

Environmental Initiative values a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourages Black, Indigenous, people of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply for open positions. Environmental Initiative is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are not discriminated against based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, or any protected category prohibited by federal, state, or local laws.