Senior Vice President of Diversity and Justice

Senior Vice President of Diversity and Justice

The Climate Reality Project

Washington, DC   |   March 5, 2021

About The Climate Reality Project


In 2006, Nobel Laureate and former US Vice President Al Gore got the world talking about the climate crisis with the Academy Award-winning film An Inconvenient Truth. Later that year, he founded The Climate Reality Project to take this conversation forward and turn awareness into action all across the Earth.

Today, Climate Reality is a diverse group of passionate individuals who have come together to solve the greatest challenge of our time. We are activists, cultural leaders, organizers, scientists, and storytellers from around the world, all committed to building a sustainable future together.

Our signature activist program, the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, has trained over 31,000 people worldwide on climate science, communications, and organizing since 2006. The result is a global network of activists leading the fight for climate solutions through branch offices in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, the Philippines, and South Africa and 140 local chapters across the US. Alongside these on-the-ground efforts, our dynamic communications initiatives connect climate and behavioral science with the emotional power of well-told stories, bringing climate change to online audiences everywhere.

Climate Reality is headquartered in Washington, DC with approximately 80 staff.

For more information on The Climate Reality Project, please visit

The Opportunity

Climate Reality is committed to infusing the framework and values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) into its internal and external work, ensuring that all aspects of the organization, from human resources to programming and outreach reflect these values. In order to achieve these goals, Climate Reality is seeking an SVP of Diversity and Justice, for a new, executive-level role that will develop and implement DEIJ strategies and practices across the organization and in all aspects of its work.

The creation of this role reflects Climate Reality’s ongoing commitment to ensuring that policies and practices across the organization are fully aligned with DEIJ principles and values, and that all team members have the knowledge and skills required to approach their internal and external work with a climate justice lens.

The SVP of Diversity and Justice will be a member of the Executive Leadership Team reporting to the President. They will oversee a dedicated budget and have the potential for growing a team over time.  The SVP’s duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Leading an inclusive, collaborative design process that results in a framework for Climate Reality’s DEIJ initiatives internally and in Climate Reality’s external-facing programmatic work
  • Establishing and communicating key institutional DEIJ and climate justice goals and metrics and providing regular, transparent reporting on progress toward those goals and metrics
  • Advising the President and senior leaders on DEIJ-related issues and providing guidance and advice for Executive Leadership Team members’ work as equity-focused managers, including participating in Board meetings as needed
  • Collaborating with Climate Reality’s HR team to help deepen and strengthen an inclusive and diverse internal culture and reinforce principles of diversity and inclusion in hiring and workplace conditions
  • Working across the organization at all levels and within all departments to ensure that the objectives and underlying values of Climate Reality’s DEIJ and climate justice work are clear, communicated, understood by all stakeholders, and are reflected substantively in culture and programs
  • Promoting accountability throughout staff for engaging in genuine, effective DEIJ-related conversations and initiatives and providing guidance and support in implementing DEIJ and climate justice goals including partnering with the communications teams to ensure that external communications reflect these same values and practices
  • Identifying institutional barriers to DEIJ and climate justice efforts and working with leadership to remove those barriers to ensure full and equitable participation for existing and future team members
  • Communicating and collaborating with existing internal groups and initiatives, including the staff-led DEIJ Forum, the Unpacking Whiteness group, and the Black Affinity group among others to ensure clarity of purpose, efficacy, and coordination across efforts
  • Coordinating with external community partners and other stakeholders when needed, applying DEIJ knowledge and climate justice experience and collaborating with team members to advance the organization’s environmental and climate justice goals across all of its programs and initiatives
Candidate Profile

The SVP of Diversity and Justice will bring deep expertise around DEIJ practices and principles and experience leading large-scale culture change. The candidate will be an exceptional strategist, communicator, and facilitator who can create a vision, a road map for achieving that vision, and the collective buy-in and accountability required to achieve organizational change. It would be helpful for candidates to bring an understanding of environment/climate justice and Climate Reality’s programmatic areas of focus.

With the understanding that no one candidate will offer every desired skill and characteristics outlined below, ideal candidates will offer much of the following:

DEIJ and Leadership Expertise

  • A track record of extensive leadership in advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, including race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability analyses and commitments, as well as experience successfully leading the integration of DEIJ throughout organizational policies, practices, management, and culture
  • Experience and understanding of leadership in a multiracial, multigenerational setting and the ability to coach others to be inclusive leaders
  • Willingness and comfort to engage with team members at all levels to help build best practices in an inclusive, equitable, and just way
  • Experience with building learning and development systems and initiatives that support and advance DEIJ values and principles
  • Ability to advance DEIJ goals externally, with strategic partners and within programs, and convey this aspect of the organization’s work with donors, partners, and others

Strategic Vision and Leadership

  • Proven experience in a senior leadership position in the field of DEIJ, including successfully developing and implementing strategic plans, establishing metrics, and measuring progress
  • Strategic visionary leader with experience aligning a team towards a common vision through influence (rather than explicit authority) and collaboration
  • Proven ability to translate strategic thinking about complex challenges and organizational gaps into executable plans to deliver on strategic imperatives and solve problems large and small, and measure progress toward goals
  • An emotionally intelligent, results-driven leader who can inspire team members at all levels, collaborate across departments, and provide feedback and coaching to support the achievement of complex goals

Change Management Skills

  • Demonstrated experience in significant change management processes that require building buy-in and leading across a wide range of stakeholders
  • Keen understanding of how to lead organizational change, empower people, influence colleagues and decision making, and work across departments in a complex organization
  • A strong background of managing change throughout a distributed system of entities and teams is preferred
  • The ability to drive change internally as well as externally, with partners and others in the field
  • Experience managing multifaceted projects, including the ability to use benchmarking and data metrics to drive organizational change and accountability
  • Aptitude to take risks, see opportunities, and pivot when necessary

Communications and Relationship Building

  • Thoughtful and patient communicator who will strengthen Climate Reality’s efforts to establish shared norms, vocabulary, and practices around DEIJ and climate justice
  • Empathic and solutions-oriented approach to guiding difficult conversations and addressing interpersonal issues and helping others gain the skills to do so as well
  • Ability to inspire and influence internally and externally with diplomacy, passion, and gravitas
  • Highly skilled communicator, written and verbal — both individually and in large audience or public communications
  • Ability to build trust through transparency, consistency, and accessibility
Compensation & Benefits

The compensation range for the SVP of Diversity and Justice role is $185,000 – 220,000.


Molly Brennan and Turner Delano of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here email Molly and Turner directly at [email protected]. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.


The Climate Reality Project is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.

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