The San Diego Foundation: Climate Fellow 2013-2014
2013-14 Fellowship Description
One $25,000 fellowship is being offered as part of The San Diego Foundation Fellowship Program for outstanding and dedicated graduate and post graduate students to support implementation of the Climate Initiative. This position is equivalent to half-time (1000 hours/year), and will report to the Climate Initiative Manager.
The fellow will focus their work in support of development and implementation of core programs of the Climate Initiative, including but not limited to:
(1) Projects to advance regional resilience to local climate change impacts
(2) Business Forum on Climate Change
(3) Foundation contributions to the Climate Collaborative (www.sdclimatecollaborative.org)
(4) Foundation-led activities as part of Climate Education Partners, a National Science
Foundation funded project (www.sandiego.edu/climate). Such activities include climatefocused educational tours and events for community leaders from government, business and civic organizations.
Education and Skills Required
To be considered for the fellowship, a candidate must be a current or recent graduate student in good standing. Preferred graduate-level degree concentrations include: Business; Economics; Geography; Environmental Studies/Science; Journalism; Nonprofit Management; Political Science; Public Policy; or Urban Planning.
Applicants must possess excellent analytical, organizational, interpersonal communications and writing skills; be self-starters; and able to work independently as well as collaboratively. Other desirable qualifications include:
• Experience leading and managing projects, preferably those with multiple parties
• Experience in qualitative and quantitative research methods
• Strong public presentation skills and professional demeanor
• Assertive personality and strong people skills critical for working with a variety of constituents from nonprofits, local governments, and business
• Familiarity with the topics of global warming and climate change, including climate change science, mitigation and adaptation, especially as it applies to the San Diego region.
Compensation and Fellowship Details
The fellowship will be paid at an hourly rate of ($25/hour), for up to 1000 hours during the year. There is a possibility for a second year renewal of the fellowship, to be determined in the spring of 2014 depending on performance and availability of funds. There is an emphasis in the fellowship program of offering a variety of educational, professional, and networking opportunities for the candidate. Such opportunities will help give a broadened perspective on the nonprofit sector, philanthropy and the San Diego community, as well as an indepth understanding of regional action to address climate change.
Candidates must submit the following:
A resume (1 page)
One writing sample
A cover letter explaining why the candidate would make an positive impact on The Foundation and what the candidate hopes to gain from the experience
One letter of reference
Please submit your application materials electronically to Nicola Hedge (firstname.lastname@example.org) at The San Diego Foundation, where they will be reviewed by the Center for Civic Engagement staff. We will schedule in-person or phone interviews with candidates as appropriate. The position is available immediately and will remain open until filled.
Candidates are encouraged to submit application materials early (before 6/17/13), as we are motivated to fill this position soon.
If you have any questions, please contact Nicola Hedge at the above listed email or by telephone 619.235.2300.