The Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) supports local governments to implement bold change in pursuit of equitable and sustainable communities. It does this by building the capacity of local governments to act, scaling promising practices and solutions, and harnessing data and insights to advance and influence the field. The heart of USDN’s work is a network of local government sustainability professionals from over 250 cities and counties across the United States and Canada dedicated to creating a healthy environment, advancing racial equity, and building thriving and resilient communities. USDN is powered by a distributed team of 20 people that work together across the United States, and a robust network of trusted partners and collaborators.
USDN believes that a diverse, inclusive, and equity-centered climate movement is essential to achieving our ambitious goals for just, resilient, carbon neutral communities. Our work prioritizes those who experience the most vulnerability to climate change, disproportionate exposure to environmental injustice, and the biggest barriers to benefiting from climate solutions.
The Federal Engagement Director will oversee the creation, implementation and ongoing evolution of USDN initiatives related to federal funding and policy engagement. Working in collaboration with USDN leadership, staff, members, partners, and consultants, this position will be responsible for developing and implementing programs that increase USDN members’ understanding of and ability to access federal funding programs that can support local sustainability action. This position will also lead USDN’s federal policy engagement strategy to identify opportunities for USDN and its members to inform future policy and program design to advance equitable, ambitious climate and sustainability action.
The ideal candidate will bring a depth of understanding of federal programs and processes, hands-on experience with federal grant applications and/or grant program management, deep knowledge and experience in federal policymaking and budget processes, and working knowledge of local government and local-level sustainability issues. This position offers a unique opportunity to bring creativity and insight into a new, strategically important program that has the potential to amplify the work of USDN and its member communities in the coming years.
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