Climate Change Program Coordinator – Garrison, NY
Organization: The Garrison’s Institute Climate Mind and Behavior Initiative (CMB)
Job Title: Program Coordinator, Climate Change Initative
Location: Garrison, NY
Hours and Compensation: part time
Application Deadline: rolling
Posted on: May 16
The mission of the Garrison Institute is to apply the transformative power of
contemplation to today’s pressing social and environmental concerns. The
Institute explores the intersection of contemplation and engaged action in the
world, helping build a more compassionate, resilient future. To learn more
about our work, visit our website,www.garrisoninstitute.org.
The Garrison Institute’s Climate, Mind and Behavior (CMB) Initiative is
currently seeking a part-time Program Coordinator. This position will begin at
3-days per week with the potential of a full-time salary later in the year. The
CMB Initiative explores the connection between social sciences research and
human-based solutions to climate change. We work to translate scientific
knowledge into smart, new programs that reduce our energy and carbon
footprints in ways that are better aligned with existing social systems,
behavioral predispositions and cognitive biases. The Initiative seeks to leveragethe power of organizations, networks and social institutions operating in cities,communities, environmental organizations, real estate and building
management – to facilitate pro-environmental behavior change using a middleoutsocial change approach.
Within the Climate, Mind and Behavior Initiative there are three projects, each
of which hosts an annual symposium. The first, Climate, Mind and Behavior,
applies key concepts from the social sciences to people-centered climate and
energy solutions. The second, Climate, Cities and Behavior (CCB), explores how
city leaders – mayors, planners, sustainability directors and transportation
commissioners – can use social science insights to foster pro-social and proenvironmental behavior in their cities and reduce their carbon footprint.
Similarly, the third, Climate, Buildings and Behavior (CBB), explores how
building managers and occupants can use social science insights to foster prosocial
and pro-environmental behavior in their buildings and reduce their
The Program Coordinator provides administrative and programmatic support tothe Climate, Mind and Behavior (CMB) Initiative Director. This position is
responsible for coordinating the CMB Symposia, writing electronic newsletters,
drafting program communications, and coordinating regional CMB hubs. This
person will also serve as the point of contact for all general inquiries and
oversee the Initiative database. The Program Coordinator will also be
responsible for collecting articles and other information on relevant topics,
drafting surveys, writing overviews of interesting articles, and providing
preliminary assessments of research data. This position will report to the
Initiative director and may supervise an intern or symposia volunteers.
• Coordination of the Climate, Mind and Behavior Symposia Series (CMB,
o Organizes monthly steering committee calls during the months
leading up to each Symposium
o Sends invitations, keeps track of responses; coordinates
participant travel needs and reimbursements; reviews scholarship
o Prepares and disseminates Symposium materials, including an
agenda, participant list with bios, participant contact information,
and name tags
o Coordinates and plans event logistics with GI communications,
IT/AV and operations departments; schedules and facilitates event
o Attends all event sessions; takes detailed notes; supports the
Initiative Director and Symposium Facilitator, serves as the
overnight contact person; handles participants’ needs and
changes to the schedule as they arise
o Corresponds and handles follow-up with participants after the
o Reviews video footage of all presentations. Writes descriptions of
videos for the website and program reports.
• Assists in the writing and editing of the CMB Symposia reports.
• Working closely with the Initiative Director drafts program
communications, including articles, eblasts and program updates for
• Monitors listservs, an online community, and CMB web pages while
working with CMB participants to “seed” listserv discussions.
• Coordinates the NY regional hub. Supports regional hub coordination in
Denver, Seattle, Charlotte, the Bay Area and elsewhere as new hubs are
General Administrative Support
• Provide general administrative support including preparing general
correspondence, responding to program inquiries and emails, setting up
calls and meetings, assisting with travel arrangements, updating
electronic calendars, and maintaining electronic and hard copy files.
• Maintains constituent database for Initiative-related entries. Tasks
include general data entry; assigning appropriate codes and
relationships; and producing mail merges, contact and participant lists
and reports for e-blasts.
• Conducts research assignment via web, library or phone for Initiative
related contacts, programs, or other needs as directed.
• Additional tasks and responsibilities may be assigned by the Initiative
Director, senior management or other Initiative-related staff.
• Masters Degree preferred in social sciences, environmental humanities
and/or environmental studies
• 3+ years administrative experience, some of which as a Coordinator
organizing events, conferences/meetings and/or trainings
• A proven self-starter with the ability to handle multiple tasks and
projects with minimal supervision
• Demonstrated effective organizational and time management skills with
strong attention to details
• Excellent interpersonal, writing and presentation skills
• Proficient with computers, MS Office, calendar and email software,
databases and internet research; must be technologically savvy including
working knowledge of list servs, blogs and social media
• Research experience in a related setting is helpful
• Some experience or familiarity with contemplative practices
• Flexible and adaptable to changing work priorities
* this position may require some evenings and/or weekends as well as some travel
How to Apply:
This is a part-time position with the potential of full-time by the end of the year.
It includes a generous benefits package including retirement plan, health
benefits and paid vacation. To apply, send a cover letter , resume and writing
sample to: Garrison Institute, PO Box 532, Garrison, NY 10524, fax to
#845.424.4900 or send by email to HR@garrisoninstitute.org. Please, no