Coordinator, San Francisco Bay Area Sustainability Knowledge Network

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Coordinator, San Francisco Bay Area Sustainability Knowledge Network
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Island Press
San Francisco, California, USA
March 31, 2014


Island Press is seeking a part-time coordinator for its San Francisco Bay Area Sustainability Knowledge Network (Network). The Network supports the efforts of local public, nonprofit and private sector organizations in building sustainable communities. The coordinator will help facilitate the development of local solutions by connecting national and international thought leaders to San Francisco Bay Area policymakers and professionals in the fields of planning, community health, built environment, transportation, and sustainability.


The coordinator will have lead responsibility for program design and execution. S/he will work closely with the Vice President for Strategic Advancement, to whom s/he reports, in developing a program that meets Island Press goals.

S/he will be responsible for maintaining and strengthening existing partnerships, organizing local events, working with thought leaders, and developing new relationships throughout the region. Duties include:

    Identify topics around which the Network will host thought-leaders and experts

    Plan and attend a minimum of 3 events per month

    Monitor Bay Area current events, public opinion, planning processes, etc. and plan Island Press author visits with an awareness of this local context

    Accompany visiting experts for the duration of their visits

    Work with Island Press Washington, DC-based staff to arrange logistics and promotion for visiting thought leaders

    Report on local activities to Island Press DC staff

    Work with Island Press staff to develop and implement communication strategies that amplify the impact of expert presentations to and dialogues with area policymakers and professionals

    Network throughout the region with individuals and groups engaged in sustainability-related topics

    Speak in public on behalf of Island Press

    Serve as a champion for the Network, helping to build and grow the Network, and Island Press’s presence in the region overall


The ideal candidate is an extraordinary connector and relationship developer and knowledgeable on topics related to the environment and sustainability. Network programs will focus primarily in the South Bay (with a focus on San Jose), the Peninsula, San Francisco, and to a lesser degree, the East Bay.

Skills and Experience

    A bachelor’s degree (minimum)

    At least 2 years of work in a policy, planning, business or advocacy-related position involving environmental topics.

    Strong interpersonal and organizational skills

    Extensive experience organizing events

    Strong verbal skills, including public speaking experience


    A desire to improve the health and sustainability of San Francisco Bay Area communities

    Ability to develop relationships and work with a range of people – from top-of-their field academics to business leaders to grassroots advocates alike

    An inherent inclination to connect people and organizations

    A flexible schedule that allows for attending multiple days of events in a row

    Ability to work independently while sharing information and soliciting feedback from others
    High energy and enthusiasm


This is a non-benefit part-time consulting position compensated at an hourly rate. Work will range between 10-25 hours per week, averaging 60-80 hours per month. The candidate will work from his/her home office and spend a majority of time on events and activities in the South Bay/Peninsula. Currently the duration of the project runs through the first half of 2015.

How to apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to In your cover letter please include information about a significant event that you helped organize, including the goal of the event, your role, and the biggest challenge you faced when organizing it. (Applications that do not include the information requested in the cover letter will not be reviewed)

About Island Press

Founded in 1984, Island Press is a nonprofit organization that works with leading scientists and practitioners to provide the best ideas and information to those seeking to understand and protect the environment and create solutions to its complex problems. We curate, publish, and disseminate information in print, in person, and online--through books, events, and programs that help policymakers and practitioners make informed decisions. Today, with more than 800 titles in print, an active slate of author programs and events, and a growing online presence, we have emerged as one of the nation’s leading providers of information on environmental issues and a leading communicator of environmental ideas. Visit our website,