Reports To: Director, Climate and Health Program
FLSA Status: Exempt
FTE Status: FTE 1
Posting Date: November 12, 2021
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) seeks to transform health care worldwide so the sector reduces its environmental footprint and becomes a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice. We believe health care, as the only sector with healing as its mission, has an opportunity – and obligation – to use its ethical, economic, and political influence to create an ecologically sustainable, equitable and healthy world. HCWH in the U.S. works to achieve its mission in collaboration with its sister organization, Practice Greenhealth (PGH), the leading nonprofit membership and network organization for sustainable health care that delivers environmental solutions to more than 1,400 members throughout the United States.
Climate change is the biggest global health threat and opportunity of the 21st century. Health care is at the frontline of climate change, bearing the costs of increased diseases and more frequent extreme weather events, but its operations contribute significantly to climate change, making up 8.5% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. HCWH works with health systems to foster the transition to climate-smart healthcare to protect the public health from climate change and move to a low-carbon economy while improving community resilience, health equity, and access to care.
Health Care Without Harm has had two full-time staff based in Boston for the past decade. The organization hired its very first paid staff in Boston in 1996 to launch its medical waste incineration and medical mercury elimination campaigns. Ever since, HCWH Boston has continued to create and lead some of HCWH’s most ambitious efforts, including toxics reduction, cleaner energy, green building and climate resilience, and environmental health community benefits. Many of these efforts have spread around the country and the world. Come join the MA Director of Climate Solutions and the national climate and health team to further develop and shape Massachusetts leadership.
Health Care Without Harm is looking for an experienced clean energy and climate policy expert to lead collaborative, impactful state advocacy as a member of HCWH’s US Climate and Health team. The Massachusetts Director of Climate Policy, in close partnership with the Massachusetts Director for Climate Solutions, will maintain and strengthen HCWH’s work in Massachusetts as a place-based, relationship-driven innovation hub, through ongoing direct support, innovative pilot projects, events, publications, data analysis and policy action. The Massachusetts Directors will also work with the rest of HCWH’s climate team to enable the Massachusetts work and other leading Climate and Health program efforts to be scaled nationally.
Primary Objective for Boston Director of Climate Policy
The MA Director of Climate Policy will represent and engage the Massachusetts health care sector in advocacy on state and local policies, programs, and regulations related to energy, transportation, food, waste, and infrastructure and community resilience, to accelerate the transition to a more equitable, sustainable, and climate-smart health care sector.
- Responsible for the strategic development, day-to-day management and implementation of the Massachusetts climate and health program projects and sub-contracts, including co-leading the Boston Green Ribbon Commission (GRC) Health Care Working Group and the Massachusetts Health Care Climate Alliance .
- Lead program efforts to engage Massachusetts health systems to meet or exceed HCWH, municipal, and state GHG reduction goals, reduce the health impacts of fossil fuel combustion, and protect the communities they serve, especially the most climate vulnerable populations, from the impacts of climate change.
- Engage in legislative and regulatory advocacy and lawmaker education in support of climate-smart health care policies and programs that advance decarbonization, public health, and equity in Massachusetts on behalf of Health Care Without Harm and in coalition. Travel to the MA State House as needed.
- Bring health care leaders into dialogue with policymakers to ensure government officials understand the connection between climate, health, and health care, and to articulate what policies and regulations hospitals need in order to implement climate solutions to help the state meet its climate goals.
- Convene other health and cross-sector stakeholders to build forward-thinking consensus to help lead State and City legislative and regulatory relationship building and policy efforts on climate and health, energy efficiency, clean energy, energy markets, transportation, and climate resilience.
- Stay abreast of and connected to community-based and community-led efforts on climate resilience and justice in Massachusetts, and identify opportunities for health sector engagement.
- Facilitate and lead Metro-Boston and Massachusetts meetings with hospital personnel, NGO networks, like-minded businesses and policymakers. Develop and maintain productive strategic partnerships with other Green Ribbon Commission sectors to advance climate and health-smart action and policies.
- Provide expertise and support for health systems’ climate and health initiatives including energy efficiency, renewable energy, infrastructure and community resilience, and Scope 3 emissions.
- Coordinate with Sustainability Solutions team staff from Practice Greenhealth in their work with Massachusetts hospitals.
- Support the development of new resources to advance climate, health, and resilience work (e.g. white papers, how-to guides, toolkits, checklists).
- Contribute content and represent Health Care Without Harm for communications efforts in Massachusetts and nationally, including presentations, articles, and media interviews.
- Help review presentation proposals and facilitate educational sessions at CleanMed, the annual conference on health care sustainability.
- Build and maintain productive working relationships with staff across HCWH and Practice Greenhealth.
- Prepare grant proposals and reports for Massachusetts work, and provide budget oversight. Provide content and support for other Climate and Health Program fundraising and reports as needed.
- All other duties as requested and needed to meet organizational goals.
- Minimum Education: BA or BS in public health, health care policy, energy or environmental field. Combined experience/education is acceptable as a substitute for minimum education.
- Minimum Experience:
o At least five years of experience in policy advocacy in a nonprofit, consulting, or health care setting.
o Proven project management skills
o Foundation fundraising experience including grant proposal, report writing, and funder relationship management.
o Strong writing, meeting planning and facilitation, and presentation/public speaking skills.
- Required Field of Expertise: Climate and energy policy advocacy. Preferred: Established relationships in Massachusetts legislative bodies and/or state agencies.
- Preferred Education/Experience: Master’s degree in Public Health, Health Care Policy, Energy/Environment/Planning, or equivalent combined experience/education.
- Preferred Experience: Eight years of advocacy work in a health or environmental advocacy organization and/or health care/environmental legislative experience. Understanding of climate health impacts and economics, preferably including health care sector buildings, energy, transportation and supply chain, and climate change policy solutions.
- Strongly preferred: Established network in the Massachusetts health care sector, community-based organizations, and/or other like-minded NGOs.
What’s In It For You?
- Work for an organization where the mission is inspiring and your colleagues care deeply for the mission and the network of people carrying out that mission.
- Play a key role in helping drive growth, influence impact, and advance efforts to create a more sustainable health care sector and community.
- Be part of an inspirational global network.
- Fantastic benefits!
To Apply or Inquire
Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth are committed to cultivating and sustaining culturally and ethnically diverse organizations, and to the principles that promote inclusive practices. We believe that systems can only be transformed when a diversity of voices, perspectives, and lived experiences are a part of the movement for change. We are dedicated to building a diverse staff with expertise and interest in addressing systemic racism within our organization and to serve the mission of the organizations in respectful ways. Health Care Without Harm/Practice Greenhealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
To apply, upload a cover letter along with your resume to Jessica Wolff, US Director of Climate and Health, via this link . Questions can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org . Only competitive candidates will be invited to participate further in the recruitment process. Position open until filled. Interviewing on a rolling basis.