Forum for the Future | School of System Change program producer US

Starting salary: ca $61,500 per annum 

Location: New York 

Do you want to support people from all over the world to learn about systems change approaches for complex challenges? We’re looking for a supremely organized, perceptive, proactive, energetic program manager to join our global team responsible for the School of System Change – one of our organization’s fastest growing and most dynamic areas of work. 

About us 

Forum for the Future is a leading global sustainability non-profit. For over 20 years we’ve been working in partnership with business, governments and civil society to accelerate the shift toward a sustainable future. We specialize in addressing critical global challenges by catalyzing change in key systems. 

About the team 

The School of System Change is our learning branch, operating across our three geographies in Europe, the US and Asia, with the aim of growing a global community of changemakers, through offering learning programs, curating resources, and bringing people together. 

This post sits within the School of System Change team, which has some dedicated people, and others working primarily in other workstreams, across Forum for the Future’s four offices – London, New York, Mumbai, Singapore.

About the role 

The School of System Change Program Producer US will manage, organize, and coordinate planning and implementation, both within and across elements of School of System Change programming, focused on North America. 

About you 

As the Program Producer you will bring your ability to be both detail-oriented while seeing the big picture. You will have a strategic, visionary mindset to our work – spotting connections and insights gleaned from managing across different elements of the School and leading efforts to capture, document, and act on learning and insight as we continue to grow the School. 

You have a passion for learning and sustainability or social change, and a desire help changemakers maximise their impact. You have an entrepreneurial approach, with at least five years of experience managing or leading complex projects or programs, preferably including a focus on sustainability and/or systems change, while also being comfortable with fast-moving, emerging strategies. 

You will be someone who loves organizing and multi-tasking, and is a strong team player who doesn’t mind picking up smaller tasks to keep things moving. You will have excellent communication skills, including writing and using digital media. 

You are highly IT competent, and are able to prioritize multiple tasks, plan ahead and meet deadlines. We’ll expect you to be a team player - able to work adaptably and effectively across a matrixed structure, geographies, and external partner organizations. 

You have experience: 

  • Developing relationships and meaningfully engaging with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Supporting or leading fundraising efforts, potentially including nurturing opportunities, grant-writing, overseeing processes and administrative needs  
  • Supporting or leading outreach and marketing efforts, engaging new audiences and building communities 

You have an ability to:

  • Support thinking on global / long-term strategy, and translate that into regionally-specific project plans
  • Form partnerships that drive mutual value
  • Take a proactive approach to making recommendations, experimentation, and iteration in response to learning, while working toward a long-term vision
  • Take large quantities of content and distil key points, structuring and editing writing for a range of publications: brochures, reports, blog articles, etc.
  • Bring an acute design sensibility, both in terms of visualising complex information, and understanding of design processes 

Finally, you’ll bring with you:

  • Commitment to Forum’s purpose, values, culture and a sustainable future
  • Sustainability knowledge and systems thinking
  • An enabling attitude, readily providing support, coaching and inspiration to people inside and outside of Forum
  • Personal resilience, self-reflection, continual learning and development 

In return, we offer a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of systems thinking and change making. We work as a close knit, dynamic, and supportive team. We offer various opportunities for flexible working to help you manage your work life balance. We at Forum for the Future believe in being courageous, adaptive, inquisitive, respectful, empathetic and playful. 

We look forward to meeting you!


Application process 

To find out more details about this vacancy please read the job description

To apply for this role, please send your up-to-date CV and a cover letter to [email protected] 

You should clearly explain your motivation for applying for the post and provide specific evidence demonstrating how you meet the required capabilities as detailed in the job description. We will not consider applications without cover letters tailored to this opportunity. This information will be used to decide whether or not to invite you for interview. Your cover letter should be no longer than two A4 pages. 

Forum for The Future US values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status or medical condition.

We kindly ask you not to attach or insert your photograph in your CV or cover letter, nor put your name or surname anywhere in the letter. By removing these details from the application, it helps our recruiting team to evaluate people on their skills and experience instead of factors that can lead to unconsciously biased decisions.

As part of our recruitment process, when you apply for a job with us, we kindly ask you to please also complete our Equal Opportunities form to assist us in monitoring the effectiveness of our equal opportunities and diversity efforts. Completion of this form is voluntary and if you do not wish to answer any question(s), this will not affect your application in any way. For more information on what personal data we collect and why, please read our Privacy Policy

Closing date for applications: 11:59 pmEST on November 17, 2019. 

Please note we are unable to respond to all applications. If you have not heard from us within the three weeks of the closing date, please assume we are not taking your application further.