Portland Public Schools Steam Climate change and Justice Manager (July 12)

Job Title

STEAM - Climate Change and Climate Justice Programs Manager - 1.0 FTE Manager

Position Details

Posting Timeline- Open till filled


Portland Public Schools envisions every student, every teacher, every school succeeding. As we commit to a major transformation under new, nationally recognized leadership, we are actively seeking talented, driven professionals who are energized by big challenges. If you are solution-oriented, a strong communicator and collaborator, and passionate about urban education, then this is the place for you!

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) VISION 

In order to develop emotionally and physically healthy, fully-engaged 21st-century citizens, PPS believes every student should participate in instruction that features dynamic problem-solving and integrated, personalized, and contextualized learning experiences. These transformative school and community based experiences will be a catalyst critical for closing the racial, gender, linguistic, and economic opportunity gaps.  



We are seeking a dynamic leader with a demonstrated record of improving student performance and eliminating achievement disparities to join us as our Programs Manager of Climate Change and Climate Justice. The Programs Manager of Climate Change and Climate Justice is a critical leadership position. As the Programs Manager of Climate Change and Climate Justice you will report to the Senior Director of STEAM in the Office of Teaching and Learning.You will take a leadership role in the district's work to identify and highlight exemplary climate change and climate justice curriculum already being taught in PPS classrooms, and to support the development of additional climate change and climate justice curriculum, inclusive of student and community voice. You will serve as a strong collaborator across the Department, District and Community, especially the student-led Climate Justice advocacy group, the Climate Justice Committee, the PPS Board Student Representative, and the District Student Council.



Under general direction of the Senior Director of STEAM, the Climate Change and Climate Justice Programs Manager would: facilitate community (including frontline communities), student, and educator engagement; support collaboration and the inclusion of student voice in the creation of climate change and climate justice curricular units for science and social studies; collaborate with the Climate Justice Committee to grow partnerships with the Student Engagement Team, the Sustainability Program, Facilities and other departments in support of the District's vision for climate change and climate justice, informed by the School Board’s Resolution #5272. Facilitate or lead professional learning opportunities for PPS educators; and serve as a K-12 content specialist and resource for District staff, stakeholders, and on district committees including the GVC development teams.



Provide assistance in staff development, program implementation, and coordination of district-wide instructional activities focused on climate change, climate justice and academic excellence for all; serve to improve and support core curriculum and instruction at the district, cluster and school levels. 

Facilitate monthly meetings with community partners to invite multiple perspectives to inform climate change and climate justice work and serve as a liaison between the Climate Justice Committee, community partners, student workgroups, and central office departments.

Assist in the creation of student workgroups to incorporate students’ voice in unit and elective development. Aid in meeting logistics of student workgroups.

Coordinate and facilitate racially diverse district work teams, engaging multiple perspectives to develop implementation tools and supports around Oregon State Social Studies Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

Partner with teachers on special assignment (TOSAs), other knowledgeable district teachers and community partners, and the Climate Justice Committee to design professional development sessions and support the development of curriculum materials for climate change and climate justice units within science and social studies and the Climate Justice high school elective course; support effective and culturally appropriate instructional implementation.


Partner closely with STEAM and Humanities TOSAs to align standards and curriculum materials with science and social studies programs focused on climate change and climate justice. 



Knowledge of:

  • Recent climate change, climate justice and climate crisis movements and practices.

  • Existing, and culturally relevant, curriculum materials and teaching strategies that help students grasp the scope and severity of the climate crisis.

  • State Standards for Social Studies and Next Generation Science Standards, PPS Board of Education Resolution #5272 and other standards that might be relevant for climate change and climate change and climate justice instruction.

  • Standards based curriculum development.

  • Adult learning theory.

  • Leadership techniques in professional learning for culturally relevant practice and cultural competency.

  • Protocols essential to build and maintain partnerships with community organizations in an effort to support a culturally responsive approach to curriculum.

  • One-on-one and group facilitation techniques.

  • Multicultural and multi-ethnic communities within and surrounding the PPS boundaries.

  • Oral and written communication techniques.

  • Computer and software technologies appropriate for area of specialization.

Ability to:

  • Welcome and empower students and families, including underrepresented families of color and those whose first language may not be English, as essential partners in student education.

  • Work successfully with all groups of students, including students of different races, emerging bilingual students, and special education students.

  • Advocate for student voice and assist student workgroups in planning activities such as the student priorities below:

    • Student summits, incorporating frontline communities/families in our district.

    • Student or teacher led workshops that teach climate justice and environmental sustainability.

    • Organize work parties that will restore and replenish damaged environment in the community.

    • Promote community gardens in K-12 PPS schools, especially for families that are on free and reduced lunch. This should also act as a learning opportunity for students and families to learn about the importance of growing your own food.

    • Encourage outdoor activities that promote learning and respect for the natural world.

  • Monitor and report on program plans and progress.

  • Navigate and manage a digital resource repository of curriculum materials.

  • Use and develop curriculum content in Google Apps.

  • Authenticate sources and effectively archive materials for usability.

  • Participate in making recommendations relative to culturally relevant and responsive climate change and climate justice curriculum and instruction.

  • Integrate multiple perspectives into organizational processes.

  • Collaborate with colleagues for integrated curriculum delivery.

  • Leverage technology to maximize adult and student learning.

  • Embrace innovation and systems thinking.

  • Continue to develop skills and capacity in professional growth.

  • Support the implementation of State and Federal requirements around curriculum and standards.

  • Communicate with and facilitate communications among school, cluster, and district personnel.

  • Serve on district-wide equity, adoption, instructional materials, and other committees as requested.

  • Assist in evaluating the cultural relevance of and in keeping inventory of instructional materials in current use.

  • Align curated content with state standards.

  • Be able to speak publicly about the work of the district and accurately represent the work of the group

  • Participate as a dynamic team member, learning from colleagues and inspiring others to embrace lifelong learning.

  • Communicate clear objectives for assigned activities.

  • Advocate, model, learn and implement Portland Public Schools’ Racial Equity Initiative.

  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

  • Operate a variety of office machines, technologies and software.



  • A Bachelor’s degree in Education, or related field, and experience as a professional educator is required.

  • Demonstrated work/experience in climate change and climate justice education.


  • A Master's degree in Education or Teaching and experience as a Professional Educator are preferred.

Classification: This possition is classified as Non represented- Student Success Program Manager

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Work year: 260 days

Compensation: Salary Grade: 32 - $77,311 to $84,479

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