SSDN Federal Programs Coordinator @ Southeast Sustainability Directors Network (SSDN)

SSDN Federal Programs Coordinator


Position Title: SSDN Federal Programs Coordinator

Classification: Regular, Full Time, Hourly/Non-Exempt

Reports to: SSDN Resources Director, Federal Programs.

Location: Remote position based out of the Southeast region of United States(AL, AR, LA, FL, GA, MS, NC, SC, TN and VA)

Compensation Range: $50,000 – $60,000 annually + robust benefits package; including 100% employer covered health, dental, disability, and life insurance, flexible leave policy, generous paid leave, and 401(k) Program. This is a fully remote, work-from-home position. SSDN has no central office but staff collaborate extensively via video call meetings and through periodic in-person convenings. employees must furnish their own quiet office space for conference calls. SSDN provides an IT stipend to cover internet and phone use, computer, software, and other home office supplies. Approximate work hours: 9am-5pm Eastern or Central Standard Times (flexible); 40 hours/week


This position is responsible for coordinating and providing support to the SSDN Federal Funding programs, prioritizing support for the Local Infrastructure Hub program and other related program support. This position will coordinate regularly with local government staff, community based organizations, technical assistance providers and funding partners for the purposes of enabling more funding to flow into Region 4 for sustainability and resilience priorities. There is a specific focus on advancing Justice40 policies and goals, in order to support communities that have limited resources, such as smaller and/or rural cities and counties, and communities of color.

This position will coordinate collaborative efforts with SSDN’s members, their community members, elected officials, nonprofits, business organizations, businesses, and other appropriate entities as defined by the members’ interests, to produce ideas and proposals that create innovative and equitable sustainability and resilience solutions at the regional level.


The Program Coordinator works under the direction of the Director of Federal Resources and provides support across a variety of SSDN’s federal programs, including engagement, research, resources management, communications and administrative functions:


  • Serve as point of contact for interest in Local Infrastructure Hub Cohort services
  • Responsible for planning, scheduling, and coordinating frequent virtual meetings, webinars, and activities and adhering to structured schedules.
  • Support meeting planning and logistics coordination needs for webinar-based training and in-person workshops
  • Support the Program Director with communication about available LIH services to a broad array of audiences.
  • Coordinate with SSDN’s audiences to ensure they have access to people, resources, opportunities, events, and materials they need to engage.
  • Support the Program Director in direct engagement with local communities to provide technical assistance to increase awareness of and access to federal funding opportunities
  • Support the engagement of technical assistance providers supporting communities with 1:1 support;
  • Track engagement to communities and support in the development of progress reports and other performance metrics as needed for funder report;
  • Support the planning, development and implementation of in person federal funding focused convenings.

Research & Resource Management

  • Support the research around the identification of funding, technical assistance, and other federal opportunities
  • Support outreach to underserved communities in disadvantaged communities
  • Update and maintain Resource Library as it relates to federal funding related materials

Data & metrics management

  • Support the management of engagement data in SSDN’s Salesforce, maintaining up to date records and tracking metrics of success
  • Support ongoing data analysis needs using Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Support SSDN Database management and analysis using excel, google sheets and relational databases


  • With the Director, create and execute regular bimonthly federal funding emails to audiences and partners, using MailChimp to implement and manage contact lists
  • Provide design and development support for fact sheet; Facilitate peer exchange and development of fact sheets highlighting best practices.
  • Implement federal funding program website updates and blog posts
  • Support communications consultants with research, data, and connections to SSDN members and partners


  • Bachelor’s degree and/or 1-3 years’ work experience equivalent in similar position.
  • Experience working with local governments and/or nonprofit organizations.
  • Experience working with local government sustainability and/or resilience projects is a plus, but not required.

Desired Knowledge & Skills

  • A developed understanding of communities in the Southeast, and the specific needs they have in the development process.
  • Ability to manage multiple complex programs and projects and multiple deadlines simultaneously.
  • Ability to work independently and with team members in a virtual setting that is a collaborative and dynamic environment.
  • Ability to develop relationships and work across a diverse array of teammates, partners, and communities.
  • Ability to work productively in an unstructured environment.
  • Proficient in digital and collaborative office tools including: Google Suite, Zoom, Slack, Microsoft Office Suite,, etc.
  • Experience with Salesforce (or other Customer Relationship Management software) strongly preferred.
  • Experience with GIS strongly preferred.
  • Ability to generate and implement support structures that take into account members’ diverse perspectives and changing conditions.
  • Active listening, verbal and written communications.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct oneself in a calm and professional demeanor when dealing with multiple stakeholders;
  • An ability to translate complicated information and/or processes into simple, easy-to-understand information;
  • An ability to identify cultural differences and adjust communication and relationship development appropriately;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to tie projects to grant requirements and tell a compelling story;
  • A successful candidate will have a strong attention to detail, be self-motivated, driven; and have the ability to be highly organized and systems-driven in their pursuit of goals.

The SSDN Federal Programs Coordinator will be employed by the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), SSDN’s Fiscal Sponsor. USDN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to equal treatment of all employees without regard to race, national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, physical or mental disability or other basis protected by law.


About SSDN

The Southeast Sustainability Directors Network (SSDN) is a collaborative community that develops solutions to the South’s unique sustainability challenges. SSDN’s membership includes sustainability and resilience staff from across the South, who build knowledge and learn from colleagues in other areas about best practices to meet their community’s needs. Communities located in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia working in all stages of sustainability implementation join the network to scale, accelerate, and implement sustainable best practices so that our region’s communities are equipped to adapt to and mitigate climate change. For more information please visit

SSDN Federal Programs

SSDN members have applied for a number of grants to address sustainability and resilience in their communities but capacity is often limited to win and implement projects using federal funding. To respond to this need and to provide greater assistance, SSDN has launched three programs, all focused on federal funding capacity building and direct support (outlined below).

SSDN created the Southeast Sustainable Recovery Center in the summer of 2021 to deploy a Southeast-specific economic recovery support mechanism that can consistently serve SSDN member communities by accessing funding to support their local sustainability and resilience initiatives. The SSRC:

  • maintains focused tracking of federal funding opportunities, and presents them to local sustainability leaders as avenues of innovation to serve the frontline communities most impacted by climate change.
  • seeks to strengthen the capacity of local government sustainability and resilience staff, government liaisons, development teams, and other actors to successfully access and implement sustainable economic recovery programs.
  • creates partnerships to support equitable, sustainable, and effective economic recovery by weaving together federal, state, and local resources to increase the impact of equitable investments in human capital, innovation, and sustainable and resilient infrastructure.

SSDN’s Local Infrastructure Hub Cohorts Program launched in July 2023 to support critical gaps in community project development, CBO capacity, and grant writing and submission. The LIH Cohorts program provides direct support and technical assistance (TA) to local governments and their partners in the Southeast to access federal funding available through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) to advance equitable climate projects and initiatives. Communities can apply for one on one assistance from SSDN’s LIH Cohort’s technical assistance bench and/or capacity building awards to support things like:

  • Grant strategy: help with identifying and aligning community needs to federal funding opportunities
  • Engagement: community and stakeholder ownership in proposal planning
  • Technical exploration: expertise in a specific topic, like energy efficiency
  • Federal proposal development: support drafting and submitting a proposal

How to Apply

Applications (including resume and cover letter) will be accepted through our application tracking system, Breezy and reviewed on a rolling basis. Preference will be given to those who apply by 12/08/23. When you apply, you will be invited to complete an optional demographic questionnaire. This information is confidential and kept seperately from your application and helps to ensure that we are reaching a diverse pool of candidates. Apply Here!






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