Federal Funding Project Management Services

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 Contract Services overseen by: Executive Director, and SSRC Director.

Contract Amount: $69,750

Timeframe: Time-limited one year (12 month) contract. SSDN's typical work hours: 9am-5pm Eastern or Central Standard Times (flexible); 40 hours/week

General Terms: As a 1099 contract position, this position is not eligible for benefits or expense reimbursement. Contractor must furnish their own equipment, materials, and tools and must hold their own worker’s compensation, liability insurance, and be established as a separate taxable legal entity (Sole Proprietor, LLC, or other). Terms and schedule for invoicing to be agreed upon by both parties as outlined by the scope of work and bi-weekly, monthly, or quarterly milestones and deliverables.

Location: Can be based anywhere in the 10 southeastern United States within SSDN’s geographic territory (AL, AR, GA, FL, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA) and have would ideally have familiarity with SSDN's region.

Scope Description: Federal Funding Project Management Services scope of work supports SSDN’s Southeast Sustainable Recovery Center Program by coordinating activities to help local governments and nonprofit and grassroots organizations understand the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and both federal and state pathways for federal assistance.

Interested in this opportunity?
Submit a cover letter, resume, a short writing sample, and three references at This opportunity will be open until filled on a rolling schedule with candidates being considered on a rolling basis. The deadline for submission is August 1, 2022. The Federal Funding Project Management Services will be contracted by the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), SSDN’s Fiscal Sponsor. USDN and SSDN actively prioritize and seeks to expand diversity, equity, and inclusion within our organization and through our work. We encourage people of color and candidates with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to apply.


  • Must meet IRS criteria to engage in scope of work as an independent contractor.
  • Must have a minimum of three years, professional experience demonstrating excellent interpersonal skills and project management abilities across a similar portfolio of work.
  • Experience with community based organizations and an understanding of the variety of environmental justice conditions that can affect communities in the Southeast.
  • Knowledge of, or experience with, sustainability issues, particularly understanding of the role of local government and/or community-based organizations a plus, but not required.
  • Prior experience with federal, state, local or nonprofit grant writing & management.
  • Familiarity with federal legislative or executive agency functions, particularly within appropriations, grants management, rulemaking, and/or regulatory promulgation.
  • Familiarity with federal and state government websites and databases including, system for award management, Federal Register,, and state public records management systems.
  • Sound judgment and high level of integrity and professionalism, with an ability to manage confidential information and maintain discretion, diplomacy, and courtesy in all contacts.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, with keen attention to detail.
  • Highly developed communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Excellent research and problem-solving capabilities.
  • Ability to work proactively, both independently and collaboratively with a team, using virtual connectivity platforms.
  • Proficiency with Gmail and Google Drive, Word, Power Point, and Excel required.
  • Access to work space/home office, with available WiFi/internet and phone connectivity.
  • Familiarity with Salesforce, a plus.


Federal Funding Project Management Services will include:

  • Track and Communicate Federal Policy and Financial Assistance Opportunities to Local Governments and Partners.
  • Monitor and track federal and state grant opportunities particularly focusing on those arising from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
  • Increase awareness of grant criteria information, with a specific focus on equity, environmental justice, and the Administration's Justice40 implementation.
  • Review federal agency news releases, policies, and rulemakings as well as state action to determine how federal funding is managed, competed, and awarded.
  • Provide technical assistance around connecting community projects with federal grants, tools, & other resources to inform development of competitive grant proposals.
  • Support Communities in Accessing Funding for Equitable Sustainability Priorities.
  • Provide direct support to communities to help support project ideation, partnership opportunities, and project scope development and delivery.
  • Identify lessons learned from SSDN and partner organizations prior programmatic offerings in order to replicate success and advance equitable sustainability initiatives.
  • Maintain open dialogue, and coordinate, with social justice and equity organizations to support, promote, and build upon existing environmental justice efforts.
  • Other support as desired and informed from direct engagement with local governments, community-based organizations, and communities experiencing environmental justice conditions.
  • Provide communication and program support.
  • Schedule, coordinate, and facilitate meetings of local government or community-based organizations and develop summary and evaluation reports that identify best practices and lessons learned.
  • Work with philanthropic, nonprofit and coalition technical partners to provide support on sustainability, equity, and clean energy best practices.
  • Write blog posts, and other communications pertaining to members and their activities, including drafting and distributing a biweekly E-Newsletter.
  • Coordinate and manage special projects as assigned by SSDN Sustainable Recovery Center Director