Organization: The Wildlife Society
Position Title: Director of Government Affairs & Partnerships
Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Application Deadline: July 24, 2015
Description: The Director of Government Affairs and Partnerships seeks through member engagement to empower, enable, and assist wildlife professionals in managing natural resources. Working with the Society’s members and staff, the Director provides leadership and guidance for The Wildlife Society’s policy, government affairs, and partnership activities. He/she represents the Society in the larger conservation community through partnerships and policy actions, and plays a major role in developing and disseminating information and advocating TWS policy positions and actions to decision makers.
- Develop and communicate TWS policy positions on priority issues and provide professional input on wildlife conservation/management issues to state and federal agency administrators, Congress, and other non-governmental organizations.
- Represent TWS in policy activities with external groups and develop/maintain liaison with governmental resource management agencies, legislative bodies, and various non-governmental organizations.
- Communicate and collaborate with TWS membership, Chapters, Sections, Working Groups, and Council concerning wildlife policy issues.
- Oversee and administer professional development functions, including the TWS Leadership Institute and certification program.
- Provide supervision and management of staff and staff activities associated with the government affairs program.
- Other duties as assigned by Executive Director.
Internal: Reports to the Executive Director. Has frequent contact with the Executive Director and TWS Council about wildlife policy matters. Serves on Council Subcommittees. Works cooperatively with TWS organizational units and staff, primarily on issues related to policy and planning.
External: Works closely with the wildlife conservation community, Congress, the Office of the President of the United States, natural resource agencies, and natural resource industry representatives.
- Education/Knowledge: Bachelor’s degree is required. Master’s degree, or other advanced degree, preferred. At least one degree should be in natural resources, wildlife policy/management, or a related field. Demonstrated understanding of legislative and regulatory processes is required. Certified Wildlife Biologist preferred.
- Experience: Minimum 4 years experience in natural resource agency or association administration and/or natural resource policy analysis.
- Skills and Abilities: Must be able to coordinate multiple issues simultaneously. Ability to work well with a variety of people, including governmental officials and wildlife biologists. Negotiation, mediation and facilitation skills are required. Must have excellent verbal and written communication, and organizational skills. Must be self motivated and dedicated to a scientific approach to the conservation of natural resources.
How to Apply: Send a cover letter, resume, contact information for three references, and salary requirements to Lilly Matheson, firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled, or until 24 July 2015.
Organization: Sustainable Fisheries Partnership
Position Title: Program Director – Fishery Improvement Projects Evaluation
Location: Remote, any
Dates: An initial contract will be awarded for 96 days’ effort (i.e., full time) from August through December 2015. However, SFP views this as a long term position within the organization. Our goal is find a candidate that will continue in the role for the foreseeable future.
Application Deadline: July 10, 2015 or until filled
Description: This newly-created position reports to the Systems Division Director of SFP, a dynamic and constantly evolving global nonprofit. The successful candidate will lead external collaborations and negotiations to design and maintain an evolving suite of tools used by the seafood industry, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and others to track and measure progress of fishery improvement projects (FIPs) globally. In addition to this ‘outward-looking’ role, the Program Director will develop internal strategies and work across SFP divisions and programs to establish standards and processes for evaluating FIPs. This position will also be responsible for conducting FIP evaluations and uploading results to SFP’s FishSource. Initially, the position will focus on capture fisheries, though there may be opportunity to expand into aquaculture. The position has no direct reports at the current time, but fills a central role in SFP and the sustainable seafood movement around defining FIP measurement and tracking progress.
FIP tracking on FishSource
- Coordinate and oversee FIP evaluation activities to ensure FIP trackers on FishSource are regularly updated
- As part of a team, complete FIP trackers and progress ratings on FishSource based on desktop analyses using FIP public reports
- Ensure standards set by SFP for FIP tracking, evaluation, and ratings are maintained as state-of-the-art
- Liaise with FIP implementers globally to explain SFP’s FIP tracking, evaluation, and rating methods and to encourage continuous improvement in performance and reporting
FIP standard and ratings development
- Lead the continued evolution of SFP’s FIP progress ratings methodology, including stakeholder liaising and negotiation
- Promote SFP’s position on FIP standards and ratings at seafood industry and NGO events, includingConservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions
- Upon initiation of a standard development process, assist senior staff (Systems Director, Communications/Strategy Director, CEO) in developing and communicating SFP’s position
- Develop strategies for advancing the sustainable seafood movement to further improve fishery and aquaculture sources
- Conduct analyses and draft reports on performance trends of FIPs over time
- Liaise with other NGOs and other stakeholders (eg, donors) to ensure SFP FIP ratings and tools are linked to others’ systems (eg, FishChoice.com, Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch, Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions’ FIP tracking website)
- Report on tasks performed, using the relevant tools and platforms, for both administrative and project management purposes
- Master’s degree in a fisheries, marine, ocean, or related field
- Knowledge of the sustainable seafood landscape, including key players and issues
- Excellent communication and organization skills
- Excellent judgment
- Ability to collaborate with individuals from various cultures and countries
- Ability to comfortably read, write, and speak in English
- Ability to maintain information in strict confidentiality
- Ability to work from home and travel (including long-distance) at least five times per year
- Scheduling flexibility to accommodate a virtual organization with staff based around the globe, as well as ability to work productively primarily via Skype/Google Hangout, email, webinars, and other electronic means
Highly desirable qualities
- Experience with project evaluation
- A network of contacts that include seafood companies, producers, NGOs, and governments involved in fisheries and aquaculture
Special skills and strengths
- Ability to dig into systems and technical details, while maintaining a broad strategic view
- Ability to establish and maintain open communication, culture, and cohesiveness in a virtual organization
How to Apply: SFP highly encourages applicants from around the world. Email a cover letter and resume/CV in English to email@example.com by 10 July 2015. Subject line should be “Program Director-FIP Evaluation”.
Organization: Biomass Thermal Energy Council
Position Title: Autumn 2015 Internships Available for Clean Energy Nonprofits
Location: Washington, DC
Dates and compensation: All positions will become available beginning in August. We seek candidates able to commit to terms through mid-December 2015, but will consider extensions as determined by performance and needs. College student applicants considering working during the Autumn semester are asked to provide dates of availability in cover letters. Stipend of $500/mo. for full-time employment. TTC does not provide compensation for personal/sick time off or holidays, but interns may opt to make up lost hours or be paid on an hourly basis for partial weeks worked
Application Deadline: Positions open until filled
Description: We are seeking interns with college-level, graduate, and recent graduate-level experience and looking to expand their knowledge in the clean energy sector. You can expect to develop significant experience in a broad array of clean energy technologies and industries by becoming immediately active in the programs TTC manages. The internships include Policy & Government Affairs and Communications & Outreach opportunities with TTC’s client organizations.
1) Policy and Government Affairs
TTC has two Policy/Government Affairs positions available for researching, monitoring, and reporting on renewable energy legislation and regulations at the federal, state and regional level.
The first position requires candidates be familiar with a variety of online resources, databases, and news sources to research proposals and developments that impact renewable energy markets. The individuals may also be asked to reach out to state agencies in collecting data. Some membership and potential member interaction may also be assigned.
The Policy internship supports the American Biogas Council (ABC, www.americanbiogascouncil.org). Responsibilities for this position include:
- Track legislation at the state level favorable to biogas and use of anaerobic digester technology.
- Research, monitor, and report on biogas/AD legislation and regulations at the state level
- Search for opportunities for biogas companies related to carbon credits, organics diversion and biomethane/CNG policies.
- Attend relevant hearings related to biogas legislation and report to staff/co-chairs the results of those hearings.
- Help organize meetings of the Legislative and Regulatory Affairs (LRA) Committee and subgroups.
- Provide follow-up support to the LRA Committee co-chairs as needed.
- Write letters of support to legislators and regulators.
- Analyze the gap between our model legislation and proposed legislation.
- Communicate complex policy language in layman’s terms through bi-monthly written reports.
The second Policy/Government Affairs fellowship position supports the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) (65%) and Renewable Energy Markets Association (REMA) (35%). Responsibilities for this position include:
- Researching, monitoring, and reporting on renewable energy legislation and regulations at the federal, state and regional level.
- Research proposals and developments that impact renewable energy markets.
- Reach out to state agencies in collection of data.
- Attend relevant Congressional hearings related to biomass legislation and report to staff the results of those hearings.
- Assist association members in arranging meetings with state and local officials.
- Update website with factsheets, presentations, and social media postings.
- Provide administrative support on conference calls (e.g. taking minutes and follow-up actions)
For this internship, we are seeking qualified college-level, graduate students and recent graduates and/or individuals with experience in Communications and looking to expand their knowledge of biogas, AD technology and clean energy, and apply their knowledge gained and skill sets towards real-work projects and activities.
The internship supports the American Biogas Council, in support of membership development, database updating, communications, and speaking invitations. This position requires the candidate have strong communication skills. The ideal candidate should also have familiarity with sustainable agricultural and/or wastewater treatment practices.
- Draft, layout and distribute semi monthly Biogas News (ABC’s electronic newsletter)
- Membership relations (approach industry leaders for information and respond to inquiries by fielding questions to appropriate staff or answer them directly)
- Market biogas events through email and biogas industry partners
- Speaker management for ABC webinars and workshops
- Update and distribute ABC reading materials to members who are traveling to and speaking at biogas industry events
- Development of brand new U.S. database of operational biogas projects and associated maps and online tools for systems on farms, at wastewater facilities, landfills and other generators of organic waste.
- Member recruitment
- Semi-monthly webinars and workshops at industry events
- Biogas News
- Proficiency with database management for U.S. operational digester database
- Proficiency with MS Excel
- Experience with the analysis of data to create fact sheets, tools and/or educational resources preferred
- Science or technical background preferred
- Must be able to comfortably and confidently approach senior industry executives by phone and in person. (We work with senior leaders in hundreds of organizations from start-ups to federal government leaders and executives in multi-national corporations like GE, Waste Management, Toyota and Shell. You will be new to our team and we expect you to integrate quickly to become a part of our team and be comfortable picking up the phone or beginning conversations with these individuals regarding key issues we’re working on.)
The third Communications and Outreach position supports senior staff to plan and execute several events and activities of the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC). Events include, but are not limited to conferences supported by BTEC, Council meetings, and upcoming webinars. The position requires the candidate be able to communicate effectively with volunteer members of various event organizing committees and reach out to BTEC members to coordinate association functions in conjunction with those events. Responsibilities for this position include:
- Arrange and participate in Steering Committee, Program, and other planning calls. Follow up on action items resulting from those calls.
- Work with senior staff to prepare materials to distribute at events, including promotional literature and member information.
- Assist in designing member meet-and-greet functions in conjunction with events and work with Conference organizers to ensure available space and accommodations.
- Communicate with members and prepare information related to upcoming BTEC-sponsored webinars.
The ideal candidates should have well developed writing skills and preferably some Communications experience. The candidates should also be assertive, detail oriented, and able to work independently and perform well with firm deadlines.
How to Apply: Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your cover letter and resume to the attention of Brian Schorr, Director of Operations. Include either “Policy” or “Communications and Outreach” in the subject line. Both Policy and Communications/Outreach applications will be considered for all positions unless one is specifically requested by the applicant.
Organization: Mohonk Preserve
Position Title: Director of Land Protection & Stewardship
Location: New Paltz, New York
Dates and compensation: Excellent work environment with benefits including health, vision, dental, life, disability insurance, retirement plan, and access privileges to the lands of the Preserve and the Mohonk Mountain House resort. Salary: $60’s, based on experience.
Application Deadline: July 17, 2015
Description: The successful candidate is responsible for providing the vision and leadership to land acquisition and protection. The Director will provide the strategic planning, management, and implementation of the overall Land Protection program, including applying the Preserve’s Land Protection Policy as a guide for the acquisition of land. The Director oversees and performs the hands-on land trust duties including easement and boundary monitoring, and maintaining the Preserve’s Land Trust Alliance (LTA) Accreditation.
The Director also oversees the stewardship of the land, facilities, carriage roads and trails. This includes implementing the Land Management Plan, overseeing capital projects and providing site analysis, planning and design oversight for all facilities projects. The Director will promote land conservation awareness in the community, build support for projects, identify and pursue project funding and assist in land protection and stewardship grant proposals.
- Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree desirable – in natural resource management; land conservation/management; landscape architecture, planning or related disciplines
- Minimum of five (5) years’ experience as a leader in land acquisition and management programs with non-profit land trusts or other land resource agencies
- Exemplary communication abilities including written, oral, and presentation skills; experience communicating with partner organizations; ability to negotiate agreements
- Knowledge of field mapping, aerial photo interpretation, land survey techniques, landscape architecture
- Training or professional licensure in landscape architecture strongly desired
- Ability to read and evaluate physical and cultural landscape elements
- Familiarity with conservation tax law and benefits of land donations
- Experience working with landowners; civic groups; town, county, state agencies and their processes
- Knowledge of leading trends and national standards and practices in land trust management
- Supervisory experience with demonstrated ability to organize, support, mobilize and motivate staff and volunteers; ability to lead as well as function as a team member
- Ability to set and implement departmental priorities, manage multiple projects, and evaluate project success
- Experience with preparing program budgets
- Willingness to work occasional irregular hours, including weekends or evenings; valid driver’s license
- There is a significant fieldwork component to this position. Must be able to traverse varied terrain on foot up to 5 miles with significant elevation gain while carrying program equipment.
Advanced computer and technology skills:
- Strong experience with mapping software/hardware (e.g. GPS units and GIS software, ArcGIS)
- Proficiency in all standard office productivity software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook or similar email application) and internet research
- Strong relational database experience
How to Apply: Hard copy cover letter and résumé preferred. Please mail to:
Deputy Executive Director/CFO
PO Box 715
New Paltz NY 12561-0715
Applications in Word .doc, .docx or Adobe PDF only will be accepted via e-mail to email@example.com.
This job announcement is not intended to represent a complete, comprehensive list of all duties and responsibilities that may be required in this position. There may be unplanned activities and other duties assigned.
No phone calls, please.
Organization: International Council on Clean Transportation
Position Title: Electric Vehicle Policy Internship 2015-2016
Location: Washington, DC
Dates and compensation: The intern would start as soon as possible, ideally by early August 2015. The internship could be from 4-9 months. The internship will be paid, with salary commensurate with experience. The intern will work in our downtown Washington, DC office.; The range for university students is from $1,900-2,100, masters students is $2,100-$2,300, and for doctoral students is $2,300-$2,600
Application Deadline: Position open until filled
Description: The intern will help us research the status of the electric vehicle market and the leading policies to promote the new technology. This internship will likely support two electric vehicle projects – one that is US-focused, and one that is focused on the major global auto markets. The US-based electric vehicle project is a follow-on to the ICCT recent work, including a US state electric vehicle incentive report, and a US city-focused project that is nearing completion. The second project is to help the ICCT support an international consortium of governments in analyzing available analyzing the impact of electric vehicles on greenhouse gas emission reductions and drafting a synthesis report on the optimal design of electric vehicle fiscal incentives (including subsidies, tax credits, tax exemptions).
The overarching purpose for this work is to help the world more quickly understand the optimal policies for the promotion of electric vehicles. The primary tasks will be to collect information, analyze the data, and summarize the analysis in short reports. By the end of the internship, we would expect that the intern would co-author at least one high-profile ICCT report and gain valuable experience in the hot and growing field of electric vehicles.
- A good working understanding of vehicle policy
- Research experience on vehicle technology
- Excellent proficiency in English
- Strong research and organizational skills
- Excellent quantitative and analytical skills
How to Apply: Please send your resume, a cover letter (as an attachment) summarizing your qualifications and experiences, a short writing or project sample, and the name and contact information of three references (letters not necessary) to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Electric vehicle internship 2015.” The ICCT is an equal opportunity employer.
Organization: Missouri Energy Initiative
Position Title: Program Coordinator
Location: Jefferson City, Kansas City or St. Louis, Missouri
Application Deadline: Position open until filled
Description: The Program Coordinator will work in conjunction with the Board of Directors and Executive Director to oversee implementation and development of agency programs. Candidates should have excellent writing and computer skills and must be highly organized with the ability to work under pressure and manage multiple deadlines. An understanding and experience in the energy and public policy field highly desired.
PERSONALITY SOUGHT: MEI seeks an energetic, adaptive and experienced take charge professional with ability to manage administration and logistics in small but growing non-profit public policy organization.
- Work with Executive Director to implement the following programs: Energy Literacy, ShowMePACE, Midwest Energy Policy Conference by developing and implementing the PR/Marketing plan and strategy.
- Work with Executive Director on developing new programs to meet MEI’s mission.
- Develop outreach materials to accompany Program work, including press releases other media-related information.
- Work with other staff and outside consultants to develop marketing materials, including Program flyers, the agency brochure, and the annual report.
- Participate in community outreach events to promote MEI and its programs.
- Create and implement social media strategies for the managed programs
- Manage & Coordinate webpage maintenance—ensure that new and consistent information (article links, stories, and events) is posted regularly.
- Track and measure the level of engagement within the network and partners over time.
- Work with Executive Director on quarterly publications and public policy publications.
Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree or necessary experience.
- Two years’ experience in a non-profit or association environment, preferably with an energy background.
- Experience building collaborative groups, developing and implementing programs that focus on education, entrepreneurship, economic development and public outreach.
- Excellent writing and editing skills; strong oral communication skills.
- Great attention to detail and ability to stay organized and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
- An ability to “change gears” and work collaboratively with internal staff and external partners.
- Proficient using the latest versions of Microsoft Office, Salesforce, WordPress, and Google apps.
- An ability to find and stay informed about projects and resources for partners.
- Experience and comfort working in stressful, but rewarding situations.
- A passionate and committed belief to factual, scientific and unbiased communication.
- Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, stakeholders and Program participants.
- Understanding of energy issues, and public policy process.
How to Apply: Submit resume, cover letter, one writing sample, salary history and the three (3) references by email to info [AT] moenergy [DOT] org “Program Coordinator” in the subject line, no phone calls please.
Organization: Ocean Conservancy
Position Title: Government Relations Manager
Location: Washington, DC
Application Deadline: Position open until filled
Description: The Government Relations Manager develops, implements, and coordinates efforts to advance Ocean Conservancy’s national policy and legislative agenda. S/he works with our conservation experts to develop principled but pragmatic policy goals, activate new constituencies, and win real policy and legislative changes that protect and promote ocean health. This position will support policy goals across many of the organization’s programs, with a primary focus on supporting our Ocean Planning program and Trash-Free Seas program. Other program areas may include ecosystem restoration in the Gulf of Mexico, ocean and coastal resilience, Arctic Ocean conservation, and more.
- This position represents the organization, and maintains close contact with Members of Congress, their staff, and the Administration on ocean conservation and funding issues.
- The Manager will work closely with Ocean Conservancy program staff to identify and create opportunities to advance specific policy goals, and to develop and implement strategies and tactics to achieve effective policy outcomes.
- This work will include policy analysis, legislative strategy development and implementation, selective stakeholder outreach, and coordination of the NGO community.
- The Manager will help determine when new legislative authority is needed, draft testimony, legislation, and legislative amendments, and communicate with Congressional staff.
- The Manager will respond to requests for information and advocate for the organization’s positions before Congress and federal agencies.
- Proven ability to understand and analyze complex environmental and legislative issues; and develop and implement strategies to advance policy and legislative goals.
- Minimum of one year of experience working with Congress and/or the federal government on policy issues.
- Superior oral and written communication skills, including capacity to communicate complex ideas compellingly to a variety of audiences.
- Demonstrated ability to integrate across disciplines and work collaboratively with diverse teams, networks, and coalitions.
- A strategic thinker who can identify, maximize, and create opportunities to advance Ocean Conservancy’s policy goals.
- A high-level performer who will bring the necessary creativity, energy, and commitment; and with the ability to move rapidly in response to policy opportunities as they present themselves.
- Understanding of Congress, the Administration, and the policy-making process.
- Attentive to details and adheres strictly to deadlines and deliverables while keeping a larger vision in mind.
- Highly collaborative with an appreciation of the benefit of a multi-disciplinary team approach.
Advanced degree in political science, environmental policy, law, or marine science preferred.
Knowledge of one or more of the policy issues listed above preferred.
How to Apply: If you think you have what it takes to join Ocean Conservancy’s team, please send a cover letter speaking to your qualifications and abilities along with your resume and salary expectations to: email@example.com note your name and Government Relations Manager-IL-#15-16.
Organization: Alliance for Green Heat
Position Title: Research Intern or Renewable Energy Fellow
Location: Takoma Park, Maryland
Dates and compensation: The internship comes with a stipend of $300 per month for full time and $150 a month for part time; Fellowships come with a stipend of $500 per month.
Application Deadline: Positions open until filled
Research Internship: The Alliance offers full and part time internships for those interested in climate change and renewable energy policy. Academic credits can be applied if applicable (please specify in your application if your internship will be for credit.). We accept applications on a rolling basis.
This internship will provide an excellent opportunity to learn about renewable energy policy and how it applies to a technology that is not always regarded as clean. This position includes policy research and writing, newsletter creation, website and social media management, as well as a portion of administrative duties. Essential to this work is a passion for renewable energy and energy efficiency. Good verbal and written communication skills are essential. Applicants from wood-burning and/or low-income areas are encouraged to apply.
To apply, please submit cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Renewable Energy Fellowship: The Alliance offers a full time fellowship position for those committed to promoting renewable energy and getting involved in renewable energy policy. Applicants must have a college degree or equivalent experience.
The Fellowship is full time for a minimum of 3 months and involves intensive research, analysis and writing on residential renewable energy with a focus on biomass heating. The Fellowship will also involve policy work including preparing for and attending meetings and briefings with government officials at the state and federal level. The Fellow will also help prepare a monthly newsletter and engage in social networking. Background in renewable energy, climate change, government relations, poverty issues, mechanical engineering desired but not required. Good verbal and written communication skills are essential. Applicants from wood-burning and/or low- income areas are encouraged to apply.
To apply, please submit cover letter, writing sample and resume here.
Click here to see a list of current and former staff, fellows and interns.
Organization: Oregon Environmental Council
Position Title: Water Program Director
Location: Portland, Oregon
Application Deadline: July 7, 2015
Description: After nine years with Oregon Environmental Council (OEC), two key program directors who lead our sustainable agriculture and clean and plentiful water programs are departing for their next professional challenge. We will begin to fill their shoes by hiring a water program director whose main responsibilities will include: (1) strengthening partnerships to mobilize support and achieve significant protections for Oregon’s waters; (2) protecting the quality of Oregon’s groundwater; and (3) advancing top-tier recommendations for protecting the Willamette River System. We seek a candidate who has working knowledge of water quality and quantity issues, policy analysis and experience advancing policy solutions, and a demonstrated ability to work respectfully with agricultural leaders, conservationists and others to advance water protections.
Policy/Project Development and Project Management
- Formulates ideas for new projects; develops project implementation plans
- Develops policy proposals and campaigns
- Ensures that policies and projects are evaluated for equity implications
- Implements projects and policy campaigns, meeting agreed-upon deliverables
- Investigates and analyzes issues germane to program; reviews relevant professional materials and communications on a continuing basis
- Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with key interest groups and individuals, including policymakers and agency staff
- Builds broad support for program goals and project objectives, including engaging in public speaking
- Prepares and presents public comments and testimony; lobbies Oregon Legislature and other electeds
Outreach and Education
- Produces reports, fact sheets, opinion pieces, and other communication tools to support policy proposals and project objectives, often with support from our marketing/communications team
- Occasionally develops and implements public education and “things you can do” campaigns related to specific projects
- Actively seeks earned media
- Serves as an ambassador for OEC, building OEC’s public presence and securing new members
- Educates and engages OEC supporters through website communications, articles in e-bulletin and print newsletter, personal interactions, and other communications
- Writes program-related grant proposals; meets with foundation officers and other potential funders; writes progress reports
- Assists development staff with fundraising appeals and events
- Actively seeks new sources of financial support
- Minimum five years of professional experience in public policy development and advocacy, public affairs, or other related field, preferably in a water- or agriculture- related position
- A demonstrated understanding of agriculture and a commitment to ensuring the economic and environmental success of Oregon farmers and ranchers
- Proven ability to bring stakeholders together and work strategically to secure policy changes and other program objectives
- A gift for writing and speaking in a clear and compelling fashion
- Strong organizational skills; ability to manage multiple projects without losing sight of the “big picture”
- Self-motivation and initiative
- An eagerness to work collaboratively in a dynamic team environment
- A passion for OEC’s mission
- Bachelor’s degree; relevant advanced degree preferred
- Existing relationships with Oregon agriculturalists, state agencies, conservation groups, and local governments
- Experience working in a non-profit setting with a mission-driven staff and board
- Experience in communications or marketing
- A sense of humor
How to Apply: No calls, please. The position will be open until filled, but we will begin reviewing applications on July 7, 2015. Send cover letter and resume via email to email@example.com subject line “Water Program Director.”
Position Title: Policy and Legislation Fall Intern
Location: Washington, DC
Dates and compensation: A $500 monthly stipend is provided for full-time work (amount pro-rated if working part-time).
Application Deadline: Position open until filled
Description: Earthjustice is seeking a Policy and Legislation Intern to join our Washington, D.C. team. Through this internship, the candidate will work with the Policy and Legislation (PAL) department, which is comprised of environmental lobbyists and advocates who work with members of Congress and other environmental groups to protect and strengthen the same environmental laws Earthjustice defends in the courtroom. The intern will learn how a non-profit environmental organization weighs in on environmental policy at the federal level, and gain considerable insight into congressional procedures, the policy process, environmental nonprofit lobbying and advocacy strategizing, and associated communications and outreach.
- Assist in various tasks, including online research and blog writing.
- Attend congressional hearings and coalition meetings.
- Prepare and disseminate information to Congressional offices and PAL staff.
- Make phone calls to hill offices.
- Manage databases.
- Assist with outreach and preparation for events sponsored by PAL.
- Draft and edit policy documents and fact sheets.
- Opportunity for short and/or long-term research projects on a variety of issues, depending on the intern’s interests.
- Must be currently enrolled in a college/university program to apply. Undergraduates in their junior or senior year are preferred.
- Able to work a minimum of 20 – 30 hours per week for approximately three months, preferably early September to mid-December. We will work around your class/work schedule.
- Excellent writing, organizational, and communication skills.
- Working knowledge of online research and MS Office programs is required.
How to Apply: Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. Click here to apply.
Law students are encouraged to apply separately to our litigation department for law clerk positions. No phone calls please.
Organization: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Position Title: Research Analyst, Local Policy
Location: Washington, DC
Dates: Preferred start date: on or about August 1, 2015, based in Washington, D.C.
Application Deadline: Apply immediately; position open until filled
Description: ACEEE seeks a research analyst to focus on community energy efficiency for its Utilities, State, and Local Policy Program. The position provides a balance of research, analysis, and outreach on energy efficiency policy in the United States as it relates to greater energy affordability and local economic development in low-income communities and communities of color. Efficiency policy issues within the scope of the position include low-income energy efficiency initiatives, the role of local-level engagement in long-term planning for emissions reductions and utility business models, community resilience, utility energy data access, and smart cities. ACEEE’s local policy work also emphasizes issues of local job creation, economic development, and environmental health benefits of energy efficiency to support the growth of sustainable and equitable communities.
The research analyst will have a variety of research opportunities in one of ACEEE’s most dynamic and multi-disciplinary programs. The core responsibilities of the position include:
- Engaging community-based organizations that are working on issues related to energy, the environment, and/or climate change. This engagement will guide ACEEE’s outreach and technical assistance to utilities, local governments, and metropolitan agencies around strategies to achieve greater energy savings in their communities and to improve energy affordability.
- Supporting new research on energy efficiency as a strategy to enhance the resilience of energy systems and the communities they serve, with an emphasis on low-income communities.
- Providing and tracking technical assistance on topics such as affordable housing and local. government-utility engagement, in coordination with other ACEEE subject-matter experts.
- Collecting data and developing metrics regarding household energy affordability.
- Contributing to the biennial City Energy Efficiency Scorecard and the related local policy database, which provide peer comparisons among US cities on energy efficiency policy and performance metrics.
- Coordinating and leading work on policies for access to energy data by third parties, best practices for application of data in building analytics and energy management systems, and the use of “big data” in program and policy planning and implementation in the buildings, utilities, and transportation sectors.
- Supporting ACEEE’s research on smart cities, including research into city energy performance and city energy management systems.
Working at ACEEE, the research analyst will contribute to projects of high visibility and credibility in the energy efficiency, technology and policy communities. As a researcher and project coordinator, the position offers unmatched access to national experts in energy efficiency as well as critical sources of primary data at government agencies and utilities. It also provides an opportunity to develop expertise and leadership experience on one or more topics of energy efficiency policy and programs. ACEEE and its Utilities, State and Local Policy Program are dynamic, growing, and comprised of a highly motivated and collegial team.
- Highly analytical and detail-oriented. The analyst will conduct rigorous and peer-reviewed primary research dealing with complex quantitative and qualitative data.
- Excellent writing and presentation skills. The analyst is expected to produce several detailed research reports, white papers, fact sheets, and blog posts on energy efficiency policy and programs, and present the research results at a wide range of policy and public forums.
- Superb organizational and project coordination skills. The position requires experience coordinating complex, long-term projects independently and as part of teams. The analyst must also balance multiple projects and deadlines.
- Strong interpersonal skills. He/she will maintain close relationships with a large network of stakeholders across the country in federal, state, local government and in the private sector to inform research and broaden the reach of ACEEE research and technical assistance. The analyst must also coordinate and collaborate with numerous ACEEE staff members on cross-cutting research projects.
- Articulate and thoughtful. As an author of highly visible reports, the analyst will conduct media interviews and present at conferences and events. The analyst must be able to clearly explain research and positions to laypeople, other experts, and skeptical audiences.
- Highly motivated, self-starter.
- Tech-savvy and quick learner. The analyst will have to consult with other ACEEE staff to stay apprised of energy efficiency policy and program developments in the utility, buildings, transportation, and industrial sectors. The analyst will also contribute to pages on ACEEE’s website including those related to Local Energy Efficiency Policy.
- Bachelor’s degree in social, political or natural sciences.
- Rigorous coursework in public policy analysis, environmental justice, urban planning, energy policy, and/or economics.
- Either Master’s degree or two or more years of work experience, with demonstrated project coordination and leadership experience and significant experience with quantitative analysis.
- Experience in policy analysis or planning, including work on local government, utilities, energy, and/or environmental policy
- Experience with facilitating learning across networks or working groups of peer organizations, stakeholders, or representative from multiple professional communities
- Experience with quantitative analysis
- Demonstrated passion for clean energy, environmental justice, economic development, or environmental issues
- Experience with or sound knowledge of energy efficiency
How to Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and brief (1-2 pages) writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org and use “Local PolicyAnalyst“ in the subject line. We do not accept phone calls.
Organization: The Cadmus Group
Position Title: Energy Services Intern
Location: Portland, Oregon
Application Deadline: Position open until filled
Description: The Cadmus Group seeks an Intern for the summer of 2015 to work on our program evaluation projects. Our findings frequently inform a variety of technical, policy, and other decisions that have a real impact on the energy industry. We are looking for a motivated, creative thinker to become part of a committed team of engineers, economists, natural resources specialists, and policy experts working to solve some of our nation’s most pressing energy and resource challenges.
– Work independently or with supervision to support ongoing, or new, projects, ensuring consistency and quality of project methods. Typical projects might include conducting surveys, interviews, and some quantitative analyses.
– Document findings visually and/or verbally for memos and reports to clients and/or internal project teams.
– Excellent writing, communication, and critical thinking skills
– Proficient with MS Office applications, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
– Some domestic travel may be required, therefore applicants must be over 18 years of age
– Familiarity with energy related terminology including kW and kWh
– Experience with energy policy, regulations, and applications
– Availability to work up to 40 hours per week during the summer, excluding planned vacations
How to Apply: Apply online.
Organization: Natural Resources Defense Council
Position Title: Climate and Energy Advocate
Location: Washington, DC
Application Deadline: Position open until filled
Description: NRDC is seeking a Climate and Energy Advocate to work with our climate and energy teams based in Washington, DC, to focus on a) business outreach and analysis in the context of clean energy, and b) policies and other approaches to reduce climate pollution from various sectors.
Responsibilities: The selected candidate will help NRDC’s Energy & Transportation and the Climate and Clean Air programs with advocacy and outreach to capitalize on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and beyond, and help establish robust carbon pollution standards for power plants, push for effective standards to reduce methane pollution from the oil and gas industry, and promote climate pollution reduction from other sectors of the economy. Responsibilities include:
Business outreach and analysis in context of clean energy:
- Undertake outreach to and build relationships with large companies, business associations (including those in clean energy), and large utility customers, in context of establishing carbon pollution standards and related clean energy policies;
- Help develop NRDC’s business engagement strategy, and coordinate and manage a cross-programmatic, cross-functional team to achieve strategic goals;
- Manage research, and economic and statistical analysis to convey the economic and jobs benefits of clean energy resources;
- Assist in the development of systems and processes to manage NRDC’s business relationships and to effectively communicate these as relevant across NRDC.
Policy analysis and advocacy to reduce industrial climate pollution from various sectors:
- Analyze carbon pollution reduction opportunities beyond the power sector. Perform or supervise analyses of emissions trends, reduction potential, economic impacts for large carbon-emitting industries (e.g., oil refineries, chemical production, energy use in manufacturing);
- Help define and execute our advocacy strategy to push for effective policy approaches, informed by above, including regulatory action, new legislation, etc.;
- Manage and contribute to drafting well-supported policy-comments, developing reports, reviewing new studies/reports, political advocacy, external meetings, litigation, media engagements, sign-on advocacy letters, campaign events and recruiting of partners, etc.
- Develop written and oral advocacy and communications content, to compellingly convey NRDC’s messages in this regard, including to businesses, consumers, media, and the general public;
- Collaborate closely with other NRDC departments and external partner organizations;
- Represent NRDC in a variety of meetings and fora.
- Hold an MPA, MBA or Masters in economics, or other policy or law degree in relevant field.
- Have at least 2-5 years of relevant work experience in business, energy or environmental field.
- Have experience working on clean energy or climate pollution-related policies, particularly pertaining to policy implementation.
- Have experience working on business strategy and possess an understanding of the utility and clean energy and other sectors. Experience working on sustainability issues in the private sector and/or economics of clean energy may be particularly helpful.
- Have strong quantitative and analytical skills.
- Have significant project management experience.
- Be willing to travel.
- Be fluent in written and spoken English and strong writing and oral presentation skills.
How to Apply: To apply, please visit our website at www.nrdc.org/jobs, create a profile and upload your resume and cover letter. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting
Organization: Northern Alaska Environmental Center
Position Title: Program Director
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Dates and compensation: Rate: $36,000 – $50,000 DOE; Benefits: Paid holidays, personal days, vacation & sick leave, health insurance
Application Deadline: Position open until filled
Description: The Program Director coordinates and administers all aspects of the Northern Alaska Environmental Center’s (Northern Center’s) Arctic and Clean Water & Mining programs, and advises on all ongoing programs including planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling program activities.
Arctic Program 50% & Clean Water & Mining 20%
The Arctic Program is the Northern Alaska Environmental Center’s touchstone program and serves to advocate for Alaska’s arctic and subarctic wilderness, for sustainability of wild lands and ecosystems at the landscape scale, and for the integrity of conservation system units.
The Clean Water & Mining Program serves to protect water resources and ecosystems in Interior and Arctic Alaska from adverse effects of mining and industrial development.
CAMPAIGN DEVELOPMENT & ADVANCEMENT
Carry on the priority campaigns noted above by expanding outreach into local communities, constituent groups and statewide coalitions, and by developing grassroots deliverables.
Coordinate with the Center’s other programs where there is a wilderness or national energy element to their work to best leverage our work to success.
Propose legal action as necessary, upon recommendation of Executive Director and approval of the Board.
Research, organize around and comment on pending land use management plans, state and federal legislation that affects program goals, regulatory changes made by various enforcement agencies, and propose litigation to the executive director with other groups when appropriate.
Keep the Northern Center and relevant stakeholders informed of the advancement of mineral exploration projects in Interior and northern Alaska that pose, or may pose, conflicts with NAEC’s mission, and develop appropriate responses to them.
Write and update strategic plans for existing and emerging campaigns, and assist the Northern Center with organization-wide planning, including the Annual Operating Plan.
Monitor the environmental performance of existing mines and take the appropriate steps to deal with environmental problems when they arise.
Educate Center members on protection goals and emerging threats to wild lands and motivate them to take action.
Energize and broaden constituencies within Alaska for Arctic wilderness protection.
Produce presentations and lectures for community presentations on the issues.
Write press releases, briefing papers, fact sheets, comment letters and generate additional support from partner organizations, community and tribal entities, and others when strategic.
Communicate with legislators, the public, the media, and federal and state agencies about the wildlands values we support. Suggest to these bodies strategies they may employ to protect or best manage those values.
Develop funding proposals for the Arctic and Clean Water & Mining programs and for other Northern Center programs in conjunction with the Executive Director.
Write reports for funders and management as required in funding agreements.
Build relationships with historical and new program funders.
Ensure that programs operate within the approved budget.
Monitor cash flow projections in conjunction with the Executive Director on a regular basis (monthly/bimonthly).
Supervise program staff by providing direction, input and feedback.
Develop and implement long-term goals and objectives to achieve the successful outcome of the programs.
Develop an annual budget and operating plan to support the programs.
Develop a program evaluation framework to assess the strengths of the programs and to identify areas for improvement.
Take advantage of professional development by attending technical seminars and workshops and review literature relevant to Northern Center program goals.
Qualifications: Desire to be an energetic advocate for Alaska’s wilderness and wildlands.
Master’s Degree in environmental science/policy, political science, journalism/communications, or related field, or Bachelor’s Degree with at least three years of relevant experience.
Supervisory experience required.
A deep understanding of environmental protection issues, and sustainability.
Knowledge of state and federal permitting, land use planning and legal framework for public lands in Alaska, including the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, The Wilderness Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Water Act and other environmental laws.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Preference will be given to candidates with significant writing experience (newsletters, features, editorials, press releases, brochures, etc.), and public speaking skills.
Ability to manage and edit websites, audio and video recorders, and ease in using social media, a plus.
Must be a team player experienced with grassroots organizing and coalition work.
Experience with Alaska and working with indigenous communities is strongly preferred.
Commitment to preserving wilderness, environmental protection and social change.
For candidates not familiar with Alaska, the realities of living in Interior Alaska (especially in winter) should be understood and embraced. Those who appreciate extreme conditions and seasons will find comfort here.
Frequent travel is required, as well as occasional work on evenings and weekends. This is an exempt position.
How to Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, three references, and writing sample (no more than 4 pages) to:
Elisabeth B. Dabney
830 College Road
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Position Title: Climate Change Research Intern
Location: London, England
Application Deadline: Position open until filled
Description: Twin is a development through trade NGO working with 33 producer organisations representing 300,000 coffee, cocoa and nut smallholder in 17 countries across Latin America, Africa and Asia. Our coffee company Twin Trading, works to access value-added markets for our producer partners and offers quality coffee with development impact.
We unlock the power of trade to strengthen producer organisations and delivery social justice, economic development and environmental sustainability for small farmers. We are engaged throughout the value change to balance producer support with creating market demand, building partnerships that deliver sustainable, scalable and meaningful change.
Twin has multiple projects on climate resilience and has started a study how to improve climate resilience projects and better understand farmer innovation in response to environmental limitations in the context of climate change. This work required more attention and is the reason of this volunteer job advert.
This is a great opportunity to understand the world of coffee, value chains and ethical trade and work within coffee enthusiasts!
Desk based research
Compiling recent studies on coffee and climate change
Literature review of climate change evidence in coffee producing areas (East Africa, Central America, Latin America and Asia).
Literature review of theoretical concepts related to climate change (Adaptive capacity/management, M&E indicators) and on-going collaborations/consortium initiatives within the Third sector
Researching and categorising existing climate resilience / climate adaptation projects and initiatives
Status of the voluntary carbon markets and opportunities (tbc)
Engaging with industry partners
Approaching Twin’s business partners and other NGO, implementers to enlarge our case study database
Develop concept notes
Communicating preliminary results to pith to industry partners to seek interest and investment in coffee and climate resilience improvement.
Attending events and meetings on behalf of Twin
Any other duties that have been agreed with the Project Manager
How to Apply: If our role inspires you, please download further details here. Applications to email@example.com indicating the job title in the subject by 13th July 2015. Interviews to be held the week commencing 20th July 2015.
Organization: Vermont Public Service Board
Position Title: Environmental Analyst; Utilities Analyst (2 openings)
Location: Montpelier, Vermont
Application Deadline: Position open until filled
Description: The Vermont Public Service Board (“Board”) seeks to fill two vacant positions: an Environmental Analyst and a Utilities Analyst. The Board regulates electric, energy efficiency, natural gas, telecommunications and water utilities in Vermont. Issues decided by the Board include, among others: siting of utility facilities and non-utility renewable generation facilities; utility rates and other financial matters; and renewable energy, energy efficiency and telecommunications policies.
The Environmental and Utilities Analyst positions offer a unique chance to participate in Vermont’s regulatory process that implements policy decisions which often have statewide, regional, and national significance. Specific duties include reviewing utility-related filings; drafting proposed rules; assisting in the development of Board policy on utility-related matters; presiding over contested cases as a quasi-judicial hearing officer, with responsibility to identify significant issues; conducting thorough hearings in a fair, professional, judicious manner; preparing comprehensive proposed decisions that resolve all critical issues; and assisting the Board in evaluating the proposed decisions. The analysts would also advise the Board in cases that the Board hears directly, with responsibility to identify, research, and analyze significant issues, manage the procedural elements of the cases, work as part of a team, and draft the Board’s orders.
Qualifications: Judicial temperament, excellent writing and analytical skills are required. A strong candidate will have prior experience in facility siting and permitting, utility regulation, or related areas, including the telecommunications and energy industries. The Board also highly values experience with financial or business decision-making and public policy analysis and formulation. For the Utilities Analyst position, experience with financial analysis is desirable.
Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree and at least two years professional experience in accounting, auditing, economic or financial analysis, business or public administration, permitting, planning, physical science, engineering, or an environmental or natural resources field. Graduate work in related fields may be substituted for the required experience on a semester-for-six-months basis.
How to Apply: To apply, submit resume, cover letter indicating which position you are applying for, and writing sample to: Business Manager, Vermont Public Service Board, 112 State Street, 4th Floor, Montpelier, VT 05620-2701, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Position Title: Climate Change Project Manager – GHG Reduction
Location: San Francisco, California or Beijing, China
Compensation: $85,000 – $120,000
Application Deadline: August 31, 2015
Description: Webuild is seeking a Climate Change Program Manager to lead the development and implementation of a long term, consumer based climate change / greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction campaign throughout the Asian and Chinese marketplaces.
This would be a high profile, country leadership role in cooperation with Asian governments, in which the Program Manager will have direct responsibility for the development and implementation of greenhouse gas reduction / climate change initiatives focused on creating consumer awareness and behavior change through the use of mass media, public awareness and educational events that target over 1 billion consumers regionally.
Responsibilities: The ideal individual would have 8+ years of related work experience leading climate change and specifically GHG reduction technical studies that bring awareness to greenhouse gas emissions on the environment. Must have the abilities to conduct climate change research, identify strategic opportunities, develop strategy, partnerships, manage stakeholders, secure celebrity endorsements and implement a mass media campaign (social media, print advertising, tv commercials, etc..) related to strategic public transportation, sustainable agriculture, industrial consumption and energy efficiency initiatives that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Additional responsibilities will include the development of the strategic marketing plan of action, conducting fund raising efforts, and working with staff(i.e. country directors, celebrities, political operatives, etc.) for overall program success.
Qualifications: Requires a degree in Environmental Studies, Urban Planning,?Business Administration or related discipline. MBA preferred. Must have strong climate change, greenhouse gas reduction and sustainably program management experience related to Asian Cultures desired.
Candidates that have an environmental technical background with previous experience in mass media, public awareness campaign implementation efforts for governmental agencies, foundations, non-profits or public organizations will be given priority consideration. Position can be based in either Beijing, China or San Francisco, CA.
How to Apply: Apply online
Organization: Friends of the Earth Europe
Position Title: Climate Justice and Energy Program Intern
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Dates and compensation: Start date: 1 September 2015;
- A great learning experience in a highly motivating working environment
- Opportunity to gain understanding on how the EU works and how an environmental NGO can achieve change
- The opportunity to contribute to an international NGO with its office located in an environmentally friendly building with many other NGOs (Mundo-B)
- 5 days/week, 38 hour working week, compensation days for weekends/public holidays worked
- A monthly contribution to living costs of € 800
Application Deadline: July 5th 2015
Description: This is a unique opportunity to learn and work alongside our climate justice and energy team to help influence the EU to take up its responsibility to fight climate change, and to help bring people’s voices to decision-makers.
We are looking for an energetic and enthusiastic person to do an internship with our international Friends of the Earth Europe team. The intern position is based in Brussels, 5 days a week, and runs for four months from September until December 2015. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about and contribute to campaigning with a NGO working at EU level – part of a vibrant European and international network.
Friends of the Earth Europe campaigns for sustainable and just societies and for the protection of the environment. It unites more than 31 national organisations with thousands of local groups and is part of the world’s largest grassroots environmental network, Friends of the Earth International.
Support Brussels advocacy work on the essential role and benefits of good governance to a clean energy future and how to best achieve an ambitious implementation of the EU target on renewables. Outreach to our European member groups, editing and support for policy papers and activities in Brussels
Support in preparation, implementation and evaluation of one European wide climate campaigner meeting in October 2015 with about 40 people from the Friends of the Earth network
Production of the monthly update of our European campaigns within the network
Support for media stunts and campaign actions in Brussels
Help with contacting Friends of the Earth groups to share information
Supporting the team in their ongoing work regarding in the Energy Efficiency and Community power campaigns, mobilization before, during and after the Paris climate negotiations
Supporting the climate team in its fundraising and operational tasks
Social media outreach support
Good networking and communications skills, willingness to liaise with national and local groups across Europe
Logistical, problem solving skills and creativity
Fluency in English
Able to work in a team and independently with people from different cultural backgrounds
Able to occasionally travel abroad and during weekends
Commitment to the values, vision and mission of Friends of the Earth
Flexibility, ability to improvise and multi-tasking skills
Ability to work to deadlines and prioritise workloads
Educated to degree standard
Knowledge of climate justice, renewables and energy efficiency topics
Experience in campaign organising and/or activist background
Experience in NGO work and/or volunteering. Experience with Friends of the Earth network or one of our allies is a plus point.
Social media campaigning experience
Project management experience, preferably working internationally
Creativity and sense of humor
How to Apply: If you are interested in applying for the internship in the Climate Justice and Energy Programme please send your CV and a cover letter to email@example.com by midnight on 5th of July 2015.
Your letter of motivation should highlight how your skills and experience are well-suited to the exact requirements of this position and what learning expectations you have.
Short-listed candidates will be contacted by 9th July. (Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.)
Phone interviews will take place on 14th and 15th of July.
The Friends of the Earth Europe climate justice and energy team is looking forward to your application.
Organization: New Jersey Work Environment Council
Position Title: Executive Director
Location: Ewing, New Jersey
Application Deadline: July 15, 2015
Description: Serving as Executive Director of the New Jersey Work Environment Council (WEC) is an exciting and unusual opportunity for someone with the skills, experience, and commitment needed to help build a powerful movement for social change that unites labor, environmental, and community constituencies.
Founded in 1986, WEC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit alliance of 70 New Jersey labor, community, and environmental organizations working together for safe, secure jobs and a healthy, sustainable environment. Through organizing, coalition-building, public policy campaigns, education, training, and technical assistance, WEC promotes dialogue, collaboration, and joint action by workers, community members, and environmentalists.
While its programmatic efforts are focused in New Jersey, WEC has long served as a national model for labor-environmental collaboration.
WEC’s public voice is well-informed, creative, and bold. We take on powerful corporate and political interests to serve our mission. Current efforts include defending environmental and workplace safeguards from assault by corporations and their political allies; promoting healthy public schools for children, educators and other school staff; ensuring worker and neighborhood safety at industrial facilities that use hazardous chemicals and in communities endangered by highly flammable crude oil trains; and educating workers about their rights to safe and healthy workplaces.
In 2015, WEC’s two priority public campaigns are Healthy Schools Now and Stop Chemical Disasters: Respect Our Right to Know. The Board is also interested in expanding WEC’s future work to also focus on climate change, green energy, and a “just transition” for energy and chemical workers.
As a coalition, WEC develops and maintains close working relationships with labor unions, workers’ centers, and community and environmental organizations.
WEC is a state affiliate of the BlueGreen Alliance and the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health.
WEC has six staff and 10 key consultants. Our offices are in Ewing, NJ, outside Trenton, the state capitol. WEC is supported by foundations, government agencies, contributions from key partner organizations, membership dues, donations, other grassroots fundraising, and some fee-for-service activities. Non-supervisory staff are represented by United Steelworkers Local 4-149. For more information about WEC, please visit www.njwec.org.
Responsibilities: The Executive Director (ED) is WEC’s chief executive officer, reports to the Board of Directors, and is responsible for the achievement of the organization’s mission and programmatic and financial objectives. The ED will work closely with the Assistant Director in assuming many of the responsibilities below. Responsibilities
Overall, the ED will:
1) Ensure that WEC has a long-range strategy which achieves its mission and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress.
2) Provide leadership to develop program, organizational and financial plans with the Board of Directors and staff, and carry out policies and plans authorized by the Board.
3) Promote active and broad participation by partner organizations and volunteers.
4) Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
5) Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends, particularly concerning successful strategies to build effective coalitions and opportunities to increase engagement of workers and communities threatened by inadequate protection from toxic hazards and other environmental health threats.
6) Identify opportunities for WEC to expand or modify its programmatic focus.
7) Cultivate an organizational culture where there is ongoing and honest assessment of our work by the Board, other leaders, and staff. Ensure effective systems to track progress and regularly evaluate programs.
8) Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors and serve as an ex-officio member.
In communications, the ED will:
1) Ensure that the Board is kept fully informed on the condition of WEC and all important factors influencing it.
2) Publicize the goals and activities of WEC.
3) Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with member and partner organizations, including those representing labor, community, and environmental constituencies.
4) Represent WEC’s programs and point of view to agencies, organizations, and the general public. Serve, along with WEC’s President and Vice Presidents, as WEC’s principal public spokespersons.
5) Oversee communications, including written and electronic publications, web presence, etc. to create stronger WEC effectiveness and identity. Review and approve publications for the Board of Directors or a public audience. Write some content for these publications.
In relations with staff, the ED will:
1) Be responsible for the recruitment, employment, and release of all personnel, including paid staff, consultants, and volunteers. (According to WEC’s bylaws, the ED has authority to hire, supervise, and terminate staff.)
2) Ensure that job descriptions are developed, that there are ongoing performance evaluations, and that sound human resource practices are in place.
3) See that an effective management team, with provision for succession, is in place.
4) Encourage staff and volunteer development and education, and assist program staff in relating their specialized work to the total program of the organization.
5) Maintain a climate that attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people.
In budget and finance, the ED will:
1) Be responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial practices and controls.
2) Work with staff, the Finance Committee, and the Board in preparing annual budgets, and see that the organization operates within budget guidelines.
3) Ensure that adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its work. Maintain, develop and expand funding from foundations, government agencies, organizational and individual members, grassroots fundraising, etc.
Roughly, 40 to 50 percent of the Director’s time will be allocated to generating funds. (Other staff and designated consultants provide significant assistance in this effort.)
4) Jointly, with the President and officers, conduct official WEC correspondence and jointly, with designated officers, execute legal documents.
The job performance of the Executive Director may be reviewed by the Executive Committee, which consists of the five elected WEC officers.
Qualifications: The Executive Director must be committed to WEC’s mission and a broader vision of building a powerful movement for social change that unites labor, environmental, and community constituencies.
All candidates should have proven leadership, mentoring, relationship management, coalition-building, and fundraising experience.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate experience and qualifications that include: • A record of effectively leading or helping to lead a non-profit organization, with ability to point to examples of having taken an organization to the next stage of growth.
- Unwavering commitment to quality programs and forthright program evaluation. • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop teamwork, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.
- Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing and new board member relationships. • Strong public relations and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a range of core stakeholders and cultures, including labor, environmental, and community organizations.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
- Action-oriented, adaptable, and creative approach to planning.
- Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.
- Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed.
- Ability to speak Spanish is a valuable asset.
- Ability to travel, normally requiring a valid driver’s license.
How to Apply: Candidates for this position should send a resume, contact information for three professional references (including an email address and telephone number), and writing samples to EDSearch@njwec.org.
Written materials, such as fundraising proposals, strategic organizational or campaign plans, and/or organizing materials intended for a lay audience could strengthen the application.
Organization: Climate Action Reserve
Position Title: Vice President for Policy
Location: Los Angeles, California
Application Deadline: July 2, 2015
Description: The Vice President for Policy is a key executive management position at the Climate Action Reserve and is responsible for overseeing the development of new and the maintenance of existing greenhouse gas offset protocols, managing the Reserve’s consulting and advisory services program, and providing strategic advice and guidance to support the Reserve’s existing and new initiatives. The position reports directly to the President, manages a staff of professional employees, and regularly presents to the Reserve’s Board of Directors. The Vice President’s main areas of responsibility include the following tasks below. These should be seen as a starting point and may evolve over time.
Policy Team Management
Primary Policy Team activities include developing, maintaining, and updating carbon offset protocols; assisting the Program Team with protocol implementation and application; and, in conjunction with the Programs team, formulating and refining Reserve program rules and policies. The Vice President for Policy is responsible for managing Policy Team staff.
Promoting Market-Oriented Climate Policy Development
Together with the President, the Vice President for Policy will help lead the Reserve’s efforts to engage with policymakers and other external stakeholders to further the Reserve’s mission of promoting greenhouse gas emission reductions through credible market-based policies and solutions.
With the President and senior management team, the Vice President for Policy actively contributes to the development and implementation of the Reserve’s mission, goals, and strategic planning efforts. As part of this effort, the Vice President for Policy helps to identify and evaluate opportunities, set priorities and engages in outreach opportunities to promote the Reserve’s strategic growth into new program areas and international markets.
- Thinks strategically about the Reserve’s goals, promotes them internally and externally, and coordinates ideas and resources to achieve them.
- Uses good judgment and makes sound decisions. Provides honest, ethical, and positive leadership in the promotion of the Reserve’s mission and goals.
- Focuses on results and desired outcomes and how best to achieve them. Manages time, staff, and resources to effectively achieve organizational goals.
- Promotes cooperation and commitment within a team to achieve goals and deliverables. Manages staff in ways that maximize their effectiveness and promote professional development.
- Communicates clearly and effectively. Builds and sustains trusting internal and external relationships to ensure the Reserve’s mission and goals are achieved. Diplomatically and tactfully handles challenging or tense situations. Positively and effectively represents the Reserve in both formal and informal settings.
- Takes personal responsibility for quality and timeliness of work and achieves results with little oversight. Performs tasks with care and checks work for completeness and accuracy. Remains aware and takes care of details that are easy to overlook or dismiss as insignificant.
- Creatively and actively participates in efforts to develop, evaluate, and implement strategic options for the future of the Reserve. Is open to new ideas and perspectives, actively works to identify new opportunities, and provides solutions that help the organization understand and manage risks.
Qualifications: Candidates for this position must meet the following requirements:
– A graduate degree in a relevant discipline, such as environmental science, economics, business, public policy, law, or related field;
– A minimum of 10 years of full-time work experience in greenhouse gas measurement and verification, energy and environmental consulting, environmental policy, environmental or energy finance, or a related field;
– A minimum of 5 years as a supervisor managing and overseeing the work of professional staff;
– Experience and knowledge of climate change policy and program development, especially with regard to market-based regulations, demonstrated experience working with government agencies, expert stakeholder groups, and others, and experience with and understanding of financial markets;
– Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with teams of individuals and colleagues;
– Excellent project management and contractor oversight skills;
– Demonstrated experience and skills as a public speaker;
– Detail-oriented and organized thinker who can juggle multiple, competing priorities;
– Strong quantitative, analytical research skills;
– Excellent writing and computer skills;
– Flexibility and willingness to travel as needed; and
– A U.S. citizen or legal resident with the right to work in the U.S.
How to Apply: Interested candidates must submit the following information to the Search Committee:
- Cover letter
- Technical writing sample (maximum of 10 pages)
The deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2015. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications should be emailed to the following address with the header “Vice President for Policy” EMAIL:firstname.lastname@example.org