April 10th 2017

Career Notes

Welcome to Career Notes the Career Services newsletter for VLS students in the masters programs.

Please let us know if you plan on applying to any of the jobs below so that we can help you with your applications and/or find similar jobs to include in future newsletters.

A note on where we find these jobs…

I have received a few questions regarding the sources and contact information for some of the job postings in this and past newsletters. I try to post enough information in this newsletter that you can “re-find” the posting or at least the organization even if it is not from the original source. We are also very willing to help you locate a job you see in this newsletter. However, in some cases if you do not act fast the posting may have expired or have been filled.

There are a number of ways that I receive and find the job descriptions I post. In most of these cases you can do exactly the same thing on your own. In fact, we encourage you to do so! Here are just a few of our methods and sources…

  • VLS Alums and friends send them to us
  • We actively solicit jobs from past or prospective employers (often these are summer or temporary opportunities with organizations we have a strong relationship with, but we get longer term or full time positions as well)
  • Employers seek us out (we have a “Post a job” button on the VLS website, and we also welcome employers sending us jobs directly via email)
  • We have “alerts” set up on several sites that will send us links to particular types of jobs
  • We actively search various job websites for interesting postings relevant to you (Idealist.org, ecojobs.org,….)

–          We go directly to the websites of various governments, organizations, and businesses and check out their “join us”, “employment”, or “career” pages

Reminder: We post many of these and other jobs like them on Symplicity, our jobs database. All VLS students and Alums have access. Symplicity jobs are generally focused on internships and jobs requiring 0-5 years experience. You may access Symplicity via the Careers Portal on the VLS homepage. The database requires a login, which you should have received during your first semester, if you don’t have it or have misplaced it please let us know and we can email you another (please tell us if your email has changed).

Reminder:  Newsletters may also be accessed through our blog:  http://wordpress.vermontlaw.edu/careers/   this is especially convenient for graduates who want to keep in touch.

 Career Tip of the Week

Network to a New Job: How to Meet Influential People

BY      BENNETT GARNER ON     MARCH 28, 2017

Early in my career while working in Washington, DC, it seemed like every day, I’d receive an invite to an event, panel discussion, or happy hour. Unfortunately, the thought of attending all (or any) of these events made me cringe.

I’ve always been a pretty strong introvert, and networking can be painful for me. I’d attend an event only to find myself leaning against the wall and scrolling through my phone; anything to avoid talking to people.

For months, I avoided networking altogether. But that summer, I saw examples of how networking was paying off for my peers:

My roommate found a new job through a mutual friend.

My mentor had one of his friends write a $5,000 corporate check to sponsor a new program to bring business opportunities and jobs to an emerging neighborhood.

A coworker used her contacts in media and PR to run a campaign that got millions of impressions for our nonprofit.

Whatever I felt about networking, people around me were using their networks and reaping the rewards. And so I decided to figure out a way to grow my network in a way that was true to my personality.

With a lot of research and some uncomfortable experimentation, I developed a system that works for me. Here’s what I figured out:

Most events aren’t worth your time

Over the course of eight months, I read nearly 20 books on networking. As I tested the more traditional advice of attending events and bringing lots of business cards, I found that it wasn’t always how I could benefit from networking with many of the people I was meeting, or how I could be a professional resource to them, as well. As a result, the people I met at events rarely turned into long-term connections.

There’s a couple reasons why I think that’s the case:

People at events are excited and distracted.

At events, there are a dozen other things to pay attention to besides you. With people walking past, new faces entering the room, and the excitement of the program, most of the people you meet will be distracted. Much better to meet someone in a relaxed setting where you can get to know one another.

The quality of your relationships outweighs quantity.

Events are all about how many people you can meet. Encounters rarely go deeper than small talk and exchanging business cards. You can try following up after the event if things go well, but when I tested this approach it yielded lackluster results.

Of all the supportive, long-term relationships I have in my network, not one of them came from meeting someone at an event.

You want deep relationships where people remember you, look to you for help, and help you when you need it. Events aren’t always the best place to begin these relationships.

If you have to attend an event like an annual meeting or a big conference, focus on the ways you can provide value to your new connections. In your conversations, you should try to listen and ask questions 80% of the time and only talk about yourself 20% of the time. Always focus on the other person.

Even if you meet someone more experienced than you, you can still provide value by asking what they’re working on, offering to volunteer, giving your feedback on a project, offering to write a testimonial, or following up on how the project is going in a few weeks’ time.

In general, these in-depth conversations about programs are difficult to have at an event. More likely, you’ll need to find another time to grow your network in a more relaxed and focused way.

If you don’t go to events, where do you meet people?

I’ve found there are two main ways to meet interesting people and develop strong professional relationships.

Method #1: Project-based networking

The first way is to have an interesting project you’re working on and ask for help on a specific problem. You can approach your friends, colleagues, and mentors to tell them about the problem. Ask them to point you in the right direction with something along the lines of, “Do you know anyone who might be able to help me with this?”

Once you’ve got recommendations, you can reach out via email. Here’s the outreach template that I use:

“Hi [First Name],

[Referrer’s Name] recommended we get in touch. I’m currently working on [project title], with a lot of great [benefits of your project]. It’s still in the early phases and I’d love to get your input since you know so much about [their expertise/industry].

In the past, I’ve worked on [previous past accomplishment]. My work has been featured/awarded in [name any awards/press/conferences/recognition you’ve gotten – to show that you’re legitimate and not just another person asking for their time].

I’m writing to see if you’d be willing to answer a few questions I have about [specific problem]. It shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes, and it would help me out a ton. Can we schedule a 20 minute meeting when you have some availability? I’d be happy to come to you if that makes things easier.

Hope to hear from you soon,

[Your name]”

As you can see from the template, a good email is short, establishes your credibility, mentions a connection you have, and has a specific ask at the end. It shouldn’t take more than two minutes for the recipient to read the email. In addition to my template, Idealist has 13 helpful email templates you can use while job searching.

The benefit of what I call “project-based networking” is that you won’t have to come up with icebreakers or conversation topics when you meet the person. You have a clear topic at hand; working on the project or problem. You also have a built-in reason to follow up with the contact, letting her know how the project is going and how her advice helped. Follow-up like this is key to building a strong network.

The hard part about this approach is you have to have a project worth talking about, and it shouldn’t be something personal. If you don’t have an interesting project at work, you can start your own project on the side to give you some networking fodder.

The key to this approach is the ongoing follow-up. When you receive advice, let the person know you used the advice and how it went. It can result in making your coaches and new connections feel valued and invested in the project.

Method #2: Meet people by volunteering

The second way I’ve found to build my network is to volunteer to work on a committee, event, or project.

Event organizers and industry associations are always looking for volunteers to help with committees and events. This can be great ways to show off your expertise and work ethic while working on a team with more seasoned professionals.

I personally know people organizing events right now at the National Network to End Domestic Violence, the Red Cross, and the International Economic Development Council.

Depending on your expertise you might try contacting United Way, the American Cancer Society, or your local nonprofit housing association.

There are also numerous academic and trade associations spanning from the American Marketing Association to the African Studies Association that would likely welcome help with their events and programs. Just find an organization in your niche or that fits your interests and see if they need help!

By volunteering for an event, meeting, or committee, you’ll get access to event attendees as well as the speakers. In this way, you get to interact with experts and key professionals. When you help out, introduce yourself to everyone and work hard to make a distinctive contribution. There’s no special trick to this method, just consistent effort. When you volunteer to help organize a conference or sit on committees, you have the opportunity to show other successful people that you’re good at what you do. They will remember you for that.

When I started implementing these systems, my network grew in quality relationships. I soon became more invested in these relationships, and began offering testimonials for programs, serving as a reference for a job application, and helping others create LinkedIn accounts. Although I was meeting fewer people, I found that over time the people I did meet offered me mentorship, access to their own networks, and even job opportunities.

 

Job / Externship Postings of the Week

Environment Maine Director

PUBLISHED: 03/27/2017

DESCRIPTION

Through Environment Maine, we are protecting the air, water and land that Mainers love. From the rugged Maine coast to the slopes of Mt. Katahdin, our special places are worth protecting. Recently, we celebrated a major victory when President Obama restored clean water protections to more than half of the nation’s streams, which feed drinking water sources for one in three Americans. Now, we’re working to help Portland go solar and repower Maine with 100 percent renewable energy, and fighting to make sure Senators Collins and King stand up against President Trump’s environmental rollbacks.

We’re expanding our state directing team to have a presence in 33 states, and we’re looking for highly qualified, driven and passionate candidates to run 9 of our state offices, and direct the environmental program in those locations.

SUMMARY

State Directors are responsible for developing our strategy, approach and local message to win our campaigns. The State Director will also meet with local decision-makers and opinion leaders, and represent our organization to allies and the media. State Directors help to build and foster our membership, grassroots and online base of support. Finally, the State Director will help recruit staff and volunteers to join us, fundraise for our programs, and maintain good systems for tracking and building on our work.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Program: Run our in-state program participating in and overseeing policy development, research and messaging.

Advocacy: Bring problems and solutions to the attention of decision-makers—including state legislators, people on the governor’s staff, state regulators and local officials. Develop appropriate messages and materials for making the case to decision-makers. Build relationships with key players in the state, the region and at the federal level.

Campaign strategy: Develop plans to win on our environmental campaigns. Assess opportunities for building political support for our agenda through coalition-building, grassroots organizing, media coverage, endorsements and message development.

Media outreach: Serve as the public spokesperson for our environmental campaigns through media events, press releases, editorial board meetings and other outreach with a goal of building name recognition for the organization, educating the public about our issues, and building and demonstrating support for our positions.

Coalition building: Identify, reach out and work with partners who can help us win our campaigns.

Fundraising: Write grant proposals, build relationships with foundation staff and meet with large donors, all to bring more resources to campaigns we’re waging to protect our environment. Work with our citizen outreach staff to build and develop our membership base.

Staff recruitment and development: Recruit new staff and volunteers to increase our impact and build our power.

QUALIFICATIONS

Candidates must have at least 3-5 years of relevant professional experience. Qualified candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to environmental issues and to citizen-based social change, as well as a track record of leadership. We’re looking for goal-driven and results-oriented individuals who have excellent verbal, writing and analytical skills, the ability to speak persuasively in a charged atmosphere, and enthusiasm for the work. The ideal candidate will have experience in state-level political advocacy and organizing, a proven ability to recruit, train and develop staff, the ability to raise money, and demonstrated success in building relationships with the full spectrum of environmental and political stakeholders.

APPLY NOW at http://jobs.environmentamerica.org/state-director.html

Environment America is part of the Public Interest Network. We’re a group of organizations working to address problems our society can’t afford to ignore—from preserving irreplaceable resources like air, water and a livable climate; to transforming vast systems of transportation and energy that were designed to meet the needs of a different century; to growing and distributing food in ways that won’t destroy the environment and threaten human health.

HOW TO APPLY

klarson@publicinterestnetwork.org

http://jobs.environmentamerica.org/state-director.html

Please apply online at: http://jobs.environmentamerica.org/state-director.html

LOCATIONS

Portland, or Augusta, Maine; Minneapolis, Minn.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Las Vegas or Reno, Nev.; Manchester or Concord, N.H.; Raleigh, N.C.; Columbus, Ohio; Richmond, Va.

SALARY

Details: Target annual compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has. Environment America offers a competitive benefits package.

PROFESSIONAL LEVEL

Managerial

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED

4-year degree

 

CESA Summer Research Assistant

Contact Person and Title: Meghan Monahan

Street Address: 50 State Street Suite 1

City: Montpelier

State: VT

Country: United States

Zip: 05602

Phone Number: 802-223-2554

E-mail Address: meghan@cleanegroup.org

Website: www.cesa.org

Opening for:

1L

2L

3L

Masters

LLM

Recent Graduate

Admitted Attorney

Describe the Position: The Research Assistant will carry out research, writing, data collection, and administrative tasks related to CESA’s solar programs and solar+storage programs. Details at: http://cesa.org/about-us/employment-opportunities/

The position is available for 10-12 weeks, for up to 37½ hours per week. The position will begin in May 2017, with a preference for a start date early in the month.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Requirements for The Position This position is appropriate for a graduate student or an individual with an undergraduate degree.

Knowledge of energy issues and solar photovoltaics.

Strong writing and communication skills.

Briefly describe the Firm or Organization: The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) is a national, nonprofit coalition of public agencies and organizations working together to advance clean energy. CESA members—mostly state agencies—include many of the most innovative, successful, and influential public funders of clean energy initiatives in the country. For more information, see www.cesa.org.

Salary: $18/hr

Deadline Date:

Contact Method:

(If students are applying directly how would the employer prefer to be contacted/receive applications.)

Email

Materials you wish to receive

Resume

Cover Letter

Writing Sample

List of References

 

Legislative Intern

Washington, DC

Three-month Paid Internship

Center for Science and Democracy

http://www.ucsusa.org/about/jobs-ucs#legintern

The Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists has a new opportunity for a paid, full time, three-month internship supporting work on defending attacks on science and science-based policymaking, all through an equity and justice lens. You will track legislation and relevant events, represent UCS at certain coalition meetings, attend hearings, briefings, and meetings on Capitol Hill, research and prepare informational materials, do outreach, and communicate with Hill offices. You’ll also provide general support with legislative research, report production, and/or event logistics. This internship is under the supervision of the Washington Representative for the Center for Science and Democracy, and entails a working knowledge of the legislative process, as well as good research, writing, outreach, and communication skills.

Please apply by April 16, 2017.

See the full list of job openings at http://www.ucsusa.org/about/jobs-ucs

 

Program Coordinator-Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS)

Department: CAFS

Locations: South Royalton, VT

Posted: Mar 02, ’17

Type: Part-time Non-Exempt

About Vermont Law School:

Vermont Law School (VLS) is a private, American Bar Association-accredited law school located along the banks of the beautiful White River in central South Royalton, VT. The Law School offers the nation’s premier environmental law program, and it is currently ranked #1 in Environmental Law by U.S. News and World Report (no lower than #2 since rankings began in 1991). The school offers several degrees, including Juris Doctor, Master of Laws (LL.M) in Environmental Law, Master of Environmental Law, Master of Laws in Energy Law, as well as dual degrees with a diverse range of institutions, including the University of Cambridge, the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and the University of Vermont, offering more courses in the field than any other law school in the country.

Vermont Law School is distinguished by the character of the students, faculty and staff who have chosen to learn, teach and work here. From its founding, VLS has consistently drawn individuals from across the country and world with a passion for public service, a concern for justice, and an interest in pursuing legal education as a means to make a difference in the world. It is not surprising that Vermont Law School has risen to the top as a place to study environmental law and a place to work.

Job Description:

Position Summary:

The Program Coordinator provides general administrative as well as program support to the CAFS team.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Schedule meetings for CAFS staff and project partners.

Assist in preparing for CAFS Staff meetings including drafting and printing agendas, and taking notes.

Support the Food & Agriculture Clinic as needed.

Coordinate with CAFS staff to complete and submit quarterly time and effort reports.

Assist in setting up and orienting new CAFS employees.

Order CAFS office supplies.

Other tasks as needed (i.e. event planning, staff celebrations, etc.).

Support CAFS Faculty including managing calendars, scheduling meetings, booking travel, and credit card reconciliation; assist with exams (including proctoring), managing course websites, and providing other general assistance as needed.

Process transactions including vendor invoices, travel expense reports and payment vouchers, with supervision from Program Officer of Management.

Provide general communications assistance with the production of multimedia products for CAFS website and general outreach; and providing assistance to Program Officer for Design as needed.

Requirements:

Education, Skills & Experience:

An undergraduate degree or higher, plus three or more years of relevant administrative support experience, or a combination of education and experience for which comparible knowledge and skills are required.

Excellent organizational and communications skills.

Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to deal with a complex and diverse workload.

Experience with Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Mailchimp, and online platforms for event scheduling.

Genuine interest in food systems and sustainable agriculture preferred, but not required.

Additional Information:

This position is a half-time benefits eligible position.

 

Various Energy Positions in Vermont

All of the below Jobs were found athttp://www.revermont.org/resources/jobs/

Avangrid | Wind Plant Technician – Deerfield

Avangrid Renewables is seeking to fill a Wind Plant Technician opening to support the Deerfield facility located in Searsburg, VT. This position is responsible for the onsite operations, maintenance, repairs and replacement of equipment on a wind powered generation plant, and leads in all areas of plant operations as directed by the Plant Manager.

 

Building Energy | Solar Installer

Work on our team installing residential solar systems and cold climate heat pump systems based out of our Burlington area headquarters. The applicant: Must have experience installing residential solar systems, be comfortable with heights and ladders. Should be able to lift over 50 pounds, must be mechanically oriented and comfortable with hand tools, should enjoy working outside in the varied Vermont weather. Please send resume and cover letter to Russ Flanigan via email rflanigan@buildingenergyus.com or call at the office 802-859-3384 ext 114.

 

Burlington Electric Department | Engineering Technician

The incumbent in this position will be responsible for designing, installing and maintaining sophisticated and highly complex electric and electronic supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems as well as other control and protective systems in the areas of radio communications, electric generation, substation breakers and relays, and electric distribution flow devices.

Catamount Solar | Residential Solar Sales Associate

Catamount Solar, a full service solar design and installation company based in Randolph VT seeks a Residential Sales Associate to join our sales team. This position, while based from Randolph, will travel throughout Vermont to meet with homeowners, discuss their solar options, deliver timely proposals, and follow-up to close these sales.

Catamount Solar | PV Commercial Project Manager

The Commercial Project Manager is responsible for establishing the schedule and budget of commercial scale solar construction projects, and ensures that milestones and deliverables are met through the life of the project. The Manager could handle multiple projects simultaneously at various stages of development and construction – projects could be located locally and regionally.

 

Encore Renewable Energy | Director of Engineering – Solar

Maybe you have experience at a solar or utility company or as an electrical engineer. You may have ten+ years of experience or perhaps your career to date has been shorter but you have several years of rich solar design experience. Either way you are ready to take a big step in your career and make a significant impact.

You are a leader interested in making a real contribution to the paradigm shift to a clean energy economy, as part of an industry leading team.

Encore Renewable Energy | Project Analyst

Encore Renewable Energy is currently seeking a highly motivated individual with the skills, experience and aptitude to serve as Project Analyst. The successful candidate will work with our team in support of the firm’s rapidly growing renewable energy project development, finance and construction management practice.

Energy Co-op of Vermont | Heat Pump and HVAC Installer

If you’re energetic, ambitious and love working on heating systems, we’d like to talk. We’re hiring a licensed heat pump and natural gas installer to join our service team.

Gravel & Shea | Legal Assistant Positions

Gravel & Shea in downtown Burlington, Vermont has openings for two legal assistants, one for our litigation group and one for our real estate group. The candidates will have law firm experience including formatting and editing documents specific to each practice area, as well as a comprehensive knowledge of Microsoft Office software. In addition, this position requires a strong work ethic, an eagerness to learn and excellent writing, communication and typing skills. Minimum qualifications include an Associate’s degree and/or a minimum of three years’ law firm experience.

groSolar | Business Development Sales Analyst

The Business Development Sales Analyst will assist the Business Development team in all areas of the sales and development process including lead and opportunity research, feasibility assessments, performing detailed financial analysis of opportunities in identified vertical markets, and proposal production. In addition, the Business Development Sales Analyst will be a key team member in the development of solar projects including the contractual and financial structuring of projects. This is an opportunity to work in a dynamic industry with one of the pioneering leaders in the solar industry.

Norwich Technologies | Project Administrator

Norwich Technologies is seeking an project administrator to work with our sales and engineering team to ensure organizational effectiveness and efficiency. As a start-up company, a broad range of activites and skills will be required. Particular near-term tasks include project permitting, design, scheduling, and engineering and financial documentation reporting for our Solar and grant projects.

Power Guru | Solar Installer

Power Guru is looking for motivated professionals to become part of our team. We are located in North Bennington Vermont, and cover the surrounding area including Washington and Rensselaer Counties in New York. Solar installation is a growing trade which incorporates electrical, carpentry and cutting edge technology. Power Guru is a fast growing solar company that recognizes talent and compensates it accordingly. Please visit our website at http://power-guru.com to learn more about us! Apply today for a great opportunity to be the next to join our team!!

Renewable NRG Systems | Sales Support Specialist

Looking for a Sales Support Specialist eager to learn and grow with our company.

For more information, please visit: nrgsystems.com/about/careers

RGS Energy | Small Commercial Sales Representative

Represent an elite solar energy company and participate in the widespread deployment of renewable technologies. RGS customers save money immediately by using less-expensive solar electricity. We are looking for friendly sales consultants to navigate our clients through the process of purchasing their electricity from a more competitive source.

Rob Stubbins Electrical and Solar | Solar Installer

Rob Stubbins Electrical and Solar is a rapidly growing company that has recently expanded into solar. We have a small solar team that we are looking to grow along with our solar business. We install residential roof mount systems as well as pole mount systems. We also work with generators and batteries as back up for the solar. The successful candidate should be comfortable using a ladder according to OSHA standards, and be comfortable and safe on a roof. Basic hand tools are a must have. We work mostly in Rutland County, but do branch into neighboring counties. A valid driver’s license and clean driving record are desirable, and if you’re NABCEP certified, that’s a bonus! We offer paid vacation, sick, and holiday’s. We offer basic AFLAC and match a simple IRA to 3%. Please send resume to Judy Todd at judy@robstubbinselectrical.com or call the office at 802-775-1484 X500.

Same Sun of Vermont | Solar Installer

Same Sun of Vermont, a dynamic solar design and installation company is looking for installers to join our team. Some prior construction, trade or electrical experience is desired. Passion for renewable energy is a plus. Must be reliable, able to follow instructions, able to work on roofs, know how to use basic hand tools and lift 50+ pounds. Valid driver’s license and good references required. Based in Rutland, but operating statewide. Please send resume AND cover letter via email to jobs@samesunvt.com, or mail to Same Sun at 24 Center Street, Rutland VT 05701

 

Smart Resources Labs | DevOps Engingeer

Smart Resource Labs (SRL) has developed a data management platform for energy efficiency, microgrids and renewable energy. We are looking to expand our technical team with a DevOps Engineer as we scale. This position will support SaaS products aimed at the Solar industry as well as the C&I Energy Performance Monitoring market for Continuous Energy Improvement and Advanced Manufacturing initiatives. The ideal candidate will be a confident creative thinker with a “roll-up-the-sleeves”, detail oriented approach to getting things done.

 

SunCommon | Various Positions

SunCommon is a Benefit Corporation based out of Waterbury Center that is fueled by the belief that everyone has the right to a healthy environment and brighter future – and renewable energy is where it starts. Energy from the sun can power our lives and build vibrant communities. Our mission is to tear down the barriers to clean energy and use our business for a force for good.

 

Vermont Environmental Research Associates | Business Manager

Vermont Environmental Research Associates (VERA) is a small consultancy providing renewable energy development services throughout New England. Our mission is to be an integral part of the renewable energy resource transformation of the electric utility system. We have a full-time management opening for an experienced individual to join our team managing the firm’s small business functions and participate in development of commercial-scale wind and solar generation projects.

 

Vermont Law School Energy Clinic | Fellow

As a result of a recent grant from Jane’s Trust Foundation, the Vermont Law School Energy Clinic will be hiring a Climate Justice Fellow to work with us for two years beginning Fall 2017 while also pursuing an LLM in Energy Law. The fellowship provides a $30,000 per year stipend and a full tuition waiver for applicants who have completed their JD (or equivalent) and been accepted into our Energy LLM program, as well as, an opportunity to work in our year-round energy clinic on climate justice issues. Attorneys licensed to practice in New England are encouraged to apply but this is not a requirement of the fellowship. Application deadline is May 1, 2017.

 

Vital Communities | Energy and Transportation Project Coordinator

Vital Communities’ Energy and Transportation Programs promote efficient and renewable energy use and sustainable transportation. Both programs have a strong reputation for developing innovative, community-based projects (including Smart Commute, Solarize Upper Valley, & Weatherize Upper Valley) and are deeply engaged in both local and statewide efforts. The Energy and Transportation Project Coordinator position represents a strategic effort to more closely align Vital Communities’ efforts in these two important issue areas.

 

Development and Communications Manager

The FUND for Lake George is a private, not-for-profit environmental organization dedicated to protecting the water quality and watershed of Lake George as a world-class natural resource.

Job Description

The Development and Communications Manager will be a key member of a dynamic team that is passionate about Lake George and will support the Executive Director, key trustees, and consultants in the development and continuous assessment/improvement of fund development, donor relations, and communications and outreach projects that include public relations, events management, advertising, and creating brand awareness.

Posted by The FUND for Lake George

SALARY

Minimum: $42,000.00

Maximum: $60,000.00

Details: Commensurate with experience and prior achievement

 

PUBLISHED: 03/31/2017

ADDRESS

2199A State Route 9

Lake George, NY

12845 United States

 

Position Responsibilities

Coordination of fundraising strategies, including donor prospecting/cultivation/solicitation, campaign development, and planned giving program

Raiser’s Edge database management, including Target Analytics application, data entry, gift entry/acknowledgement, and reporting

Management of annual fund and other fundraising appeals (traditional and digital) and sponsorship opportunities

Planning and execution of fundraising and outreach events

Coordination of grant applications and reporting

Coordination of print and digital marketing communications and publications plan with established consultants

 

Key Working Relationships

The Development and Communications Manager will need to work closely with the following individuals and teams, and must be adept and skillful at relationship cultivation and management:

  • FUND Executive Director
  • FUND Director of Finance and Administration (reports to)
  • FUND staff, including Lake George Waterkeeper
  • FUND Chairman & full Board of Trustees
  • Communications and development consultants
  • Program partners including The Jefferson Project (IBM & RPI), The S.A.V.E. Lake George
  • Partnership (local officials and other key regional leaders), and 1% for the Planet (regional
  • businesses)
  • Other LG Orgs: LGA, LGLC, LGPC
  • Media: Lake George Mirror, Albany Times Union, The Post Star, etc.
  • Key vendors
  • The Public

Position Requirements

An undergraduate college degree and 3-5 years minimum experience in Fundraising and/or Marketing/Communications with a record of progressive achievement

Proficiency in Blackbaud programs including Raiser’s Edge, Wealthpoint, and Target Analytics

A strong familiarity and comfort working with individual donors and institutional (public and private) grant makers

An acute interest in, if not outright passion for, Lake George, conservation and sustainability

Excellent written and oral communication skills, from one-on-one meetings to formal presentations

Demonstrated digital fluency, including being able to manage websites, email campaigns, and all appropriate forms of electronic media

A team player able to effectively collaborate and multi-task in a deadline-driven environment

Flexibility, innovative thinking, and positive “can do” outlook, ability to work fully “hands-on” in a high energy, highly collaborative small office environment

A good business mind; comfortable with the budget process, strong project coordination skills and a strong ‘timeline/milestone’ manager

Compensation

Commensurate with experience and prior achievement; the target salary range is $42,000 – $60,000 with full employee benefits package.

HOW TO APPLY

info@fundforlakegeorge.org

https://fundforlakegeorge.org/

To apply, please submit cover letter, resume with salary history, and a writing sample to info@fundforlakegeorge.org.

BENEFITS

Full employee benefits package

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED

4-year degree

 

Climate Justice Policy and Programs Coordinator

Posted by UPROSE

START DATE: 07/03/2017

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 05/31/2017

 

Founded in 1966, UPROSE is Brooklyn’s oldest Latino community based organization. An intergenerational, multi-racial, women of color led, nationally recognized grassroots organization, UPROSE promotes the sustainability and resiliency of Brooklyn’s Sunset Park community through community organizing, education, leadership development and cultural/artistic expression. UPROSE has achieved multiple groundbreaking accomplishments in environmental justice, community-based planning, and public health initiatives, from waterfront development and brownfields remediation advocacy, to transportation, open space and air quality improvement, to educational and youth empowerment campaigns. Since 2008, UPROSE has championed climate adaptation and community resiliency initiatives for Sunset Park. Following Superstorm Sandy, UPROSE launched the Climate Justice Center, NYC’s first grassroots-led climate adaptation and community resiliency planning project.

UPROSE seeks a Climate Justice Policy & Programs Coordinator to facilitate this initiative and manage work plan implementation. This is an exciting opportunity for a self-motivated, creative and experienced team player to engage in innovative grassroots work with national significance. The Coordinator will work under the supervision of the Executive Director. Applicants must have a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (public policy, urban planning, climate adaptation and resiliency, environmental science, etc.), strong writing and analytical skills and the ability to apply analytical techniques across a variety of urban climate justice issues. Candidates must be able to work long hours (more than 40+ per week) in a flexible schedule that includes nights and weekends, and travel within the USA.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

Program and Policy

  • Work with the Executive Director to build the Climate Justice and Community Resiliency Center and manage program implementation
  • Work to implement and develop strategies for climate adaptation projects, and just transition efforts
  • Develop/present briefings and position papers on energy and climate justice related issues
  • Research new technologies/methodologies to address community driven climate adaptation efforts
  • Help carry out media strategies to raise awareness and build support.
  • Assist with fundraising, grant-writing and reporting.
  • Track and analyze city, state and federal bills of importance to the local CJ community
  • Assist in preparing members for policy/agency meetings and public hearings
  • Provide regular updates to stakeholders on progress

Administrative

  • Manage administrative systems, files, and member databases.
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings, supervision meetings, quarterly staff and/or stakeholder meetings in person, and other meetings as assigned/needed.
  • Contribute information and updates to website and social network sites.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in relevant discipline (public policy, urban planning, climate adaptation and resiliency, environmental science, etc.)
  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience working for environmental, social, and climate justice.
  • Demonstrated program management experience
  • Excellent research, writing, analytical and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in public policy and related arenas, especially environmental justice policy and analysis grounded in local organizing.
  • Proven experience in coordinating meetings and working with grassroots intergenerational constituencies of color.
  • Experience facilitating multiple components of a program and campaign from beginning to end.
  • Strong training and mentorship skills, and a commitment to skill sharing and coaching in grassroots organizations.

 

  • Fluent in second language: Spanish is preferred.
  • Proven ability to work independently in a team-setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and creatively about organizational development, program design and implementation.
  • Excellent personal organization and time management skills with attention to detail and the ability to multi-task.
  • Accountable, open and willing to learn new techniques, ideas, and skills.
  • Knowledge of common computer applications, such as word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail, and Internet and social networks.
  • Alignment with mission, vision and goals of UPROSE, and a strong political commitment to environmental and climate justice principles.

 

HOW TO APPLY

employment@uprose.org

http://www.uprose.org

To apply, please send the following:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter which includes a summary of the skills and experiences you will bring to the role, and name and contact details of three references indicating the capacity in which they know you and
  • a BRIEF writing sample.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted and position will be open until it is filled. Please send your applications to employment@uprose.org. On subject line please put: Policy and Climate Justice Programs Coordinator. Please do not call, email or contact us through FB or Twitter. Thank you!

* People of color strongly encouraged to apply.

BENEFITS

Health, Eye and Dental Coverage

LEVEL OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

English, Spanish

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED

Master’s degree

 

Community Based Planner & Policy Advocacy Coordinator

Posted by West Harlem Environmental Action,Inc., New York City

West Harlem Environmental Action Inc. (WE ACT) is a Northern Manhattan community-based, membership organization whose mission is to build healthy communities by ensuring that people of color and/or low income participate meaningfully in the creation of sound and fair environmental health and protection policies and practices. We use community organizing, community-based participatory research and evidence based policy advocacy campaigns to create systemic policy change at the federal, state and local levels of government. WE ACT is locally and nationally known for its work on children’s environmental health, community-driven climate resiliency, healthy homes campaigns government accountability, and community-based environmental health research partnerships.

 

WE ACT seeks a full-time Policy Advocacy Coordinator to work closely with WE ACT’s Deputy Director and Director of Policy Initiatives to develop strategic, unified, and sustained advocacy to achieve equity in policy and practice by influencing state executive, legislative and agency actions and by educating legislators/officials on chemical policy, climate/energy, land use and development, and clean air. The analyst will coordinate WE ACT’s Northern Manhattan Climate Action Plan (NMCA), and other community based planning issues including rezoning proposals, renewable energy, green infrastructure projects, and more. This position will report to WE ACT’ Deputy Director.

 

The Urban Planner/Climate Policy Coordinator advances WE ACT’s Climate and Environmental policy agenda at the local, state, regional and national level. The individual in the position defines and formulates WE ACT’s policy positions, builds broad-based support for these positions, and promotes WE ACT’s presence and the presence of an environmental justice perspective in policy formation.

Minimum: $50,000.00

Maximum: $55,000.00

START DATE: 05/01/2017

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 04/24/2017

Responsibilities

Manage a multi-faceted Climate Resilience Project that includes energy democracy i.e. solar promotion, development of community based micro grid: and emergency preparedness

Develop and implement an annual public policy agenda to advance environmental justice for the organization

Lead and participate in policy-setting forums and government relations activities;

Provide strategic advice on public policy issues to the Executive Director, Deputy Director and other WE ACT staff;

Monitor and provide strategic advice, briefings, and recommendations on legislative change and policy issues at the federal, state and municipal levels;

Organize and lead community-based planning initiatives, develop planning materials, and strategically engaging in the public planning process to promote equity in land use and development.

Identify and work with key partners to advance the organization’s public policy agenda;

Skills

Two-three years project management experience

knowledge of Environmental, Climate and Energy Policy

Excellent public speaking and writing skills required.

Ability to engage diverse stakeholders

Ability to work in a team of community organizers, policy advocates, and researcher

Experience in: environmental policy and law; environmental justice concerns and perspectives; city, state and federal politics; and New York political leadership

Educational Requirements:

Masters degree preferred in Urban Planning, Environmental Policy, Environmental Science, Sustainability.

Spanish speaking and writing a plus.

Residents of Northern Manhattan encouraged to apply

HOW TO APPLY

evelyn@weact.org

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Send to evelyn@weact.org, Telephone calls will not be accepted.

Include cover letter, resume, three references, and daytime contact information.

Bilingual candidates, people of color, and Northern Manhattan residents are encouraged to apply.

BENEFITS: full benefits, medical, dental and vision , plus pre-tax Metro card purchasing available

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED: Master’s degree

 

Development Associate, Foundations

JOB DESCRIPTION

Organization:

Ceres is a national network of investors, environmental organizations and other public interest groups working with companies and investors to address sustainability challenges such as global climate change and water scarcity. Ceres also directs the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), a group of nearly 130 leading institutional investors with collective assets of over $15 trillion.

Ceres plays a unique role in the national environmental and sustainability movement by bringing the perspective and power of investors to environmental and sustainability issues and specifically to the performance, practices and policies of corporations. Today Ceres is a growing organization with expanding influence in the investment, environmental, corporate and policy arenas. Our program activities seek to foster greater public disclosure and actions on environmental and social impacts by corporations, encourage engagement between companies and their stakeholders, and create opportunities for collaborative dialogue leading to positive change on key sustainability issues. To this end, we are harnessing the influence of the nation’s largest investors to move high-impact companies, the financial and insurance industries, and policymakers toward bold action on climate and sustainability. For more information about Ceres, please visit our web site (www.ceres.org).

Position:

The Associate position on Ceres’ Foundation Team is a strong fit for a highly motivated candidate interested in working in a mission-driven, dynamic and fast-moving organization that has been recognized as one of the most effective environmental NGOs in the world. The position has significant growth potential with opportunities for increasing responsibility over time. The ideal candidate will have excellent analytical, writing and personal communication skills, be a fast learner, and able to manage challenging and competing deadlines. The Associate will be an integral part of a five-person team that manages a large portfolio of foundation funders and prospective funders.   The Associate will report to the Senior Manager of Foundation Development. Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following.

Provide support to senior members of the Foundation Team including;

Assist Foundation Team members and program staff in preparing and submitting letters of inquiry and proposals across select program areas;

Research potential foundation funders and evaluate fit with Ceres’ programs.

Support communication of breaking news, key successes, and timely invitations to events to advance foundation relationships:

Schedule internal meetings with program staff and external meetings with foundations;

Participate in internal and external meetings to capture key points and next steps through writing and distributing notes.

Provide project management and writing support to ensure timely development of foundation reports that clearly articulate the activities, outcomes and impact of select Ceres’ programs (Climate & Energy, others TBD) achieved with the foundation grant award:

Work closely with senior foundation staff and staff of select programs to track, assess and document progress towards programmatic goals;

Process grant agreements and draft thank you letters, and update Salesforce with reporting deadlines;

Track, manage and meet foundation reporting deadlines to assure compliance with funder reporting requirements;

Provide program and finance team staff with appropriate advance notice of proposal and reporting deadlines and follow up to ensure requested materials are produced in a timely manner;

Coordinate implementation of email blasts to funders with direction from senior members of the foundation team, using Salesforce.

Manage the Foundation Team’s contact records in Salesforce database, running reports and analyzing results (e.g., for foundation email blasts and foundation RSVP’s to events).

Work with colleagues on Foundation, Communications and Water/CA teams to develop and implement system for capturing “best press” and other evidence of Ceres’ impact.

Coordinate support for Ceres’ senior directors and executive’s development efforts, including:

Track travel schedules of senior directors and executives to identify opportunities for donor visits;

Join calls with Ceres senior program and executive staff to take notes and assist with timely follow up;

Coordinate preparation of briefing materials for meetings with foundation funders and prospects.

Serve as the Foundation Team’s liaison to CA office on coordination of development efforts.

Participate in the creation of the Foundation Team’s annual workplan, critical to Ceres’ growth;

Assist with planning and logistics for the Ceres annual conference program and other events

Oversee special projects as assigned by the Senior Manager, Foundation Development

Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree required;

2 – 3 years of work experience;

One or more years of experience in a relevant field such as foundation fundraising/development desired;

Excellent organizational abilities; demonstrated capacity to handle and prioritize multiple tasks, set priorities, meet deadlines, take precise notes, and work well in a fast-paced environment;

Strong writing skills with demonstrated interest and aptitude in persuasive writing;

Knowledge of standard development practices and techniques, proposal writing, and prospect research. Experience in writing grant proposals is a strong plus;

Ability to work well both independently and collaboratively;

Proficiency with database applications and MS Office Suite;

Passion for climate change, environmental and/or sustainability issues.

Application Instructions:

Candidates are asked to visit the Ceres website www.ceres.org to make themselves familiar with our organization. Candidates must submit a cover letter, resume, and 2 writing samples to careers@ceres.org to be considered for this position. Please list “Development Associate, Foundations” in the subject line of your e-mail message.

 

Ceres is an equal opportunity employer and seeks qualified applicants without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation.

JOB LEVEL

Entry-level

– See more at: http://environmentalcareer.com/job/6103/development-associate-foundations/#sthash.MSWIm00T.dpuf

 

Farm to School Summer Curriculum Coordinator

Sustainable Nantucket

JOB TYPE Part Time Temporary

PUBLISHED: 04/10/2017

START DATE: 06/01/2017

DESCRIPTION

Job Description: Under the direction of the Farm to School Coordinator, plan, implement, and oversee the Farm to School Summer Camp, Children’s Farm to Fork Cooking Classes, and Bridge Back to School Program. Work in partnership with the Farm to School Garden Coordinator to instruct all Farm to School programs. Teach and oversee the Farm to School High School Apprentice in instructing Farm to School activities. Uphold the mission of Sustainable Nantucket and the goals of the Farm to School Program.

Responsibilities:

June: – June 5th– 30th

Preparation & TrainingIntroduction to Sustainable Nantucket, partnering farms and organizations

Review of summer program and all curricula and lessons with F2S Coordinator to make any adjustments needed

Prepare all lesson materials, Purchase and organize supplies

Train and include F2S Summer High School Apprentice in preparation activities

July 1st – September 1st

Summer Program: Responsible for overall camp operations

Facilitate daily lessons, utilizing the help of the Farm to School Garden Coordinator and Farm to School High School Apprentice when needed

Record and document daily activities including notes for necessary modifications for future planning

Complete weekly PR statements including photographs highlighting activities in each program

Plan and oversee Children’s Farm to Fork Cooking Classes weekly with the help of the Farm to School Summer Garden Coordinator and Farm to School High School Apprentice

September 4th – 8th : 15 hours

Wrap up –Review the summer programs with the Farm to School Coordinator

Record and document success and detail any necessary modifications for future programing

Complete PR statements and photographs detailing highlights of summer programs

Organize and store all summer program material

Requirements:

Must be 21 years or older

2-years of summer camp experience or combination of youth program and supervisory experience

First Aid and CPR Certifications (or ability to obtain within the first month of employment)

CORI Authorization

Valid driver’s license and clean driving record

Interest in agriculture and environmental stewardship

Strong communication skills

Flexibility

Positive attitude

Shows initiative

Dependable

Creative

Problem solving ability

Works well with minimal supervision

Works well with others and independently

Shows attention to detail

Willingness to learn on the job in an environment that changes quickly

HOW TO APPLY

Please email a resume and cover letter to Mary Nicholson at: f2s@sustainablenantucket.org

 

Director – Environment New Hampshire

Posted by Work for Progress

Target annual compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has.

PUBLISHED: 04/09/2017

Through Environment New Hampshire, we are protecting the air, water and land that we all love. From the White Mountains to the Seacoast, New Hampshire is full of special places that are worth protecting. Recently, we celebrated a major victory when President Obama restored clean water protections to more than half of the nation’s streams, which feed drinking water sources for one in three Americans. Now, we’re working to strengthen the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a nation-leading program to cut carbon pollution from power plants, and make sure Senators Hassan and Shaheen stand up against President Trump’s environmental rollbacks.

Be the director for Environment New Hampshire, and help to protect the places we love and promote the core environmental values most Americans share: Clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and clean energy to power our lives.

Environment America is expanding our state directing team to have a presence in 33 states, and we’re looking for highly qualified, driven and passionate candidates to run 8 of our state offices, and direct the environmental program in those locations.

LOCATION

Concord or Manchester, NH

SUMMARY

State Directors are responsible for developing our strategy, approach and local message to win our campaigns. The State Director will also meet with local decision-makers and opinion leaders and represent our organization to allies and the media. State Directors help to build and foster our membership, grassroots and online base of support. Finally, the State Director will help recruit staff and volunteers to join us, fundraise for our programs, and maintain good systems for tracking and building on our work.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Program: Run our in-state program, participating in and overseeing policy development, research and messaging.

Advocacy: Bring problems and solutions to the attention of decision-makers—including state legislators, people on the staff, state regulators and local officials. Develop appropriate messages and materials for making the case to decision-makers, and build relationships with key players in the state, the region and at the federal level.

Campaign strategy: Develop plans to win on our environmental campaigns, and assess opportunities for building political support for our agenda through coalition-building, grassroots organizing, media coverage, endorsements and message development.

Media outreach: Serve as the public spokesperson for our environmental campaigns through media events, press releases, editorial board meetings and other outreach with a goal of building name recognition for the organization, educating the public about our issues and building and demonstrating support for our positions.

Coalition building: Identify, reach out and work with partners who can help us win our campaigns.

Fundraising: Write grant proposals, build relationships with foundation staff and meet with large donors, all to bring more resources to campaigns we’re waging to protect our environment. Work with our citizen outreach staff to build and develop our membership base.

Staff recruitment and development: Recruit new staff and volunteers to increase our impact and build our power.

Candidates must have at least 3-5 years of relevant professional experience. Qualified candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to environmental issues and to citizen-based social change as well as a track record of leadership. We’re looking for goal-driven and results-oriented individuals who have excellent verbal, writing and analytical skills, the ability to speak persuasively in a charged atmosphere and enthusiasm for the work. The ideal candidate will have experience in state-level political advocacy and organizing, a proven ability to recruit, train and develop staff, the ability to raise money and demonstrated success in building relationships with the full spectrum of environmental and political stakeholders.

APPLY NOW: http://jobs.environmentamerica.org/state-director.html

Pay & Benefits

 

Target annual compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has. Environment New Hampshire offers a competitive benefits package.

 

Environment America is also hiring for state directors in the following locations:

Portland or Augusta, ME

Minneapolis, MN

Ann Arbor, MI

Las Vegas or Reno, NV

Raleigh, NC

Columbus, OH

Richmond, VA

 

The Public Interest Network

Environment America is part of the Public Interest Network. We’re a group of organizations working to address problems our society can’t afford to ignore — from preserving irreplaceable resources like air, water and a livable climate; to transforming vast systems of transportation and energy that were designed to meet the needs of a different century; to growing and distributing food in ways that won’t destroy the environment and threaten human health.

To Apply: http://jobs.environmentamerica.org/state-director.html

Direct your application to Kyle Larson, Hiring Director for The Public Interest Network.

HOW TO APPLY

klarson@publicinterestnetwork.org

http://jobs.environmentamerica.org/state-director.html

Please apply online at http://jobs.environmentamerica.org/state-director.html.

BENEFITS

Environment Maine offers a competitive benefits package.

PROFESSIONAL LEVEL

Professional

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED

4-year degree

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