April 28th 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

How to Network When You Are an Introvert



In social situations or large gatherings do you evade talking to people, avoid eye contact or tend to text people just to look busy? Would you rather go to the dentist than attend a work-related networking event? If you’re an introvert, you can probably relate.

Small talk in networking environments is tough for anyone, but extroverts, energized by being around people, tend to flourish more than introverts in these situations. For the introvert, who often needs some solitude and time to digest, networking doesn’t always come across looking so effortless. And it doesn’t help that there are sometimes social stigmas or misconceptions attached to being introverted which aren’t necessarily true.


Yet, some statistics suggest one-third to one-half of us are introverts. That being the case, when faced with a networking situation, you are probably far from alone.


5 Networking Tips for Introverts

  1. Look for smaller settings

If networking is too intimidating, see if you can avoid the big shindigs. Start small by looking for more intimate networking events or ones in settings you’d feel more comfortable dipping your toe into the waters. You can even start online on social media just to practice asking questions and/or simply get the hang of reaching out to meet new people.

2. Bring someone with you

Ask a colleague or other person you know to come along with you to events that seem too intimidating. He or she may even make the first move to meet new connections, allowing you to get an introduction and a chance to ease in on the conversation. Plus, having a person you know come along will give you someone to talk to or sit with during any awkward times.


  1. Make the first move

As an introvert, it’s often hard to make the first move. If you see someone sitting alone, chances are he or she is probably feeling a lot like you are at the moment. Approach the person and start a conversation. It’ll be easier to talk to someone one-on-one and is an appealing alternative to an attempt to jump in on the ever-intimidating group discussions.

4. Let your personal qualities drive you

Remember, being an introvert is not a bad thing! There are many wonderful qualities introverts possess that can be really helpful on the networking circuit.

Introverts are often:

Good listeners and are interested in others

Observant of their surroundings

Don’t need to be in the limelight

Are reflective and less likely to make social gaffes

Work well in close relationships

However, sometimes introverts can appear aloof to people who don’t know them. Be careful, you don’t want to inadvertently come off looking as if you have a superiority complex or are antisocial. Instead, lean on the above qualities that will make you shine.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions

When you do strike up a conversation with someone, try to ask general questions to show interest in who a person is and what he or she does. Memorize a list of standard questions to use as conversation starters and ask them! The easy part comes next because all you have to do is sit back and listen. Be prepared though, chances are you’ll be asked questions too. Consider what you want to share about yourself ahead of time so you don’t get stuck in an awkward moment. Introverts often find it hard to talk about themselves and their achievements, but this gets easier as you get the hang of it. In time you’ll expand your contacts and, before you know it, you’ll likely be familiar with the people at the networking events you attend.


Networking is one of those necessary situations we must all engage in. But it’s not helpful to your career or to your organization to be the designated wallflower at these events. By stretching out of your comfort zone—even just a little bit at a time—networking will start to become much easier.

Published: Feb 24, 2017


Job / Externship Postings of the Week

Policy Analyst (R-R1703)

Period: Starting as soon as available. Full time – 40 hours per week.

Location: Cologne

The position

NewClimate Institute seeks an experienced policy analyst to strengthen the team in the area of climate & development, sustainable energy and international climate finance. NewClimate Institute is a think tank which started operations in November 2014. We are a team of researchers and policy advisors with long experience in supporting the international climate negotiations and associated national and international processes. Through our policy oriented research and capacity building we help international organisations, national governments, NGOs and other actors to find and implement solutions to the global climate change challenge. Your work here would focus on advancing climate policy development and implementation in developing countries in the context of implementing the Paris goals. The position includes, amongst other responsibilities, project management, organisation and delivery of capacity building and research missions, qualitative and quantitative analysis of climate and sustainable energy policies, leading and contributing to climate policy research reports.

Candidate profile

You should be highly motivated with a strong interest and expertise in the field of climate change policy, sustainable development and sustainable energy systems.

We are looking for somebody who is:

Motivated to work in a small, evolving institute and be part of a multi-disciplinary team

Keen to work in an international atmosphere with partners from around the globe

Self-sufficient, independent and eager to learn

Thorough, solution seeking and scientific in her/his way of working

Flexible and interested to travel in Germany and internationally

Requirements are:

Minimum of five years of experience in the area of climate change mitigation and energy systems analysis

Experience in managing medium size projects and project teams

Experience in working independently at the international level with a diverse range of stakeholders

Understanding of the climate policy landscape, both at the country as well as in international policy level

Knowledge of energy systems and/ or other mitigation relevant sectors

Excellent report writing, communication and presentation skills

Full proficiency in English (spoken and written) is required, other languages in particular German, Spanish and French are an advantage

Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook etc.).

Eligibility to work in Germany

Application procedure


If you are interested and fit the described profile, we look forward to receiving your CV along with a short cover letter and your salary expectations to recruitment@newclimate.org



Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust

Applications will be reviewed beginning May 1, 2017. The position will remain open until filled.


The Upper Yakima Basin Community Coordinator leads the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust’s work in Kittitas County, Washington, initiating and supporting collaborations with other organizations and individuals to conserve natural lands, enhance connections between communities and public lands, and engage people in education and volunteerism to care for the landscape around them. Initial projects are focused on improving recreational access to public lands and habitat restoration for fish and wildlife in collaboration with local community leaders, agencies, and other nonprofit organizations.

The Community Coordinator is the primary representative and point of contact for all aspects of the Greenway Trust’s work in the Upper Yakima Basin that extends from Ellensburg, Washington to Snoqualmie Pass. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Establish and maintain strong relationships, based on mutual respect and trust, between key stakeholders in the Upper Yakima Basin, including local municipalities, civic organizations, businesses, government agencies, nonprofits, community groups, and volunteers;
  • Create a spirit among partners of shared purpose and mutual support toward collective impact through leadership of coalitions such as the Kittitas Recreation Caucus;
  • Implement habitat restoration and recreation enhancement projects with local partners;
  • Participate in regional planning and management processes such as for the Teanaway Community Forest;
  • Engage volunteers in environmental education and stewardship of public lands;
  • Identify and help to secure public and private funds to support partnerships and collaborative projects;
  • Build awareness and commitment to the Greenway Trust’s coalition-based approach through events, presentations, public outreach in the community, and the Greenway Trust’s communications channels;
  • Develop and track metrics that inform priorities and document impacts in the Upper Yakima Basin;
  • Other duties as may be assigned.

The right candidate will have experience building partnerships, leading groups, and successfully implementing conservation and/or outdoor recreation projects. They will value collaboration and teamwork, and demonstrate an ability to work with and through others to accomplish desired outcomes. This position is ideal for an outgoing, energetic individual with a drive to achieve tangible results, a comfort working constructively with diverse groups, and a passion for conservation and the outdoors. The Community Coordinator position is a full-time position with the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust with professional development opportunities within the organization. This position will be hired at either the Coordinator or Manager level, depending on the candidate’s experience. This position will be based in the Cle Elum/Roslyn area.


  • Demonstrated experience maintaining partnerships with both public and private stakeholders.
  • Experience organizing groups and leading meetings.
  • Project management experience, or similar relevant expertise.
  • Demonstrated experience delivering results through collaboration and teamwork with others who have different backgrounds and expertise.
  • Ability to write and present clearly; comfortable speaking with diverse audiences.


PHONE: 206.382.5565 – EMAIL: info@mtsgreenway.org – WEB: mtsgreenway.org

  • Strong organizational and time management skills; able to advance multiple projects simultaneously and successfully meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently in a satellite office while maintaining appropriate communication and coordination with colleagues working in other locations. Familiar user of common office technology including Microsoft Outlook and Office software.
  • Reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, and insurable driving record.
  • Must successfully pass a criminal history background check.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in natural resources management, outdoor recreation, environmental studies, or other relevant field.
  • Fundraising and grant writing experience.
  • Experience in ecological restoration or trail construction/maintenance.
  • Experience using Salesforce, GIS software, or Adobe design products.
  • Wilderness First Aid or higher, and CPR training.


Deputy Director


Position will be classified as a Coordinator or Manager, depending on experience (starting at $42,500 and $47,500, respectively); includes excellent health, vacation, and retirement savings benefits.


Full-time position, Monday – Friday, with weekends and evenings as needed.


This position is based in the Cle Elum/Roslyn area (specific office space to be determined) with travel to field sites, and elsewhere in the Greenway for meetings, presentations, and events. At least monthly visits to the Greenway Trust headquarters in Seattle, especially during the initial onboarding phase, are also expected.


Email cover letter, resume, references, and any materials you wish to share that are related to your partnership development and project management experience to: stephanie.huck@mtsgreenway.org.


Manager, Environmental Programs

Golf Course Superintendents Association of America

Lawrence KS

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), headquartered in Lawrence, Kan., is a leading golf organization and since 1926, has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the United States and worldwide. GCSAA’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Core to our mission statement are three guiding principles that allow us to serve our membership: educate, advocate, stewardship.

Job Responsibilities

Interested in working for a member-driven association whose passion is to provide environmental and sustainable solutions to protect and preserve the future of the game of golf? GCSAA’s Environmental Programs department is seeking an individual who is passionate about the environment and researching sustainable solutions for the golf course management profession. This position conducts scientific research to aid in the development of tools and resources focused on best management practices for environmental stewardship. This position will also stay current on environmental regulations impacting the golf course industry and frequently engage with GCSAA members and the scientific and academic communities.


Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Natural Resources, Environmental Science is preferred, but other fields or equivalent experience is also acceptable. Three to five years providing environmental or sustainable solutions strongly preferred. Candidates must have strong attention to detail, project management, oral and written communication skills, and the ability to translate technical language into clear and concise talking points. Candidates must also have a proven ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment while working on multiple, concurrent projects and ability to thrive in a collaborative, team-oriented culture.


An attractive benefit package is provided, along with a salary range of $43,000 – $60,000. This position resides in Lawrence, KS.

Closing Date

Applications will continue to be received until the position is filled.

To Apply

Applicants should apply online at www.gcsaa.org and select “Work for GCSAA.”


Baltimore Environmental Justice & Zero Waste Organizer

Posted by Energy Justice Network


Philadelphia Pennsylvania


Energy Justice Network supports grassroots organizing to stop dirty energy and waste industry facilities throughout the country and beyond. Waste incineration is the most expensive and polluting way to manage waste, or to make energy, and is disproportionately impacting the health of communities of color where they’re more often located in the Mid-Atlantic region.

In Baltimore, we’re leading the effort to close the city’s largest polluter, the giant trash incinerator (the big white smokestack that says “BALTIMORE” on it). This organizing position will focus on passing a Baltimore Clean Air Ordinance and adopting innovative recycling pilot program.

This position will likely also involve working with our Executive Director, based in Washington, DC, to support communities fighting existing and proposed waste incinerators, and promoting zero waste alternatives, throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, in Washington, DC, Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.


The organizer is expected to demonstrate outstanding initiative and leadership skills. They will build community and local political support for our local initiatives in Baltimore and other communities throughout the region. This will spur the creation of local zero waste jobs in reuse, recycling and composting. This includes a variety of activities including representing Energy Justice Network with local leaders, organizational allies and the general public, public speaking, social media outreach, assisting with research, messaging, policy development and more.


* Already networked into the African-American community in Baltimore, or has experience organizing in African-American communities, elsewhere.

* At least three years of successful experience in campaign coordination and/or community organizing with a community-based organization, a people’s movement organization, environmental justice organization, or environmental organization.

* Demonstrated skill in analyzing political, environmental, and social trends in the region, and developing campaigns.

* Proven track record in uniting diverse opinions and teams around a common agenda and plan.


* Strong writing and public speaking skills, with an ability to simplify messages and communicate complex issues to the public.

* High computer literacy (word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, email filters).

* Social media outreach.

* Excellent networking skills.


* Attention to detail.

* Strategic thinker, systematic and goal-oriented.

* Strong inter-personal communication and listening skills.

* Work well in a team and independently.

* Self-motivated with lots of initiative.

* Has a car and valid driver’s license.

* A commitment to Energy Justice Network’s mission and core values, including a passion for environmental justice and grassroots social change.


* Experience with anti-oppression trainings, or experience organizing in multi-cultural and diverse settings.

* Familiarity with environmental justice principles and practices, and working with front line communities and grassroots groups.

* Experience with waste, pollution, and climate issues.

* Facilitation skills.

LOCATION: Must be located in or near Baltimore City, Maryland, USA. The organizer will report to the Executive Director in Washington, DC.

COMPENSATION: This is a full time position that is funded for one year at $35,000. Note that this position is grant-funded. We aim to make this a long-term position, so long as funding permits.

QUESTIONS: Contact Mike Ewall at 215-436-9511.

TO APPLY: Please send your resume and cover letter to baltimorejob@energyjustice.net, with a subject line of “BALTIMORE JOB.” Writing samples will be requested from successful candidates later in the process.

This position will be open until filled, but we hope to fill it by early May 2017. Please try to have applications in by April 22, 2017 for best consideration.





Health benefits (or increases salary in lieu of benefits through the organization, as we don’t currently have a group health plan) to be negotiated.




No requirement


Organizing Representative – Omaha, NE

City:(Flexible within Nebraska)

Job Title: Organizing Representative

Department: Conservation

Reports To: Field Organizing Manager

Context: Builds grassroots power, by leading the implementation of organizing campaigns that will increase the number of people involved, leaders trained, and engagement of people with influence to achieve our conservation goals Plans, organizes and coordinates the activities of staff and volunteers in carrying out the organizing activities for assigned campaign or program. Develops organizing strategies and priorities for assigned campaign or program.

Scope: The Organizing Representative is responsible for recruiting, engaging, and motivating large numbers of new people to take repeated action which will further Sierra Club’s targeted campaign or program goals. Identifies and develops volunteers to take on the role of team leaders and build grassroots power and networks. Identifies and builds alliances with other organizations which can influence decision-makers.

The Organizing Representative is responsible for the coordination and effective implementation of the organizing goals within the assigned campaign or program. Oversees creating the organizing plan and developing the strategy and helps to carry out organizational and issue visibility in regional, national media and in the local community. Participates in activities and services provided by the regional office. Provides leadership in working with volunteer leaders, national, state and local conservation staff on conservation. Evaluates and measures success of activities with manager and campaign or program leads to ensure progress towards the campaign or program’s mission and goals. Helps determine changes to strategies needed to reach goals.

Job Activities:

Develops organizing strategy, marshals resources, organizes staff and volunteer efforts monitors and tracks expenses on select campaigns.

Coordinates actions and ensures the effective implementation of the organizing plan to identify, recruit volunteers both in Sierra Club and other groups around campaign or program. Seeks opportunities to advance the Sierra Club’s diversity initiatives through new partnerships and engagement strategies where appropriate.

Engages people and develops volunteer leadership in both social and environmental advocacy activities that will create strong environmental communities and build power at the community, state, and national level.

Develops and implements a variety of engagement strategies including on-line and face-to-face social networks to support Sierra Club cause.

Maintains and develops new partnerships with affinity groups who share many common goals and values.

Plans and coordinates strategy and activities to obtain media coverage in regional and national media outlets. Participates in the development of media campaigns; may represent the Sierra Club in the media; promotes volunteer media exposure.

Develops grasstop networks and cultivates relationships with public officials. Lobbies Members of Congress and other public officials on behalf of the Club on national and regional conservation priorities. Develops relationships with Congressional Members and staff within region.

Ensures information, research, and other assistance to Sierra Club leaders, the public and others about the campaigns and priority issues are provided. Provides support to other internal departments for campaign synergy:

Communications Department in the implementation of media and public outreach communications.

Advancement Department in the development of effective relationships with donors and foundations within or with an interest in the assigned communities and may assist with the development of organizing objectives and strategies as part of grant projects and proposals.

National Political Program to advance the Club’s conservation priorities through relationships with elected officials and via electoral campaigns. Coordinates political organizing in Congressional and other electoral campaigns

Represents Sierra Club in regional coalitions, at regional events and to the general public.

Represents the Sierra Club to the media, public forums and venues, public education and media strategy.

Identifies and develops volunteers who will take work as part of a team and take on the role of team leaders to build our grassroots power and networks. Helps those leaders succeed by training and coaching them how to strategize, organize, inspire and motivate.

Performs miscellaneous duties as assigned.

Knowledge & Skills:

B.A./B.S. degree in Environmental Studies, Political Science or a closely related field.

At least 3 years experience in grassroots organizing, training, and motivating volunteers, coalition building and lobbying.

Strong demonstrated written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated public speaking ability.

Excellent knowledge and background in a specific issue area of the environmental field related to assigned programs and campaigns.

Prior experience and knowledge of either the legislative process or administrative process.

Demonstrated ability and effectiveness working with volunteers.

Extensive travel required.

Valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving record, and proof of auto insurance required.

This position is represented by a collective bargaining unit and is subject to the terms and conditions of the contract between Sierra Club and John Muir Local.

The Sierra Club offers competitive salary package commensurate with skills and experience plus excellent benefits that include medical, dental, and vision coverage, and a retirement savings 401(k) plan. This is a category 4 exempt position.

Sierra Club is a 501(c)(4) organization. Sierra Club does not sponsor H1B visas.

The Sierra Club is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce.

Explore, enjoy and protect the planet.

*If you are applying for one than one position with us, please attach your job-specific cover letters in the ‘Attachments’ section.



Pay Plan: Classified

Pay Grade: 23

Occupational Category: Life, Physical & Social Science

Effective Date: 02/05/2017

Class Definition: Planning, analytical, and administrative work for the Agency of Agriculture involving the management and regulation of pesticide use and waste disposal and its effects upon groundwater resources. Duties involve designing, developing and implementing pesticide monitoring program and related policies. This involves interaction with industry personnel, as well as municipal, state and federal officials. May act as a lead worker, overseeing the work of temporary, contractual, or classified employees at a lower level. Duties are performed under the direction of the Agrichemical Program Manager.

Examples of Work: Independently designs and develops statewide environmental plans for monitoring the use of pesticides on agricultural and non-agricultural lands. Designs and implements sample collection procedures and protocols. Researches, collects, analyzes, and enters information into, and maintains, data bases and draft reports and prepares reports and recommendations for corrective actions/alternatives. Evaluates reference literature and monitoring data to establish expected characteristics of retention, migration and degradation for pesticides and agricultural chemicals in soils and groundwater under conditions of normal use and environmental metabolism. Selects and evaluates sites and products to be used in monitoring studies. Attends public meetings to act as department spokesperson. Performs related duties as required.

Environmental Factors:

Both office and field conditions are required. Field work may involve exposure to chemicals, gases, hazardous liquid and solid waste, and construction sites during all weather conditions and may involve traversing rough terrain and bodies of water. Some work outside of regular working hours, including attendance at public meetings, may be required. Strong differences of opinion may be encountered on a regular basis. Private means of transportation must be available.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of the characteristics, use and management of agricultural chemicals.

Knowledge of agricultural land management patterns and practices.

Awareness of the principles of hydrology, particularly as they affect the quality and management of groundwater resources.

Awareness of the interactions between chemical and biological systems occurring in soils, air and water.

Ability to operate specialized sampling equipment.

Ability to understand and interpret complex and technical information.

Ability to plan, organize, implement, and administer data gathering systems

Ability to present research findings in clear, objective, written report form.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Ability to analyze and evaluate technical data.

Ability to present technical data in a clear, concise manner.

Ability to establish program goals and objectives.

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Knowledge of non-agricultural pesticide uses.

Ability to use and manipulate Microsoft products including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for a wide range of applications.

Ability to learn the federal and state law and the ability to learn to interpret technical requirements of law for effective pesticide, feed, seed and fertilizer regulatory programs.

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree or higher in soils science or a closely related field AND two (2) years or more of experience at or above a technical level in environmental or agricultural-related field work including coordinating sampling, compiling, analyzing and presenting scientific data.


Bachelor’s degree or higher AND four (4) years or more of experience at or above a technical level in environmental or agricultural-related field work including coordinating sampling, compiling, analyzing and presenting scientific data.



Experience in agriculture production, horticulture, pest control, crop consulting or sales of agricultural feeds, seeds or fertilizers.



Program Officer

Posted by Vermont Caribbean Institute


Burlington VT


The Program Officer works closely with the Executive Director to coordinate activities related to the Cuba-US Agroecology Network (CUSAN). CUSAN supports agroecology in the US and in Cuba by connecting people, institutions and movements who are dedicated to building more ecologically resilient, socially just and economically fair farming systems through agroecology.

Now in its second year, the Cuba-US Agroecology Network continues to raise awareness about Cuba’s agroecology advances, connect sustainable agriculture stakeholders in both countries, and channel resources and opportunities that support the agroecology movement in Cuba.

Key Responsibilities

o Provide logistical support in relation to CUSAN activities;

o Support management and coordination of CUSAN communications and outreach, including: website, social media presence, listserve, and design and creation of promotional and informational materials.

o Contribute to research and writing of policy briefs, white papers and press releases on agroecology, US-Cuba relations and CUSAN;

o Support the coordination of a series to trainings, workshops and exchanges between US and Cuba;

o Assist in identifying potential foundation partners and drafting grant proposals;

o Manage program-related budgets and accounting;

o Other duties as assigned by VCI’s Executive Director.


Required Qualifications:

o A minimum of a Master’s degree in agroecology/sustainable agriculture, environmental science, international development, or related field;

o Well-developed research skills; the ability to synthesize complex issues and concepts, and strong oral and written communication and analytical skills;

o Fluency or advanced proficiency in Spanish (spoken and written);

o Experience in non-profit project design and management;

o Understanding and/or experience in participatory approaches to community engagement;

o Experience with social media and non-profit program outreach;

o Strong computer skills including: Word, Google Docs, Dropbox, Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), Weebly, etc.

o Strong interpersonal, intercultural and diplomacy skills;

o A strong work ethic, a positive attitude, sound judgment, and good sense of humor;

o Ability to interact respectfully with people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and cultures and openness to new ideas and perspectives;

o Ability to manage multiple tasks and timetables while maintaining focus;

o Ability to receive and incorporate feedback, expand skill-sets and correct mistakes;

o Ability to work independently and take initiative;

o Patience and respect for alternative approaches to development and cooperation;

o Tact and discretion in handling confidential and culturally sensitive matters; and

o Nuanced understanding of Cuba’s complex political and social environments.


Desired Qualifications:

o Previous experience with Cuba’s agriculture and/or agroecology movement;

o Experience with grant writing and fundraising.


Physical Requirements

o Continually able to sit at a desk and work in an office setting to execute job responsibilities;

o Occasional travel may be required; and

o Able to respond effectively and manage phone and email communications.


Compensation, Hours & Location

This is a one year contract with possibility of extension depending on funding. This is a part-time contract with potential to be full-time. VCI’s offices are in Burlington, Vermont. Preference is for program officer to be based in Vermont, however, there is some flexibility to work remotely. Compensation is commensurate with experience.

To Apply

Send a cover letter, a resume, and a sample demonstrating your writing skills to: Margarita Fernandez at margarita@vtcaribbean.org. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. This job description was posted on April 15<sup style=”font-family: “Arial”,sans-serif;”>th</sup>, 2017. We will accept applications on a rolling basis and position will be filled when qualified candidate is identified.


VCI is also hiring for an Accounting and Administrative Assistant. Qualified and interested candidates could be considered for both roles to comprise a full-time position.

VCI provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics and encourages applications from members of minority communities, LGBTQ people, and immigrants.



Send a cover letter, a resume, and a sample demonstrating your writing skills to: Margarita Fernandez at margarita@vtcaribbean.org. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. This job description was posted on April 15<sup style=”font-family: “Arial”,sans-serif;”>th</sup>, 2017. We will accept applications on a rolling basis and position will be filled when qualified candidate is identified.


Spanish and English


None specified


Master’s degree


Operations Program Coordinator

Posted by The Nature Conservancy


Montpelier Vermont


The Operations Coordinator will be responsible for a broad variety of operations activities in support of the Vermont chapter’s strategic goals. Key responsibilities include all aspects of office management, participation in planning and execution of events and meetings, and assistance in finance and human resources functions.


The Operations Program Coordinator will be responsible for performing multiple administrative functions for the Vermont chapter. Responsibilities include facility management, telecommunications, scheduling and coordinating logistics for special events and/or meetings, purchasing, central filing, mailroom operations, and reception. They may assist with the recruitment and training of program volunteers, and may coordinate the activities of volunteers. In addition, the Coordinator performs certain Information Systems, Human Resources, and Finance administrative tasks, including processing forms, preparing reports, and monitoring budgets.

They will use available systems and resources to maintain, track, and research data, and to produce and review reports. They will apply established processes and practices in order to improve effectiveness and to document program procedures for reference by staff. They will coordinate activities with multiple variables, set realistic deadlines and manage the timeline.

The Coordinator handles inquiries about business unit activities and may assist in the development of program materials and correspondence. They will work cooperatively with Conservancy staff, providing information necessary to make decisions and solve problems. The Coordinator may communicate on behalf of their supervisor with internal and external sources, including staff, donors, vendors, and businesses in order to coordinate arrangements, convey information, and ensure successful execution of program.



  • Perform duties under general supervision and established guidelines;
  • Make day-to-day decisions within the scope of work assignments and prioritize work independently;
  • Identify routine problems and utilize existing resources for resolution, referring difficult questions and problems to supervisor;
  • Demonstrate sensitivity in handling confidential information;
  • Does not supervise any staff, but may supervise volunteers, interns, or temporary staff;
  • Financial responsibility may include purchasing, processing invoices, contracting with vendors, and assisting with budget tracking;
  • Serve as a team member for assigned projects;
  • Be willing to travel, work overtime, and work evenings and weekends as needed; and
  • Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements and minor physical exertion and/or strain.



  • Bachelor’s degree and 1 year experience or equivalent combination;
  • Experience organizing time and managing diverse activities to meet deadlines;
  • Experience performing one or more administrative processes; and
  • Experience working and communicating with a wide range of people; and
  • Experience in business writing, editing, and proofreading.



  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross cultural experiences are appreciated;
  • Ability to analyze information for the purpose of preparing reports, coordinating activities, and solving problems;
  • Ability to apply research skills;
  • Ability to write and edit written materials for use with program communications and special events;
  • Database skills, including managing and tracking data, and producing reports;
  • Excellent customer service skills and focus;
  • Experience, coursework, or other training in relevant field; and/or
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.




To apply to position number 45369, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 16, 2017.

Click “submit” to apply for the position or “save for later” to create a draft application for future submission. Once submitted, applications cannot be revised or edited. Failure to complete required fields may result in your application being disqualified from consideration.

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Major Donor & Corporate Relationship Manager

Posted by Vermont Foodbank

Maximum: $65,000.00

Barre VT


Position Purpose:

This position works collaboratively with the chief development officer to design and implement an enhanced major donor and prospect program to continually improve communications with and support from individuals throughout the state. The major donor and corporate relations manager supports the Foodbank’s investment in broadening its donor base and commitment to long-term major donor cultivation. This position is responsible for targeting and contacting Vermont, regional and national businesses to create sustainable relationships between our organizations through collaborations pertaining, but not limited to, financial support, volunteerism, in-kind gifts, events, and cause-related marketing. This employee is the back up to the grant writer to ensure the timely submission of grants when required. The major donor and corporate relations manager supervises the marketing and promotions manager and serves on the development department steering committee.

This position requires creative thinking and the ability to maintain consistent, meaningful relationships with current donors and forge new philanthropic partnerships for the Foodbank.

This position will assist with other activities associated with food and fund drives, promotional events, community outreach, donor solicitation, volunteerism and other efforts.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

Work with CDO and CEO to cultivate, solicit and steward major donors and prospects, coordinating personal communications, cultivation events, and meetings. Oversee major donor stewardship and recognition in all forms.

Research, identify and nurture new and existing corporate partnership opportunities compatible with Foodbank mission and programs.

Work with appropriate staff to garner sufficient knowledge base regarding each program or activity for which funding is being requested or for reporting purposes. Identify programmatic funding opportunities.

Establish working relationship with corporate and individual funders through personal communication.

Participate in manager, department, development steering and full staff meetings.

Work with development and marketing colleagues on donor marketing/communications/strategy and messaging.

Support grant writer as back-up; independently write and submit funding proposals and reports as needed.

Work cooperatively and be able to communicate with staff and volunteers to support the mission of the Foodbank to meet and sustain Foodbank goals.

Positively contribute to an organizational culture of safe and secure food handling, warehousing and distribution.

The Foodbank relies on volunteers every day to fulfill our mission. All Foodbank employees must support our culture of philanthropy by treating every volunteer with appreciation and respect.




Please submit application on-line at https://www.vtfoodbank.org/employment; be sure to include a cover letter & resume. Attention: Human Resources Department, Francine Chittenden. The Vermont Foodbank is an EEO.


Eligible for all full-time benefits.


Education and/or Experience:

Minimum education requirement: Bachelor’s degree.

5 – 7 years in fundraising environment.

Experience with major donor cultivation preferred.

Knowledge of Vermont business environment a plus.

Demonstrated ability to think creatively and to work in a fast-paced environment.

Positive attitude.

Good sense of humor.

Ability to adapt well to change.

Strong inter-personal skills.

Desire to work as part of a team committed to ensuring that no one in Vermont goes hungry; an ability to support others’ objectives as his/her own.

Individual must be detail-oriented.

Self-disciplined in time management, and able to adhere to simultaneous deadlines.

Some nights and weekends required.

Excellent writing and communication skills required.

Proficiency in spreadsheets.

Experience in Raiser’s Edge preferred.




4-year degree


Development Associate, Foundations

Posted by Ceres



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).



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



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.


Development Coordinator

Posted by Futurewise


Seattle Washington


We work throughout Washington State to support land-use policies that encourage healthy, equitable and opportunity-rich communities, and protect our valuable farmlands, forests and water resources.

Futurewise is the only statewide environmental non-profit in Washington dedicated to ensuring that state and local governments manage population growth responsibly, and in ways that benefit everyone. Founded in 1990, Futurewise (formerly 1000 Friends of Washington) has established an impressive track record in growth management issues as the state’s primary advocate for smart growth policies. See www.futurewise.org for more information.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Development Director (currently under recruitment), the Development Coordinator supports a broad range of fund development and communications activities for the organization including: marketing, special events, in kind solicitations, volunteer management, annual fund appeals, database management and donor correspondence.

Job Functions

Events (35%)

  • Provide high-level event management for statewide events including but not limited to:

Annual Spring Luncheon, Autumn Feast with Friends, house parties, program events and other marketing/communications related community events

  • Conduct table captain and sponsorship recruitment, stewardship, updates
  • Manage event database and event registration
  • Update sponsorship materials, track sponsor logos
  • Coordinate printed materials including invites, RSVPs, programs, signage, and set up
  • Support event committees and volunteers as needed for special events or other development activities
  • Provide day of and on-site logistics including event registration and troubleshooting


Fund Development and Membership (25%)

  • Provide superior customer service and stewardship to donors
  • Manage the mailing of fundraising appeals including: collaborate on drafting the appeals, managing the appeal timeline, printing schedule and bulk mail process
  • Prepare materials and appeals for Board of Directors to include hand written notes on major donor letters/appeals
  • Research and develop partnership opportunities, including in-kind support
  • Assist in scheduling and preparing site visits for current and prospective funders
  • Provide donor prospecting and research support


Communications (20%)


  • Lead internal organizational communications and marketing efforts including:

Manage the production of E-newsletters

Create and deploy advocacy emails to statewide email lists as needed

Develop and manage content and scheduled updates for website and social media

Assist as needed the development of collateral or promotional materials

Provide all donor lists, in-kind and volunteers for collateral materials including annual report

Develop and ensure the accuracy of all collateral materials including info kits


Knowledge Management (20%)

  • Manage donor database and donor acknowledgement process
  • Process all gift entry and gift acknowledgment letters
  • Generate pledge reminders
  • Ensure accurate and timely database reports including lists and appeal performance
  • Primary contact for database troubleshooting and maintenance
  • Regularly reconcile database against Quickbooks with accounting staff



This is a small development department and it is critical that the new coordinator be willing to jump in, learn quickly and go the extra mile. The ideal candidate must have the ability to maintain confidentiality, be solicitous and have a diplomatic attitude. This individual must be able to work well under pressure and maintain attention to detail. The following qualifications are desired:


Solid knowledge of basic event planning and fundraising techniques and strategies;

Excellent oral and written communication skills;

Track record of handling confidential information about donors, staff, clients and volunteers;

Donor database management and reporting skills;

Some basic graphic design skills are desired but not required;

  • This job requires the ability to push and lift materials weighing up to fifty pounds;
  • Flexibility in work hours, including some evening and weekend work;
  • Reliable transportation is necessary.

This position is based in Seattle, WA, although travel within the state is anticipated several times per year.




How to Apply

Position is open until filled; first consideration will be given to applications received by May 12, 2017. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and at least three references in PDF format to jobs@futurewise.org. Please make the subject of your email “(Last Name) – FW Development Coordinator” and address the cover letter to Hiring Manager. Please label any submitted materials, including the cover letter, resume, and references with your last name. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

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