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Clean Water Fund’s Connecticut office is hiring three full-time community clean energy
organizers to work on residential energy efficiency and renewable energy outreach from summer 2012 until April 2013. This team will work to create a replicable national model demonstrating how grassroots community organizing can engage communities to make energy smart choices!
The Project: Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge
The Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge has worked for two years to engage residents of 14 municipalities to make clean energy choices as both individuals and as members of their communities. In the third and final year of this program, Clean Water Fund staff will work to transition the program to local volunteer leaders. Clean Water Fund manages outreach for this project including building partnerships with community organizations, engaging municipal leader, and training local volunteers. The goal of the project is to work with households to reduce their energy use by at least 20% and increase the local use of clean, renewable energy.
The project includes a comprehensive portfolio of tools including marketing materials, expert energy advisors, an innovative online platform, and rewards to communities as their residents take action.
The actions are being undertaken by a consortium of 14 communities throughout Connecticut, consisting of: Bethany, Cheshire, East Haddam, East Hampton, Glastonbury, Lebanon, Mansfield, Portland, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport, Wethersfield, Wilton and Windham. Together these towns have nearly 100,000 households.
These community organizer positions will manage community outreach in 4-6 diverse communities. This position requires both on-the-ground organizing and the ability to create strategic campaign plans. Management ability is critical as a significant part of the job entails recruiting, motivating and training local community volunteers. These positions report to Clean Water Fund’s lead organizer on this project and energy program director. We are looking for a commitment through the end of the program in April 2013.
- The responsibilities of the community clean energy organizers will include:
- Developing and implementing strategic community outreach plans
- Carrying out grassroots energy outreach efforts
- Identifying and training community volunteers
- Motivating individuals and groups to take action to reduce energy usage
- Making public presentations to groups and decision-makers
- Preparing materials and trainings for grassroots community groups
- Working collaboratively with local officials and the project’s partner groups
- Other responsibilities as needed
The ideal candidates will possess the following qualifications:
- 2-4 years of experience organizing the public on environmental, labor or health issues
- Experience overseeing staff and volunteers
- Demonstrated commitment to environmental health and clean energy solutions
- Self-direction and ability to design a work plan, prioritize and meet goals and overcome obstacles
- Strong oral and written communication skills, including experience in preparing and delivering public presentations and communicating directly with officials and members of the public
- Familiarity with clean energy and energy efficiency technologies
- Experience building and working with broad-based coalitions, including constituencies such as faith-based organizations, local environmental organizations, local government, small businesses, and others
- Proven team player with appropriate interpersonal skills in a variety of settings
- Computer skills, including: word processing, databases (Salesforce experience preferred) and power point
- Tact, grace under pressure and a good sense of humor
- Willingness to travel throughout Connecticut and work some weekday evenings and weekends
Ability to work hard and learn quickly can substitute for some of the above qualifications
How to Apply:
Internal candidates please contact your supervisor. Send a letter of interest and a résumé via e-mail to: Roger Smith, email@example.com
Annual salary range in the low $30s, commensurate with experience. Attractive benefits package available. Clean Water Fund values diversity in the workplace.