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Date: December 19, 2012

Environmental Protection Specialist: Environmental Protection Agency (Washington D.C.)

Job Title: Environmental Protection Specialist, GS-0028-13

Agency: Environmental Protection Agency

Job Announcement Number: LV-OAR-DE-2013-0016

SALARY RANGE:

$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, December 10, 2012 to Friday, December 21, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0028-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time – Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy – Washington, DC, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Any U.S. citizen may apply.

JOB SUMMARY:

Earth Day is every day at EPA! Come help us protect the environment! Our diverse workforce connects to more than just a career-we share a common passion to promote a cleaner, healthier environment.  Discover how exciting safeguarding our natural resources and protecting human health can be.  We consistently rank as one of the top Federal agencies in which to work, with great benefits and work flexibilities. Find yourself at EPA.  See more about us here:  http://www.epa.gov.

This position is located in the Office of Air and Radiation, Office of Atmospheric Programs, Climate Protection Partnerships Division, in Washinton, DC.
For more information on this office, visit their website: http://epawww.epa.gov/oar/index.html

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
  • You must submit resume and required documents(See How to Apply)
  • You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.

DUTIES:

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You will:
Analyze commercial building energy and water use data using statistical methods and econometric analysis; Propose and conduct energy, financial, and/or emissions analyses; Communicate the technical aspects of ENERGY STAR to critical stakeholder communities, including examining and explaining the relationship between building codes and building energy performance; Train buliding industry partners in the use of ENERGY STAR technical tools; Coordinate with the Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration, on improvements to future Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) data collection efforts; Serve as the technical lead in meetings with senior officials and executives from private companies, local governments, and nonprofit organizations; Manage contractors assisting EPA in carrying out many of the activities conducted as part of the ENERGY STAR program.

 

You will spend less than 25%, of your work time on contracts, grants/cooperative agreements, and/or interagency agreements.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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You do not need a degree to qualify for this position.

We are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:

To qualify for the GS-13 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience defined as experience conducting technical, statistical or policy analyses of environmental and/or economic impacts; AND experience managing studies evaluating the economic and environmental impact of energy efficiency and/or renewable energy regulations policies or issues.

Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:  Knowledge of the principles, theories, and practices of analyzing commercial building energy and environmental data; Knowledge of development and management of technical tools and resources used  by ENERGY STAR partner organizations; Ability to orally communicate the technical aspects of ENERGY STAR to critical stakeholder communities; Ability to examine and explain the relationship between building codes and building energy performance in writing.
If you are selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Form prior to your first day of employment and annually thereafter.

 

This position is designated as Low Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We will review your resume and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications Section. If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be further evaluated based on your answers to the on-line assessment. Your responses to the on-line assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position. You are being evaluated under the category rating method which means, if you are determined to be qualified, you will be placed into the Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified Category.

We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. We will evaluate your qualifications and eligibility and notify you if you meet minimum qualification requirements.

NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies.
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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Join EPA in protecting human health and the environment and enjoy many work life quality options!  Working for the EPA offers you a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more visit
Benefits
.  To learn more about us, visit Life and Careers at EPA.

OTHER INFORMATION:

This position is in the bargaining unit.

 

Are you a Displaced Federal Employee?  If so, please read the Required Documents and visit the EPA website for additional information http://epa.gov/ohr/ezhire/vacancy_requirements.htm.

 

EPA participates in e-Verify.  E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. For additional information http://epa.gov/ohr/ezhire/vacancy_requirements.htm.

 

This information is used to determine your qualifications for employment.  The use of this information is authorized under Title 5 USC, Sections 3302 and 3361.

 

If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA.  Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.


HOW TO APPLY:

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You are strongly encouraged to read the entire announcement before you
submit your application for this position.

To begin the application process, click the Apply On-line button to the right on this screen, follow the prompts to log-in/register, submit all required documents, and complete the assessment questionnaire.  To be considered, you must submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date of this announcement.

All required supporting documents will be collected electronically via the USA Jobs document portfolio feature.

If you cannot apply on-line, you must contact the Human Resources Office listed to the right for assistance no later than three business days prior to the closing date of this announcement.  You must provide complete application materials by the closing date of this announcement.

For detailed instructions to assist you in ensuring your application package is received, go to http://epa.gov/ohr/ezhire/vacancy_requirements.htm .

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Documents to be submitted on-line:

–Resume clearly stating your experience related to this position as described in the Duties Section and Qualifications Required Section.  In describing your experience, you need to be clear and specific.  We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.
–Responses to the on-line assessment questionnaire
–Veterans’ Preference Documents – DD-214 Member 4 copy, VA Letter, and SF-15, if applicable; active duty military submit statement of service from commanding officer documenting dates of active duty and any campaign medals/badges; include character of service.
–Displaced Federal employees under ICTAP/CTAP – copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, tenure, and duty station.

Additional information can be found on our web site: http://epa.gov/ohr/ezhire/vacancy_requirements.htm

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Glinda Hawkins
Phone: 702-798-2401
Fax: 702-798-2433
Email: TeamVegas@epa.gov
Agency Information:
Environmental Protection Agency
US Environmental Protection Agency
Human Resources Management Division
4220 S. Maryland Parkway, Building A, Suite 100
Las Vegas, NV
89119-7528
US
Fax: 702-798-2433

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJobs account.  You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJobs that your submission was successful, once we have received your on-line occupational questionnaire, resume and any supporting documentation.  You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJobs Account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package.  You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required.  Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration.  We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses, through reference and/or background check, and/or verification of your education.  If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the human resources office posting this announcement.

Fundraising Director: Bikes Not Bombs (Jamaica Plain)

Overview: Bikes Not Bombs uses the bicycle as a vehicle for social change. We reclaim thousands of bicycles each year. We create local and global programs that provide skill development, jobs, and sustainable transportation. Our programs mobilize youth and adults to be leaders in community transformation. Each year we collect roughly 6,000 used bicycles and tons of used parts from our supporters around Greater Boston and New England. We ship most of these bikes overseas to economic development projects through our International Programs in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Bikes that don’t get shipped often land in our Youth Programs where teens learn bicycle safety and mechanics skills in the process of earning bikes to keep for themselves. Our retail Bike Shop also reconditions and sells some of the donated bikes that we receive, employing many graduates of our programs. The Shop’s profit from the bicycle sales, parts sales, and repairs goes towards funding our youth and international work. BNB is 28 years-old and has an annual budget of $1.4 million.

Position: Bikes Not Bombs seeks to hire a dynamic, creative, and highly organized professional to manage the organization’s fundraising efforts, major donor strategies, oversee events, and serve as an enthusiastic ambassador of BNB’s mission. Strong relationship cultivation and management of donors and volunteers is key to success in this role. The position requires both an ability to think strategically about the “big picture” and execute plans with strong attention to detail. The Director of Fundraising & Events will work on a team including the Communications Manager, Information and Technology Manager and Development Associate and will report to the Executive Director.

 

Responsibilities:
Gift Management/Donor Cultivation and Stewardship

  • Ensure that all gifts and pledges are properly tracked
  • Generate gift acknowledgements, receipts, and reports for donations on a timely basis
  • Maintain up-to-date and accurate donor records and files; ensure confidentiality of donor information
  • Maintain and grow portfolio of donors in the $100-$1,000 range, including those who give through multi-year pledges.
  • Develop personal relationships with donors on behalf of BNB through face-to-face meetings, telephone communications, mail correspondences, etc.

 

Direct Mail Solicitation

  • Generate 2-3 direct mail solicitations per year: work directly with Communications Manager to generate content ideas, write solicitation letter and accompanying newsletter, oversee graphic design, interface with printers, determine database search criteria, oversee distribution
  • Track and analyze results

 

Annual Phone Solicitation

  • Recruit, train and supervise volunteer callers
  • Identify donors to be called and segment appropriately
  • Organize and oversee all logistics (phone banking locations, accurate tracking, gift acknowledgements, volunteer supervision, etc.)
  • Track and analyze results

 

Major Donor Strategies

  • Work in partnership with the Executive Director to maintain and grow portfolio of donors who give more than $1,000 annually, including those who give through multi-year pledges.
  • Organize regular events (open houses, tours, house parties) to introduce new donors to BNB
  • Plan event and manage follow-up for BNB’s annual fundraising breakfast.
  • Ensure that all gifts and pledges are tracked properly.

 

Events

  • Coordinate and oversee all fundraising aspects of the Annual Bike-A-Thon, BNB’s biggest fundraising event of the year
  • Identify opportunities and provide support for additional fundraising events, including house parties, special celebrations, film screenings, and small-scale fundraising campaigns (approximately 10 events/campaigns each year).

 

Marketing and Communications

  • Develop and design marketing and outreach materials, including thank you cards, signage, banners, business cards, invitations, membership materials, and flyers; interface with printers
  • Manage design, content and production of Annual Report

 

Administration

  • Supervise and provide mentorship to Communications Manager, Information and Technology Manager and Development Associate.
  • Develop and monitor annual fundraising budget
  • Work with Executive Director to develop an annual fundraising plan for BNB
  • Work with Information and Technology manager to improve functionality and effectiveness of BNB’s donor database.
  • Delegate and oversee data entry as appropriate
  • Hire and supervise interns and volunteers, especially during particularly busy seasons
  • Coordinate and facilitate Development/Communications team meetings and planning
  • Track and analyze results of individual fundraising efforts

 

New Initiatives and Supporting Activities

  • Manage BNB’s Wheels in Motion team (major donors) and track and analyze multi-year pledges.
  • Partner with staff, Board of Directors, consultants, and volunteers to advance the mission and fiscal stability of Bikes Not Bombs
  • Other duties as needed

 

Qualifications:

  • Commitment to all aspects of BNB mission
  • Experience managing fundraising programs at non-profit organizations of similar size and budget.
  • Experience developing and nurturing positive relationships with donors and supporters (both individuals and organizations)
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively supervise staff and volunteers
  • Experience organizing successful events that involve multiple constituencies
  • Demonstrated graphic design skills
  • Ability to work with staff, board, and volunteers with sense of humor and flexibility
  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team in a fast-paced work environment
  • Self-motivated, resourceful, and creative
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, both written and verbal, and a high comfort level meeting/speaking with individuals face-to-face or at social functions and events
  • Demonstrated experience in effective project management
  • Ability to write compelling materials that effectively communicated BNB’s mission, programs, and activities
  • Ability to set priorities, manage schedules, meet deadlines, and track the progress of multiple projects simultaneously while maintaining a high-quality of work and strong attention to detail
  • Demonstrated leadership, problem solving, organizational and presentation skills required
  • Commitment to excellence a must

 

Bikes Not Bombs is a social justice organization that is committed to diversity in both its programmatic work and staffing with regard to race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, age, physical ability, religion, and sexual orientation.

See this job listing on our website at https://bikesnotbombs.org/hiring-new-fundraising-director

 

Please send cover letter and resumetohiring@bikesnotbombs.org

Environmental Educator (Boston, Cambridge, Somerville)

Environment Science Educator needed for the following school year.

“e” inc. — the environmental learning and action center, now in its ninth year, is currently seeking an environment science or biology teacher interested in working in urban settings within Greater Boston. “e” inc. is a nonprofit whose mission is to educate and support children and adults to be lifetime citizen environmentalists. We accomplish this by teaching the deep science that comprises natural resource systems and by helping individuals, groups, and classes create and support actions that foster sustainability locally and/or globally

All candidates must be mature and focused, able to negotiate a role within a larger urban institution, and be comfortable working independently. We supply lessons that: (1) are engrossing and age appropriate, (2) build science skills, and (3) motivate students to use their science confidently as they formulate and carry out sustainability projects.

Applicants need to be comfortable with a wide range of teaching techniques from inquiry- based challenges and experiments to creatively involving children in data collection. All candidates must be conversant in one or more of these topics: oceans, rainforest biodiversity, New England habitats, animal behavior, the basic science of energy and renewable resources, climate systems and global warming/climate change.

We seek to create a vibrant work atmosphere that is committed and creative. We invite like-minded educators and science minds to apply.

“e” Inc. has that following part-time opening (20 hr per week) that we are seeking to fill:

1) Kids Green the Schools Educator: Earth Action Inc. is spearheading its new residency program, Kids Green the Schools (KGTS), at 10 local public elementary schools. Each residency will take place 1 morning/week and follow a 7 week cycle based on the number of classrooms served. KGTS Educators are assigned to specific schools and will teach both science and the action projects to green the school. The Kids Green their Schools curriculum is provided. We have an initial three sites that we are looking to place an educator in.

There is a possibility of adding on more sites and programs in the coming months, as well as summer programs. Special consideration will be given to candidates who have had experience working with middle school aged students.

You must be able to commit from January until the end of school year. Access to a bike or car for travel to some of our sites will be helpful for efficient use of your time. However, most teaching sites are accessible via MBTA, but not all. Sites are in Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville.

Please send resume and cover letter addressed to Andrew Thai, “e” Inc’s Education Director at andrewthai.einc@gmail.com. In your cover letter please specify past skills in any or all of these three arenas and any urban classroom or after school experience.

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