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Date: May 30, 2013 (page 1 of 2)

Office for Sustainability Assistant Director – Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)

Duties and Responsibilities:
The Assistant Director is part of the Senior Management team at the Office for Sustainability.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Work with Director and Senior Team on strategic planning efforts and management of the Harvard Office for Sustainability team and Harvard’s over-all sustainability goals and vision.
  • Serve as the chief operating officer for the OFS, overseeing the implementation of staff and team development programs, on-boarding of new staff, best practice sharing, planning staff meetings, handling HR and other management related needs.
  • Manage the Occupant Engagement fee-for service Team and Sustainability Engagement Manager (4 direct FTE)
    • Effectively manage the staff members to ensure productivity and meeting or exceeding client expectations;
    • Work with staff members to identify and develop new innovative program ideas, continue to improve and evolve the programs;
    • Actively support professional development of the team;
    • Build strong relationships and partnerships with the Harvard Schools/Units and identify and follow-up on new opportunities;
    • Track and report on clear metrics of success for programs;
    • Increase best practice sharing and efficiencies among the programs;
    • Oversee annual budget planning for the programs.
  • Support the Sustainability Engagement Manager in the implementation of existing and development of new sustainability engagement programs, best practices, model policies, resources and tools (i.e. Green Office Program, Green Carpet Awards, Student Grants).
  • Manage the development of metrics for the annual Sustainability Impact Report and other reporting needs, and manage the development of performance metrics for outreach and engagement programs.
  • Oversee the communications aspects of occupant engagement activities and events, partner with communications team to develop a communications strategy and editorial calendar for the occupant engagement team focused on creating digital content for green.harvard.edu and social channels, as well as contributing to university-wide communications initiatives.
  • Work with Director on strategic projects including Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goal and Sustainability Strategic Plan Implementation, major strategic events and programs, sustainability communications efforts, etc.
  • Lead efforts to research and track the results/benefits of behavior change and engagement programs at Harvard.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.

Basic Qualifications:

  • BA/BS required; Masters Degree in Environmental Sciences or Social Sciences or professional degree (Urban Planning, Business, etc), preferred;
  • 5-6 years of experience in working in and running environmental programs or communications/social marketing campaigns or initiatives;
  • Proven experience planning and developing programs/initiatives and executing on the plans, delivering on results;
  • Demonstrated experience managing staff;
  • Demonstrated strong relationship building and client management skills;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of environmental sustainability issues: green building, green living and working, energy conservation, demand management, recycling, composting, etc.;
  • Excellent leadership skills (up, lateral, and down);
  • Demonstrated good judgment and ability to make informed decisions;
  • Excellent communication, writing, presentation, and outreach skills;
  • Experience working with and presenting to senior level administrators and managing up;
  • Experience working with a diverse set of stakeholders;
  • Must be positive, creative, enthusiastic, and entrepreneurial with a high level of energy and initiative and a proven track record to deliver results;
  • High degree of flexibility, adaptability and general ability to respond to emerging opportunities and barriers in a constantly changing environment;
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Publisher and ability to learn software as needed.

Additional Qualifications:

  • 4+ years program planning and management experience; experience developing business plans and proposals preferred
  • Experience in social marketing and implementing environmental education and awareness programs is preferred
  • Experience with organizational change management preferred
  • Knowledge of universities preferred

Technology Skills Required:

Proficiency in MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint is required. An ability to learn Harvard systems and web software quickly is a requirement.

Apply here.

Clean Transportation Municipal Programs Internship – SF Environment (San Francisco, CA)

Program Background:

The mission of the City and County of San Francisco Department of the Environment (SF Environment) is to promote innovative policies and programs to protect the urban and natural environment, promote social equity and expand the green economy. SF Environment programs include Zero Waste/Recycling, Climate, Green Building, Energy Efficiency and Renewables, Toxics Reduction, Environmental Justice, Urban Agriculture, Clean Transportation, Urban Forest, and Public Information Programs. The Clean Transportation Program works to improve air quality in San Francisco, primarily by reducing vehicle emissions, and working with businesses and other local and regional agencies to promote trip reduction. For more information on SF Environment and the Clean Transportation Program, visit SFEnvironment.org/commutesmart.

How you will make a difference:
This internship will focus on campaign development, strategy and implementation for the City’s CommuteSmart programs. This division works directly with 60 City departments and their 27,000 employees to promote sustainable commute and work travel options.

Recently, CommuteSmart projects include a comprehensive survey of City employee commuting and at-work travel behaviors and coordination of departmental Transit First action plans.

As an intern, you will help develop targeted outreach campaigns. You’ll assist with the review of the Transit First plans and the analysis of the survey results. Other activities include drafting action plans, updating departmental database information, distributing materials, developing informational resources, stakeholder engagement and outreach.

Your professional development:

  • Gain experience working in the environment department of one of the world’s most progressive and environmentally conscious cities
  • Experience working with the breadth of city department from within city government
  • Improve outreach and presentation skills
  • Become more comfortable with strategic thinking, database systems, analytical reports and campaign development
  • Learn from and network with a knowledgeable, experienced, and environmentally conscious workplace

Position Description:

  • Review transportation survey responses and Transit First plans
  • Assist with the development and implementation of the 2013 Municipal campaign to encourage the use of sustainable transportation modes (walking, biking, transit, carpool) for commuting to work and traveling at work
  • Attend and participate in information gathering meetings with City departments
  • Conduct focused outreach such as email, phone call, tabling, presentations
  • Ongoing analysis and outreach assistance

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled college/university junior, senior or graduate student majoring in urban planning, environmental studies or communications at an accredited college or university. Recent graduates of these programs are also encouraged to apply
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Excel, Access and database management
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to communicate and work well with others in a professional office environment
  • Detail-oriented and flexible, able to handle multiple priorities and deadlines
  • Proficiency with MS Office applications (including MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Outlook, etc.) and Google Docs
  • Ability to assist with evening and weekend events

Appointment Type:

This is a three to six month unpaid internship. Participation in this program does not guarantee continued service with the City nor any future employment with SF Environment or the City and County of San Francisco.

Application Procedure:

Applicants must be a currently enrolled college/university junior, senior or graduate student majoring in urban planning, environmental studies or communications at an accredited college or university. Recent graduates of these programs are also encouraged to apply.

  • Submit a cover letter (1 page max.) stating:
    • Your interest in working on City and County of San Francisco on commuter transportation programs
    • Experience relevant to this position
    • Examples of initiative and/or a fresh approach to an existing system
  • Resume

Send the above documents and information to:

TO: CommuteSmart@sfgov.org

RE: Municipal Campaign Internship

APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 7, 2013

VERIFICATION:

All applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying experience, education, training, license, etc. at any point in the application, examination or departmental selection process. A copy of a diploma or transcripts must be submitted to verify the education requirement when requested. Verification of experience, when requested, must be on the employer’s letterhead and must show the name of the applicant, job title(s), duties, dates of service, and must be signed by the employer. City employment may be verified by submitting a performance evaluation in lieu of other verification.

Failure to provide the required verification when requested may result in rejection of application and/or removal from eligibility for referral and appointment in this class. Verification may be waived if impossible to obtain. The applicant must submit a signed statement explaining why verification cannot be obtained. Waiver requests will not automatically be granted, but will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Clean Transportation Communications and Outreach Intern – SF Environement (San Francisco, CA)

Program Background:

The mission of the City and County of San Francisco Department of the Environment (SF Environment) is to promote innovative policies and programs to protect the urban and natural environment, promote social equity and expand the green economy. SF Environment programs include Zero Waste/Recycling, Climate, Green Building, Energy Efficiency and Renewables, Toxics Reduction, Environmental Justice, Urban Agriculture, Clean Transportation, Urban Forest, and Public Information Programs. The Clean Transportation Program works to improve air quality in San Francisco, primarily by reducing vehicle emissions, and working with businesses and other local and regional agencies to promote trip reduction. For more information on SF Environment and the Clean Transportation Program, visit SFEnvironment.org/commutesmart.

How you will make a difference:

This internship will focus on improving the Clean Transportation team’s outreach and communication channels for all program areas: sustainable commuting programs, clean vehicles and alternative fuels. The audiences are businesses and commuters in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

As an intern, you will be helping to develop content for the Clean Transportation web pages, and implementing design updates. Activities include brainstorming with the team on needs and challenges of the current content and layout, creating page layout drafts and implementing changes. Other activities include assisting with campaign outreach targeted at SF commuters and municipal employees and creating commuter videos.

Your professional development:

  • Gain experience working in the department of one of the world’s most progressive and environmentally conscious cities
  • Improve outreach and presentation skills
  • Become more comfortable with database systems and creating analytical reports
  • Learn and network from a knowledgeable, experienced, and environmentally conscious workplace

Position Description:

  • Edit and develop new content for CommuteSmart program web pages; work with CommuteSmart Program Associate to develop a Website Work Plan for internet communications
  • Assist with content development for CommuteTalk summer newsletters for businesses and City and County of San Francisco employees
  • Initiate the development of a commuter video, “Why CommuteSmart?” for business and CCSF audiences; conduct interviews with commuters, businesses, etc.
  • Develop an approved images library for CommuteSmart web and materials use; take photos related to sustainable transportation use or edit existing images
  • Assist in managing the CommuteSmart hotline
  • Provide communications and outreach support as needed to various program areas, including the SchoolPool program and campaigns

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled college/university junior, senior or graduate student majoring in urban planning, environmental studies or communications at an accredited college or university. Recent graduates of these programs are also encouraged to apply
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to communicate and work well with others in a professional office environment
  • Detail-oriented and flexible, able to handle multiple priorities and deadlines
  • Proficiency with MS Office applications (including MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Outlook, etc.), Google Docs, Constant Contact, WordPress or blog style web pages, graphic design platforms
  • Photography & videography capabilities a plus
  • Ability to assist with evening and weekend events

Appointment Type:

This is a three to six month unpaid internship. Participation in this program does not guarantee continued service with the City nor any future employment with SF Environment or the City and County of San Francisco.

Application Procedure:

Applicants must be a currently enrolled college/university junior, senior or graduate student majoring in urban planning, environmental studies or communications at an accredited college or university. Recent graduates of these programs are also encouraged to apply.

  • Submit a cover letter (1 page max.) stating:
    • Your interest in working on the San Francisco business and commuter transportation programs
    • Experience relevant to this position
    • Examples of initiative and/or a fresh approach to an existing system
  • Resume

Send the above documents and information to:

TO: CommuteSmart@sfgov.org

RE: Communications and Outreach Internship

APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 7, 2013

VERIFICATION:

All applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying experience, education, training, license, etc. at any point in the application, examination or departmental selection process. A copy of a diploma or transcripts must be submitted to verify the education requirement when requested. Verification of experience, when requested, must be on the employer’s letterhead and must show the name of the applicant, job title(s), duties, dates of service, and must be signed by the employer. City employment may be verified by submitting a performance evaluation in lieu of other verification.

Failure to provide the required verification when requested may result in rejection of application and/or removal from eligibility for referral and appointment in this class. Verification may be waived if impossible to obtain. The applicant must submit a signed statement explaining why verification cannot be obtained. Waiver requests will not automatically be granted, but will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Open Streets Intern – Circle the City Boston (Boston, MA)

Position Opening: Open Streets Intern, Volunteer Coordination
For more information on Circle The City, please visit www.circlethecityboston.org.

Join the Circle The City Team!

Circle The City (CTC) is Boston’s Open Streets, Open Parks initiative that
connects people to parks on safe, active car-free streets. CTC temporarily transforms our streets into places for people, promoting diversity, family fun, healthy living and fostering community—creating temporary ‘paved parks’ where neighbors and children of all ages gather and enjoy safe physical activity for a vibrant, active Boston. This year, we will host Open Streets events along two, 1.5 mile signature
corridors of Boston: Huntington Avenue in the Fenway area and Blue Hill Avenue in Roxbury.

CTC is a collaborative project led by 5 non-profit organizations in partnership with the City of Boston. The CTC leadership team represents the Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness, Boston Cyclists Union, Emerald Necklace Conservancy, LivableStreets Alliance, and Sustainability Guild International.

Position Overview: Circle The City Intern, Volunteer Coordination

On July 14th and September 29th, 2013, CTC will feature two new Open Streets events: A collaborative project with the Fenway Alliance along the Avenue of the Arts, aka Huntington Avenue, and a Roxbury neighborhood event connecting Franklin Park to Dudley Common along Blue Hill Avenue. Both events will feature car-free streets and free, active programming.

We are seeking a dynamic, dedicated and experienced individual who is able to take initiative and work independently. The successful candidate will be charged with a significant portion of the Volunteer Organizing and Community Outreach for both the 7/14 and the 9/29 events. This internship is an excellent way to learn more about sustainable transportation, public health, volunteer coordination, community
organizing and event management. The internship requires 15-20 hours/week on average with more hours possible on event weeks.

This internship is currently unpaid, but will include a transit stipend. The intern will be based at the Emerald Necklace office in the Back Bay Fens, with flexibility of working
from home.

Responsibilities Include:

Volunteer and Event Management:

  • Assist in recruiting, scheduling, and managing volunteers
  • Assist Program Manager in planning and leading volunteer trainings
  • Organize and facilitate volunteer check-in booth and distribute volunteer supplies
  • Manage volunteer and activity provider communications the day of the events
  • Support traffic management and emergency efforts with the traffic safety personnel from Boston Police and EMS.

Community Outreach:

  • Conduct neighborhood outreach and noticing for each event – including neighborhood canvassing, posting no parking signs along CTC routes
  • Attend occasional community meetings

Other Support for CTC events (depending on intern skills and interests):

  • Assist with recruitment and management of activity providers
  • Manage social media
  • Assist Program Manager as necessary with programming, marketing, fundraising, and evaluation.

Required Qualifications

  • Past volunteer experience
  • Excellent communications skills, both in person and in writing
  • Demonstrated interest in Open Streets, Complete Streets, Active Transportation, Public Health, Environmental Education and/or City Planning.
  • Natural leadership qualities, comfortable speaking in front of a large group
  • Ability to excel independently in a high-paced environment
  • Able to ride a bicycle as transportation and lift up to 30-40lbs
  • Available to work some business hours Monday through Friday, from May through August, and both event Sundays. If available, internship can last through September.
  • Experience with and interest in working with individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds, ethnicities, experiences, ages and abilities

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with volunteer organizing or management
  • Familiarity with Open Streets projects
  • Collaborative team leader
  • Bilingual skills
  • Knowledge of Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and/or other Microsoft programming or graphic design skills
  • Drivers’ License
  • Current First Aid/CPR training

The successful candidate will work out a weekday schedule with the program manager. Some nights and weekend hours may also be required for events and outreach.

To apply, send a resume and a cover letter that includes your specific interest andexperience in volunteer organizing to Jessica Parsons, CTC Project Manager atJessica@emeraldnecklace.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis as we hope to fill the position as soon as possible. No calls, please.

Urban Agriculture Summer Intern – Isles, Inc. (Trenton, NJ)

Organizational Background: Founded in 1981, Isles, Inc. is a self-help, urban green development organization in Trenton, New Jersey. With a mission to foster self-reliant families in healthy, sustainable communities, Isles develops cost effective, powerful ways to strengthen people and places in challenging urban settings.

Isles:

  • Revitalizes communities by developing green affordable homes, parks & community agriculture.
  • Trains and educates youth and adults through a vocational high school and green job training center.
  • Builds wealth by supporting social enterprises, microbusinesses, and other financial and credit building services.
  • Stimulates green, healthy living by cleaning up environmental hazards, fostering energy efficiency and promoting healthy lifestyle

In addition, Isles promotes public policies that support family self-reliance and community health. Isles believes that even the most distressed places (or “isles”) hold untapped assets and human capacity. Self-sufficiency and healthy environments are keys to sustainable communities.

The Volunteer will be a team member of Isles’ Community Planning & Development department. The primary duties of the Volunteer will be to assist department staff with support of community and school gardens, planning for events and public outreach, conducting environmental education activities, and assisting with the development of new projects.

Tasks may include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist in the planning, installation, and maintenance of school and/or community gardens;
  • Assist with the planning and execution of special events, including documentary film screenings and cooking workshops;
  • Assist with environmental education for summer youth programs in city gardens and parks;
  • Assist with outreach efforts in culturally diverse neighborhoods to promote community gardening and other Isles programs; and
  • Assist with research.

Qualifications:

  • Ability to work outdoors in all types of weather
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Comfortable working in an urban environment
  • Capable of doing manual gardening labor, e.g. moving compost and stone-filled wheel barrows, handling lumber, digging, raking, carrying equipment, etc.
  • Valid drivers license with a good driving record
  • Fluency in Spanish is a plus

Flexible schedule: 3 to 4 days (18 to 24 hours) per week; 6 to 8 week commitment is preferred.

Send cover letter and resume to hr@isles.org

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