Climate Corps AmeriCorps: Beneficial Electrification Program Associate Fellow at Acterra
Position Title: Beneficial Electrification Program Associate Fellow
Term of Service: Full-time, November 16, 2020 – June 30, 2021
Time requirements: 40 hours/week; 1,200 hours in 7.5 month span
About Climate Corps AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps is a national service commitment that meets a community’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. Climate Corps AmeriCorps partners with local government, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations across California to provide full-time service opportunities in the Bay Area supporting communities’ critical needs in building climate resilience. Climate Corps AmeriCorps fellows dedicate 1,200 hours of service in exchange for leadership and career development, and a living stipend supported by our AmeriCorps grant. Climate Corps AmeriCorps is an exciting opportunity for service-minded individuals who are passionate about building climate resilience for communities. For more information, please visit www.americorps.gov.
About Acterra: Beneficial Electrification
Acterra’s signature Beneficial Electrification program offers educational programs and outreach that helps individuals take action to reduce their home energy waste while also reducing their energy bills. Hundreds of residents in Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, and Menlo Park have already reduced their carbon emissions and energy costs through our workshops, online energy audits, hands-on demonstrations, and home visits. This position will also assist the Karl Knapp GoEV Manager in planning and executing six EV Financial Assistance Clinics between December 2020 and June 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all activities relating to these clinics will be conducted online until county officials allow in-person interaction.
Description of duties:
This role will support Acterra by managing the Beneficial Electrification programming and outreach that Acterra currently leads, support GoEV, as well as design and manage new programming that comes from the research of the policy fellow. This position will:
- Manage, market, and support relationships for the benefit of our Green@Home and Induction Cooktop Loaner Programs
- Manage BE related events, both as a partner to other orgs and for our own proprietary events, like Palo Alto Electrification Expo, Earth Day, or BE Workshops
- Develop relationships with developers, contractors, architects for the explicit purpose of educating them on the benefits of electrification.
- Message the benefits of electrification to the wider community in partnership with our Communications Manager and program staff.
- Take creative lead and leverage new opportunities to share the benefits of electrification.
- Participate as a partner and member of organizations doing BE work throughout the Bay Area.
- Develop relationships with Bay Area-based community organizations and government agencies that provide support services to low income residents
- Identify and develop relationships with community leaders and climate advocates residing in Bay Area low income communities
- Conduct outreach to low income residents with the assistance of the above organizations and individuals
- Conduct additional community outreach using both traditional and emerging communication tools and channels
- Translate program materials into Spanish
- Present, co-present, translate, or answer questions during the Financial Incentive Clinics
- Provide guidance to program participants who need assistance completing their rebate/grant applications
Basic Eligibility - AmeriCorps fellows must:
- Be US citizens or legal permanent residents
- Have a high school diploma/GED
- Be 17 years old or older
- Pass state criminal and FBI background checks, and a national check in the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Registry
- Test negatively for tuberculosis
- Be able and willing to commit to the 7.5-month service term
- Be able and willing to work remotely if needed due to ongoing COVID-19 public health considerations and shelter-in-place orders.
- The ideal candidate will have Spanish fluency.
- Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, preferred experience with fundraising software (Acterra uses Bloomerang as a CRM, and Constant Contact as an email service), familiarity with Mac preferred
- Flexible schedule required for occasional evening/weekend events (at least one per month)
- Passionate about environment sustainability
- Self-starter with the enthusiasm to implement new strategies and meet ambitious goals
- Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage and build relationships with people from a wide diversity of backgrounds and cultures
- Strong team player
- Valid CA. Driver’s License
- College degree and/or work experience in environmental policy, science, or planning with an emphasis on energy or climate are preferred, but other relevant experience is considered (internships, volunteer experience etc.)
- A solid foundation of math and science coursework
- Interest or familiarity with in environmental issues, including clean mobility
- Classroom experience in energy and environmental policy
- Community outreach and communications experience
- Comprehension of energy systems, climate change science, California environmental policies, water conservation, and/or waste reduction
- Excellent organizational, writing, interpersonal, and speaking skills
Benefits of service
- Receive a living allowance stipend of $2,115 per month
- Receive free MEC healthcare, child care support, and qualifying federal student loan deferment throughout your term of service.
- Upon the successful completion of your 1,200 hours and term of service, receive a Segal Education Award of $4,336.50.
- Receive ongoing training & support, including a 4-day orientation, monthly trainings, a 2-day retreat, and personal professional development support.
- Benefit from the robust, ever-growing Climate Corps network of partner organizations and alumni.
- Develop sustainability skills, implement impactful climate change resiliency projects, and build partnerships in your community.
BACR is an equal opportunity employer. We cultivate an environment that encourages fairness, teamwork, and respect among all employees and National Service members. We are firmly committed to maintaining an atmosphere in which people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles may grow personally and professionally. Therefore, we enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religion or religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, medical condition, disability, military service, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local laws or ordinances. Our management is dedicated to ensuring the fulfillment of this equal opportunity policy with respect to hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, recruitment advertising, pay, and other forms of compensation, training, and general treatment during employment.