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Equity and Climate AmeriCorps Fellow (2/2) - OCT START

7/16/2019 7:00:01 PM Rising Sun Center for Opportunity
Job Fellowship Rising Sun Center for Opportunity Monthly Stipend $2115 End of Program Award $6095


Rising Sun Center for Opportunity is a premier nonprofit organization working at the intersection of economic equity and climate resilience in the greater California Bay Area since 1994. Rising Sun focuses on economic opportunity by operating two impactful programs: Climate Careers and Opportunity Build. To date, Rising Sun has trained more than 1,800 youth and 800 adults, and served over 46,000 households with free energy and water efficiency services.

Rising Sun is looking for enthusiastic, passionate, and committed Climate Corps AmeriCorps fellows to help support our two programs.

Our earn and learn youth program, Climate Careers, works with low-income participants, ages 15- 24 throughout the summer, providing no-cost Green House Calls to local residences. Green House Calls consist of an energy and water assessment and the installation of energy and water saving devices. This innovative program, through the combining of residential energy efficiency services and youth employment and development, provides career exposure and pathways to success.

Our adult program, Opportunity Build, provides job training, case management, and job placement services to low-income adults experiencing serious barriers to employment. Opportunity Build offers two training modules: Core, which is a certified Apprenticeship Readiness Program for individuals who want to enter the union building trades and pursue a construction career, and Solar, for those seeking to enter the solar industry as solar PV installers. The purpose of Opportunity Build is to provide individuals with a pathway out of poverty and into stable careers that offer family-sustaining wages and long-term opportunities.


Fellows will work on both programs during their 10-months of service in a variety of capacities. Fellows will work on program design and implementation, will interact with, and provide support to our temporary summer teams, as well as our youth and adult participants. During certain portions of the Fellowship there will be a heavy emphasis on outreach and recruitment. Fellows will operate out of our Oakland headquarters, however, there is extensive travel required as our service territory includes the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Joaquin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma. Fellows will report directly to Rising Sun’s Outreach and Marketing Manager.

• Program design and implementation
• Lead generation and solicitation of potential residential customers through a variety of marketing and outreach strategies such as tabling, canvassing, presentations, etc.
• Develop and nurture strategic relationships with county, city, and community partners  
• Work closely with and support program staff
• Provide support and mentorship to temporary staff and program participants
• Analyze data and complete reports
• Other duties as assigned

• Demonstrated ability to lead and implement an outreach plan and campaign
• Ability to work some evenings and weekends
• Experience developing and managing external partnerships
• Experience supporting/supervising staff
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Excellent computer skills: word processing, spreadsheet, software, database management
• Key qualities: problem-solver, adaptable, accountable, self-starter, team player; thrives in a fast-paced environment

• Own a car with valid driver’s license and insurance
• Ability to work some evenings and weekends
• Ability to lift 15+ pounds, and to walk up to one mile at a time

This is a full-time, 10-month Fellowship

We are mission-driven and work hard because we care deeply about what we do. We like working with each other and we like to make work fun. We like to try new things and encourage each other to find unique and unconventional ways to tackle tough problems. We celebrate every birthday, eat a lot of desserts together, and recycle the same birthday candles until they’re gone. There’s usually at least one dog hanging around the office, and sometimes a staff member’s kid or two as well. We want people to grow. We like to promote from within and build each other up, but we also like to bring in new ideas and different perspectives. We’re looking forward to meeting you and hearing about how you can contribute to making Rising Sun a great place to work.

Rising Sun Energy Center is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER committed to providing a nondiscriminatory and inclusive environment for its employees. EOE/AA/Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply. We are committed to diversity and consider all applicants for all positions without regard to color, ethnic background, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, and disability status. Rising Sun is a pet-friendly and family-forward organization that promotes a healthy work-life balance for all staff. For more information about Rising Sun, please visit