Position Title: Climate Corps AmeriCorps Fellow - Operations and Communications
Term of Service: Full-time, September 1, 2021 – July 31, 2022
Time requirements: 40 hours/week; 1,700 hours in an 11 month term
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 to provide full-time service opportunities in the Bay Area, Southern California, and the Central Valley to support communities’ critical needs for building climate resilience. Climate Corps AmeriCorps Fellows dedicate 1,700 hours of service in exchange for leadership and career development, and a living stipend supported by an 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 or www.climatecorps.org.
Description of duties:
Acterra’s programming in four focus areas — beneficial electrification, sustainable food, education, and workplace sustainability — engages Bay Area communities to collectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions and speed the transition to a more sustainable way of life. Acterra’s work is synergistic and requires the know-how of personnel who can think holistically, work as a team, remain organized in a fast-paced environment, problem-solve independently, be creatively goal-oriented, and learn by doing.
As a small nonprofit organization committed to social change, Acterra’s volunteer force is a vital and growing part of our human capital, and the successful candidate will help organize and motivate this constituency for the benefit of the organization as a whole. In recognition of the growing importance of digital communications and campaigns to the success of Acterra’s mission, the Operations and Communications Fellow will work creatively to amplify Acterra’s stories of impact to the broader community via multiple forms of media.
This role will support Acterra by assisting with a range of essential duties that span the whole of the organization’s activities in operations and digital communications. This position will:
Provide administrative and logistical support across Acterra’s range of programs, including tracking deliverables for key projects, updating each program’s website, and other duties as necessary.
- Accurately track and update records for relationship management for donors, volunteers, and related transactions
- Manage and facilitate online and in-person volunteer opportunities (as COVID regulations allow) across Acterra programming, working to implement a volunteer engagement strategy across the entire organization.
- Identify systems, tools and processes for improvement and make recommendations for change across all of our departments. Continually enhances personal productivity by learning and using the latest software tools.
- Oversee the messaging of key program components to the broader public by creating content for newsletter, social media, video, and other digital communications, under the direction of the Communications Manager.
- Analyze data to inform and strengthen the efficacy of Acterra’s communications and outreach campaigns.
- Exert creative control over social media strategy in partnership with senior staff, to increase awareness of Acterra mission and programming.
- Explore and leverage new media opportunities to highlight the impact of Acterra’s programs.
- Network and develop relationships with partner community-based organizations doing similar work in the Bay Area.
- Work closely as a key team member with the Development and Operations Manager and the Communications and Outreach Manager.
AmeriCorps fellows must:
- Be US citizen 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 Nationa Sex Offender Public Registry
- Test negatively for tuberculosis if working with minors
- Be able and willing to commit to the 11-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.
- Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, preferred experience with fundraising software (Acterra uses Bloomerang as a CRM and an email service).
- Experience with graphic design and creative tools like Illustrator, Photoshop, Adobe Premiere (video editing software), Canva is a plus.
- Flexible schedule required for occasional evening/weekend events (at least one per month)
- Passionate about environmental 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
- Prior knowledge of Human Resources is a plus
- College degree and/or work experience in environmental policy, science, or planning is desired, but other relevant experience is considered (internships, volunteer experience etc.)
- Familiarity with nonprofit organizations
- Community outreach and/or communications experience
- Excellent organizational, writing, interpersonal, and speaking skills
Benefits of service
- Receive a living allowance stipend of $2,255 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 1,700 hours and term of service, receive a Segal Education Award of $6,345 and a California for All Education Award of $3,655.
- 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.
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Statement
Bay Area Community Resources, the administrator of Climate Corps AmeriCorps, 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.