This Sustainability Associate position is supported through an innovative partnership between Facilities Planning & Program Services, Inc. and Strategic Energy Innovations. Aimed at addressing the myriad of energy and environmental sustainability initiatives across CA, this Fellowship model presents a distinct opportunity to shape energy efficiencies and sustainability practices across sectors and institutional roles.
At the core of this program is developing the next generation of thinkers and doers to help address sustainability in higher education settings. Roles in educational sustainability require a distinct combination of aptitudes including project management, data analytics and community development.
In addition to the Climate Corps Bay Area training and professional certificate, this position offers professional development opportunities designed to help provide the range of skills necessary to execute sustainable programs or practices. The candidate will work on pressing climate and sustainability problems and be relied upon to work toward replicable solutions. A customized mix of on the job training, field work and class time will help the Fellow hone marketable skills and draw important professional connections while making a marked difference in the community.
Role and Responsibilities
The Fellow will be responsible for working under direction of the FPPS team.
Projects may include, but not limited to:
• Working with the facilities and other campus stakeholders under the auspices of the UC-CSU-Utility Partnership. The University of California (UC), California State University (CSU), and California's four large Investor-Owned Utilities (PG&E, SDG&E, SCE and SoCalGas) established this Partnership in 2004 in order to provide a sustainable and comprehensive energy management program for the 33 UC and CSU campuses.
• Through the partnership and projects across campuses, track project outcomes across quantitative measures, including progress and all verified savings measures where possible. Where relevant, provide forecasting and templates for modeling future energy savings and potential return on investment connected to programs.
• Assist with coordination and convening of key meetings and stakeholders on a monthly, quarterly and as-needed basis. Report out on progress to various groups and prepare and facilitate external and internal presentations.
• Support the external communications related to local and state bonds, overall project development, and serve as an advocate for the partnership at local or state conferences such as CHESC, CCFC, and others.
• Bachelor's degree preferred, Master’s level coursework in engineering, design or energy systems would be ideal.
• Related experience in fields related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, climate action planning, water conservation, and data analysis.
• Valid driver’s license with reliable transportation to be available on-site.
• Ability to work independently and carry out assignments, make independent judgments and/or decisions, and discern when action at a higher level is required.
• Must be able to effectively manage multiple projects and maintain an organized and well communicated work flow.
• Has a deep passion for sustainability, especially climate resilience, with the practical skills and abilities to affect change in complex systems.
SEI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to reflect the diverse communities we serve, especially those most impacted by climate change and other kinds of environmental, social, and economic injustices. Persons of color, persons with disabilities, older adults, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply.
Location: Yorba Linda, CA