Position Title: Sustainability Fellow
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 across California to provide full-time service opportunities in the Bay Area and the Greater LA and San Diego Area supporting communities’ critical needs in 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 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 Oakland Unified School District - Facilities Planning and Management Department
The Facilities Planning and Management Department works to improve the quality of Oakland schools. We prepare students for college and jobs, upgrade science labs, classrooms, computers and technology, improve student safety and security, repair bathrooms, electrical systems, plumbing and sewer lines, improve energy efficiency and earthquake safety, and oversee new modernization, construction, improvements, upgrades, and replacement projects. In addition, our maintenance and custodial teams provide a clean and safe environment that is conducive to learning for our students.
Our primary goal as a department is to improve the quality of Oakland schools and school facilities to better prepare students for their futures. By providing students with a positive learning environment, we are working to ensure all students feel respected and heard.
This means we are making sure that our students have full access to what they need to be successful, regardless of their backgrounds. We want every school facility to be safe, welcoming, and inspiring. We achieve that by doing important and visible projects like upgrading science labs, classrooms, computers and technology, maintaining playgrounds, gardens, athletic fields, and courts, and working on modernization, new construction, and replacement projects. Our department also tackles the projects that are not always seen, but often felt: repairing bathrooms, improving energy efficiency and earthquake safety, maintaining and upgrading electrical systems, plumbing, and sewer lines, and improving student safety and security. In addition, our maintenance and custodial teams provide a clean and safe environment that allows our students to focus on learning.
We also oversee the capital improvement program, funded by bond measures including Measure Y ($735 million). The Facilities Division manages over 100 buildings and 680 portables, totaling 5,841,891 square feet. On average, our maintenance operations address and respond to over 20,000 work orders per year.
Many of us have children in an OUSD school, and we take pride in providing our students with the foundation for success in life. Our department looks forward to continuing our work with parents, teachers and administrative staff, the school board, and the broader community to provide the best possible facilities for our students. To learn more, visit https://www.ousd.org/facilities
Description of duties:
- Support coordination and support of OUSD’s Sustainability Advisory Council (stakeholder group)
- Support District-Wide Anti-Racist Sustainabilty Policy development
- Support project development for pilot and special projects involving energy & water efficiency
- Support implementation of Collaborative for High Performance Schools program requirements
- Conduct targeted research and analysis on building electrification strategies, technologies and cost-effectiveness
- Support co-design and co-implementation of school site behavior-based efficiency programs (per CHPS credit and in support of future Shared Savings program)
- Document controls and management
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 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.
- Excellent communication skills and an ability to communicate for understanding verbally and in writing
- Strong commitment to teamwork, putting the goals of the team before individual pursuits
- Willingness to be proactive and take calculated risks
- Results-oriented a plus
- A passion for public service, especially in the area of sustainability and climate change
- Experience in conducting research and drafting reports
- Appreciation for humor a big plus
- Willingness to have fun while engaging in difficult and complex work
- Willingness to explore your own privilege, acknowledge your own unconscious bias, examine your own commitment to racial equality and understand the importance of intersectionality as an analytical framework in the work to create equitable and just solutions
- First hand/life experience involving issues of environmental justice
- Course work in climate change, ecological systems, resiliency, pubic health, the built environment or energy a plus
- Access to a vehicle (for site visits) a plus
- Willingness to have a majority remote work schedule (within Bay Area)
- Experience serving/working with BIPOC and/or Frontline communities
- Understanding that the environmental movement in the US has historically included folks of means and privilege, and acknowledging that folks of less means and less privilege are those in our society who often bear the brunt of environmental injustice; it is critical that we are intentional in the manner in which we recruit folks from all walks of life into this work. OUSD invites individuals with passion, commitment and grit to apply for this position, especially individuals from BIPOC and Frontline Communities.
Benefits of service
The individual selected for this position will have the opportunity to join a High Performance Team, working to deliver exceptional value to our students, educators and the District at large. The Fellow will be fully supported by the OUSD sustainability team, and in particular, will be mentored and coached by OUSD’s Energy and Sustainability Manager (site supervisor). The Fellow’s supervisor will schedule twice a week check-ins for ongoing support and communication, and will identify endless professional development opportunities. There will be at least one opportunity to attend a conference, and we will work together to identify grants that would allow for team members to engage in relevant professional development and networking opportunities outside of the District. The site supervisor is as dedicated to the personal and professional growth of the Fellow, as they are to the impact and value of the Fellow’s work for the District. Furthermore, the site supervisor is committed to helping the Fellow secure permanent employment opportunities before the end of their post with OUSD. Additionally, the Fellow’s benefits include:
- 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
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.