Lead Community Organizer
SEEAL / The SouthCoast Energy Challenge - New Bedford, MA

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Lead Community Organizer Job Description - Resumes will be accepted until January 4, 2013.

Background: The SouthCoast Energy Challenge is a regional energy savings campaign. The goal is to engage people from all backgrounds across SouthCoast Massachusetts to reduce their energy consumption and carbon emissions, and enhance long-term community sustainability. Project staff will organize individual action and promote friendly competition among towns, schools, churches, and other community organizations. We’ll build a strong network of project partners and collaborators. Project strategies include public education and marketing, direct-action organizing, community outreach and e-based social marketing. Primary long-term objectives include:

  • Register 10,000 households to take the Energy Challenge over the next 3 years, resulting in a 15% reduction in energy consumption among participating households.
  • Generate 5,000 completed MassSave home energy assessments as a direct result of Energy Challenge marketing and organizing activities over the next 3 years.
  • Establish vibrant network of at least 100 business, non-profit, and governmental partners over the course of the project, to contribute to a more permanent culture of sustainability within the region.

The SouthCoast Energy Challenge is a project of the Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance (SEEAL). Lead SEEAL partners in the Challenge include: Marion Institute, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Sustainability Office, SRPEDD, SEMAP, and the Ocean Explorium. SEEAL is a program fund of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts.

Lead Organizer Responsibilities: The primary focus of the Lead Community Organizer will be to plan and oversee Energy Challenge direct and indirect community outreach, develop and coordinate a volunteer base, and manage the organizing interns. Tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Recruitment and supervision of outreach and organizing volunteers & student interns;
  • Organization of weekly canvass outings & occasional larger canvassing/outreach events;
  • Prepare canvassing materials (including training resources, scripts, maps, tracking sheets, etc.);
  • Manage tabling presence at other events (festivals, conferences, farmers markets, etc);
  • Oversee/organize data entry & management for hard copy Energy Challenge registrants;
  • Organize outreach to local groups, make presentations, & manage follow-up and follow through;
  • Engage SEEAL Board and Lead Project Partners through direct contact, presentations, and event support;
  • Help design, print and distribute promotional materials as needed;
  • Other project activities as needed.

Required qualifications include:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Enthusiasm for grassroots organizing;
  • Experience with volunteer management strongly desired;
  • Fluency in MS Office and working familiarity with WordPress, Constant Contact, Facebook, and Twitter;
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of stakeholders in a fast-paced environment;
  • Individual should be persistent, flexible, creative, and able to work as a team player and independently;
  • A willingness to understand energy and sustainability-related issues is essential; and
  • Must have own personal transportation and be willing to travel up to 80 miles a day.

The position will be salaried, at a competitive rate, based on experience. The ideal candidate would commit to the Challenge for at least one year, ideally staying on board into the future. This position will start as early as February 4th, 2013. For more information, please visit www.southcoastenergychallenge.org or contact the SouthCoast Energy Challenge with any questions, at the email address connected to this job posting or call (508) 910-1871.

Please submit resume & cover letter by January 15, 2012. Resumes and cover letters will be considered as they come in. Email them to the email address connected to this job posting or traditionally mail them to : SEEAL, 63 Union St, New Bedford, MA 02740.

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