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Program Coordinator, Emerald Cities, Los Angeles, CA

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Job Type: Full-time

Please forward resume to: Emerald Cities Collaborative

Attn: Office Manager

1140 Connecticut Ave., Suite 900B

Washington, D.C. 20036

Due Date: August 14, 2020

Organizational Background

The Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC) is a national non-profit organization comprised of labor unions, community organizations, social justice advocates, development intermediaries, research and technical assistance providers, and socially responsible businesses. ECC partners are united around the goal of building high road – sustainable, just and inclusive – regional economies. The Collaborative envisions a future in which American cities are the greenest and most equitable in the world, leading the way to head off global climate change while creating a vital new economic sector with low-income and communities of color as central actors and beneficiaries in this new economy. Visit our website for more information[1] : http://www.emeraldcities.org/

EC-Los Angeles

EC-Los Angeles works to ensure that southern California implements equity-focused sustainable development projects by connecting residents and businesses from disadvantaged communities to jobs and contract opportunities in energy efficiency, renewable energy and green infrastructure. Specifically, EC-LA is the workforce education and training implementer for the Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN), a network of over 100 government agencies. SoCalREN is organized to provide project development, financing and workforce services to government agencies to help meet California’s energy efficiency goals. The three major programs include: 1) E-Contractor – an academy, a series of workshops and coaching services for minority, women and disadvantaged contractors in green building skills, 2) ACES – a high school program that provides high school and college credits and industry skills certificates in energy-related fields; and 3) GPC – workforce training program for emancipated foster and homeless individuals in energy efficiency. ECC is also developing a high school-college program in clean water.

Position Description:

The Program Coordinator is an entry-level position at Emerald Cities Collaborative for a hard working and ambitious professional to provide administrative and program support for EC-Los Angeles’ program initiatives. The candidate will report directly to the EC-LA Program Director but is part of the larger SoCalREN program team. The Program Coordinator will provide administrative and management support for REN’s E-Contractor, ACES and GPC program. This includes marketing and outreach, intake, coordinating training programs, support and tracking training participants support and program reporting. The candidate must be comfortable working with different stakeholders including high school students, parent and administrators, small contractors, and government officials. Job success entails effective program administration that increases jobs and business opportunities for disadvantaged residents and contractors in the clean energy economy. Sample activities includes developing and participating in small, minority contractors outreach events; conducting youth and local worker outreach; and coordinating community college, high school and community partner resources to support the ongoing implementation of the ACES Engineering Pathway Program; conducting outreach for the new energy efficiency training targeted to transitional foster youth for the GPC program. The candidate will have professional growth opportunities and will gain knowledge in sustainable development, energy efficiency, workforce and small business development.) manage the notification, registration and materials distribution for ECC events, training seminars, and conference participation; develop collateral materials for program initiatives, and update fact sheets, data reports, and program website content.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Emerald Cities Collaborative

· Participate in national team meetings

· Collaborate and knowledge sharing with other Emerald Cities chapters

SoCalREN

· Scheduling, staffing, and maintaining basic documents such as agendas and minutes for SoCalREN meetings and working groups;

· Working with REN contract managers to assure compliance with their requirements

· Staffing EC-LA consultant team meetings

· Assist with monthly and quarterly reporting

E-Contractor Academy

· Identify and develop an extensive inventory of licensed contractors.

· Conduct contractor outreach at industry forums, pre-bid meetings, and resource fairs.

· Provide administrative/program support (E-Contractor Academy).

· Assist with staging/advertising E-Contractor training program

· Prepare Craft Employee Request Forms with required local worker hiring zip codes for EEPMA projects and track contractor submittals per project.

· Track and prepare reports that provide the demographic profile of SoCalREN participating contractors, including race/gender, LMI data indicators, licenses, business certifications, and contract awards.

· Manage the notification, registration and materials distribution for ECC events, training seminars, and conference participation.

ACES (Architecture, Construction, Engineering Students) Pathway Program

· Conduct outreach to high school students, and coordinate with faculty and staff to identify students interested in participating in the ACES Engineering Pathway Program;

· Conduct outreach to potential employers to identify internship opportunities that will provide students with an opportunity to engage and learn about careers in the design and construction industry.

· Identify workforce development organizations to provide ACES students and local workers with resources to address barriers to access and participation, unique skills-building workshops and training (i.e., interview skills, time management, pre-apprenticeship training) to maximize employability and successful internship completion.

· Establish a network of workforce development or training collaborators that serve youth and provide specialized services for emancipated foster care youth attending local high schools.

· Place students in public and private sector internships, while establishing employer relationships for continued communication, evaluation and internship placements.

· Track and monitor the enrollment, training, and placement of students, and establish employer and student evaluation processes. Determine feasibility of internship site visits for ongoing student support and employer satisfaction.

· Prepare reports that provide the demographic profile of participating students, number of enrolled students, employers, number of available internships, number of internship placements, and number of completed internships.

· Conduct presentations at high schools, community colleges and for community resource partners.

· Help develop collateral materials for program initiatives, and update fact sheets, data reports, and program website content.

· Help develop strategies to increase access and internship placement opportunities through strong industry partnerships

· Other miscellaneous duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

· Bachelor of Arts/Science with 2-3 years experience;

· Associate Degree acceptable with 5-7 years of related professional experience

· Detail oriented with proven administrative/management skills

· Communicate effectively – verbally and in written form

· Ability to work under pressure and to multi-task – organize and track multiple contractor trainings, campus schedules, enrollment procedures, and student achievement.

· Takes initiative and ability to work independently

· Act judiciously under pressure and adhere to established protocols and procedures at all times.

· Use the Microsoft Office software to perform presentations, tracking, desktop publishing, and other professional software

Salary and Benefits: Commensurate with experience.

Emerald Cities Collaborative is an equal opportunity employer. Personnel are chosen based on ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal and state law.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $0.00 per hour

Benefits:

  • Dental Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Paid Time Off
  • Vision Insurance

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday
  • Overtime

COVID-19 considerations:
We are all working remotely from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Education:

  • Associate (Preferred)

Required travel:

  • 25% (Preferred)

This Job Is:

  • A good job for someone just entering the workforce or returning to the workforce with limited experience and education
  • A job for which all ages, including older job seekers, are encouraged to apply

Company’s website:

  • www.emeraldcities.org

Company’s Facebook page:

  • https://www.facebook.com/emeraldcitiescollab

Benefit Conditions:

  • Only full-time employees eligible

Work Remotely:

  • Temporarily due to COVID-19

Chief Strategy Officer, Emerald Cities Collaborative, Washington, DC

Emerald Cities Collaborative Background

The Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC) is a national non-profit organization comprised of community, labor, business, sustainable development and policy organizations united around the goal of building high road – sustainable, just and inclusive – regional economies. In essence, ECC works at the intersection of environment, economic and equity with a commitment to just and democratic practices. Our multi-stakeholder collaboratives design and implement climate resilient economies in which Black, Indigenous, Communities of Color (BIPOC) and other climate impacted communities are central actors and beneficiaries. In addition to operating local programs in a half dozen metro regions, ECC provides technical assistance on justice-centered policies and programs for numerous government and private sector sustainability programs.

ECC works on greening all areas of the built environment with major focus on energy efficiency/clean energy, sustainable food economies and green infrastructure development. Our core programs include: 1) community and multi-stakeholder engagement and capacity building, 2) RENEW – energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for multi-family affordable housing developments; 3) economic Inclusion policies and programs, including education and training programs in green building technologies for disadvantaged workers and contractors; and 4) Anchors in Resilient Communities (ARC) and other public and private procurement strategies to build community climate resilience. Visit our website for more information: http://www.emeraldcities.org/

Overview of Position

The chief strategy officer (CSO) is a senior level management position based in, but not limited to, any of ECC’s local sites/markets[1] but with responsibilities overseeing and developing high road initiatives across the country. The CSO reports directly to the President/CEO but works within a collegial, non-hierarchical organizational environment.

This new position directs a diverse portfolio. The core responsibility, however, involves identifying and implementing strategies to take ECC’s high road mission to scale through expanding existing programs and establishing new ones. Success entails effectively transitioning the organization from its start-up phase into its highly dynamic and exciting new growth phase.

The CSO works with multiple stakeholders to accelerate the broad adoption of equity and inclusion in sustainability policies and programs. The goal is to promote a values-based (high road) approach to clean infrastructure investments that involve and benefit communities most impacted by a legacy of environmental racism and economic and social inequities.

The breadth of responsibilities include accelerating model high road climate policies and programs through capacity building, technical assistance and strategy development that facilitate: 1) multi-stakeholder engagement in planning and implementation, 2) union and livable wage jobs; 3) diversity and inclusion in jobs and business opportunities; 4) public and private sector procurement strategies to scale the impact on community health, wealth and climate resilience in low-income communities.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

The Chief Strategy Officer is responsible for a broad portfolio. The candidate will work with ECC’s president and senior staff to refine, manage and expand ECC’s programs and initiatives. The range of duties include:

Strategic planning

  • Support and build trusting relationships within the broader environmental/climate, economic development and social justice eco-system to identify and advance justice-centered collaborative efforts;
  • Provide thought leadership and senior management support on overall organizational direction;
  • Lead review and formulation of business strategies that align with ECC’s mission and values;
  • Champion use the of strategic tools and management systems;
  • Support ECC’s strategic communication goals, including conference attendance, presentations, blogging;

Program development and management

  • Assist local sites develop and implement sound annual program plans and annual budgets;
  • Assist local directors with program and market development;
  • Promote cross-site learning and exposure;
  • Continuous enhancement of ECC’s existing programs and services, including model policies and programs;
  • Define frameworks for performance evaluation;
  • Measure and track performance;

Growth & Diversification

  • Identify and pursue new market opportunities and revenue for organizational growth;
  • Develop initiatives/programs/products and services that can be implemented and marketed;
  • Design & incubate new ventures, pilots; and
  • Proposal and fund development.

QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate is a mission driven social entrepreneur and solidly rooted in environmental/climate and economic justice. Both visionary and task-oriented, the candidate must demonstrate experience in building and managing organizations and/or programs. Direct experience in such technical areas as clean energy, community/cooperative development, and/or construction is a plus. Other desired qualifications include:

Academic/Professional:

  • BA required; masters preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience
  • 3 years leadership experience/senior level management
  • Proven track record in designing and implementing large scale programs/initiatives
  • Strong writing and verbal communication and analytical skills
  • Business acumen—quick to grasp underlying revenue, cost and profit drivers

Technical Skills:

  • Experience in consulting, business or program development, strategic planning
  • Functional experience (research, marketing, product development)
  • Desired technical skills include climate, clean energy, construction, community/coop development.

Personal Qualities:

  • Systems/strategic thinker
  • Sound judgement based on a combination of observation, analysis and experience
  • Success in working with multiple constituencies – labor, community, industry and government
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to work as a self-starting member of a team.
  • Ability to multi-task – organized and flexible.
  • Commitment to the goal of advancing equity and inclusion.
  • Ability to travel.

Please submit your resume along with a cover letter.

Salary and Benefits: Commensurate with experience.

EMERALD CITIES COLLABORATIVE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND ENCOURAGES MINORITIES TO APPLY. PERSONNEL ARE CHOSEN BASED ON ABILITY WITHOUT REGARD TO RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, SEX, NATIONAL ORIGIN, DISABILITY, MARITIAL STATUS OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH FEDERAL AND STATE LAW.

[1] Los Angeles, San Francisco/Oakland, Seattle/Portland, Boston, Washington, DC

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $0.00 per hour

Benefits:

  • Dental Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Paid Time Off
  • Vision Insurance

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday
  • Overtime

COVID-19 considerations:
Everyone is currently working remotely from home.

Experience:

  • Professional: 5 years (Required)

Education:

  • Bachelor’s (Required)

This Job Is:

  • A job for which all ages, including older job seekers, are encouraged to apply

Company’s website:

  • www.emeraldcities.org

Company’s Facebook page:

  • https://www.facebook.com/emeraldcitiescollab

Benefit Conditions:

  • Only full-time employees eligible

Work Remotely:

  • Temporarily due to COVID-19

Director of Public Affairs & Development, Hester Street, NYC

Hester Street is seeking an experienced development and/or communications professional to lead our public affairs and development team and serve as a senior leader in the organization as we scale the reach and impact of Hester Street’s innovative work in New York City and nationwide. We are looking for someone with at least 6-10 years of work experience to join a growing, dynamic organization that holds social justice as a core value.

ABOUT HESTER STREET

Hester Street (HST) is an urban planning, design and development nonprofit that works to ensure that neighborhoods are shaped by the people who live in them. We offer technical and capacity-building assistance to community-based organizations, private firms and government agencies on critical land use, neighborhood planning, and public and private community development projects. Innovative, inclusive community engagement is a critical thread through all of our projects. We work to create vibrant, just, equitable and resilient cities where we all can thrive.

ABOUT THE POSITION

The Director of Public Affairs & Development is responsible for scaling the reach and impact of Hester Street’s innovative work by cultivating and expanding a broad range of supports (small and large donors, foundations, governmental partners), generating coverage of HST’s approach and project work (in media, at conferences, in the planning/design/urban development field, and beyond) and supporting HST as we change the broader public narrative around inequity, the innovative power of community-driven planning and development, and what’s possible in our cities.

The Director will work closely with HST leadership, and serve on its Senior Leadership Team, to creatively and strategically raise and scale the resources needed to meet HST’s mission. The Director will supervise existing staff and help build out the team HST needs to maximize its impact in the public arena. The Director will have a clear and deep understanding of HST’s political vision, theory of change, and front-line programmatic work — and will be a fast-study on the technical aspects of HST’s work if they do not possess existing expertise.

The Director needs a track record demonstrating innovative thinking and high impact execution, as well as strong writing skills and success building and managing effective teams in a fast-paced, results-oriented work environment. The Director will have a lot of autonomy, room for innovation and creativity in execution of the position’s core responsibilities. This role requires an entrepreneurial mindset and the ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines.

This is a great opportunity for a highly motivated development professional who welcomes work in a collaborative environment to join a growing, high-energy team.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Development/Fundraising Strategy + Implementation Oversight

  • Create and execute a comprehensive fundraising/development plan and strategy;
  • Cultivate existing and identify and secure new sources of funding;
  • Oversee and contribute to the research, drafting, and submittal of grant proposals, RFPs, and relevant reports;
  • Manage and track annual development priorities;
  • Oversee the successful coordination of HST’s fundraising and external facing events throughout the year.

Communications

  • Communicate Hester Street’s approach and project experiences with a wide range of partners, contributing to the broader urban planning and community development fields;
  • Oversee the development of standard and innovative communication materials for print, web and social media;
  • Create and manage the implementation of a comprehensive communications plan;
  • Draft and/or approve content for internal and external communications.

Leadership

  • Serve on HST Senior Leadership Team;
  • Contribute to the vision and strategic direction of the organization;
  • Liaise with HST Board members as necessary for fundraising and communications issues;
  • Manage existing staff and build out a highly skilled and well-rounded public affairs and development team.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least seven years of development and/or communications experience;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Demonstrated success in securing institutional funding, planning fundraising events and/or developing effective campaigns.
  • Media – online, print and social – experience;
  • Pro-active, deadline-oriented and expert at juggling multiple projects;
  • Experience managing staff;
  • Comfortable with a high level of autonomy and practiced at developing innovative approaches and exercising strategic, out-of-the-box thinking;
  • Experience working in low-income communities, immigrant and other communities of color and/or with community-based organizations preferred;
  • Graphic design skills using InDesign and other Adobe Creative Suite programs a huge plus;
  • Language skills other than English, a huge plus.

Salary

Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, Hester Street offers a comprehensive benefits package.

To Apply

Please upload cover letter, résumé and two work samples (one grant proposal and one communications piece preferred).

Hester Street is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce that reflects the populations with whom we partner. We seek to build an inclusive organization grounded in respect for differences and encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, disability or veteran status.

Hester Street is a nonprofit organization incorporated as Hester Street Collaborative, Inc

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Project Manager, Hester Street, NYC

Hester Street is seeking an experienced urban planner, designer and/or community development professional to plan, manage and implement community-driven planning, design and development projects in New York City and nationwide. We are looking for someone with at least five years of work experience to join a growing, dynamic team that holds social justice as a core value.

ABOUT HESTER STREET

Hester Street is an urban planning, design and development nonprofit that works to ensure that neighborhoods are shaped by the people who live in them. We offer technical and capacity-building assistance to community-based organizations, private firms and government agencies on critical land use, neighborhood planning, and public and private community development projects. Innovative, inclusive community engagement is a critical thread through all of our projects. We strive to create the conditions where we can all thrive.

ABOUT THE POSITION

We are looking for an urban planning, design and/or community development professional with a background in neighborhood planning, architecture, economic development, affordable housing and/or community facility development, or some combination of the above. This role requires the ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines.

This is a great opportunity for a highly motivated planning, community development or design professional who welcomes work in a collaborative environment to join a growing, high-energy team.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage all aspects of community planning projects inside and outside NYC;
  • Collaborate with community-based partners on project development and planning;
  • Facilitate community planning and design workshops and train workshop facilitators;
  • Work with Hester Street team of designers and planners to develop innovative community
  • engagement tools;
  • Pull together and manage teams of architects, planners, public health experts and other
  • consultants;
  • Effectively prioritize, delegate, execute and track tasks across multiple projects, adhering to rigorous timelines;
  • Carry out key planning, design and development technical work (such as conducting planning studies, developing surveys, creating maps, gathering data and conducting site-specific and neighborhood-level analyses, developing innovative recommendations or solutions);
  • Communicate Hester Street’s approach and project experiences with a wide range of partners, contributing to the broader urban planning and community development fields.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least five years of planning, architecture and/or community development
  • experience;
  • Master’s degree in Urban Planning, Architecture or a related field (or at least six years of experience in a relevant field);
  • Pro-active, deadline-oriented and expert at juggling multiple projects.
  • Project Management skills:
    • A track record of creating and executing complex multi-faceted project work plans;
    • Creative and nimble problem-solving skills with ability to adapt work plan execution to fit evolving project needs;
    • Ability to build relationships with partners across nonprofit organizations, government and the private sector;
    • Experience effectively delegating tasks to project teams, including to staff members, interns or outside consultants.
  • Experience working in low-income communities, immigrant and other communities of color and/or with community-based organizations preferred;

Top candidates will have 2 or more of the following skills & experience:

  • Urban Planning
    • Demonstrable experience working on one or more city, neighborhood or community planning processes;
    • Research, data gathering and analysis;
    • Spatial planning;
    • GIS mapping a huge plus.
  • Architecture/Design
    • Architectural design and programming – participatory design experience a plus;
    • Spatial and site-specific analysis;
    • Basic before and after site photocollage visualizations
    • Proficiency with the programs we use –SketchUp, AutoCAD, Photoshop a plus.
  • Community Development – Capital project planning & development
    • Feasibility analysis;
    • Budget creation and tracking (project, construction, maintenance + operating);
    • Construction management experience a plus
  • Facilitation
    • Ability to facilitate small group and large public meetings;
    • Experience navigating challenging conversations and building consensus;
    • Experience developing and using popular education tools and conducting train-the-trainer sessions preferred;
    • Fluency in a language other than English a plus;
  • Graphic Design
    • Infographics, report layout and other graphic design skills using InDesign and other Adobe Creative Suite programs

Salary

Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, Hester Street offers a comprehensive benefits package.

To Apply

Please upload cover letter, résumé and two work samples (one written sample and one relevant presentation preferred). The position will be open until filled.

Hester Street is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a workforce that reflects the populations with whom we partner. We seek to build an inclusive organization grounded in respect for differences and encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, disability or veteran status.

Hester Street is a nonprofit organization incorporated as Hester Street Collaborative, Inc.

Project Manager, RiseBoro, NYC

Rise with us! Be part of an organization whose mission is to unleash the potential of communities to thrive, no matter the odds. Since its inception, RiseBoro has collaborated with community leaders, government agencies, and private investors in an effort to serve as a comprehensive housing, health, and services agency for communities that have suffered from years of disinvestment in their housing stock and human capital. With a housing department staff of over 150 employees and an agency staff of nearly 2,000, RiseBoro has grown from a small community-based agency to one of the largest nonprofits in Brooklyn. RiseBoro has been responsible for the development of several thousand units of affordable housing, ranging from single-family homes to scattered site rehabs to large mixed-use developments. We have an exciting pipeline of affordable housing projects in the predevelopment and construction stages, which will create over 5,000 units of housing across New York City.

See full job posting here.

Profs. Fox Piven and Bhargava on the Presidential Elections in the Intercept

The upcoming presidential elections could present a great test of American institutions. If the sitting US president loses the election and refuses to concede power — well, what happens? And how might he go about trying to pull it off?

SLU professors Frances Fox Piven and Deepak Barghava tackled these questions in a recent article on The Intercept. First, they describe the tactics Trump is already using to undermine the elections:

Trump is questioning the legitimacy of an election that will rely on mail-in ballots, even though he himself has often voted absentee. He has threatened to withhold funding from states that are trying to make it easier for people to vote, and he is undermining the U.S. Postal Service, both of which are essential, especially in a pandemic. His Republican allies around the country have been passing voter ID laws, purging voter rolls, and cutting the number of polling places in urban areas, forcing people to stand in line for hours to exercise their right to vote. 

Meanwhile, there’s plenty of evidence — from foreign interference to white nationalist “poll watchers” — that Trump and the Republican party are “already trying to steal the election.”

But if it doesn’t work, what tools could he trying to deploy? The authors have their suspicions:

To steal the election, we suspect he will adapt the standard playbook of authoritarians everywhere: cast doubt on the election results by filing numerous lawsuits and launching coordinated federal and state investigations, including into foreign interference; call on militia groups to intimidate election officials and instigate violence; rely on fringe social media to generate untraceable rumors, and on Fox News to amplify these messages as fact; and create a climate of confusion and chaos. He might ask the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security — which he has now weaponized against democracy — to deploy to big cities in swing states to stop the vote count or seize ballots. If he does all this right, he’ll be able to put soldiers on the streets, inflame his base, and convince millions of people that the election is being stolen from him. 

From there, could he create a “false justification” for right-wing state legislatures to appoint Trump-loyal electors? If so, the authors have a clear prescription: “take to the streets.” They go on to describe the fecklessness of institutions to beat back Trump on their own, making a strong case for why people power — and movements — will be the necessary ingredient for ensuring the transfer of power.  And, they argue, the work to build that power needs to start immediately.

Read the full chilling — and highly compelling — piece at The Intercept.