Sustainable Northwest Energy and Water Program Associate (closes 1/15/2016)

Energy and Water Program Associate

Posted: 12/10/2015

Location: Portland Metro

Closing Date: 1/15/2016

Industry: Environment, Nonprofit

Type: Full Time

Energy and water are intimately linked in the Northwest. Persistent drought and the ongoing impacts of climate change create dramatic challenges for communities trying to ensure adequate water quality and quantity for all users, including threatened and endangered fisheries. Water users employ energy to move water, and there are efficiencies with technologies and programming that can be utilized to better manage water and energy. Through our Energy and Water programs, Sustainable Northwest is developing strategies to promote the sustainable use of energy and water to help rural communities identify cost savings while ensuring the sustainable use of water resources.

This is an exciting time as collaboration is strongly influencing natural resource management in the Northwest, and Sustainable Northwest is at the forefront, using innovative approaches to benefit wildlife and people.

Job summary:
The Energy and Water Program Associate will work as part of a team as well as work independently within the Energy and Water programs. The Program Associate will work with these programs to increase the team’s effectiveness and impact. Responsibilities will include but not be limited to working with diverse stakeholders, agencies, academic institutions, and funders to: 1) research and convey the newest science, technology, and policy across energy and water disciplines, 2) assist in the development and delivery of well-organized and transparent collaborative processes and educational programs, 3) lead rural renewable energy technology, policy, and market development, such as bioenergy, solar, and micro-hydro, 4) support fundraising activities in the Energy and Water Programs. Approximately 2/3 of the Program Associate’s time will be spent on Energy Program work, but actual time allocation across the Energy and Water programs will be determined based on the associate’s skills and program needs. This position is based in Portland, Oregon.

Required qualifications:
The Energy and Water Program Associate should possess the following:
• Minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Master’s degree in environmental sciences, energy, water, or related discipline preferred;
• At least two (2) years’ experience in the practical application of energy and/or water resource technology and policy;
• Excellent written and oral communication skills;
• Facilitation experience, with the ability to empower diverse interests, potentially with conflicting views, to find areas of common ground;
• Experience planning meetings, events, and/or conferences;
• Ability to effectively work independently, in a team, and with people of diverse backgrounds;
• Fundraising experience, including grant writing and reporting;
• The ability for travel across the Pacific Northwest.

Additional preferred qualifications:
• Proficiency in thermal and electrical woody biomass, solar, and agricultural energy efficiency and energy production concepts, supply and market dynamics, on-the-ground applications, and incentives;
• Working knowledge of water-related issues in the West, including water use efficiency, water rights, in-stream water quality and quantity, and/or aquatic habitat and species restoration;
• Existing relationships, or the proven ability to develop relationships with key stakeholders representing industry, community, academic, government, tribal, and environmental organizations; and
• Experience working or living in rural communities.

The salary range is $40,000 - $45,000 commensurate with experience. Sustainable Northwest offers generous benefits including full medical, dental, and vision insurance, employer contributions to a 403b account, annual TriMet pass, and a bike commuter maintenance benefit.

Equal opportunity employer:
Sustainable Northwest is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an applicant’s or employee’s race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran or marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other legally protected status entitled to protection under federal, state or local anti-discrimination laws.

Application Guidelines/Contact:
Send a cover letter expressing your interest in the position and your qualifications and a resume by January 15, 2016 to Lee Rahr at: No phone calls please.

$40,000 - $45,000

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