Job Announcement: Program Officer, Network Relations, ICLEI

Visit ICLEI’s posted job announcement for more information. A summary of the position is shared below.

About ICLEI

ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA (ICLEI) is the largest and most progressive association of local governments in the United States focused specifically on ambitious action on climate change.  As the U.S. office of a global ICLEI network,  ICLEI develops and delivers leading-edge tools and resources, including its state-of- the art emissions management tool, ClearPath, to support local governments in their climate change efforts.
About our Members

Local government members (cities, counties, towns, and regions) are the core of our organization.  This international network of government professionals are the catalysts for a movement toward deep reductions in carbon pollution and tangible improvements in sustainability and resilience. For over 25 years, ICLEI USA has partnered with our members to reduce emissions and become healthier, stronger, and more prepared.
Your Role

The Program Officer, Network Relations plays an essential role in building ICLEI’s network and in delivering ICLEI’s tools and technical assistance to communities across the nation.  The Program Officer will provide technical assistance to local governments on a variety of topics in urban sustainability, including emissions accounting, climate action planning, program implementation, and climate adaptation planning.
In addition to training, the Program Officer will perform sales and account management functions that are critical to identify and meet the needs of our diverse network, from the largest cities in the nation to small rural counties.  Due to this broad and challenging set of responsibilities, the position will benefit from a flexible, high-energy, and personable approach to carrying out the work.
You are a person who maintains a passion for and an active knowledge of climate change, emissions reduction techniques, climate adaptation, land use and transportation planning, clean energy, green building, and other relevant areas.

The successful candidate will be based in California, in the Northeast corridor, or in Denver.

Job Responsibilities

  • Maintain regular contact with ICLEI members to identify needs and track member progress in meeting their climate and energy goals.
  • Develop communications products – including ICLEI’s monthly iNews e-newsletter -to help local governments showcase best practices and inform the network about new resources.
  • Promote ICLEI membership, software tools and other offerings to local governments, and initiate and track sales and recruitment opportunities.
  • Respond to member requests for technical assistance in carbon emissions accounting, climate action planning, and climate adaptation topics.
  • Contribute to the development of new web-based systems for servicing member requests.
  • Deliver web-based trainings on a variety of climate and energy topics.
  • Maintain records relating to member recruitment, engagement, and administrative processes
  • Identify and pursue opportunities to meet organizational goals, contributing to departmental strategic planning and periodically supporting fundraising activities.
  • Represent ICLEI and its members at meetings and conferences on occasion.

Position requirements

  • Eligible applicants must possess advanced knowledge of, and or experience in, working with local governments on the topics of climate adaptation/preparedness and climate change mitigation.
  • A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years of relevant work experience is required.
  • Preferred candidates will have an advanced degree in planning, policy, environmental science, business or communications, and/or additional years of relevant work experience.
  • Applicants must possess excellent analytical, organizational, interpersonal, work planning, communications, and writing skills.
  • An ability to work independently in dynamic and evolving organization is required.

Requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Excellent interpersonal skills appropriate to different venues and audiences
  • Excellent communication skills in written, small group, and public speaking formats
  • Understanding and experience with the principles and techniques of GHG emissions accounting, climate action planning, and energy/climate project implementation
  • Experience working with public agencies, preferably at the local or regional level
  • Excellent attention to detail and time management.
  • Facility with common software applications such as MS Office.  Preference for candidates with familiarity with online database/CRM applications such as Salesforce.com and website content management systems (WordPress).
  • Ability to work with a high level of initiative and autonomy, preferably working in a virtual environment with remote teams.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and authentically in a team environment
  • Ability to promote ICLEI and it members through storytelling, social media, and one-on-one interactions

Compensation and Application Process

This full-time position offers a competitive salary and benefits package and the opportunity to work with leading experts working in the field of  global city climate action.

Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and a brief writing sample relevant to the position to Angie Fyfe at angie.fyfe@iclei.org.  Interviews with potential candidates will be scheduled beginning June 20, 2016.

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