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Job: Field Organizer, Strong Homes Program
City: Washington DC
Job Posting Link: http://bit.ly/groundswell-jobs
Field: Community Development
Position Type: Full-time Job
Minimum Experience: 0-1 year
Post Date: July 16, 2012
Communities have a powerful tool for creating social benefits, one that requires no sacrifice but instead aligns with their own interests as consumers: collective purchasing power.
Groundswell helps communities leverage their collective market power for good by pooling their demand for needed services and linking them with businesses that drive local economic opportunity and sustainability. Through this process, Groundswell helps families and community institutions reduce their energy costs, builds more resilient social impact organizations, and creates economic opportunity by growing inclusive clean energy sectors.
Groundswell has driven nearly $7 million in community-based clean energy projects and has been featured by The New York Times, The Washington Post, GOOD Magazine and FastCompany. In 2011, Groundswell was selected as a Clinton Global Initiative America commitment maker for its model to grow clean energy economic opportunity in communities across the U.S.
For more information visit groundswell.org
The Field Organizer will work closely with Groundswell leadership to recruit like-minded individuals and organizations in Maryland to aggregate demand focused on weatherizing their community. They will identify and recruit program participants, helping to train them and build collaborative partnerships with community leaders. They will support partners and program participants to complete direct homeowner contact, including door-to-door canvassing and energy meetings, educating homeowners about the benefits of residential weatherization and facilitate the completion of those projects between qualified business and homeowner groups. All of this culminates in residential groups who complete energy efficiency upgrades and validate their experience for further engagement.
The person in this position will provide valuable experience for individuals interested in pursuing work in community organizing, the non-profit sector, politics and campaigns, and building the clean energy economy. Organizers will need to be experienced yet will have support in understanding the essential tools, processes, and strategies of effective organizing, energy efficiency, and community-based initiatives with a fast-growing non-profit.
This is a full-time position until May 1, 2013 with the opportunity for an extension. Although Groundswell’s main office is located in DC, this position will be located in Maryland, with campaign priorities in Montgomery, Howard, and Baltimore Counties. Since Field Organizers work with the community, the position requires availability on some weeknights and weekends.
Partnerships & Direct Engagement (30%)
Strong Homes Project Implementation (50%)
Strategy, Planning, & Management (20%)
An ideal candidate will have the following qualifications, skills and experience:
Application Materials Required:
Use your application materials to explain your interest in Groundswell and its mission. Please highlight any exposure you have to Maryland communities, particularly Montgomery, Howard, and Baltimore Counties. Please specify in your cover letter what campaigns you have worked on and in what capacities, with an emphasis on how those experiences would make you successful in this position. Your cover letter should explain the skills, experience, and interests that qualify you to fulfill the Responsibilities outlined above.
Groundswell averages 14-16 paid company holidays (including all federal holidays and a week during winter holidays), adheres to a 37.5 hour work week with a compensatory time policy for over-time work, and, when job responsibilities allow, periodic flexibility in work schedule and location.
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