Nonprofit Leadership Fellow, Sustainable Communities & Education

Strategic Energy Innovations Published: September 8, 2016
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~ We are a non-profit organization with a 19-year history, dedicated to actions that sustain our planet. SEI creates green communities by designing sustainability programs around four key sectors that make up the foundation of all communities: education, housing, government, and the workforce. ~

And because we understand the many facets of sustainability, we're able to see the big picture and pinpoint opportunities to help these communities reach their goals, reduce their consumption of natural resources and enjoy quantifiable savings. Our staff works within teams to support each other on projects and to creatively develop new and effective models.

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Position Overview

Are you passionate about advancing environmental stewardship and education?  Are you skilled at and excited about engaging and persuading communities to participate in the movement for environmental protection and climate justice? Are you a stellar writer, excited about the power of information to inform new policies and

SEI is seeking a dedicated individual, passionate about working in the non-profit sector, to provide a year of service as a full-time, paid Fellow for a cutting edge organization focused on designing innovative solutions to address community climate and sustainability goals.  Working within
SEI’s Nonprofit Leadership Fellowship, this candidate will have the opportunity to work directly with our Executive Director, Deputy Director, Education Programs Director, as well as other program staff.

This is a full-time 12-month paid position, based out of our San Rafael, Marin County Office.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with an intended start in October 2017 (exact date to be negotiated.)  This position offers exceptional training, professional development, and exposure in the areas of climate/energy sustainability and non-profit communications/ program management.

Fellowship Benefits

  • Hands-on experience supporting SEI cutting edge programs and approaches in support of municipal, housing and K-12 education
  • Work on special projects under direction of SEI’s management team
  • Experience in team-based grant writing and proposal development
  • Commitment to regular (once a month on average) professional training
  • Career coaching throughout the year and end-of-fellowship career search support
  • Formal goal setting and periodic performance reviews/ feedback


Support Areas and Associated Responsibilities:

This Fellow will support the agency’s client consulting and
implementation activities across a variety of our cutting edge education, clean energy and sustainable development programs, with exposure to key components of program design, promotion/ fundraising, implementation, reporting and evaluation:

  • Climate/ Energy Program Support – A solid portion of the Fellow’s time will be spent in direct support of a number of our programs in the sustainable communities and green housing sectors and working across public agencies and private organizations to advise and plan for new policies, operational improvements and supporting resources and programs.
  • K-12 School Program Support – The focus of this aspect is to support SEI’s conservation and education programs in K-12 schools.  This will include participation in project-based curriculum development, teacher trainings, student instruction, and support for district and school conservation campaigns.
  • Proposal Support – A portion of the Fellow’s focus could entail working across SEI Directors and Managers to write grant applications to fund our work.
  • Special Project Support – Under the direction of SEI’s Executive Director, the Fellow may assist in helping plan for and implement new and innovative programs that expand our team’s collective body of work and measurable impact.


The qualified candidate is highly skilled working across the Microsoft suite of office automation software (e.g.: MS Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.)  Qualified candidates will also evidence strong quantitative, written and verbal communication skills, in addition to the following:

  • Excellent writer;
  • Excellent prioritization and time management skills;
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced work environment;
  • Basic understanding of California energy goals and related standards for buildings, along with state water conservation targets;
  • Strong quantitative skills, familiarity in Excel spreadsheet design, data synthesis and interpretation;
  • Experience/strong interest working with municipal, multifamily/affordable housing and K-12 sector stakeholders (students, teachers, and/ or staff);
  • Bachelor’s degree (advanced coursework a plus) in public policy, environmental science, a quantitative discipline, or related field or equivalent work experience;
  • Demonstrated experience with efficient web research and information synthesis; and
  • Ability to work full-time out of our San Rafael office, and willingness to engage in possible travel in the California region.

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Experience with environmental education, curriculum design and delivery;
  • Background working in building energy auditing and/or benchmarking;
  • Marketing/community outreach experience;
  • Basic knowledge of core energy efficiency, renewable energy and building science concepts; and
  • Prior energy, environment, climate change work experience.

Compensation: This position offers an hourly rate of $15.00 per hour, and available medical benefits. Beyond monetary compensation, this Fellowship affords the candidate significant technical skill and non-profit leadership skills development, fieldwork and networking opportunities.

To Apply

  • Please use the email address below to send cover letter and resume.
  • Please indicate in the email subject line: NPLF Communities
    and Education
  • Please indicate in your cover letter your availability to start.
  • No phone calls please.

~ Strategic Energy Innovations is an equal opportunity employer.  We are not able to accept international applicants for this position. ~

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