Francesca Amari Sajtar Palm Springs June 24, 2016

Local Community Outreach Specialist, Energy Efficiency (San Carlos, CA)

Job Title: Local Community Outreach Specialist, Energy Efficiency (San Carlos, CA)
Start Date: This position is available immediately
Employment Type: Full-Time
Location: San Carlos, CA with outreach in both San Carlos and Redwood City, CA

Background: Empower Efficiency is a small and growing consulting company dedicated to making energy efficiency and renewable energy desirable to consumers. We work closely with utilities to engage utility customers in community-wide behavior and culture change programs. Our projects are cutting edge and fast-paced. We follow the mantra test, learn, adapt, updating our outreach approaches and administrative processes as innovative solutions and cost-effective opportunities arise.

Empower Efficiency was hired to increase awareness and demand for energy efficiency behaviors, products, and programs. We are looking for a dynamic and enthusiastic local resident of San Carlos/Redwood City or a nearby community to join our team and help lead outreach efforts for a community-based energy efficiency campaign.

Position Summary:
The Community Outreach Specialist is part of a locally-based team that uses grassroots organizing and community-based social marketing methodologies to develop and maintain partnerships with the community, including design and execution of marketing and outreach campaigns. We are looking for candidates who are deeply rooted in the San Carlos/Redwood City community. Proficiency in Spanish is a plus.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: planning local events in collaboration with partner organizations, providing service to office walk-in guests, tabling at community events, canvassing in local neighborhoods, recruiting and training volunteers, and writing newsletters and blogs. The Community Outreach Specialist will carefully track and document initiative progress through data collection, data entry, data quality control, and data analysis.

Community Outreach: acquire and engage program participants; create, plan and implement campaigns; research, organize, and attend local tabling events; research, engage, and partner with local community organizations; attend relevant partner meetings; educate citizens on energy efficiency; plan local energy efficiency workshops and events; organize and participate in neighborhood canvassing and phone banks; build trust-based stakeholder relationships.
Data Entry: enter event details, partner information, and generated leads into data system. Check all data for accuracy and completeness. Document the journey of leads through several stages of engagement. Pull reports from the data system, complete information as necessary, and analyze the data.
Media and social media: write for marketing brochures, social media, and blogs; monitor and log earned media (news) hits in press book.
Volunteer Management: identify, train, and manage volunteers.
Contractor Engagement: engage with local contractors and vendors for the initiative and work with them on lead acquisition and retention.
Other responsibilities as needed.

Minimum Qualifications:
A minimum of one (1) year in campaign and grassroots organizing, plus one (1) year of experience in a sales, marketing, or consulting position
Deep connections in the San Carlos/Redwood City community

Desired Qualifications:
Experience building and working with broad-based coalitions, such as business interests, environmental organizations, health associations, union interests, teachers, faith-based organizations, and others
Excellent customer service skills and ability to develop and manage trust-based relationships
Strong oral and written communication skills, including experience in writing for a variety of audiences, such as marketing materials, blogs, and client reports, as well as preparing and delivering public presentations
Successful community outreach/organizing experience, or at least good knowledge and high interest in energy efficiency, clean energy, or sustainability campaigns
Ability to condense and explain technical information to concise and pointed summaries that can be understood by diverse constituents. Ability to work independently and as a collaborative member of a team
Ability to design a work plan, prioritize tasks, and meet goals
Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and database applications
Well-organized and self-motivated
High attention to detail and ability to perform multiple tasks under strict deadlines
Ability to maintain a calm demeanor and to work productively despite competing priorities, stress, and tight deadlines
Bilingual in Spanish and English
Bachelors Degree in a related field
Must be willing to work evenings and weekends, and occasionally travel within the larger San Francisco Bay Area

Compensation: $40,000 to $50,000 per year (commensurate with experience)

Application Instructions: Interested candidates should submit the following documents to

Resume No more than two pages
Cover Letter Address the following questions in your cover letter:
o Why do you want this job?
o What do you bring to our team?
o What are your top three to five strengths?
At least two professional references (name, phone, email, position, company, span of dates that you worked for the reference)

Subject line of the email should read: Community Outreach Specialist SC [First Name Last Name]

Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Francesca Amari Sajtar
Empower Efficiency LLC
United States