Program Associate with Alliance to Save Energy

Alliance to Save Energy seeks Program Associate

Position Description
The Alliance to Save Energy is seeking a full-time Program Associate to assist with implementation of its PowerSave Campus Program.  The Program Associate will work in the Alliance’s Oakland, CA office or from a home office in the LA area.  Headquartered in Washington, DC, the nonprofit Alliance to Save Energy ( promotes energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security.

The PowerSave Campus Program is a student-driven energy efficiency and workforce education and training initiative currently serving 23 campuses nationwide, including 16 in California.  The program employs and manages paid student interns to develop and implement projects that promote careers in the sustainability field, generate energy savings on campus, increase awareness of the importance of energy efficiency, and encourage the infusion of sustainability concepts into academic curricula.  Over 75 university students are employed yearly through the PowerSave Campus Program, each trained to emerge as a highly skilled sustainability and energy efficiency professional at the time of graduation.  For more information about the program, please visit:

Candidates must have exceptionally strong written and oral communication skills, along with experience in project management, team building, public speaking, and meeting facilitation.  In addition, candidates should be self-starters who can juggle multiple tasks with minimum supervision, have a good eye for detail and, at the same time, be capable of seeing the bigger picture. Experience working with campus sustainability initiatives is desirable, and a familiarity with energy efficiency technologies is a definite plus.

The Program Associate will work in the Alliance to Save Energy’s field office located in downtown Oakland, CA which houses a small, collegial, and busy team of environmental education professionals.  Consideration may also be given to candidates in the Los Angeles area who would be willing to work from home.

Specific Program Associate duties include:

Campus Lead Duties with Intern Teams (approx. 40%)
·         Manage PowerSave Campus intern teams on 3-4 campuses
·         Ensure interns understand team responsibilities and complete program deliverables in a timely fashion
·         Oversee and advise intern project implementation and evaluation – projects may be technical, educational, and/or workforce-oriented in nature
·         Facilitate partnerships with key administrators, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders on campus

  • Recruit, interview, hire, and train new PowerSave Campus interns
  • Visit campuses approximately once per term, or as needed
  • Conduct weekly conference calls with intern teams
  • Review and edit team monthly newsletters, project proposals, and marketing materials
  • Ensure a positive experience for all interns and serve as mediator for team conflicts

Administrative Responsibilities (approx. 25%)

  • Write and edit narrative monthly reports to program funders
  • Track metrics for intern projects and program as a whole
  • Track program expenses and create expense reports
  • Other tasks as needed

Program Development, Innovation, & Marketing (approx. 10%)

  • Actively identify opportunities to add value to the PowerSave Campus Program
  • Work collaboratively with the Alliance to Save Energy Education Team (in Washington DC, Oakland, and Santa Barbara) to plan and develop new initiatives as needed
  • Research emerging energy policy and technologies as applicable to the program and develop new projects
  • Develop program marketing materials

Special Event/Conference Planning (approx. 25%)

  • Collaborate with Alliance to Save Energy colleagues to plan and implement semiannual program-wide PowerSave Campus conferences
  • Arrange meeting rooms, hotel lodging, transportation and/or catering for event
  • Organize and/or facilitate workshops and training sessions to support intern development

·         Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, energy, education, or other applicable field; Master’s degree a plus
·         1-2 years full-time professional experience preferred
·         Campus organizing, sustainability work, budgeting, and/or nonprofit experience a plus

Job requirements:
·         Demonstrated project management skills and dedication to environmental causes, specifically those related to energy efficiency
·         Demonstrated ability to be organized, detail-oriented, and reliable
·         Excellent time management skills and ability to multi-task
·         Exceptionally strong writing skills
·         Excellent communication and people skills
·         Strong public speaking skills
·         Strong project planning and facilitation skills
·         Strong budget management and administrative skills
·         Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite
·         Ability to deal with fluid work situations
·         Willingness to learn and apply new concepts and skills
·         Willingness to travel

Other preferred skills:
·         Experience working with college-level students
·         Experience in energy-related field, especially energy efficiency
·         Technical knowledge of and/or hands-on experience conducting energy audits
·         Experience setting and monitoring financial budgets
·         Experience with data analysis
·         Knowledge of website design and maintenance
·         Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
·         Familiarity with design software (e.g. Publisher, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)

Compensation: Full-time entry level, salaried Program Associate position with excellent benefits.

Start date: The position begins approximately February 4, 2013.

How to Apply:
Please e-mail resume, cover letter, and one writing sample to Meghan Kearns at, to be accepted on a rolling basis through January 27, 2013No calls, please.

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