Greenovate Boston Fellow 2017-2018

The Mayor’s Office of Environment, Energy and Open Space, City of Boston

Description

Greenovate Boston is looking for a driven individual to help inspire climate action in the Boston community through the power of writing. The ideal candidate will have the opportunity to build a prolific writing portfolio of online content that features the climate and sustainability stories of the City of Boston, its partners, and community leaders. The right candidate will play an integral role in implementing a content strategy covering the City of Boston’s Climate Action Plan topics of climate preparedness and resiliency, building energy efficiency, and zero waste.

Greenovate Boston works with the community to get all Bostonians involved in the strategies outlined in the City’s Climate Action Plan, which is a roadmap to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2020 and to become carbon neutral by 2050. For more information, visit http://www.greenovateboston.org/.

The Greenovate Boston Fellow will be responsible for:

  • Effectively implementing a content strategy;
  • Communicating complex issues in understandable and engaging ways;
  • Writing content for Greenovate Boston social media channels, focusing on Facebook and Twitter;
  • Writing Greenovate Boston emails and blog posts;
  • Analyzing digital communications metrics and identifying strategies for achieving engagement goals;
  • Training and collaborating with other staff members on best practices for digital communications;
  • Brainstorming and testing creative ways to engage our online community; 
  • Writing content for offline outreach materials such as factsheets, brochures, posters, etc.; and,
  • Copy-editing all Greenovate Boston content.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Writing and copy-editing Environment Department press materials, such as press releases, op-eds, etc.;
  • Designing and copy-editing infographics;
  • Assisting with the maintenance of internal technology systems (e.g., partner database, email list);
  • Assisting with in-person community outreach efforts; and,
  • Assisting with event planning and logistics.

The Greenovate Boston Fellow will work with their supervisor to develop a collaborative work plan at the start of the fellowship. The work plan will include personal and project goals, as well as a timeline, implementation roadmap, and outcomes. The Fellow will also be given the opportunity to propose and carry-out independent projects that contribute to the team’s goals and allow the Fellow to explore their professional interests.

The Greenovate Boston Program Manager will serve as the direct supervisor for the Greenovate Boston Fellow. The Program Manager and the Fellow will have weekly one-on-one meetings to check in on progress of the work plan, and to address any questions or concerns. The Fellow will also attend bi-weekly team meetings with the Director of Communications and Community Engagement for the Greenovate Boston and Renew Boston programs. The Fellow will sit in close proximity to the Program Manager, the Director of Communications and Community Engagement, and the Greenovate Boston Co-op to help facilitate face-to-face team communications.

Additionally, the Fellow will have access to numerous opportunities to expand on their interests or skills outside of what is outlined above through opportunities within the Environment Department and throughout City Hall. Examples of these opportunities include clean-up efforts of Boston conservation lands, experience with the City’s building and energy teams, participating in service-oriented activities with the Office of Neighborhood Services, and more.

Qualifications

Minimum Entrance Requirements:

  • 1-2 years experience working in communications, with a strong focus on writing and content development. Work experience may be substituted for a strong writing portfolio;
  • Ability to work on deadline;
  • Experience with project management; 
  • Experience with online communication tools and social media;
  • Demonstrated ability to commit to a team-oriented task or project in a fast-paced environment;
  • Experience writing for a diverse and inclusive audience; and
  • Experience with making complex ideas and issues more accessible and engaging.

Skills:

  • Strong communicator (multilingual skills strongly preferred but not required)
  • Conversational about climate change and sustainability issues that impact Boston;
  • Previous experience using a CRM database and/or CMS;
  • Dedicated problem-solver;
  • Self-starter who is comfortable and able to take on responsibility to drive projects forward in a collaborative environment; and
  • Familiarity with Boston and its neighborhoods

This is a full-time contracted position starting mid-August until June 30, 2018. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until August 18, 2017. The ideal candidate will be a resident of Boston.

The Greenovate team is committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained staff, and the City of Boston is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment.  Therefore, qualified applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category.

Pay: $20/hour

Please send a resume, cover letter, and 1-2 non-academic writing samples to Jessica Feldish at greenovate@boston.gov. Please include “Greenovate Boston Fellowship” in the subject of the email.