The Fellow will help the City of Boston’s residential energy efficiency program conduct outreach to all of Boston’s neighborhoods.
The City of Boston is a leader in climate action and innovation. It’s ranked #1 in the US for energy efficiency, and in 2015 it won the C40 Cities award for community engagement in energy efficiency. It focuses on empowering residents to save money, make their homes more efficient, and improve their quality of life overall. A program called Renew Boston, which leads this charge, is hiring an Outreach Fellow to help support more Bostonians in their communities.
About the Fellowship
The Renew Boston Fellow will work closely with the Renew Boston Community Manager to develop new and innovative strategies for outreach. Those strategies should include a mix of online and offline engagement, meaning that the Fellow should be just as comfortable developing a digital marketing campaign as she is leading a community workshop.
The Renew Boston Outreach Fellow will be responsible for:
-Developing a work plan to identify and engage key community stakeholders;
-Testing digital strategies for reaching new audiences;
-Participating and leading workshops in target neighborhoods and communities;
-Working closely with property owners, landlords and renters to ease the adoption of energy efficiency programs and services;
-Working closely with our existing partners, such as Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) and Boston
-Home Center (DND), to help streamline complex energy efficiency programs and services;
-Communicating complex energy and climate issues in understandable and engaging ways;
-Brainstorming and testing new outreach tactics; and
-Tracking and reporting metrics associated but not limited to Boston’s Climate Action Plan.
Additional Duties and Responsibilities:
-Writing content for the Renew Boston landing page, focusing on blog posts and event invites, and social media platforms;
-Writing Renew Boston emails, newsletters, and e-vites;
-Writing content for offline outreach materials such as factsheets, brochures, posters, etc.;
-Developing in-person workshop curriculum and presentations; and
-Addressing resident questions and concerns in a one-on-one or group setting.
Minimum Entrance Requirements:
-1-2 years experience working in a community setting (e.g. student, volunteer, or religious group);
-Demonstrated ability to commit to a team-oriented task or project;
-Possess active listening skills that can be applied to community concerns from the position of a municipal employee;
-Experience with online communications channels and social media;
-Ability to work offsite and after hours, occasionally on weekends, on an at-need basis and with advance notice;
-Possess a valid Driver’s License for use of the City’s Fleet Hub or have reliable transportation;
-Candidates that are bilingual (speaking, reading, writing and translation) will be highly considered; and
-Candidates with a strong knowledge of Boston’s neighborhoods will be highly considered.
Additionally, the Fellow will have access to numerous opportunities to expand on his or her interests or skills, outside of what is outlined above, through opportunities within the Environment Department and throughout Boston 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.
About Renew Boston
Renew Boston is Mayor Walsh’s residential energy efficiency program. In partnership with Mass Save, Eversource and National Grid, it educates and connects Boston’s residents and small businesses with energy efficiency resources such as energy assessments, insulation work and heating system replacements. Renew Boston plays an important role in the Mayor’s Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25% by the year 2020 and 80% by the year 2050.
Since the program started in 2010, Renew Boston has conducted over 35,000 no-cost home energy assessments for Bostonians — and helped many more complete significant home energy upgrades with the help of incentives and rebates through the State’s Mass Save program.
Apply by September 30, 2016.
This position pays a stipend of $18.00 per hour with potential to further advancement.