RAY Clean Energy Fellow/Eco-Innovation District (EID) Assistant

POSITION TITLE: RAY Conservation/Clean Energy Diversity Fellow Eco-Innovation District (EID) Assistant

DEPARTMENT/PROGRAM: Eco-Innovation District (EID), Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation                         

REPORTS TO: VP of Base Building & Fundraising

STATUS: Regular, Full-Time                             

LOCATION: Dorchester, MA

ABOUT THE ROGER ARLINER YOUNG DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP

Inspired by efforts to increase racial diversity in conservation and clean energy, the Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Diversity Fellowship Program aims to increase and facilitate environmentally-related career pathways for emerging leaders of color. The RAY Fellowship Program is a paid fellowship designed to equip recent college graduates with the tools, experiences, support, and community they need to become leaders in the conservation and clean energy sectors—one that, in our visions of the future, fully represents, includes, and is led by the diverse communities, perspectives, and experiences of the United States.

ABOUT CODMAN SQUARE NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT CORP

The mission of the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation (CSNDC) is to build a better, stronger community in Codman Square and South Dorchester by creating housing and commercial spaces that are safe, sustainable, and affordable, promoting financial and economic stability for residents and for the neighborhood, and providing residents of all ages with opportunities and skills to empower themselves to improve their lives.

BACKGROUND

A low-income, predominantly people of the global majority neighborhood in the South Dorchester section of Boston, MA is creating a new model for green and equitable development on a neighborhood or district scale – an Eco-Innovation District—the Talbot-Norfolk Triangle Eco Innovation District (TNT EID). The Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation, through engagement with the community and through the creation of focused Eco-Innovation activities and plans, is looking to achieve broad scale environmental and energy sustainability within our 2 square mile service area. The goal is environmental justice and racial equity achieved through mobilizing a strong base of grassroots leaders to have their voices heard on environmental, climate, green job development and a range of related sustainability issues. Ultimately, this work is being done to positively impact people’s health, as well as their pocketbooks.  This nationally significant effort seeks to create and implement a vision of urban sustainability that is both responsive to neighborhood residents and is a model for others.

Environmental, climate, energy, and economic, racial and social equity goals are all part of the work of Codman Square NDC’s Eco-Innovation District department. While targeting the Talbot Norfolk Triangle area, this work is being done across all of CSNDC’s service area, which contains about 50,000 residents, the majority of which are low/mod income people of color.    

POSITION SUMMARY

Work includes, but is not limited to:

  • Facilitating the Uptake/Increase of Clean Energy Technology in Local Homes and Businesses: This incudes outreach to constituents, coordination with energy retrofit, solar and other clean energy providers. Also includes supporting the launch and management of CSNDC’s new Clean Energy Ambassador Program.
  • Clean Energy Installations and Renewables: Support increase in local uptake of clean energy technologies in homes and businesses (e.g., energy assessments, retrofits, solar, etc). Support local leaders in serving as Clean Energy Ambassadors and coordinate with installation partners and intermediaries around same. Explore on-site and off-site local renewable energy generation options for current and planned mixed-use housing developments, commercial spaces and businesses, to help provide neighborhood resilience and energy independence.  Specifically, using some of CSNDC’s properties, create a Community Shared Solar project that enables area residents and businesses to get electricity credits though virtual net metering. Complete Case Study of this work
  • Green Infrastructure Training & Certification: Support recruit for and management of CSNDC’s Green Infrastructure Training & Certification Program, and job search and placement related to same. Also, promote signage, crosswalks, bike lanes, rain gardens, green roofs, sharrows, new green spaces and explore ways to implement more sustainable innovations for civic and utility infrastructure.
  • Efficient mixed use Transit Oriented Development (TOD) projects: Support CSNDC;s real estate team to develop affordable housing projects to the highest level of energy and environmental sustainability through research, education and access to capital and other resources to achieve that goal..
  • Climate Advocacy and Equity: Link all efforts to social, economic and racial equity by organizing and engaging residents around specific climate and environmental justice issues, including the Fairmount CDC Collaborative’s climate legislation/policy platform. Support the on-the-ground environmental projects of the Fairmount Climate Justice Group. Also further racial and social equity by partnering with a range of stakeholders to promote clean air, healthy and non-toxic environment, jobs (including green jobs), small businesses, improved health and quality of life, affordable home ownership and affordable rental housing for existing residents.
  • Ballou Urban Agriculture Farm:  Facilitating development of local food systems through cultivation and distribution of affordable, fresh produce. Train men of color in urban ag skills
  • LEED-ND: Achieve Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design/Neighborhood. Development certification for the TNT neighborhood.
  • Track improvements: in energy efficiency and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions (GHGe) for a range of properties under CSNDC’s purview, as well as in the general community.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Perform outreach, recruitment and implementation for EID programs/activities including: (a) Climate Justice Group, (b) Clean Energy Ambassadors, (c) Green Infrastructure Training & Certification Program, (d) Heat Mitigation/Air Conditioning & Energy Retrofit Programs, (e) Ballou Urban Agriculture Farm, etc.
  • Outreach and work with neighborhood associations and CSNDC’s Economic Development Dept to identify residents/business owners to serve as Clean Energy Ambassadors (CEA);
  • Support neighborhood association oversight and management of the Clean Energy Ambassadors;
  • Develop program guidelines for the CEA Program;
  • With the support of the Mass Clean Energy Center (CEC), undertake research on and inventory the range of low/no cost clean energy/energy efficiency programs available to local constituents;
  • Take lead on training the Clean Energy Ambassadors on the range of no/low cost clean energy technologies available to them to save money, energy and help their properties healthier. Purpose of this is to increase the uptake/installation of clean energy in local constituent properties;
  • Track progress of CEA’s work. Report on their progress regularly;
  • Develop and manage relationships with energy retrofit and solar providers and intermediaries, for the purpose of getting resident and businesses access to and signed up for energy retrofits and solar installations, among other clean energy technologies; Work with All In Energy on air conditioner giveaways, to insure all clients are signed up for energy assessment, retrofits, and for WegoWise; Generate WegoWise pre-and post-retrofit tracking reports; Work with a/c recipients to collect and pay electricity bills;
  • Undertake outreach and recruitment activities (e.g., social media, flyers, partner communication, etc), to identify and enroll GI trainees into our GI training;
  • Interview prospective GI trainees to determine their eligibility and fit for GI training; Support prospective trainees with the GI enrollment process; Act as liaison for the partnership CSNDC has established with X-Cel Academy who is serving as lead agency for the City grant for our GI training and X-Cel’s Wastewater Training Programs;
  • Work with a range of entities (both private and public, as well as with existing employment and training providers, etc), to identify and recruit green job employers;
  • Act as liaison to the National Green Infrastructure Certification & Training entities, including Envirocert, to enroll trainees, offer the training course and as appropriate, proctor the national certification exam;
  • Develop job placement relationships with green job employers (e.g., green roof companies, City and State officials, etc);
  • Identify and recruit leaders to participate in CSNDC’s Climate Justice Group (CSCJG);
  • Set agendas and plan and facilitate the Codman Square Climate Justice Group meetings;
  • Support the development of local environmental and climate justice leaders. Provide leadership development training and mentoring to local constituents; Support local residents in formulating, refining and moving their local climate projects forward (via technical assistance and action planning, connecting them to financial, political, policy resources, etc); Facilitate local leaders’ connections to and engagement with external parties (e.g., policy makers, funders, legislators, etc), for resource identification, project implementation and related purposes;
  • Track status of legislative priorities of the Fairmount Climate Justice Initiative, participate in a range of legislative coalitions, and report status to CSCJG, internal management and Fairmount peers;
  • Participate in Fairmount Climate Justice Initiative meetings;
  • Perform a range of related administrative tasks, as requested. Other related duties as assigned.

ADDITIONAL FELLOWSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES

In addition to the responsibilities at the host institution outlined above, RAY Fellows will spend, on average, 2-4 hours per week (5-10% of work time) on the following:

  • Actively communicating and building community with their RAY Fellow cohort and previous RAY Fellows.
  • Attending monthly check-ins calls (including 1-on-1 check-ins with RAY program staff and group calls with their RAY Fellow cohort).
  • Meeting regularly with mentors both inside and outside the host institution.
  • Attending monthly professional development webinars, trainings, and other opportunities to build knowledge and skills.
  • Developing a Personal Leadership Plan (PLP) in their 2nd year with the support of supervisor(s), mentors, RAY program staff, and their RAY Fellow cohort. The PLP will serve as a tool for self-reflection, planning, and assessing progress towards professional, personal, and leadership goals.
  • Preparing and leading an hour-long end-of-fellowship webinar highlighting their Fellowship experience.

RAY Fellows will also attend:

  • A 3-day Orientation Retreat in November 2022.
  • A 3-day Mid-Fellowship Leadership Retreat in September 2023.

APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY

Eligible RAY Fellow applicants will:

  • Come from a racial/ethnic background underrepresented in conservation and clean energy and demonstrate a commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Be no more than 1 year out of college and have a Bachelor's Degree by September 2022 (we are not considering individuals with graduate degrees at this time).
  • Have not had a full-time job in conservation or clean energy.
  • Have the ability to work in the United States and commit to the entire fellowship.

SKILLS / QUALIFICATIONS / EXPERIENCE

  • A college degree by the time of employment. A degree in urban affairs/planning, environmental or urban-focused community development is a plus.
  • An interest in environmental justice issues.
  • Ability to work with a range of people and experience working with low/mid-income people of the global majority preferred.
  • An interest in the field of environmental conservation.
  • Demonstrated intellect and leadership.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills and social interaction skills.
  • An eagerness to learn.
  • Working knowledge of Office 365 software suite, including Excel/spreadsheet knowledge.
  • Knowledge of and experience working in local environmental justice community/stakeholders a plus.
  • Knowledge of SalesForces, Access, and ArcGIS a plus.
  • Fluency in languages predominant in CSNDC’s service area (Spanish, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole in particular) a plus.

TERM / LENGTH OF ASSIGNMENT

This is a two-year, full-time fellowship (one year with a one year renewal) starting on or after September 12, 2022.

COMPENSATION

The Fellowship is compensated and sponsored by the Barr Foundation on behalf of Codman Square NDC, who offers a competitive benefits package as well as training and professional development opportunities. Salary is commensurate with experience (including volunteer and undergraduate experience) and is $45,000 - $50,000.

HOW TO APPLY/APPLICATION

To apply for the RAY Fellowship Program, applicants must:

  • Complete the online application survey on the RAY Fellowship Program website: https://rayfellowship.org/apply
  • Follow the instructions on the linked application webpage to submit a resume or curriculum vitae, one essay response, one visioning response, one short answer response, and a letter of support.

Applications must be submitted to the RAY Fellowship Program no later than June 26, 2022. Transcripts and additional writing samples are not required. If you have questions please see our FAQ page, attend an informational webinar or watch a recording, and any further questions about the application process can be submitted to the RAY Program Manager, Charlie Espedido, via email at charlie@elpnet.org.

Codman Square NDC is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status. Codman Square NDC is continually seeking to diversify its staff, particularly to broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy.