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PARTNER POSTING | Energy Democracy Training Member, Emerald Cities Collaborative

Emerald Cities Collaborative Background
The Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC) is a national non-profit organization comprised of labor unions,
community organizations, social justice advocates, development intermediaries, research and technical
assistance providers, and socially responsible businesses. ECC partners are united around the goal of
building high road – sustainable, just and inclusive – regional economies. The Collaborative envisions a
future in which American cities are the greenest and most equitable in the world, leading the way to
head off global climate change while creating a vital new economic sector with low-income and
communities of color as central actors and beneficiaries in this new economy. Visit our website for more
information: http://www.emeraldcities.org/

Overview of Position
The energy democracy training manager is an entry level program manager position whose primary
responsibility is to grow the capacity of frontline communities to assess their energy reality and
strategize on how to change it to be accountable to communities. The successful candidate provides
organizing, facilitation and popular education development experience as well as a passion to advance
equitable and intersectional policies that lead to ‘clean power to the people, for the people, by the
people and for future posterity”, especially for low-income, Black, Indigenous and communities of color.
This position supports the growing national energy democracy movement. The candidate is responsible
for: 1) training relevant ECC partner networks and facilitators on the Energy Democracy scorecard and
workshop materials (training trainers), 2) refining and expanding energy democracy popular education
materials, and 3) with the support of the national director for policy and civic engagement, building the
capacities of grassroots communities to assess their local energy policy environment and develop
strategies to shift it closer to an energy democracy framework, so that historically underrepresented
groups are especially able to shape their clean energy future. The candidate will support the
implementation of the energy democracy capacity building program for communities over the next 3-5
few years with measurable impacts on the local clean energy landscape.

The candidate is part of a ECC’s national team based in Washington, D.C. but can operate remotely and
will report to the national director for policy and civic engagement and work in partnership with
relevant partners, networks, etc.

Major Responsibilities
Community Engagement and Capacity Building: With the support of the national policy director and
community organizer, implement ECC energy democracy policy capacity building program, including:

  • Refine energy democracy curricula and popular education tools
  • Collaborate with ECC partners to implement energy democracy trainings and technical
    assistance, including leading training the trainer sessions
  • Provide capacity building and technical assistance support for up to 10 communities a year to
    develop an energy democracy policy agenda, including helping communities completing the
    Energy Democracy Scorecard with finding information to help complete the assessment.

Strategic Alliances: Participate and support in ECC’s work with energy democracy and justice alliances,
networks and partnerships, including the Energy Democracy Project and the Energy Democracy Policy
Collaborative/JustPower Partners that includes the Institute for Energy Justice and Just Solutions
Collective.

Program Management:

  • Implement effective community engagement tools and strategies for advancing values-based,
    community driven clean energy economies within their city-region.
  • Support ECC’s strategic communication goals, including conference attendance, presentations,
    blogging, etc
  • With the support of the national policy director and community organizer, manage the
    recruitment, orientation, and deployment of subject matter experts (SMEs)/consultants in local
    markets in the field of energy democracy.

EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS
The ideal candidate has direct experience in the full range of environmental and climate justice policy
development, community organizing and multi-stakeholder engagement, and program management.

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in training, group facilitation and training/webinar material
    development.
  • Knowledge and experience on developing and using popular-education tools and facilitating
    community sessions
  • Strong writing, verbal communication, and analytical skills.
  • Experience with environmental or climate policy preferred.
  • Experience working with multi-stakeholder collaboratives and grassroots organizations.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to work as a self-starting member of a team.
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Ability to multi-task – organized and flexible.
  • Commitment to the goal of advancing equity and inclusion in America.
  • Ability to travel (one day soon)

Emerald Cities is committed to hiring and advancing personnel with an explicit regard to advance
women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and other people from communities traditionally
underrepresented in the environmental and energy efficiency sectors.

Salary Range, Depending on Experience: $75,000 – $82,000 plus benefits

To apply, please submit cover letter and resume to skikeri@emeraldcities.org. Candidates are encouraged to ask questions and, whenever one does, the question (made anonymous) and answer will be posted on this linked document for all candidates to access and view.

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