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Our diverse, dedicated team of Civic Works Staff members is changing Baltimore for the better.

As a Baltimore non-profit operating for over 20 years, we continue to expand our role in the community. We are always looking to grow our team with talented, committed individuals. The following job positions are currently open:

Farm Alliance of Baltimore Executive Director

Description

The Farm Alliance of Baltimore, Inc. (FAB) seeks an Executive Director prepared to launch an existing brand and stabilize an emerging nonprofit organization (501c3 status pending). The candidate will expand upon FAB’s existing collaborations of farm producers (fiscally sponsored by Civic Works) who have worked to increase the viability of urban farming and improve access to urban-grown foods in the city. FAB seeks a candidate with the demonstrated and proven skills of leadership, innovation, management, fundraising, and nonprofit administration. A passion in some combination of the following is a must: sustainable agriculture, urban food access, and environmental stewardship.

 

Organization

Since 2011, FAB has been at the vanguard of urban agriculture in Baltimore, representing a dynamic collective of producers, who are united by practices and principles that are socially, economically, and environmentally just. FAB supports small-scale farmers through member services (weekly farmers market stand, farmer training, shared tools, and cooperative greenhouse) and urban neighborhoods through our food access programming (incentive matching for food benefit recipients, nutrition demonstrations, and food processing and preservation workshops). Also, FAB has built enduring strategic partnerships with government agencies and nonprofit organizations to build support for urban farm and food access policies.

 

Job Responsibilities

The Executive Director will report to the Board of Directors, and will work with the Board and farm members to refine the organization’s vision, plan for and execute the collective goals and objectives of the membership, and uphold the mission and values of the organization.

 

Administration and Development (Primary):

  • Strategic planning for organization, with input from board and farm membership
  • Initial organizational fundraising and development, with support from development coordinator and board (position is responsible for fundraising for all salaries, including his/his salary)
  • Identify and pursue revenue generating opportunities for the organization
  • Oversee and ensure grant management and reporting
  • Development and oversight of organization budget, working with board and fiscal sponsor
  • Financial management of organization
  • Development of new programs and facilitate evaluation of current programs
  • Coordinate all human resource and payroll operations
  • Administration and management of day-to-day organizational operations
  • Recruitment and hiring of staff
  • Management and oversight of staff and volunteers
  • Schedule and facilitation of board, member, and staff meetings

 

Networking and Communications (Primary):

  • Handles all external communications (e.g. newsletters, op-eds, media interviews, speaking engagements)
  • Represents the organization on relevant boards, committees, and in collaborations meetings with partner organizations
  • Promotes and conducts tours and presentations about organization/urban agriculture for funders, educational groups, meetings/conferences, and partner organizations
  • Pursues and maintains strategic alliances & partnerships
  • Ensures communication between organization membership is timely and transparent

 

Additional (Secondary):

  • Fulfils Member Services Coordinator duties (if position is vacant):
    • Oversee shared farmers market stand, including scheduling, weekly farmer payments, promotion, quality control, seasonal applications, and working occasional market shifts
    • Oversee the maintenance of the collective greenhouse, including regular maintenance, payment collection, and revenue generating activities
    • Coordinate annual urban farmer training workshops and other training opportunities with partner organizations
    • Maintain, update and enforce membership standards and ensure member compliance
    • Coordinate volunteer groups among member farms
    • Collect and aggregate monthly data from member farms
    • Organize appropriate professional development opportunities for members, including awarding scholarships and mini-grants as appropriate
    • Manages member communications

 

  • Fulfils Program Coordinator duties (if position is vacant):
    • Oversee food access program management
    • Coordinates nutrition and health demonstrations, including food workshops and training at various locations
    • Coordinates all public outreach and marketing efforts
    • Manages grants and reporting
    • Update website and social media

 

Job Qualifications

Required:

  • Minimum of three to five (3-5) years of nonprofit management experience
  • Minimum of three to five (3-5) years managing, training, and developing staff and volunteers
  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree (or higher) in relevant field preferred
  • Experienced in fundraising (grant writing, corporate sponsorships, donors, etc.) and donor relations
  • Experienced in organizational development
  • Exceptional networking and strong written/verbal communication skills, including the ability to interact with diverse audiences
  • Experienced and demonstrated passion for working with racially, economically, and culturally diverse populations
  • Strong leadership, strategic thinking, and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledgeable in group facilitation, consensus building, problem solving, and collaborative decision-making
  • Strong computer skills and experience with social media and Google Apps
  • Ability and willingness to work in all weather, and lift 40 pounds
  • Ability to travel frequently to member farms and partners across Baltimore region
  • Driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Criminal background check and drug test

 

Preferred:

  • Familiarity with Baltimore City
  • Experience with urban agriculture
  • Personal vehicle for travel to farms and partners (mileage will be reimbursed)

 

Salary and Benefits

Salary will be commensurate with experience. Benefits are provided.

 

Send email with cover letter and résumé to:

Attention: Crystal Forman

2701 St. Lo Drive

Baltimore, MD 21213

info@farmalliancebaltimore.org

 

Priority Deadline to apply: March 31, 2017

Retrofit Baltimore - Energy Advisor

Civic Works is immediately hiring an Energy Advisor to dramatically increase the number of solar and energy efficiency upgrades in Baltimore communities. Through phone- and email-based advising services, the Energy Advisor will serve as a resource for homeowners and motivate them to purchase solar and energy efficiency upgrades. Throughout the installation process, the Energy Advisor will provide step-by-step guidance, and ensure that homeowners receive fair treatment and quality service. He or she will also assist homeowners in addressing any barriers that may prevent the completion of their solar and energy efficiency upgrades, such as securing financing or prioritizing the recommended improvements.

The ideal candidate will be committed to getting results in a fast-paced environment and able to handle a heavy workload without dropping the ball. This position is an opportunity to combat climate change and bring about real economic benefits for those who need them the most.

Program Overview

Retrofit Baltimore, a program of the non-profit Civic Works, helps homeowners realize the benefits of home energy efficiency and solar energy and creates family-sustaining job opportunities for underserved Baltimore residents. The program uses grassroots, community organizing tactics to motivate homeowners to make home energy improvements, to reduce energy bills by about 15-20% and improve the comfort and safety of the home. Retrofit Baltimore then connects these homeowners with businesses that have committed to hire underserved Baltimore residents and implement equitable employment standards. Civic Works’ green initiatives have been highlighted by Green for All, The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post, the US Conference of Mayors, and the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission. Join us in creating a more just and equitable clean energy economy. For more information on Retrofit Baltimore, please explore this website.

Responsibilities:

  • Educate homeowners about the benefits and process of going solar and making energy efficiency improvements
  • Create customer profiles and customize messaging to meet the customer’s needs and interests
  • Engage homeowners generated from a variety of program marketing, education, and outreach efforts and effectively motivate them to schedule an energy efficiency and/or solar assessment
  • Consistently follow up with customers until they make a decision on whether to purchase the recommended solar and energy efficiency improvement measures
  • Manage and expand customer relationships through continual needs assessments and relationship plans
  • Coordinate with the contractor liaison and other staff members to ensure the program is delivering on each customer’s needs and expectations
  • Serve as an advocate for homeowners and actively work to remove the barriers that prevent them from completing the energy efficiency and solar upgrades
  • Regularly enter customer data into the Customer Relationship Management system, Salesforce

Qualifications:

  • Previous customer service, sales, and/or lead generation experience
  • Knowledge of building science and solar installation a plus
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, interpersonal relations skills, and writing skills
  • Phenomenal relationship building skills, ability to personally connect with and engage with diverse groups of customers
  • Ability to explain technical information in an easy-to-understand way
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, and able to handle multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment
  • Exceptional personal responsibility for meeting goals and a track record of success
  • Ability to recognize problems, develop innovative solutions and implement them
  • Willingness to regularly work evenings and portions of weekends
  • Enthusiasm for energy efficiency and social justice

Benefits and Salary

The salary level for this position is commensurate with experience. In addition, healthcare and retirement benefits are included.

How to Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to Evie Schwartz, Associate Director of Outreach and Production, at jobs@retrofitbaltimore.org and include “Energy Advisor” in the subject line. Applicants will be hired on a rolling basis.

Civic Works is an equal opportunity employer; LGBT, women, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Civic Works also encourages AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and national service alumni to apply for this position.

Retrofit Baltimore - Field Organizer

Civic Works is immediately hiring a Field Organizer to mobilize homeowners to go solar and upgrade the energy efficiency of their homes, while creating green jobs for underserved residents. The Field Organizer will build partnerships with community organizations in order to educate their members about the benefits of investing in solar and energy efficiency improvements. The Field Organizer will also directly engage homeowner through meeting presentations, outreach at community events, and other activities.

The ideal candidate will be committed to getting results in a fast-paced environment and able to handle a heavy workload without dropping the ball. This position is an opportunity to combat climate change and bring about real economic benefits for those who need them the most.

Program Overview

Retrofit Baltimore, a program of the non-profit Civic Works, helps homeowners realize the benefits of home energy efficiency and solar energy and creates family-sustaining job opportunities for underserved Baltimore residents. The program uses grassroots, community organizing tactics to motivate homeowners to make home energy improvements, to reduce energy bills by about 15-20% and improve the comfort and safety of the home. Retrofit Baltimore then connects these homeowners with businesses that have committed to hire underserved Baltimore residents and implement equitable employment standards. Civic Works’ green initiatives have been highlighted by Green for All, The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post, the US Conference of Mayors, and the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission. Join us in creating a more just and equitable clean energy economy. For more information on Retrofit Baltimore, please explore this website.

Responsibilities:

  • Build partnerships with community organizations and leaders, enlisting their support in community energy efficiency and solar upgrade efforts
  • Organize presentations for neighborhood groups, civic associations, and workplaces
  • Engage homeowners through outreach at community events, presentations, and phone calls
  • Develop and implement community-specific, metrics-driven field plans
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of all engagement activities and work toward continuous improvement
  • Educate homeowners about the benefits and process of going solar and making energy efficiency improvements
  • Consistently follow up with homeowners to help them make decisions on whether to invest in solar and energy efficiency improvements
  • Regularly enter homeowner data into the Customer Relationship Management system, Salesforce

Qualifications:

  • Previous community organizing, campaign, sales or lead generation experience
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, interpersonal relations skills, and writing skills
  • Phenomenal relationship building skills, ability to personally connect with and engage with diverse groups of stakeholders and homeowners
  • Ability to explain technical information in an easy-to-understand way
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, and able to handle multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment
  • Exceptional personal responsibility for meeting goals and a track record of success
  • Ability to recognize problems, develop innovative solutions and implement them
  • Willingness to regularly work long and irregular hours, including evenings and portions of weekends
  • Enthusiasm for energy efficiency and social justice
  • Regular access to a car within 90 days of start date
  • Familiarity with Baltimore City is a plus

Benefits and Salary

The salary level for this position is commensurate with experience. In addition, healthcare and retirement benefits are included.

How to Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to Evie Schwartz, Associate Director of Outreach and Production, at jobs@retrofitbaltimore.org and include “Field Organizer” in the subject line. Applicants will be hired on a rolling basis.

Civic Works is an equal opportunity employer; LGBT, women, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Civic Works also encourages AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and national service alumni to apply for this position.

Development Associate

Position title:                                                 Development Associate (Full-Time, 40 hrs. per wk.)

Supervisory responsibilities:                       None

Budget responsibilities:                               None

Reports to:                                                      Development Director

FLSA Classification:                                       Exempt

Date:                                                                December 2016

Position Summary

Civic Works is seeking a Development Associate to play a key role in our grant-based fundraising activities.  The Development Associate will be primarily responsible for grant writing and management, working with program staff to develop funding strategies and maintain foundation and corporate relationships.

Job Responsibilities

  • Coordinate and implement grant activities including: research and identification of new grant opportunities; writing and submitting grant proposals to private foundations, corporations, and government agencies; helping program staff develop grant writing skills; maintaining relationships with funders, and working with program staff to meet reporting requirements.
  • Maintain records in Civic Works’ fundraising database and enter accurate files on corporate and foundation contact information, solicitations, meetings and communications, and acknowledgements sent.
  • Assist staff and board members in donor outreach and stewardship.
  • Provide support for fundraising events and assist staff and board members in obtaining sponsorships.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • At least 4 years of fundraising experience, with knowledge of Baltimore area funders
  • Demonstrated ability to write successful grant proposals and manage grants
  • Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge preferred
  • Excellent communication, teamwork, and time management skills
  • Attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and grant writing sample to Kristen Wommack, Development Director, at kwommack@civicworks.com.  This position will be open until January 15, 2016.

Solar Strategies Director

Position title:                                                  Solar Strategies Director (Full-Time, 40 hrs. per wk.)

Supervisory responsibilities:                         None

Budget responsibilities:                                 None

Reports to:                                                     COO

FLSA Classification:                                     Exempt

Date:                                                               December 2015

POSITION SUMMARY:

Civic Works will develop low-income solar programming in Baltimore City by hiring a Solar Strategies Director to create and implement a program model, piloting a solar installation job training class, and installing solar panels on homes owned by low and moderate income families.  At the end of the project period, we will have a completed solar programming action plan and program model.

The Solar Strategies Director will work to identify potential customers for solar panels among low and moderate-income Baltimore homeowners.  The director will use the following strategies:

  • Seek the approval of DHCD to be able to market solar to the same homeowners that are having roofs installed by the City’s weatherization program. This is the best time for a homeowner to install solar panels, as solar-related structural improvements can be done before a new roof is installed.
  • Obtain the list of homeowners who have already had roofs installed by the City’s weatherization program. While some roof retrofitting will still be required in these situations, the cost will be substantially less than for a home which has a leaky roof.
  • Coordinate with the Baltimore Energy Challenge and Retrofit Baltimore for each program to market solar installations (at houses with solar-ready roofs) at the same time each program makes contact with a homeowner.

The Director will have two goals.  First, he or she will develop a plan for Civic Works to install and finance as many solar projects as possible before the expiration of the 30% residential solar tax credit at the end of 2016.  This will include partnering with interested CDCs and low-income housing developers for the installation of solar as housing is renovated or built.  Second, the Director will seek to develop a plan for financing and installation of projects after the expiration of the tax credit.  This may require tapping into other tax credits or grant funding.

Civic Works Solar Director will develop a solar programming model based on available research and best practices of similar organizations.  We know that several nonprofit organizations have successfully developed solar installation and financing models that work well for their clients.  The Solar Director will utilize components of these successful models and develop programming that includes training and placement of low-income residents, incorporates a funding plan that is feasible in Baltimore, and aligns with Civic Works commitment to service and community improvement.

Completion of a Civic Works solar program plan that will serve as a guide for solar implementation and is replicable and scalable for similar organizations.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop PPA and turnkey EPC contracts for solar projects
  • Developing projects from inception to executed contract
  • Be able to generate leads/opportunities primarily through independent activities including account profiling, cold calls, business networking and other market penetration strategies.
  • Quickly identify key players and potential clients in the Target Market, filter and prioritize “real” opportunities from others
  • Gather market intelligence and expand relationships with appropriate government, regulatory, and utility officials to understand project approval process, electric rates and regulations and incentives structures
  • Analyze impact of changing regulatory environment and adjust strategy as necessary
  • Work independently and with senior management team to develop and execute on strategic plans to win identified opportunities
  • Work with Civic Works PV engineering and finance partners to identify the most appropriate technical, material and financial solutions to optimize system competitiveness and be able to clearly present combined technical and financial solution to clients
  • Generate proposals, quotes, and formal RFP responses
  • Work with legal and executive teams to negotiate contract terms and close transactions
  • Consult with clients, construction and finance professionals in developing necessary financial models and assist with tax, financing, and regulatory related research and negotiations
  • Lead project hand-off to operations team for closed business
  • Represent Civic Works at marketing events such as trade shows and industry events
  • Appropriately maintain pipeline reporting and deal activity (Salesforce exp. preferred)


Desired Skills and Experience

  • Strong knowledge of the solar industry preferred – or equivalent knowledge and experience in in real estate development and or low income neighborhood development and finance
  • Successful track record in a complex sales environment, preference for commercial or public-sector photovoltaic sales experience. Complex sales include technical, construction and/or financial products with mid-to-long sales cycles: including relationship building, lead generation and closing skills, and demonstrated account growth and project advancement abilities.
  • Self-motivated, independent professional with excellent communication skills, strong technical aptitude and the ability to thrive under pressure.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and interface effectively with cross-functional employee groups
  • Ability to manage multiple projects in parallel and prioritize competing demands
  • Tenacious problem solver that can accurately assess, solve, implement, and communicate outcomes of complex challenges
  • Understanding of finance / business concepts (NPV, ROI, IRR, etc)
  • Familiarity with formal project management methodologies and ability to read and interpret architectural and engineering drawings a plus
  • MBA preferred
  • Preference for low income market experience

To apply submit a cover letter and resume and two references as one PDF document to Earl Millett at emillett@civicworks.com. Subject line MUST SAY “Solar Strategies Director”.

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