Community Engagement Associate

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Sustainable Silicon Valley

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Job Description: Net Positive Bay Area (NPBA) is a new SSV-wide initiative that is changing the way companies, institutions and governments jointly address urban sustainable development through a series of demonstrative projects across the region.

One of the core pillars of NPBA calls to engage low-income communities in lowering the cost of living and in raising their quality of life by incorporating sustainable solutions. Under the Energy team, the Community Engagement Associate will serve as a liaison between the greater community of the South Bay and SSV.

The Associate will be a key member tasked to deepen relationships with community stakeholders, facilitate greater understanding of prevalent issues in the community, and implement project tasks through direct community outreach and engagement.

The ideal candidate will be gregarious and extroverted, a good listener, and has a natural curiosity to seek out answers using creative means. The individual must also possess the ability to work with other team members to carry out tasks that may have cross-functional overlap, while also having the mental and physical flexibility to adapt and keep up with rapid changes and an evolving task list that characterize a still-nascent program. Spanish fluency and prior experience in community outreach are highly desired.

The candidate is asked to commit a minimum of 16-22 hours per week, with flexibility to attend external meetings and events outside office hours. You must have your own laptop and phone, and have the ability to drive yourself to meetings when needed. In return for the volunteer hours, benefits to the volunteer candidate include: job reference letter from the Executive Director of SSV, new skills and experience, a current resume entry, networking opportunities, and a chance to work toward a vision of a sustainable region, a thriving economy, a healthy environment and socially equitable community.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Identify, initiate, and deepen relationships with various community stakeholders, organizations, and SSV partners in or related to the Bay Area
  • Serve as relationship manager and primary contact to community stakeholders
  • Attend meetings on behalf of SSV to hear general community concerns, provide information about community engagement, and advocate for participation
  • Attend non-partner events, external programs, and conferences that provide context in understanding concerns, interests, and activities in the South Bay Area
  • Conduct informational interviews to learn about specific topics (eg. technology, policy, financing) and social concerns afflicting the wider target community
  • Report and distribute information to community and broader public through direct engagement and internal Marketing and Communications channels
  • Flexibility and comfort to assist in a blend of project coordination, event planning, and communication-related tasks
  • Create promotional materials and content in coordination with internal Marketing & Communications team members
  • Assist in communicating project needs and financial resources in coordination with the Funds & Grants Team
  • Coordinate with Energy Director, and Executive Director to contribute targeted deliverables
  • Must be a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area and be able to perform some tasks in our Santa Clara office.

Qualities and Skills/Experience:

  • Outgoing, self-motivating, and detail oriented
  • Possesses critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Exercises initiative, comfortable dealing with ever-evolving targets, ability to work with cross-functional teams, and take on additional responsibility as needed
  • Effective communication skills, both in writing and in person
  • Excellent organization and planning skills
  • Familiarity with MS office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and Google office tools (Drive, Documents, Spreadsheets), and propensity to learn CRM tools and databases
  • Spanish fluency is a big plus
  • Prior familiarity or experience working in partnership with residents and community based organizations, especially in low-income neighborhoods, is a big plus
  • Deep familiarity with the inner workings, socioeconomics, and politics of the city and community of San Jose and the South Bay is a big plus

About Sustainable Silicon Valley (SSV):

Founded in 2000, Sustainable Silicon Valley is a nonprofit dedicated to addressing tough sustainability challenges. SSV brings together leading tech companies, cities, counties, and research and educational institutions to solve sustainability issues that cannot be solved alone.

SSV envisions a net positive Bay Area by 2050 where we produce more energy than we consume, sequester more carbon than we emit, and optimize water resources to ensure water resilience.

Our strategy is to facilitate measurable projects, education, events, and policies that deliver solutions by activating SSV’s member network to reach the net positive Bay Area goals. Membership with SSV is a great avenue to share knowledge and connect with leaders in the Silicon Valley

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