• Atlanta, GA, USA
  • Fellowship

Fellow, Policy & Sustainability Services

Southface Institute, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is a leader in sustainable advocacy, building, planning and operations across the U.S. With a mission to create a healthy and equitably built environment for all, Southface's consulting services, workforce development, research and policy practices are supporting better homes, workplaces and communities. Experts in the fields of resource efficiency, building tech and organizational sustainability since 1978, Southface is committed to building a regenerative economy to meet tomorrow's needs today.

Policy & Sustainability Services Overview

Our Policy & Sustainability Services teams prioritize and champion the state and local policies that propel the clean energy and resource efficiency movement forward. We know that the development and implementation of sound policy have the ability to transform the market for a clean energy economy, and we are working with our partners to influence data-driven, rigorous approaches to a low-carbon future. We strive to advance these goals through authentic and strategic engagement of communities, advocates, industry, policymakers, and local government.

What you'll be doing for the greater good

  • Perform research, gather and format data, perform analyses and write reports / summaries for energy policy work and sustainability planning initiatives
  • Update existing online databases of Georgia-specific energy data
  • Provide consultation and assistance to developers, elected officials, local governments, counties and other stakeholders on urban sustainability and land-use best practices
  • Support the coordination and delivery of community projects and programs related to equity, health, and shared prosperity in the transition to a low-carbon future
  • Assist with developing and / or delivering white papers, reports and other project materials
  • Lead tours of our demonstration facility
  • Provide front-line customer service to clients and visitors
  • Assist with event management for our monthly Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable and Solstice member events

We'll help you grow

Our fellowship program provides a substantive learning experience that allows our emerging leaders to explore career options and to develop professional skills in the fields of sustainability, building sciences and nonprofit management. Southface offers several professional development opportunities, which may vary depending on your skill set, your role on the team and the timing of training delivery dates.                               

How we know you're a great match

  • Requires 6-month commitment, Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week, starting in January 2020
  • Interest in policy and planning, sustainable and equitable development, land use and zoning, transportation, community engagement and energy and water policy
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize project deadlines
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office applications
  • Attention to detail is essential
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Collaborative and positive demeanor that builds up the team
  • Commitment to Southface mission, aka, saving the world
  • Valid driver's license is required 'cause we can't bike everywhere (yet)

Physical Requirements

Ability to carry 35 pounds, which may involve carrying project materials including program signs, presentation materials and equipment, such as a projector.

Compensation and Benefits

  • $14.50 per hour
  • Paid Time Off
  • 403(b) retirement plan
  • Excellent medical insurance benefits
  • Continuing education and professional development
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Organizational culture that highly values the contributions and character of its employees

Hours of Work

40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with flexible options. Occasional weekend or evening hours.

How to Apply

Respond via our online portal with a cover letter, two-page (maximum) resume and writing sample. Please, no telephone inquiries.

Pre-employment background checks are conducted on final candidates.

Southface is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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