Community Energy Planner

Organization
Center for Energy and Environment
Organization Summary

 

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CEE is a community-based clean energy nonprofit with offices in the North Loop of Minneapolis and St. Paul's Midway. We provide practical energy solutions for homes, businesses, and communities to cut energy waste and harmful emissions. We collaborate regularly with field peers and partners, and employ curious people who enjoy learning and contributing to Minnesota's quality of life and economy.

Our workplace invites open door communications and respect for diverse backgrounds and points of view, with an emphasis on work-life balance.

Posting Date
Closing Date
Location in MN
Metro
Job type
full-time
Salary

Dependent upon qualifications and experience.

Hours

40

Primary Duties

The Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) is hiring for a new Community Energy Planner. We are seeking candidates with strong organizational, communication, and facilitation experience to join our team of energy experts, community facilitators, program implementers, and research engineers who work on CEE’s community-based projects. This is a fantastic opportunity to apply your passion for community-based work to strategic and focused energy planning, intended to make a real impact.
 
We are looking for candidates with strong experience in community planning and facilitation. While energy expertise is not mandatory, some experience with energy, climate, or sustainability planning is preferred. You will need strong project management and communication skills with the flexibility to adapt to changing program and community needs. You will be joining a strong team that values creativity, hard work, open communication, and a passion for having real impact in communities.
 
The Community Energy Planner has no direct reports and reports directly to the Community Energy Program Manager. This is a full‑time position that provides a wide range of highly competitive benefits including Paid Time Off (PTO), medical, dental, life and long term disability insurance and a retirement plans.

Responsibilities

The Community Energy Planner will lead planning, project management, and strategy implementation for individual communities participating in Xcel Energy’s Partners in Energy service. Partners in Energy works with local governments and other community entities to create energy plans tailored to local communities’ needs, and provides targeted assistance with the implementation of these plans. The Community Energy Planner will oversee a portfolio 3-6 of communities at a given time, with responsibilities that include managing local stakeholder input through a series of planning workshops, coordinating between community and utility points of contact, and supporting community-led implementation strategies. Currently, 11 Minnesota and Wisconsin communities are actively participating in some stage of planning or implementation.
 
This role requires big picture thinking as well as nimble problem-solving, with strong organizational, written, and communications skills. Successful candidates will have a track record that demonstrates their ability to work independently, to contribute effectively as a team player, and to collaborate with both internal and external stakeholders.
 
The Planner will perform the following functions:

  • Work collaboratively with CEE staff to deliver high-quality program services

  • Manage project-level tasks and budgets to ensure they are on track and within limits

  • Manage relationships with both internal and external stakeholders to uphold/maintain CEE’s strategic position within the project team

  • Serve as lead on community intake, planning, and implementation processes for 3-6 communities

    • Conduct background research, including interpretation of demographic and energy use data

    • Plan and facilitate community stakeholder meetings and workshops, including managing all meeting logistics, making presentations, facilitating group decision making, and coordinating all follow-up activities (e.g. notes, recording attendance, community portal updates)

    • Coordinate the ongoing participation of utility, local government, business and community stakeholders in the planning and implementation phases

    • Conduct and/or direct data analysis for assigned communities, upholding privacy considerations, as needed for informed decisions by the community and monitoring implementation progress.

    • Write community Energy Action Plans, including documentation of planning process and workshop outcomes. Shepherd plans through review and approval process

  • Manage implementation support provided to communities, including:

    • Designing implementation plan and budget for each assigned community

    • Providing overall project management for strategies identified as part of planning process

    • Facilitating design of community based social marketing campaigns, including effective messaging, communication tactics, and outreach volunteer training

    • Content development for communications pieces, including website and marketing materials for communities

    • Effectively managing internal and external resources to achieve identified goals and targets

  • Identify and manage available CEE, utility and other resources; Effectively connect communities to the right resources at the right time

  • Use established systems to create work plans, track milestones, and report progress; help develop systems and processes where none currently exist

  • Follow up with community stakeholders, hold them accountable for achieving established goals and milestones

  • Recognize and uphold established program standards to deliver consistent work products, including attention to branding and communications protocol

  • Effectively manage strategic relationship with Xcel Energy staff and programs

 
General Responsibilities

  • Understand and adhere to corporate policies and procedures

  • Understand and follow processes and procedures required for the job

  • Attend trainings as requested and read corporate wide emails and correspondence

  • Check your email each working day, respond promptly and use the calendaring system

  • Schedule and attend meetings as applicable with both internal and external constituents

  • Adhere to job duty and attendance expectations as directed by your supervisor

  • Must be able to work nights and weekends as needed

  • Other tasks as assigned

Experience

Qualifications

  • Baccalaureate degree in communications, city planning, design, environmental studies, or related field (or a combination of education/training and/or experience)

  • At least 5 years of experience in communications, community outreach, facilitation, energy services, planning, and/or design

  • Excellent writing, oral, and interpersonal communication skills, including comfort with public speaking

  • Strong organizational and problem solving skills

  • Successful experience with process design and facilitation of group decision making

  • Experience leading planning processes with multiple stakeholder groups

  • Experience with client relationship management 

  • Experience working with communities in a planning or project implementation capacity

  • Strong attention to detail and assiduous follow-through

  • Strong computer skills, including advanced skills in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

  • Must demonstrate time-management and organizational skills, and the ability to meet deadlines

  • Must have reliable transportation to attend meetings and off-site events at multiple CEE offices and in communities, including transportation of materials and equipment as needed

 
Preferred Qualifications:

  • Passionate about helping communities take tangible actions to increase sustainability

  • Experience working with or within local government

  • Experience using data to inform decision making

  • Comfortable working closely with Investor-Owned Utilities

  • Team player who is comfortable navigating dynamic relationships

  • Familiar with building sciences and/or energy efficiency in buildings 

  • Experience with community outreach and/or communications

  • Has some knowledge of utility Demand Side Management programs
How to Apply

Email or fax cover letter and resume to Human Resources:

Community Energy Planner Position
Center for Energy and Environment
212 3rd Avenue North, Suite #560
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Resume_Submissions@mncee.org
FAX 612-335-5995
 

 
Center for Energy and Environment seeks to enrich the diversity of the CEE community and encourages applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to apply. CEE is long noted for its research, policy advocacy and programming to provide practical energy solutions for homes, businesses and communities.

 
Equal Opportunity Employer

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