SE region of MN

Join CERTs as the SE CERT Regional Coordinator

Counties in the SE region of MNDo you live in southeast Minnesota and have a desire to advance renewable energy and energy efficiency projects across your region of the state? Consider applying for the Southeast CERT Regional Coordinator position.

We, at CERTs, work to connect individuals and communities throughout Minnesota to the resources they need to identify and implement community-based clean energy projects.

We're able to do this well thanks to the staff and steering committee members who work and live across the state. 

The SE CERT Regional Coordinator works across the southeast region of Minnesota to advance CERTs overall mission to connect individuals and organizations with the technical resources they need to identify and implement community-based energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

This region spans Le Sueur, Rice, Goodhue, Wabasha, Blue Earth, Waseca, Steele, Dodge, Olmsted, Winona, Faribault, Freeborn, Mower, Fillmore, and Houston counties.


The SE CERT Regional Coordinator will work throughout the entire SE CERT region with the SE CERT Steering Committee/SE Regional Partnership Energy Work Group, statewide CERTs staff, and SE Regional Partnership on a variety of tasks including but not limited to the following:

  • Provide energy conservation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, storage, and electrification resources (including vehicle electrification and Energy Conservation Optimization [ECO] Act enabled activities) to regional teams, key audiences, and communities to empower these entities to advance their own clean energy projects. This outreach seeks to broaden CERTs reach and impact by developing new connections and relationships, creating a platform to better understand community needs, and deepening existing connections. 
  • Connect with and maintain strong relationships with SE CERT Steering Committee members – who also serve as the Regional Partnership Energy Work Group – to advance regional priorities. This includes recruitment of new members, periodic member check-ins, facilitating member service actions, providing periodic updates, and otherwise maintaining strong lines of communications and engagement with these regional leaders. 
  • Lead core regional programmatic efforts including:
    • Outreach to and recruitment of potential seed grant applicants.
    • Regular follow-up with seed grant recipients throughout their project funding.
    • Identification, organization, and promotion of CERTs regional events, meetings, and tours (2-3 per year).
    • Identification of story ideas around projects and local champions. 
  • Engage with underserved audiences and historically marginalized communities to understand their clean energy needs and align efforts, resources, and assistance toward those needs. Continue to collaborate with CERTs teammates to advance shared learning, training, and action around justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts.
  • Conduct outreach to governmental units, including Native nations, counties, cities, townships, and schools, about clean energy opportunities, best practices, and programmatic offerings. 
  • Work with local utilities to advance on-the-ground clean energy projects and expand on offerings facilitated and stimulated by the ECO Act including electrification, storage, and load shifting.
  • Connect farms, small business and their related associations to technical resources, including decision tools and potential funding/financing resources, for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. 


  • Knowledge of and interest in clean energy issues, renewable energy, and energy efficiency projects and adoption strategies.
  • Passion and enthusiasm for relationship and network building with strong communication skills.
  • Reliable, self-motivated individual who can take direction and work independently.
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of people and as part of a team.
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Comfort with phone, in-person, and electronic communications.
  • Willingness to work throughout/across the entire SE CERT region is required.


Travel is required to perform the responsibilities of this position. The SE CERT Regional Coordinator will need to provide his/her/their own means of traveling throughout the state. Reimbursement will be made according to University of Minnesota policy.

Funding and Details

  • Target start date: March 1, 2023.
  • Funding initially available through August 31, 2023; potential to renew.
  • Hours per week: 12-20.
  • Rate: $22-25/hour.
  • Coordinator will report to CERTs Statewide Director and Co-Director based at the University of Minnesota Extension’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships. 

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