Careers at Groundwork

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Groundwork is currently hiring a Digital Engagement Manager, a Clean Energy Program Specialist, a Development Specialist, and FoodCorps AmeriCorps Service Members. Please see details below.

Groundwork Seeks clean energy program specialist

Salary Range: $42,000-48,000

Deadline to apply: May 24th

Target hire start date: May 2021

Location: Traverse City/ Petoskey

Reports to: Clean Energy Program Director 

Groundwork Center is seeking a Clean Energy Program Specialist to support Groundwork’s Clean Energy Program in northern Michigan. The ideal candidate will be passionate and knowledgeable about advancing local, state and national energy policy reforms; experienced in public policy advocacy, networking, partnerships and facilitation; and wake up every day thinking about how to promote a rapid transition to clean energy electrical generation, and replacing fossil fuels in the transportation, building heating, and agricultural industries. This position is full time, year round, and will report to Groundwork’s Clean Energy Program Director. 

Groundwork’s Clean Energy Program History

Groundwork’s clean energy advocacy work goes back to the 1990s, when our organization (then named the Michigan Land Use Institute) pushed for reforms in the oil and gas drilling industry, and then followed in the '00s with advocacy to shut down existing coal plants and reject new ones in Michigan. More recently, Groundwork launched the Oil and Water Don’t Mix campaign to decommission the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac, and followed the formation of this highly successful environmental coalition of environmental groups by launching both the Michigan Climate Action Network and the Great Lakes Business Network – key advocacy partners in the push for clean energy. On a local level, Groundwork has been focused on community goals for 100% renewable energy goals across northern Michigan. Today, we are supporting public school efforts to embrace renewable energy, as well as partnering with tribal nations to champion their efforts to go renewable.

The Clean Energy Program Specialist will be a visible, credible leader on policy issues who will manage an existing work plan with a variety of clean energy initiatives; publicly advocate for local, state and national policy positions; build relationships with policymakers, community leaders, grassroots organizers, and more; support those stakeholders and others in outreach, education, and advocacy around clean energy policy in Michigan; and help develop new project ideas and relationships with donors and grantors. 

Responsibilities of the Clean Energy Program Specialist include:

  • Lead existing northern Michigan clean energy policy work plan, including:
    •  Work with municipal utilities and local government leaders,
      • Group solar buy in Petoskey
      • 100% renewable energy commitments and action plans
    • Solar in/ on Schools
      • Assist with solar installations on schools
      • Lead curriculum development  
    • Community organizing in northern Michigan
      • Upper Peninsula Clean Energy organizing 
      • Partnerships with tribal governments
      • Participate in MICARES project
  • Support planning for Michigan Climate and Clean Energy Summit, in collaboration with Michigan Climate Action Network.
  • Support Michigan legislative efforts to advance policies that support rural clean energy policies in partnership with colleagues at the Michigan Climate Action Network (MiCAN) and Great Lakes Business Network (GLBN);
  • Support clean energy program communications with writing, video, social media and podcast assistance;
  • Support fundraising efforts to expand programs and projects; 

Professional Requirements

Candidates for this position must demonstrate:

  • At least two years professional experience working on issues related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, and clean energy policy;
  • Proven networking skills and extensive experience in developing partnerships and building diverse coalitions; 
  • An ability to develop and cultivate relationships with decision-makers and grassroots community leaders at all levels of community, education, and economic stakeholder groups; 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; 
  • A proven ability to work independently and be self directed while collaborating well with others in a team setting.
  • And, a demonstrated standard of excellence with attention to detail and accuracy.

Personal Qualifications

Among the qualities we seek in successful candidates are a:

  • Strong commitment to Groundwork’s mission and programs.
  • Passion for building local food system connections to schools, early child care, health initiatives, and more. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to addressing race, class, gender, place, and other social justice barriers.
  • Proven ability to organize priorities, with keen attention to detail and deadlines;
  • Self-directed working approach and ability to take initiative.
  • Professional and pleasant demeanor.
  • And, a sense of humor and positive outlook.

At Groundwork, the candidate will join a driven team of individuals who are advancing policy solutions and projects that are pragmatic, practical, caring, and visionary. We strive to create a positive, collaborative, healthy, and inspired working environment that gives the staff the support to be the leaders in their field.

We are optimistic about Michigan’s future and believe in a thriving local farm and food economy; stronger, more walkable, bike-able, and transit-friendly towns and villages; cleaner sources of energy, and climate solutions that support a more equitable world for all. The researchers, writers, advocates, system-changemakers, and coalition-builders that make up the Groundwork staff are passionately committed to realizing this vision.

Compensation, Benefits, and Application Procedure

This is a full-time position with flexible hours, generous vacation and health benefits, retirement contribution matching, and a competitive salary range. This is a policy specialist position with a salary range of $42,000- $48,000, depending on experience. Groundwork Center is located in northwest lower Michigan, and preference will be given to candidates familiar with and willing to reside within the region.

Please send a one-page cover letter, resume and three references to: [email protected] with the subject line: Clean Energy Program Specialist. Applications will be accepted until 5pm on May 24th

Groundwork is committed to creating a diverse workplace and seeks a wide-range of perspectives and backgrounds. People of color, persons with disabilities, veterans and LGBTQ candidates are encouraged to apply. Groundwork is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its employment decisions. Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation at any point in the employment process.

*The safety and well-being of our staff, contractors, and communities is our top priority. Therefore, travel responsibilities of this position have been paused and replaced with remote communications in response to Covid-19. These responsibilities will resume in-person once it is safe to do so.

Groundwork Seeks Digital Engagement Manager

Groundwork is seeking a Digital Engagement Manager to manage our web and digital communications platforms and elevate Groundwork’s advocacy voice in Michigan.

The ideal candidate must have a strong passion for community resilience; well-developed instincts for creating content for common web, social, and marketing software, and for platforms like WordPress, Mailchimp and Nationbuilder; a proven ability to manage various communications needs for multi-faceted program campaigns; outstanding writing skills; and the ability to manage relationships with photo, video, and graphic design vendors as needed. We also need a candidate who will bring passion to the work on a daily basis.

This position is full time, year round, and will report to the Communications Director.

The Digital Engagement Manager will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following:

  • Oversee and manage Groundwork’s website and other project-specific websites;
  • Develop some written content, including project updates and action alerts, for websites;
  • Oversee and develop social media strategy, campaigns and day-to-day content;
  • Manage Groundwork’s e-newsletter platform and be able to leverage various tools to create targeted outreach strategies;
  • Creating social media advertising;
  • Train and support program staff in new social tools and social media advertising strategies in order to reach their program goals;
  • Evaluate effectiveness of various digital engagement strategies;
  • Monitor public messages related to Groundwork and its programs on social media platforms;
  • Oversee vendor relationships with highly skilled photographers, podcast and video producers, and graphic designers as needed.

Professional Requirements

Candidates for this position must demonstrate:

  • Experience in content management systems like WordPress and Nationbuilder;
  • Professional training and experience in developing e-newsletter and social media campaigns;
  • Experience with Google Analytics or other web and social metrics tools;
  • Outstanding writing skills;
  • A proven ability to work independently and be self directed while collaborating well with others in a team setting;
  • And, a demonstrated standard of excellence with attention to detail and accuracy.

Personal Qualifications

Among the qualities we seek in successful candidates are a:

  • Strong commitment to Groundwork’s mission and programs;
  • Passion for building livable communities, propelling clean energy, and expanding the local food economy;
  • Proven ability to organize priorities, with keen attention to detail and deadlines;
  • Self-directed working approach and ability to take initiative;
  • Professional and pleasant demeanor;
  • And, a sense of humor and positive outlook.

At Groundwork, the candidate will join a driven team of individuals who are advancing policy solutions and projects that are pragmatic, practical, caring and visionary. We strive to create a positive, collaborative, healthy, and inspired working environment that gives the staff the support to be the leaders in their field.

We are optimistic about Michigan’s future and believe in a thriving local farm and food economy; stronger, more walkable, bikeable, and transit-friendly towns and villages; cleaner sources of energy, and climate solutions that support a more equitable world for all. The researchers, writers, advocates, system-changemakers and coalition-builders that make up the Groundwork staff are passionately committed to realizing this vision.

Compensation, Benefits, and Application Procedure

This is a full-time position with flexible hours, generous vacation and health benefits, retirement contribution matching, and a competitive salary range. This is a manager-level position, with a salary range at $45,000 - $52,000. The position will be based in the Traverse City, Michigan, area.

Please send a one-page cover letter, résumé and three references to [email protected], with the subject line Digital Engagement Manager.

Groundwork is committed to creating a diverse workplace and seeks a wide range of perspectives and backgrounds. People of color, persons with disabilities, veterans and LGBTQ candidates are encouraged to apply. Groundwork is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its employment decisions. Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation at any point in the employment process.

 

Groundwork Seeks Development Specialist

Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities is seeking a fundraising professional with experience in all facets of fundraising, from soliciting and stewarding foundation, donor, and corporate relationships; to conducting donor research; to supporting the coordination of a development department. Ideal candidates will have a strong commitment to understanding Groundwork’s mission and programs, a collegial spirit to collaborate with a team of over twenty colleagues, and a proven ability to prospect new relationships with community members. The Development Specialist will also need the experience and skills necessary to work in a team setting to help drive forward Groundwork’s annual giving program. Groundwork is growing both its size and impact by scaling up our work to create local, state, and regional solutions in food, energy, mobility, and health. Being a team player who can demonstrate both an innovative spirit and a can-do attitude is critical to success in this job. The position is full time, year round, and will report to the Director of Development.

The Development Specialist will:

  • Steward a portfolio of individual donors and corporate sponsors, meeting to secure annual gifts, multi-year pledges, major gifts, sponsorships, or planned gifts;
  • Collaborate with staff, Board of Directors, Advisory Council and others to identify prospective donors and participate in strategic outreach to recruit Groundwork supporters in various settings, such as fundraising events and small prospecting parties;
  • Work with program staff to identify new, prospective foundations, as well as write or assist in the writing of grant proposals from time to time;
  • Track and report donor data and research, identifying trends and best practices;
  • Work with development director to organize regular development team meetings.

Professional Requirements

  • Three or more years experience in fundraising and development for a nonprofit organization or comparable experience in private sector sales;
  • Absolute commitment to a donor-centric approach to all work and an ability to encourage and motivate this approach among staff and volunteers;
  • Experience in several aspects of fundraising including, by way of example, annual giving, major gift cultivation, corporate giving and/or planned giving;
  • Demonstration of successfully meeting targeted monetary goals and/or increasing revenue over time;
  • Unquestionable integrity and professionalism, coupled with highly developed relationship building skills.

Personal Qualifications

Groundwork seeks the following qualities in successful candidates:

  • A strong commitment to Groundwork’s mission and programs;
  • Exceptional skill at networking and keen listening;
  • Proven ability to organize priorities, with attention to detail and deadlines;
  • Self-directed working approach and initiative;
  • Professional and pleasant demeanor;
  • Strong interpersonal communication and teamwork skills;
  • Willingness and ability to travel to meet with donors;
  • A sense of humor and positive outlook.

About Groundwork

At Groundwork, the candidate will join a driven team of individuals who are advancing policy solutions and projects that are pragmatic, practical, caring and visionary. We strive to create a positive, collaborative, healthy, and inspired working environment that gives the staff the support to be the leaders in their field.

We are optimistic about Michigan’s future and believe in a thriving local farm and food economy; stronger, more walkable, bikeable, and transit-friendly towns and villages; cleaner sources of energy, and climate solutions that support a more equitable world for all. The researchers, writers, advocates, system-changemakers and coalition-builders that make up the Groundwork staff are passionately committed to realizing this vision.

Compensation, Benefits, and Application Procedure

This is a full-time position with a salary range of $50,000–$60,000. Full-time employees and their families qualify for Groundwork’s health insurance coverage. They also receive retirement benefits, ample vacation, and schedules flexible enough to enjoy the wondrous forests, clean rivers, and the magnificent Great Lakes shoreline that distinguish our region .

Please send a one-page cover letter, résumé, and references to [email protected], with the subject line "Development Specialist." We are accepting applications until we find the perfect fit. 

Groundwork is committed to creating a diverse workplace and seeks a wide range of perspectives and backgrounds. People of color, persons with disabilities, veterans and LGBTQ candidates are encouraged to apply. Groundwork is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its employment decisions. Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation at any point in the employment process.

FELLOWSHIPS

Groundwork Fellows work side-by-side with Groundwork staff on projects, build policy expertise, engage in networking opportunities, and gain valuable professional development skills. Fellows are provided an excellent opportunity to engage in policy advocacy while working for a well-established, community-based nonprofit organization.

Successful applicants will be awarded a competitive stipend in addition to assistance with housing and unique opportunities in our local community. A minimum of 25-35 hours per week is required, with a flexible schedule to allow for outside employment if desired. Depending on the institution, current students may be eligible to earn academic credit.

Groundwork Seeks FoodCorps AmeriCorps Service Members

The application portal for 2021–2022 FoodCorps AmeriCorps Service Members is now open and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Members for the program year must, at a minimum, serve 1,700 allowable hours between August 2021 and mid July 2022.

Serving as an AmeriCorps member with FoodCorps is a full-time, 11.5-month commitment. The 1,700 hours you’ll serve between August to July will mostly take place during school and business hours, but evenings and weekends are occasionally required. You’ll also join us in Portland, Oregon, in early August for a weeklong orientation (the costs are covered).

FoodCorps has host sites across the country, and one is through the Groundwork Center Petoskey office, which serves Boyne Falls, East Jordan, Alanson, and Pellston Public Schools. The service member(s) will collaborate with schools, food service staff, farmers and students to help … 

  1. Learn why healthy food matters
  2. Grow, cook and try new things
  3. Eat healthy food every day
  4. Build a foundation for a bright future

FoodCorps offers service positions in several states. To see a list of our State Partners, please visit FoodCorps Service Sites.

In Michigan, we currently serve in the following communities:  Boyne Falls, Detroit, Pellston, Alanson, East Jordan, and Hillman. For a description of these sites, visit: FoodCorps Michigan Website . If applying for a Michigan placement, be sure to select the state as a preferred location on your application.

To be considered for a FoodCorps service member position, you must:

  • Be 18 years or older by the start of your service term
  • Be a legal, permanent resident of the United States
  • Hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent

Who Is FoodCorps?

In order to successfully complete your term of service, you must, at a minimum, serve 1,700 allowable hours between early August 2021 and mid July 2022.

FoodCorps is a nationwide team of AmeriCorps leaders that connects kids to real food and helps them grow up healthy. We do that by placing motivated leaders in limited-resource communities for a year of public service. Serving under the direction of local partner organizations, our service members focus on three areas of service:

  • Hands-on learning: students grow, cook, and taste new foods, which builds their skills and changes food preferences
  • Healthy school meals: the cafeteria experience steers students toward the healthiest options and gets them excited to try new healthy foods
  • Schoolwide culture of health: as a whole, the school community and environment – from hallways to classrooms to cafeteria to grounds – celebrates healthy food. We measure our success in terms of changes in children, schools, and systems.

Who Is Groundwork Center and What is a Host Site?

The Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities (formerly known as the Michigan Land Use Institute) works to protect the environment, strengthen the economy, and build community. We raise awareness and support for cleaner energy, more local food, and expanded transportation choices. Groundwork's Food & Farming program was launched in 2002 to grow jobs, save farmland, and build healthier communities through a strong local food economy. While Groundwork is based in Traverse City, in 2017 we opened a satellite office in Petoskey to better serve the residents of the northern portion of our 10-county primary service area. Our FoodCorps service member(s) will work out of the Petoskey office with the Groundwork’s farm to school program, helping schools serve locally grown foods by connecting them to farms and related resources. Our service member(s) will also meet and collaborate with many other community organizations with which Groundwork collaborates and will travel to schools in up to two rural school systems in two counties that share a diverse agricultural region.

FoodCorps Qualifications

  • Passion for building a healthier future for schoolchildren
  • Commitment to working hard in order to make a difference
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Motivation to serve full-time in a limited resource community
  • Perseverance in the face of challenges and creativity in finding solutions
  • Respect for diversity of opinion, experience, and background
  • Experience working in or studying food systems, agriculture, public health, education, community organizing, or public service
  • Experience working or volunteering in education, youth development, or other teaching settings
  • Knowledge of the culture, history, and/or language of the communities we serve
  • Desire to gain hands-on experience for your career
  • Demonstrated ability or dedication to performing the activities listed below

Groundwork Center Qualifications:

  • Must have the ability to jump into a fast-paced school environment.
  • Must be able to relate well to youth, teachers, administrators, parents, other youth facilitators, and community partners.
  • Must be willing to attend wellness committee meetings, family nights, and other activities within the community.
  • Possess some knowledge of and experience with the food system and/or agriculture.
  • Must have excellent organizational and communication skills.
  • Must be reliable, accountable, and a team player.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation.
  • Passionate about strategic systems change, and interested in all of Groundwork’s programs.
  • Must have gardening experience.
  • Knowledge of indigenous history and culture is a bonus.

What You’ll Do

Service members work with schools, service site organizations and local communities to build healthy school food environments. They do this in a variety of ways:

    • Service members focus on teaching children in grades K–5 about food and nutrition in the classroom by developing and teaching lesson plans, integrating activities into subjects such as math, science and history, working with teachers and school administrators to increase food and nutrition education in curricula, and more.
    • Service members grow healthy food with students, teachers, and community members in school and community gardens, dynamic educational settings where kids can get their hands dirty and experience what they’re learning first-hand. While some service members expand/maintain already-existing school gardens, greenhouses, and hoop houses, others work to establish new gardens. Service members develop garden sustainability plans and recruit community volunteers to ensure that the projects they start last into the future.
    • Service members impact what's for lunch by sourcing food from local farms for cafeterias, promoting local foods through cafeteria taste tests, working with school food directors and staff to integrate healthier foods into breakfast, lunch and snack programs, and more.
    • Service members help build schoolwide cultures of health by working closely with teachers and school administrators, recruiting and training volunteers, organizing committees and running meetings, talking to press and public officials.
    • Service members spend time learning and participating in trainings, raising money to help support the local projects, and helping FoodCorps and schools assess the impact they are having.

District-Level School Nutrition Projects

The majority of FoodCorps service members serve one or two schools in-depth, with a focus on hands-on food education that changes the way students experience food in school. This year, FoodCorps is excited to launch a small cohort of service members who will focus on school nutrition projects that will work to change what shows up on the lunch tray. Under the supervision of district-level school nutrition leaders, and with ongoing support and training from FoodCorps, these members will help to advance the goals and vision for school meal quality in the districts where they serve. 

Some examples of project categories may include procurement, menu management, school nutrition operations, and partnership building. This type of service might be a good fit for those interested in gaining experience with and learning about school nutrition leadership, public health nutrition, and marketing & communications.

Please note that this school nutrition-focused service placement is new and will continue to evolve as we learn with and from the service members who participate and the communities we serve. 

What You’ll Gain, and be eligible to receive:

  • Up to $26,000 living stipend for Service Members in CA, D.C. Metro Area, MA, and NY: paid bi-weekly
  • Up to $22,000 living stipend for Service Members in other states: paid bi-weekly
  • $6,345 AmeriCorps Segal Education Award, upon successful completion of your first (or second) term of service: for future schooling or repay qualified student loans. Learn more here.
  • Student loan forbearance: Learn more here.
  • Health insurance: Basic health, vision and dental coverage. Learn more here.
  • Partial childcare reimbursements: Learn more here.
  •  Numerous training and professional development opportunities.
  • The experience of a lifetime!

For More Information

Contact FoodCorps Michigan Program Coordinator Quan Blunt – quan.blunt[email protected]

Apply Today!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteer opportunities are available here.

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