Events and Outreach Associate, EDF Climate Corps

  • Environmental Defense Fund
  • New York City, NY, United States
  • Jan 07, 2017
Full time Advocacy Climate Change/GHG Communication/Public Outreach

Job Description

EDF Climate Corps ( is Environmental Defense Fund’s innovative summer fellowship program that places specially trained graduate students in companies, cities and universities to build the business case for energy efficiency. If improving building energy efficiency were as simple as flipping a switch, organizations could easily cash in on big cost savings and emission reductions. Unfortunately, limited resources, information gaps and organizational barriers prevent many organizations from taking advantage of smart energy investments. EDF Climate Corps overcomes these barriers with ambitious young talent trained to develop customized energy efficiency investment plans for their host organizations.  Since the program’s launch in 2008, EDF Climate Corps fellows have uncovered over a billion dollars in energy savings for participating organizations.
Key Responsibilities
The Events and Outreach Associate reports to the Project Manager, EDF Climate Corps and plays a key role in the success of the program by coordinating online and in-person events for the EDF Climate Corps alumni network as well as recruiting and events-focused outreach. Events include one large training event and an annual conference, 30+ regional in-person events, and a year-round online webinar series. Outreach includes research and communication with prospective host companies, fellow applicants, and program alumni. With over 700 fellows and 400 organizations having participated in the program, the EDF Climate Corps alumni network is now over 1,000 strong. More than 65% of alumni currently work in sustainability, and almost half are in management or director-level positions. Fellow alumni pursue careers in a variety of sectors and industries, and over 80% are active on energy and climate issues both inside and outside of work. Learn more about the network here.
The Events Associate will be responsible for coordinating all event logistics as well as overseeing a number of outreach activities. There will be an opportunity for the Events Associate to gain expertise in various sustainability topic areas and increasingly contribute to event content development. Key responsibilities include:
Identify, research and recommend locations for events, including conducting site visits and preparing cost analyses of venues for large events.
Design and manage invitations and guest lists and develop pre- and post-event reports for the team.
Manage catering and meeting set-ups for events in the EDF offices and for offsite events.
Manage logistical arrangements for meetings and events, both pre-event and on site.
Work with our marketing and communications team to create invitations and other collateral for EDF Climate Corps events.
Work with EDF Climate Corps team to identify internal and external speakers.
Coordinate speaker invitations, preparation and rehearsals for annual training and conference, as well as webinar series.
Coordinate logistics of webinar series using GoToWebinar.
Act as liaison for Climate Corps team, partners and speakers regarding transportation and accommodation for large events.
Work with team to coordinate mail merges and other mass emails for recruiting purposes.
Schedule campus visits, conference attendance, and other recruiting-related events.
Oversee select summer fellowships and ensure successful completion of fellowship deliverables.

We are seeking a highly organized and analytical self-starter with a passion for environmental issues and networking events;
Bachelor's degree in business, economics, environmental studies or relevant field;
2+ years of work experience;
Experience planning and coordinating large events;
Ability to oversee details with high accuracy and juggle multiple tasks in a high-pressure environment;
Exceptional attention to detail and strong organizational skills;
Strong project management skills including demonstrated ability to use independent judgment to plan, prioritize, and organize a diversified workload;
Strong proficiency in the use of PCs, the Microsoft Office suite of software (Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint);
Excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to work with colleagues and partners of varied backgrounds and experience, and excellent ability to build strategic relationships;
Basic knowledge of the business implications of environmental issues, building energy efficiency, and climate and energy policy;
An ability to work both independently and as part of a highly collaborative and geographically dispersed team in a fast-paced, dynamic, and entrepreneurial environment;
Willingness to travel (~10% of the time);
Knowledge of LinkedIn, MailChimp, SharePoint and a plus.
Start date:  As soon as possible
Due to the volume of employment applications and queries received, EDF is unable to respond to each application individually. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected as a candidate.
Environmental Defense Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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