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Job Posting: Program Coordinator


STAR Communities is seeking a Program Coordinator to work with the organization’s Program Team. Our Program Team consists of sustainability professionals that are involved in supporting cities, towns and counties as they engage with and pursue certification in the STAR Community Rating System. The team is responsible for recruitment and retention; delivery of education and training programs; development of publications, both technical and promotional; event planning; PR and marketing support; and coordinating technical and implementation assistance offerings.

This is a full-time position that includes STAR Communities’ competitive benefits package and is based in Washington, DC. Well-qualified candidates working remotely will be considered.

Program Coordinator Job Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Executive Director, the successful candidate will be involved in the following tasks:

  • Responsible for liaison function to a set of STAR Member Communities, as defined by the Community Engagement Manager and Operations & Member Relations Manager;
  • Designs technical and implementation assistance packages for use by STAR Member Communities;
  • Supports communities directly as they engage in technical and/or implementation assistance, including attendance at in-person trainings, meetings, conferences and/or workshops;
  • Responsible for writing case studies and evaluative reports that share best practices from set of communities;
  • Coordinates an annual program of webinars and trainings geared toward STAR Member Communities;
  • Helps to maintain web content, monthly newsletters, and social media;
  • Provides technical content leadership in at least 2 of the rating systems goals areas, with an emphasis on the built environment and health and safety;
  • Monitors progress and communicates status regularly to Program Team managers and the Executive Director;
  • Supports program planning and coordination responsibilities for events and workshops;
  • Researches and drafts proposals to solicit resources to support the Program Team’s efforts, as assigned; and
  • Maintains an active knowledge of developments in the fields of urban sustainability, climate protection, resilience and the impact of local governments on progress in these areas.

Qualifications & Requirements

Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) in a field of study related to one or more of the following specialties: Planning (urban/transportation/community/environmental); Management or Public Administration; Geography, Sociology, Public Policy or Economics; Sustainability Science

  • Minimum 1-2 years direct professional experience working with local governments; experience with local government sustainability initiatives preferred.
  • Knowledge of current urban sustainability trends and topics, such as health equity, infrastructure planning, climate resilience, food policy, district energy, behavior change, and social engagement.
  • Ability to read, understand and interpret trend line data, planning documents, zoning maps, formal city policies and land use maps.

Other Desired Skills and Qualifications

  • Experience working in or with the local government sector;
  • Excellent organizational and verbal communication skills;
  • Experience in performance management or performance based budgeting desired;
  • Experience with web design and social media;
  • Excellent writing and communication skills with strong attention to detail;
  • Understanding of technical aspects of sustainability and strategies required;
  • Ability to manage multiple priority projects in a fast-paced, decentralized professional environment, while maintaining a positive attitude; and
  • Ability to interact effectively and collaboratively with elected and appointed officials, volunteers, technical experts, partner organizations, board members and fellow STAR Communities’ staff members.

Compensation: The salary range for this position is from $45,000 to $55,000/annually with a competitive and generous benefits package included.

Location: This job is based in Washington, DC. Well-qualified candidates working remotely will be considered.

To Apply: To apply, submit a brief cover letter, resume or CV that details your related experience, qualifications, and availability.

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The application deadline for priority consideration is April 13, 2015. Position will be filled and begin work on or around May 2015. No phone calls please.

STAR Communities is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, people of color, veterans, and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

One thought on “Job Posting: Program Coordinator

This is an attractive job description for what appears to be a fantastic program. I am happy to see this as Texas & Kansas (my current homes) struggle with these issues.

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