Policy Analyst II, New England Environmental Finance Center

Posted by: Chloe Shields
Post Date: 11/30/2023
Opportunity Type: Job
Organization/Grantor: New England Environmental Finance Center (University of Southern Maine)
Position/Title/Fund: Policy Analyst II
Location: Portland, ME (potential for hybrid work schedule)
Salary: Up to $54,000 commensurate with experience
Deadline: January 7, 2024
Contact Info: Chloe Shields, chloe.f.shields@maine.edu
Description:

The New England Environmental Finance Center (NEEFC) has been building community capacity as a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Environmental Finance Center since 2001, helping states, tribes, local governments, utilities, nonprofits, community-based organizations, and the private sector identify, fund, and finance critical environmental and infrastructure needs. We are based at the University of Southern Maine's Catherine Cutler Institute at the Muskie School of Public Service with offices on the Portland campus. 

The Policy Analyst II will support three areas of work at the NEEFC including a) technical project support across NEEFC’s diverse projects, b) communications and outreach, and c) administrative, budget tracking, reporting and general business support duties. This position will work closely with the NEEFC Director, Deputy Director, Program Managers and other Catherine Cutler Institute staff. The Policy Analyst II will work independently as well as in a team setting that requires close coordination and collaboration with the entire NEEFC team. This role will require occasional travel, largely within New England, and is supported by federal grants.

Responsibilities:

Technical Project Support Across NEEFC’s Portfolio (40%)

NEEFC administers and implements multiple projects across a five different topical and geographic program areas: Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Stormwater and Nutrient Management, Sustainable Operating Practices, Water Infrastructure, and the Southeast New England Program (SNEP) Network. This position will support one or more NEEFC programs and duties may include:

  • Support assessment of training and technical assistance needs to municipalities, tribes and organizations throughout New England.
  • Technical support to the food and beverage industry on recognition program requirements and best management practices.
  • Support climate change resiliency assessments, prioritization, and recommendations for action.
  • Develop funding and financing resources that help communities advance their projects toward implementation.
  • Desk research that contributes to ongoing NEEFC projects.

Communications & Outreach (40%)

  • Develop content for and maintain the NEEFC website (Word Press) and social media accounts.
  • Assist with planning, writing, and disseminating content for external audiences including press releases, email updates, talking points, and other materials.
  • Research and test new means and channels to increase knowledge and awareness of NEEFC program offerings across New England states, tribes, local governments, nonprofits, community-based organizations, and the private sector.
  • Contribute to the production of NEEFC reports, factsheets, case studies, graphics, etc. and their dissemination.
  • Work with NEEFC staff to organize and execute events, workshops, and webinars to provide training and capacity building opportunities and promote NEEFC programs and services. This may include developing content, delivering presentations, and/or facilitate discussion at these events.
  • Track metrics related to communications outreach and engagement (e.g., post-webinar surveys, Google Analytics).
  • Research and help design approaches tailored to communities’ circumstances that consider instances of historic disinvestment and environmental injustice, systemic barriers to participation by vulnerable populations, and how climate change may compound these inequities.

Organization & Administration (20%)

  • Support NEEFC leadership by scheduling meetings, including virtual meeting details and/or conference room booking, and occasional catering needs.
  • Assist NEEFC staff with Concur travel booking and expense reports.
  • General Ledger reconciliation, financial analysis/reports, and budget tracking.
  • Assist with developing budgets and workplans, and subaward and invoice tracking.
  • Manage shared NEEFC OneDrive by creating new project/team folders, cleaning and organizing administrative files, and managing sharing settings with external partners.
  • Participate in NEEFC annual retreats.
  • Additional duties as reasonably assigned.

Qualifications:

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 3+ years of professional experience in communications, marketing, public relations, community engagement, environmental policy/advocacy/management, or another relevant field.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and visual communications skills.
  • The ability to distill complex ideas into accessible and understandable communications in a range of formats.
  • Willingness and ability to travel, largely within New England.

Preferred:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years of professional experience.
  • Experience working with communities, ideally on environmental issues, and familiarity with inclusive engagement strategies.
  • Demonstrated skills in at least some of the following areas: web development, report writing/editing, email marketing and list management, social media, graphic design.
  • Proficiency in additional language(s) beyond English a plus.
How to Apply:

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