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About Urban Green

Urban Green’s mission is to transform buildings for a sustainable future in New York City and around the world. We help develop cutting-edge policy, educate a broad range of professionals, and research solutions that drive policy and best practices nationally and globally. By working with both the public and private sectors, we leverage our effectiveness.

We are always looking for passionate green building professionals to join our team, and add new job and internship opportunities throughout the year. If you would like to stay updated as positions become available, please sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Our Values

Urban Green uses the values below to guide our work. Our staff ensures these values are at the forefront of everything we do. 

  • Excellence: We strive for innovative high-quality programs and ideas.
  • Inclusion: The diverse voices and backgrounds of our employees, board of directors, members and partners make us stronger.
  • Collaboration: We believe consensus delivers better solutions and teamwork is essential to our success. 
  • Engagement: We promote a culture of performance, participation and curiosity.

Benefits

Urban Green values the well-being of our staff and is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits package, which includes the following:

  • 100% employee coverage for medical and dental 
  • 401k with 4% employer match
  • 15 vacation days in your first year, 8 paid holidays and 2 personal days
  • Office closure between Christmas and New Years 
  • Early closure on Fridays during the summer
  • 100% employee coverage for Life, Short Term and Long Term disability insurance 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion 

Urban Green is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability status or any other applicable characteristics protected by law. We celebrate diversity and are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills.

Our staff is dedicated to continually advancing diversity, equity and inclusion within our organization and the green building community at large. Visit our DEI Action Plan page to learn more about this initiative.

Current Job Postings

Development Manager

The mission of Urban Green Council is to decarbonize buildings for healthy and resilient communities. We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic Development Manager to manage key fundraising activities. The manager will be responsible for helping develop and execute an annual fundraising plan, and managing corporate memberships, foundation and government grants, our annual gala, individual gifts, and special campaigns.

Reporting to the Senior Director of Communications and Development, the Development Manager will be responsible for executing Urban Green’s fundraising priorities and managing the Development Coordinator.

This will be a largely remote position, but will be required to be onsite for special events and meetings in the New York City area. All Urban Green staff are required to be fully vaccinated and boosted against Covid-19. 

A person who will succeed in this role:

  • Excels at thinking creatively on how to reach and engage our diverse supporter base including corporations, foundations and individual members.
  • Has strong written and interpersonal communication skills and enjoys interacting with external stakeholders and developing fundraising proposals of $100k or more.
  • Is detail-oriented and has the ability to accurately track supporter communications, revenue, and next steps for engagement.
  • Effectively collaborates and coordinates with program staff on fundraising projects, especially foundation and government grants.

A few other qualities we are looking for include:

  • Thorough understanding of and enthusiasm for Urban Green’s mission and priorities, and the ability to convey this knowledge in a compelling way in written and verbal communication with partners, donors, and members.
  • At least seven years of fundraising experience.
  • Prior experience cultivating, recruiting, and managing corporate donors, ideally in the NYC real estate, design and construction sectors. 
  • Experience in the environmental nonprofit sector, especially foundation and government funding. 
  • Experience working with Salesforce or a similar CRM database.

Key Responsibilities

  • In coordination with the CEO and Sr. Director of Development and Communications, develops and executes a fundraising plan with clear financial goals and milestones.
  • In coordination with the Sr. Director of Development and Communications cultivates and maintains positive relationships with current and potential organizational and individual donors and foundations.
  • Oversees organizational and individual membership programs and cultivation including prospect research, proposal customization and presentation, and follow-ups. 
  • Supervises Development Coordinator, who manages day-to-day organizational membership and fundraising events including quarterly Member Receptions, special donor events and the annual Gala.
  • Collaborates with the education team to grow earned revenue and provide streamlined communication to partners.
  • Works with operations team to provide monthly and annual fundraising reporting, reconciliation, cash flow, and income projections.
  • Manages foundation and government grant application research and submission.
  • Develops communication materials supporting fundraising activities.

Benefits and Compensation

The salary range for this position is $70,000 to $75,000. Offers will be made commensurate to experience. Benefits include:

  • 100% employee coverage for medical and dental 
  • 401k with 4% employer match
  • 15 vacation days in the first year, 8 paid holidays, and 2 personal days
  • Office closure between Christmas and New Year 
  • Early closure on Fridays during the summer
  • 100% employee coverage for Life, Short Term and Long Term disability insurance 

How to Apply

If you are interested in this position, please fill out this application form. After submitting your application, you can expect to hear from our hiring team regarding their decision within a few weeks. You may reach out to jobs@urbangreencouncil.org with any questions, but applications received by email will not be reviewed.

Instructor: GPRO Construction Management

The shift to low-carbon, energy-efficient construction is gaining momentum. These projects require an understanding of new technologies in building systems, and extra coordination across disciplines. GPRO Construction Management teaches construction professionals the specific and actionable strategies needed to integrate sustainability practices into their everyday work. This course is designed to show practitioners what they need to know at every phase of construction, and how to avoid common mistakes.

Urban Green Council is looking for GPRO Construction Management Instructors who are passionate about reducing energy use in the building industry. Using Urban Green’s proven curriculum and training materials, GPRO instructors help construction staff think differently about their day-to-day work, with the goal of making buildings healthier and more sustainable. These are part-time contractor positions paid on an hourly basis.

ABOUT THE COURSE

This course is designed for busy construction professionals. Participants take a one-day classroom training (in person or virtually) and then finish the course by selecting three hours of elective content that is most relevant to their work. Participants will leave this course with practical steps to achieve successful, sustainable, and cost-effective projects.

INSTRUCTOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Create an engaging and dynamic classroom experience
  • Teach material from approved curriculum, including course PowerPoint slides and customized classroom exercises
  • Prepare for, and deliver, GPRO CM training in line with established training standards while being mindful of different learning styles, making adjustments when needed
  • Motivate students to actively participate in all aspects of the educational process and answer questions throughout the course
  • Debrief with Urban Green staff regularly to provide feedback on training sessions
  • Participate in instructor recertification webinars, surveys and calls to stay up-to-date with curriculum
  • Stay up-to-date with current practices and continually improve knowledge and understanding of the field
  • Prepare and submit required documentation following courses, including, but not limited to, sign-in sheets and student evaluations

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 7-8 years minimum professional and practical experience working in building construction and or equivalent. Relevant jobs include: construction managers, general contractors, experienced tradesperson, project managers and site superintendents
  • A passion for sustainability, knowledge of high-performance building practices, and willingness to learn more about the latest sustainability trends
  • Enthusiasm for teaching and a sensitivity to student needs and interests
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Proactive, diligent, flexible, enthusiastic and creative
  • Detail-oriented and able to work independently
  • Able to teach using ample real-world experience
  • Available to attend required training sessions held by Urban Green
  • Availability to teach classes during the workweek, as needed
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Google products and video conferencing platforms (PowerPoint, Word, and Excel; Google Slides; Zoom Meeting or GoToTraining)

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience as a trainer or in presenting technical information in a group setting
  • Experience teaching adults

To apply, please complete the application form and submit a resume and cover letter through the link.

If your application is selected, you will be required to participate in GPRO CM Instructor Training at no cost to you, but not paid. You must first pass the Instructor Training in order to become certified. This is a part-time contractor position that is available based on training needs.

ABOUT GPRO

GPRO is a comprehensive national training and certificate program that teaches the people who maintain, build, and renovate buildings the principles of sustainability combined with job-specific high-performance construction knowledge. Since its inception in 2010, over 16,000 building professionals and tradespeople across North America have become GPRO Certificate Holders.

Communications Intern: Fall 2022

Urban Green Council, a non-profit organization working to advance sustainability in the urban built environment, has an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual passionate about contributing to the growing green building movement. 

The Communications Intern will assist with communications and design projects as part of Urban Green’s external relations. Candidates should be able to take on multiple projects and work independently with flexibility, enthusiasm and good humor. 

This position is subsidized through the NYSERDA Clean Energy Internship Program. Students must meet all NYSERDA eligibility requirements listed at the bottom of this job description in order to be considered. 

This position will be largely remote but will require occasional visits to the Urban Green office for select tasks and meetings. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Curate and schedule content for social media and the Urban Green website.
  • Manage web page analytics and tracking. 
  • Assist with tasks related to Urban Green’s new website build, including reviewing and transferring content.
  • Assist with graphic design and video production.
  • Assist with editing and post-production work on videos for online courses about various green building topics.

Required Qualifications/Skills

  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Currently enrolled in a degree program (graduate or undergraduate); communications,   marketing, design and/or environmental field of study preferred.
  • Interest in green building and environmental issues.
  • Interest in developing and promoting video content.
  • Exceptional communication and organizational skills.
  • Proactive with a strong work ethic.
  • Ability to work well both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects.
  • Motivated to learn and develop new skills.

Additional Skills (optional)

  • Background in communications or marketing.
  • Experience working in Adobe Suites (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, etc.)
  • Experience drafting and scheduling social media posts.

NYSERDA Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the Clean Energy Internship Program, you must be at least one of the following:

  • A New York State resident currently attending any college or university, regardless of location;
  • An out-of-state student currently attending a college or university located in New York State;
  • A New York State resident who is 16 to 24 years of age participating in a work preparedness training program such as Board of Cooperative Educational Service (BOCES), technical high schools, AmeriCorps NCC, the Excelsior Conservation AmeriCorps, etc.; or
  • New York State resident military veteran

You must also meet these eligibility requirements:

  • Must reside in New York State (not Long Island), and within commute distance of downtown Manhattan, for the duration of the internship term
  • Must not have held another internship through the NYSERDA program
  • Must be currently enrolled in a degree-granting program in Spring 2022

Compensation

Fall interns are expected to work 15-18 hours per week for 14 weeks and are paid $15/hour. The internship term will run from September 12 through December 16. All Urban Green interns are extended complimentary invitations to Urban Green educational programs and events. They will also receive a one-year Urban Green membership upon completion of their internship.  

How To Apply

Please fill out this application form. You may reach out to jobs@urbangreencouncil.org with any questions, but applications received by email will not be reviewed.

Education Development Intern: Fall 2022

Urban Green Council is looking for a motivated and enthusiastic individual that is passionate about using education to tackle climate change and improve the built environment. 

The Education Development Intern will assist in creating training materials for Urban Green’s flagship education programs: Crushing the Energy Code and GPRO: Green Professional Building Skills. Our classes teach architects, engineers, construction workers and building operators essential information about green building. Candidates should be able to take on multiple projects and work independently with flexibility, enthusiasm, and good humor. This position will provide broad exposure to ideas at the forefront of urban sustainability and the opportunity to positively impact the future of New York City.

This position is subsidized through the NYSERDA Clean Energy Internship Program. Students must meet all NYSERDA eligibility requirements listed at the bottom of this job description in order to be considered. 

This position will be largely remote, but will require regular visits to the Urban Green office for select tasks and meetings.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop creative ways to engage learners online 
  • Create graphics and video content for course materials 
  • Research green building topics to inform curriculum development
  • Draft and format presentation slides, handouts, etc. 
  • Aid with other administrative tasks as needed

Required Qualifications/Skills

  • Exceptional communication and organizational skills
  • Motivated to learn and think creatively 
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Suite applications
  • Ability to work well both independently and as a member of a team
  • Enrolled in a degree-granting program (graduate or undergraduate)
  • Interest in education, environmental policy, building design and construction

NYSERDA Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the Clean Energy Internship Program, you must be at least one of the following:

  • A New York State resident currently attending any college or university, regardless of location;
  • An out-of-state student currently attending a college or university located in New York State;
  • A New York State resident who is 16- to 24-years of age participating in a work preparedness training program such as Board of Cooperative Educational Service (BOCES), technical high schools, AmeriCorps NCC, the Excelsior Conservation AmeriCorps, etc.; or
  • New York State resident military veteran

You must also meet these eligibility requirements:

  • Must reside in New York State (not Long Island), and within commute distance of downtown Manhattan, for the duration of the internship term
  • Must not have held another internship through the NYSERDA program
  • Must be currently enrolled in a degree-granting program in Fall 2022

Compensation

Summer interns are expected to work 15-18 hours per week for 14 weeks and are paid $15/hour. The internship term will run from September 12 to December 16. All Urban Green interns are extended complimentary invitations to Urban Green educational programs and events. They will also receive a one-year Urban Green membership upon completion of their internship.   

How To Apply

Please fill out this application form. You may reach out to jobs@urbangreencouncil.org with any questions, but applications received by email will not be reviewed. 

Organizational Values

  • Excellence: We strive for innovative high-quality programs and ideas.
  • Inclusion: The diverse voices and backgrounds of our employees, board of directors, members, and partners make us stronger.
  • Collaboration: We believe consensus delivers better solutions and teamwork is essential to our success. 
  • Engagement: We promote a culture of performance, participation, and curiosity.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Urban Green Council is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability status, or any other applicable characteristics protected by law. We celebrate diversity and are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. People from all diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Research Intern: Fall 2022

Urban Green Council has an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual passionate about contributing to the growing green building movement. 

Urban Green is seeking a self-motivated and highly capable Research Intern for the fall to help the Research Department tackle climate change by driving green building progress in New York. Urban Green Council works at the front edge of building sustainability and energy efficiency research. We focus on energy use in NYC to uncover trends and solutions needed to dramatically cut carbon emissions now. One of our main research focuses for 2022 is analyzing the employment and economic impact of NYC’s building emissions law, Local Law 97. This analysis will be an extension of previous work we've done on the potential employment and output impacts of the law.

Urban Green’s Research Department helps shape industry and government policy by framing discourse on essential elements of deep carbon reduction and other key energy efficiency and renewable energy issues. Examples include our report Grid Ready, Going Electric and the annual NYC Energy and Water Use Report on LL84 and LL87. 

The Research Intern will support the Research Department’s ongoing projects with tasks related to report production, data analysis and visualization and administrative support. Candidates should be able to take on multiple projects and work independently with flexibility, attention to detail, and creativity. The position will provide broad exposure to ideas at the forefront of urban sustainability and the opportunity to positively impact the future of New York City.

This position is subsidized through the NYSERDA Clean Energy Internship Program. Students must meet all NYSERDA eligibility requirements listed at the bottom of this job description in order to be considered. 

This position will be largely remote but will require regular visits to the Urban Green office for select tasks and meetings.

Key Responsibilities

  • Research and analyze issues related to Urban Green’s initiatives, including building energy benchmarking, building electrification and environmental justice.
  • Examine raw data and perform query analyses.
  • Communicate ideas simply and effectively through writing
  • Attend meetings and take notes to distill key takeaways.
  • Perform administrative tasks as required.
  • Volunteer at Urban Green events.

Required Qualifications/Skills

  • Master’s Degree or PhD (in process). We will consider Bachelor’s Degree students in their last two years of study
  • Strong interest in and understanding of green building, energy efficiency, climate change and environmental issues.
  • Proactive with a strong work ethic.
  • Detail-oriented, able to work independently on multiple tasks.
  • Proficient in R.
  • Some experience with research, analysis, statistics, and data management 

Additional Skills (optional but preferred):

  • Background in architecture, economics, engineering, data science or construction

NYSERDA Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the Clean Energy Internship Program, you must be at least one of the following:

  • A New York State resident currently attending any college or university, regardless of location;
  • An out-of-state student currently attending a college or university located in New York State;
  • A New York State resident who is 16 to 24 years of age participating in a work preparedness training program such as Board of Cooperative Educational Service (BOCES), technical high schools, AmeriCorps NCC, the Excelsior Conservation AmeriCorps, etc.; or
  • New York State resident military veteran

You must also meet these eligibility requirements:

  • Must reside in New York State (not Long Island), and within commute distance of downtown Manhattan, for the duration of the internship term
  • Must not have held another internship through the NYSERDA program
  • Must be currently enrolled in a degree-granting program in Fall 2021

Compensation

Fall interns are expected to work 15-18 hours per week for 14 weeks and are paid $15/hour. The internship term will run from September 13 through December 17. All Urban Green interns are extended complimentary invitations to Urban Green educational programs and events. They will also receive a one-year Urban Green membership upon completion of their internship.   

How To Apply

Please complete this application form. If you have any questions, you can reach out to jobs@urbangreencouncil.org.