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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

Operations Associate

Urban Green Council is looking for a professional, detail-oriented Operations Associate to support  HR, Administration, IT, and Finance activities of its 15-person organization that works to transform buildings for a sustainable future in New York City and around the world.

Reporting to the Operations Manager, the Operations Associate will play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of the organization. In addition, the Associate will be responsible for supporting Urban Green’s CEO with scheduling, meeting planning, research and basic email communications. 

This will be a largely remote position, but will require regular visits to the Urban Green office for select tasks and meetings. All Urban Green staff are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. 

The person who will best succeed in this role:

  • Has a can-do attitude and will help ensure staff have everything they need to succeed. They are a problem-solver and are interested in supporting colleagues and the Urban Green community by answering questions and addressing issues big and small. 
  • Is a systems thinker who has a passion for creating and maintaining efficient processes and wants to make an impact on the internal operations of an organization. 
  • Is a people person with a customer service orientation who loves working with others and has a strong interest in growing as an operations professional.
  • Loves managing details and can keep track of projects across different functional areas. They can connect the dots between day to day tasks and the larger departmental goals and Urban Green mission. 

A few other qualities we are looking for include:

  • Experience planning and facilitating meetings, or a strong interest in developing this skill.
  • Experience working with stakeholders at all levels of an organization internally and externally and can use discretion as needed.
  • Interest in learning about recruitment and hiring practices and dedication to nurturing positive organizational culture. 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and the ability to convey complex processes in a clear and concise manner. Experience supporting the rollout of department- or organization wide-systems is a plus.
  • Tech-savvy. Proficient in Microsoft Office,Google Apps, and Mac products with a proven track record of  quickly learning new platforms and applications. Experience with Salesforce or Quickbooks is a plus. 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Human Resources:

  • Supporting the recruitment of Urban Green interns and staff by posting jobs, screening applications, corresponding with recruitment partners, and representing Urban Green at career fairs. 
  • Managing Urban Green’s internship program including annual budget,  onboarding, orientation, engagement, and professional development.
  • Leading staff engagement efforts including Culture Committee meetings, Professional Development Committee meetings, and all related activities to support a positive organizational culture and climate.
    • Working with the Operations Manager to execute Urban Green’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion action plan and liaise with external DEI consultants to help develop actionable goals.

Administration:

  • Serving as the main point of contact for the CEO’s schedule for both internal and external meetings, events, and programming. Working with other departments to ensure any updates to programs and events are reflected on his calendar.
  • Sending emails and corresponding with external stakeholders as the CEO’s representative. 
  • Assisting the CEO with administrative support on an as-needed basis. 
  • Monitoring Urban Green’s general contact email inbox and main phone line, responding to requests, and forwarding calls and messages as needed. 
  • Supporting the Operations Manager in all phases of Urban Green’s in-person staff meetings and events including planning, prep, execution, catering, and clean up. Supporting other departments in-person office needs.
  • Managing inventory of office supplies and placing orders as needed and ensuring the Urban Green office space meets staff needs. 
  • Serving as the main point of contact with building management for issues related to the Urban Green office space. 

IT:

  • Providing basic IT support and troubleshooting assistance to staff (setting up accounts, installing software, assisting staff with IT inquiries, ordering and setting up new equipment etc.)
  • Supporting IT planning for Urban Green by liaising with external IT consultants regarding cybersecurity measures and technology upgrades.
  • Ensuring Urban Green’s data disaster recovery plan is up to date. 
  • Providing A/V support for large in-person and hybrid meetings at the Urban Green office. 
  • Maintaining office equipment and troubleshooting as needed (copier, printer, video conferencing tools, etc.)

Finance:

  • Processing incoming donations by depositing checks and documenting all payment details in our Salesforce database. 
  • Managing petty cash, completing monthly credit card reports, and ensuring proper documentation is collected for both. 
  • Submitting expense requests for incoming invoices and supporting monthly close procedures.
  • Managing annual office supplies budget.
  • Supporting Urban Green’s annual Audit process. 

Benefits and Compensation:

The salary range for this position is $45,000 to $50,000. 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 Years 
  • 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. 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement

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.

Urban Green’s 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.
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.

Fundraising Intern: Summer/Fall 2022

Urban Green Council is looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual passionate about contributing to the growing green building movement. 

The Fundraising Intern will assist with development projects and events 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 is a 6-month internship—the term will run from June 6 through December 16. 

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

Key Responsibilities

  • Help organize and maintain Salesforce, our donor database, including data entry and reporting
  • Assist with fundraising and membership correspondence
  • Assist with event planning and execution, including our annual gala 
  • Conduct research on funding prospects
  • Help manage volunteers for events 
  • Work on special projects as required

Required Qualifications/Skills

  • Currently enrolled in a degree program
  • Interest in and understanding of green building and environmental issues
  • Exceptional communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • Proactive with a strong work ethic
  • Ability to work well both independently and as a member of a team
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Additional Skills (optional but preferred)

  • Background in community engagement or fundraising
  • Experience with event planning
  • Familiarity with CRM Software (Salesforce preferred)

Compensation

Interns are expected to work 15-18 hours per week and are paid $15/hour. This is a 6 month internship– the term will run from Jun 6 through Dec 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.