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CBEY Clean Energy Coordinator

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Program Information

Since it was created over a decade ago to be the home of the joint degree community between the School of Management and the School of the Environment, CBEY has also been a center of innovation in programming in clean energy topics and a place for students, faculty, staff, and the public to connect at Yale University.

Examples of such programming include online education programs like the Financing and Deploying Clean Energy program (FDCE), webinar series like the Blueprint for Clean Energy, publications like our Clean Energy Finance Forum or Look to the States series, corporate partnerships like the Avangrid Innovation Partnership, research reporting such as the Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies guidebooks or the Renewable Thermal Alliance reports, case studies like the Connecticut Green Bank case study used at the Aspen Institute International Business & Society Case Competition, work on filling curricular gaps and building new courses like a popular course on project finance or hands-on clinics for clean energy clients, shepherding innovative independent studies with faculty, and developing career resources like the Pathways to Clean Energy Guide and the What The Heck Do I Actually Do conversation series.

As COVID19 put a strain on our community and sense of connectedness, we now seek to more meaningfully connect our work to the rest of the University. A plethora of clean energy programming happens elsewhere at Yale, and we’re looking for an energetic individual who will help us connect our community to other schools, departments, and units, so that we all benefit from each other’s programming, catalyze climate action, better communicate our impact, and share our resources widely.

Position Focus

The main goals of this position are to:

  • deepen Yale’s impact and brand in the field of clean energy and improve the student experience;
  • unearth opportunities for research, teaching, and programming through cross-school collaboration and innovation by creating a Yale-wide Clean Energy Initiative led by schools and departments;
  • support the development and integration of systems that allow for better communication across groups on campus while respecting the differences between groups in our community; and
  • foster the broadening of an engaged community of informed actors who can accelerate the clean energy transition on-campus and online.

This is for you if:

  • You are passionate about clean energy and/or climate change mitigation and believe in the power of Yalies to change the world for the better;
  • You love nothing more than connecting the dots and collaborating with people across academic fields and functions;
  • You are an excellent writer and professional communicator;
  • You are proactive and interested in learning and experimentation;
  • You can work independently, and handle project management efficiently;
  • You are comfortable working in a small team within a large institution, and, like us, believe that no task is too small or too big for you;
  • You are confident and respectful in your interaction with stakeholders, from students, staff, faculty, to external vendors and experts, across functions;
  • You follow through and can adjust your course of action based on feedback;
  • You love people and it shows!

Principal Responsibilities

The Clean Energy Coordinator will (i) lead the design, development, and implementation of the processes and systems that will connect clean energy programming (a) within the Yale School of the Environment and the Yale School of Management (center-based programming, learning communities, student interest groups and clubs, research labs, career development offices, alumni offices, faculty, etc.), (b) the undergraduate community (particularly the Yale Undergraduate Energy Scholars within the Earth and Planetary Sciences department, the Yale Undergraduate Environmental Studies program, and relevant student groups), and (c) other professional or graduate schools, labs, initiatives, and programs in the field of clean energy.

The Clean Energy Coordinator will also (ii) coordinate with other Yale groups to produce or publicize content, events, and opportunities and generally contribute to creating a holistic approach to clean energy programming at CBEY and across Yale, and (iii) support the promotion of the FDCE program as needed.  

The Clean Energy Coordinator’s principal responsibilities are listed below.

Processes and Systems
  • Work in close collaboration with CBEY staff to map clean energy programming across campus and organize stakeholders’ engagement and outreach;
  • Set up a process and schedule for the CBEY team to interview stakeholders and draft a summary of critical needs for all Yale groups so that the proposed structure is best adapted to our diverse community and so that we better understand what we do not yet know about each other;
  • Propose a structure to allow for better communication across groups, with the key goal of maintaining the independence of all groups and cultivating the rich diversity of our community of practice and academic disciplines. This structure will include a pilot platform to bring under one roof all communications from Yale units relating to clean energy events, research opportunities, clean energy and research news, career development activities, lists of available courses, student jobs, partnerships, field trips, social gatherings/networking, and other clean energy programming;
  • Propose funding mechanisms beyond initial CBEY funding sources;
  • Investigate the administrative structure for maintaining the platform and work with Yale Purchasing, Information Technology Services, and the Office of the General Counsel, as required, to finalize contracting at an enterprise level;
  • Propose adoption mechanisms, including investigating and proposing how such platform can be folded into student orientation events during a pilot year;
  • Design and implement an evaluation plan, including user satisfaction surveys;
  • Evaluate CBEY’s public-facing websites and propose how they will integrate with the new platform, in collaboration with the CBEY staff in charge of the Center’s communication;
Clean Energy Programming Coordination and Creation
  • Collaborate widely across campus to develop and publicize external-facing content, events, and opportunities, and more generally contribute to creating a holistic approach to clean energy programming at CBEY and across Yale, to elevate Yale’s brand in the clean energy field;
  • Propose, design, and implement with student teams and CBEY staff/faculty other means by which to engage the clean energy community Yale-wide and externally, including the creation of an annual clean energy conference with a focus on topics straddling the public and private sector divide, and highlighting Yale-initiated research on technology, policy, and finance;
  • Support the development of new courses on clean energy at Yale with faculty, either online or on-campus, by providing administrative support and connecting faculty and staff;
  • Support the development of strategic partnerships for CBEY, including sourcing scholarships for online courses and coordinating and/or developing new fellowships in collaboration with CBEY staff;
  • Continue embedding the online FDCE community into clean energy programming at CBEY, with the goal to create value for FDCE participants and to maximize the impact of a program focused on skills development for this audience of working professionals;
Marketing and Communications on Networks
  • Support the marketing and promotion activities of the FDCE program to ensure we reach critical audiences and maximize the impact of the program;
  • Contribute to the creation of content such as participant spotlights, opeds, and material to be featured in newsletters, on the CBEY site, or in the Clean Energy Finance Forum, including storytelling (written and multimedia) on CBEY’s approach to fostering and supporting purpose-driven networks;
  • Create and execute a communication strategy on how this network-based approach to leadership is well-suited to address complex global sustainability challenges; and
  • Capture and disseminate the frameworks and approaches to building networks at CBEY (e.g., Clean Energy, Entrepreneurship, Conservation Finance, etc.).

Required Education & Experience

Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, environmental management, business management or higher

Required Licenses or Certifications

None

Required Qualifications

  1. A strong passion for and interest in multidisciplinary climate change mitigation strategies, environmental education, online education and world-class teaching;
  2. An inclusive and flexible approach to collaborating with a wide range of individuals, i.e., tenured and practitioner faculty at Yale, core staff at CBEY, key staff from different units across Yale;
  3. Experience with stakeholders’ engagement and the deployment of administrative processes;
  4. Exceptional administrative, planning, organizational and project management skills with proven ability to organize and prioritize work with group/people that do not report to them;
  5. Some familiarity with web development;
  6. Ability to guide, supervise and coach student project teams;
  7. Superior writing, editing, communication and interpersonal skills; and
  8. Strong time management skills and proven ability to work as part of a team as well as independently.

Required Skills

  1. Demonstrated experience in the clean energy sector (either through directly relevant professional experience or through significant coursework);
  2. Demonstrated experience coordinating work across units, functions, and departments;
  3. Demonstrated experience writing and communicating to the public;
  4. Ease of use of information technology systems (websites, online platforms, social media), and ability to translate community needs into processes and systems;
  5. Event planning.

Preferred Qualifications (Education, Experience) & Skills

In addition to the required qualifications and skills above, the ideal candidate for this position has:

  • An MESc or MEM from the Yale School of the Environment, or MBA from the Yale School of Management; and
  • Experience working with complex partnerships in decentralized networks.

Preferred Licenses or Certifications

None

Job Location and Duration

New Haven, CT, but remote until August 2021, depending on directions from Yale University Leadership and CBEY protocols still being developed. This is initially a two-year duration with an opportunity for renewal based on program performance.

Physical Requirements

  • Able to sit at desk and concentrate on detail-oriented tasks for several hours at a time
  • Able to take meetings, either in person (COVID allowing) or on Zoom for several hours at a time
  • Able to accompany guests who are walking across campus