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Senior Communications Director

Waste Wise & Energy Smart Program Intern

Energy Efficiency Specialist


Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Senior Communications Director
The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is a 501c(6) statewide advocacy organization representing 2,300 businesses and over 500,000 employees across Minnesota. We advocate on a broad array of business issues that affect businesses’ bottom line. Advocacy includes legislative representation at the state capitol, state agencies and the Public Utilities Commission, as well as individual business assistance through our Grow MN! business retention and assistance program. Events and sponsorship programming support our advocacy and membership representation and service. Additional information is available at https://www.mnchamber.com.

Job Description
The senior communications director will lead statewide strategic communications development and execution for the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and its affiliate programs. The senior communications director will manage communications staff and report to the Chamber’s senior vice president, advocacy.

Essential Job Duties
Responsible for the overall communications direction both via traditional and social media channels for the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce including:

  • Develop overall media strategy that will advance the Chamber’s objectives and statewide image. Develop communications plans relating to Chamber policy positions, state legislative matters, state economic issues, direct service programs, organization news, events and announcements.
  • Aggressively and pro-actively identify opportunities to publicize the organization, its policy recommendations, programs and events to build our reputation as the “voice of business” across various media channels.
  • Lead media relations efforts related to Minnesota Chamber’s image, reputation and brand. Identifies spokespersons for media inquiries, identify speaking and other communications opportunities for Chamber president and leadership.
  • Develop materials used to reach and obtain new members, stir discussion, and drive traffic to Chamber website and social media platforms. Creative, dynamic writing and proven visual media skills are critical.
  • Manage preparation of press releases with SEO links on behalf of the Minnesota Chamber and distribute them to the media.
  • Manage and further develop strong and consistent media relations to place commentaries on major issues, pitch story ideas and coordinate meetings of key staff and chamber officers with editorial boards on an ongoing basis.
  • Manage production of high quality, informative communications as a benefit to the membership including promoting chamber events, newsletters, niche e-mails including those directed to small businesses and specific industry sectors, and other communications as directed.
  • Produce talking points and scripts for events. Assist with preparation of dynamic, Chamber branded presentation materials.
  • Serve as the Minnesota Chamber’s public spokesperson as directed.
  • Oversee Web content. Oversee the Minnesota Chamber’s messaging and presence in social media.
  • Serve as a resource for local chambers in media relations.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and relevant experience required; 3-5 years communications, media, marketing and/ or public relations experience.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills. Proficiency in MS Office Suite.
  • Appreciation for and understanding of the needs of a statewide, diverse, member-driven organization. Understanding of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce’s mission, vision, and policy positions.
  • Ability to work on deadline and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Knowledge of economic and public policy issues.
  • Professional demeanor; ability to respond to inquiries from the media and general public, and ensure timely response by appropriate staff member.

Please submit materials to Maria Larson, Public Policy Assistant, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, mlarson@mnchamber.com

Waste Wise & Energy Smart Program Intern

Waste Wise and Energy Smart are programs of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. The programs work in close partnership with the Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation (a 501(c)3 non-profit affiliate of the Chamber) to promote environmentally sustainable practices to help businesses save money through waste reduction, resource conservation and energy efficiency.

Position description:
The Waste Wise and Energy Smart Program Intern is responsible for a broad range of duties including program outreach, site visit follow-up and program implementation, and maintaining program data base. This position supports the Director and will include a variety of other tasks to help Waste Wise and Energy Smart achieve contract for service goals.

Specific Duties:

  1. Survey targeted entities through direct contact outreach to evaluate opportunities and barriers
  2. Complete site visit follow-up research and other related activities
  3. Maintain accurate records of follow-up activity and update database accordingly
  4. Create monthly outreach, program service and other activity reports as needed
  5. Assist with program communications
  6. Work on and potentially lead special projects
  7. Carry out other tasks as assigned by the Director of Environmental Sustainability Programs

Qualifications:

  1. Preferred 2+ years' experience working in business development and high touch customer service with focus on environmental sustainability issues
  2. Bachelor's degree with related coursework that includes communications, business, environmental studies, or related
  3. Computer proficiency with emphasis on data management tools including Salesforce and Excel
  4. Strong oral and written communication skills
  5. Strong research background with the ability to accurately gather relevant information and communicate it appropriately and effectively
  6. Able to multi-task and manage several projects simultaneously
  7. Vehicle is required for travel, will be reimbursed for mileage
  8. Interest in and commitment to the mission of the Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation
  9. Able to think out of the box and create opportunities out of challenges

Relevant Information:
This is a full-time paid temporary position with the potential for a full-time permanent position with benefits. The position includes parking and may involve travel throughout the Twin Cities Metro area. Send application materials to jcurran@mnchamber.com. Position is open until filled.


Energy Efficiency Specialist

Waste Wise and Energy Smart are programs of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. The programs work in close partnership with the Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation (a 501(c)3 non-profit affiliate of the Chamber) to promote environmentally sustainable practices to help businesses save money through waste reduction, resource conservation and energy efficiency. Waste Wise and Energy Smart provide the resources necessary to assist businesses with environmental sustainability programs and initiatives.

Position description:
The Energy Smart Program Energy Efficiency Specialist is responsible for coordinating and conducting new business outreach and research, conducting on-site energy consultations, maintaining program database, providing Energy Star building benchmarking services and assisting other program staff as needed.Specific duties include:

  1. Engage the Minnesota business community through in person and other direct contact networking
  2. In conjunction with the Energy Smart Program Manager, research and identify outreach targets
  3. Coordinate outreach communication with business groups and associations
  4. Schedule site visits for the Energy Smart program through phone calls, e-mails, and on-site door-knocking
  5. Conduct on-site energy consultations to identify and encourage implementation of energy efficiency and conservation opportunities
  6. Know and effectively communicate the details of commercial electric and natural gas utility programs
  7. Conduct ongoing follow-up in order to drive businesses to complete waste reduction, reuse and recycling projects
  8. Maintain accurate records of business participation and update database with program results
  9. Carry out other tasks as assigned by the Senior Energy Efficiency Specialist and the Program Director

Qualifications:

  1. 3 – 5 years recent experience in business energy efficiency consulting and business development
  2. Comprehensive knowledge of energy efficiency opportunities and equipment technology
  3. Strong inter-personal skills and the ability to create and maintain positive working relationships with employees, owners of small to large businesses, utility representatives and others
  4. Strong oral and written communication skills
  5. Exceptionally strong data management, research, organization skills
  6. Computer proficiency including Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe desktop publishing software
  7. Able to multi-task and manage several projects simultaneously
  8. Able to think outside of the box and create opportunities out of challenges
  9. Vehicle required for travel, will be reimbursed for mileage

Relevent information:This is a full-time with benefits. The position includes benefits and involves travel within Minnesota. The position reports to the Director of Environmental Sustainability at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. Send application materials to Jill Curran at jcurran@mnchamber.com or 651.292.4653.