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Energy Smart Program -Energy Efficiency Administrative Assistant

The Minnesota Chamber is a statewide organization representing more than 6,300 businesses of all types and sizes – and more than half a million employees – throughout Minnesota. The Chamber works tirelessly for its members; providing one-on-one business services, opportunities to grow their networks and knowledge base, and cultivating an economic environment where businesses stay and grow in our state. A business climate that allows for innovation and forward-thinking leadership will help grow the strength of Minnesota’s economy for generations to come.

Waste Wise and Energy Smart are programs of the Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation a 501(c)3 and an affiliate of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce to promote environmentally sustainable practices to help businesses in 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 Efficiency Administrative Assistant is responsible for coordinating and conducting new business outreach and research, assisting with grant program applications and processing, providing business follow-up support, maintaining program database records, and conducting on-site energy consultations as needed.  

Specific duties include:

  • Engage Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy commercial customers as well as Chamber members through in person and other direct contact outreach
  • In conjunction with the Energy Smart Program Manager, research and identify outreach targets
  • Assist staff with outreach to business groups and associations
  • Schedule site visits for Energy Efficiency Specialists through phone calls, e-mails and collaboration with Chamber member partners. 
  • Assist in the administration of Energy Efficiency Grant Program including data entry, participant tracking, and assisting the Energy Smart team with participant communications 
  • Conduct ongoing follow-up in order to drive businesses to complete energy efficiency improvements
  • Maintain accurate records of business participation and update Salesforce CRM with program results
  • Carry out other tasks as assigned by the Energy Smart team

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree or 1-3 years’ relevant experience in administrative support with a focus on sustainability or nonprofit
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to create and maintain positive working relationships with employees, business owners, utility representatives, Chamber member partners, and others
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Have a basic understanding of commercial electric and natural gas utility energy efficiency programs
  • Exceptionally strong data management, research, and organization skills
  • Computer proficiency including Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe, and Salesforce CRM
  • Able to multi-task and manage several projects simultaneously
  • Vehicle required for travel, will be reimbursed for mileage
  • GIS experience preferred

RELEVANT INFORMATION:
This is a full-time position with benefits and involves some travel within Minnesota. The position reports to the Energy  Smart Program Manager. The deadline to apply is May 7. Submit a cover letter and resume to Katie Klein at kklein@mnchamber.com.

 


Waste Wise Program – Sustainability Specialist

The Minnesota Chamber is a statewide organization representing more than 6,300 businesses of all types and sizes – and more than half a million employees – throughout Minnesota. The Chamber works tirelessly for its members; providing one-on-one business services, opportunities to grow their networks and knowledge base, and cultivating an economic environment where businesses stay and grow in our state. A business climate that allows for innovation and forward-thinking leadership will help grow the strength of Minnesota’s economy for generations to come.

Waste Wise and Energy Smart are programs of Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation (a 501(c)3 non-profit and an affiliate of Minnesota Chamber of Commerce that works to promote environmentally sustainable practices to help businesses in waste reduction, resource conservation, and energy efficiency.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:
The Waste Wise Program Sustainability Specialist is responsible for coordinating and conducting new business outreach and research, conducting on-site waste consultations, providing technical assistance and service follow-up, and maintaining program database. This position is also responsible for providing targeted program services to members of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.

Specific duties include:

  • Engage the Minnesota business community through in-person and other direct contact networking
  • Schedule site visits for the Waste Wise program through phone calls, e-mails, and on-site door knocking
  • Effectively communicate waste reduction, sustainability, energy conservation opportunities
  • Perform on-site consultations to identify and encourage implementation of waste reduction, recycling, and organics diversion opportunities
  • Conduct follow-up in order to drive businesses to complete waste reduction, reuse and recycling projects
  • Maintain accurate records of business participation and promptly update database with program results
  • Conduct waste reduction, reuse, and recycling research as needed
  • Carry out other tasks as assigned by the Waste Wise Program Manager and Program Director

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 1 to 3 years recent experience in business environmental sustainability consulting and business development
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field required
  • Comprehensive knowledge of waste reduction and business environmental sustainability issues
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to create and maintain positive working relationships with employees, owners of small to large businesses, waste hauler representatives, and others
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Bilingual, or experience in cross-cultural engagement, a plus
  • Exceptionally strong data management, research, organization skills
  • Computer proficiency including Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe desktop publishing software
  • Able to multi-task and manage several projects simultaneously
  • Able to think outside of the box and create opportunities out of challenges
  • Vehicle required for travel, will be reimbursed for mileage at the federal rate

RELEVANT INFORMATION:
This is a full-time position with benefits and involves travel within Minnesota. The position reports to the Program Coordinator for Minnesota Waste Wise at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. The deadline to apply is April 30. Submit a cover letter and resume to Katie Klein at kklein@mnchamber.com.