Strategic Energy Innovations

Nonprofit Leadership (Green Facilities) Fellow

Job Summary


Strategic Energy Innovations


Energy Efficiency/Conservation




Full Time





Close Date:



Stipend at a rate equivalent to $17,500 - $21,000 over a 12-month period


Not Applicable




Summer 2013 – Summer 2014

Strategic Energy Innovations

San Rafael CA


Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI) is seeking a dedicated individual who is passionate about working in the non-profit sector, to provide a year of service as a full-time, paid fellow for a cutting edge organization focused on designing innovative solutions to address community climate, energy and resource efficiency goals.  SEI’s Nonprofit Leadership Fellow will have the opportunity to work directly with our Executive Director, in addition to working in one or more of our primary program areas (Eco-Smart Education, Green Housing, and Sustainable Communities,) depending on candidate background/ interests and our need for project development and support.  This is a full-time (approximately 12-month) paid position, based out of our San Rafael, Marin County Office.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with an intended summer (July) start date (exact dates will be negotiated).  This position offers exceptional training, professional development and exposure in the areas of climate/energy sustainability and non-profit fundraising/ management.


About SEI And our Programs

We are a Marin County-based non-profit organization with a 15-year history, dedicated to actions that sustain our planet.  SEI creates green communities by designing sustainability programs around four key sectors that make up the foundation of all communities: education, housing, government, and the workforce. Due to our understanding of the many facets of sustainability, we are able to see the big picture and pinpoint opportunities to help communities reach their goals, reduce their consumption of natural resources and enjoy quantifiable savings.  Our staff works within teams to support each other on projects and to creatively develop new and effective models.  For more information about SEI’s programs visit our website at


Fellowship Benefits

·      Hands-on experience working onsite and from our office to green the facilities, staff practices and programs at a client’s campus/ property

·      Support or team’s work on technical climate/ sustainable energy projects (as candidate interests & schedule permits)

·      Team-based grant writing and proposal development

·      Work on special projects under direction of SEI’s Executive Director

·      Commitment to regular (once a month on average) professional training

·      Career coaching throughout the fellowship and end-of-fellowship career search support

·      Formal goal setting and periodic performance reviews/ feedback

Support Areas and Associated Responsibilities

This fellow will work on planning and implementing cutting edge resource efficiency programs, with exposure to program design, fundraising, implementation, reporting and evaluation:  

  • Climate & Energy Technical Project Support - The fellow will support one or more technical climate/clean energy projects, most likely within our Sustainable Communities or Green Housing focus areas.  The fellow’s work may entail the following:
    • Limited client site fieldwork including lighting efficiency audits and working with onsite staff to provide appropriate retrofit recommendations and support
    • Solar power/water heating, efficient refrigeration and air conditioning technical consulting with onsite staff/ management
    • Supporting municipal or commercial initiatives such as working with onsite division staff/management to set efficiency and conservation goals for their property, or leading  ‘Green Team’ efforts focused on greening the client property and organizing outreach projects in the surrounding community
    • Generating energy audit and equipment replacement recommendation reports
    • Researching technical equipment information, financial and policy information
    • Organizing community and municipal energy use data, and presenting it in databases, reports or in-person presentations
  • Proposal Support – The fellow will work with one or more SEI Directors/ Managers to write grant applications to fund our ongoing work. 



This position offers a stipend at a rate equivalent to $17,500 - $21,000 over a 12-month period, based on candidate qualifications and prorated based on availability.   Beyond monetary compensation, this fellowship affords the candidate significant technical skill and non-profit leadership skills development, fieldwork and networking opportunities.


To Apply

Email cover letter and resume to us at   Refer to ‘Green Facilities Fellow’ in your email subject line.  Be sure to indicate in your cover letter your availability to start and the support area(s) (listed above) for which you are most interested/ qualified.  

No phone calls please.  Strategic Energy Innovations is an equal opportunity employer.




The qualified intern candidate is highly skilled working across the Microsoft suite of office automation software (e.g.: MS Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.)  Candidates will also evidence strong quantitative, written and verbal communication skills, in addition to the following:

-       Experience working on technical energy efficiency auditing and retrofit support efforts;

-       Strong analytic skills, experience with Excel (building spreadsheets, formulas and data manipulation,) math or science background;

-       Strong written and verbal communications skills including technical case studies and reports;

-       Bachelor’s degree (advanced coursework a plus) in a quantitative discipline, environmental studies, or related field or equivalent work experience;

-       Demonstrated experience with efficient web research and information synthesis;

-       Ability to work full-time over the course of the fellowship, mostly out of our San Rafael office.