Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC)

  • Somerville, MA, USA
  • 165000-175000 per year
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Benefits Eligible


The Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC) leads the just, equitable, and rapid transition to a clean energy future and a diverse climate economy. NECEC is the only organization in the Northeast that covers all of the clean energy market segments, representing the business perspectives of investors and clean energy companies across every stage of development. NECEC members span the broad spectrum of the clean energy industry, including clean transportation, energy efficiency, wind, solar, energy storage, microgrids, fuel cells, clean buildings and advanced "smart" technologies.


NECEC is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We embrace a broad range of perspectives that will make our organization stronger and our work more just. We will continuously look inward at our own culture to make sure we're reaching our goal of promoting these values. And, as the voice of the Northeast clean energy industry, NECEC will work with our members and community to embed these values across the industry. We are dedicated to securing a just transition to a clean economy, one that corrects the disproportionate impacts of climate change and secures a better future for all. This is the path to a prosperous clean energy future that benefits all communities.


Purpose

The Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice (DEIJ) and Workforce Development (WFD) is a new senior-level position on the NECEC Management Team. The Vice President will serve as a catalyst and a capacity-builder to further advance the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, justice and support workforce development internally and with NECEC members organizations and strategic partners. The body of work of the Vice President for DEIJ & WFD is rooted in the moral principles that all people have the right to pure air, clean water, equitable access to the social and economic benefits of a clean energy future and diverse climate economy, and to participate in the decision-making processes that affect their lives. It also recognizes the opportunity present in the just transition to a clean energy future and diverse climate economy to unlock economic opportunity for the individuals and communities who have been historically denied access to and who have borne the greatest harms from the existing system. The Vice President for DEIJ & WFD will lead NECEC efforts to ensure that elements of equity, diversity, inclusion and justice are embedded as imperatives in NECECs mission, vision, values, and strategic plan. The Vice President will progress and champion a truly diverse and inclusive culture for NECEC as an organization, with the NECEC Board and across the NECEC ecosystem, including its partner and member organizations. We seek a strategic leader, collaborative strategic partner, and administrator with an innovative spirit and a proven track record of advancing diversity, equity, inclusion and justice efforts and building partnerships to support workforce development. The Vice President will have a permanent seat on the DEIJ Committee of the NECEC board.


Essential Functions

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Serve as the strategic leader and advisor on matters of diversity, equity, inclusion, justice and workforce development to the NECEC President and other staff, the board and to the membership as a whole.
  • Provide expert guidance, direction, and advice on existing and developing state and national policies concerning DEIJ and workforce development.
  • Develop policies and procedures for improving and strengthening efforts in promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, justice and workforce development across the climate economy. Partners with external constituencies, as well as internal constituencies, to advance NECEC progress and success with DEIJ and workforce development initiatives.
  • Directly engage with environmental justice communities to ensure their voices are integrated into the work of NECEC and to support environmental justice communities to advance their visions for the just transition to a clean energy future and diverse climate economy.
  • Use best practices and metrics for decision-making around diversity, equity inclusion, justice and workforce development efforts to support a culture of accountability, ownership, dignity, and respect.
  • Develops positive long-term relationships with business and industry representatives and supports and strengthens relationships with business and industry to address workforce needs and assist with talent supply and demand. The VP of DEIJ & WFD will foster collaboration within industry sector partnerships clusters and lead in creating workforce solutions for the climate economy.
  • Provide oversight and management of industry sector partnerships clusters and any workforce solutions and/or outputs that result from cluster input.
  • Meets with local industry representatives to determine workforce and/or talent needs.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with training providers in order to develop necessary and responsive workforce solutions.
  • Provide opportunities for business and industry to assist with the development of training programs to include: apprenticeships, internships, job shadowing and work-based learning.
  • Build and maintain productive relationships with public-sector, private-sector and non-profit employers to create career pathways for future talent.
  • Build and maintain strong partnerships with economic development entities, chamber organizations, training institutions, and other workforce development agencies to ensure alignment and execution of collaborative workforce strategies including talent pipeline management.
  • Gather information for additional funding opportunities to support DEIJ and workforce solutions and programming.
  • Gather labor market information, talent demand and skills requirements and translating data into meaningful information to create workforce development strategies.
  • Develop and manage a database of employers and/or industry representatives and maintain regular communication through appropriate channels.
  • Supervise the staff of the Region 1 EPA/DOE funded Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center, should the NECEC proposal be successful.
  • Provide DEIJ guidance on NECEC strategic and annual plans and develop strategic and annual plans for NECEC's DEIJ and workforce focused work.
  • Lead the internal DEIJ working group.
  • Provide training and coaching for NECEC staff, board and member organizations to support their efforts to foster diverse and inclusive work environments.
  • Ensure effective tracking of progress and results as well as regular evaluation of program elements to foster learning and to measure and communicate successes to key stakeholders.
  • Serve as a member of the President's Executive Management Team.

Occasional travel is required, primarily in the Northeast, including New York, and occasionally beyond the region.


NECEC is an equal opportunity employer, and seeks to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital or civil union status, military service, citizenship, or any other characteristics and traits protected under applicable federal, state or local law. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. Please address any questions or concerns to Kristen Stelljes, Civil Rights Coordinator, at kstelljes@necec.org or 617-500-9990.


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