Project Coordinator

Environmental Initiative

Location: Minneapolis

ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVE
Environmental Initiative is a nonprofit organization that works with business, nonprofit, and government leaders to develop collaborative solutions to Minnesota’s environmental problems. The organization:

  • Plans and hosts events for environmental leaders from businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies to share information, network, and learn from one another.
  • Facilitates conversations addressing environmental, economic, and public health issues between diverse stakeholders.
  • Takes action and implements on-the-ground projects to improve our air, land, and water.

As a catalyst, convener, or implementer, Environmental Initiative develops innovative solutions to environmental problems with our partners.

Mission
Environmental Initiative builds partnerships to develop collaborative solutions to Minnesota’s environmental problems.

Vision
We envision a healthy environment, prosperous economy, and equitable society where leaders are equipped with the relationships, skills, and perspective needed to work collaboratively to solve systemic and complex environmental problems.

Core Values
Better Together – Diverse perspectives create stronger, lasting solutions for our environment
Open Exchange – We authentically engage to hear all voices, find common ground, and build community
Courageous Innovation – An entrepreneurial culture filled with leaders who tackle the big problems with our partners
Outcome Focused – A solutions-minded and action-oriented ethos
Accountability – Responsible planning, management, and use of the resources entrusted to us to realize our mission
Stewardship – Improving our environment, economy, and community by seeking the best of all ideas
Read more about who we are on our website.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Project Coordinator helps advance projects across a range of topical areas by contributing administrative, logistical, strategic, and relational support to project leads and team members. The Project Coordinator will work closely with Environmental Initiative’s Communications staff and various project leads to fulfill a wide range of essential duties. The Coordinator may also lead aspects of projects and have responsibility for directing the work of other staff on project tasks and playing a leadership role in interaction with outside partners.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Project Support

  • Participate as a member of multiple project teams at any given time, potentially including teams with a focus on clean air, agriculture, business sustainability, environmental policy, or other topics.
  • Collaborate with directors and project managers to support and implement multiple projects.
  • Participate with other staff in planning and evaluating projects, including the development of
    measurable goals and project milestones, and identification of key partners and participants.
  • Manage project task areas, driving to specific, defined outcomes.
  • Coordinate with project partners on communicating and reporting project outcomes.
  • Integrate equity and inclusion considerations into programmatic work and partner engagement activities and strategies.
  • Schedule and arrange logistics for project meetings.
  • Assist with designing and executing effective meetings, including serving as a facilitator at times.
  • Attend and keep minutes for project meetings, as requested.
  • Serve as a facility lead as needed during project events or meetings.
  • Assist with streamlining procedures and implementing system improvements to support project outcomes and deliverables.
  • Prepare materials associated with, organize, and process project-related data and information.
  • Provide data entry, data analysis, and research support, as requested.
  • Coordinate financial process for project hard cost expenditures, including securing necessary approvals.

Convening and Engagement Coordination

  • Collaborate with project leads and other staff on designing effective engagement opportunities,
    including determining objectives and appropriate approaches with respect to:

    • audience and expectations
    • engagement type
    • building inclusive spaces for dialogue and decision making
  • Develop and maintain a diverse network of strong relationships with individuals from the environmental nonprofit, government, and business communities.
  • Work with other staff and content experts to plan and execute meetings and events, and support engagement opportunities through other projects as appropriate.
  • Deepen engagement opportunities for project partners by utilizing existing and new online tools/software (i.e., Basecamp, NEON, other).

OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Remain in contact with colleagues via email, phone or Zoom if working remotely and maintain Outlook calendar to allow efficient coordination of flexible work schedules.
  • Maintain daily hours tracking in accordance with funded hours allocated to multiple billable project categories, as applicable.
  • Maintain basic working knowledge of Environmental Initiative projects, and track project and organizational updates and developments, including by reading blog posts and the  organizational e-Newsletter.
  • Support data entry and maintenance to ensure contact information for individuals and organizations is current and accurate.
  • Follow all applicable Environmental Initiative policies and procedures, including the internal office sustainability plan.

DESIRED COMPETENCIES, EXPERIENCE, AND EDUCATION

  • Desired competencies include (not all are required): learning on the fly, listening, organizing, learning orientation, problem solving, time management, dealing with ambiguity, interpersonal savvy
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (or equivalent transferable experience)
  • At least two years’ experience in an office setting (or equivalent transferable experience)
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Outstanding team player and preference for working in teams
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, with the ability to juggle multiple projects at one time
  • Self-starter, with the ability to work independently and be self-guided
  • Creative problem solver, entrepreneurial spirit, and comfortable with exploring and experimenting with innovative solutions
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office software and familiarity with Mac operating systems (preferred)

COMPENSATION
Environmental Initiative offers a competitive and flexible benefits package, including a group healthcare plan, dental insurance, tax-free transit, HSA and FSA accounts, and a 403(b) matching program. Anticipated annual salary in the range of $30,000 – $35,000, commensurate with experience.

HOW TO APPLY
Submit a cover letter and resume (preferred by email) to:
Stephanie Weir
Senior Project Manager
employment@environmental-initiative.org
Environmental Initiative
211 North First Street, Suite 250
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Please use “Project Coordinator” as the subject line.
Applications will be accepted until Friday, September 27.

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