FAQ for 2023 MSCL & CBSC Program Coordinator Positions
This page will be updated as we continue to receive questions from the applicants for both positions. Please check the job posting pages for more details:
Program Coordinator - CBSC (“Communities of Color Building Solar Capacity”)
Program Coordinator - MSCL (“Movement for Solar Capacity and Leadership”)
- May I apply for both the MSCL an CBSC positions? > Yes.
- If I apply for both positions, will I be interviewed for each position separately? > No, there will be just one interview for both positions.
- The job posting says that this position requires 15-20 hours per week. Does that mean that my workload may change from week to week? > No, since this is actually a part-time salaried position, we will negotiate up front to determine the set number of paid weekly hours. There will usually be some flexibility however, should you need to vary hours a bit from week to week.
- To whom will I be reporting? > the PSEF Co-Director responsible for both of these programs - Mitty Owens.
- What will an average week look like?
(The following is a partial description, not intended to be comprehensive.)
> For both positions: *upfront - some hours reviewing and becoming at least familiar with our membership and with key concepts of community solar ("CS"); *a couple of hours on ongoing basis for professional development, i.e. following a few key journals/listservs &/or attending some field-related webinars; *ongoing succinct planning of each week's work, & succinct reporting on progress; *meeting with supervisor; *outreach to & engagement with PSEF'S members; *some coordination with the other Program Coordinator since the programs have some overlap; …
> MSCL: *actively promoting and recruiting (emailing and calling) 12-18 special CS-oriented participants for the fall solar training course given by our partner, the University of New Hampshire ("UNH"); *managing the various possible tools (buddy system, chat board, FB group, e-newsletter etc.) we'll be using to foster a sense of community for this "cohort" of CS trainees; *managing the development of two curriculum modules (including overseeing a contractor or two) that will enhance the UNH course; *following key policy discussions & generating brief summaries to help PSEF staff, members and partners stay abreast and strategize as to how to best to utilize policies and resources to grow our CS projects; *always keeping an eye/ear out for new PSEF member prospects.
> CBSC: *actively promoting and recruiting for our 6 "CBO" (community-based organization) partnerships, and coordinating the review and selection process; *the same (outreach & selection) to secure our 6-8 (remote) interns; *then refining the intern program design and running it (overseeing some basic training, & linking each with one of the CBOs); *liasing with the CBO partners to help them implement local CS training (provided by us); *administering mini-grants to the CBOs; *helping PSEF identify and research key BIPOC regional and national resources; *identifying and recruiting a few new PSEF member prospects.
- What are some key tenets of PSEF's organizational culture?
> Respect our mission and purpose by working hard, smart and with impact
> Respect our staff and values by fostering work-life balance, having strong policies, and fostering healthy communication and relations
> Respect our Board and partners by providing clear reporting, transparency and accountability
> Respect the critical intersectional lens - linking climate, racial and economic justice - on which we were founded.
- What is PSEF's size? > 3 full-time staff. > Budget of close to $1 million. > Board of 9. > Organizational Membership of 23, and growing.