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Nonprofit Leadership Fellow – School of Environmental Leadership

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San Rafael, CA, USASan RafaelCAUSA

Fellowship Term (13 months):  May 2019 – June 2020

Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI) is seeking a dedicated individual, passionate about working in the non-profit sector, to provide 13 months 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.  Working within SEI’s Nonprofit Leadership Fellowship, this candidate will have the opportunity to work with our Executive Director, Directors, Managers and others on our team, and will be focused on the multi-faceted implementation of SEI’s Marin School of Environmental Leadership (MarinSEL) program. This is a full-time temporary 13-month paid position, based out of our San Rafael, Marin County Office.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with an intended mid-May start date (exact dates to be negotiated.)  This position offers exceptional training and professional development and exposure in the areas of environmental/progressive education, climate/energy sustainability and non-profit fundraising/ management.

About SEI

SEI is a non-profit organization based in San Rafael, Marin County. SEI is committed to actions that sustain our planet. We achieve this goal by partnering with community groups that are integral to local climate and energy solutions, such as housing providers, schools, colleges and universities, and municipal governments through funding from diverse federal, state, municipal, and foundation sources. Our staff works closely in a team-oriented environment supporting each other on projects and creatively developing new models and approaches. We're looking for a resourceful individual to join our team who enjoys leading and supporting multiple concurrent projects and has the ambition to grow with our organization. More details on our programs and services can be found at:


The Marin School of Environmental Leadership (MarinSEL) is a “school within a school” that combines the breadth and diversity of public education with the depth and integrated learning of project-based education.  At MarinSEL, teachers guide students through inquiry-based projects where they apply theories from multiple disciplines to address real world environmental and social issues.  Rigorous academics are united with field-based opportunities and service to community, building leadership skills as students become stewards of their environment.  For more information visit

Areas of Responsibility: 


This fellow will work on planning and implementing cutting edge environmental education and resource efficiency programs, with exposure to key components of program design, promotion/ fundraising, implementation, reporting and evaluation:  

  • Marin School of Environmental Leadership – Approximately 80% of the fellow’s focus will support MarinSEL. The fellow will support the Executive Director and collaborate with MarinSEL Director and staff in overall management of this multi-faceted program, working with teachers, students, and volunteers to ensure success.  In addition to other specific areas, the Fellow will be working on recruitment and admissions, teacher training, an annual Leadership Retreat, in-classroom project support, and fundraising and grant writing for MarinSEL.
  • The fellow will also lead the management of community partner volunteers that work directly with the MarinSEL student project teams by facilitating the scheduling of meetings and maintain communication between all parties. This role requires continuous, active communication and outreach with students, parents, teachers and partners to ensure the ongoing success of the MarinSEL program.
  • Climate/Energy Program Support – Depending on interest, experience, and time allowed, a portion of the fellow’s time may be spent in direct support of one of our many programs in the areas of eco-education and curriculum development, green housing, and sustainable communities.
  • Proposal Support – A portion of the fellow’s focus will entail working with SEI Directors and Managers to write grant applications to fund our work. 
  • Special Project Support – Under the direction of SEI’s Executive Director, the fellow will devote the balance of hours to help plan for and implement new and innovative programs that expand our team’s collective body of work and measurable impact, including expansion of the SEL program.
Educational Background: 
Bachelor’s degree (advanced coursework a plus) in a quantitative discipline, environmental studies, or related field or equivalent work experience


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

  • Experience working in environmental education in a high school (or similar) setting;
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills that includes case study development and leading small group trainings and/or presentations;
  • Demonstrated experience with efficient web research and information synthesis;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage varied projects and tasks at any time
  • Ability to work full-time out of our San Rafael office, and willingness to engage in limited travel in the California region.
  • Strong analytic skills, experience with Excel (building spreadsheets, formulas and data manipulation,) math or science background
  • Experience working with or teaching high school students
  • Prior volunteer management experience
  • Basic knowledge of core energy efficiency and building science concepts
  • Prior energy, climate change work experience
  • Working knowledge of greenhouse gas emissions related activities and current policies and programs
  • Marketing/community outreach experience
  • Web/Video Experience


This position offers an hourly rate of $18.00 per hour, medical benefits, paid vacation and sick time.  Beyond monetary compensation, this fellowship affords the candidate significant technical skill and non-profit leadership skills development, fieldwork and networking opportunities.


  • Immersion into an innovative progressive education program and model under the direction of SEIs Executive Director and the Director of the SEL
  • Team-based grant writing and proposal development experience
  • Hands-on support for an innovative environmental leadership high school academy, along with other climate/ sustainable energy projects as candidate interests & schedule permits
  • Commitment to significant professional training and development
  • Career coaching throughout the year and end-of-fellowship career search support
  • Formal goal setting and periodic performance reviews/ feedback  
How to Apply: 

Email cover letter and resume to us at [email protected].   Please indicate in your cover letter your availability to start.  Please put “NPLF MSEL” in the subject line of your email.

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

Additional Information: 


This position requires applicants to perform the following tasks: Read/comprehend, write, perform calculations, communicate orally, reason and analyze, use fine finger movements, use a computer and mouse, sit, stand, walk, drive a motorized vehicle, carry and/or lift up to 40 pounds, reach above shoulder level, bend, squat, crouch, kneel, push/pull, grasp.

Organization Info

Strategic Energy Innovations

San Rafael, CA, USA
Annual Budget : 
11-50 employees
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Post Date: 
Mar 13 2019
Active Until: 
Apr 13 2019
Hiring Organization: 
Strategic Energy Innovations