Job Opening: Program Associate, Building Clean

The BlueGreen Alliance (BGA) seeks qualified candidates for the position of Program Associate in our Building Clean Program.

BGA unites America’s largest labor unions and most influential environmental organizations to solve today’s environmental challenges in ways that create and maintain quality jobs and build a stronger, fairer economy. 

The organization’s efforts center on the immediate need to develop commonsense solutions to our environmental challenges in a way that creates and maintains quality, family-sustaining jobs across the economy. Our staff and supporters design public policies, perform research, and run public education and advocacy campaigns to advocate for practical solutions; facilitate dialogue between environmentalists, union members and other stakeholders; and educate America’s labor union members and environmentalists about the economic and environmental impacts of climate change and the job-creating opportunities of environmental protections.

Job Summary: BGA is seeking a Program Associate to engage in the research, development, and delivery of materials to educate multiple audiences on issues such as Buy American, hazardous chemicals, healthy buildings, and worker safety. The Associate assists with database/website tasks, handles meeting and event logistics, and various presentations. The Associate also works to develop and implement new projects in the field to increase use of the database. This position works collaboratively with staff, as well as outside partner organizations, government agencies, and manufacturers.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the Building Clean staff and Research Team in completing Building Clean objectives;
  • Create content for handbooks, reports, website, and trainings as needed for projects and events based on U.S.-made products, healthy products, worker safety, affordable housing, Buy American, and other topic areas; identify other materials and information that would be helpful;
  • Write industry overviews and research company content for database and website, updating website with current content;
  • Prepare and deliver education sessions either in person or via webinars, and handle logistics and assist in development of healthy products forums, Building Clean partner meetings, and other public or educational events;
  • Work with and provide support for BGA field staff in conducting outreach and education presentations;
  • Assist in developing relationships and collaborative projects with Building Clean allies and partners;
  • Research additional topics as needed, for example building products with potential toxic chemical issues and specific health issues related to housing buildings, or statistics and examples on positive health impacts from healthy building practices;
  • Identify health certifications for products in sectors addressed in the hazardous chemical section of website, obtain new graphics and permission to use as necessary, and update website as needed;
  • Assist the Communications Department to build the program‘s social media presence, including writing blogs, tweets, identifying organizations to follow, and finding content for sharing;
  • Update activities on project management site, participate in team calls, and report on activities as directed;
  • Exhibit a positive and respectful manner when collaborating with colleagues, partners, and allies; and
  • Other duties as required.

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, as well as 3-5 years of work experience;
  • Familiarity with healthy and green building concepts, energy efficiency, affordable housing, hazardous chemicals or manufacturing, the building industry, and other related issues a plus;
  • Knowledge of the labor and/or the environmental movement preferred;
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and orientation to building collaborative structures;
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously working in a fast-paced environment;
  • Flexibility to adapt to new projects and tasks if grant and organizational priorities shift;
  • Willingness and ability to learn new subject matter rapidly and ability to explain to others;
  • Ability to use the various technology platforms utilized by BGA including Microsoft Outlook (including calendars), Microsoft Excel and Word,, payroll systems, and any future programs as required;
  • Experience with webinars, setting up and leading conference calls and meetings via Outlook calendars and Zoom, or other conference call platforms;
  • Strong commitment to economic, racial and environmental justice; and
  • A deep commitment to the mission of the BlueGreen Alliance, a positive attitude with creative thinking and problem solving skills desired.

Additional Information: Salary range $40,000-$50,000; generous benefits package that includes medical and dental, 401k with company match, generous vacation and holidays, and a friendly work environment. Occasional travel is required.

The BlueGreen Alliance staff is working virtually during the pandemic and travel is not required until further notice.


How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references by December 2, 2020, to Jennifer Bakkom‐Gatzke ( Please include “Program Associate” in the subject line.


Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.


BlueGreen Alliance does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual or affectional preference, marital status, gender identity, or veteran status in the administration of employment policies, or in any other programs and activities