BlueGreen Alliance | JOB OPENING: Program Associate, Building Clean

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 was formed in 2006 by the United Steelworkers and the Sierra Club in recognition that the future of working people and the health of the environment are inextricably linked. Now, together with 13 of the nation’s largest labor unions and most influential environmental organizations, we are fighting to protect the planet and advance racial and economic justice. The labor unions and environmental organizations of the BlueGreen Alliance reject the false choice that we must choose between good jobs and a clean environment. BGA builds a shared agenda between the labor and environmental movements on bold measures critical to advancing a future American economy that addresses climate change, protects public health, advances racial and economic justice, and creates good-paying union jobs in safe and healthy workplaces in communities across America. BGA develops policy, produces research, builds coalitions, provides education, advocates these policies at the local, state and federal level, and mobilizes working people to take action.

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 and website tasks, meeting and event logistics, and various presentations. The Associate also works to develop and implement new projects to increase the use of the Building Clean database. This position works collaboratively with staff, as well as outside partner organizations, government agencies, and manufacturers. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Participate actively on the Building Clean Team, working closely with BGA/F staff to complete Building Clean objectives;
  • Create content for handbooks, reports, website, and trainings 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 as needed;
  • Research company content for database and website, updating website with current content and expand research to develop additional content as directed;
  • Prepare and deliver education sessions either in person or via webinars; handle logistics and assist in Building Clean partner meetings, and other public or educational events; 
  • Support team administrative needs including updating email lists, conference/event tracking, submission of proposals for speaking and/or sponsorship opportunities at events, and organizing follow-up communications stemming from events to grow partnership opportunities;
  • Research additional topics as directed;
  • 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 1-3 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 and willingness and ability to learn new subject matter rapidly with ability to explain to others; a positive attitude with creative thinking and problem solving skills 
  • 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.

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. This is a union represented position, represented by USW Local 2002.

How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references by May 21, 2021, to Jennifer Bakkom‐Gatzke ( Please include your location, salary requirements, and where you saw the posting. 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 orientation, marital status, gender identity, or veteran status in the administration of employment policies, or in any other programs and activities.