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 Project in our Washington D.C. office.

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 in our Washington, D.C. office 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 such as writing industry overviews and hazardous chemical sections and proofing/researching for content and style on company pages. The Associate also works to develop and implement new projects in the field to increase use of the database. Other tasks include handling meeting and event logistics. This position reports to the Director of Healthy Sustainability Programs and works closely with staff, as well as outside partner organizations, government agencies and manufacturers to meet organizational goals.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with and support Director of Healthy Sustainability Programs in completing Building Clean objectives.
  • Create content for handbooks, reports, website, trainings as needed for projects and events based on U.S.-made products, healthy products, workers safety, affordable housing, Buy American and other topic areas. Identify other materials and information that would be helpful.
  • Work toward being able to deliver education sessions either in person or via webinars.
  • Write industry overviews and research company content for database and website.
  • Handle logistics and assist in development of healthy products forums, JPB partner meetings and other public or educational events in targeted states.
  • Assist in developing relationships and collaborative projects with Building Clean allies and partners.
  • Provide support for BGA field staff in conducting outreach and education presentations.
  • Research additional building products with potential toxic chemical issues and specific health issues related to housing buildings. Conduct additional research for statistics and examples on positive health impacts from healthy building practices.
  • Identify health certifications for products in sectors addressed in hazardous chemical section of website, creating spreadsheet as basis for upload as searchable product database on website. Obtain new graphics and permission to use as necessary.
  • Assist the Communications Department to build the program‘s social media presence, including writing blogs, tweets, identifying organizations to follow, and finding content for retweeted.
  • Report on activities in weekly report, or as directed.
  • Use the various technology platforms utilized by BGA including IVDesk, Microsoft Outlook (including calendars), payroll systems, and any future programs as required. Be familiar with setting up conference calls and meetings via Outlook calendars and Zoom and Adobe Connect, or other conference call platforms.
  • Exhibit a positive and respectful manner when collaborating with colleagues, partners and allies.
  • Other duties as required.

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, as well as 3-5 years work experience, preferably in education or communications.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Familiarity with healthy and green building concepts, energy efficiency, affordable housing, hazardous chemicals or manufacturing and other related issues preferred.
  • Knowledge of the labor and/or the environmental movement preferred.
  • 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 to demonstrate ability to explain to others.
  • Ability to travel.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and orientation to building collaborative structures.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • A deep commitment to the mission of the BlueGreen Alliance, and a positive attitude with creative thinking and problem solving skills desired.

Additional Information: Salary commensurate with experience; 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.

How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references by February 28, 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