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Special Research Assistant Intern for the CEO - In Office or Remote

Business Unit: Office of the CEO

is an award-winning nonprofit allowing people to donate and volunteer with top-performing, vetted organizations all over the world. 100% goes directly to the cause. All partner organizations are vetted with our proprietary. has been featured on the homepage of,,, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. has been featured in more than 16 books, including the new Harvard Business Review Book, , Arianna Huffington’s book, and Laura Arrillaga-Anderson’s book . We have also been acknowledged five times on Great Nonprofits’ and are highlighted in of best volunteering matching websites. We continue to gain momentum, with dozens of articles in the and monthly contributions on. To date, we have matched more than 20,000 volunteers and $31 million dollars’ worth of volunteer hours.

Job Summary 

As a Special Research Assistant Intern, you’ll have the opportunity to work on important, diverse research projects as needed by the Lead, Office of the CEO.  Topics may include inspirational research for blog writing, Operations, Marketing. Our work environment is fast-paced and entrepreneurial, in a family-oriented, small San Francisco office. Our entire team of 60+ is highly global, working out of 20 countries. Come work with us to achieve our vision “To Create A World Where Giving and Volunteering Are A Natural Part of Everyday Life!”®

Responsibilities 


  • Perform research on high net-worth potential and existing donors, foundations and corporations

  • Specific research on potential funders/donors using the Foundation Center as a primary resource

  • Research on journalists, universities, and celebrities to develop marketing partnerships

  • Perform research on Tech for Good companies

  • Research and provide astute software/upgrade recommendations

  • Research on Product Development Tools 

  • Research and update Event Planning 

  • Record all data in Salesforce

  • Record and update all spreadsheets

Qualifications 


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Meticulous attention to detail

  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment.

  • Competence with Microsoft Office, Salesforce, Google Drive and a willingness to learn new technologies.

Benefits


  • Gain experience at a unique social enterprise with global impact/exposure to global issues.

  • Attain benefits in WeWork coworking space. Located in the Financial District downtown across from the TransAmerica building, a prime location. This position is also available remotely.

  • With proven experience/positive attitude, may facilitate J-1, CPT, OPT visas

Duration and Location


  • Minimum 5-15 hours per week for 3 months.

  • Our office is located in the Financial District, San Francisco, in a WeWork coworking space.

  • Candidates can work out of our San Francisco office, in the United States or globally. We are highly globally focused with team members from more than 20 countries, including Russia, China, Japan,  the Ukraine, Georgia, the Philippines, Haiti, Germany, Canada, Turkey, the Kurdish population, South Korea, the U.K., Brazil. 

To Apply:Email your resume, cover letter, 2 writing samples and a list of three references to with "Special Research Assistant Intern" in the subject line. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. No phone calls, please. is committed to understanding and representing the diverse populations it serves worldwide. Members of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, nationalities, physical abilities or disabilities, religions or beliefs, and cultures are welcome as employees and volunteers in our organization. We believe that a diverse team will best serve our diverse populations.

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Nonprofit Leadership Fellow – Sustainability Education and Workforce  (One-year term)  

Strategic Energy Innovations - San Rafael CA   

Are you passionate about sustainability issues and how they connect to education? Are you a highly organized self-starter with strong technical and writing background?  Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI) is seeking a dedicated individual, passionate about working in the non-profit sector, to provide a year of service as a full-time, paid Fellow for a cutting-edge organization focused on designing innovative solutions to address community climate and sustainability goals.  (One-year term)Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI) is seeking a dedicated individual, passionate about working in the non-profit sector, to provide a year of service as a full-time, paid Fellow for a cutting-edge organization focused on designing innovative solutions to address community climate and sustainability goals. Working within SEI’s Non-profit Leadership Fellowship, this candidate will have the opportunity to work directly with our Program Staff. This is a full-time 12-month paid position, currently based out of your home office and eventually working in our north San Rafael office when our team begins to work on site again this fall.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with an intended start date of as soon as possible.  This position offers exceptional training and professional development and exposure in the areas of climate/energy sustainability and non-profit fundraising/management.ABOUT SEISEI is a non-profit organization based in San Rafael, Marin County, dedicated to building leaders to drive sustainability solutions. For over 20 years, SEI has partnered with schools, communities, and businesses to develop a sustainability leadership pathway from elementary school to early career. Our flagship programs educate and empower students and emerging professionals to create thriving, resilient communities. Our staff works within teams to support each other on projects and to creatively develop new and effective models. 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:

FELLOWSHIP BENEFITS


  • Hands-on experience in innovative K-12 and college/university sustainability education and conservation projects, agency-wide and program specific communications tasks, along with other climate/sustainable energy projects as candidate interests & schedule permits

  • Work on special projects under direction of SEI’s management team

  • Experience in team-based grant writing and proposal development

  • Commitment to regular (one day per month on average) professional training

  • Career coaching throughout the year and end-of-fellowship career search support

  • Formal goal setting and periodic performance reviews/feedback  

SUPPORT AREAS AND ASSOCIATED RESPONSIBILITIESThe Fellow may support the agency’s implementation of activities across a variety of our flagship cutting-edge resource efficiency programs, with exposure to key components of program design, promotion/fundraising, implementation, reporting, and evaluation:  



  • K-12 School Program Support – The focus of this aspect is to support SEI’s conservation and education programs in K-12 schools. This will include participation in project-based curriculum development, teacher trainings, student instruction, and support for district and school conservation campaigns. Work may include hands-on support for The School of Environmental Leadership (The SEL).


  • Higher Education Program Support - The Fellow may support with assisting in a variety of coordination roles in our effort to provide for student applied learning and energy curriculum integration with community colleges and 4-year degree schools.


  • Climate/Energy Program Support – A portion of the Fellow’s time may be spent in direct support of one of our many programs in the sustainable communities and workforce development sectors.


  • Proposal Support – A portion of the Fellow’s focus could entail working across 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 may assist in helping plan for and implement new and innovative programs that expand our team’s collective body of work and measurable impact.

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


  • Experience/strong interest working in education with K-12 and/or higher education stakeholders (students, teachers, and/or staff)

  • Strong written and verbal communications skills that includes case study development and leading small group trainings and/or presentations;

  • Background or experience in curriculum and grant development, and/or leading group trainings and/or presentations

  • Bachelor’s degree (advanced coursework a plus) in a quantitative discipline, environmental studies, or related field or equivalent work experience

  • A commitment to anti-racism and willingness to work within racial equity frameworks

  • 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 (once Shelter-in-Place is lifted), and willingness to engage in recurring overnight travel in the California region and/or beyond (once Shelter-in-Place is lifted).

  • Basic knowledge of core energy efficiency and building science concepts

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:


  • Experience with Environmental Education

  • Background working on campus-based student outreach/campaigns and projects

  • Experience in energy auditing and/or solar analysis

  • Strong analytic skills, experience with Excel (building spreadsheets, formulas, and data manipulation) and math or science background

  • 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

  • Understanding of financial analysis or modeling

  • Marketing/community outreach experience

  • Web/Video Experience

COMPENSATIONThis position offers an hourly rate of $18.50 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.PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTSThis position requires the ability to: 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 25 pounds, reach above shoulder level, bend, squat, crouch, kneel, push/pull, grasp.SEI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to reflect the diverse communities we serve, especially those most impacted by climate change and other kinds of environmental, social, and economic injustices. Persons of color, persons with disabilities, older adults, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:

Email cover letter and resume to us at Jobs202@seiinc.org.Please put NPLF Sustainability Education/Workforce in the subject line.  Please indicate in your cover letter your availability to start.No phone calls, please.  Strategic Energy Innovations is an equal opportunity employer.


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