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22 Jun 2021

Full-Time Program Associate

Build It Green – Posted by Build It Green Oakland, California, United States

Build It Green

Job Description


We’re a growing team working at the intersection of housing and climate protection/ environmental sustainability. To address the state’s housing crisis California needs to build 1.2 million homes in the next five years. At the same time, to do our part to minimize the impacts of climate change, California needs to work aggressively and become carbon neutral. Our work will result in homes that are healthier for people and the planet and that contribute to thriving families and neighborhoods.

A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Oakland, CA, our reputation is built on bringing residential green building into the mainstream with credible, accessible resources and innovations including the GreenPoint Rated home certification program. Today, we work with a broad range of partners, from building professionals to cities, researchers to housing and climate activists, to envision new approaches to home and neighborhood building that foster health for all in the broadest sense — as an interconnected web of personal, community, and bioregional well-being.


BIG is seeking two Program Associates to help us develop and launch new initiatives and reformulate existing programs to ensure that our work is up to the task of addressing California’s housing and climate challenges. Check out some of our recent work here. The Program Associates will be integral to the development and delivery of these emerging programs and projects and will literally help shape the future of the organization.

We’re looking for generalists who are eager, smart, curious, passionate about our work and can be adaptable and flexible to changing work needs as they evolve. An ideal candidate is able to operate comfortably in an environment of evolving priorities while remaining focused on end goals. They will be able to take initiative when appropriate, but also ask  for help or direction when needs aren’t clear. They are committed to equity, inclusion, and diversity in all aspects. They demonstrate the desire and capacity for cultivating growth in others as well as themselves. They care deeply about the health and well-being of individuals, communities, and our shared planet.


The Program Associates will maintain and administer coordinated workstreams and logistics, in good time, within budget, and in alignment with BIG’s strategic vision. Key responsibilities include:

  • Manage discrete projects from planning and development, through closeout of each project, as directed.
  • Provide logistical support for meetings, workshops and events. Coordinate scheduling, hosting and planning, prepare relevant materials, and provide staff and participant support.
  • Implement, evaluate, and maintain records and communications to ensure excellent customer service and quality program delivery.
  • Research, data management and report writing on a variety of topics.
  • Ensure project, program, or service documentation including but not limited to manuals, policies, and procedures are accurate, complete, and current.
  • Develop effective working relationships and coordinate with internal and external stakeholders ensuring clear and timely communication and coordination of activities as appropriate.
  • Assist in marketing & communications administration, research, and creation of materials and tools through various media and outreach methods, as needed.


We value honesty, gratitude, good communication, and a continual-learning mindset. In addition, the skills and values we’d love from a colleague in this position include:

  • Excellent initiative and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to work as a strong, contributing member of a team and willingness to jump in with help as priorities shift or needs change.
  • Proficiency with problem solving, organization, coordination, analysis, and applying appropriate level of judgment.
  • An eagerness to learn quickly; including new topics, tools, programs, etc.
  • A commitment to incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout all our work
  • Interest in learning more about regenerative design and development principles and practices.
  • A sense of urgency around needs to address the rapidly changing climate and housing crisis, an understanding of the work and interest in building the relationships and skills necessary to do so.
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities and deadlines in collaboration with others.
  • Experience in web-based document management and creation tools and practices (GoogleSuite, Microsoft Suite or similar, etc.). Willingness to learn new software tools and use them for program support, project management, etc.
  • Proficient in using a CRM (i.e. Salesforce), Zoom/webinar meeting hosting and online project management tools (Slack) or ability to learn these web tools quickly; experience with Canva, Final Cut Pro or other video software a plus.

Preferred but optional qualifications:

  • Degree, focus or classwork in Sustainable Development, Urban Planning/Design/Studies, Building Science, Environmental studies or similar.
  • Experience with open innovation ecosystems, community development and engagement, and/or home building.
  • Basic knowledge or experience in green building principles, circular economy, and/ or regenerative design.
  • Basic knowledge of California climate goals, green building standards, energy efficiency, building science, HVAC, construction or related fields.
  • Green building and/or sustainable development professional accreditation or experience (e.g. GreenPoint Rater, LEED, Living Future Accreditation, CPHC, EcoDistricts AP).


This role is open to applicants living in California, with a preference for candidates near our Oakland office or in the Los Angeles area. Our office is located in the heart of downtown Oakland at 300 Frank Ogawa Plaza, close to BART and AC Transit lines.

Due to COVID-19, we are currently working from home. We expect to return to the office, at least part-time,  on a regular basis in August/ September 2021, and we are in the process of figuring out what a hybrid working situation will look like.


$65 – $70K annually plus a generous benefits package, including:

  • Medical, dental vision, and life insurance, flexible savings account
  • 403(b) retirement plan with employer match
  • Remote work technology and supplies stipend
  • 11 paid holidays, accrued paid time off starting at 3 weeks and 40 hours of paid medical leave
  • a worthy cause to work on every day

Build It Green is an equal opportunity employer, committed to centering equity and inclusion in our programs and across all aspects of our organization to make it a fair, safe and inclusive workplace. We believe that diversity is necessary to meet our mission. Recruiting and supporting staff to create an inclusive and equitable organization that reflects the communities and places we serve is a priority. People of color, LGBTQIA+ people, women, and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Positions are open until filled; we will give preference to applications received by July 9, 2021.

If you require reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please email your request  to  [email protected] or call (510) 590-3360 extension 102. We look forward to hearing from you.

How to Apply

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Job Categories: Green Building. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: climate, green building, and regenerative. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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