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Title: Technical Assistance Specialist, Environmental & Energy Policy
Appointment: Full-time, Education Program Specialist 2 (9745S2), P&A
Program Area: Extension Department of Community Development
Focus Area: Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center
Office Location: St. Paul Campus; Hybrid work options may be available
Application Deadline: September 11, 2023
ABOUT THIS POSITION
The University of Minnesota Extension Department of Community Development and the Center for Science, Technology and the Environmental Policy in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota are leading a collaborative program to provide community development and technical assistance to advance environmental and energy justice in the Great Lakes region. The collaborative program engages the Land-grant universities’ extension schools in EPA Region 5 (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio), the Great Plains Institute, the Environmental Protection Network, the Community Engineering Corps, and the Midwest Tribal Energy Resources Association.
The program is funded through a grant from the Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center program (TCTAC) at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The TCTAC led by University of Minnesota will provide technical support to communities as they navigate the federal grant application systems, guidance on community engagement, and assist with efforts to secure funding that addresses legacy pollution and invests in clean energy technologies in EPA Region 5.
The objectives of the TCTAC are to:
The Technical Assistance Specialist will conduct and coordinate technical assistance services across the TCTAC network. These services include consulting on relevant energy and environmental policy domains, dissemination, and translation of grant opportunities to community applicants, and curation of existing toolkits, web resources, and guidance documentation. The technical assistance specialist will work with staff across the network to share best practices, identify common resources, link community concerns with technical assistance needs, and ensure communities are getting access to timely, relevant information. Additional analytical support tasks include identification of environmental health or pollution exposure concerns, curation and visualization of spatial data, and appropriate statistical or analytical techniques to assess disparities in order to assist communities with cumulative burden assessments and help residents access relevant environmental and social data. The position will have a strong community education and outreach role – translating technical data into insights and useable information that will help communities advocate for their needs and develop grant proposals. Other potential responsibilities include the analysis of rate and energy cost data, mapping of land use and siting assessments for renewable energy development, and assessing building stock and appliance data to inform energy efficiency and weatherization proposals.
The Technical Assistance Specialist will be the go-to policy expert on our team. The specialist will research the regulations, policies, procedures, and programmatic requirements of federal, state, local environmental and energy policies and communicate and educate network collaborators and community partners. The position will also liaison with state and federal agencies and policy makers and advocacy groups to expand our network of expertise and key contacts.
The position may include working directly with communities from across the network to prepare reports, fact sheets, and policy memos, documenting challenges based on collected evidence and proposing recommendations.
The Technical Assistance Specialist will join a team of people that are passionate about communities. Our values include authentic engagement, holistic and equitable prosperity, creativity, and innovation, all grounded in research. The successful candidate will also demonstrate a commitment to the understanding of diversity and inclusion and cultural competence when working with diverse and sometimes marginalized populations. Our team is a high-impact and high-performance group and a leader in the field of community development. The Specialist will report to the TCTAC Program Director and Associate Dean in the Department of Community Development.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS
Research and Analysis: 60%
Outreach and Engagement: 40%
University of Minnesota Extension is a major outreach arm of the University of Minnesota with a mission to serve the public through applied research and education. Our mission is to make a difference by connecting community needs and University resources to address critical issues in Minnesota. Extension strives to attract and retain high-quality, passionate employees, and weave diversity, equity and inclusion into all aspects of Extension’s programming and employee engagement. Find further information at www.extension.umn.edu.
Please apply at: https://extension.umn.edu/home/careers, Job Opening ID: 357300
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Stephen Jeanetta, Associate Dean, Department of Community Development, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The University of Minnesota and Extension recognize and value the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.
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