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E3.18 Utility Partnership & Low-Income Program Developer
Ecolibrium3 is an organization that has been recognized nationally for developing innovative approaches and partnerships to tackle difficult community problems. A major challenge in the northwoods of Minnesota is energy poverty experienced by low-income families. Using design-thinking approaches, the Utility Partnership and Low-Income Program Developer VISTA will create a unique partnership between local utility providers (ComfortSystems, Minnesota Power, delivered fuel providers), governmental agencies, and nonprofit organizations to establish a groundbreaking cross-sector approach to alleviating energy poverty. The VISTA member will strategically engage service providers, develop best practices and evaluation methodologies to target resources, and expand outreach to decrease families facing "heat or eat" situations. The member will have access to energy program data and staff, coordinate community engagement to define opportunities and challenges from the customer's perspective, and receive design-thinking mentorship from nonprofit and utility conservation program designers. The VISTA member will align utility program and other low-income services to create a seamless experience for economically challenged households, develop outreach strategies to match need with resources, and create integrated pilot approaches that can leverage existing and proposed programs.
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Member Duties : The VISTA member will build the joint capacity of utilities, government, and nonprofits in the energy sector to reduce energy poverty experienced by economically disadvantaged households in northeastern Minnesota. The VISTA member will develop a community-based resource map of energy and basic needs programming, research and evaluate existing and potential programming to streamline access and effectiveness of programs, identify organizational capacity building needs across the sector, and develop integrated approaches to reaching the lowest-income members facing utility disconnections and related potential condemnation of their homes. The position will inform utility low-income conservation improvement programs and develop replicable strategies in urban and rural communities. Professional skills will be gained in program evaluation, development, and multiple organization capacity building while helping economically disadvantaged families along the shore of Lake Superior.
Program Benefits : Housing ,  Training ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Health Coverage* ,  Living Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Housing ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Entrepreneur/Business ,  Environment ,  Elder Care ,  Technology ,  Community Outreach . 
Skills :
Business/Entrepreneur ,  Team Work ,  Public Speaking ,  Social Services ,  General Skills ,  Community Organization ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Law ,  Counseling ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Leadership ,  Computers/Technology ,  Environment ,  Recruitment ,  Communications ,  Writing/Editing . 
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E3.18 Utility Partnership & Low-Income Program Developer

Program Start/End Date
08/01/2018  -   07/31/2019

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MINNESOTA  


Accepting Applications
From  04/01/2018  To  06/15/2018 

Contact Jodi Slick
2014 W Superior St
Duluth   MN   55806
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 79561