Sustainability Fellow: Sustainable Pittsburgh Challenge Analyst

Expected Dates
March 25, 2019 to March 29, 2020
Sustainable Pittsburgh
Position ID
 The SCA Sustainability Fellow will be responsible for providing support to Sustainable Pittsburgh’s 2018 Sustainable Pittsburgh Challenge (formerly known as the Green Workplace Challenge).  The SCA Sustainability Fellow will be managing the network and advancing the objectives of the SP Challenge program in the Pittsburgh area.  A summary of the Sustainable Pittsburgh Challenge is provided here at the very bottom.

Fellow responsibilities:
Work with Sustainable Pittsburgh staff to evaluate the performance of the 2018 Sustainable Pittsburgh Challenge, informing the launch of the 2019 Challenge.
Work with Sustainable Pittsburgh staff to retain at least 50% of the 2018 Challenge participants for the 2019 – 2020 Challenge.

Work with Sustainable Pittsburgh staff to recruit new Challenge participants for the 2019 – 2020 Challenge.  Related duties may include phone banking, composing e-mail invitations, coordinating mailings, making in-person presentations to prospective participants, etc. 

Interact daily with SP Challenge participants/competitors to verify competition actions, and keep track of each competitor’s standing in the SP Challenge. 

Develop clear and achievable recommendations for Challenge participants who request assistance, especially in preparation for one-on-one site visits.

Maintain the SP Challenge Master Playbook (action guide), and recommend improvements or new actions to be added.

Assist Sustainable Pittsburgh staff with planning and on-site logistics for semi-monthly workshops and events.  This may include identifying appropriate venues, collecting and preparing program materials (agendas, name tags, etc.), and receiving attendees at the event registration desk.

Work with Sustainable Pittsburgh staff to evaluate the performance of the SP Challenge on an ongoing basis.  This may include tracking and reporting the number of “active” participants (those who have submitted actions), total number of submitted and approved actions, etc. during weekly staff meetings.

Work with Sustainable Pittsburgh staff to complete the competition points calculations, award prizes and recognition to winners and assist in planning the SP Challenge Finale event.

Occasionally assist with updates to the SP Challenge website, and developing / capturing content for the SP Challenge social media platforms.  As an example, this may include taking pictures at events, or recommending innovative organizations (via their action submissions) for highlights in newsletters, web posts or other outreach and communications.

Other duties include regular day-to-day tasks of running an office, such as: scheduling meetings; fielding phone calls and emails from citizens; other duties as assigned. General office work will be kept to a minimum, so that the Sustainability Fellow can focus his/her time gaining relevant experience.

Applicants should have a strong interest in learning how to implement sustainable practices in employer organizations, including non-profit, business and municipal employers, as well as in K-12 schools and classrooms. Specific career interests may include sustainable building and facility operations, nonprofit management, sustainability consulting, program management, sustainable community development and green infrastructure, business sustainability, etc. Applicants with a background in business, engineering, science, public policy, communications or other related fields are preferred.

Specific skills sought are:
  • Ability to communicate with courtesy and professionalism, both in writing and in person; ability to provide feedback in a positive, constructive and compassionate manner (for example, in cases when an action submission cannot be approved, or requires additional verification)
  • Ability to use analytical tools, including Microsoft Excel, to assess progress in the SP Challenge, both for individual participants and the SP Challenge as a whole. 
  • Ability to make data-informed recommendations to enhance sustainable practices within organizations, using the SP Challenge actions as a framework
  • Ability to offer customer-oriented service and problem solving to an array of community and business leaders and officials.
  • Ability to take initiative to organize connections where expertise and needs match; proactively make introductions between individuals and organizations working toward similar goals
  • Ability to maintain a detailed, accurate database of action submissions, and to identify trends
  • Ability to drive to communities where public transit is not available, or is inadequate; a Zipcar account will be provided for such visits

The Sustainable Pittsburgh Challenge
The Sustainable Pittsburgh Challenge enables organizations to compete in a friendly, yearlong challenge program against peer organizations.  Businesses, non-profit organizations, municipalities and universities pursuing sustainability goals will find a customizable roadmap in the SP Challenge Master Playbook, which breaks sustainability into its smallest actionable parts, or “actions”.  Through the SP Challenge, participants track and measure improvements in the areas of energy, water, waste, transportation, social equity, air quality and community-employee engagement. Points are earned based on actions taken. The SP Challenge is open to businesses, nonprofits, municipalities, colleges/universities, and K-12 schools. Participants compete among peers in their own competitive “divisions”, which are delineated by organization size and type.

Since the program’s inception in 2011, 300+ forward-thinking organizations from southwestern PA have taken actions via the Sustainable Pittsburgh Challenge. The current SP Challenge was launched on January 1, 2018, and will run through January 31, 2019, with a Finale and Awards Ceremony being planned for March 2019.  The next Challenge will take place from June 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020.

Compensation: $465/week (includes living, housing and commuting stipend), extensive training, workers compensation, relocation support. Note: Stipends and allowances are subject to state, local and federal taxes.

Interviews will begin in mid-January 2019.

*2019 positions are contingent upon funding availability. 
The program manager will notify you if a position has been cancelled prior to interviews. You are encouraged to apply to alternate Sustainability Fellowship positions in this case.*

Questions can be sent to Emily, SCA Central Program Manager, at [email protected]. Please do not email host organizations. Thanks!

  • Sustainable Pittsburgh’s office in downtown Pittsburgh, PA.

    Sustainable Pittsburgh affects decision-making in the Pittsburgh region to integrate economic prosperity, social equity, and environmental quality bringing sustainable solutions to communities and businesses. ( Sustainable Pittsburgh advances its mission through building strategic networks.

  • Extensive sustainability training.
  • Extensive workshop and volunteering opportunities.
  • Our Sustainability Fellows gain significant professional experience through leadership roles in urban sustainability and community development projects.

  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Education, Training & Skills Expected
degree minor or extensive experience
Mathematics & Data Analysis
some coursework or experience
Social Media
some experience
Leadership Experience
competent with supervision
Community Engagement
competent with supervision
Public Speaking
competent with supervision
competent without supervision
Web Site Design
some experience