City Sustainability Coordinator

Location of Service: City of Knoxville, Sustainability – 400 Main Street, Knoxville TN 37902

About City of Knoxville, Sustainability:

The City of Knoxville’s Office of Sustainability is responsible for making Knoxville a greener, more sustainable city – one where the economy, environment, and community can thrive today and in the future.

In 2019, City Council adopted two climate goals: a 50% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030 for City operations and an 80% reduction by 2050 for the entire

The Office of Sustainability plays a key role in implementing strategies to meet both climate goals. The Office focuses primarily on Energy, Buildings, Transportation, Infrastructure, Sustainable Growth, and Resilience, as detailed in the City’s most recent Energy & Sustainability Initiative Work Plan.

Position Summary:

The selected AmeriCorps member will assist the Office of Sustainability with the implementation of the new work plan and strategies to meet the City’s climate and environmental goals. The service member will be an integral member of the Sustainability team, contribute to a wide range of projects, and be responsible for tasks such as:

  • Maintain complex databases, perform data quality checks, and prepare findings (reports, visualizations, talking points, presentations, etc) as requested.
  • Gather data, perform calculations, accurately input information, and create visualizations and presentations for annual greenhouse gas inventory.
  • Assist with data collection and analysis for various reports and initiatives.
  • Research and report back on a wide range of sustainability topics.
  • Design and implement programs on various topics.
  • Develop communication materials such as handouts, flyers, presentations, and web content.
  • Provide meeting support by taking notes and managing technology.
  • Provide support or education for community groups as requested.
  • Take on additional responsibilities as projects develop.

This position is heavily data- and research-oriented, with most work performed on a computer in an office environment during business hours.

Site Preferences/Qualifications:
  • Candidate must possess a valid government-issued ID.
  • Candidate must be able to maintain a high degree of professionalism with staff, elected leaders, community groups, members of the public, and other stakeholders and be prepared to represent the Office as requested.
  • Candidate must be able to adapt to a work environment that requires both long periods of focus and detail AND quick, unexpected deadlines.
  • Candidates must be reliable, responsible, organized, and independent.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have obtained a degree from an accredited college or university, OR who can demonstrate strong skills in data management, research/synthesis, and/or project management from work or volunteer experience.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated proficiency working in Microsoft Excel and Access.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with experience in related fields, such as environmental science, urban planning, sustainable development, data analytics, public administration, public policy, etc.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated interest in or enthusiasm for sustainability and/or government.
Member Benefits Include:
  • A modest living allowance of $20,000*, or, $851.06 bi-weekly (pre-tax), paid over 47 weeks. *Pending Grant Funding
  • Education Award of $6,495 (pre-tax) that can be applied to student loans and/or future education expenses
  • Up to $250 Relocation Reimbursement if relocating over 50 miles for service
  • A Health insurance subsidy is available for members covered through
  • 10 Holidays
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Child Care Reimbursement
  • May be eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In-house SNAP benefits specialist available to provide assistance in determining eligibility.
  • May be eligible for utility bill assistance. In-house specialists available to provide assistance with determining eligibility.
  • Professional development and networking opportunities.
  • Optional opportunity to enroll concurrently in Carson Newman MBA in Nonprofit Leadership

Equity and Inclusion: The Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee (CAC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will take action to ensure that members and employees are treated equally without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, gender, romantic/sexual orientation, age, handicap, cultural or religious convictions.  CAC AmeriCorps provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees.  Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation at any point in the recruitment / employment process.

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