Outreach Fellow

Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) Outreach Fellow

THE OPPORTUNITY

The Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) is seeking a highly motivated outreach fellow to help lead implementation of the landmark Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) Program, which allocates $1 billion for installation of rooftop solar on multifamily affordable housing in disadvantaged or low-income communities. APEN staff worked with our community leaders helped pass the SOMAH policy in 2015, and now have the opportunity to ensure tenant education, advocacy, and responsible feedback continues to be integral in the roll-out. 

The SOMAH Fellow will build upon the organization’s success in strengthening the power and voice of Asian American immigrant and refugee communities who lay at the intersection of renewable energy access, climate resiliency, and affordable housing. This position is a full-time, 1-year internship based in our downtown Oakland office and will require regular travel between Oakland and Richmond. The SOMAH Outreach Fellow will report to the Local Policy Associate and will work closely with policy staff and other key leaders. 

THE ORGANIZATION

APEN was founded in 1993 with the belief that all of us have the right to a clean and healthy environment, in which we can live, work, learn, play, and thrive. APEN amplifies the voice of low-income community members, setting the agenda for environmental, social and economic justice. By building an organized movement, we are bringing fundamental changes to economic and social institutions to make them prioritize public good over profits and honor the right of every person to a decent, safe, affordable quality of life, and the right to participate in decisions affecting our lives. APEN holds this vision of environmental justice for all people. 

POSITION SUMMARY

The SOMAH Outreach Fellow will play a crucial role in ensuring working class, including monolingual tenants in affordable rental housing in Oakland and Richmond are given access to the benefits of shared solar. This fellowship will support APEN’s local organizing team, our state team, and the communications team to successfully implement the SOMAH program locally. The fellow will conduct tenant workshops, outreach, and coordinate with our local and statewide partners.

Applicants must be committed to APEN’s mission and be organized, detail-oriented and have a demonstrated ability to organize people to action. A track record of environmental justice work, familiarity with the Asian American community and CA state policy is preferred. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support the development of popular education materials around SOMAH and solar for affordable housing tenants 
  • Outreach to tenants in affordable housing properties and table 
  • Lead community workshops and table and regular community events
  • Work with the Communications team to roll out targeted communications to tenants in eligible buildings.
  • Highlight the importance of solar in disadvantaged communities, through developing dynamic communications materials that showcase tenant stories and elevate our environmental justice framework.
  • Ensure meaningful tenant participation in how solar systems are installed on site to ensure the greatest benefit for residents.
  • Build and coordinate strong relationships with local and statewide alliances and partners
  • Maintain role as an active resource to statewide Asian American organizations interested in implementing SOMAH in their areas.
  • Develop and implement train-the-trainer workshops for partner organizations.
  • Outreach to local eligible multifamily affordable housing property owners and developers 
  • Track and assess methods of outreach regularly. 

Qualifications:

  • Two or more years experience in community organizing or coalition-building
  • Commitment to advancing environmental justice and climate solutions
  • Familiarity with state policy and the legislative process
  • Ability to work well both independently and within teams
  • Excellent, detail-oriented project management skills
  • Strong training or facilitation skills
  • Ability to multi-task and take on additional work as required
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • A valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle
  • Preference given to candidates with language capacities in Cantonese or Spanish

Salary and Benefits 

The SOMAH fellow will be compensated $49,920 for the one year term of the internship. APEN also offers a generous benefits package that includes: health, dental and vision; vacation and sick time. APEN is a family-friendly employer. 

Application Process

Applications are due electronically (please use subject line “SOMAH Fellow”) to Shina Robinson at apen(AT)apen4ej(DOT)org

The email must include:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter describing interest in the position and qualifications
  • Three references, including at least one previous supervisor

APEN is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, queer, and gender non-conforming people strongly encourage to apply. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. 

Preference given to applications received by July 26, 2019.