GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY
The Communications and Reporting Specialist is responsible for developing, managing and delivering Energy Trust communications initiatives, particularly quarterly, annual and other reports to utility regulators and stakeholders. The person in this position will be a skilled writer and copy editor with experience managing a variety of communications projects, tasks and deadlines, including writing reports, synthesizing technical content into thematic communications, interpreting and using data in communications and developing content. This position will also lead complex, cross-team or cross-organization projects.
This position will work closely with staff and contractors across the organization, routinely working with subject matter experts on a variety of energy efficiency, renewable energy, economic and financial content. The work requires an ability to negotiate and clarify needs and outcomes, prioritize project deliverables, design and implement changes, engage internal and external stakeholders and communicate results. The position primarily specializes in managing communications projects and may also manage projects that support other organizational initiatives.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS / MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES
- Project manage, write, edit and deliver high-quality quarterly, annual and other reports to the board of directors, utility regulators, utilities and stakeholders.
- Apply standard project management techniques, including developing project schedules, meeting interim and overall project deadlines, communicating with project team members, informing project sponsors and resolving issues to keep projects on course.
- Collaborate with colleagues to develop strategies and content for communicating about Energy Trust results and activities.
- Work with Communications, Programs, Planning, Evaluation and Legal staff to identify acceptable terminology and messaging on technical subjects and complex issues.
- Support fulfillment of external requests for information from media, government agencies, utilities, citizens and other stakeholders by collaborating with analysts in program operations, planning and IT, and synthesizing information for written responses.
- Document processes, decisions and meetings.
- Develop, write, edit and/or deliver Energy Trust external and internal communications including presentations, speeches, newsletters, press releases, fact sheets, case studies, web copy, blog and social media posts, and other general communications projects and initiatives.
- Manage development and delivery of monthly newsletters for stakeholders.
- Review and copy edit Energy Trust communications, including public meeting notes and other organizational and program communications, to ensure consistency, readability and alignment with Energy Trust style.
- Research issues and develop backgrounders as needed.
- Maintain and reinforce Energy Trust style guidelines. Deliver training for staff and contractors.
- Perform notetaking duties at public meetings.
- Collaborate with utilities, partner organizations and contracted communications professionals as needed to implement communications and outreach projects and initiatives.
- Perform all functions of the job in a safe manner.
- No direct supervisory responsibility.
- This position may procure and manage the work of external contractors.
- Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, public relations, political science, public affairs or related field, or equivalent experience.
- 3-5 years of progressively responsible professional communications and project management experience.
- Strong project management skills, including the ability to prioritize, organize and plan for effective development and delivery of multiple projects.
- Strong time management, problem-solving, issue resolution and collaboration skills.
- Experience writing and producing a variety of communications.
- Superior writing skills; applicant must submit a writing sample with application materials.
- Strong AP knowledge and demonstrated skill in copy editing.
- Ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
- Attention to detail, commitment to quality and a passion for clear and effective communications.
- Excellent verbal communication skills and ability to articulate ideas, problem solve and bring a team to resolution.
- Proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Experience with SharePoint and Microsoft CRM a plus.
- Motivated to advance the organization’s mission.
- Energy efficiency, renewable energy or utility industry experience preferred.
The above information is designed to outline the functions and position requirements of this job. It does not identify all tasks that may be expected, nor address the performance standards that must be maintained.
- Salary commensurate with skill and experience.
- Competitive benefits package.
- Applications accepted until November 1, 2019.
Qualified individuals please submit a cover letter, resume, and one writing sample via our online application portal (found on Energy Trust’s website http://www.energytrust.org/employment-application).
Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to energy efficiency
and renewable energy development. We envision a world with clean, affordable energy for everyone. We serve Oregon customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas and Avista, and Washington customers of NW Natural. In 2019, we were recognized as one of the 100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon.
We recognize the lack of diversity in our industry, and we actively seek to address it with our hiring and retention practices as well as our values. We believe every person and their lived experience is integral to building a vibrant culture and delivering effective services to all customers we serve. We are committed to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion, and we encourage candidates with diverse backgrounds and experience to apply.