WE’RE HIRING!

We have two open positions listed below:

Energy and the Environment Program Officer

Front Office Coordinator

Energy and the Environment Program Officer

About the Position

Since 1994, Berks County Community Foundation has worked to promote philanthropy and improve the quality of life for the residents of Berks County, Pennsylvania, through civic leadership projects and the distribution of grants and scholarships.

Over that time, the Community Foundation has grown to manage more than 360 charitable funds valued at more than $100 million. Each fund was established by a local individual, organization, or family to support causes about which they cared deeply. As a result, the Community Foundation distributes more than $5 million annually in grants and scholarships, supporting an eclectic range of causes and pursuits.

Several of the funds we manage, including the Metropolitan Edison Company Sustainable Energy Fund, run programs and provide grants aimed at improving the environment in Berks County and beyond. Due to the continued growth and activity of those funds, the Community Foundation is seeking to expand its staff through the addition of an Energy and the Environment Program Officer.

The Energy and the Environment Program Officer will manage the outreach and grant distribution process for a growing portfolio of charitable funds that promote renewable energy and aim to improve the environment in our community. The ideal candidate will have a technical understanding of renewable energy policy and trends, experience in the environmental sector, and no fear of sitting on task forces or managing volunteer committees.

The successful candidate will report to the Senior Vice President for Programs and Initiatives and will work cooperatively with a talented staff of nine full-time employees.  This is a full-time salaried position located at the Community Foundation’s headquarters in Reading, Pa. The salary range for this position is $55,000 to $60,000. No relocation allowance is provided. A position description is below.

To be considered, please forward a cover letter and resume to Heidi Williamson, Senior Vice President for Programs and Initiatives, at info@bccf.org. Resumes will be accepted through August 9, 2021.

For a PDF of this position overview, click here.

Energy and the Environment Program Officer

The Energy and the Environment Program Officer manages the grant distribution process for a growing portfolio of charitable funds that promote the use of renewable energy, the protection of the environment, and the vitality of neighborhoods related to those issues. The ideal candidate will have experience in the environmental field; understand public policy as it relates to energy and the environment, and have practice managing committees, task forces, and other groups.

Responsibilities of Position:

  • Oversee the Metropolitan Edison Company Sustainable Energy Fund
  • Work with an established advisory committee to implement strategic objectives, and assist in identifying new members when needed
  • Cultivate and present projects for funding from across the territory served by the Met Ed Electric Company to the advisory committee
  • Coordinate with the sister fund in the Penelec territory and with other sustainable energy funds as appropriate
  • Present yearly activity to the Pennsylvania Utility Commission at a public meeting in Harrisburg
  • Remain up-to-date and knowledgeable about new research, advancements and local, state and federal legislation that impact sustainable and renewable energy in Pennsylvania
  • Monitor grants, loans, and equity investments from this fund
  • Manage programs and distributions that relate to energy, the environment, land use, and neighborhood vitality
  • Advise foundation on key environmental issues impacting Berks County
  • Monitor regulatory filings and applications to identify and analyze those that will have an impact on Berks County
  • Develop and maintain relationships with other environmental funders and organizations
  • Manage a portfolio of funds that make grants related to environmental issues, land use, and neighborhood vitality
  • Run task force and fund advisory committee meetings, prepare agendas and develop follow up materials
  • Screen and provide a preliminary evaluation of grant applications
  • Provide technical assistance for grant applicants where appropriate
  • Learn and use Foundant to manage grant applications and, in coordination with other staff members, assure that grant payments are distributed appropriately
  • Advocate for energy efficiency and renewables on community projects
  • Represent Berks County Community Foundation on task forces, committees and panels related to energy, the environment, and neighborhood vitality
  • Assist in identifying and recruiting volunteers for fund advisory committees
  • Advise staff on communication and articles related to these issues
  • Be a resource for individuals who want to support environmental or neighborhood causes through their funds at the Community Foundation
  • Work cooperatively with other program officers at the foundation when projects cross-pollinate, such as health and the environment
  • Work with the communication department to ensure the community is aware of grant opportunities as they become available
  • Other duties as assigned

Position Scope:

  • Full Time Professional
  • Direct Reports:  None

Attributes/Skills Required/Sought:

  • Awareness and understanding of public policy related to these issues
  • Technical understanding of renewable energy systems and trends
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work with various members of the community
  • Ability to work on multiple assignments over the course of a day or week, and shift gears as needed
  • Superior organizational skills
  • A sense of humor
  • Ability to manage complex processes
  • Ability to write fact-based follow-up reports
  • Ability to work independently and take ownership of his or her role in a project.
  • Competency in Microsoft Word and Excel

Experience/Education Required/Sought:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy, Environmental or Earth Sciences, or related field (Master’s Degree preferred)
  • At least five years of experience related to the activities outlined above

For a PDF of this position description, click here.

Front Office Coordinator

About the Position

Berks County Community Foundation is looking for a full-time Front Office Coordinator who is cheerful, professional, and service-oriented. The successful candidate is a proactive problem-solver who likes getting things done and enjoys taking care of others. We offer an atmosphere of initiative, creativity, and enthusiasm. This position functions independently but may require coordination with other staff members.

Administrative Responsibilities Include:

  • Greeting all building guests and callers with polite professionalism; providing concierge-like service
  • Monitoring secured front entrance; ensuring safety of building occupants by being judicious about who to permit into building
  • Routing incoming calls and mail to the appropriate person or department
  • Answering basic inquiries about the Foundation and its website
  • Overseeing maintenance and appearance of public and common spaces
  • Providing backup to Conference Center Coordinator when needed
  • Assisting the Foundation’s staff with clerical duties

Required Experience and Skills

Successful applicant will have:

  • Ability to speak and write Spanish and English fluently
  • High school degree; additional qualification as an administrative assistant will be a plus
  • Friendly, helpful demeanor
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel) with emphasis on mail merge in Word
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to multi-task and prioritize work
  • Attention to detail and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to learn and manage technology and proprietary software programs
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

To be considered, please forward a cover letter and resume to Franki Aitken, Chief Operating Officer, at info@bccf.org. Resumes will be accepted through August 9, 2021.

For a PDF of this position overview, click here.

Equal Employment Policy

Berks County Community Foundation is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employees or job applicants on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, family or veteran status, or any status or condition protected by applicable state or federal laws, except where a bona fide occupational qualification applies.

The Foundation will:

Recruit, hire, train and promote persons in all job classifications without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, family or veteran status, or any other status or condition protected by applicable state or federal law, except where a bona fide occupational qualification applies.

Ensure that all personnel programs such as compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs, return from layoff, Foundation-sponsored training, education, tuition assistance, and social and recreation programs are administered without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, family or veteran status, or condition protected by applicable state law, except where a bona fide occupational qualification applies.

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