Sustainability Program Associate

  • Greater Portland Council of Governments
  • Remote (970 Baxter Boulevard, Portland, ME, USA)
  • 08/12/2021
Full time Entry Level Government Strategy-Planning

Job Description

Come join our team!

Do you enjoy working with people committed to making others’ lives better? Do you have a passion for bringing people together to meet challenges, and approach those challenges as opportunities and tasks with enthusiasm? Want to be part of transforming Maine’s communities and economy by reducing energy consumption, expanding clean jobs, reducing emissions, and building a more resilient future? Are you someone who loves working collaboratively and independently? If you do, then this may be the opportunity for you!

The Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) seeks a full-time Sustainability Program Associate to join our team of innovative thinkers and doers. The Sustainability Program Associate will perform a range of support and coordination tasks for GPCOG’s sustainability and resilience programs including Maine Clean Communities, a statewide Clean Cities coalition funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, coordinating technical assistance to member cities and towns, conducting outreach and organizing events. 

Essential functions include:

  • Coordinate technical assistance to member cities and towns for sustainability initiatives and support the municipal climate action planning program. 
  • Support the statewide Maine Clean Communities program, part of the national Clean Cities network funded by the Department of Energy ( Support will include stakeholder outreach, organization of education events, reporting to funders, and technical support to municipal fleets.
  • Draft and coordinate sustainability program communications, including social media posts, press releases, and newsletters.  
  • Advise on development of additional sustainability program components, including, climate justice and equity.
  • Deliver broad support to sustainability and resilience programs at GPCOG, including leading coordination between the sustainability team and GPCOG transportation, planning, and data teams.
  • Support reporting for grant programs across sustainability and resilience teams and provide research and support to secure funding and resources for the program.


We are looking for a candidate with the following skills and qualifications:

  • Any combination of education and experience the demonstrates possession of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities:
  • Knowledge of effective strategies used to reduce greenhouse gases and build resilience to change impacts.
  • Experience creating or maintaining organizational systems and reporting processes.
  • Strong writing, copy editing, and presenting skills.
  • Experience with stakeholder outreach and engagement with a diverse range of partners.
  • A strong sense of professionalism and ability to meet deadlines.
  • And may – but are not required to – include:
    • Bachelor’s degree in environmental policy, environmental science, ecology, planning, public administration or other related discipline from an accredited college or university.
    • At least two (2) years’ experience in a related field.
  • Lived experience as a member of a community of color and/or other vulnerable population working to advance equity and justice.
  • Meeting and event planning experience.
  • Knowledge and enthusiasm about sustainability and racial equity.


Occasional travel and extended hours are required.


About GPCOG 

GPCOG serves as federally designated metropolitan planning organization, the regional Economic Development District, and state designated regional planning agency supporting close to thirty member towns and municipalities throughout the greater Portland region. As Maine’s economic center, Greater Portland is an exciting region in which to work and live.  GPCOG advances sustainable and shared prosperity for all in the Greater Portland and Lakes Region.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package, competitive salary from $35,000 to $60,000 per year depending on qualifications and experience, and a fun, flexible, and creative working environment. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to representing the region’s diversity in our staff and creating a positive, inclusive workplace where all can thrive.

Black, Indigenous and People of Color, veterans, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications will be reviewed beginning August 23, 2021 and will continue to be received until the position is filled. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (no phone calls please) to Vincent Edwards at . Please include “Application for Sustainability Program Associate” in the email subject line.