1. General Counsel
Part-Time Position (approx 15 hours/week)
Posting Date: May 4, 2017
Application Deadline: Ongoing (Open until filled)
The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) is seeking an experienced attorney to join our team-oriented environment to manage legal matters for the organization. CRS is growing 501 c.3. nonprofit organization that works to promote policy and market based solutions to advance sustainable energy, here in the United States and also internationally. This position will oversee legal work for the organization, provide timely and thoughtful legal counsel to the Board, management team and staff, support legal needs of our program activities, and ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
A significant portion of the work of the General Counsel will be related to creating/managing contracts for CRS’s Green-e certification programs and other program activities, and protecting/maintaining CRS’s intellectual property, including CRS’s registered trade and certification marks. CRS’s work is becoming increasing international, so experience with international IP and/or contractual issues is important.
CRS is fortunate to have several well-established firms offering pro bono assistance, and the General Counsel will be the primary point of contract to manage the work and support from these firms.
General Functions: To manage overall legal needs of the organization, including exposure to liability, standard form contracts, including certification contracts, steward CRS’s intellectual property portfolio, and provide legal advice to the CRS Board and staff as needed.
Staff Position: Part-time, exempt (approximately 30%), reporting to the Executive Director.
Location: General Counsel will be onsite at least one day per week at CRS’s San Francisco office, and may conduct other work either in the office or remotely.
- Review, negotiate and draft a variety of contracts and other agreements, and oversee the contract management function, including ensuring that contract processes are up-to-date and effective
- Lead process to update/create standard form contracts for certification programs
- Manage contract negotiations and modifications
- Provide legal advice to management as needed
- Review contracts with respect to insurance, indemnity, and confidentiality requirements
- Manage intellectual property portfolio, including management of appropriate registrations, and internal policies needed to maintain trademark/certification market rights
- Manage relationships with outside legal representation (firms providing pro bono assistance, and others)
- Represent CRS as required in arbitrations, mediations, depositions, court appearances, or other legal proceedings
- Analyze and control exposure to liability
- Provide counsel on the state, federal and international rules that apply to CRS
- Serve as a broad-based resource for staff legal concerns and collaborate to find practical answers to a diverse range of legal questions associated with CRS’s work and operations
- Interact and engage with legal representatives of partner organizations, funders, government agencies, and businesses using CRS certification services
Qualifications and Preferred Skills
- 5 plus years of contract law and/or intellectual property experience at a law firm, in-house, or a combination of the two
- Interest in supporting the work of the organization
- Excellent commercial contract drafting and negotiation skills
- Organized, process-driven and internal client-focused team player
- Law degree from an accredited U.S. law school and license to practice law in the State of California preferred
- Strong analytical skills and demonstrated ability to understand complex legal concepts and offer succinct explanations and counsel to colleagues
- Experience with, and working knowledge of, the federal and state laws applicable to 501(c)(3) public charities
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to explain complicated legal concepts to non-legal colleagues in understandable terms
- Self-starter with the ability to work independently but with the judgment to know when to seek guidance
2. Green-e Program Associate
Full-Time Position (40 hours/week)
Posting Date: March 16, 2017
Application Deadline: Ongoing (Open until filled)
Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) and the Green-e certification programs are seeking a full-time Green-e Associate to join our innovative, team-oriented environment to assist program participants and manage the implementation of our growing suite of Green-e programs. Green-e is North America’s leading independent consumer protection program for the sale of renewable energy and greenhouse gas reductions, helping to facilitate market-based solutions that drive sustainable energy and climate action. Green-e is administered by the nonprofit CRS, located in the Presidio of San Francisco, California.
This is a great opportunity to gain practical renewable energy, climate change, and corporate social responsibility experience.
The Associate should expect to spend the majority of his/her time on the following types of activities. The list below is not exhaustive:
Green-e Operations (80%):
- Manage relationships with Green-e Energy and Green-e Climate program participants by acting as a Green-e Regional Representative for a portion of North America
- Manage certification applications, onboard and train program participants, conduct contract renewals and terminations, review and improve related internal program processes and documentation
- Conduct semi-annual Marketing Compliance Reviews for Green-e Energy participants and Green-e Climate participants, and ongoing California Enhanced Community Renewables (ECR) marketing reviews
- Support renewable energy facility documentation review process throughout the year including evaluation of renewable energy claims
- Respond to general Green-e email inquiries and inbound calls; perform program administration duties such as meeting minutes, mailings, and website updates; and support data-related projects and develop other Green-e data management skills
- Support program outreach in Representative’s region, or elsewhere as needed
Program Outreach/Development and Other Activities (20%)
Depending on applicant’s interest, background, workload and availability, the position may include other activities, such as:
- Business travel in to meet with program participants and to conduct program outreach
- Provide research support to Green-e Climate and Marketplace programs
- Support other outreach efforts for Green-e and CRS programs, including through social media channels, public speaking and webinars
- Other projects as they arise and as the Associate has interest and ability
Compensation and Scheduling
This is a full-time, 40-hour per week paid staff position. The Associate is expected to work from the CRS office. Some travel is expected.
Qualifications and Preferred Skills
- Bachelor’s degree or greater in a related field with relevant work experience and/or coursework
- Enthusiastic self-starter
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
- Study or work experience in environmental policy, electricity markets, climate change, and/or carbon offsets
- Passion for renewable energy
- Excellent research, writing and quantitative skills
- Ability to manage multiple projects while keeping a firm focus on priorities
- High level of comfort contacting current and potential program participants by phone and email in a professional manner
- Microsoft Office Suite competency, including manipulation of large data sets in Excel
- Experience with Salesforce and/or webpage design is a plus
- Experience with program compliance, verification and enforcement is a plus
- Fluency in a foreign language, especially Mandarin, is a plus
3. Center for Resource Solutions and Green-e Fellowship Program
Four (4) Temporary Part-Time Positions
Posting Date: January 9, 2017
Start Date: March 2017
Application Deadline: Ongoing
Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) is seeking four (4) part-time fellows for the spring of 2017 to assist with research and program-related activities. These volunteer positions will run from March through May 2017.
CRS is a nonprofit environmental organization that creates policy and market solutions to advance sustainable energy. Since 1997, CRS has been instrumental in the development of landmark state, regional, and national renewable energy and climate policies. Green-e is a program of CRS that provides third-party certification for renewable energy, such as utility green power programs, and carbon offset programs. Green-e Energy is North America’s leading consumer protection and certification program for renewable energy. Green-e also offers a unique certification (Green-e Marketplace) that recognizes organizations using certified renewable energy and/or carbon offsets and enables them to demonstrate their environmental commitment through the use of the nationally recognized Green-e logo.
The Fellowship Program is a great opportunity to gain practical renewable energy, climate change, and nonprofit office experience, and to be exposed to a variety of topics and organizations in the renewable energy sector. CRS will work with each fellow to craft a four-month work plan that utilizes current strengths, while developing experience in other areas of interest. Fellows can expect to engage in any of the following types of activities:
- Research. Areas of research include international electricity markets, government policy, stakeholder mapping, renewable energy/carbon offset purchasers, standards that support renewable energy and carbon offsets, electricity and carbon oversight activities and industry best practices.
- Marketing oversight & consumer protection. Support the review of client marketing materials and renewable energy claims to ensure compliance with the Green-e program rules. Learn about industry best practices for accurate renewable energy marketing and disclosure.
- Business development. Perform market research online in discreet energy sectors. Help develop and execute on direct communications to target market groups. Identify industry organizations and potential partnership opportunities. Some work in Salesforce and Excel is expected.
- Marketing and communications. Provide support for CRS’s communications activities, draft marketing communications in Adobe Indesign, write draft blog posts, manage content calendars, manage social media accounts, provide marketing strategy support, and other design functions based on fellow’s capabilities.
- Policy Support. Provide support for CRS’s policy work in current areas of interest, including: design and implementation of state Renewable Portfolio Standards, community renewables programs, power source and emissions disclosure, carbon regulation and market design, and government support of voluntary markets.
- Event planning. Work on logistics and programming for the 2017 Renewable Energy Markets Conference, CRS’s annual conference being held in October 2017 in New York. Potential to work on smaller, targeted events as opportunities arise.
The ideal candidates will have excellent internet research skills, organizational skills, Microsoft Excel competency, and a passion for renewable energy and climate change. Knowledge of corporate social responsibility, climate change, renewable energy, and carbon offsets is a plus, as is experience with renewables outside of the US. Half time commitment at the CRS office for 3 months or equivalent is desired. A Bachelor degree or equivalent work experience a minimum requirement. Opportunities also are available for mid-career professionals and graduate students.
To Apply for a Position at Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Please submit a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org in one combined file titled with your name. Please include the job title in the subject line. Indicate why you are interested in the position, a summary of your qualifications for the position, and your available start date. No calls or email inquiries please. Employment will be contingent upon completing Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification and satisfactory reference checks.
CRS is a national nonprofit with global impact. CRS brings forth expert responses to climate change issues with the speed and effectiveness necessary to provide real-time solutions. Our leadership through collaboration and environmental innovation builds policies and consumer-protection mechanisms in renewable energy, greenhouse gas reductions, and energy efficiency that foster healthy and sustained growth in national and international markets.
CRS does not discriminate based on race, sex, age, national origin, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation or disability. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. CRS provides a robust benefits package, including a matching program for 401(k) retirement (permanent positions only), comprehensive insurance benefits, paid leave, and commuting benefits. CRS is located in the Thoreau Center for Sustainability in San Francisco’s Presidio National Park.