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CEE is a community-based clean energy nonprofit with offices in the North Loop of Minneapolis and St. Paul's Midway. We provide practical energy solutions for homes, businesses, and communities to cut energy waste and harmful emissions. We collaborate regularly with field peers and partners, and employ curious people who enjoy learning and contributing to Minnesota's quality of life and economy.

Our workplace invites open door communications and respect for diverse backgrounds and points of view, with an emphasis on work-life balance.
 

CEE is currently hiring for the following positions:

Community Energy Planner
Energy Counselor
Lending Accountant​
Loan Officer
Mechanical Engineer
Program Assistant
Scheduling Assistant

 

Community Energy Planner

 

The Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) is hiring a Community Energy Planner. We are seeking candidates with strong facilitation, project management, and communication experience to join our team of energy experts, community facilitators, program implementers, and research engineers who work on CEE’s community-based projects. This is a fantastic opportunity to apply your passion for community-based work to strategic and focused energy planning, intended to make a real impact.
 
We are looking for candidates with strong experience in community planning and facilitation. While energy expertise is not mandatory, some experience with energy, climate, or sustainability planning is preferred. You will need strong project management and communication skills, though with the flexibility to adapt to changing program and community needs. You will be joining a strong team that values creativity, hard work, clear communication, and a passion for having real impact in communities.
 
 
Responsibilities:
The Community Energy Planner will lead planning, project management, and strategy implementation for individual communities participating in Xcel Energy’s Partners in Energy service. Partners in Energy works with local governments and other community entities to create energy plans tailored to local communities’ needs, and provides targeted assistance with the implementation of these plans. The Community Planner will oversee a portfolio 3-6 of communities at any given time, with responsibilities that include managing local stakeholder input through a series of planning workshops, coordinating between community and utility points of contact, and supporting community-led implementation strategies.  Currently, 15 Minnesota and Wisconsin communities are actively participating in some stage of planning or implementation.
 
This role requires big picture thinking as well as nimble problem-solving, with strong organizational, written, and communication skills.  Successful candidates will have a track record that demonstrates their ability to work independently, to contribute effectively as a team player, and to collaborate with both internal and external stakeholders.
 
Under the direction of CEE’s Community Energy Program Manager, the Community Energy Planner will perform the following functions:
 

  • Lead individual community planning processes to develop energy action plans, including workshop facilitation, stakeholder engagement, data analysis, and writing energy plans

  • Coordinate implementation of the energy plans for individual communities, including project management, coordination of utility resources, tracking progress, and developing content for individual community based marketing campaigns as needed

  • Manage project-level tasks and budgets to ensure they are on track and within limits

  • Cultivate relationships with both internal and external stakeholders to uphold/maintain CEE’s strategic position within the project team

  • Use established systems to create work plans, track milestones, and report progress; help develop systems and processes where none currently exist

  • Recognize and uphold established program standards to deliver consistent work products, including attention to branding and communications protocol

Qualifications

This position requires a baccalaureate degree in communications, city planning, design, environmental studies, or related field (or a combination of education/training and/or experience); and requires at least 3 years of experience in community outreach, facilitation, energy services, planning, and/or design.  Other requirements include:

  • Excellent writing, oral, and interpersonal communication skills, including comfort with public speaking

  • Strong organizational and problem solving skills

  • Successful experience with process design and facilitation of group decision making

  • Experience leading planning processes with varied stakeholder input

  • Experience with client relationship management

  • Experience working with communities in a planning or project implementation capacity

  • Strong attention to detail and diligent follow-through

  • Strong computer skills, including advanced skills in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

  • Must have access to reliable transportation, including capacity to independently transport self and necessary supplies to and from off-site appointments as needed

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with or within local government

  • Experience using data to inform decision making

  • Comfortable working closely with Investor-Owned Utilities

  • Familiarity with energy efficiency, including utility energy efficiency programs

  • Experience with community-based marketing and/or communications 

Compensation
Competitive salary based on qualifications and experience. 
 
Working Hours
Full-time position that requires occasional evening and weekend hours 
 
How to Apply
Mail, email or fax cover letter and resume to:
Attn: Human Resources
Community Energy Planner Position
Center for Energy and Environment
212 3rd Avenue North #560
Minneapolis, MN  55401
Fax: 612-335-5995
Email: Resume_Submissions@mncee.org
 

Interviewing for this position begins February 5th, 2019
 

Center for Energy and Environment seeks to enrich the diversity of the CEE community and encourages applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to apply. CEE is long noted for its research, policy advocacy and programming to provide practical energy solutions for homes, businesses and communities.

Equal Opportunity Employer
 



Energy Counselor

CEE’s energy counselor position is part of a team that helps homeowners throughout the Greater Twin Cities make their homes more energy efficient. CEE is seeking motivated individuals, skilled at working with people and providing high-quality services to customers. No prior residential services experience is required — thorough on-the-job-training is provided for the position.

The energy counselor provides in-home residential energy services in support of CEE’s Residential Programs. The energy counselor is also the primary point of contact for the homeowner, and is responsible for establishing good rapport. Home visits include an assessment of energy use and on-site additions of energy-saving products like LED light bulbs and low-flow shower heads.

This is a full-time position that provides a wide range of benefits, including Paid Time Off (PTO), medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, and a retirement plan. The energy counselor reports to the field supervisor.


Responsibilities:

  • Works with a team member to conduct home visits in accordance with established protocols.

  • Manages time to complete visits according to schedule.

  • Assumes the role of Lead or Installer for Home Energy Squad (HES) Installed visits.

  • Conducts product installations (LED light bulbs, low-flow shower heads, etc.) for HES and multifamily visits.

  • Consults with homeowners about energy goals, questions, and concerns.

  • Teaches homeowners about energy use and encourages low-cost/no-cost energy-saving measures.

  • Communicates with team member throughout visits to discuss upgrades recommendations.

  • Discusses upgrades recommendations with homeowners and gauges the homeowner’s interest.

  • Encourages homeowners to complete additional recommended treatments and schedules work to be completed.

  • Accurately records and enters data into the tracking database.

  • Accurately manages product inventory.

  • Drives a Home Energy Squad van. 

  • Completes assigned administrative tasks and responsibilities during office time.

  • Assists with program marketing and outreach efforts.

  • Understands and adheres to corporate policies and procedures, attends trainings as requested, and reads corporate-wide emails and correspondence.

  • Other duties as assigned.

 
Qualifications/Job Requirements:

  • Must have an interest in residential energy efficiency and a willingness to expand your knowledge base on the subject.

  • Must demonstrate excellent customer relations and communication skills. 

  • Must demonstrate excellent time-management and organizational skills, and the ability to meet deadlines. 

  • Must have basic computer and keyboard competency and show proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Microsoft Word and Excel. 

  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds as well as carry, push, pull, kneel, and squat. 

  • Must be able to work outside in all weather conditions. 

  • Must have a valid driver’s license and good driving record.

 
Preferred Qualifications:

  • Seeking candidates proficient in speaking Hmong, Somali, and Spanish.

 
Compensation
$15.00-$17.00/hour, dependent upon qualifications and experience.
 
How to Apply
Email or fax cover letter and resume to Human Resources:

Energy Counselor Position
Center for Energy and Environment
212 3rd Avenue North, Suite #560
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Resume_Submissions@mncee.org
FAX 612-335-5995
 

Center for Energy and Environment seeks to enrich the diversity of the CEE community and encourages applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to apply. CEE is long noted for its research, policy advocacy and programming to provide practical energy solutions for homes, businesses and communities.

Equal Opportunity Employer
 



Lending Accountant

The Lending Accountant is a member of the accounting team and is responsible for accounting and reconciliation activities in support of the Lending Center department of CEE. This includes reconciliation of loan and servicing accounts, monthly client invoicing, client communications, data entry and analytics, report production and coordination with the overall Accounting team.

The Lending Accountant is responsible for accurate and compliant accounting and reconciliation of lending program activity from the lending software through to the accounting system. The position works closely with both the lending and accounting departments in support of strong internal controls, regulatory compliance and effective client relations. The position requires a deep knowledge of accounting standards and financial reporting in accordance with GAAP. Experience with mortgage lending and mortgage loan processing is preferred as well.

This staff-level position reports to the Accounting Supervisor and has no supervisory responsibilities.
As part of the administrative team, this position may also assist with overflow work assigned from administrative and other departments within CEE.

This is a full time position that provides a wide range of benefits including Paid Time Off (PTO), medical, dental, life and long term disability insurance and a retirement plan.

 

Responsibilities:
 
Lending and servicing (70%)

  • Analyze lending fund activity and related financial transactions

  • Research financial discrepancies between records, reports, and systems and coordinate resolution

  • Prepare monthly loan servicing and cash accounting entries related to lending activity

  • Prepare monthly client invoices in accordance with contract specifications

  • Monitor cash flow and funds designated by the board for lending

  • Collaborate with others to gather data, resolve issues, and produce accurate and reliable reports

  • Manage accounting and reporting for various loan program activities and measures

  • Review lending and servicing reports, identify problem areas and report to the Lending Center

  • Assist in the preparation and review of annual loan servicing reporting to customers

 

Accounting (30%)
  • Report and present financial information to accounting and lending teams

  • Ensure accuracy when performing general ledger reviews, identify and analyze issues, provide guidance and coordinate resolution as necessary

  • Prepare lending related audit work papers and participate in the annual audit process

  • Compile lending data for annual reporting on the Form 990 and related schedules

  • Attend at least 20 hours of training/continuing education annually (or whatever is required for any certification)

Regulatory compliance and internal controls

  • Maintain proficiency in current lending/servicing regulations

  • Develop and maintain an ongoing/systematic quality control system

  • Develop and maintain appropriate internal controls

  • Prepare reports for federally funded programs

 
Other duties as assigned

 
Qualifications/Job Requirements:

  • 4 year accounting degree or equivalent experience in the accounting field

  • General knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)

  • Intermediate knowledge of MS Excel and MS Word and basic office experience required, along with ability to work in a database such as lending program systems (PowerLender; LoanPro)

  • Knowledge of QuickBooks accounting software, Access databases and nonprofit accounting a plus

  • Must be very detailed, have excellent communication skills, the ability to meet deadlines and be able to work independently

  • As an employee with access to highly sensitive materials, maintaining a level of confidentiality at all times

  • Understand and adhere to corporate policies and procedures and attend trainings as requested

  • Schedule and attend meetings as applicable with both internal and external constituents

  • Prepare annual reviews and adhere to job duty and attendance expectations as directed by your supervisor

  • Must be able to lift 25 pounds as well as carry, push, pull, kneel and squat

  • Must be able to travel to both the St. Paul and Minneapolis office locations, as well as external locations (i.e. client sites, vendor locations)

  • Primary working hours are during CEE’s business hours, but overtime hours may be required occasionally throughout the year (for example, in preparation for the annual financial audit)

How to Apply
Email or fax cover letter and resume to Human Resources:

Lending Accountant Position
Center for Energy and Environment
212 3rd Avenue North, Suite #560
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Resume_Submissions@mncee.org
FAX 612-335-5995
 

Center for Energy and Environment seeks to enrich the diversity of the CEE community and encourages applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to apply. CEE is long noted for its research, policy advocacy and programming to provide practical energy solutions for homes, businesses and communities.

Equal Opportunity Employer
 

 

Loan Officer

 

The Loan Officer is responsible for processing home improvement financing applications for the Lending Center of the Center for Energy and Environment.This includes: reviewing income, credit, property value, projects and determining what program is the best for the applicant. This position provides core support to the participants of the Lending Center. The Loan Officer reports to the Lending Supervisor and has no direct reports. As a function of overall program assistance, this position may also assist with overflow work assigned from other departments and programs within CEE.

This is a full time position that provides a wide range of benefits including Paid Time Off (PTO), medical, dental, life and long term disability insurance, and a retirement plan. 


Responsibilities:

  • Assures  compliance with CEE’s regulatory and investor guidelines, as well as customer service standards

  • Provide outreach regarding CEE’s lending products to partner organizations, community members and interested parties

  • Work closely with homeowners to process loan applications and determine the best program available

  • Review all loan documentation for adherence to CEE’s product and program guidelines

  • Must be able to calculate income, debt-to-income, home equity and review consumer credit reports

  • Schedule and execute loan closings as needed

  • Assist in staffing phone lines

  • Provide excellent customer service when working with customers and business contacts

  • Attend trade shows and other community meetings to promote programs

  • At least 20 hours of training/continuing education annually

  • Other duties as assigned

 
Qualifications/Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree or equivalent experience required

  • Work professionally with co-workers, board member, clients and contractors

  • Working knowledge of the entire loan origination process : processing, underwriting and closing

  • Well versed in lending laws, regulations and compliance

  • Knowledge of Loan Origination software

  • Perform duties accurately, honestly and timely

  • Understanding and compliance to corporate policies and procedures

  • Must have basic computer skills and high comfort level with modern office technology

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Must demonstrate excellent time management, organizational skills and the ability to meet deadlines

  • Working hours are during CEE’s business hours, but evenings and weekends may be required

  • Must have access to reliable transportation, including capacity to independently transport self and necessary supplies to and from Minneapolis and St. Paul offices as needed

 
Compensation
$19.25-$21.50/hour, Dependent upon qualifications and experience

How to Apply
Email or fax cover letter and resume to Human Resources:

Loan Officer Position
Center for Energy and Environment
212 3rd Avenue North, Suite #560
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Resume_Submissions@mncee.org
FAX 612-335-5995

Center for Energy and Environment seeks to enrich the diversity of the CEE community and encourages applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to apply. CEE is long noted for its research, policy advocacy and programming to provide practical energy solutions for homes, businesses and communities.
Equal Opportunity Employer


 



Mechanical Engineer

 

The Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) seeks a full time Mechanical Engineer to work as part of a team to investigate and deliver energy savings recommendations to clients in a wide variety of buildings and to support other projects at CEE. Engineers at CEE focus their talents on all aspects of energy efficiency in large buildings from the time the building is new (new construction commissioning) to ongoing operations (continuous commissioning) and periodic energy tune ups (retro/recommissioning). Engineers are responsible for analysis of energy consumption from heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems from both a field measurement and design perspective. 

This is a full time position that provides a wide range of benefits including Paid Time Off (PTO), medical, dental, life and long term disability insurance as well as a profit sharing retirement plan.
 
Responsibilities:

  • CEE is seeking an engineer to join our team who can both lead engineering-based energy efficiency projects for CEE’s clients, and support internal and external projects that require measurement, analysis, and verification of energy use. These projects range from single day studies to nine month long commissioning/recommissioning projects that produce reports on cost effective improvements.

  • Engineer must show an interest in, and have basic knowledge of all types of buildings (residential, commercial, and industrial).

  • Typical projects require review of client documents (plans and specifications), field measurement of performance parameters, deployment of data loggers to capture additional data, and financial analysis of recommendations.

  • CEE’s engineers assist other departments, especially research and new program development, with their experience-based recommendations and creative ideas.

Qualifications:

  • A degree in Mechanical Engineering or a combined degree/equivalent work experience

  • Five years of work experience in energy engineering field or working as an engineer is preferred.

  • Detailed understanding of commercial Heating, Cooling and Ventilation systems.

  • If not already licensed Professional Engineer, the ability to achieve Professional Engineer status.

  • Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation to travel between office and working sites.

 
Skills:

  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.

  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, accuracy, dependability, and a good work ethic are a must.

  • Desire to learn about emerging and cutting edge technologies in a fast-paced environment.

  • Ability to calculate energy reduction potential for recommendations measures.

  • Able to work independently and in a team setting. 

  • Goal driven and results-orientated; able to balance deadlines and quality.

  • Proficient in the use personal computer software such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases and electronic mail.

  • Able to program using Visual Basic or similar language and willingness to further develop this skill.

 
Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to demonstrate the manual dexterity to operate a personal computer effectively.

  • Ability to view and operate a personal computer, either desktop or laptop, for extended periods of time creating, composing and reviewing documents and spreadsheets.

  • Ability to operate general office equipment, e.g., PC, printer, fax, telephone, etc.

  • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time.

  • Ability to exert up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a minimal amount of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.

  • Ability to occasionally carry tool bags needed for investigation work, bags can weigh up to 40 pounds (this occurs approximately less than 5%)

 
Working Conditions:

  • Primary working hours are within CEE’s business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Ability to work beyond typical working hours as needed or required to meet deadlines or to investigate a building during off peak hours.

  • Ability to perform work indoors in an office environment, regardless of whether cubicle, open office or private office.

  • Ability to work out of the office in the field which may include working around rotating equipment, high voltage, or warm humid areas.

  • Ability to travel to national conferences to expand CEE’s knowledge base or to present findings from work CEE has performed.

  • All safety equipment needed to perform job will be provided by CEE along with training on how to use safety equipment.

 
Compensation
Dependent upon qualifications and experience.
 
How to Apply
Email or fax cover letter and resume to Human Resources:

Mechanical Engineer Position
Center for Energy and Environment
212 3rd Avenue North, Suite #560
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Resume_Submissions@mncee.org
FAX 612-335-3481

Center for Energy and Environment seeks to enrich the diversity of the CEE community and encourages applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to apply. CEE is long noted for its research, policy advocacy and programming to provide practical energy solutions for homes, businesses and communities.
 
Equal Opportunity Employer
 



Program Assistant

The Program Assistant is responsible for design review and administrative support for the Noise Mitigation Program of the Center for Energy and Environment. The goal of the Noise Mitigation Program is to reduce the aircraft noise impacts by providing noise reducing modifications to homes around the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. This position provides core support to the participants of the Noise Mitigation Program, CEE staff and to the staff of the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) and Miller Dunwiddie Architecture. This is an administrative level position that reports to the NMP Project Manager. This is a full time position that provides a wide range of benefits including Paid Time Off (PTO), medical, dental, life and long term disability insurance and a retirement plan.


Responsibilities:

Design Review (75%)

  • Schedule and perform homeowner design reviews. The design review is a sit down meeting at the MAC offices with a homeowner and providing them an opportunity to review the proposed sound mitigation modifications designed by the program contractors.

  • Work with program contractors/homeowners to answer any design questions the homeowner has prior to homeowner signing the work agreement.

  • Once signed, scan and archive both the work agreement and scope of work.

  • Perform homeowner and contractor communications in a positive and accurate manner.

  • Understand and become proficient in the Sound Manager database software.

  • Attend semi-monthly off-site program meetings with MAC and subcontractors.

  • Attend evening orientations with homeowners interested in participating in the program (6-8 orientations estimated annually).

  • Work with MAC staff to reserve space for design reviews.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Program Support (25%)

  • Scan and electronically file completed homeowner folders once construction is complete and file is closed.

  • Send out post modification surveys and respond to any homeowner inquiries received through survey responses.

  • Prepare post modification survey results report for MAC and subcontractors.

  • Overall program and office administrative support as needed.

 
Qualifications/Job Requirements:

  • 3 years’ experience in program assistance/administration, required.

  • Basic residential program and/or construction knowledge a plus.

  • Experience working with the public in a customer service capacity.

  • Must demonstrate excellent time-management and organizational skills, and the ability to meet deadlines.

  • Must have basic computer and keyboard competency and show proficiency in Microsoft Office Word and Excel.

  • An orientation toward teamwork.

  • Primary working hours are during CEE’s business hours but evening and weekend may be required.

  • Must have access to reliable transportation, including capacity to independently transport self and necessary supplies to and from off-site design reviews as needed.  Design reviews will be held at the MAC offices (location: Hwy 62 and 28th Avenue, Minneapolis) two to three times a week.

 
Compensation
$16.00 - $18.00/hour, dependent upon qualifications and experience.

How to Apply
Applications accepted through Friday, February 15, 2019.  Email or fax cover letter and resume to Human Resources:

Program Assistant Position
Center for Energy and Environment
212 3rd Avenue North, Suite #560
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Resume_Submissions@mncee.org
FAX 612-335-5995
 

Center for Energy and Environment seeks to enrich the diversity of the CEE community and encourages applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to apply. CEE is long noted for its research, policy advocacy and programming to provide practical energy solutions for homes, businesses and communities.
Equal Opportunity Employer




Scheduling Assistant

The Scheduling Assistant is responsible for scheduling program activities and providing administrative support to the Residential Department of the Center for Energy and Environment. This includes: scheduling visits, attending meetings, coordinating homeowner communications, communicating with applicable utility/client staff, and entering customer information into software systems.

This position works closely with both homeowners participating in and the internal staff working within the Residential Department The position will work with all levels within the organization to facilitate the scheduling and general communications with program participants. As part of the residential department administrative team, this position may also assist with overflow work, assigned from residential programs within CEE. This is a full time position that provides a wide range of benefits including Paid Time Off (PTO), medical, dental, life and long term disability insurance as well as a profit sharing retirement plan.

Responsibilities:

  • Accurate and timely scheduling of Residential homeowner visits

  • Perform homeowner communications in a pleasant and professional manner

  • Perform accurate data entry, client information uploads and prepare and edit reports

  • Provide support to residential staff counselors/crew leads and technicians

  • Accurate and timely data entry with special emphasis on information security

  • Provide reports and perform filing and copying

  • Dispatch schedule changes as needed to field crews

  • Perform administrative tasks across the Residential Department

  • Understanding and adhering to corporate policies and procedures, attending trainings as requested, and reading corporate wide emails and correspondence

  • Other duties as assigned

 Qualifications/Job Requirements:

  • Computer skills and high comfort level with modern office technology

  • At least 1 year of experience in program assistance/administration

  • Basic residential program knowledge

  • Experience with working with the public

  • Proven ability to organize processes and schedule a wide range of activities

  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to speak in front of others

  • An orientation toward teamwork

  • Develop and maintain a professional office environment and appearance (factors include: cleanliness, attire, positive attitude)

  • Routinely use standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines

  • Requires ability to stand; walk; sit; use hands to grip, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift or move up to 25 pounds

  • Primary working hours must occur on-site and during CEE’s business hours

 Preferred Qualifications

  • Seeking candidates proficient in speaking Hmong, Somali and Spanish

Compensation

  • Dependent upon qualifications and experience

How to Apply

Email or fax cover letter and resume to Human Resources:

Scheduling Assistant
Center for Energy and Environment
212 3rd Avenue North, Suite #560
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Resume_Submissions@mncee.org
FAX 612-335-5995

Center for Energy and Environment seeks to enrich the diversity of the CEE community and encourages applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to apply. CEE is long noted for its research, policy advocacy and programming to provide practical energy solutions for homes, businesses and communities.

Equal Opportunity Employer