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Job: Green Pathways Project Associate – Earth Day, Earth Day NW 2020 Dept, at Forterra

Position: Green Pathways Project Associate
Reports To: Executive Director, Earth Day Northwest 2020
Department: Earth Day Northwest 2020
Location: Seattle, WA
Position Type: Full Time, Non-exempt
Pay Grade: $42,000Benefits: Eligible, Class III:  Forterra’s benefits include ten paid holidays per year and up to 160 hours of paid time off (PTO) leave. You will also be eligible to enroll in the employer-sponsored medical, dental, and flexible spending account (FSA) plans. You will also be able to enroll in Forterra’s 401(k) program. Forterra also provides a subsidized Orca Card program for public transit commuters.


Forterra is a Green Pathways Partner. Green Pathways is a program that creates a pathway to the green sector for low-income young adults in living wage entry-level positions in the environmental justice movement.

Forterra aims to make sure the Pacific Northwest is livable and beautiful for generations to come. To accomplish this, Forterra focuses on land — how we all live, work and play sustainably on it today, knowing we will see significant growth over the next century.

About Earth Day Northwest 2020

Earth Day Northwest 2020 drive efforts to deliver the biggest, highest-impact Earth Day that Puget Sound, the state of Washington, and the Pacific Northwest have ever witnessed.  We are committed to using the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2020 as the rallying point for dozens of on the ground projects that show we can head towards a sustainable future. Built on three key ideals: protecting the environment; increasing equity and inclusion; and improving our built communities, Earth Day Northwest 2020’s unabashed goal is to leave a generational legacy of regional sustainability.

Summary of Position

The Green Pathways Project Associate will focus their work on Earth Day Northwest 2020 – Earth Day’s 50th anniversary. The Green Pathways Project Associate is a self-motivated, enthusiastic and mission-driven professional whose primary responsibility will be to support the Executive Director of Earth Day Northwest 2020 in identifying, cultivating and stewarding potential Earth Day Northwest 2020 projects and amplification activities. The position will also work closely with the CEO Emeritus of Forterra and Chair of Earth Day Northwest 2020, and other volunteers and advisors.  This is a great opportunity for an individual who is a quick-study, creative and productive.

The Green Pathways Project Associate will be an integral part of the Earth Day team to effectively architect and execute broad-based campaigns, as well as work with partners to create and amplify projects that meet Earth Day Northwest 2020’s three pillars of sustainability: environment, equity and inclusion, and built community. The Green Pathways Project Associate also will take the lead on supporting Earth Day Northwest’s partner outreach efforts. Activities include meeting coordination and follow-up with partner organizations, as well as administrative support, staffing and supporting partner meetings and efforts. The Green Pathways Project Associate will focus on ensuring efficiency and accuracy in all interactions with Earth Day Northwest 2020 team, donors and participants.  

Excellent communication skills are required. Due to the fast-paced, wide-ranging nature of the position, excellent prioritization and time-management skills are necessary.

Specific Duties

  • In close coordination with the Executive Director, help coordinate project components, including tracking, correspondence and updating collateral material as needed. (approximately 30% of work hours)
  • Attend community events and meetings with Executive Director to inform and engage members in the project and build supportive relationships with these stakeholders. (approximately 40% of work hours)
  • Help to articulate compelling and thoughtful communications to partner organizations both in writing and verbally; demonstrate strong listening skills. (approximately 5% of work hours)
  • Support as needed the fundraising activities of the Executive Director and Chair of Earth Day Northwest 2020, including participating in solicitation strategies and assisting with solicitations. (approximately 5% of work hours)
  • Help Executive Director plan, create, and execute a diverse range of gatherings (some large) for project partners, leaders and community members to learn about the project. (approximately 20% of work hours)
  • Adhere to the highest ethical standards; bring an optimistic and positive attitude, and convey sensitivity to needs of the donors.

Required Qualifications

  • Ability to organize and manage diverse activities and set priorities in a fast paced environment
  • Flexible and able to work well under pressure
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Ability to develop a positive working relationship with a variety of people
  • Basic knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel and Outlook, and willingness to learn Raiser’s Edge
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness and strong problem-solving skills
  • Must be able to work occasional non-standard hours, including evenings and weekends

Travel, Working Conditions, and Physical Environment

This position is subject to indoor environmental conditions typical to a professional office setting. Forterra will provide reasonable accommodations for people who are differently abled. The essential physical requirements of this position include:

  • Ability to exert up to 30 pounds of force occasionally and/or an equivalent amount of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.
  • Ability to sit or otherwise remain in a stationary position at a computer workstation for the majority of the work day.
  • Ability to frequently move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office equipment, etc.
  • Ability to communicate accurately with leadership, co-workers, and volunteer leadership, clients, and vendors about matters related to the daily operations of the organization.

Background Check

A criminal background will not automatically eliminate you from consideration. However, because this position involves access to confidential/sensitive information and physical assets, Forterra will not hire into this position anyone who has been convicted of a criminal offense related to theft or fraud. A criminal history background check will be conducted on the final candidate prior to beginning employment.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Forterra believes that historic and current methods of real estate acquisition and development disproportionately affect the most marginalized people in society – including people of color, low-income people, women, and LGBTQ people. We believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do. Therefore, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members or other marginalized communities.

Forterra is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status, or any other class protected by law. Assistance and/or reasonable accommodations during the application process are available to individuals upon request. To request assistance or accommodation, please contact Human Resources at [email protected], 206-292-5907 and also cc Florence Sum at [email protected].

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