Energize Colleges Fellow

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San Mateo, CA, United States

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19 days ago

Work Environment: Hybrid (Remote and In-person ~2-3 days)

Term: September 2022 – June 2023; 40 hours/week

Benefits: Health care coverage, assistance with student loan deferments, professional development, industry networking, end-of-program certificate of completion.

About San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD)

The San Mateo County Community College District is a community college system in California with three institutions: College of San Mateo in San Mateo, Cañada College in Redwood City, and Skyline College in San Bruno. The district serves more than 25,000 students each day with both day and evening classes. This Fellowship will be housed in the Facilities Maintenance, Operations and Planning Division, the Sustainability Team which has hosted over nineteen Fellows over the past eight years.


The Energize Colleges Fellow oversees program implementation and student intern mentorship for the Energize Colleges program at the San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD). Funded by an innovative partnership through Peninsula Clean Energy, the successful candidate will supervise, coach, and manage a group often passionate student interns engaged in energy efficiency, equity, and sustainability efforts in the community. Under the general direction of the Energy and Sustainability Manager, the Fellow will design and guide the program through the stages of partner outreach, intern recruitment, administration, intern supervision, and reporting on program deliverables. This role is a 10-month, full-time position with numerous opportunities to creatively drive campus sustainability engagement, workforce development, and student empowerment through sustainability education and project-based learning.

Who We Are

The San Mateo County Community College District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. The District’s “Students First” Strategic Plan is focused on “Student Success, Equity, and Social Justice.” We provide students with rich and dynamic learning experiences in beautiful and welcoming campuses. SMCCCD embraces differences, emphasizes collaboration and prioritizes engaged learning both in and out of the classroom. We want to empower students to realize their goals, and to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders.


Housed in the Facilities Maintenance, Operations and Planning Division, the Sustainability Team at San Mateo County Community College District is highly collaborative, close knit and integrated. We thrive on innovation and creativity and practice what we preach. We are deeply committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as a team and as an organization. Over the past eight years, SMCCCD has hosted over fifteen Fellows. Each Fellow has contributed substantially to our success and has been supported with additional personal and professional development opportunities throughout the Fellowship period. We prioritize learning in all that we do.

SMCCCD Offers:

  • An inclusive, innovative, and equity-focused community.
  • A dynamic, flexible, and fun working environment.
  • A creative and caring culture that values community, diversity, altruism, accountability, collaboration, sustainability, and learning by doing.
  • Distinct professional opportunities to connect with, care for, and grow community that values a cleaner, healthier, and effective learning environment.
  • Ongoing mentorship and support.
  • Access and exposure to a broad and deep network of energy and sustainability professionals. This includes access to and support of professional development opportunities, trainings, certifications, and learning resources. As a learning institution, SMCCCCD prioritizes learning and supports the continuous development of its staff.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage the recruitment, placement, and project implementation of twelve student interns.
  • Collaborate with on- and off-campus internship hosts, forging strong connections to ensure high-quality placements and experiences for student interns.
  • Work closely with students throughout their internships, ensuring timely completion of key internship tasks and deliverables.
  • Support Energize Colleges program tracking, reporting, and grant administration.
  • Identify and connect with campus faculty interested in building academic projects focused on energy, equity, and sustainability, and infusing those concepts and activities into new and existing academic coursework.
  • Assist participating faculty members with instructional planning, lesson development, direct instruction, and evaluation related to such academic projects; accurately track academic projects’ progress.
  • Identify and develop new opportunities to utilize the campus as a living lab for academic learning.
  • Identify & connect with faculty staff as technical project advisors for in-house interns.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • An educational background in a sustainability-related field (volunteer and internship experience will also be considered)
  • Passion for sustainability engagement with students and communities
  • Commitment to supporting equitable student learning outcomes and professional development
  • An emerging understanding of (or desire to learn about) clean energy and environmental policy
  • Strong organizational, project management, and communication skills
  • Interest or experience planning, leading, and promoting outreach events or educational workshops
  • Experience using social media and website design platforms (Instagram, Google Sites) and/or graphic design experience (Canva, Adobe Suite) is a plus
  • Curious and open to learning, creative, detail oriented, patient, flexible


The successful candidate will be part of the Fellowship in Community College Sustainability (FiCCS) cohort. FiCCS presents a distinct opportunity to shape sustainability strategy at San Mateo County Community College District and well beyond.

At the core of the FiCCS Program is developing the next generation of thinkers and doers to help address sustainability issues in educational settings. Roles as energy, resource conservation, and sustainability managers are needed to meet these issues head on. Roles in educational sustainability require a distinct combination of aptitudes including project management, data analytics, communications, and community development. In addition to the Climate Corps Bay Area training, this position offers professional development opportunities and customized mentoring designed to build the core competencies necessary to execute sustainable programs or practices long after the Fellowship is complete.

As a FiCCS Program participant, the Energize Colleges Fellow will work on pressing climate and sustainability problems and be relied upon to work toward replicable, system-changing solutions along with two other fellows at SMCCD. A combination of job training and professional development will help the FiCCS Program participants hone marketable skills and draw important professional connections while making a marked difference in the community.

SEI requires employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

SEI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity. We believe that a wide array of perspectives contributes to creative climate solutions where all communities thrive. We strive to reflect diverse communities, especially those most impacted by climate change and other kinds of environmental, social, and economic injustices. Persons of color, persons with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply. A commitment to work and learn within an anti-oppression framework is required. https://www.seiinc.org/dei.html

Energize Colleges Fellow

San Mateo Community College District

3401 CSM Drive San Mateo CA 94402


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