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Equal Access Advocate

Operations | Washington, DC | Full Time

Job Description

Equal Access Advocate 

  

About DC Green Bank  

DC Green Bank is a new independent agency, established by the  Green Finance Authority Establishment Act of 2018 to leverage public capital to accelerate private sector investments that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and advance the District of Columbia’s ambitious sustainability and resiliency goals. Using limited public funding and bonding authority, DC Green Bank will attract private sector funding. Through its financing offerings, the organization will enable private capital to fill gaps by reducing real and perceived risk, absorbing transaction costs, and providing private investors the chance to learn about new market opportunities with the security of government partnership. An institutional goal is to accelerate the deployment of low-carbon technologies by mitigating upfront costs, leveraging private investment, and increasing the catalytic impact of public dollars.   

 

Summary 

DC Green Bank seeks an Equal Access Advocate to help launch this cutting-edge, mission-driven organization.  Working with the leadership team, the Equal Access Advocate aligns all internal processes, develops internal and external trainings, and ensures the organization is the leader in implementing best practices for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).  The Advocate serves as a DEI activist for clients, investors, District residents, and internal employees.  The Advocate will play an important role in determining the strategic direction of this growing, high-impact organization. 

 

Responsibilities 

  • Lead the organization in creating a safe, equitable, anti-racist workplace. 

  • Serve as the organizational expert for equity and access, keeping abreast of and implementing best practices leading our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

  • Using well-defined metrics and goals, work with senior management to design a DEI infrastructure through all departments and processes.  

  • Processes include recruitment, hiring, retention, employee engagement, investments, disbursements of loans and other pertinent funding, access to services and business opportunities, talent development, reporting and handling discrimination, harassment, and microaggressions, community outreach and development, and more. 

  • Partner with key affinity and advocacy groups, and minority-serving organizations to provide opportunities for District residents and businesses. 

  • Prioritize job creation, funding, and providing renewable energy for low-income, underserved communities. 

  • Develop and lead the organization’s community outreach and education efforts.  

  • Educate about the bank’s initiatives, products, and other sustainable resources. 

  • Work with local workforce development programs to teach District residents skills to obtain jobs contributing to renewable energy.  

  • Advocate for funding of projects that have positive short and long-term effects on residents.  Stay abreast of real desires and issues happening in the District so that our projects genuinely serve the communities’ needs. 

  • Champion key equity, access, and inclusion initiatives as needed. 

 

The Ideal Candidate 

The ideal candidate has proven experience in developing, implementing, and successfully executing a solid diversity, equity, and inclusion plan.  Focused on measurable results, you have created a workplace that is inclusive, where all identities are celebrated and continued growth of understanding of others is paramount.  You have worked in business and the community to educate about issues and advocating for change.  You are committed to partnering with sustainability leaders and passionate about providing access to these programs in under-served communities. You may already have strong connections in the non-profit, financial, energy, affordable housing, and public sectors, specifically regarding sustainability.  As we grow, you are willing to take on additional responsibilities to fill the needs of DC Green Bank.  You are committed to tackling climate change issues at a local level for global impact and you will strive to bring an entrepreneurial and creative spirit to DC Green Bank. 


DC Green Bank is committed to reaching multiple constituents in the District.  Candidates who are fluent or proficient in speaking multiple languages is desirable. 

 

Ultimately, we are looking for the right person with the right set of skills to fill the position.  There is no perfect candidate.  Highlight the best parts of your experience that align with the job description. 

 

 

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree  

  • Understanding, commitment to, and proven experience implementing a measurable and scalable DEI plan. 

  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills. 

  • Ability to work independently and willingness to ask questions to clarify assignments. 

  • Commitment to the mission of DC Green Bank. 

 

Position Details 

  • Status: Full-time  

  • Location: Remote during DC’s stay-at-home order; Washington, DC required when stay-at-home order is lifted  

  • Salary, Title, and Benefits commensurate with experience  

  

To Apply  

Interested applicants should submit (1) a detailed cover letter expressing their interest and fit for the position, and (2) a CV/resume clearly outlining experience, abilities, and qualifications satisfying the needs of the organization.  

 

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.