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 Our next 2 day training on “Renewable Energy in the Developing World” — solar photovoltaics and solar powered water pumping — will be held with Portland State University, all day Saturday and Sunday on November 20 & 21, 2010.  For more information, please contact: jason@greenempowerment.org. To register, please contact Sherri at Green Empowerment, (503) 284-5774.


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Support work that creates healthy and empowered citizens of the world! The Development Director will be responsible for developing and implementing a fundraising strategy that incorporates individual donor cultivation and corporate appeals, fundraising events, and submission of grants for capacity-building, and development and implementation of digital and written communications efforts. Job closes 7/11. Please see the attached description for more information. Development Director Job Description

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Impact work that delivers sustainable water and electricity solutions to rural areas of the world! Accounting Specialist responsibilities include but are not limited to Green Empowerment’s financial records, individual donor database, and office support. Job closes 6/29. Please see the attached for more information.

Accounting Specialist Job Description

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Green Empowerment is co-hosting the Seminar “Biodigester: Clean
technology to Mitigate Climate Change” at EARTH University, Costa
, May 13-14 for hands-on workshops and presentations from experts
from across Latin America. The event is preceded by the strategic
meeting of Red de Biodigestores para Latinoamerica y el Caribe.

To learn more about the seminar please view the flyer below or view the agenda of the seminar – contact information is on page 4.

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About This Position: The Communications Coordinator promotes the mission of Green Empowerment by using a range of digital and print media for outreach and donor development. This position coordinates diverse volunteers and supports Green Empowerment staff for the smooth functioning of the organization.

Public Relations-   30% of time

Enhance Green Empowerment’s reputation and visibility through branding, external communication and the website.

  • Work closely with staff to keep the website information current.
  • Assist with events and corporate sponsorships
  • Execute email and hard-copy newsletters and solicitations.
  • Coordinate Annual Reports.
  • Manage Twitter and other social media accounts.
  • Develop graphically appealing Project Profiles and marketing materials

Administrative and Fundraising – 30% of time

Assist in the smooth functioning of the organization’s administration.

  • Receive visitors, telephone calls, and mail.
  • Receive emails to general info@greenempowerment, respond or forward.
  • Help with general office task such as ordering supplies
  • Help to maintain a new database management system (Salesforce) for corporate, foundation, and individual donors with the Development Director or Accountant.
  • Maintain records of incoming grants and outgoing requests as well as past, prospective, and current institutional and corporate donors in Salesforce
  • Organize end of year contribution receipts and replies.

Volunteer coordination-  20 % of time

Effectively manage and designate roles for a diverse corps of Portland based volunteers. Act as a liaison between the Director of Service learning and international volunteers.

Program Tracking-   20% of time

Support program staff in tracking and program-related outreach.

  • Support in grant writing, solicitation and reporting.
  • Maintain active projects profiles with Good Search, Global Giving, Universal Giving, local CFCs (combined federal campaigns), and other web fundraising opportunities.

Remuneration: $27,000 annualized.  This is an “at will” position, not a contract for a fixed period of employment.  Employer-paid medical insurance, paid vacation and sick leave.

Education: College degree, or equivalent

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Ability and desire to work in a dynamic nonprofit organization and commitment to the mission and values of the organization.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Adobe InDesign and general computer skills.
  • Marketing or graphics experience is a plus.
  • Knowledge of Salesforce or other database system preferable.
  • Experience with Vertical Response, Facebook, Twitter and Google Documents recommended.
  • Must be outgoing, be able to work independently and think creatively about complex solutions.
  • Demonstrated high quality written and verbal skills.

To Apply: Kindly send resume and cover letter by email to apply@greenempowerment.org by April 18, 2010.

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‘Meet a Green Empowerment Volunteer’ is a new installment on the Green Empowerment blog that highlights past and current Green Empowerment volunteers. Green Empowerment is very lucky to have various committed volunteers and this blog segment will allow the Green Empowerment community to get to know these fantastic individuals.

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.  – Oscar Wilde

Dave Lindoo is the first volunteer to be featured.  Well done Dave and best of wishes on your journey to Peru!

Dave Lindoo

Hi, I am Dave Lindoo and I have chosen to volunteer six months of my time to travel to Cajamarca, Peru with Green Empowerment and help create, develop, and maintain renewable energy projects starting July of this year. I feel very lucky for having the opportunity to volunteer with Green Empowerment and I look forward to helping people in developing countries create and maintain sustainable projects that improve their lives. Ever since I’ve graduated with my B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology I’ve only wanted to put that degree and knowledge towards the renewable energy industry. I believe it is a very promising field and it is our future. I also believe it the best choice for rural areas in developing countries because it is far more economical than extending the grid (which usually isn’t an option anyway) and each project can be specifically catered to the village’s needs.

To learn more about Dave or donate to the project in Cajamarca please visit his blog!

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Havurah Shalom recently committed to work with Green Empowerment in El Jocote Nicaragua to bring a new water system to the community. Residents of El Jocote currently uses a hand pump to reach their water source which can be time consuming and difficult.  A solar installation will pump water into a cement tank at a high point in the community from which gravity pulls it to resident’s homes.  In addition to the renewable energy infrastructure, Havurah Shalom also plans on assisting in organizing a health assessment before and after the installation of the system.

To read the full article or learn how to donate to the El Jocote project please click here.

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