Opportunities

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"PUSH's members are the community organizers who make affordable housing a reality in Buffalo. Our members work with partners and funders to create a healthy, just and strong city that includes community control of resources, living wage jobs and access to quality education, healthcare and transportation". 

PUSH members are community residents who are ready to take a stand on a number of pressing issues facing our neighborhoods. By developing and leading winning campaigns to gain democratic control over our energy and community control over our resources PUSH members prove that REAL PEOPLE HAVE REAL POWER

Click here to learn more about our campaigns.

Ready to become a member? 1 yr memberships range from $5 - $15 and can include a PUSH T-Shirt or PUSH Hoodie. Contact our Community Organizing Department at 716-884-0356 to get started today!

Work with us!

We continue to accept resumes for construction laborers. Interested individuals are encouraged to attend a BETC-sponsored drop-in every other Thursday. Check out our our events calendar for more info!

Opportunities are also posted on our PUSH Green website: PUSH Green Events

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POSITION: Development Assistant

REPORTS TO: Executive Director

The Development Assistant is responsible for assisting the Executive Director with fund development, fundraising, and special events. The Development Assistant plays an integral role in expand our funding base, developing strategies to attract new funders, and implementing these strategies. This person will create communication pieces to update current and prospective funders about our programs. Finally, the successful candidate will assist with organizing and staffing development events. The Development Assistant works under the supervision of the Executive Director and closely with all program directors, and often with the general staff, and Board of Directors of PUSH. 

JOB RELATED & SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist in identifying and cultivating giving programs with small, medium, and large

individual donors as part of an annual campaign; prioritizes prospects; document all

contacts; determine targeted results, tracks and documents progress.

  • Assist in implementing an annual plan to increase business and civic group giving;

determine targeted results and tracks, documents progress.

  • Process donations and prepare acknowledgement letters and other correspondence.
  • Create monthly fundraising reports and other database reports as needed.
  • Continually update and correct database records.
  • Conduct preliminary research on prospective corporate foundation and individual donors.
  • Coordinate productions and mailing of spring and year-end appeal letters.
  • Maintain guest lists, gather and prepare registration materials and other duties as assigned

for fund-raising events.

  • Prepare media materials for distribution. (i.e. copying, filing, mailing, e-mailing)
  • Assemble media and donor kits for events and meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director
  • Produce and edit newsletter; gather stories and photos, proofread, and manage printing

    and mailing deadlines

  • Update presentation and public relations material as needed, including brochures and

    power point presentations.

  • Manage and edit online website and update on a regular basis.

  • Prepare occasional news releases and press kits                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       REQUIRED SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum of Associates Degree and 2 Years Experience preferred
  • Excellent communication skills and public speaking abilities.
  • Ability and willingness to work some evening and/or weekend hours as needed.

For more information about PUSH, visit our website at www.pushbuffalo.org. To apply for this position, please send resume, cover letter and days that you are available to work to:

Aaron Bartley, Executive Director

People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo)

271 Grant Street

Buffalo, NY  14213

Fax: (716)884-0358

(Email Preferred!) E-mail: info@pushbuffalo.org

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POSITION: Lead Community Solar Energy Advocate                                                                          

REPORTS TO: PUSH Green Director                                                                                                                  

JOB RELATED & SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

● Contributes to strategic planning efforts that seek to provide outreach and education for the PUSH Green Solar PV program within targeted communities

● Maintains regular communication with all PUSH Green team members and participates in regularly scheduled PUSH Green team meetings to ensure effective coordination of solar PV and energy efficiency retrofit programs

● Implements local outreach campaigns including mailings, flyering, organizing local events and workshops

● Implements customer referral activities and peer-to-peer social marketing and networking to drive program

enrollment

● Engages institutional, organizational, and government partners in Solar PV program endorsement, sponsorship,

and constituent aggregation opportunities

● Facilitates awareness of the Solar PV program, steps to participate in the program, program financing, program benefits, contractor participation and responsibilities, and connections with PUSH Green energy efficiency programs and benefits

● Conducts 1-on-1 grassroots outreach efforts to move people to action

● Conducts joint meetings with outreach partners to introduce programs and encourage participation

● Works independently and in collaboration with contractors to convert customer leads to contracted and installed solar PV jobs using effective sales strategies

● Recruits customers to participate in the program and focuses recruitment efforts within identified low-to-
moderate income communities within Erie County

● Pre-qualifies and pre-screens residents and small businesses for participation in solar PV programs, including financing programs

● Follows up with prospects to determine interest in solar PV and energy efficiency programs

● Maintains customer lists to move customers through the process and guides customers to appropriate resources and programs

● Manages customer projects and coordinates project management activities with contractors

● Engages in continuous improvement of customer, contractor, and project management systems

● Maintains current and up-to-date knowledge of solar PV program components, energy efficiency program

components, and other related programs and processes

● Meets contract goals for solar PV program implementation, including outreach and marketing goals, and

installed solar PV deliverables

● Complies with NYSERDA requirements for reporting and communications, as necessary

● Attends regular trainings sponsored by NYSERDA and other funders for program information and updates

● Completes reporting and communications requirements from additional funders, as necessary

REQUIRED SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

● The ideal candidate will be very detail-oriented, organized, self-directed, an effective communicator, possess program marketing, have excellent customer service and time management skills, and be a creative problem solver.

● Previous direct experience in solar PV or energy retrofit sales and marketing or installation work, or as a consultant to solar PV or energy retrofit industry partners, is preferred

● NABCEP solar PV certification and/or Building Performance Institute certification is strongly preferred

● Must feel comfortable meeting with people in their homes, cold calling, door knocking, organizing and

presenting at community meetings, and providing front end and back end customer service.

● Prior service-related experience working in under-resourced and marginalized low income communities, is strongly desired

● Project management skills and experience

● Should be familiar with web-based social networking and mobile software applications; also, proficient in Microsoft Office and cloud-based programs such as Google Drive

● Excellent time management and organizational skills

● A proactive, creative, and flexible attitude

● Willing to work evening and weekend hours as necessary

● A valid NYS driver’s license and access to reliable private transportation is required

● Spanish language proficiency a plus

For more information about PUSH, visit our website at www.pushbuffalo.org. To apply for this position, please send resume, cover letter and days that you are available to work to:

Jason Kulaszewski, PUSH Green Program Director

People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo)

271 Grant Street

Buffalo, NY  14213

Fax: (716)884-0358

(Email Preferred!) E-mail: info@pushbuffalo.org

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CONSTRUCTION lABORER POSITIONS  

PUSH seeks candidates for Skilled Construction Laborer positions for a green affordable housing development project on the West Side. These are full-time (40 hours per week) project-based positions (8 to 12 months) with the potential for growth.

Ideal candidates will possess the following:

     ● At least 4 years professional experience in general construction and 2 years experience in residential rough and finish carpentry
     ● Ability to lift up to 60 pounds
     ● OSHA 10-hour for construction certification
     ● EPA Lead RRP certification
     ● Demonstrated ability to complete quality work safely, on time, and at cost
     ● Ability to work with others of varying skill levels as well as independently
     ● Basic hand tools
     ● Valid NYS driver’s license and reliable transportation
     ● Scheduling flexibility
     ● Commitment to grassroots community empowerment

Compensation:

     ● $12.66 per hour (City of Buffalo living wage rate)
     ● Optional health benefits
     ● Paid time off

Skilled Construction Laborers will report to the Construction Manager and Owner’s Representative.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and professional references to Clarke Gocker, Director of Workforce Initiatives, by email (jclarkegocker@gmail.com) or in person (271 Grant Street, 2nd Floor, Buffalo NY, 14213).        

Opportunities are also posted on our PUSH Green website: PUSH Green Events       

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Volunteer with us!

As a membership-based organization located on Buffalo’s growing West Side, many of our members are extremely active (and very busy) volunteering in our Green Development Zone.

Interested in interning, or volunteering for us? Please download the job description for further information: Internship opportunities

We strongly encourage anyone that is interested in volunteering with us to first attend either our monthly Green Development Zone tour or our monthly member meeting to learn more about what we do!


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PUSH Buffalo and BNSC are Equal Opportunity Employers. Women and people of color are always strongly encouraged to apply.

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