Opportunity Notice

ROCIS – Reducing Outdoor Contaminants in Indoor Spaces

March 29, 2024

 

 

CONTRACTOR POSITION:

ROCIS Southwestern PA Program Coordinator

 

DESCRIPTION:

As an on-the-ground representative of the ROCIS initiative, the SWPA Program Coordinator will facilitate ROCIS programs, recruit participants for the Low Cost Monitoring Project and other programs, manage project logistics and equipment, interface with stakeholders, and represent ROCIS at networking and presentation opportunities. While some responsibilities can be completed remotely, this role will include in-person contact with ROCIS project partners, program participants, and other stakeholders.

LOCATION:

Remote with some travel required. Several days a month will be spent at the main office in Greene County. Candidates must be based in Western Pennsylvania, Allegheny or Washington County preferred.

STATUS:

Full time (37.5 hours per week) as a self-employed contractor. This position requires evening and weekend availability.

COMPENSATION:

Starting at $28/hour with a health reimbursement of up to $6,000 per year.

ABOUT ROCIS:

The ROCIS initiative, which began in 2014 with funding from The Heinz Endowments, strives to reduce human exposure to both outside contaminants and indoor sources of pollution (primarily air pollution and specifically particles) in the buildings where we live, work, and learn. Our four goals are to: 

  1. Support, broaden, and engage a stakeholder network.
  2. Clarify the potential advantages and limitations of using low cost monitoring equipment.
  3. Develop the knowledge and experience base for behavioral and technical interventions.
  4. Disseminate findings within and outside of the Southwestern Pennsylvania region.

The ROCIS initiative functions as a collaborative, with each team member operating as an independent contractor. 

Candidates are encouraged to learn more at www.ROCIS.org

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested parties should send a cover letter and resume to ROCIS Team Leader, Linda Wigington, at [email protected]. Please use the subject line: “SWPA Coordinator Application.” Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

1) Low Cost Monitoring Project (LCMP) Management

  • Coordinate LCMP scheduling, logistics, and cohort meetings (currently virtual).
  • Manage the recruitment and confirmation of LCMP cohort participants.
  • Contact participants who need support, clarity, or encouragement within the process.
  • Encourage and develop participants who would benefit from IAQ-related interventions.
  • Support current and former LCMP participants who are engaging in both short-term and longer term interventions for improved air quality.
  • Refine and improve the LCMP on an ongoing basis.

2) Additional Project Management

  • Identify and cultivate opportunities for partnerships with individuals, businesses, organizations, or other potential collaborators.
  • Take responsibility for project design for new and ongoing efforts.
  • Manage implementation for regional and/or short-term projects in which ROCIS is engaged.
  • Provide input to and collaborate with project partners and ROCIS team members.

3) Equipment Maintenance Process and Equipment Inventory

  • Coordinate the assembly equipment kits as part of ROCIS projects (including but not limited to the LCMP).
  • Deliver equipment kits to (and pick up kits from) locations around Western Pennsylvania. Equipment is stored at the main ROCIS office in Greene County, near Waynesburg.
  • Maintain an inventory of diagnostic and intervention equipment.
  • Manage the internal equipment calibration process.
  • Provide oversight on the purchase, maintenance, calibration, and management of monitors.

4) Information and Data Collection

  • Coordinate with ROCIS team and project partners to ensure capture of data over the course of air quality monitoring.  
  • Work with ROCIS team members to maintain a database of manually collected data (CO, CO2, and radon).
  • Support data analysis and project evaluation.

5) Additional Contributions to the ROCIS Initiative

  • Generate leads for programming through attendance at community events, webinars, and conferences. 
  • Represent ROCIS in local and regional collaborations addressing air quality, environmental health, and environmental justice
  • Share key findings through presentations and public testimony.
  • Support fellow ROCIS team members through various as-needed tasks.
  • Track performance of ROCIS projects to measure progress.
  • Promote ROCIS events, including by coordinating social media efforts with the ROCIS team.
  • Write and/or edit information pieces for distribution through ROCIS newsletters, blog posts, and other media.

PREFERRED SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

A successful candidate will have the following skills and qualifications.

Organization and Leadership:

  • Strategic, analytical thinking, including planning and change management.
  • Ability to utilize tools or design systems to quickly and thoroughly gather, integrate, and summarize information related to program progress.
  • Experience with group facilitation and community education.
  • Project management skills—i.e., logistics, planning, and resource management/budgeting.
  • Process mapping.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Content-Relevant Knowledge & Skills:

  • Interpreting statistical analysis and data visualization.
  • Experience with indoor and outdoor monitoring equipment.
  • Knowledge of indoor and ambient air quality issues, low cost monitoring, housing interventions, and environmental health.
  • Knowledge of the history of the environmental and air quality movement and environmental challenges facing the world today.
  • Familiarity with environmental justice issues; experience living and working in environmental justice communities is a plus.

Preferred Digital Skills:

  • Proficiency in Excel/Google Sheets.
  • Experience with collaborative software such as DropBox, Citrix, and Google Drive.
  • Facility with presentation software such as PowerPoint or Google Slides.
  • Experience with virtual meeting platforms including GoToWebinar and Zoom.
  • Experience with social media platforms, including Instagram, Facebook, X, and LinkedIn.

ESSENTIAL EDUCATION/QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant area of study.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Passion for sustainability, healthy communities, environmental justice, and occupant empowerment.
  • A collaborative and curious approach to working on a team, especially including a willingness to learn and teach.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint).
  • Ability to work independently and accomplish pre-established objectives.
  • Access to a computer and smartphone and reliable internet.
  • Valid U.S. driver’s license and access to a vehicle.

Questions?

Please reach out to Linda Wigington, ROCIS Team Leader: [email protected]