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Bilingual Project Assistant

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Cascadia Consulting Group Seattle
United States

Cascadia Consulting Group is a women-owned, private environmental consulting firm that develops and implements innovative solutions to today’s environmental challenges. Founded in 1993, Cascadia works with public and private-sector clients to advance sustainability through recycling and materials management, climate change mitigation and adaptation, energy efficiency, and water and natural resources management. The Cascadia team brings both expertise and creative thinking to research and analysis, strategic planning, program design and implementation, and outreach and evaluation. From our offices in Seattle, Oakland, and Austin, we serve clients across the country and abroad. Our mission is to inspire and empower communities everywhere to protect and restore our world.

Cascadia aspires to be a multicultural organization and seeks to hire individuals who contribute to our cultural fluency. We value employees who are aware of their own cultural lens, along with the impact it has on their interactions and work, and who can effectively connect across culture and difference, including race, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, and physical ability. Additionally, we hire individuals who value a collaborative, fast-paced work environment, who think creatively and communicate effectively, and who work hard to get the job done well. Consulting is about taking initiative, solving problems, and serving clients, so we seek staff members with skills in those areas.

Position Overview

Cascadia is currently seeking a bilingual Project Assistant for its Seattle office to support work related to resource conservation, recycling, and materials management implementation projects. The primary work of this position will be direct, in-person interactions with people in small businesses, apartment and condominium buildings, and single-family homes throughout the Puget Sound region. This community outreach will compose approximately 70% of the time and will require the ability to effectively communicate with diverse populations. Primary job responsibilities for this position include:
• Conducting in-person outreach at businesses and multifamily housing complexes to educate business representatives and residents about recycling and composting, water and energy conservation, transportation, hazardous waste management, and wastewater and stormwater pollution prevention.
• Performing site assessments and providing technical assistance to property managers of multifamily buildings on improving recycling and composting services.
• Coordinating with water, energy, waste, and recycling service providers on service-related issues, and coordinating service changes as needed.
• Using mobile devices, cloud-based data tools, and customer relationship management (CRM) software to track interactions and collect data in the field.
• Preparing outreach materials for distribution, and coordinating outreach schedules and logistics.
• Coordinating logistics for and staffing events to educate business representatives and residents about resource conservation and pollution prevention.
• Providing input to inform outreach and technical assistance program design to ensure equitable service delivery.

In addition to outreach projects, work may involve conducting telephone surveys and business outreach phone calls, performing office-based desktop research and data entry, hand-sorting waste samples (waste characterization studies), and providing assistance with writing memos and various other project-related documents.

Required Qualifications

This position requires a candidate with the following qualifications:
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both in person and over the phone.
• Desire to learn more about waste reduction and recycling, water and energy efficiency, stormwater and wastewater pollution prevention, transportation, and climate change adaptation. Prior experience in these areas is preferred but not required.
• Strong organizational skills with an emphasis on efficiency and accuracy in carrying out administrative tasks.
• Spoken and written fluency in both English and another language, such as Vietnamese, Korean, Somali, Amharic, and/or Tigrinya.
• Cultural competency and emotional intelligence, including the ability to connect respectfully with people from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Bilingual or multilingual capabilities in languages commonly spoken in the Puget Sound region or experience working in a foreign country are highly desired.
• Ability to multitask, prioritize, stay organized, and meet critical deadlines in a fast-paced work environment.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, including Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel, with a willingness to expand skills.
• Strong level of comfort working with technology, including tablet computers.
• Ability to work independently, think creatively, and use sound judgment to resolve issues.
• Willingness to work both in teams and independently to advance common goals and create high-quality work products.
• A willingness and desire to take on new challenges and responsibilities.
• Valid driver’s license and comfort with driving (personal vehicle not required).
• Ability to stand or walk on uneven surfaces for up to 8 hours per day.
• Ability to lift or move up to 20 pounds.

Other highly desirable attributes include:
• Ability to work outdoors, including in inclement weather.
• Experience setting up sustainability programs at businesses and/or residential buildings.
• Knowledge of and interest in water and energy efficiency, hazardous waste management and pollution prevention, solid waste, composting, and/or recycling.
• Access to a personal vehicle.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. The work may require flexible hours and may have designated hours including weekends and evenings. Salary will be based on experience and competitive with jobs in the environmental sector. We offer a generous benefit package, including health insurance for employees at or above 60% full-time equivalent, 401(k) with an employer match, life insurance, long-term disability, transportation subsidies, flexible spending accounts, and paid time off.

How to Apply

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to [email protected] and indicate “Bilingual Project Assistant - [Your Name]” in the subject line. Cover letters should address your ability to meet the majority of the job responsibilities in the Required Qualifications section and highlight relevant experience, education, language capabilities, and why you are interested in this position. Please state where you learned about the position. Applications accepted until 5:00 pm (Pacific) on March 8, 2018.


Cascadia Consulting Group Seattle
United States