Behavior Program Associate, Consortium for Energy Efficiency (Boston, MA)

Skill Level: Entry level

Position Type: Part Time

The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) is seeking an organized, enthusiastic individual to help support the CEE Behavior Program.

CEE is a non-profit, membership-based consortium of energy efficiency program administrators in the U.S. and Canada.  The CEE Behavior Committee works to apply lessons from the social sciences to help members better design behavior change-focused programs aimed at increasing the adoption of efficient energy practices.  The Behavior Committee aims to reduce energy consumption by either changing default practices of individuals and/or organizations or shifting cultural norms around energy use within communities.

The Consortium for Energy Efficiency develops and supports U.S. and Canadian initiatives to accelerate market adoption of advanced energy efficient products and services. CEE members include organizations that administer ratepayer funded energy efficiency programs (utilities, state agencies, etc.), environmental groups, research organizations, state energy offices in the United States and Canada, and others.

Members serve more than one half of the U.S. and more than three-quarters of the Canadian populations, and budget more than $6 billion annually on efficiency programs. By working together at CEE, efficiency program administrators leverage the effect of their funding dollars, exchange information on effective practices and, by doing so, achieve greater energy efficiency for the public good.

Position Overview:

The Behavior Program Associate will assist with research and data collection efforts and will provide key program support to help move this work forward; he or she will have the opportunity to help encourage energy conservation throughout North America.  The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in both human behavior and energy efficiency.  The part-time Program Associate will be a member of the Evaluation, Research & Behavior Change team and will report to the Behavior Program Manager.


  1. Assist with the development of the annual Behavior Program Summary: this program summary provides an overview of CEE members’ behavior-based programs. Tasks include assisting with proof-reading and testing the survey instrument, identifying the correct member staff at each organization to respond to the survey, distributing the survey, following up with non-responding organizations, data collection and organization, and compiling and formatting the final document.
  2. Behavior research: assist in gathering behavior-related reports from the membership and collecting information from a variety of research and non-profit organizations on their behavior-focused work. Gather relevant academic behavior-based research from a number of disciplines and synthesize this research into written summaries.
  3. Assist with preparation for Behavior Committee meetings and webinars: assist with publicizing committee meetings and preparing materials for meetings and conference calls; help with note-taking during meetings and disseminating completed meeting minutes. Coordinate presenters for CEE meetings and behavior-related webinars.
  4. Author communications to members and other target audiences as appropriate. This may include: meeting minutes, memorandums, reports, conference papers, comment letters, training materials, announcements, and webpage content.
  5. Other Behavior Committee support: write up behavior news for email updates, update the CEE’s behavior web pages, and welcome new members to the Behavior Committee.
  6. Other behavior-related administrative tasks as needed.


  • College degree required, preferably in one of the following fields: psychology, sociology, public policy, public health, environmental studies, or related field.
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel required; experience with EndNote and/or SPSS may also be beneficial
  • Strong organization and time management skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively
  • Ability to multi-task with an attention to detail
  • Initiative to identify and bring to the attention of supervisor new tasks that should be addressed, even if they have not been specifically assigned
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including comfort interacting with members in a professional yet friendly manner both in-person and over the phone

Compensation: Competitive and commensurate with experience.   This position is part-time (14-18 hours per week, or approximately 2 full days per week) for 1 year.

Position Availability & Location: Position starts in July 2011 and ends in June 2012.  Interviewing and candidate selection will occur in March and April.  This position is located in Boston, MA.

To Apply:

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. Please submit the following:

  • Resume or CV
  • Cover letter detailing how your previous experience and skills relate to the Behavior Program Associate position and why you are interested in this particular position at CEE
  • A brief writing sample

Please send application materials via e-mail or mail to:

Kira Ashby
Consortium for Energy Efficiency
98 North Washington St., Suite 101
Boston, MA 02114-1918

You must be eligible to work in the United States independent of company sponsorship. CEE is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Contact Information:
Kira Ashby
617-337-9281 (phone)
617-589-3948 (fax)



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