Development & Communications Specialist Posted Feb 18
New Buildings Institute , Portland, OR
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New Buildings Institute (NBI) is a nonprofit organization with a clearly defined mission: We push for better buildings that achieve zero energy, zero carbon, and beyond – through research, policy, guidance, and market transformation – to protect people and the planet. We work with national, regional, state and local agencies, utilities and companies to promote improved building energy performance in policies and practices.

NBI is a dynamic, forward-thinking organization with a staff who are dedicated to our mission. We foster a professional, collaborative environment and encourage our staff to actively participate in shaping the future of the organization.

We are currently looking for someone to fill a new Communications and Business Development Specialist role. This new position will be part of both our Communications and Development teams. The position requires a motivated self-starter with strong organizational and communication skills. Ideal candidates are not required to have experience in the energy or climate-change sectors but should be passionate about our mission. This position will report directly to the Development Manager.

Job duties & responsibilities


Work with Communications Manager and staff to support all corporate and program communications activities

Support ongoing content management for websites, program resources, photo library and communications collateral materials

Ongoing maintenance of NBI’s stakeholder lists and contact management system

Execute on graphic design projects using NBI templates and style guide, as assigned. Projects mainly to be developed in either In Design or PowerPoint

Support NBI’s social media program for sharing information via platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and Linked In. Facilitate and assist staff with postings. Maintain social media analytics for organization and staff

Copy editing of communications materials, guides, reports, etc. to ensure highest professional presentation of our work


Work with Development Manager to support NBI’s contracts, proposals, sponsorship, and fundraising activities

Write and edit content for grant and contract proposals, including RFP responses, foundation letters of inquiry, and grant applications, reports and follow up scommunications

Maintain library of business development content, including résumés, descriptions of projects and programs, and other fundraising and proposal material

Support contact database management related to development activities, including ongoing communications with private and corporate funders, displaying a high-level of commitment to accuracy in entering and retrieving data

Support content generation needed for timely and accurate reporting deliveries to funders

Candidate qualifications


Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Communications, or related field, or experience commensurate with tasks listed above

Nonprofit fundraising experience

Excellent organizational abilities with acute attention to detail 

Excellent written, interpersonal, and verbal communication skills 

Highly proficient in Microsoft Office suite and Adobe Creative Suite, including exceptional skills in PowerPoint and In Design programs

Experience with managing social media campaigns on all common platforms as well as email apps such as Constant Contact  


Familiarity with green buildings, and energy-efficiency, and low-carbon policies and practices 

Demonstrated capability, skills and experience drafting and editing some or all: marketing, contract, grant, proposal and/or technical copy

Graphic design sense and capabilities 

Experience with Wordpress websites and website development

Familiarity with CRMcontact management databases

Self-motivated with a desire to exceed objectives

Professional manner and positive disposition 

Additional details

This position is full-time exempt and will work remotely until we are able to open our Portland, Oregon, office again for all staff. NBI is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender expression, age, marital status, sexual orientation, military status and disability in all of our work and activities, including hiring practices. We believe in a positive work/life balance and are committed to our employees’ health and well-being. NBI is also committed to championing diversity, equity, and inclusion across all areas of our organization, and have enacted hiring practices to support this commitment.

Additionally, NBI offers the following for this position:

Salary range: $50K - $57K

Insurance plans (100% of employee only premiums paid by NBI; new hires are eligible the first of the month after 30 days of employment):

Medical, Vision & Dental insurance

Life insurance

AD&D insurance

Long Term Disability insurance

160 hours of accrued PTO (combined vacation and sick)

11 paid holidays

Optional benefits include: Flexible Spending Accounts (healthcare & dependent care); Health Savings Account; 40 1(k) – available the first of the month after three3 months of employment; Accident insurance; Cancer insurance; Critical Illness insurance; Short Term Disability insurance; Term & Whole Life insurance; Identity Theft Protection insurance; Pet insurance

If all the above sounds like a good fit for you, then we encourage you to apply! Please submit a cover letter and resume via email with “Communications and Development Specialist” as the subject line:

Attn: HR Manager

New Buildings Institute

623 SW Oak Street, Floor 3

Portland, OR 97205

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