Office of Sustainability Equity Fellow

  • 1515 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

With a workforce of over 30,000 people, and opportunities in more than 1,000 different job categories, the City of Philadelphia is the fifth largest city in the United States and one of the largest employers in Southeastern Pennsylvania. As an employer, the City of Philadelphia operates through the guiding principles of service, integrity, respect, accountability, collaboration, diversity and inclusion. Through these principles, we strive to effectively deliver services, to resolve the challenges facing our city, and to make Philadelphia a place where all of our residents have the opportunity to reach their potential.  

Agency Description:

Philadelphia’s Office of Sustainability (OOS) is responsible for implementing Greenworks: A Vision for a Sustainable Philadelphia, the City’s comprehensive sustainability plan. OOS works with partners to improve quality of life in all Philadelphia neighborhoods, reduce the City’s carbon emissions, and prepare Philadelphia for a hotter, wetter future. The Energy Office, housed within OOS, manages municipal government energy operations.

Salary Range: $45,000-50,000/yr 

Job Description

The primary responsibility of this position is coordinating the Beat the Heat pilot, an effort to address inequities resulting in disparities in surface temperature among Philadelphia neighborhoods. The fellow will develop and execute a plan to engage and solicit input from community members and organizations about desired interventions to help them cope with high heat in the short term, and to reduce surface temperatures in the long term. This is a full time- 12 month grant funded position with the opportunity for extension.

Essential Functions: 

  • Community engagement and relationship building
  • Researching potential heat mitigation strategies 
  • Coordinating the Heat Team, made up of a variety of City departments and agencies
  • Working with an equity expert to organize trainings 
  • Tracking progress and impact
  • Developing a toolkit that can be used to replicate success


  • Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education, training, and relevant experience required.
  • Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills are required.
  • Experience with managing community relationships is required. 
  • Fluency in a second language preferred, but not required

Competencies, Knowledge, Skill and Abilities: 

  • Sustainability and Social Justice Literacy – Knowledge of and interest in environmental justice and sustainability issues.
  • Communication - Expresses information to individuals or groups effectively, considers the audience and nature of the information; writes and speaks in clear and convincing manner; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
  • Planning and Evaluating - Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.

Additional Information

Interested applicants should include a current resume and cover letter

The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4670 or send an email to [email protected] For more information, go to: Human Relations Website: