The Center for a New American Dream seeks two, one-year paid Fellows for the Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN). RPN develops cutting edge strategies and resources to assist large institutions, including state and local governments, universities, and corporations, in purchasing socially and environmentally responsible products and services.   Two fellowship positions are available – one starting immediately, one starting August 2009. We will close the search when we find the right candidate. Please indicate your availability in your application.

Responsibilities include:

* Gathering and analyzing the latest data to promote responsible purchasing in specific product areas. Research areas may include: cleaning products, vehicles, paper, renewable energy, office electronics (e.g., computers, printers, copiers), paint, lighting, carpets and more.
* Assisting RPN members and potential members with general inquiries and membership, webcast, and event registrations; supplying RPN and New Dream staff with membership information for projects and proposals
* Contacting constituents to generate involvement, gather information, and solicit feedback on various initiatives. This includes telephone research and participation in meetings.
* Researching and writing to keep institutions current with information on responsible products and services. The writing is used for our website, publications, media pieces, presentations, etc.
* Coordinating all event logistics for RPN staff-attended events
* Supporting staff in preparation for meetings, events, administrative work including mailings, etc. (approximately 25% of time).
* Participation in staff meetings and other organizational operations as appropriate.

The ideal candidate should have a Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred); excellent research, writing, and verbal skills; basic quantitative skills; flexibility; the ability to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously; and the ability to work well both individually and as part of a team. Familiarity with responsible business practices and products, including the products listed above, is desirable.

Schedule: 1 year, four days/week (Mon-Thurs, 9 to 5)Compensation: $1450/month, 4 weeks paid vacation, full medical, public transit subsidy

To apply: please send a cover letter, resume, three references, and one writing sample (no more than 4 pages) to:

Responsible Purchasing Fellowship
Attn: RPN Fellowships
New American Dream
6930 Carroll Ave, # 900
Takoma Park, MD 20912-4466

or via email to rpn_AT_newdream_DOT_org

Please note: NO PHONE CALLS. Please do not contact us regarding the status of your application – we will contact you if we would like to pursue next steps.

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Author: Tracey de Morsella (323 Articles)

Tracey de Morsella started her career working as an editor for US Technology Magazine. She used that experience to launch Delaware Valley Network, a publication for professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area. Years later, she used the contacts and resources she acquired to work in executive search specializing in technical and diversity recruitment. She has conducted recruitment training seminars for Wachovia Bank, the Department of Interior and the US Postal Service. During this time, she also created a diversity portal called The Multicultural Advantage and published the Diversity Recruitment Advertising Toolkit, a directory of recruiting resources for human resources professionals. Her career and recruitment articles have appeared in numerous publications and web portals including Woman Engineer Magazine,, Job Search Channel, Workplace Diversity Magazine, Society for Human Resource Management web site, NSBE Engineering Magazine,, and Human Resource Consultants Association Newsletter. Her work with technology professionals drew her to pursuing training and work in web development, which led to a stint at Merrill Lynch as an Intranet Manager. In March, she decided to combine her technical and career management expertise with her passion for the environment, and with her husband, launched The Green Economy Post, a blog providing green career information and covering the impact of the environment, sustainable building, cleantech and renewable energy on the US economy. Her sustainability articles have appeared on Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation, Chem.Info,FastCompany and CleanTechies.