Southface Emerging Leaders Program

Southface is a nonprofit located in Atlanta, Georgia that works with the construction and development industry, government agencies and communities to promote sustainable homes, workplaces and communities. The Southface Emerging Leaders Program provides a substantive learning experience that allows you to explore career options and to develop professional skills in the fields of sustainability, building science and nonprofit management.

Southface emerging leaders contribute to many program areas, including:

  • Commercial Sustainability Services
  • Communications
  • Community Sustainability Services
  • Database Administration
  • Development & Fundraising
  • Education & Training
  • Residential Sustainability Services

In addition to specific position responsibilities, all Southface emerging leaders participate in a variety of organizational activities and learning experiences. Southface interns, associate fellows and fellows can expect to:

  • Lead facility tours and explain building science and sustainability technologies to Southface visitors
  • Coordinate research projects and proposals for new programs and services
  • Assist with event management and outreach for Southface’s high profile events such as the Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable, Summer and Winter Solstice events and annual Greenprints Conference

Qualifications & Time Commitment

Southface’s emerging leaders program is most appropriate for:

  • Students who have completed at least two years of college
  • Graduate/professional degree students
  • Recent graduates (within 24 months of completing a degree)
  • Transitioning professionals with related skills or experience

The majority of the emerging leaders positions require a four to six month commitment, working an average of 25 hours weekly during regular business hours, Monday through Friday. Occasional evening and weekend assignments are possible – please see individual position descriptions for specific requirements.

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