Overview

Position Summary: 
The Brownfields Redevelopment Specialist will provide technical assistance and guidance, create tools and resources, and conduct educational and engagement forums to help communities assess, cleanup, and redevelop former industrial and commercial properties (brownfields), transforming them into productive reuse. The technical assistance provided to communities will contribute to a greater quality of life by improving health and safety; enhancing environmental quality; promoting use/reuse of existing infrastructure; promoting economic development; making better connections to jobs, education, and health care; creating and/or preserving open space; and creating more sustainable and resilient communities

Essential Functions: 
– Provides one-on-one technical assistance to government entities, community organizations, and non-profits throughout the US to strategize how to address their specific brownfield challenges
– Assists communities in: understanding basic brownfields redevelopment concepts; navigating the brownfields regulatory process; identifying funding sources; and understanding technical and scientific reports and data
– Provides funding application critiques and guidance
– Plans and conducts brownfield engagement and educational events (workshops, seminars, webinars, bootcamps, conference sessions)
– Identifies communities in need of brownfields redevelopment assistance services
– Provides ideas and content for websites, newsletters, and educational tools on brownfields and brownfields-related topics (such as equitable development, environmental justice, climate change impacts, community resilience, etc.)
– Maintains a record of assistance activities for inclusion in required program progress reporting
– Works collaborative with other staff to develop and implement strategies on effective ways to provide technical assistance and conduct community engagement activities
– Preforms other duties as requested

Prerequisite Qualifications: 
Education Requirements
– Bachelor’s degree in environmental planning, environmental science, geology, environmental engineering, or other relevant discipline

 Experience Requirements
-1 to 3 years

 Technical Requirements
– Knowledge of Federal and/or state brownfield programs
– Familiarity with the challenges affecting redevelopment and revitalization projects
– Ability to work both independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team
– Possesses strong public speaking and relationship building skills
– Possesses strong time management and organizational skills and the ability to meet deadlines
– Familiarity with identifying and utilizing available brownfield related data sources (i.e., NJDEP DataMiner)
– Ability to present technical information to the public in plain language
– Effective written and verbal communication skills
– Excellent computer literacy, including Microsoft Office, and Adobe.
– Fluent in Spanish is a plus
– Experience in real estate and/or public health assessments a plus
– Interest in environmental justice and social equity in redevelopment
– Applicants must have a valid driver’s license.
– At the university’s discretion, the education and experience prerequisites may be exempted where the candidate can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the university, an equivalent combination of education and experience specifically preparing the candidate for success in the position