High Desert Branch of Cascadia – 2010 Green + Solar Homes Tour Coordinator
The Cascadia Region Green Building Council is one of three original chapters of the U.S. Green
Building Council and, as a chapter of the Canada Green Building Council as well, is the only
international chapter in North America. Incorporated in Oregon in December 1999, the chapter
covers Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska, but also includes members from as
far away as Idaho and Montana. Cascadia continues to serve its members by helping the U.S. and
Canada Green Building Councils meet their goals in the Pacific Northwest. We strive to become
a leading force in green building by forging alliances with organizations that have a stake in the
future of this region. To overcome potential challenges associated with serving such a broad
region, Cascadia Chapter Branches have been established to provide networking and continuing
education opportunities for members and industry professionals in their immediate marketplace.
The High Desert Branch of Cascadia is the most recent Branch of Cascadia to form. Our goal is
to bring inspiration and education for sustainable building to the Central Oregon Community.
We do this through engaging our regions with various events and activities to keep the
sustainable building spirit alive and growing in Deschutes, Jefferson, and Crook Counties.
Recent activities have included a Transformational Lecture Series, LEEDTM AP Study Groups,
Brown Bag Lunches, Commercial Building Tours, and the 2009 Green + Solar Homes Tour.
The 2009 Green + Solar Homes Tour Coordinator position involves serving on the Green + Solar
Homes Tour Committee of the High Desert Branch Steering Committee. Oversee the
organization of the 2010 Green + Solar Homes Tour. Work in a collaborative decision-making
environment while delegating responsibilities to others in order to plan a successful event. This
volunteer position will offer the opportunity to gain experience in project management, event
planning, delegation, green building, public relations, and computer skills. This position will
also offer the opportunity to network and work with those involved in the green building
community in Central Oregon.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Project Management: Oversee all aspects of the event planning for the 2010 Green + Solar
Homes Tour. This will include creating a timeline for activities, scheduling those activities, and
meeting deadlines. Supervise others, exercise authority in decision making, and ensure follow
thru and completion if needed. Create Green + Solar Homes Tour Committee meeting agendas,
run those meetings, and create meeting minutes. Be present for the Tour, on October 2nd, and
ensure a seamless event. Work with past Tour Coordinators to develop a template for use by
future Tour Coordinators.
Delegation: Assist in forming sub-committees and delegate responsibilities to those sub-
committees. Oversee the progress of those sub-committees, augment if needed, and potentially
serve on a sub-committee. Supervising others requires ability to exercise authority in decision
making and to ensure follow thru and completion if needed. Oversee critical issues for Tour
functioning, such as budget, speaker, volunteers, home selection, etc. Suggested sub-committees
include: Day of Tour/Logistics, Sponsorships, Promotional Materials (media, authorship, web
design, graphics), Volunteer Coordinator, Budget, Home Application/Selection/Interface, and
Accountability: Be accountable to the High Desert Branch Steering Committee and report
directly to this body. Attend Steering Committee meetings and present progress reports. This
position may be shared between two co-coordinators and thus each will be accountable to the
other, as well as to the sub-committees.
Public Relations: Interface with people from various disciplines and lifestyles (i.e. homeowners,
builders, volunteers, sponsors, media, Solar Oregon, tour-goers, speakers, etc.) Answer outside
inquiries, network on behalf of the High Desert Branch, and create networking opportunities for
Essential Skills and Qualities
Must be extremely organized
Ability to manage multifarious tasks simultaneously
Ability to attend to both big picture and minutia
Attentiveness and sensitivity to the politics of the building industry and its stakeholders
Creativity and resourcefulness
Flexible in terms of both time and vision
Basic computer and internet skills
Additional Knowledge/Experience Preferred
Familiarity with basic green building practices, techniques, materials, etc.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office or equivalent
Web design and graphics skills
This is a volunteer, part-time position lasting 1 year in duration, beginning January 2010.
Funding may be available for this position, and primary responsibility for securing this funding
will rest with the Tour Coordinator. Location: Bend, OR.
If you would like to apply for this position, or if you have any questions, please contact
Diana Fischetti: firstname.lastname@example.org