CESA Employment Opportunities

Project Director for Solar Initiatives

The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) seeks a Project Director to manage various CESA solar initiatives, with immediate work focused on the Scaling Up Solar for Under-Resourced Communities project. That project, which is supported by the US Department of Energy, works with states, utilities, community organizations, and other stakeholders to accelerate the development of solar projects that benefit low-and-moderate-income households and communities. The Project Director will join a dynamic team dedicated to helping states and communities reach their clean energy and climate goals.

Founded in 2002, CESA is a national, nonprofit coalition of public agencies and organizations working together to advance clean energy. CESA members—mostly state agencies—include many of the most innovative, successful, and influential public funders of clean energy initiatives in the country. CESA’s staff works to strengthen state clean energy policies, programs, and innovation, with an emphasis on renewable energy, energy storage, energy equity, and resiliency. CESA is supported by its members, foundations, and the US Department of Energy. CESA is managed and staffed by Clean Energy Group (CEG). For more information, see www.cesa.org.

Location
CESA is located in Montpelier, VT, with staff located in and outside of Vermont. The Project Director will have the option to work either remotely or in-person in the Montpelier office.

Availability
This is a full-time position, with responsibilities commencing immediately upon selection of the most qualified candidate.

Position Description
The Project Director will carry out project management, outreach, research, writing, presentations, and administrative tasks related to the Scaling Up Solar project and other solar initiatives.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Coordinate and manage the Scaling Up Solar project
  • Research and draft white papers, reports, newsletters, and memos on various solar energy topics
  • Prepare progress reports for the US Department of Energy
  • Engage with stakeholders involved with solar for under-resourced communities, including community organizations, environmental justice advocates, and the solar industry to facilitate connections between those organizations and other stakeholders, especially state energy agencies
  • Coordinate with staff of the US Department of Energy’s national laboratories on outreach and research activities
  • Contribute to preparation of new funding proposals and reporting on existing funded projects
  • Develop and moderate webinars and other meetings on solar energy topics
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with collaborators and partner organizations
  • Serve as an expert source of information on issues related to solar for under-resourced communities and solar consumer protection
  • Monitor solar energy market trends and policy developments to identify relevant information for state policymakers, community groups, and other stakeholders
  • Carry out other research, writing, and administrative tasks as necessary.

Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge of clean energy issues and the types of policies used to advance clean energy at the state level
  • Understanding of solar technology and markets
  • Understanding of the energy issues facing vulnerable households and environmental justice communities
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse range of people
  • Strong project management skills
  • Strong research and organizational skills
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Attention to detail

Education and Experience

  • Five years’ relevant work experience, with a preference for:
    • experience working on solar energy
    • experience working with community-based organizations and/or environmental justice advocates
    • project management experience
  • Undergraduate college degree
  • A graduate degree in a related field preferred but not required

Salary Range
Anticipated starting salary is $62,000 - $72,000, depending upon qualifications. Excellent benefits package includes health, dental, vision with 10% employee cost contribution; life insurance; generous matching retirement plan contributions; starting four-week paid time off; and paid sick days and holidays.

Travel
Post COVID-19, occasional domestic travel will be required. Business travel typically lasts from two to three days with some weekend travel necessary.

To Apply
Submit a cover letter, resume, two references, and a writing sample via email to meghan@cleanegroup.org. For the email’s subject line, enter “Project Director.” Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

CEG is an equal opportunity employer. CEG does not discriminate in hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, national origin, ancestry, non-job-related disability, or status as a veteran.