CESA Employment Opportunities

The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) has two job openings: Project Director for State Implementation of Federal Climate Legislation, and Project Manager for Solar Equity. Read full job descriptions below.


Project Director for State Implementation of Federal Climate Legislation 

The Clean Energy States Alliance has an immediate opening for a Project Director to assist states in implementing the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). Those laws provide unprecedented opportunities for states to speedily advance clean energy deployment and decarbonize their economies by leveraging federal funding, policies, and technical assistance. The Project Director will track federal policy and funding opportunities, and provide information, guidance, and technical assistance to CESA-member organizations and to states participating in the 100% Clean Energy Collaborative. The Project Director will also organize and facilitate meetings for the Collaborative.

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 and Work Environment: CESA employees can choose to work remotely or in the Montpelier, Vermont office. A combination of remote and in-office work is also possible. We offer a flexible workplace environment with a casual dress code. Employees currently work both from home and/or from our offices depending on their work style, preferences, and level of concern for public health and safety. CESA is committed to ensuring employees have all the tools they need to perform their job duties whether at home or in the office and can make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Reports to: CESA Executive Director

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

Position Description: 
The Project Director will develop, lead, and carry out a range of activities related to the 100% Clean Energy Collaborative and state implementation of the IRA and BIL.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Monitor federal policy developments and funding opportunities to keep CESA staff and states informed of key opportunities, timelines, and deadlines; communicate relevant information to the states
  • Develop and maintain a database of the federal clean energy programs and policies that are most relevant to states
  • Forge strong relationships and exchange information with other people involved with state IRA and BIL implementation, including federal officials and representatives of nonprofit organizations
  • Help to plan, develop, and facilitate an annual in-person conference for the states in the 100% Clean Energy Collaborative
  • Develop and moderate webinars and other meetings on topics related to IRA/BIL implementation and state 100% clean energy initiatives
  • Research and draft white papers, brief reports, newsletters, and memos on topics related to IRA/BIL implementation and state 100% clean energy initiatives
  • Solicit information from state energy agencies across the country to be able to identify their technical assistance and policy support needs related to IRA implementation
  • Help meet the states’ technical assistance and policy support needs by providing direct technical assistance, by coordinating with other CESA staff to provide direct technical assistance, and by informing representatives of national energy labs of the states’ needs
  • Contribute to preparation of new funding proposals and reporting on existing funded projects
  • Serve as an expert source of information on issues related to IRA/BIL implementation and state 100% clean energy initiatives
  • Monitor energy market trends and policy developments to identify relevant information for state policymakers involved with IRA/BIL implementation and state 100% clean energy initiatives
  • Carry out other outreach, research, writing, project management, and administrative tasks as necessary.

Desired Qualifications: 
Wondering whether you have the right credentials or background to apply? We value lived experience and are serious about embracing diversity and a culture of inclusion. Desired qualifications include:

  • Knowledge of clean energy technologies and markets as well as the types of policies used to advance clean energy at the state level
  • Familiarity with the clean energy programs of the US Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, and other federal agencies
  • Familiarity with IRA and BIL provisions
  • Understanding of the roles of state governments in energy policy and programs
  • Understanding of the equity and environmental justice dimensions of energy policies, especially those in the IRA and BIL
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse range of people
  • Strong project management skills
  • Strong research and organizational skills
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Attention to detail

Education and Experience: 

Five years’ relevant work experience, with a preference for:

  • experience working on clean energy
  • experience working for or with a state government
  • experience working for or with a federal agency
  • experience with Microsoft Office

Travel: Occasional domestic travel will be required. Business travel typically lasts from two to three days with some weekend travel necessary.

Salary and Benefits: Anticipated starting salary is $62,000 - $70,000, depending upon qualifications. Excellent benefits package includes health, dental, and vision insurance with 10% employee cost contribution; life insurance; generous matching of retirement plan contributions; starting four-weeks paid time off; and paid sick days, parental leave, and holidays.

To Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, two references, and a writing sample via email to careers@cleanegroup.org. For the email’s subject line, enter “Project Director, IRA/BIL Implementation.” 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. CEG is committed to learning more about and applying principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in its work.

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Project Manager for Solar Equity

The Clean Energy States Alliance has an immediate opening for a Project Manager to work on the organization’s initiatives related to expanding solar access for low- and moderate-income (LMI) communities and environmental justice communities, with an emphasis on outreach to state energy agencies and community-based organizations. The Project Manager will work primarily on two projects—Solar with Justice and Scaling Up Solar for Under-Resourced Communities—but will also support CESA’s work on the US Department of Energy’s National Community Solar Partnership.

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 is managed and staffed by Clean Energy Group (CEG). For more information, see www.cesa.org.

Location and Work Environment: CESA employees can choose to work remotely or in the Montpelier, VT office. A combination of remote and in-office work is also possible. We offer a flexible workplace environment with a casual dress code. Employees currently work both from home and/or from our offices depending on their work style, preferences, and level of concern for public health and safety. CESA is committed to ensuring employees have all the tools they need to perform their job duties whether at home or in the office and can make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

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

Position Description: 

The Project Manager will carry out outreach, research, writing, meeting facilitation, project management, and administrative tasks related to the Solar with Justice project, the Scaling Up Solar for Under-Resourced Communities project, and the National Community Solar Partnership.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Develop and/or implement learning opportunities on equitable and inclusive solar models, frameworks, and principles to a range of audiences
  • Solar with Justice
    • Promote strategies of successful engagement between state energy agencies and community-based organizations on solar programs through the development of case studies, virtual convenings, and reports
    • Engage with stakeholders involved with LMI solar, including community organizations, environmental justice advocates, and the solar industry to facilitate connections between those organizations and other stakeholders, especially state energy agencies
  • Scaling Up Solar for Under-Resourced Communities
    • Support and organize the design and launch of pilot programs or projects by state energy offices and local utilities to tackle challenges in deploying and financing solar on manufactured homes, and report on the results of such pilots or programs
    • Organize and facilitate meetings of CESA working groups for state energy officials, community organization representatives, academic institutions, and utilities related to solar for manufactured homes and other related topics
  • National Community Solar Partnership
    • Plan and facilitate regular meetings of the National Community Solar Partnership’s low-income community solar subgroup, including identifying topics and organizing speakers
    • Support the development of technical assistance products for members of the National Community Solar Partnership through research, writing, and outreach to state agencies
  • Help prepare quarterly progress reports on grants that CESA has received related to the Solar with Justice and the Scaling Up Solar projects
  • Monitor solar energy market trends and policy developments to identify relevant information for state agency staff members, community organizations, environmental justice advocates, and other stakeholders
  • Research and draft white papers, short reports, and memos on topics related to solar and energy equity
  • Carry out other outreach, research, writing, and administrative tasks as necessary.

Desired Qualifications :

Wondering whether you have the right credentials or background to apply? We value lived experience and are serious about embracing diversity. Desired qualifications include:

  • Understanding of the energy issues facing LMI households and environmental justice communities
  • Knowledge of solar energy and the types of programs, policies, and financing tools used to advance solar adoption at the state level
  • Ability to work effectively with a diversity of people
  • Strong outreach and facilitation skills
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Interest in learning about a wide variety of tools, policies, and programs, and comfort asking questions

Education and Experience

Two years’ relevant work experience, with a preference for:

  • experience working on solar energy projects, programs, and/or policies
  • experience working with and/or for frontline communities, community-based organizations, and the populations they serve
  • experience working with and/or for state government
  • experience working with Microsoft Office

Salary and Benefits : Anticipated starting salary is $53,000 - $58,000, depending upon qualifications. Excellent benefits package includes health, dental, and vision insurance with 10% employee cost contribution; life insurance; generous matching of retirement plan contributions; starting four-weeks paid time off; and paid sick days, parental leave, and holidays.

Travel: 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, and a writing sample (a document of at least two pages that you previously wrote for work, school, or some other purpose) via email to careers@cleanegroup.org. For the email’s subject line, enter “Project Manager, Solar Equity.” 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. CEG is committed to learning more about and applying principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in its work.

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