CESA Employment Opportunities

Project Assistant

The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) seeks a Project Assistant to work primarily on two projects—the Solar with Justice project and the Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP). The Solar with Justice project seeks to encourage collaboration between state energy agencies and frontline community-based organizations to ensure equitable solar development. ESTAP is a federal-state funding and information sharing project that aims to accelerate the deployment of energy storage technologies through technical assistance and co-funding partnerships between states and the US Department of Energy (DOE).

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.


CESA has a preference for an employee who wants to work in the Montpelier, VT office once the pandemic fades, but will also consider candidates who prefer to work remotely.


This is a full-time position, with responsibilities commencing immediately upon selection of the most qualified candidate. The position is currently funded for one year.

Position Description

The Project Assistant will carry out research and administrative tasks related to the Solar with Justice project and ESTAP. Responsibilities will include:

  • Research information about environmental justice organizations and other community groups that are interested in solar for low- and moderate-income (LMI) communities across the country; enter that information in a database
  • Help with logistics and registrations for meetings for the Solar with Justice project
  • Carry out research for case studies of specific projects involving state energy agencies and community organizations in developing solar for institutions and households in LMI communities
  • Assist CESA staff in working with representatives of national laboratories and DOE to develop an equity energy storage project portfolio. This may include participating and taking notes in calls, populating and maintaining a project database, providing administrative support for stakeholder group meetings and other related tasks.
  • Assist CESA staff in fulfilling ESTAP monthly and quarterly project progress reporting requirements. This may include frequent communication with project teams, maintaining a database of project reports and participating in quarterly update calls.
  • Help CESA staff prepare materials for workshops on the roles of community-based organizations and state energy agencies in solar development
  • Help track contacts related to the Solar with Justice project
  • Carry out other research and administrative tasks as necessary

Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge of clean energy issues and clean energy technology
  • Strong research, writing, and organizational skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Understanding of the energy challenges facing LMI households and environmental justice communities
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects
  • Ability to work independently

Education and Experience

  • Undergraduate college degree
  • At least six months’ relevant work experience

Salary Range

  • Anticipated starting salary is $43,000 - $48,000, depending upon qualifications.


Post COVID-19, occasional domestic travel may be required.

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 Assistant.” Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

CEG provides competitive salaries and benefits, including health insurance, paid holidays, and vacations. 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.