CESA Employment Opportunities

Director for People, Culture, and Equity

Clean Energy Group (CEG) and its sister organization, the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), seek a Director for People, Culture, and Equity. The Director for People, Culture, and Equity is a leadership role focused on building and maintaining a healthy, equitable, and inclusive culture where staff thrive in an accountable and collaborative work environment.  The ideal candidate should be passionate about supporting a just and equitable clean energy transition and have experience managing complex situations and challenges. They should be well-versed in all aspects of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ); possess strong interpersonal and communication skills; and be comfortable working both independently and as a collaborative team member.

CEG is a national nonprofit organization working at the forefront of clean energy innovation to provide technical, economic, and policy solutions to enable communities to participate equitably in the clean energy transition. To learn more about CEG and its current work, see www.cleanegroup.org/vision-mission and www.cleanegroup.org/initiatives.

CESA is a leading nonprofit bipartisan US coalition of state energy agencies working together to advance the rapid expansion of clean energy technologies and bring the benefits of clean energy to all. To learn more about CESA and its current work, see www.cesa.org/about-cesa and www.cesa.org/projects.

CEG and CESA are both national organizations with a combined staff of 20 employees that primarily work remotely from multiple states.

Position Description: 

The Director for People, Culture, and Equity will lead activities related to organizational culture and health; team cohesion; staff satisfaction, retention, and professional development; and the organizations’ DEIJ goals. The Director for People, Culture, and Equity is critical to supporting the organizations’ work to advance DEIJ internally, as well as externally through project work and communications activities to center and elevate the voices and priorities of historically marginalized communities. The Director for People, Culture, and Equity will report to the CEG President/Executive Director and serve as a member of the organizations’ leadership team. This is a new position.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Lead human resources initiatives and activities, including talent acquisition, onboarding, and retention; employee relations, appreciation, culture and engagement; staff professional development and training; equitable compensation and benefits analysis; and transparent performance evaluation policies and practices.
  • Oversee implementation of internal DEIJ initiatives and serve as a DEIJ subject matter expert for related areas of project work to ensure that DEIJ is prioritized throughout the organizations’ systems, policies, practices, and external activities.
  • Lead employee engagement activities, including monthly all-staff meetings, weekly optional staff check-ins, annual staff retreats, and periodic organizational team-building activities, to help build and maintain team cohesion and morale and to ensure a healthy, equitable, and inclusive work environment.
  • Assist in cultivating potential funding opportunities related to organizational health and DEIJ funding and contribute to the development, preparation, and review of funding proposals and grant reporting for initiatives with DEIJ components.
  • Serve on the senior leadership team to discuss, evaluate, and advance issues of organizational importance to CEG and CESA.

Necessary Qualifications and Keys to Success: 

Wondering whether you have the right credentials or background to apply? CEG and CESA value lived experience and are serious about embracing diversity.

  • Minimum of five years of experience in a human resource management position or similar organizational leadership role.
  • Knowledge and experience implementing current and emerging human resources practices, policies, processes, and systems.
  • In depth understanding of and commitment to DEIJ practices and principles.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with experience collaborating and building relationships at all levels of an organization.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in building a cohesive team culture that centers equity, inclusion, and belonging, and nurturing organizational cultures that prioritize employee engagement, growth, and development.

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Prior knowledge of or experience in clean energy and/or climate justice.
  • Experience serving in a leadership role within an organization and/or as a member of an executive team.
  • Experience working with a remote and geographically distributed team that primarily communicates through virtual interactions.
  • Prior communications, marketing, and/or fundraising experience.

Availability: This is a full-time, exempt position, with responsibilities commencing immediately upon selection of the most qualified candidate. Applicants interested in applying for the position in a part-time capacity may also be considered.

Location and Work Environment: CEG and CESA employees can choose to work remotely or in the Montpelier, Vermont office, or a combination of remote and in-office work. We offer a flexible workplace environment with a casual dress code. CEG and CESA are committed to ensuring employees have all the tools they need to perform their job duties whether working remotely or in the office and can make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Salary and Benefits: Anticipated starting salary is $80,000 - $90,000, depending upon prior experience and 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) via email to [email protected]. For the email’s subject line, enter “Director for People, Culture, and Equity.” Applications accepted immediately. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.


CEG and CESA are equal opportunity employers. CEG and CESA do 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 and CESA are committed to learning more about and applying principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in our work.