Sr. Director, Equitable Community Solar
About GRID Alternatives
Why you want to work here...
GRID Alternatives is a national leader in making clean, affordable solar power and solar jobs accessible to low-income communities and communities of color. We are an entrepreneurial, high-growth nonprofit organization that provides direct solar installation and project development, clean mobility options, workforce training and service-learning opportunities, and low-income solar policy advocacy.
Our vision: a transition to clean, renewable energy that includes everyone
Our Mission: to build community-powered solutions to advance economic and environmental justice through renewable energy.
Based in Oakland, California, GRID has 8 regional offices and affiliates serving all of California, Colorado, Mid-Atlantic/Washington D.C. region, and Tribal Lands within the U.S. Additionally, GRID has international operations in Nicaragua, Mexico, and Nepal. GRID has a dedicated staff of 400 and growing!
What it's like at GRID...
We care about each other and know that each employee has a whole self, including life outside of work. Our culture supports the learning, growth, and well-being of all of our team members. All staff at GRID Alternatives must be able to advance the organization's equity, inclusion, and diversity (EID) work and understand that this can only be achieved within a framework of social, economic, and environmental justice.
GRID Alternatives provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. Because we value EID at GRID Alternatives, we encourage folks from all backgrounds to apply, even if you do not meet all of the preferred qualifications.
Why this is a big deal…
The vision for community solar at GRID. GRID’s vision is to empower historically-underserved communities to take ownership of their energy future through community solar. GRID aims to be a collaborative leader in the implementation of equitable community solar programs and projects nationally. GRID’s community solar program will:
- Deliver meaningful electric bill savings for income-qualified households who face the highest levels of energy burden;
- Serve income-qualified households in all housing types (single-family, multi-family) with an emphasis on environmental justice and Tribal communities;
- Maximize savings and other benefits for income-qualified participants through coordination with and co-leveraging of related initiatives and programs;
- Increase local clean energy reliability, offsetting the need for polluting fossil fuel-based generation;
- Enable clear pathways for community ownership and co-governance of solar, including through technical assistance;
- Enable contracting and workforce development opportunities for priority communities and diverse, mission-aligned contractors; and
- In coordination with policy and program leads, address barriers to community solar access through advocacy, program development, admin, and implementation; community engagement; and wraparound services.
GRID’s work in community solar spans policy advocacy; coalition-building and stakeholder engagement; program development; technical assistance; project development; engineering, procurement, and construction; workforce development; customer acquisition; and more.
We are seeking a passionate and experienced individual to join our team as the Director of Equitable Community Solar. In this role, you will be responsible for continuing to shape GRID’s community solar program and leading the charge to bring our collective vision to life. The Director will also coordinate efforts across departments and regional offices, ensure efficient workflows throughout project lifecycles, cultivate and manage relationships with funders and partners, and build team capacity within the emerging area of community solar.
- Strategic planning and coordination
- Refine and implement strategic plans for community solar, in alignment with GRID Alternatives' mission and goals.
- Coordinate across the Policy & Programs, Construction, Outreach, Workforce Development, and other relevant departments and regional offices to ensure effective collaboration, communication, and synergy in implementing GRID’s community solar strategic plan.
- Lead internal communication for community solar, including convening team meetings as well as internal reporting; and
- Consult with relevant departments and regional offices to obtain buy-in and inform go/no-go decision points for project-level pursuits, including mission relevance and potential impact, capacity, needs, alignment of opportunities with other goals and priorities, and financial viability.
- Identify opportunities for growth and expansion of community solar initiatives and provide recommendations to policy leads and senior leadership.
- Set SMART goals for and support the origination of a pipeline of equity-focused community solar projects.
- Oversee the entire project lifecycle of community solar installations, ensuring strong project management, organized workflows and handoffs, and efficient execution of each scope of work.
- Establish and monitor project timelines, financial tracking systems (forecasts, budgets, actual expenses), and key performance indicators (KPIs) to ensure successful project delivery, and maintain systems to report on project statuses internally and externally as necessary.
- Collaborate with cross-functional teams to identify and address any project-related challenges and risks.
- Funder and partner relationship management
- Cultivate and maintain strong and equitable working relationships with funders, partners, and stakeholders involved in community solar initiatives.
- Collaborate with development teams and relevant internal and external stakeholders to identify and pursue funding opportunities, including grants, sponsorships, and partnerships.
- Act as the primary point of contact for funders and partners, providing regular updates, official reports, addressing inquiries, and ensuring compliance with contractual obligations.
- Lead and grow a cross-departmental and multi-office team of solar professionals, providing guidance, support, and opportunities for professional growth.
- Make recommendations for and lead the implementation of plans to hire additional teammates at pace with the growth and development of the community solar program at GRID.
- Develop training programs and resources to enhance the team's knowledge and skills in community solar best practices.
- Foster a collaborative and inclusive work environment that promotes innovation, teamwork, and continuous learning.
- Represent GRID Alternatives at relevant industry conferences, workshops, and community events, promoting the organization's community solar initiatives in coordination with relevant internal teams.
- Engage with community members, environmental justice organizations, and other stakeholders to ensure their needs and perspectives are incorporated into community solar projects and initiatives in coordination with GRID’s outreach and policy teams.
- Contribute to advocacy efforts for policies and regulations that support equitable access to community solar and renewable energy in low-income communities in coordination with the policy team.
* Hired California candidates must be able to pass a screening for drugs that are illegal in the state of California, including: amphetamine, cocaine, metabolite, opiates and PCP
What you bring to the table:
- Minimum of 7 years of experience specifically in community solar development or programming.
- Proven track record of successfully managing complex projects with multiple stakeholders.
- Strong understanding of community solar and its potential to address energy inequities.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build and maintain relationships with diverse stakeholders.
- Demonstrated experience in cultivating and managing funding partnerships and grants.
- Knowledge of renewable energy policies, regulations, and financing mechanisms.
- Ability to think strategically, identify opportunities, and drive innovation in the community solar space.
- Experience leading and developing high-performing teams.
- Project and program management and financial tracking experience, including forecasting, and tracking budget-to-actuals at a program and project level.
- Knowledge of and experience with relevant software tools such as CRMs (such as Salesforce, including Inspire Planner), siting software, and project/program management.
- Commitment to equity, environmental justice, and GRID Alternatives' mission.
Where you will sit and the places you may go...
Let's Talk Money
This is a full-time, exempt position. Salary commensurate with experience within the pay band of $95,000 - $135,000 plus the benefits listed below. *All Remote & Remote/Location Flexible Positions MUST reside within the U.S., and require proof of residency.
How we take care of you...
Medical, Dental, Vision/Eye Care insurance, 5 weeks paid time off (PTO), 12 paid holidays, Commuter Checks, 403b Retirement Plan, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Health Savings Account (HSA), STD, LTD, and AD&D insurance.
Ready to Apply?
Submit both a resume and a cover letter describing your interest at https://gridalternatives.org/get-involved/careers/open-positions. Due to the high volume of inquiries, mailed and emailed applications are not accepted. Please do not call and/or email requesting an update.
Thank you for your interest in GRID Alternatives!
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