Remote, OR, USA
Position Overview: Solstice Initiative is a nationwide nonprofit that empowers Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and low-income communities towards a just and inclusive clean energy transition. As the fossil fuel industry continues to exacerbate the climate crisis, these US communities bear the brunt of its effects while spending a disproportionate share of their income on their utility bills. Though rooftop solar is commonly considered a remedy to these systemic problems, 80% of Americans can’t access it because they do not own a home, have the right rooftop, or have the ability to finance it.
That’s why Solstice deploys community solar: an equitable solution to break fossil fuel dependence and decrease high energy costs, providing access to clean energy to anyone with an electric bill. Community solar enables households to subscribe to a portion of a solar farm in their community, allowing them to reap the benefits of local clean energy and monthly energy bill savings. Solstice works at the nexus of clean energy and social justice to provide BIPOC and low-income households with accessible, participatory, and affordable community solar projects, to research and innovate solutions that address exclusion within the clean energy movement, and to advocate for inclusive, green policies in every state. Together, we will make solar accessible to everyone.
Solstice Initiative is seeking an experienced Program Manager to join our team and lead the development of our newest project - an equitable and innovative community solar project located in Boston, MA. The Program manager will also contribute to and manage aspects of our research and policy efforts. The Solstice Initiative team works with a start-up mentality where everyone equally contributes to our vision and strategy and prioritizes equity and inclusion in our internal and external work above all. The right candidate is passionate about environmental justice and social equity, has strong written and verbal communication skills, and a proven ability to project manage. Candidates that may require additional accommodations for this role are welcomed and encouraged to apply.
- Manage numerous projects at the same time with the goal of pioneering new models of inclusion within the clean energy movement
- Serve as primary point of contact for external partners including industry partners (developers, financiers), community-based organizations and government agencies
- Collaborate with non-profit staff on organization strategy, programs and research
- Develop program deliverables and grant reports to increase community solar access
- Design and implement an impact assessment study to evaluate one or more low-to-moderate income community solar energy pilot projects; Interpret and communicate results of analysis
- Participation in external meetings and policy proceedings, such as with alliance and coalition partners; Attend conferences as relevant
- Draft policy recommendations and public responses to official community solar policy proceedings
- Potential to manage fellows and interns, depending on fellowship schedules
- Bachelor’s or advanced degree in a related field (i.e. environmental studies, policy, etc.)
- 3-6 years background in program work, ideally in the environmental or social equity spaces
- Preferred experience with solar project development or community development projects
- Familiarity with project finance, particularly as it relates to solar/community development
- Commitment to intersectional social justice, namely environmental, racial, and economic equity
- Extraordinary attention to detail -- coupled with capacity for “big picture” thinking
- Outstanding time-management to balance multiple projects simultaneously
- Polished written and oral communication and presentation skills
- Proactive work ethic, problem-solving abilities, and resourcefulness
- An enthusiastic team player and consensus-builder
As a Program Manager You Will Gain:
- Ownership over the development of a sustainable, scalable, and replicable project model for inclusive community solar
- Access to a network of diverse stakeholders, including community advocates, industry leaders, and public officials at the forefront of policy, finance, and project innovation
- Deep understanding of the rapidly growing community solar and renewable energy space
Solstice was founded to advance equity and inclusion in America. We are committed to living those values, not just in the work we do to promote environmental and energy justice, but in how we grow as an organization. We seek always to expand leadership opportunities for marginalized communities in the global transition to clean energy.
Solstice is an equal opportunity employer. We hire, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, national origin, genetics, veteran status, or any of the other characteristics that give each of us unique perspective and capacities.
We’re a team of mission-driven, passionate and dedicated individuals. We’ve fostered an inclusive and fun culture through regular socials and even solar farm field trips. Apply today and get to know us!
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