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Project Manager
at The Solar Foundation
Washington, DC

Project Manager
at The Solar Foundation
Washington, DC

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Description

The Solar Foundation (TSF) is seeking a Project Manager to achieve aggressive goals to support increased national solar deployment. The Project Manager will provide technical assistance to local governments pursuing designation under the U.S. Department of Energy-funded SolSmart program (solsmart.org). The individual filling this role will work as part of a small, dynamic team to help communities reduce local barriers to the adoption of solar energy technologies across the following topic areas: permitting; planning, zoning, and development regulations; utility and community engagement; and market development and finance; as well as other federal, state, and local solar topics. The Project Manager will also manage the Solar Automated Permit Processing (SolarAPP) initiative (www.thesolarfoundation.org/solarapp/). They will manage a broad coalition of solar firms, supporters, and other stakeholders, and be required to demonstrate sound judgment and thought leadership at both the strategic and tactical levels. The Project Manager will occasionally perform other duties as assigned to meet the needs of a small and dynamic national nonprofit organization.


Key Responsibilities
• Assist local governments in identifying and implementing programs and practices to build robust local solar markets;
• Serve as the primary TSF point of contact for the SolarAPP initiative – coordinating stakeholder meetings, providing experience- and knowledge-based recommendations for program direction and activities, and helping to ensure the overall success of the initiative;
• Facilitate meetings with local government officials and their stakeholders;
• Develop new resources (e.g., white papers, fact sheets, presentations, tools) to help local governments learn from and replicate model practices and programs;
• Provide research, writing, and coordination support for SolSmart and other projects at The Solar Foundation;
• Promote the program by effectively communicating program benefits to stakeholders; and
• Help ensure proper program reporting to comply with federal regulations.


Qualifications
At a minimum, candidates for this position must possess:
• An undergraduate degree in public policy, economics, planning, local government management, public affairs, environmental studies, or other related or technical field;
• 2+ years of relevant professional experience, preferably in municipal/regional government affairs, public affairs, the solar industry or other renewable energy;
• Superb interpersonal skills and clear and persuasive technical writing skills;
• Proven ability to provide high-quality customer service and to productively engage and convene stakeholders in leadership positions;
• Proven ability to work efficiently, independently, and collaboratively;
• The ability and willingness to continue to build a large network of supporters and travel to and effectively present at local, regional, and national meetings, conferences, and other events; and
• A demonstrated passion for solar or renewable energy.


In addition, the most qualified candidates will possess:
• An advanced degree in a relevant field (e.g., master’s or equivalent);
• Extensive and demonstrable knowledge of local and regional planning and permitting processes; and
• Education or experience in engineering, feasibility analysis, solar project development, and/or resilience strategies involving renewable energy systems.


Compensation
The salary for this position is commensurate with the candidate’s experience and qualifications. The Solar Foundation provides its staff with a competitive benefits package including enrollment in a 401(k) retirement plan with a capped employer match, health insurance, paid time off, transportation stipend, professional development funds, etc. This is a full-time position, and in accordance with the provisions of federal wage and hour laws, this position is classified as exempt, meaning this position will not be eligible for overtime pay. Employment at The Solar Foundation is at-will.

 

To Apply
Please submit a cover letter and resume, as well as a writing sample, to Zach Greene at zgreene@solarfound.org with the subject line “SolSmart Project Manager”. Position is available immediately and will remain open until filled. Preference will be given to applications received by November 30, 2018.


About The Solar Foundation
The Solar Foundation (thesolarfoundation.org) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing the use of solar and solar-compatible technologies worldwide. We believe that increasing access to this clean, abundant, reliable, and affordable energy source will lift up people’s lives and bring about a prosperous future for all. The Solar Foundation is a fun and exciting workplace – at the heart of it all. Additionally, The Solar Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law. In addition to federal law requirements, The Solar Foundation complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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