GRID Alternatives Colorado - Executive Director
GRID Alternatives (www.gridalternatives.org) is an entrepreneurial, high-growth non-profit organization that makes the benefits of renewable energy and job training accessible to underserved communities. Through our flagship Energy for All Program, we train and lead teams of volunteers and job trainees to install solar electric systems that exclusively benefit low-income families. These projects include installations on single family homes, multifamily affordable housing, mission aligned non-profits as well as community solar projects benefiting underserved communities. GRID Alternatives has regional offices in California, Colorado, New York, and the District of Columbia. We also operate a Tribal Solar Program as well as a small international program in Nicaragua, Mexico and Nepal. While each regional affiliate has its own budget, staff, construction capacity, and local fundraising, GRID Alternatives centralizes HR, accounting, solar equipment procurement, training, and multi-regional fundraising from our national headquarters office in Oakland, CA.
GRID Alternatives Colorado opened in 2012. We are looking for an Executive Director who will work with GRID’s national leadership, the GRID Colorado Board, and the GRID Colorado staff to grow and expand our presence in Colorado. This is an amazing opportunity for someone who wants to run a non-profit and shape the strategic direction in the region with the benefit of having the resources and infrastructure of a robust national organization.
The Colorado Regional Affiliate has successfully installed almost 5MW of mission-aligned solar in the Denver Metro area and in rural areas of Colorado. The Executive Director will need to work collaboratively with the GRID Colorado board and GRID’s national leadership to set and drive strategic direction. In order to move from a regional affiliate requiring substantial support and investment from the broader GRID family to a financially sustainable affiliate, the Executive Director will need to be a strong, adaptable, organized leader. The specific job duties this position include:
● Manage outreach staff to identify low-income properties and clients
● Manage workforce staff to recruit and manage volunteers and job trainees
● Manage construction and project staff to install solar electric systems benefiting a mix of multifamily affordable properties and single family homes owned by low-income families
● Work directly with GRID Alternatives’ local Board of Directors and GRID Alternatives’ co-founders to develop both short-term and a long-term visions for regional operations
● Develop and maintain partnerships, joint programs and collaborative relationships with affordable housing developers, job training programs, solar developers, energy efficiency providers, local government departments, utilities, low-income policy entities and other local organizations
● Lead local fundraising efforts (with the help of local fundraising staff) and work collaboratively with HQ development staff on national fundraising efforts – this includes fundraising from private foundations, corporate sponsors, local government, and individual donors
● Work directly with GRID Alternatives’ headquarters staff to ensure all operations are consistent with GRID Alternatives policies, best practices, culture and long-term vision
● Manage the finances of the regional office with the support of GRID Alternatives’ headquarters-based CFO and/accounting staff, including preparing the affiliate budget and managing expenditures to that budget
● Grow GRID Alternatives’ presence, policy influence and positive public image in the region, including networking and speaking presentations
● Visibly support and advance GRID Alternatives’ commitment to equity, inclusion and diversity work and continue to build an internal culture that seeks to examine systems of oppression.
● Do what needs to get done to make the mission happen even if it means taking out the trash.
Necessary skills and qualifications
● Passion for sustainability, affordable housing, workforce development, the environment, policy and/or environmental justice
● Excellent leadership/management skills
● Ability to manage technical/staff and ensure organized, efficient, quality delivery of services
● Ability to problem solve and learn new skills
● Articulate writer
● Comfortable working with and communicating with diverse populations
● Self-motivated and driven
● Able to both work independently, as well as collaboratively with GRID Alternatives’ staff
● Polished public speaker
Recommended skills and qualifications
● Previous non-profit management experience
● Connections to affordable housing, philanthropic, job training and low-income advocacy organizations/communities
● Knowledge of solar energy development
● Technical skills (specifically Microsoft Office and Salesforce.com)
● Strong ties and roots in the region
● Lived experience that enables an understanding of poverty and systems of oppression.
Open until filled.
To apply Applicants must submit BOTH a resume and cover letter online.
We are an equal opportunity employer – Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.
Commensurate with experience + medical, dental, optional 403b retirement plan, and generous paid time off.
Minimum Education Required