Details: Bi-weekly stipend of $925.12 and an allowance up to $1,300 for monthly rent
SolarCorps Workforce and Volunteer Fellow, OAKLAND, CA
About GRID Alternatives
GRID Alternatives is the country’s largest nonprofit solar installer. GRID is an entrepreneurial, high-growth non-profit organization that provides renewable energy and energy efficiency services to low-income families. Through its flagship Solar Affordable Housing Program, GRID trains and leads teams of volunteers and job trainees to install solar electric systems for low-income families and affordable housing providers, providing long-term savings for the people who need them the most. In turn, low-income families are able to use their long-term savings to pay for basic expenses, and expand their economic opportunity by employing the skills and training they gained through GRID’s workforce development programs, in the growing field of solar installation. GRID’s vision is a successful transition to clean, renewable energy that includes everyone.
Based in Oakland, California, GRID has 9 regional offices and affiliates serving all of California, Colorado, Washington D.C., Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware; GRID also has staff on the ground in Nicaragua, Mexico and Nepal GRID has a dedicated staff of 330 and growing!
Compensation, work hours and duration of term:
This is a VISTA-funded SolarCorps position starting August 2018 and ending August 2019.
This is a full-time positions lasting 12 months.
The position is funded by VISTA. Members receive a bi-weekly stipend of $925.12 and an allowance up to $1,300 for monthly rent. Members are eligible for healthcare reimbursement. Upon successful completion of the term, VISTA members are eligible for the Segal Education Award totaling $5,920 OR a cash award of $1,500. Learn more about VISTA benefits here.
SolarCorps Workforce and Volunteer Fellow
- Collaborate with the HQ Workforce Development and Volunteerism team on organization-wide effort to better engage volunteers and trainees from a variety of backgrounds in our projects, in order to expand GRID Alternatives’ supporter base and brand awareness across the country
- Gather resources and data for Workforce Development and Volunteerism team to support national and regional efforts
- Work with HQ Workforce Development team to create tools for implementation of service learning framework into GRID programs and initiatives
- Coordinate logistics and manage timelines associated with Collegiate Program as well as cultivate and maintain relationships with collegiate partners and students
- Assist with departmental operations, such as; meeting coordination and note taking, national online orientations, data analysis, collecting and sharing of best practices, etc.
- Help develop, test and expand systems for deeper employer engagement to create more opportunities for our solar trainees across offices.
- Twelve-month commitment.
- Interest in and enthusiasm for renewable energy, community development, green jobs and education, service-learning, as well as helping families and communities in need.
- Strong public speaking and written communication skills.
- Strategic thinker with demonstrated project/program management skills
- Flexibility and willingness to embrace change, go the extra mile, and bring ideas and energy to a rapidly evolving organization.
- Some travel outside the region may be required.
- To be eligible for AmeriCorps, applicants must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the United States.
- Every SolarCorps Fellow must participate in the GRID’s equity, inclusion, and diversity work.
Members receive a bi-weekly stipend of $925.12 and an allowance up to $1,300 for monthly rent. Members are eligible for healthcare reimbursement. Upon successful completion of the term, VISTA members are eligible for the Segal Education Award totaling $5,920 OR a cash award of $1,500. Learn more about VISTA benefits here. Members will have access to GRID's Employee Assistance Program and Professional Development funds to further education totaling $600 and a healthy work life balance.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Submit both a resume and a one to two paragraph cover letter describing your interest online at online at, www.gridalternatives.org/work-at-grid. Due to the high volume of inquiries, please do not call or email the local office
Additionally, submit an application directly to AmeriCorps here: AmeriCorps Application. Please note, the AmeriCorps application requires TWO Written References. You can learn more about AmeriCorps VISTA here: http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-vista.
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.
Women, the formerly incarcerated, and people of color are urged to apply.