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Now Hiring: Project Manager, SolSmart Program

The Project Manager position at The Solar Foundation will provide technical assistance to local governments pursuing designation in the U.S. Department of Energy-funded program. Our Project Managers are the public face of the SolSmart program – a strong focus on providing high-quality customer service is a must. Experience in providing consulting-type services to local governments is desired, particularly with respect to zoning and codes. The Project Manager will work as part of a small, dynamic team to help communities reduce local barriers to the adoption of solar energy technologies. They will focus on 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 occasionally perform other duties as assigned to meet the needs of a small but influential national nonprofit organization.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist local governments to identify and implement programs and practices to increase their use of solar energy;
  • 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;
  • Help ensure proper reporting to comply with federal regulations.

Qualifications:

Candidates for this position will 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 experience, preferably in municipal/regional government affairs, public affairs, the solar industry or other renewable energy;
  • Superb technical writing skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • A commitment to providing high-quality customer service;
  • An ability to work independently as well as collaboratively (experience managing a small team is a plus);
  • The ability and willingness to travel to and effectively present at local, regional, and national meetings, conferences, and other events.

While not required, the most qualified candidates will possess:

  • An advanced degree in a relevant field (e.g., master’s or equivalent);
  • Experience interpreting land use and zoning code language;
  • AICP certification;
  • Education or experience in engineering, feasibility analysis, solar project development, and/or resilience strategies involving renewable energy systems;
  • Prior CRM experience;
  • Extensive knowledge of local and regional planning and permitting processes; and
  • A demonstrated passion for solar or renewable energy.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume, as well as a writing sample, to Lauren Seibert at lseibert@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 August 16, 2019. See full Job Description here.

Requests for Proposals: American Cities Climate Challenge

Through its work on the American Cities Climate Challenge, The Solar Foundation is helping cities across the country develop EV- and solar-ready ordinances. The Solar Foundation is seeking proposals from qualified organizations to help each city with (1) mapping internal and external stakeholders; (2) managing stakeholder engagement processes; (3) conducting research on EV- and/or solar-ready codes; (4) developing cost/benefit analyses; and (5) leading the development of new EV- and/or solar-ready code language. The Solar Foundation will be selecting one (1) organization to serve each of the communities listed below:

Each application will also require the completion of the Budget Template. To complete the template, download Appendix A here. Please submit this as a PDF addendum to the proposal.

We will be accepting proposals until 6 p.m/ ET on Friday, August 9. Specific information regarding how to respond to the request for proposals may be found in the links in the bulleted list above. If you have questions, please contact Mary Van Leuven at mvleuven@solarfound.org.

FAQs

What is the expected project timeline?

The Advisor engagements are expected to end April 15, 2020.

What is the anticipated end result of the project?

The expected end result is that the Advisor will help the City determine and engage the necessary stakeholders, then based on this help produce revised code language that best reflects the needs of these stakeholders while making an impact on promoting solar-and/or EV-readiness in the City.

What is the scope of the project? Is the Advisor expected to shepherd the code amendment through the entire approval process for each City or present its own timeline for completing tasks and deliverables, after which point the Advisor will have completed its mission?

In terms of project scope, at a minimum we expect Advisors to lead on and complete the five bullets in the scope of work laid out in the RFP. The overall goal is to advise in the revised code language to be ready for approval by a council/other relevant body. This code language will have a high likelihood of being enacted due to the efforts the Advisor provided around stakeholder engagement which will have led to buy-in surrounding the final language. Ideally, the entire approval process would take place during the Advisor engagement, but given the varied approval timelines between jurisdictions may fall outside of the timeline. At a minimum, the expected end result is final code language that is likely to pass, but again, given the varied timelines of jurisdictions it is not a hard requirement to have the language passed during the engagement. It is not a requirement for respondents to provide their own timeline, the scope of work and timeline are set for each community.

Is the budget capped at $15,000? Or might a proposal which proposes a higher amount still be considered?

The $15,000 is a hard cap. If you have difficulty performing the entire scope of work for $15,000, we are open to receiving what of the scope can be provided for that amount.

 

The Solar Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Due to the large volume of applications we receive, we are unable to respond individually to every single applicant. If you have not heard back from us within a month, we are likely moving forward with other candidates. We thank you for your interest.