Policy & Program Manager (HQ) Remote/Location Flexible

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GRID Alternatives

Policy & Program Manager (HQ) Remote/Location Flexible
Why you want to work here…
GRID Alternatives is a national leader in making clean, affordable solar power and solar jobs accessible to low-income communities and communities of color. GRID is an entrepreneurial, high-growth non-profit organization that provides direct solar installation and project development; clean mobility options; workforce training and service learning opportunities; and low-income solar policy advocacy.

Our Vision: a rapid, equitable transition to a world powered by renewable energy that benefits everyone.

Our Mission: to build community-powered solutions to advance economic and environmental justice through renewable energy.

Based in Oakland, California, GRID has 8 regional offices and affiliates serving all of California, Colorado, Washington D.C., Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware; GRID also works in Nicaragua, Mexico and Nepal. GRID has a dedicated staff of 400 and growing!

What it’s like at GRID…

At GRID, we care about each other and know that each employee has a whole self that includes life outside of work. Our culture supports learning, growth and well-being of all of our team members.
Every member of GRID Alternatives must participate in the organization’s equity, inclusion, and diversity (EID) work.

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. Because we value EID at GRID Alternatives, we encourage folks from all backgrounds to apply, even if you do not meet all of the preferred qualifications.
Why this is a big deal…
GRID’s policy and programs team works to ensure that equity is a driving principle in the transition to a clean energy economy. Our policy leadership efforts have brought the tangible benefits of renewable energy, including electric bill savings, resilience, access to jobs and reduced pollution, to overburdened and underserved communities nationwide.

The Opportunity…
GRID Alternatives is seeking a Policy & Program Manager for our Community Solar Program to join the national headquarters (HQ) policy and business development team. The Policy & Program Manager will serve in a cross functional role leading the growth of GRID’s Community Solar Program, and supporting equitable clean energy policy advancement and advocacy before state and federal regulatory agencies, public utilities commissions, legislatures, and other policymakers. This position will be a member of the headquarters team and will have the opportunity to grow GRID’s impact in community solar and meaningfully shape policies in priority states, both with and without existing GRID regional offices, and at the federal level.

The successful candidate will lead GRID’s community solar program development by securing partnerships and leading successful proposal responses to meet the team’s project development and mission impact goals, and work closely in coalition with other industry and environmental justice organizations to expand, improve, and harmonize policies, programs, and funding opportunities supporting community solar and related technologies including storage, electrification, and clean mobility around the United States. The Policy & Program Manager will report to the Senior Director of Policy & Business Development.
Supporting program development for GRID’s Community Solar team (40%)
  • Working with CS team, support origination of 5 MW + of new community solar projects annually for GRID HQ and regional offices by identifying project opportunities, requests for proposals, siting and subscriber partners, mission aligned community-based partners and utility relationships
  • Provide high-level program management support including team meetings, Salesforce and Microsoft Teams processes, and project development processes to ensure community solar projects are delivered on time and budget
  • Support GRID’s subscriber acquisition and management for community solar, as needed
  • As necessary, support philanthropy team on development of grant proposals to help drive additional philanthropic resources into the community solar program
  • Cultivate, formalize, and manage CS program’s multi-region strategic partnerships with mission-aligned organizations such as financiers, developers, third party installers, and affordable housing organizations
State regulatory and legislative work (40%)
  • Lead participation in regulatory proceedings; develop strategies, draft comments, briefs and other filings, and coordinate closely with partner organizations and other stakeholders to advance GRID’s mission
  • Engage utilities and utility regulators on specific program/project issues
  • Participate in strategic discussions regarding potential expansion states and technologies in response to new opportunities
  • Analyze program impacts and document and share best practices through case studies, white papers, online impact stories, blogs, and presentations
  • Priority focus: Colorado, New Mexico, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Tribal
Relationship development and coalition expansion (10%)
  • Develop and maintain strategic partnerships and collaborative relationships with agency and legislative staff, coalition partners, and other external stakeholders
  • Grow GRID’s presence, policy influence, public image and mission impact
  • Work with the GRID Communications staff to provide policy content for newsletters, social media posts, and events
Tribal policy & program support (10%)
  • Support Tribal team on policy and program development opportunities, including policy support and analysis, project and proposal development, and other needs as identified by Director of Tribal Programs and Senior Director of Policy and Business Development
What you need to bring to this role…
  • Experience originating and executing on community solar projects and opportunities
  • Experience in regulatory and/or legislative advocacy and coalition processes related to environmental justice and clean energy
  • Strong commitment and passion for GRID’s mission of building community-powered solutions to advance economic and environmental justice through renewable energy
  • Ability to work collaboratively and diplomatically with GRID staff, community-based organizations, and other coalition partners and stakeholders, with a deep understanding and practice of equity
  • Drive and motivation to identify priorities, balance multiple projects as well as long and short-term priorities, and get things done independently without close supervision
  • Effective and flexible interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Comfort working in an ever-changing environment and flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and workloads
  • Flexibility and willingness to embrace change, go the extra mile, and bring ideas and energy to rapidly growing organization
  • Leadership qualities such as creativity, capacity to motivate others, understanding teams and their needs, eagerness to accept responsibility, and intelligent and action oriented judgment
  • Solid understanding of PV solar industry and related technologies, markets, and policy and regulatory issues
  • Knowledge of, or desire to learn about, photovoltaic systems, financing, beneficial electrification, electric grid modernization, and other technical and social aspects of our energy systems
  • Computer proficiency (primarily MS Teams, Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite)
  • Hired CA candidates must be able to pass a screening for drugs that are illegal in the state of California, including: amphetamine, cocaine metabolite, opiates, and PCP.
It would be great if you also had…
  • Lived or professional experience with immigrant communities, communities of color, or environmental justice communities
  • Previous non-profit sector and/or policy experience
  • Connections to policy, affordable housing, philanthropic, job training, solar, clean transportation, and low-income advocacy organizations/communities that can be leveraged for GRID
  • Knowledge of solar energy development and/or construction
  • Fluency in language(s) other than English
Where you will sit & the places you may go…

This position is Remote/Location Flexible. This position is currently remote due to COVID-19. However, once it is safe to return to the office, the Candidate may have the option to work from any of GRID’s regional offices for all or a portion of their work week. This position may require up to 25% out-of-town travel to regional offices and special projects. Availability to work nights and weekends may be required.
GRID Alternatives provides vehicles for work travel, and due to COVID-19 current guidelines, we may also require limited personal vehicle use. In the latter instance, GRID will provide travel reimbursement for work-related personal vehicle use in accordance with our payroll schedule. Additionally, all applicants will need a valid driver’s license and good driving record to be considered.

Let’s Talk Money

This is a full-time, exempt position. Salary commensurate with experience within the pay band of $73,000 – $85,000, plus the benefits listed below.

How we take care of you…

Medical, Dental, Vision/Eye Care insurance, 5 weeks paid time off (PTO), 13 paid holidays, Commuter Checks, 403b Retirement Plan, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Health Savings Account (HSA), STD, LTD, and AD&D insurance.
Ready to Apply?

Submit both a resume and a cover letter describing your interest at https://gridalternatives.org/get-involved/careers/open-positions. Due to the high volume of inquiries, mailed and emailed applications are not accepted. Please do not call and/or email requesting an update.
Thank you for your interest in GRID Alternatives!
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