Full-Time Executive Director
About Vote Solar
Vote Solar advances clean energy policy in legislatures and public commissions across the United States. They do most of their work at the state level – where the majority of energy decisions are made. Their expertise comes from a deep understanding of the legislative process, regulatory interventions, and how to identify and accelerate solar solutions. Vote Solar is adept at bridging communities and bringing diverse stakeholders together to forge inclusive coalitions and winning campaigns.
Vote Solar’s goal is to effect real, tangible change. Twenty years in, their work has made it so that one in three people live in a state with a 100% clean energy commitment. They strive not only expand that number, but ensure that more people can participate in holding utilities and decision makers accountable for greater equity and justice in our energy system.
The incoming Executive Director of Vote Solar will join a high performing team uniquely positioned to drive tangible progress towards an equitable and just 100% clean energy transition for all. Leveraging its distinct combination of deep regulatory knowledge, campaign expertise, and a commitment to advancing equitable energy access and outcomes, Vote Solar and the new ED will be poised for growing impact across the US. Prioritizing access and equity, rooftop solar, community solar, utility-scale solar, and grid modernization, the ED and the expert staff will identify levers for change, while strengthening political support for clean energy and deepening public engagement in advocacy efforts.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ED will lead an accomplished team in setting the direction and strategy for the organization, with ultimate responsibility for its financial health, fundraising, implementation of the mission, and operational effectiveness. This will require a visionary leader to identify and capitalize on new and existing opportunities in a manner that balances innovation with the practicalities of growth and execution. Core responsibilities include ensuring that Vote Solar is resourced with the staff, systems, and processes it needs for success. Leading with humility, emotional intelligence, transparency, and an intentional, human-centered, and collaborative approach, the new ED will set the tone for a culture that promotes inclusivity and inspires continual learning and innovation.
Vote Solar seeks an Executive Director whose values, personal mission, and expertise align with the organization’s commitment to pursuing an equitable and just transition to 100% clean energy. Substantial experience in solar, clean energy, climate, and/or environmental justice is required. While the ED is not expected to be an expert in all facets of the organization’s work, this person will ideally have knowledge of energy policy – the legislative, regulatory, and/or advocacy aspects – either at the federal level or in at least one of the states in which Vote Solar currently operates. It is strongly preferred that candidates bring experience building and maintaining long-term relationships with funders, donors, partner organizations, and/or investors.
The successful candidate will also bring experience leading organizations in a time of growth and change, and balancing the benefits of structure and process with the need for flexibility. The new ED will know how to lead and manage teams through change, ambiguity, and growth. Leading with humility and a drive for innovation and impact, the ED will be expected to build upon the organization’s great progress and successes thus far, while also charting a bold and innovative path forward.
The base salary for the ED position is in the mid $200,000 range.
How to ApplyTo learn more about the role and apply, please visit GoodCitizen's website: https://www.goodcitizen.com/executive-search/vote-solar-executive-director/
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