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14 May 2024

Full-Time Gulf Coast Energy Manager

Southeast Sustainability Directors Network (SSDN) – Posted by AllisonAdcox Anywhere

Job Description

Recruitment Announcement

Gulf Coast Energy Manager

Position Type: Regular, Full Time, Exempt

Reports to: Director of Federal Technical Assistance 

Location: Can be based anywhere in the Gulf Coast states of Alabama, Louisiana, Florida or Mississippi. Must have reliable, high-speed connectivity (phone/internet) and professional workspace (e.g., home office or other quiet, clean space) required. Approximate work hours: 9 am-5 pm Central Standard Time (flexible); 40 hours/week

Compensation: $70,000 – $85,000 annually with a robust benefits package that includes 100% employer covered health, dental, and vision insurance for you and your dependents, employer sponsored policies for disability and life insurance, a generous flexible leave policy, remote work allowance, and a 401(k) program with an automatic employer contribution. 

POSITION OVERVIEW

This position will lead SSDN’s new clean energy resilience program in the Gulf Coast and serve as a key facilitator of technical assistance between technical experts and coastal communities. As a part of the Federal Technical Assistance team, this position would serve as a key liaison with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and facilitate the Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Program (ETIPP), focused on implementing deep energy resilience technical assistance to remote and island communities. SSDN is seeking candidates who have a strong technical background in clean energy and energy resilience and who are motivated to continuously learn with input from communities. Ideally, this candidate will have experience with stakeholder outreach and engagement and knowledge of working with the key stakeholders eligible for ETIPP services.  Candidates should be able to manage multiple projects concurrently, deliver results, and handle the administrative duties for the program. 

NREL’s ETIPP program is a U.S. Department of Energy program that offers direct technical assistance to remote and island communities to analyze energy systems and to plan for increased resilience through solutions that may include building energy efficiency, hydropower, microgrids, solar, and wind technologies. SSDN identifies and prepares communities along the Gulf Coast to receive technical assistance and works with partners to provide technical assistance to these communities. Eligible applicants for support from ETIPP include local governments, electric co-ops, municipal utilities, tribes, special purpose districts, academic institutions, or community based organizations.

The Gulf Coast includes communities along the Gulf of Mexico located in the following states: AL, FL, LA, MS and TX

RESPONSIBILITIES

Outreach and Community Engagement

  • Conduct outreach to rural and coastal communities in the Gulf Coast territory to share opportunities for support with ETIPP;
  • Attend and help deliver in-person and virtual sessions;
  • Work with NREL to create and distribute marketing and outreach materials;
  • Support the Network Engagement Manager with general communications needs, such as website updates, blog posts, social media posts, development of marketing materials, and other communications collateral to promote the program within SSDN and beyond;
  • Support planning and logistical needs for meetings with technical assistance recipients.

Clean Energy + Energy Resilience Technical Assistance Facilitation

  • In partnership with SSDN’s Policy Team, build and maintain awareness of local regulatory environments that impact clean energy initiatives in the region;
  • Lead “Energy 101” educational sessions for communities: assist with content development; 
  • Assist communities in developing an energy plan;
  • Assist with the creation of a knowledge-sharing network across ETIPP participants;
  • Communicate energy resilience needs from the community to NREL in a clear way to facilitate the most impactful technical assistance;
  • Collaborate with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to provide technical assistance throughout the engagement period with each community, including scheduling, providing agendas, and participating in scoping discussions;
  • Share energy resilience research, lessons learned and other key data points with the SSDN network and other key stakeholders.

Program Management / Other Duties

  • Draft quarterly, final and any ongoing reports, assist with invoicing, and lead other administrative duties’
  • Schedule calls, take meeting minutes, arrange travel, coordinate calendars for community engagement and onboarding into the program;
  • Support document management and maintaining the electronic files for the program (in Google Drive);
  • Compile data and resources to share widely with SSDN members; including support for the related documents and lessons learned in SSDN programs and the Member Resources Library in Google Drive;
  • Enter in data into SSDN’s Salesforce database;
  • Other duties as assigned or requested. 

Travel: Frequent regional travel will be required for this position (within the Gulf Coast and Southeast). In person meetings will be expected to facilitate partnership development and direct technical support. Additional travel may be required per NREL’s ETIPP program requirements. Travel to SSDN’s Annual Meeting, staff retreats, and other network-wide meetings may also be required, 3-4 times a year.

QUALIFICATIONS: While no single candidate will embody all the qualifications below, an ideal candidate would possess many of the below experiences and skill sets.

Required Experience:

  • This is a manager level position and we are looking for someone with 3-5 years of related experience, ideally with clean energy and/or energy resilience experience.
  • Work with ETIPP’s key stakeholder group (s) is preferred but not required. 
  • Strong interest and/or experience in local government or the field of sustainability. 
  • Must be proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Suite, Zoom. Experience with Salesforce is a plus.
  • Experience with GIS and/or energy modeling software or other tools is a plus, but not required.
  • Bachelor’s Degree is]preferred. 

Desired Skills and Knowledge:

  • Excellent organizational skills. 
  • Ability to prioritize tasks across multiple projects and deadlines. 
  • Strong attention to detail, accuracy, and follow through. 
  • A systems mindset, with the ability to improve upon existing systems and processes to aid in efficiency and effectiveness. 
  • Ability to act on instructions and guidance and the discernment to know when to elevate or escalate an issue. 
  • Ability to take proactive steps to anticipate and surface support needs.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Self-motivated and driven to work productively in an unstructured environment. 
  • Strong collaboration skills and the ability to work effectively to provide timely support in the virtual team environment.
  • Ability to be flexible and responsive in providing support. 
  • Committed to being an active contributor to an equitable and inclusive workplace. 
  • Dedicated to self-improvement, learning, and continuous improvement. 

About SSDN: The Southeast Sustainability Directors Network (SSDN) is a collaborative membership community that develops solutions to the South’s unique sustainability challenges. SSDN’s members include sustainability and resilience staff from across the South, who build knowledge and learn from colleagues in other areas about best practices to meet their community’s needs. Communities located in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia working in all stages of sustainability implementation join the network to scale, accelerate, and implement best practices so that our region’s communities are equipped to adapt to and mitigate climate change. For more information please visit www.southeastsdn.org

SSDN and Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage applications from qualified people of all gender expressions and identities, sexual orientations, racialized communities, Indigenous persons, veterans and persons with disabilities. Should you require accommodations through the application process, please let us know.

How to Apply

How to apply: Applications (including resume and cover letter) will be accepted through this link on Breezy and reviewed on a rolling basis. Preference will be given to those who apply by Friday, June 13, 2024 at 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) with interviews beginning immediately. When you apply you will be prompted to provide your contact information, cut and paste your cover letter into a text field, and you will be prompted to attach your resume. You are welcome to attach your cover letter along with your resume, if you prefer. You will also be invited to complete a demographic questionnaire. Your responses to the questionnaire are kept separately from your application and help us to monitor and improve our recruitment and outreach efforts to ensure we are reaching a wide diversity of candidates. If you do not wish to provide responses, please select the option, "prefer not to answer."

Job Categories: Energy Efficiency. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: energy, remote, Southeast Region US, and Sustainabilty. Salaries: See posting for details.

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