Full-Time Solar Project Manager
– You’re a mission-driven professional who thrives in an entrepreneurial environment
– You have technical project management experience and are excited about the clean
– You’re a strong communicator and love building new relationships
– You’re an organized, detail oriented team player willing to be held accountable to high
standards and ambitious results
Groundswell organizes community power to bring economic equity to the energy sector. We believe that clean energy is a necessity, not a luxury good; we’re all in this together; and it’s not OK to leave our neighbors who are struggling behind. Today, the poorest 20% of Americans are paying 10% or more of their total income for electricity and at least 49% of America can’t access rooftop solar. The clean energy table is abundant, and Groundswell is working to give everyone a seat. That’s why we offer place-based programs in equitable community solar, energy efficiency, rooftop solar, and affordable wind power.
Since 2009, we’ve grown from a local nonprofit organization to a Mid-Atlantic leader in clean energy across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, and our hometown of Washington DC. We offer affordable clean energy and efficiency programs that enable working families, small businesses, and community organizations to switch their homes and buildings to wind or solar power and to access incentives for efficiency projects. Our approach is grounded in collective action and cooperative purchasing: by working together, we give communities the ability to take control of their electricity bill, save money, and align how they spend their money with their values. We’ve already switched more than 4,000 families and small businesses to clean power and contracted for the sale of 225 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean energy, resulting in 155,000 metric tons of carbon pollution reduction.
ABOUT THE POSITION
This is an exciting opportunity for a creative and entrepreneurial technical project manager to develop and manage a community solar project pipeline that brings clean, affordable and local solar energy to low and moderate income communities throughout the Mid-Atlantic. The Solar Project Manager will be responsible for managing Groundswell’s community solar project development process from site acquisition through to project construction. This position will support new solar site acquisition efforts and serve as the go-to internal technical expert. The Solar Project Manager will report to the Director of Energy Programs and play an integral role in building Groundswell’s community solar program into a scalable model that empowers
communities and demonstrates the transformative role that local clean energy can play in low and moderate income communities. This position requires a high-level of drive and passion for our work around energy and economic equity and the ability to operate in a results-driven environment where innovation and creativity are valued and expected.
– Oversee and be accountable for Groundswell’s community solar project pre-development process from site lease option through to interconnection application
– Manage and maintain a network of project partners and contractors to ensure high
quality delivery of commercial scale solar project design, permitting, materials
procurement, construction, operation and maintenance
– Support the community outreach team in developing new business relationships with
commercial organizations that result in the acquisition of additional community solar
– Serve as the internal go-to technical resource for all community solar project design and construction questions
– Meet with business, nonprofit, utility and community leaders on behalf of Groundswell’s community solar program
– 3 years’ experience with technical project management in clean energy, real estate or
– Demonstrated success managing relationships with community-based organizations and civic leaders in economically diverse communities
– Prior experience with Solar PV installation preferred
– Proficiency with CAD or Sketchup programs and Microsoft Excel
– Self-starter – extremely motivated, ability to work independently and manage multiple
– Strong leadership skills and ability to build a positive work environment within a team
and in a dynamic and culturally diverse environment
– Strong planning capabilities, highly organized, and on top of all the details
– Bachelor’s degree is preferred but not required
Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include 403(b) retirement and matching, health, dental, and vision insurance, maternity/paternity/adoption leave, and 15 paid vacation days per year (starting). Groundswell averages 14-16 paid company holidays (including all federal holidays and a week during winter holidays), and, when job responsibilities allow, permits periodic flexibility in work schedule and location.