Director, Partnerships - Access + Equity
Type of Job
Feb 4, 2022
About the job
ABOUT VOTE SOLAR
Vote Solar's mission is to realize a 100% clean energy future through a solutions-driven, people first approach. Founded in 2002, Vote Solar advances just and equitable clean energy policy in state legislatures and public commissions across the United States. Our expertise comes from a deep understanding of the legislative process, regulatory interventions, and the ability to identify and accelerate solar solutions. We are adept at bridging communities and bringing diverse stakeholders together to forge inclusive coalitions and winning campaigns.
Our goal is to effect real, tangible change. And we have the track-record to prove we can do it: Twenty years in, our work has made it so that one in three people live in a state with a 100% clean energy commitment. We’ll 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.
OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION AND JUSTICE
Vote Solar is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in the workplace and in the communities with which we partner. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including multilingual and multicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political aﬃliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical conditions. Reasonable accommodations will be made so that qualiﬁed disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.
Reporting to the Managing Director, Access & Equity (A&E), this position will lead Vote Solar’s (VS) Just Partnership Strategy to support the organization's national and state-level campaigns. In addition to identifying and cultivating deeper community partnerships across our regional teams, you will create, track and evaluate equity-based, measurable outcomes to deepen VS’s ability to create inclusive partnerships across regions.
The Partnership Director’s primary responsibilities will include:
COLLABORATION, COACHING, & SUPPORT(40%)
- Owning the strategy and growth of Vote Solar’s partnerships principles, practices and approach.
- Providing coaching and thought leadership for staff as needed on overcoming partnership. obstacles and tensions. Additionally, consult with members of the National Programs and Regulatory team on making key decisions impacting partners long term.
- Managing A&E Manager on partnership specific projects and initiatives.
STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT & COALITION MANAGEMENT (20%)
- Providing additional support for regional workshops that are designed to support the capacity of community-based organizations (CBOs) or to provide specialized learning on a topic related to partnerships and/or equitable solar policy.
- Hosting, attending, and/or participating in state-based coalition meetings in order to provide additional capacity, as well as evaluate coalition and partnership efficacy.
- Identifying new partnerships to support campaign goals across the country.
INTERNAL LEARNING & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP (20%)
- Researching, developing, and maintaining a working knowledge of existing and new resources, tools, and best practices to disseminate across the organization that will support Vote Solar to become a more effective partner.
- In collaboration with the Deputy National Programs Director, planing and executing learning opportunities for national programs staff as it relates to partnerships.
- Cultivating and preserving an organizational culture that promotes inclusive and authentic partnerships in support of equity and access in the clean energy industry.
- Attending external coalition meetings related to equity to increase internal partnership knowledge-base.
- Serving as spokesperson for the organization on inclusive partnerships, including speaking opportunities, external conferences, earned media and Vote Solar-owned blogs.
STRATEGIC PLANNING & REPORTING (10%)
- Defining, tracking and reporting out on KPI’s for inclusive partnerships across campaigns and coalitions.
- Identifying opportunities to improve accessibility of materials Vote Solar produces so that our partners with limited background on complex energy issues are able to understand, engage, and inform Vote Solar’s priority campaigns.
- Overseeing and managing the budget for partnership work .
- Supporting partnership related grants by creating, securing and implementing donor-directed community-based workshops.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION AND JUSTICE (10%)
- Continuing personal learning and contributions to organizational work on diversity, equity and inclusion.
- Working to embed equity in all organizational internal practices and culture, as well as our programs.
- Bringing openness and engagement to personal, professional, and organization-wide learning on race, class, gender, justice, and equity.
WHAT YOU’VE ACCOMPLISHED
- Five+ years of relevant experience in building community-based partnerships, diverse coalition building and/or stakeholder management in intersectional issue areas (social justice and climate change preferred, but not required).
- Demonstrated success in identifying, cultivating and promoting inclusive partnerships to support advocacy campaigns.
- Experience in leading community-based workshops and/or webinars.
- Ability to coach and mentor others, through direct management and across teams.
- Ability to work in diverse coalitions and approach coalition-building in an inclusive and thoughtful manner, including across lines of difference.
- Ability to write and present in a compelling way for a variety of audiences.
- Ability to work independently, effectively and creatively.
- Ability to manage time effectively and adapt to multiple ongoing campaigns with changing landscapes and priorities.
OTHER THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE ACCOMPLISHED OR WOULD BE EXCITED TO LEARN HERE
- Track record of success with community-based partnership programs or other non-profit development experience.
- Growing network of community based organizations in the climate change space across the country
- Ability to translate complex content into creative and compelling people-centric content that can educate, inform and equip community leaders and grassroots organizations with knowledge and resources to participate in legislative and regulatory processes
- Ability to assess the big picture across multiple states at once, and provide clear, actionable plans to invest in deeper, mutually beneficial partnership-building.
- Knowledge of the intersection between clean energy and social justice.
- A personal commitment to being a part of an inclusive and just workplace, including a commitment to being on a journey with Vote Solar to develop personal, and inter-personal core competencies related to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice.
- Passion for building new capacity at a growing organization.
- Understanding that how we work (in collaborative, authentic partnership), is as important as what we work on
Remote, within the United States
Vote Solar has team members across the United States. This position is a remote role. During the COVID-19 pandemic, all Vote Solar staff have been working from home and have ceased work travel. When it is safe to do so, this position will require some national travel (upwards of 4x per year).
The salary range for this position is $85,0000 - $95,000. Vote Solar provides full-time staff with a competitive package, including 4 weeks of paid vacation, 12 days of sick leave, 4 days of personal leave and 16 paid holidays. We also offer 100% employer-provided health, dental and vision care for both the employee and dependents; a retirement savings plan and an employer match of up to 3.5%; and a paid parental and medical leave policy for all regular employees.
Please upload a letter of interest and resume here. Reasonable accommodations will be made so that qualiﬁed disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.