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GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic Executive Director

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; workforce training and service learning opportunities; and low-income solar policy advocacy.
Our vision: a transition to clean, renewable energy that includes EVERYONE.
Based in Oakland, California, GRID has 8 regional affiliates serving all of California, Colorado, Mid-Atlantic. GRID also works internationally in Nicaragua, Mexico and Nepal. GRID has a dedicated staff of 380 and growing!
This position is based in Washington D.C., our Mid-Atlantic MIDA region and services and supports, Washington D.C., Virginia, Delaware and Maryland.
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. Any member of the Executive Leadership Team of GRID Alternatives must advance the organization’s equity, inclusion, and diversity (EID) work and help the organization continue to build an internal culture that seeks to examine systems of oppression.
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.
The Opportunity…
This is an AMAZING opportunity for someone who wants to run a non-profit and shape the strategic direction in the region with the benefit of having the resources and infrastructure of a robust national organization.
Leading an affiliate at GRID is like running a construction company with a big heart! We are looking for an Executive Director who will work with GRID’s national leadership and the GRID Mid-Atlantic Board of Directors and staff to sustain and build our successful track record in the Mid-Atlantic region. Working closely with and reporting to the Board of Directors and GRID HQ, the E.D. is responsible for the affiliate’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. The E.D. will need to be an open, adaptable, organized leader with strong operations, financial, and staff management experience. Above all else, the E.D. must be committed to GRID Alternatives’ vision and mission, our team, and a collaborative culture.
  • Support, manage, develop, and lead a diverse staff of top quality people, ensuring they have the needed information, tools, and resources to do their jobs well
  • Practice inclusive leadership and visibly advance the organization’s equity, inclusion, and diversity work and help the organization continue to build an internal culture that seeks to examine systems of oppression
  • Serve as an effective role model for staff and GRID and collaborate, coordinate, and cooperate with GRID HQ, other affiliates, and affiliate Board
  • Ensure that affiliate Board and GRID HQ are connected, coordinated, and collaborative
  • Do what needs to get done to make the mission happen even if it means taking out the trash
  • Manage the finances of the affiliate with the support of GRID HQ CFO/accounting staff and affiliate Board Finance Committee, including preparing and updating the affiliate budget and managing expenditures to that budget
  • Lead affiliate fundraising efforts (with the help of local fundraising staff and affiliate Board) to ensure the organization’s sustainability and work collaboratively with HQ development staff on national fundraising efforts – this includes fundraising from private foundations, corporate sponsors, local government, and individual donors
  • Deliver on organizational mission in impactful, timely, high-quality manner. Project types focus on workforce development and solar electric system installations on low-income single-family homes benefiting underserved communities
  • Work directly with GRID HQ and affiliate Board to ensure all operations are consistent with GRID policies, best practices, culture and long-term vision
  • Develop and work with the affiliate Board, communicating effectively and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions
  • Work directly with GRID HQ and affiliate Board to develop, prioritize, and implement strategies to accomplish goals
  • Grow GRID’s presence, policy influence, positive public image, mission impact, and financial viability in the region, including networking and speaking presentations
  • Develop and maintain strategic partnerships, joint programs and collaborative relationships with external stakeholders
What you need to bring to this role…
  • Passion for sustainability, affordable housing, workforce development, the environment, policy and/or social and environmental justice
  • Min. 5 years senior/executive management and leadership experience
  • Diplomatic, strong negotiator
  • Broad-minded, able to flex between big picture and detail
  • Adept problem solver, able to learn new skills
  • Excellent communicator (written and verbal)
  • Seasoned manager (particularly managing a diverse staff with a mix of technical and non-technical staff and ensuring organized, efficient, quality delivery of services)
  • Cultural competency working and communicating with diverse populations
It would be great if you also had…
  • Previous non-profit management experience
  • Connections to affordable housing, philanthropic, job training, solar, and low-income advocacy organizations/communities in Washington, DC
  • Knowledge of solar energy development and/or construction
  • Technical skills (specifically MS Office, G-Suite, Salesforce)
  • Strong ties and roots in the region
  • Lived experience that enables an understanding of poverty and systems of oppression
Let’s talk money!
This is a full-time position, compensation commensurate with experience.
How we take care of you…
Medical/Dental/Vision Care insurance, 5 weeks paid time off (PTO), 12 paid holidays, Commuter Checks, 403B retirement plan, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Health Savings Account (HSA), STD/LTD and ADD.
Ready to Apply?
Submit both a resume and a cover letter describing your interest. Due to the high volume of inquiries, mailed and emailed applications are not accepted. Please do not call and/or email requesting an update. Learn more and apply here.