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Midwest Regional Director

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About Vote Solar

Vote Solar advocates for a transition to a just and equitable 100% clean energy system that puts the interests, health and well-being of people at its center. Founded in 2002, Vote Solar advocates for clean energy and energy justice in legislative and regulatory arenas at the state level, where most decisions about electricity are made. Operating in over 20 states, we focus on bringing deep policy expertise, working in just partnerships with broad coalitions, and engaging the public to win on solar and energy justice campaigns.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

Vote Solar values diversity in all its forms and we are cultivating a supportive, diverse, and inclusive environment at every level of our organization, including our staff, leadership and board, to ensure that we retain our excellent staff and allow them to be their authentic selves. As we work towards a 100% clean future that works for everyone, we are taking deliberate, sustained, and conscientious attention to partnership with environmental justice groups, communities of color, and other community organizations in the places we wish to serve, to ensure that their voices are represented in the energy policy discussions that impact their communities. We believe that state policies should equitably convey benefits back to these communities, so we work on equitable and just programs and incentives designed to provide bill savings, wealth generation, jobs, and improvements to local air quality and public health.

The Role

The Midwest Director will develop and direct legislative and other public-facing campaigns in the Midwest, and will be point on the following activities:

  • Develop Vote Solar’s legislative & public-facing campaign strategy in key states within the region. This will involve developing an understanding of solar and energy justice opportunities in target states across our five program areas of rooftop solar, community solar, utility-scale solar, grid modernization, and access & equity.
  • Strategically plan and execute comprehensive legislative and regulatory campaigns to advance solar and energy justice policy, including hiring lobbyists and tracking budgets.
  • Closely collaborate with Vote Solar’s Midwest Regulatory Director to develop public-facing campaigns and engagement strategies around regulatory efforts in key states.
  • Ensure that our work in the region advances equitable energy policies and programs that will benefit underserved communities.
  • Leverage grassroots supporters and organizations as well as key influencers to turn solar’s broad popularity into effective political power.
  • Build strong, authentic partnerships within coalitions to increase the effectiveness and inclusivity of our campaigns. Commit to our just partnership principles in the assigned Midwest states. Lead or participate in coalitions, existing and new, that are working on bold campaigns to improve energy and climate policy.
  • Ensure top-notch communications campaigns in the region by working with our internal communications team and coalition partners to plan and implement media and social media tactics to support campaign objectives.

Requirements 

  • Applicants should have knowledge of the legislative process, and familiarity with the components of an advocacy campaign: lobbying, coalition building, grassroots and grasstops organizing and media relations.
  • Interest in clean energy and energy justice policy and a proven ability to become conversant with policy details.
  • Experience working in coalitions and finding common ground among diverse and occasionally competing perspectives.
  • Compelling communication skills, including the ability to speak in public and with media outlets.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects at once.
  • A personal commitment to being a part of an inclusive and just workplace, including a commitment to be on a journey with Vote Solar to develop personal, and inter-personal core competencies related to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice.
  • Comfortable working in a remote team setting, with demonstrated ability to be self-motivated and driven.

Preferred Experience/Skills

  • Expertise on solar energy policy and regulatory topics, particularly in the Midwest.
  • Strong relationships with regional stakeholders, especially environmental justice, frontline and traditional environmental groups as well as the solar industry.

Benefits

The salary range for this position is $85,000-95,000. Vote Solar provides full-time staff with a competitive package of benefits, including 3 weeks paid vacation in year one, four weeks starting in year two, plus sick time, and best-in-class

Location

This position will be remote, but ideally be based in Minnesota or Michigan, with other locations within the Midwest considered. This position will report to the Senior Regional Director, Midwest, and will work closely with Midwest teammates based in Chicago. During the COVID-19 pandemic, all Vote Solar staff have been working from home and have ceased work travel. Once travel resumes, this position will require some regional travel making proximity to transportation hubs an important consideration. Workplace arrangements can be flexible, including options to work from home or a co-working space. We are an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourage people of color, women and those who identify as LGBTQ to apply.

Accommodations

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.

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.

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