Project Developer, Nonprofit and Affordable Housing, GRID Alternatives

Posted: 3/24/2019

Job Description: GRID Alternatives North Valley is seeking an experienced, community-minded project developer or business development professional to develop and manage a pipeline of solar projects (~20kW-200kW+) for affordable housing agencies, mission-aligned nonprofits, and potentially, local community solar initiatives. The position works closely with the region’s construction and workforce staff, and may manage direct reports. The position reports directly to the Deputy Director.

The Project Developer must have superior communication and interpersonal skills, with demonstrated success in business development.

Position Description:
- Originate and develop a strong pipeline of solar projects for multi-family affordable housing, mission-aligned non-profit, and potentially for local community solar initiatives
- Serve as primary client-facing representative of GRID Alternatives and clients, with a goal of 400kW of installations in 2019
- Develop and manage relationships with key stakeholders including affordable housing developers, public housing agencies, local governments, contractors and the utilities
- Originate projects by overseeing a robust outreach strategy, prescreening properties for eligibility, analyzing electrical usage and assessing project financing options
- Work collaboratively with construction staff to deliver GRID’s local technical assistance program, i.e., develop initial solar feasibility assessments for partners
- Write project proposals with system specifications and cost inputs from the PV system designer
- Respond to project RFPs and other bid opportunities
- Share responsibility in proper implement of projects by coordinating project teams that consist of the staff from other functional areas (construction, workforce development, and outreach departments)
- Manage data quality control and monitor project progress through Salesforce CRM database
- Collaborate with development staff on leveraging philanthropic support and community relations to deepen project impact and viability
- Work with staff on tenant engagement, solar job training and temporary labor hires
- Advance the organization's equity, inclusion, and diversity work and understand that this can only be achieved within a framework of social, economic, and environmental justice

Skills Required:

Position Requirements:
- Passion for poverty alleviation and dedication to helping realize GRID’s vision of a clean renewable energy future that includes everyone
- 2 – 4 years of experience in developing, financing, designing and/or managing solar or construction projects
- Technical understanding of solar PV, industry or related technologies, and/or market, policy and regulatory issues
- Proficient with computers and MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google applications like Gmail and Google Docs, and databases. Ability to quickly learn new programs
- Flexible and willing to embrace change, go the extra mile, and bring ideas and energy to rapidly growing organization
- Excellent communication and negotiation skills- Must be able to confidently discuss financing options and solutions with partner organizations
- Detail-oriented self-starter who is internally motivated and also excels in a team environment

Preferred Qualifications:
- Experience designing, selling and cost estimating solar for multifamily/commercial projects
- Experience with marketing, outreach, prospecting and origination
- Proficiency with technical software such as CAD, Sketch Up, HelioScope, Energy Toolbase, PVWatts Calculator, PV Bid, and CRM databases like Salesforce
- Experience living and/or working in economically disadvantaged communities and with diverse populations
- Leadership qualities such as creativity, capacity to motivate others, understanding teams and their needs, eagerness to accept responsibility, and intelligent and action oriented judgement

Position Location: Sacramento or Chico

Salary: DOE

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