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Program Manager - Solar on Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (SOMAH)

Oakland CA

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 and benefits everyone.

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.

Based in Oakland, California, GRID has 9 regional offices and affiliates serving all of California, Colorado, Washington D.C., Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware; GRID also works in Nicaragua, Mexico and Nepal. GRID has a dedicated staff of 350 and growing! ​


About SOMAH:

GRID Alternatives was selected by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in March 2018, as part of a team of leading CA nonprofits, to administer the Solar on Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (SOMAH) Program. The SOMAH Program is the largest investment of dollars into low-income solar to date (up to $1B through 2030). It will provide incentives to solar projects in qualifying affordable multifamily properties throughout the state, while ensuring direct economic benefits to low-income tenants and creating workforce development opportunities through local hiring initiatives.


Job Description:

GRID Alternatives is seeking an exceptional individual to join our Headquarters’ (HQ) Program Administration (PA) department and provide management support services for the Solar on Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (SOMAH) Program, with a focus on partnerships and community engagement. GRID’s SOMAH Program Manager will be responsible for developing and orchestrating an Advisory Council for the SOMAH Program; coordinating and overseeing program marketing and outreach with SOMAH PA partner organizations and a network of community-based organizations (CBOs); providing general oversight of the SOMAH program for GRID; and assisting the Program Director with budgeting, financial reporting, coordination with internal teams and deliverables, and coordination with external stakeholders, the SOMAH PA team and the CA Public Utilities Commission. This position will report to GRID’s forthcoming SOMAH Program Director.


Responsibilities include:

Launching and supporting a SOMAH Advisory Council comprised of representatives of community and advocate organizations

Collaborating with the SOMAH PA team and community-based organizations (CBOs) to develop and execute regional and statewide marketing, education and outreach (ME&O) plans

Tracking, evaluating and reporting on the outcomes of the ME&O efforts

Contracting with, coordinating and evaluating 5+ CBOs engaged in SOMAH workforce development activities and ME&O

Supporting the SOMAH Program Director in coordinating program implementation with the other members of the SOMAH program administration team, the CPUC Energy Division staff and other key stakeholders

Supporting the SOMAH Program Director with budgeting, reporting and other deliverables

Internal coordination among GRID’s other Headquarters departments including Communications and Workforce Development

Serving as the liaison between the SOMAH PA team and the five Investor-owned utility representatives participating in the program

Advancing GRID’s equity, inclusion, and diversity work, and understanding that this can only be achieved within a framework of social, economic, and environmental justice.


Position requirements:

Bachelor’s degree or 4-year equivalent

3+ years of professional, related experience

Proven track record in successful project management and working knowledge of best practices, including tracking and evaluation of outcomes

Prior work experience with community-based organizations, public agency groups, and/or electric utilities and expertise in communicating with diverse stakeholders

Experience with contract management and support of subcontractors

Ability to work as part of a fast-paced team and work effectively under deadlines with excellent time management skills

Extraordinary attention to detail

Excellent interpersonal skills

Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills and comfort working with diverse, technical projects and complex issues

Ability to take initiative, be proactive and work with minimal supervision


Preferred qualifications:

Direct experience with multifamily affordable housing, either through lived experience or professional experience

Experience and expertise forming an advisory council, such as prior work with a task force, working group, or board of directors

Experience with administration and/or marketing of statewide or municipal solar or energy-related programs

Familiarity with the Calenviroscreen disadvantaged communities (DACs) and general interest or experience working in environmental justice communities

Regulatory experience including directly working with the CPUC

Strong analytical skills, including budgeting and financial reporting

High proficiency in Microsoft Excel



This position is based on GRID’s Oakland office and requires some travel to sites throughout the office territory and occasional out-of-town travel such as organization-wide yearly staff summit regularly held in California. GRID Alternatives may provide vehicles for work travel and/or travel reimbursement for personal vehicle use, but applicant must hold a valid driver’s license and good driving record.



This is a full-time position, compensation commensurate with experience



Medical, Dental, Vision/Eye care insurance, 5 weeks paid time off, up to 10 paid holidays, Commuter Checks, 403B retirement plan, Employee Assistance program, Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Health Savings Account (HSA), STD<D, and yearly Professional Development funds to further education up to $600.


Start Date:

The ideal candidate will start by Q4 2018.


To Apply:

Submit both a resume and a cover letter describing your interest at Due to the high volume of inquiries, mailed and emailed applications are not accepted. Please do not call and/or email requesting an update.

Posted September 12, 2018

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