Post Date: June 22, 2017
Job Title: SolarCorps Outreach Fellow
Location: Denver, CO
Target Hire Date: Immediate
To Apply: Submit both a resume and cover letter online at www.gridalternatives.org/work-at-grid(No Calls Please)
About the SolarCorps Fellowship Program:
GRID Alternatives’ SolarCorps Fellowship Program is an opportunity for highly motivated and enthusiastic people to join GRID Alternatives for thirteen months. Fellows will gain valuable experience in the solar and non-profit industry to help launch their career while making significant contributions to GRID Alternatives and the broader community. The SolarCorps Fellowship Program is funded in part by AmeriCorps. SolarCorps Fellows will begin work on August 28, 2017. The SolarCorps Fellowship experience includes self-paced career development opportunities, training opportunities, as well as the opportunity for cross-regional collaboration with other SolarCorps Fellows at several GRID Alternatives training events.
GRID Alternatives has a mission to make renewable energy technology and job training available to underserved communities.
About GRID Alternatives
GRID Alternatives is the country’s largest nonprofit solar installer. GRID is an entrepreneurial, high-growth non-profit organization that provides renewable energy and energy efficiency services to low-income families. Through its flagship Solar Affordable Housing Program, GRID trains and leads teams of volunteers and job trainees to install solar electric systems for low-income families and affordable housing providers, providing long-term savings for the people who need them the most. In turn, low-income families are able to use their long-term savings to pay for basic expenses, and expand their economic opportunity by employing the skills and training they gained through GRID’s workforce development programs, in the growing field of solar installation. GRID’s vision is a successful transition to clean, renewable energy that includes everyone.
Based in Oakland, California, GRID has ten regional offices and affiliates serving all of California, Colorado, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Washington D.C., Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware; GRID also has staff on the ground in Nicaragua. GRID has a dedicated staff of 330 and growing!
Roles and Responsibilities:
- Help implement outreach strategy to increase number of low-income clients served in regional counties.
- Canvass low-income communities to spread information about our solar program.
- Help promote community awareness of GRID Alternatives’ work and mission by researching, attending and potentially speaking at community meetings and other events.
- Assist and shadow Outreach Coordinators in client application process and eventually be able to in-take multiple applications per month.
- Assist and shadow Outreach Coordinators in homeowner trainings and eventually be able to conduct training for homeowners once their systems are installed.
- Help create easy-to-read materials that educate homeowners on energy efficiency. Materials should be creative and attractive for homeowners.
- Help research potential partnerships with affordable housing developers, local government agencies, and community-based organizations in order to more effectively identify, encourage, and serve low-income clients.
- Participate in activities associated with National Days of Service
- Other job duties as assigned: may include office administrative work, data entry, file management, answering homeowner and volunteer questions, talking to media and generally participating in activities necessary to make solar happen for low-income families.
Requirements and Qualifications:
- Thirteen-month commitment.
- Interest in and enthusiasm for renewable energy, community development, green jobs and/or helping families and communities in need.
- Flexibility and willingness to embrace change, go the extra mile, and bring ideas and energy to a rapidly evolving organization.
- Clean, valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
- Strong computer skills.
- Be able to successfully register and maintain a Home Improvement Salesperson registration with the Contractors State License Board.
- Some travel outside the region required to attend trainings.
- To be eligible for AmeriCorps, applicants must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the United States.
- Every SolarCorps Fellow must participate in the organizations equity, inclusion, and diversity work.
Mandatory Program training:
- Weeklong Orientation in Oakland, CA.
- Mid-year SolarCorps Fellowship Training Retreat.
- All company Staff Summit (GRID Alternatives’ annual staff conference).
- Monthly SolarCorps training calls/online collaboration.
- Fellows are expected to work approximately 40-43 hours a week (AmeriCorps has a service requirement of 1700 hours in 10.5 months).
- Some positions require weekend and evening work.
- San Diego, CA; Fresno, CA; Oakland, CA; Salinas, CA; Sacramento, CA; Riverside, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Denver, CO; Washington DC; New York City, NY.
Compensation and benefits:
- A living stipend of $25,060 for the first 10.5 months.
- Health and dental insurance.
- Professional development opportunities.
- Time off.
- Segal AmeriCorps Education award of $5,775 upon successful completion of fellowship.
- Hourly wage of $15 per hour for 2.5 months.
Submit both a resume and cover letter online at www.gridalternatives.org/work-at-grid. Mailed and emailed applications are not accepted. DUE TO THE HIGH VOLUME OF CALLS- NO PHONE CALLS OR EMAIL INQUIRIES PLEASE.
Position open until filled.
We are an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.
To learn more about AmeriCorps please visit: https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps.