Community Solar Manager

  • Full Time
  • Portland, OR
  • August 4, 2024

Website CEP2U Community Energy Project


Community Energy Project (CEP) is an independent nonprofit that delivers DIY workshops and free home energy repairs and efficiency upgrades to income qualifying individuals, seniors, and people with disabilities. 


The Community Energy Project believes that everyone deserves a safe, healthy, and efficient home, regardless of income.


Community Solar Manager


$66,500 to $75,000 annually, (full-time, exempt),  paid sick and vacation; fully paid medical, dental, and vision insurance; and other benefits listed below.


Program Director

TO APPLY          

Email cover letter and resume to Donovan James, Director of Finance and Administration [email protected].


CEP is the Low-Income Facilitator for the Oregon Community Solar Program and is responsible for engaging with communities that have been traditionally left out of the solar market, such as those with lower incomes and people of color. This position manages the solar coordinators, who conduct education, intake, outreach, and enrollment of participants. This would include managing operations flow, conducting and organizing outreach based on equity goals within the program and project availability. 

The Manager will work closely with solar developers, who own the individual projects.  As part of the certification process, these Project Managers must have a certain number of low-income participants enrolled in each project. The Manager would help to maintain accurate databases, track proposals and documentation, prioritize projects for assignment, track kWh goals, and more.  This position may require travel around Oregon for program outreach, in-person presentations, and community events. Work is currently hybrid remote and in-office and subject to change based on organization and program needs.


Solar Project Management 

  • Work closely with Project Managers and Subscription Managers to get projects certified with the low-income requirement, including reviewing contract templates, updating systems and plans with project delays, analyzing data and writing reports, etc.
  • Review marketing plans, track recruitment goals, prioritize project recruitment based on project timelines, track project enrollment/certification, etc.
  • Operations management: gathering and tracking paperwork, onboarding Project Managers, tracking certification timelines and priorities, updated marketing plans, lead management, enrollment support 

Outreach and Recruitment Management

  • Manage overall marketing plan based on project enrollment needs and equity goals, as well as tracking, updating, and keeping all marketing materials on brand
  • Engagement and education with the public at large including partner research, outreach planning and presentation delivery
  • Relationship-building with other CBOs, municipalities, etc. 

Data Management & Organization

  • Oversee and troubleshoot complex databases and work across multiple platforms including accurate and timely data entry.
  • Conduct regular audits on databases to ensure accuracy.
  • Manage and tracking participants via custom online platform while leading them through the program from initial interest to contract signing
  • Includes Excel, Sharepoint, Salesforce, Acuity, Google Drive, Docusign, and Slack

Personnel Management

  • Manage Solar Coordinator(s) – Conduct annual performance evaluations, disciplinary actions, personnel changes, etc.
  • Provide training and onboarding for new staff, interns, and/or volunteers.
  • Fill in for coordinator positions during turnover, illness,  vacations, etc. 


  • Experience in personnel management
  • Experience in managing data, including data entry, troubleshooting, data analysis, reporting, and program evaluation is crucial.
  • Experience in tracking/managing operations across multiple partners, departments, etc.
  • Experience with customer service and/or public speaking
  • Knowledge about and passion for renewable energy or solar development preferred
    Bicultural/Bilingual in Spanish, Russian, or Vietnamese preferred
  • Experience in adult education; diversity, equity, and inclusion, and/or environmental justice
  • Excellent interpersonal skills—able to communicate effectively with diverse organizations with different philosophies and goals
  • Must be able to work flexible schedule – evenings, weekends, and intermittent overnight travel
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, good driving record, and access to a vehicle, willingness to travel around state, sometimes for several nights

Statement of Inclusion

Community Energy Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Community Energy Project values and operates by a policy of inclusion, providing equal opportunity to all persons regardless of their protected status, including race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and/or any other class determined by law.


CEP is proud to offer a robust benefits package that includes paying 100% of the monthly premium for employee-only health care coverage. CEP also matches up to 3% of the employee’s contribution to their 403 (b).  We offer 10 days of vacation time off per year, 12 days of sick time per year, 11 days of paid time off for nationally recognized holidays, as well as paid days between Christmas and New Years Eve. Eight weeks paid sabbatical at six years. 


Position requires extensive time sitting in front of a computer, as well as long periods of time standing while working out in the field at community events, workshops, and training events. 
May travel nationally to attend conferences for up to one week at a time
Non-smoking, drug-free workplace


Please send your resume and a cover letter that explains your interest in the position and how your experience is applicable to this position to Donovan James, Director of Finance and Administration, at [email protected].  Applications are due by 9am on Monday August 5th, 2024.  Interviews will be scheduled for the week of August 12th.  The ideal start date for this position is early to mid-September.

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