Maryland Program Director

Solar United Neighbors, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is seeking a Program Director to grow our Maryland program.

Giving a large, diverse number of people a financial stake in the clean energy economy will make them fight for it. That’s why we help people go solar, join together, and fight for their energy rights. Solar United Neighbors operates state programs in a dozen states including Maryland. Each of our state programs features three key pillars: deployment, engagement, and policy advocacy.

On the deployment side, we help local residents and businesses go solar through our group bulk purchasing programs. We call these groups “solar co-ops”. We also provide individualized project support. This is provided through our paid membership program. Where strategic, we incorporate new distributed energy technologies into our programming. This could include storage or electric vehicles. Doing this builds consumer education and investment opportunities in emerging markets.

On the engagement side, we host events, educational opportunities, and volunteer opportunities. These are designed to grow support for solar and get people excited about solar and distributed energy.

Finally, we develop and lead local policy advocacy campaigns that empower our network of solar owners and supporters to fight for strong distributed energy policies in a variety of venues (state legislative policy, utility regulatory policy, local elections, etc.). Together, these three pillars form the basis of each of our state programs.

About the Position

The Maryland Program Director will implement our solar deployment work (in particular, solar co-ops and community solar education) across the state. They will conduct extensive on-the-ground communications, engagement, and policy projects. This will be done in collaboration with our D.C.-based cross-cutting support staff. These projects are designed to help Maryland residents invest in and shape the state’s energy system. We believe in a distributed model of leadership. We train and empower local leaders. The Maryland Program Director supports these efforts.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Develop and implement solar co-ops in communities across the state.
  • Develop and implement community solar education and outreach programming.
  • Provide technical assistance to residents and organizations interested in going solar.
  • Work with engagement team to organize programming that builds a state-wide network of solar supporters.
  • Closely follow and contribute to emerging distributed energy policy initiatives and market opportunities in the state. This could include:
    • Community solar.
    • Net metering and solar crediting policy.
    • Utility-led attacks on distributed solar.
    • Residential storage applications.
    • Electric vehicle adoption and charging infrastructure policy.
  • Work with advocacy team to engage solar supporters on the policies listed above.
  • Cultivate relationships with community partners and stakeholders across the state.
  • Building a strong, diverse coalition of solar-supporting groups, institutions, organizations, and individuals.
  • Develop and engage a citizen-led advisory board for Maryland programming.
  • Represent Solar United Neighbors at stakeholder meetings and community engagement opportunities and activate our state network to do so in tandem.
  • Collaborate with engagement staff to design and implement a volunteer engagement program.
  • Support ongoing fundraising and donor engagement efforts.
  • Work with communications team to maintain state-specific solar information. This could include:
    • In-depth information about solar and other distributed energy technologies.
    • Authoring timely content on solar-related topics happening in the state.
  • Follow trends in the Maryland residential solar market. Share with fellow staff and our larger Maryland network.
  • Additional initiatives and tasks as assigned.

Applicant Requirements

Solar United Neighbors seeks a full-time Program Director to implement the above work. Solar United Neighbors will provide strategic oversight and guidance. This includes supporting the use of our organization-wide Salesforce contact management database and shared materials. The Program Director will lead the Maryland team. They will manage solar organizing projects and guide state engagement, policy, and advocacy work. The team’s members are located both at our headquarters in D.C. and across the country.

The Program Director will collaborate with back-office co-op coordinators on the day-to-day implementation of co-ops. They will work with our communications, engagement, membership, and advocacy teams where appropriate. The Program Director will be responsible for hosting information meetings and meeting with co-op members. This will include evening meetings and extensive travel throughout Maryland.

Qualified applicants will have:

  • At least five years of work experience.
  • A strong understanding of effective organizing techniques.
  • An ability to develop relationships with community members and organizations.
  • Strong writing and verbal presentation skills are essential.
  • Interest in working collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Desire to travel extensively across Maryland to work with all communities.
  • A strong motivation to help grow this program.
  • Experience in solar and energy policy

The Director can be located anywhere in the state, but must be willing to travel extensively for community meetings.

How to Apply

Applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Emily Stiever at: [email protected]. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

We welcome candidates of diverse backgrounds and experience to apply. This includes people of color, women, LGBTQi, differently abled, and those with a non-traditional education.

We’re an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our organization. We don’t discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Salary & Benefits

The salary range is $45,000 to $65,000, with benefits, including health insurance, 403(b) retirement account, professional development, generous leave, remote work options, and flexible work hours.