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Feb 25 / BARD CEP

New England Executive Director, GRID Alternatives – Massachusetts

Organization: GRID Alternatives

Position Title: New England Executive Director

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Application Deadline: Position open until filled

Description: The New England Executive Director will initially report to GRID Alternatives’ CEO and once a board of directors is formed will report to the GRID Alternatives New England Board of Directors. He or she will have the opportunity to develop this board jointly with GRID Alternatives’ co-founders. The Executive Director will then work directly with the local Board and GRID Alternatives’ HQ leadership to develop local partnerships, reputation and infrastructure to meet service/production goals and build a solid regional office that will be able to serve families and job trainees throughout the New England Area. Initially the focus will be on Massachusetts with the office anticipated to be located in the Boston area, but as the office and surrounding state solar markets develop, the region is expected to serve Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and possibly Maine in the future.

Due to the start-up nature of this regional office, the Executive Director will initially be required to do a little bit of everything which may include volunteer management, construction related tasks, administrative duties and taking out the trash. The specific job duties this position include:

  • Hiring and managing staff – in the first 12 months this is likely to consist of outreach, construction, development, and volunteer management staff
  • Developing and maintaining partnerships and joint programs with affordable housing developers, job training programs, energy efficiency providers, local government departments, and other local organizations
  • Fundraising from New England based private foundations, corporate sponsors, local governments, and individual donors, including grant writing and donor cultivation
  • Working directly with and helping to build a local Board of Directors
  • Working directly with GRID Alternatives’ co-founders and other headquarters staff to ensure all New England operations are consistent with GRID Alternatives policies, best practices, culture and long-term vision
  • Managing the finances of the regional office with the support of GRID Alternatives’ headquarters-based financial/accounting staff, including preparing the affiliate budget and managing expenditures to that budget
  • Building GRID Alternatives’ presence and representing a positive public image of GRID Alternatives in the region, including networking and speaking presentations
  • Working directly with GRID Alternatives’ the local Board of Directors and GRID Alternatives’ co-founders to develop both a short-term and a long-term vision for regional operations
  • Overseeing identification and selection of program clients
  • Overseeing the recruiting and management of volunteers
  • Overseeing solar electric installations, inspections, and paperwork (previous solar installation experience is not required)
  • Establishing the local infrastructure to support long-term regional operations, including finding an office (most likely in Boston), warehouse, purchasing trucks and tools, etc.


  • Passion for sustainability, affordable housing, workforce development, the environment, and/or environmental justice
  • Excellent leadership/management skills
  • Polished public speaker
  • Ability to problem solve and learn new skills
  • Articulate writer
  • Comfortable working with and communicating with diverse populations
  • Self-motivated and driven, and able to create a local GRID Alternatives presence where one did not exist before
  • Able to both work independently, as well as work collaboratively with GRID Alternatives’ staff
  • Strong ties and roots in the region
  • Previous non-profit management experience
  • Connections to affordable housing, philanthropic, job training and low-income advocacy organizations/communities
  • Knowledge of solar energy
  • Technical skills (specifically Microsoft Office and Salesforce

How to Apply: Applicants must submit both a resume and cover letter online at Mailed and emailed applications are not accepted.

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