Midwest Director

Vote Solar Published: July 17, 2019
Chicago, Illinpis
Job Type
Admin/ Gen Mgmt / Energy / Policy /

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~ Vote Solar’s mission is to repower the U.S. with clean energy by making solar power more accessible and affordable through effective policy advocacy. ~

We are a non-profit organization with headquarters in Oakland, CA, and regional offices in Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Mexico, North Carolina, Utah, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.

Position Overview

We are in search of a top-notch candidate for the position of Midwest Director to design, campaign for, and implement key policies for expanding solar opportunities in Midwestern states.

Location: Chicago IL


This position will be responsible for advancing solar policies in assigned states in the Midwest. Activities include:

  • Identifying solar policy needs and opportunities in target states. Policy issues mayinclude rate design, net metering, community solar, renewable procurement policies, utility resource planning, grid modernization programs, storage, demand response, electrification, financing, and low-to-moderate income solar and other programs that deliver more equitable participation andoutcomes.
  • Planning and executing comprehensive regulatory and legislative campaigns to advance solar policy.
  • Building policymaker and regulator support for solar policy through education, testimony, direct intervention, fact sheets, quantitative analysis, presentations and relationship building.
  • Advocating for the creation of equitable energy policies and programs that will benefit underserved communities.
  • Leveraging grassroots supporters and key influencers to turn solar’s broad popularity into effective political power.
  • Working with our internal communications team to plan and implementing media and social media plans to support campaign objectives.
  • Building external partnerships and helping lead coalitions to increase the effectiveness of our campaigns.
  • Winning.


Preferred Skills: The ideal candidate is a friendly policy-oriented person who knows their way around the legislative arena, and has demonstrated campaign skills. We are looking for someone who can:

  • Become an expert on complex solar policy topics.
  • Develop and execute successful legislative campaigns.
  • Write and present formal testimony.
  • Experience working in diverse coalitions and approaching coalition building in an inclusive and thoughtful manner.
  • Communicate effectively for legislative and general audiences.
  • Work independently, effectively and creatively.
  • Empathetic and flexible management skills.


  • Applicants should have at least 5 years of experience working on legislative campaigns, or other transferable policy work.
  • Familiarity with solar/energy policy in the Midwest, and relationships with state and regional stakeholders are also a plus.

Compensation: Vote Solar provides full-time staff with a competitive package, including excellent benefits: paid vacation and sick time, health care and a retirement savings plan.

To Apply

  • Please click "Apply" below to email a letter of interest, resume, and writing sample, with the subject “Midwest Director.”
  • Start date: ASAP.

We are an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourage leaders of color, women and those who identify as LGBTQ to apply.

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