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Employer:  The Solar Foundation.
City:  Washington
State/Province:  District of Columbia
Country:  United States
Type of Employment:  Full Time
Environmental Categories:  Advocacy
Environmental Science
Industries:  Management Consulting Services
Government and Military
Energy and Utilities
Required Education:  Masters Degree
Required Work Experience:  2 to 5 years
Compensation:  $5,000/month
Job Description: 

Job Description 

The Solar Foundation (TSF), serving as the Technical Assistance Provider for the SolSmart program ( – funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative – is seeking several highly-motivated, experienced self-starters to act as SolSmart Advisors to participating local governments throughout the United States.

SolSmart Advisors are temporary, program-funded and -trained staff who work in selected communities pursuing SolSmart designation for up to six months. These Advisors will assist local governments in achieving designation through the SolSmart program by addressing solar “soft costs” and barriers to the use of solar energy in the city. Advisors will work with municipal staff and other stakeholders (both internal and external) to apply industry-leading best practices that allow participating local governments to achieve SolSmart designation.

Specifically, these Advisors will help participating governments to achieve SolSmart criteria ( related to solar permitting and inspections, planning and zoning, construction codes, solar rights, utility engagement, community engagement, and market development and finance. Additionally, Advisors will conduct outreach to neighboring communities and facilitate regional discussions about solar energy, including discussions about opportunities to harmonize solar processes across jurisdictions. Complete scopes or work for the communities hosting Advisors can be found at

These are temporary, contractual positions based in the host community, which will last no more than six months.

Key Responsibilities 

  • Working with local government staff to reduce solar “soft costs;”
  • Assisting participating governments in pursuit of solar goals related to SolSmart criteria, including solar permitting and inspections, planning and zoning, construction codes, solar rights, utility engagement, community engagement, and market development and finance;
  • Tracking key metrics related to both solar energy in participating local government jurisdictions and progress toward SolSmart designation;
  • Engaging in regular communication with SolSmart Technical Assistance Provider Team; and
  • Conducting SolSmart program outreach to additional communities in the region.


Candidates for this position will: 

  • Possess a graduate degree or equivalent in public policy (with a focus in renewable energy/sustainability or local government management/issues), planning, engineering, business, law, or environmental management, and 2+ years of work experience related to one or more key criteria topic areas OR a related Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years of relevant experience;
  • Have superb written and verbal communication skills and be an effective facilitator;
  • Understand what motivates local government staff and elected officials to embrace and pursue program and process changes - and the competing interests that may inhibit them from doing so;
  • Have experience or strong interest in supporting the solar industry by working in local solar/clean energy issues;
  • Have the ability to work well with limited supervision;
  • Be eligible to work in the United States.

 Compensation and Status

The Solar Foundation will provide a stipend of up to $1,250 per week for up to six months. All other costs (e.g. travel to and within the host communities) will be borne by the Advisor or included as cost share by the host communities. Advisors are independent contractors and not employees of The Solar Foundation, the host communities, or the U.S. Department of Energy.

All Advisors will be required to travel to Washington, D.C. the week of January 9-13, 2017 for a training session. The SolSmart program will cover all reasonable and necessary travel costs associated with this training session.

To Apply 

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample – all of which should demonstrate your experience, qualifications, educational background, and your desire to succeed in this position – to Philip Haddix at with the subject line “SolSmart Advisor” including the name of the host community for which you are applying. All application materials must be received no later than Friday, November 18th, 2016.

If you wish to be considered for more than one of our SolSmart Advisor Communities, please indicate all communities of interest (listed in order of preference) in your application email. A full list and short description of these communities is available at

About SolSmart

SolSmart is a national designation and technical assistance program that recognizes leading solar communities and empowers additional communities to expand their local solar markets. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, SolSmart strives to cut red tape, drive greater solar deployment, and make it possible for even more American homes and businesses to access solar energy to meet their electricity needs. Learn more at

About The Solar Foundation 

The Solar Foundation (TSF) is the leading provider of high-quality economic impact analyses for the solar industry, a trusted partner for technical assistance spurring public sector implementation, and a champion of solar workforce development. An independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1977, TSF’s mission is to increase understanding of solar energy through strategic research and education that transform markets. Learn more at

About the SunShot Initiative

The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative is a collaborative national effort that aggressively drives innovation to make solar energy fully cost-competitive with traditional energy sources before the end of the decade. Through SunShot, the Energy Department supports efforts by private companies, universities, and national laboratories to drive down the cost of solar electricity to $0.06 per kilowatt-hour. Learn more at


Company Name:  The Solar Foundation

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