Organization: GRID Alternatives

Location: Oakland, CA

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GRID Alternatives ( is an entrepreneurial, high-growth non-profit organization that provides renewable energy and energy efficiency services to help low-income families and protect our environment. Through our flagship Solar Affordable Housing Program, we train and lead teams of volunteers and job trainees to install solar electric systems for low-income homeowners. GRID Alternatives has ten regional offices serving California, Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia.  We also operate a Tribal Solar Program and a small international program in Nicaragua.

The Bay Area Regional Director will oversee GRID Alternatives’ program in Northern California, including managing the regional budget, staff, and construction projects and leading local fundraising efforts. The Bay Area Regional Director will work closely with GRID Alternatives’ centralized human resources, accounting, solar equipment procurement, training, and multi-regional fundraising capacity from our Headquarters office, which is co-located with the regional office in Oakland.

This is a full-time position located in Oakland, CA.


The Bay Area Regional Director’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Overseeing and ensuring fulfillment of GRID Alternatives’ mission and success of our programs. GRID is the statewide administrator of a higher solar rebate for low-income families living in affordable housing.  The Bay Area Regional Director will be required to fulfill aggressive installation goals, in connection with our role as the Program Manager for this key rebate program.
  • Hiring, managing, supporting and evaluating staff.  Direct reports include a management team of a Construction Manager, Outreach Manager, Volunteer and Training Coordinator, and a Development Manager. Full team includes 14 other outreach, development, and construction staff.
  • Providing fiscal oversight and ensuring a strong financial position, which includes working directly with HQ-based CFO and financial/accounting staff to prepare regional budget, manage expenses to that budget, ensure reliable funding streams, and maximize efficiency.
  •  Developing and strengthening partnerships and joint programs with affordable housing developers, job training programs, energy efficiency providers, local government departments, and other local organizations.
  • Building a local advisory council.  The opportunity exists to eventually create a Bay Area affiliate of GRID Alternatives governed by a regional board of directors.
  • Working collaboratively with Bay Area Regional team and HQ leadership to lead Bay Area regional strategic planning and visioning.
  • Leading local fundraising efforts in collaboration with regional Development staff and HQ development staff.  Current regional funding sources include private foundations, corporate sponsors, local governments, and individual donors.
  • Continuing to build GRID Alternatives’ reputation throughout the Bay Area and North Coast (this may include media events, networking and speaking presentations).
  • Work directly with GRID Alternatives’ Headquarters and other regional offices to ensure operations are consistent with GRID Alternatives’ policies, best practices, culture and long-term vision.


Required skills and experience

  • Passion for sustainability, affordable housing, workforce development, the environment, and/or environmental justice.
  • Successful program management experience with a demonstrated track record of meeting goals on time and consistently.
  •  Staff management experience with strong leadership and management skills.
  • Experience with budget oversight and a track record of meeting budget goals.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and effective public speaking skills.
  • Fundraising experience (with private foundations, corporate sponsors, local governments, and/or individual donors) or equivalent experience in a parallel field from the for-profit sector such as sales.
  •  Highly motivated and organized, with the ability to problem solve and learn new skills.
  • Comfortable working with and communicating with diverse populations.
  •  Able to both work independently, as well as work collaboratively, with GRID Alternatives staff.
  • Proficient computer skills (specifically Microsoft Office and

Desired skills and experience

  • Previous non-profit management experience.
  • Connections to affordable housing, philanthropic, and/or low-income advocacy communities.
  • Knowledge of solar energy.
  • Strong ties and networks in Bay Area.
  • Spanish and/or Mandarin language skills a strong plus.

Compensation & Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

To Apply:

Grid Alternatives has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Shavon Bell at

Grid Alternatives is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ applicants.

About GRID Alternatives:

GRID Alternatives vision is a transition to clean, renewable energy that includes everyone. Our mission is to make renewable energy technology and training available to underserved communities.

GRID Alternatives was founded during the 2001 California energy crisis by Erica Mackie, P.E., and Tim Sears, P.E., two engineering professionals who were implementing large-scale renewable energy and energy efficiency projects for the private sector. The vision that drove them was simple: free, clean electricity from the sun should be available to everyone. Through GRID Alternatives, they developed a model to make solar PV technology practical and accessible for low-income communities that need the savings and jobs the most, yet have the least access. By taking a broader approach to solar as not just an environmental good but also a real-world solution to a real-world economic problem in these communities, GRID Alternatives is helping to set the stage for large-scale solar adoption nationwide.

In 2008, GRID Alternatives was selected by the California Public Utilities Commission to serve as the statewide program manager for its $162 million Single-family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH) incentive program, the country’s first dedicated solar rebate for low-income families. Thousands of California homeowners have gone solar through GRID Alternatives under this groundbreaking initiative in partnership with Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric, and we have integrated workforce development into every project.

In 2012, GRID Alternatives launched a national expansion with support from Wells Fargo. We began serving Colorado in fall, 2012, and the New York Tri-state area in 2013. In 2014, GRID Alternatives started an international program in Nicaragua through the acquisition of Power to the People, as well as a program to serve Tribal communities across the nation. We will be expanding to serve the Mid-Atlantic region in 2014.

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About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with non-profits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit