Solar Permitting National Campaigner

Solar United Neighbors


Type: Full-Time
$60,000.00 – $70,000.00 annual salary

This position is funded for a 1-year term, with the potential for extension based on the availability of grant funding.

The Solar Permitting National Campaigner will coordinate SUN’s efforts to increase the number of states and local jurisdictions using SolarAPP+, a free software platform developed by the Department of Energy to automate and standardize the solar permitting process.  This position will report to the VP of Policy and Advocacy.

  • Medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • 401K with company match
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Paid holidays
  • Paid sick leave
  • Paid time off
  • Bereavement leave
  • Phone/Internet Stipend

Solar United Neighbors (SUN) is a national 501(c)3 nonprofit that started more than 15 years ago with a simple question. “Mom, can we go solar?” Since then, we’ve helped tens of thousands of people benefit from solar energy. We are dedicated to creating a clean, equitable, resilient energy system that benefits everyone – by helping people go solar, join together, and fight for their energy rights.

SUN welcomes candidates of diverse backgrounds and experience to apply, including people of color, women, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with a non-traditional education.  We’re an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.  We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every preferred qualification, we still encourage you to apply. 

Job responsibilities include:

  • Serve as a resource and full-time point of contact for SUN’s advocacy, organizing, and communications around solar permitting.
  • Develop and implement strong campaign plans with SUN State Directors, other SUN staff, and external partners in priority locations.
  • Lead and coordinate the implementation of at least two priority states and at least six local SolarAPP+ campaigns.
  • Develop campaign resources, including presentations, factsheets, case studies, resource library of existing SolarAPP+ resources, etc.
  • Support local and state webinars to educate our supporters and key stakeholders about SolarAPP+ as part of state and local campaigns.
  • Develop regular opportunities to educate and engage SUN staff to learn more about SolarAPP+ through internal communication channel, webinars, guest speakers, SUN working group, and presentations.
  • Help to engage solar industry partners in the campaigns.

Required Qualifications

  • At least three years of grassroots organizing and advocacy experience in engaging and mobilizing activists and working with coalition partners.
  • Strong communication and problem-solving skills.
  • Keen strategic sense on how to build strategy, alliances, narrative, and tactics to win issue campaigns.
  • Ability to collaborate, network, and build working relationships internally and externally.
  • Ability to represent SUN with funders, partners, volunteers, supporters, and the press.
  • Organizational skills including ability to track details, budgets, commitments, and multiple partners and moving parts.
  • Proficient computer skills, including experience with online and social media tactics, getting noticed and making a splash.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of and/or interest in distributed solar policy issues.
  • Passion about the creation of an equitable energy system.
  • Spanish-fluency.
  • Authorized to work in the US without sponsorship
  • Minimum 3 years of grassroots organizing and advocacy experience
  • Knowledge in: Computer skills

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