• Title: Sustainable Energy Program Director
  • Department: Sustainable Energy
  • Reports to: Chief Program Officer
  • Supervises: Rural Action AmeriCorps Member(s)
  • Hours of Work: 40/hours week; exempt
  • Pay Range: Starts at $47,000 annually

Job Summary

The Sustainable Energy Program Director is responsible for overall development, management,
and day-to-day functioning of Rural Action’s Sustainable Energy program and its projects. The
Rural Action Sustainable Energy program has an established and growing body of work
including energy efficiency, clean energy adoption across Appalachian Ohio, improving rural
communities’ access to clean transportation, and promotion of Electric Vehicles (EVs) and EV
charging infrastructure.

Key duties for this position include personnel management, grant writing, fundraising,
oversight of grant deliverables and reporting, implementation of project activities to achieve
those deliverables, and administrative support / reporting. The Director is also responsible for
new project development, problem solving with team members, developing program strategies
with the Chief Program Officer and Rural Action’s Leadership, managing partner relations and
communications, and communicating decisions and needs to the CPO. The Director is
expected to communicate directly with the CPO to problem solve and communicate program
activities, successes, or roadblocks.

Essential Functions of this Position

Program Oversight and Personnel Supervision

  • The Director is responsible for day-to-day supervision of AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps VISTA members, interns and independent contractors.
    • Undertake routine check-ins with staff and AmeriCorps members, and contractors;
    • Respond to daily requests/needs where possible;
    • Provide assistance on project implementation;
    • Communicate with the CPO on emerging issues or opportunities that involve staff, or refer staff to the CEO, Finance Director, or other management team member as needed.
  • Recruit, manage, and complete all reporting and paperwork for National Service members working with the program;
  • Ensure that national service members have a detailed work plan that they are capable of implementing, with weekly team meetings to coordinate;
  • Establish any needed communications or information systems to facilitate supervision, reporting, monitoring, etc.

Program Development and Fundraising

  • Lead Rural Action’s Sustainable Energy program with passion and actively work across the organization to create and hold a shared vision for energy transition that is sensitive to a Just Transition framework, and that empowers people and communities as a core organizing principle of the programmatic work;
  • Understand RA’s Strategic Plan and develop projects that help achieve five-year goals in the Sustainable Energy program;
  • Develop and implement an effective body of work that increases resilience for the people of Appalachian Ohio;
  • Implement semi-annual strategic planning sessions with the team and other staff or members for program development;
  • Work with the team to identify and develop new projects and markets, and expand services in accordance with the organizational and program strategic plans;
  • Support new idea formation through analysis and community and partner engagement;
  • Work in a team setting to identify, develop and pursue aligned funding opportunities, including grants, contracts, sponsorships and donations to allow robust implementation of program goals;
  • Submit applications, narrative reports, financial documentation and invoices accurately and on time;
  • Perform other grant preparation and reporting activities including writing, research and data collection.

Marketing, Outreach, and Communications

  • Implement the program’s communications plan in coordination with the Media & Communications team, including all materials required for print and online publications;
  • Assist with the preparation of reports and presentation of data for any and all aspects of the program;
  • Work with team members, partners, and other programs to support and provide educational opportunities for community and civic organizations, businesses and local governments;
  • Ensure that all program events (trainings, workshops, meetings) are produced with the highest quality for participants and promoted effectively;
  • Actively seek out partnerships (individuals, businesses, other organizations, community groups and local governments) for collaboration in program design and implementation.

General Program Administration

  • Communicate routinely with the CPO, CEO, and other RA staff on program outcomes and activities;
  • Attend external partner meetings and make presentations on Rural Action’s behalf;
  • Schedule and lead routine Sustainable Energy program team meetings;
  • Update work plans for the program and all team members as required, and monitor to ensure work plan implementation;
  • Prepare monthly Sustainable Energy program reports for the CPO;
  • Provide any financial information or budget reports when requested by the Finance Director;
  • Work with the Development and Communications Team to increase Rural Action’s membership and donor base;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

● A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or comparable professional experience;
● Three years’ professional experience in a related field;
● Experience managing staff, with strong preference for additional National Service management experience;
● Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written;
● Ability to work at a computer for long periods;
● Ability to work weekends and evenings as required;
● Leadership skills to organize a team toward shared strategic goals, balanced with concrete grant deliverables;
● Passion, knowledge and commitment to rural communities;
● Working knowledge of energy efficiency and renewable energy, including 1) solar energy systems and opportunities; 2) clean transportation, including Electric Vehicles and EV Charging Infrastructure; 3) energy efficiency and home weatherization; and 4) emerging opportunities and challenges in the field;
● Strong project and people management skills;
● Excellent writing and phone communication skills;
● Proven ability to work with internal and external partners to accomplish projects, problem solve, and work through conflict;
● Experience with Google suite, Microsoft Word and Excel, database management, email, social media, and other computer software systems;
● Experience developing and working under government and private grant funding, including proposal development and budgeting;
● Experience leading projects in a well-organized manner while being attentive to detail;
● Experience organizing public events and implementing communications/marketing plans to promote attendance;
● Integrity, credibility and commitment to Rural Action’s mission;
● Ability to follow-through with minimal supervision.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume outlining your experience as it relates to this job description. Send materials to joe@ruralaction.org and hr@ruralaction.org subject heading: Sustainable Energy Program Director. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is hired.

NOTE: The above noted job description is not intended to describe, in detail, the multitude of tasks that may be assigned but rather to give the applicant a general sense of the responsibilities and expectations of their position. As the nature of business demands change so, too, may the essential functions of this position. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity

Rural Action is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and is committed to making employment decisions based on merit. We are committed to complying with any and all pertinent Federal, State and local laws providing equal employment opportunities, as well as all laws related to terms and conditions of employment.


To apply for this job email your details to joe@ruralaction.org