Overview

ABOUT VOTE SOLAR

Vote Solar’s mission is to realize a 100% clean energy future through a solutions-driven, people-first approach. Founded in 2002, Vote Solar advances just and equitable clean energy policy in state legislatures and public commissions across the United States. Our expertise comes from a deep understanding of the legislative process, regulatory interventions, and the ability to identify and accelerate solar solutions. We are adept at bridging communities and bringing diverse stakeholders together to forge inclusive coalitions and winning campaigns.

Our goal is to effect real, tangible change. And we have the track-record to prove we can do it: twenty years in, our work has made it so that one in three people live in a state with a 100% clean energy commitment. We’ll not only expand that number, but ensure that more people can participate in holding utilities and decision makers accountable for greater equity and justice in our energy system.

OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION AND JUSTICE

Vote Solar is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in the workplace and in the communities with which we partner. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including multilingual and multicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical conditions. Reasonable accommodations will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

THE ROLE

The Interior West Director of Indigenous Partnerships will support Vote Solar’s Interior West regional team by incorporating Indigenous engagement and partnership work within the campaign and regulatory work. The Interior West Director of Indigenous Partnerships will also partner with the Access & Equity Team to incorporate Indigenous partnership learnings into Vote Solar’s deployment of the Just Partnership Principles. To support successful public-facing campaigns in legislative and regulatory arenas, you will be expected to conduct outreach with Tribal Nations and Indigenous communities to uplift Indigenous voices within the energy space, help identify policy priorities, manage coalitions, provide feedback on policy negotiations, and inform campaign strategy.

The goals of this role are to 1) become a trusted partner by Tribal Nations and Indigenous peoples in the development of equitable solar policy solutions; 2) to recognize the disparities in energy justice and create and pass solar policy that centers marginalized groups, including Tribal Nations and Indigenous people; 3) to integrate feedback from outreach and consultation efforts into campaign development and implementation across Vote Solar; 4) to be a leader among other environmental and energy-focused groups as a representative of Indigenous partnerships; and 5) identify and implement strategies to ensure that Tribal Nations and Indigenous communities are leading voices in shaping policy and regulatory conversations and outcomes.

RESPONSIBILITIES

OUTREACH WITH TRIBAL NATIONS AND INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES (40%)

  • Determine and deliver equitable Indigenous outreach and policy development means for priority campaigns and regulatory proceedings. Ensure that outreach and policy development processes fulfill the needs and concerns identified by Tribal Nations and Indigenous peoples.
  • Initiate outreach to Tribal government representatives and Indigenous-led groups and organizations to learn more about the priorities and existing work of those entities and communities and to share information on Vote Solar’s work in the state. From these interactions, determine opportunities for engagement in shared activities.
  • Become a trusted and consistent partner to Tribal Nations, Tribal entities, Indigenous communities, organizations, and groups by providing information and transparency in solar and other clean energy policy campaigns, including research, relevant updates, next steps, and action alerts.
  • Plan events, engagement opportunities, and workshops to promote education and participation for Indigenous audiences.
    As appropriate, bridge outreach conducted with Tribal Nations and Indigenous communities with broader coalitions of stakeholders operating on priority campaigns and regulatory proceedings. Identify mutual efforts and concerns and lead/join coalitions as appropriate.
  • Support connections and relationship building between Tribal Nations and Indigenous communities, coalition partner organizations, utilities and rural cooperatives, solar industry representatives, and statewide entities and partners as needed for solar policy development.

CAMPAIGN DEVELOPMENT (40%)

  • Understand the unique history of Tribal Nations and Indigenous peoples in the area of focus, including past and ongoing experiences, concerns, and goals with regard to energy.
  • Identify current clean energy campaigns led by Tribal Nations, Tribal entities, Indigenous communities, organizations, and groups to find opportunities for Vote Solar to support their priorities.
  • Work with Regional and Regulatory Directors to determine the best strategies and approaches to thoughtfully build partnerships, based on trust, inclusive engagement and authentic mutual support with equity, clean energy industry, and environmental organizations, among others.
  • Incorporate Indigenous voices and preferences into statewide policy development processes and assess specific policy solutions to support the growth of solar to benefit Indigenous people.
  • Facilitate a feedback process from Tribal Nations and Indigenous communities in the development of statewide policy efforts which could have a direct or tangential impact on Tribal energy sovereignty.
  • Identify an appropriate process to both elevate and incorporate feedback while also balancing any relevant timelines, policy priorities, and coalition dynamics.

INTERNAL LEARNING AND THOUGHT LEADERSHIP (10%)

  • Researching, developing, and maintaining a working knowledge of existing and new resources, tools, and best practices, relevant to the other roles and responsibilities of the Director of Indigenous Partnerships, in order to disseminate across the organization.
  • In collaboration with the Senior Regional Director, planning and executing learning opportunities for the Interior West regional team and National Programs team as it relates to Indigenous engagement.
  • Make recommendations to the regional team about equitable processes to use within coalitions to increase the development of inclusive campaigns and just partnerships.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION, AND JUSTICE (10%)

  • Continue personal learning and contributions to organizational work on diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Work to embed equity in all organizational internal practices and culture, as well as our programs.
  • Bring openness and engagement to personal, professional, and organization-wide learning on race, class, gender, justice, and equity.

WHAT YOU’VE ACCOMPLISHED

  • Five+ years of relevant experience in conducting outreach with Indigenous audiences, building community-based partnerships, diverse coalition building and/or stakeholder management in intersectional issue areas (social justice, clean energy or climate change preferred, but not required).
  • Understanding of the unique history of Tribal Nations and Indigenous peoples in the Interior West region.
  • Knowledge of Indigenous cultures and an ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with Tribal leadership and Indigenous audiences.
  • Past experience working with Tribal Nations that have diverse interests, concerns, issues, and values specific to each individual Tribe.
  • Ability to work in diverse coalitions and approach coalition-building in an inclusive and thoughtful manner, including across lines of difference.
  • Ability to manage time effectively and adapt to multiple ongoing campaigns with changing landscapes and priorities.
  • Skill in conflict resolution.
  • Comfortable working in a remote team setting, with demonstrated ability to be self-motivated and driven.

OTHER THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE ACCOMPLISHED OR WOULD BE EXCITED TO LEARN HERE

  • Expertise on solar energy policy and regulatory topics, particularly in the Interior West.
  • Strong relationships with Tribal Nations and Indigenous-led groups and organizations and other regional stakeholders, especially environmental justice, frontline and traditional environmental groups as well as the solar industry.

MINDSETS

  • A personal commitment to being a part of an inclusive and just workplace, including a commitment to being on a journey with Vote Solar to develop personal, and inter-personal core competencies related to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice.
  • Passion for building new capacity at a growing organization.
  • Understanding that how we work (in collaborative, authentic partnership), is as important as what we work on

WORK ENVIRONMENT AND COMPENSATION

LOCATION

This role is based in the Interior West (CO, NV, AZ, NM and UT). The Interior West Director of Indigenous Partnerships position will be remote and can be based in any Interior West state. During the COVID-19 pandemic, all Vote Solar staff have been working from home and work travel is optional. When it is safe to do so, this position will require some regional and national travel (plan for around one trip per month). Workplace arrangements are flexible, including options to work from a co-working space or work from home.

BENEFITS

The salary range for this position is $105,000 – $110,250. At Vote Solar, we work hard to ensure that our compensation is equitable internally and aligned with our compensation philosophy. The salary for this role is aligned with Vote Solar’s defined job levels and also includes an adjustment for the unique skills that we believe will be necessary to the fulfillment of the job duties of the Director, Indigenous Partnerships.

Vote Solar provides full-time staff with a competitive benefits package, including 4 weeks of paid vacation in year one, 12 days of sick leave, and 4 days of personal leave. We also offer 100% employer-provided health, dental and vision care for both the employee and dependents; a retirement savings plan and an employer match of up to 3.5%; and a paid parental and medical leave policy for full-time staff who have worked for Vote Solar for at least one year.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Please send a letter of interest and resume through Workable. Reasonable accommodations will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

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About Vote Solar

Our Vision

We are working for a 100% clean powered future that supports the needs, health and well-being of everyone in the U.S. — with solar energy leading the way.

We focus on solar energy because it’s plentiful, it’s popular, and it has a unique ability to shift power (literally and figuratively) over energy decision-making to real people, who overwhelmingly support a rapid transition to clean energy.

Founded in 2002, Vote Solar advocates for clean energy in legislative and regulatory arenas at the state level, where most decisions about electricity are made. Despite powerful opposition, we use a winning combination of deep policy expertise, coalition building, and public engagement to get the job done.

Why Solar? Learn more about why solar is a powerful solution to our urgent challenges, from driving energy justice to building a local clean energy economy to acting on the climate crisis.