Executive Director - Montana Renewable Energy Association

Post Date: 7/15/2022
Opportunity Type: Job
Organization/Grantor: Montana Renewable Energy Association
Position/Title/Fund: Executive Director - Full-time
Deadline: Open until filled
Location: Proximity to Helena, Montana; some in-state travel required

The Montana Renewable Energy Association is a membership based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2000. We are businesses, individuals, families, farmers and ranchers, municipalities, students, and advocates dedicated to expanding Montana’s use of renewable energy in order to conserve natural resources, create jobs, and increase the independence and resilience of our communities. MREA's mission is to foster the growth of renewable energy for all Montanans through education, advocacy, and industry engagement. Our vision is a Montana where the widespread use of renewable energy drives Montana’s economy and powers every aspect of Montanans’ lives. Our primary focus is the expansion of on-site renewable energy such as rooftop solar electricity, solar hot water, and small wind generation; however, we also support and work to advance the development of responsible community and utility-scale renewable energy projects. 

MREA is seeking an ED to assist in growing its capacity though fundraising, operations, staff size, program evaluation skills, strategic communications, and membership. This person will maintain MREA’s credible, industry voice while intentionally diversifying its membership, board leadership, and program offerings for the purpose of 1) becoming more impactful in the current environment and 2) becoming more aligned with its vision, values, and goal of ensuring renewable energy is more accessible to Montanans across social, economic, and political spectrums. The Executive Director reports to the MREA Board of Directors and has overall responsibility for the execution of MREA’s programs to advance its mission.

The main priority of the role in the first year will include fundraising activities, such as grant writing, as well as preparing for participation in the legislation session.

Responsibilities:

1. Administration and Operations

  • In consultation with the Board of Directors, develop and implement annual budget and operational plan.
  • Coordinate fundraising activities, including grant-writing, fundraising campaigns, and
    recruitment/retention of members and donors.
  • Engage with MREA membership. Work with MREA Membership Team to grow and diversify the
    membership base.
  • Maintain frequent and open communication with MREA Board. With the Board Secretary, help organize
    and facilitate quarterly MREA Board meetings.
  • Support and staff MREA committees and teams, including Fundraising Team, Membership Team, Policy
    and Advocacy Committee, Fair and Events Committee, and Industry Engagement Committee.
  • Oversee and manage staff, including employees, interns, and contractors.

2. Legislative and Regulatory Advocacy

  • In consultation with the MREA Board and Policy Committee, develop and execute legislative and
    regulatory advocacy priorities.
  • Represent MREA at the Montana legislature, Montana Public Service Commission, agency rulemaking
    procedures, and other relevant policy venues.
  • Engage and maintain relationships with stakeholders, including utilities and energy providers, special
    interest groups, community groups, local government, and the general public.

3. Education and Outreach

  • Engage with business and household members, stakeholders, and the general public to develop and
    implement organization’s statewide education and community outreach initiatives.
  • Provide ongoing communication and updates to members about renewable energy issues and information from engaging at policy venues.
  • Coordinate and execute educational presentations and events, including the annual Montana Clean Energy Fair, Clean Energy Expos, and other clean energy-related events.
  • Manage communications and other public-facing programs, including producing the monthly e- newsletter, engaging with traditional media, managing MREA’s social media platforms, developing and maintaining the website, and responding to public inquiries.
    Industry Engagement
  • Build reliable teamwork partnerships with Montana’s renewable energy professionals and industry
    stakeholders.
  • Coordinate technical training and continuing education opportunities for renewable energy professionals.
  • Bring technical expertise, and continue to build a credible, industry voice.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of renewable energy policy, business, and technical issues.
  • Committed to MREA’s mission.
  • Excellent organizational skills; thrives in an autonomous working environment; and enjoys juggling
  • multiple priorities across working groups and committees.
  • Proficient in developing and delivering presentations to a diverse audience.
  • Experience in or desire to analyze and develop policy positions and participate in legislative and
  • regulatory proceedings.
  • Interest in developing communication and outreach materials, as well as updating website content.
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree. Degree in Environmental Policy, Business, Renewable Energy,
  • Communications, Sustainable Development, Law, Engineering, or a related field.
  • Nonprofit experience or exposure.
  • Experience in non-profit management and/or interest to grow and develop into a management role.
  • A track record of successful grant writing and/or other fundraising success.
  • Policy advocacy experience, preferably at the Montana legislature or another state legislature.
  • Master’s Degree in related field.
How to Apply:

Applications will be reviewed starting June 1st and accepted until the position is filled. First interviews will be remote via ZOOM and begin June 20th. Final interviews will be conducted in person.

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, references, and a writing sample by email to Board Members Sarah Stands at sarah.stands@gmail.com AND Susan Bilo at skbilo@gmail.com.

Contact Info: Sarah Stands, sarah.stands@gmail.com & Susan Bilo, skbilo@gmail.com