Program Officer (SP)

A Little About Us: The Solutions Project accelerates the transition to 100% clean, renewable energy for all people and purposes. To achieve this mission, we engage the public, celebrate and convene leaders, and advance state policies and partnerships that take bold steps on the road to 100%.

Core to our mission of 100% for the 100%, is supporting the voice of frontline communities and nontraditional allies. The Solutions Project’s Leadership and Fighter Funds will catalyze the growth of an emergent grassroots movement for clean energy by (1) directly resourcing organizations well-positioned to drive strategies through state-wide policies and (2) helping those organizations and their partners make their advocacy work even stronger through capacity building support tools. We are building a high engagement philanthropy model to drive national resources to those on the front-line of climate change and innovate towards a true energy democracy. Our grants recognize community leadership, build capacity, elevate voices, and ensure that organizations rooted in community can fully execute their mission.

A Little About You: You have experience in the areas below (obviously). But just as importantly, you’re relational, service-minded, and detailed oriented ready to dive in with an organization that is bold, experimental, and nimble. You can juggle many balls at once, are optimistic and inclusive (how else are we going to change the world?), and your capacity to execute is excellent. And, of course, you like to have fun (lots).

Reporting to the Director of Investments and State Strategy, the Program Officer position will manage grantmaking and state strategy operations helping The Solutions Project push forward a vision of 100% for 100%.

The Core Responsibilities of the Program Officer Position Are as Follows:

Grants Infrastructure and Communications

The Solutions Project’s grantmaking is growing at rapid speed, adding more grantees and resources every year. The Program Officer will:

● Work with grantees and the Director of Investments and State Strategy to research, build, manage, and iterate the grant application, reporting, and analysis/evaluation processes, along with helping execute grantee convenings

● Draft communications to grantees and through channels to the general public regarding the purpose, goals, and outcomes of our grantmaking

● Draft written communications as to the current status of investments for The Solutions Project’s Board, Executive Team, Leadership Fund Investment Committee, and Fighter Fund Investment Committees

● Work with accountants to process grant payments, budgeting, contract management, and other grantmaking documentation needs.

Grants Strategy

The Program Officer will provide strategic counsel to the Executive Director and Director of Investments and State Strategy on external and internal dynamics related to potential investments. This work will include reviewing all proposals, grantee site visits, helping convene grantees, tracking political and sectoral dynamics, and working to ensure strong investments are made.

Research

The Program Officer will also aid in monitoring the current policy and political dynamics of each priority state. This will include media scanning, contact tracking, policy research and analysis, political and electoral analysis and more.

Desired Skills & Qualifications:

This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual with nonprofit and public interest experience to step into a funder role with great responsibility and creative freedom to help grow a new program model.

● At least 3 years of demonstrated success in nonprofit or philanthropic management, program development, or administration

● Experience in grantseeking or grantmaking at either a place-based or national level

● Commitment to and experience applying an equity, racial, and economic justice framework to environmental programming; interest and experience in bridge-building and intersectional issue campaigning

● Bachelors and even a Master’s degree preferred, as well as required experience in either the business community or social justice spaces

● Passionate, energetic, and ready to tackle complex problems and experiment with new tactics and tools

● Strong analytic skills and ability to rapidly identify needs and opportunities

● Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to write for a variety of audiences and platforms

● Highly organized, driven, and able to manage multiple projects at once without sacrificing quality

● Proven ability to work independently, as well as in close coordination with a remote team

● Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to and personal passion for our mission

● This position will require travel, primarily within NY, CA, and IA. The successful candidate will be expected to travel approximately 30% of the time

This is a full-time, exempt position, ideally based in Washington, DC, San Francisco Bay Area, or NYC. Compensation package, including benefits, is competitive and salary is commensurate with experience. The Solutions Project is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages leaders of color, women, and those who identify as LGBTQIA to apply.

Interested candidates should send their resume, a cover letter, recent salary history, and the names of three references to workwithus@thesolutionsproject.org. We aim to fill this position as soon as possible and no later than March 1.