Why you want to work here…GRID Alternatives is a national leader in making clean, affordable solar power and solar jobs accessible to low-income communities and communities of color. GRID is an entrepreneurial, high-growth non-profit organization that provides direct solar installation and project development; clean mobility options; workforce training and service learning opportunities; and low-income solar policy advocacy. 

Our Vision: a rapid, equitable transition to a world powered by renewable energy that benefits everyone.Our Mission: to build community-powered solutions to advance economic and environmental justice through renewable energy. Based in Oakland, California, GRID has 8 regional offices and affiliates serving all of California, Colorado, Washington D.C., Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware; GRID also works in Nicaragua, Mexico and Nepal. GRID has a dedicated staff of 350 and growing! 

What it’s like at GRID…At GRID, we care about each other and know that each employee has a whole self that includes life outside of work. Our culture supports learning, growth and well-being of all of our team members. Every member of GRID Alternatives must participate in the organization’s equity, inclusion, and diversity (EID) work.

GRID Alternatives provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetics. Because we value EID at GRID Alternatives, we encourage folks from all backgrounds to apply, even if you do not meet all of the preferred qualifications. The Opportunity…

  • Implement and manage GRID’s Installation Basics Training (IBT 200) training program  according to GRID’s national standards. IBT-200 is a 5-week long residential solar installation training program that incorporates classroom, lab, and onsite installation training.
  • Lead onsite training and classroom/workshop instruction
  • Lead construction and organization of training facility
  • Coordinate with Workforce Coordinator to recruit trainees for IBT 200 cohorts and other workforce programs as appropriate
  • Support the growth of workforce initiatives by  developing training programs, materials, workshops, labs and exercises in collaboration with fellow workforce staff
  • Interface with other GRID offices to research and adopt training practices
  • Identify additional training needs and opportunities
  • Partner with Workforce & Community Engagement Manager to establish goals and to develop programs and deliverables timelines
  • Partner with Residential and Commercial Solar Installation Supervisors to coordinate installs and training

While this role is focused on managing trainees, it includes construction duties:

  • Responsible for all technical and safety aspects of PV installations when on site
  • Train and mentor volunteers, job trainees, and staff as assigned in solar installations and other construction related activities
  • Lead crews of volunteers and/or job trainees in collaboration with construction site supervisors
  • Ensure that all solar installations are installed according to GRID Alternatives safety and quality standards

Other job duties include answering homeowner and volunteer questions, talking to media and participating in events What you need to bring to this role…​

  • Minimum 2 years of solar installation experience; comfort in teaching about any portion of the installation process
  • Ability to manage and keep the attention of a cohort during 8-hour training sessions
  • Experience in and ability to coach, mentor, and lead a construction crew
  • Ability to relate to and respect diverse populations
  • Positive attitude that inspires others to be(come) their best selves
  • Strong desire to help others reach their potential and positively change their lives
  • Growth mindset and desire to develop a robust Workforce program alongside the Workforce & Community Engagement Manager and Workforce Coordinator
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, and communication skills
  • Proficient with computers and programs like Salesforce, Gmail, Microsoft Suite, etc.
  • Passion for environmental justice, sustainability, affordable housing, the environment, or generally grounded and interested in making the world a better place

It would be great if you also had…

  • NABCEP PV Installation Professional certification
  • Minimum 1 year of classroom/laboratory workshop instruction at high school, community college or vocational school/program
  • Training/instruction to “at-risk”/underserved populations
  • Licensed electrical apprentice
  • OSHA Outreach Instructor certification

Where you will sit & the places you may go…This position may require up to 25% out-of-town travel to regional offices and special projects. Availability to work nights and weekends may be required. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, GRID Alternatives may not provide vehicles for work travel but will provide travel reimbursement for work-related personal vehicle use, and applicant must hold a valid driver’s license and good driving record. Let’s Talk MoneyThis is a full-time, exempt position. Salary commensurate with experience. How we take care of you…Medical, Dental, Vision/Eye Care insurance, 5 weeks paid time off (PTO),12 paid holidays, Commuter Checks, 403b Retirement Plan, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Health Savings Account (HSA), STD, LTD, and AD&D insurance. Ready to Apply?Submit both a resume and a cover letter describing your interest. Due to the high volume of inquiries, mailed and emailed applications are not accepted. Please do not call and/or email requesting an update. 

Thank you for your interest in GRID Alternatives!

APPLY HERE: https://gridalternatives.org/get-involved/careers/open-positions