Director of Public Affairs – Midwest

November 22nd, 2019
Coalition for Community Solar Access
April 16, 2020
Midwest, United States
Job Type


The Coalition for Community Solar Access (“CCSA”) is seeking qualified applicants for a “Director of Public Affairs - Midwest” with an immediate start date.  CCSA is growing organization working to open, protect, and serve markets for community solar across the country.

The Director of Public Affairs will serve as organizational lead for all new market policy campaigns focused in the Midwest and within our national DER campaign – catalyzing legislative and regulatory activity to open, expand, and protect community solar markets.  The Director of Public Affairs will work closely with the Executive Director, Regional Directors and policy staff, ensuring legislation and policy meet organizational Core Principles and market best practices. In addition, the Director of Public Affairs will be act as a liaison between CCSA and partner organizations. CCSA is a fast paced, mission driven, collegial, and fun work environment.  The ideal candidate will share CCSA’s mission to expand access to solar for all, and fit the fast paced and self-starting culture.


  • Clear and demonstrable record of winning state legislative campaigns
  • Ability to drive passage of community solar enabling legislation in targeted states
  • Expert ability to build and manage coalitions of stakeholders across multiple states
  • Ability to work closely with partner organizations and manage competing priorities
  • Ability to achieve policy and market goals in state regulatory processes
  • Ability to efficiently manage CCSA Member input within organizational Committee process; working alongside the Board of Directors, Members and broader coalitions of local stakeholders
  • Ability to work independently in early target states, and work as in-house expert for legislative affairs for CCSA Regional Directors
  • Ability to work closely with CCSA Regional Directors to coordinate activities and priorities
  • Ability to speak to and work with both conservative and liberal constituencies
  • Ability to co-lead thought leadership development of policy positions of CCSA with Executive Director


  • Build coalitions of external stakeholders including allied industry organizations and NGO's to win in state legislative campaigns
  • Represent CCSA at in person and virtual legislative, regulatory, and stakeholder events
  • Manage and co-produce written comments in regulatory and legislative proceedings (primarily state-level)
  • Provide input into long-term planning for industry and organization
  • Provide feedback and basic support to Executive Director efforts to recruit and retain Members, and raise non-Member dues revenues
  • Provide input into communications efforts to support policy priorities


  • Minimum 7+ years work experience in campaign work and coalition building
  • Potential for ~50% travel requirement to state capitals primarily in the Midwestern States
  • Experience in electricity market dynamics and solar energy policy preferred but not necessary
  • Familiarity with state lobbying ethics rules and responsibility to file appropriate registrations and disclosures
  • Self-starter, with strong political instincts, and ability to work remotely and while traveling


  • Prefer location in Midwestern states easily accessible for travel and near a major transit hub
  • Flexible worksite - e.g. home or shared worksite


  • $110-150k annual salary commensurate with experience

Applications Process: Please send Cover Letter and Resume to CCSA Executive Director, Jeff Cramer with email header “CCSA Director of Public Affairs Application – YOUR NAME”

The Coalition for Community Solar Access is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We are committed to ensuring that all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA) Mission and Core Principles

The Coalition for Community Solar Access is a national Coalition of businesses and non-profits working to expand customer choice and access to solar for all American households and businesses through community solar. Our mission is to empower every American energy consumer with the option to choose local, clean, and affordable community solar. We work with customers, utilities, local stakeholders, and policymakers to develop and implement policies and best practices that ensure community solar programs provide a win, win, win for all, starting with the customer.

We promote policies, programs, and practices that:

  1. Allow all consumers the opportunity to participate in and directly economically benefit from the construction and operation of new clean energy assets.
  2. Provide equal access for developers to build and operate community solar projects and interconnect those projects to the serving utility’s grid.
  3. Incorporate a fair bill credit mechanism that provides subscribers with an economic benefit commensurate with the value of the long-term, clean, locally-sited energy produced by community solar projects.
  4. Support the participation of diverse customer types in community solar programs, and encourage customer choice with providers, product features, and attributes to catalyze innovation and best serve customers.
  5. Ensure that community solar projects are operated and maintained well to protect customers and developers’ investment.
  6. Ensure full and accurate disclosure of customer benefits and risks in a standard, comparable manner that presents customers with performance and cost transparency.
  7. Comply with applicable securities, tax, and consumer protection laws to reduce customer risk and protect the customer.
  8. Encourage transparent, non-discriminatory utility rules on siting, and interconnecting projects, and collaboration with utilities to facilitate efficient siting and interconnection.
  9. Maintain a 360-degree view of the community solar market and ensure a beneficial role for all parties in the partnerships forged between subscriber, developer, and utility.
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