Illinois Consultant, Part-time

October 14th, 2020
Coalition for Community Solar Access
Published
October 14, 2020
Location
Chicago or Springfield, IL
Job Type

Description

The Coalition for Community Solar Access (“CCSA”) is seeking qualified applicants for the role of a part-time consultant (roughly 10 hours per week) to direct CCSA’s efforts in Illinois, with an immediate start date.  CCSA is growing organization working to open, protect, and serve markets for community solar across the country.

The Illinois consultant will serve as organizational lead for CCSA’s efforts in Illinois – catalyzing legislative and regulatory activity to expand, and protect community solar markets.  The Illinois consultant will work closely with the Policy Director, ensuring legislative and regulatory efforts follow CCSA’s campaign plan and meet organizational Core Principles. In addition, the Illinois consultant will act as a liaison between CCSA, partner organizations and within the Joint Solar Parties. The ideal candidate will share CCSA’s mission to expand access to solar for all, and fit the fast paced and self-starting culture.

Qualifications:

  • Ability to achieve policy and market goals in state regulatory processes
  • Ability to effectively manage coalitions of stakeholders across multiple states
  • Ability to work closely with partner organizations and manage competing priorities
  • Ability to efficiently manage CCSA Member input within organizational Committee process; working alongside the Policy Director, Members and broader coalitions of local stakeholders
  • Ability to speak to and work with both conservative and progressive constituencies

Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate CCSA’s Illinois Committee meetings and respond to member inquiries
  • Represent CCSA at in-person and virtual legislative, regulatory, and stakeholder events
  • Manage and co-produce written comments in regulatory and legislative efforts
  • Coordinate with external stakeholders including allied industry organizations and NGO's to advance CCSA's policy goals
  • Provide input into CCSA’s long-term planning efforts for Illinois
  • Help to drive communications efforts to support policy priorities
  • Co-lead thought leadership development with Policy Director

Requirements:

  • Minimum 5+ years work experience in public policy and advocacy
  • Familiarity with Illinois politics and the history of energy policy in the state
  • Significant experience running successful state legislative and/or regulatory campaigns and strong political instincts
  • Comfort with both legislative advocacy and electricity market dynamics, with focus on solar energy policy
  • Familiarity with state lobbying ethics rules and responsibility to file appropriate registrations and disclosures
  • Self-starter and ability to work alongside CCSA Staff as a part-time consultant
  • Ability to work remotely and while traveling

Location:

  • Chicago or Springfield, IL, with the ability to work from home or remote locations

Applications Process: 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. Please send resume and cover letter to laurelp@communitysolaraccess.org. 

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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