CCSA National Programs Senior Director

September 7th, 2022
Coalition for Community Solar Access
September 7, 2022
Remote, United States of America
Job Type


The Coalition for Community Solar Access (“CCSA”) is seeking qualified applicants for a National Programs Senior Director. The anticipated start date for this position is immediate. CCSA is a growing organization working to open, protect, and serve markets for community solar across the country.

The National Programs Senior Director will lead and manage national partnerships and coalition management, lead federal policy with support from CCSA regulatory team, manage internal CCSA coalition participation and staff including Local Solar for All.  The National Programs Senior Director will report directly to the President and CEO.  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.


  • Strong experience in electricity market dynamics, renewable energy, and solar energy policy
  • Proven track record and established reputation building and managing national coalitions, partnerships in the energy and environment space.
  • Ability to work with bi-partisan constituencies, fostering relationships, collaboration, compromise, messaging, and policy
  • 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 co-lead thought leadership development of policy positions of CCSA with both the President and CEO and CCSA regulatory team
  • Ability to work within trade association environment, representing industry interests to effectuate triple-bottom line outcomes.


  • Participate in and manage existing CCSA coalitions and partnerships at a national level, representing CCSA interests. New and existing coalitions will cover renewable energy industry, environmental and climate, environmental justice, communities, and civil rights, economic development, agriculture, utilities, customer-focused efforts including residential, underserved communities and low to moderate income customers, small business, large C+I, towns and universities, and religious institutions, and potentially more.
  • Develop new and expand depth and breadth of existing community and distributed solar-focused partnerships and coalitions
  • Work with and beside CCSA members in participation and development of partnership and coalitions
  • Serve as lead staff for federal policy efforts, with the support of CCSA regulatory staff
  • Drive and manage community solar-related legislation and advocacy
  • Manage CCSA federal consultants
  • Serve as lead staff for regulatory implementation of federal community solar policy priorities, including implementation of the IRA
  • Manage and coordinate CCSA participation in FERC related proceedings in coordination with broader DER allies, with support of CCSA regulatory team
  • Serve as federal policy expert to federal agencies and legislative audiences
  • Lead and manage CCSA engagement with the Department of Energy NCSP with the support of CCSA regulatory team
  • Drive, manage, support Local Solar for All campaign and staff. Management will include support from CCSA Board liaisons and other distributed solar members.
  • Manage short and long-term planning for Local Solar for All and other related internal national coalitions
  • Support development and execution of national communications efforts alongside CCSA Senior Director for Public Affairs
  • Support development and review of CCSA annual planning for national programs


  • Minimum 10+ years working in federal policy with a preference for electricity, energy, or environmental work experience
  • Self-starter, with strong political instincts, and ability to work in dynamic and fast paced environment
  • Experience building and managing coalitions in the electricity, energy, or environmental space
  • Experience and tangible achievements developing and advocating for federal legislation and/or regulatory policy
  • Experience managing direct staff and consultants
  • Potential for ~20% travel

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Base salary range is between $150,000 - $170,000 with the opportunity to participate in a performance incentive plan. Salary to be determined by the education, experience, knowledge and skills of applicant, and alignment with market data.
  • This position includes a competitive benefits package. Benefits include a company sponsored, flexible reimbursement plan for health/dental/vision insurance benefits. The reimbursement plan covers up to 100% of premiums for employees and their families, in addition to co-pays and out-of-pocket expenses. We also offer paid parental leave, professional coaching opportunities, and the opportunity to participate in a 401(k) plan.


  • Washington D.C. Metro Area
  • Flexible worksite - e.g. home or shared worksite


Our team members are passionate about expanding access to renewable energy solutions to every American energy consumer and are constantly striving to improve and better ourselves. We are committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in the workplace and in the communities with which we partner. If you will enjoy working in a growing organization with a collegial work environment, and in a fast paced and self-starting culture, you are probably a great fit for our team!

Applications Process: Please send Cover Letter and Resume to CCSA Interim Operations Director Laurel Mawema ( with email header “CCSA National Programs Senior Director – 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.

Team Values

  • Focus on Results. We have clear and ambitious goals that drive everything we do on a daily basis. Every day we ask ourselves the question: will the actions I take achieve results that get me closer to my goals? If the answer is yes, then we push forward. Setbacks happen and not everything is in our control, but we focus on what we can control and move toward our goals one victory at a time.
  • Foster Dialogue. We debate ideas, not people. We take the energy of our differences and channel it toward something that has never been created before. The problems we tackle are colorful and complex. To drive to the right decision, we believe in respectfully and productively debating ideas and leaving our egos at the door.
  • Put people first. We prioritize the well-being of our team and take the approach of the “whole person”. We believe that we bring our best selves to our professional lives when we are balanced and taking care of ourselves and each other.
  • Inclusivity.  We deeply value diversity of thought, background, and lived experience – and through this is where our most transformative, lasting innovation grows. As our industry expands, we are committed to actively bringing new people, businesses, and localities into the fold, especially those who are traditionally underrepresented.
  • Member Service. We represent the collective voice of our members, who want to see community solar expand and grow. We provide a valuable service to our member community, keeping them up to date on our campaigns and policy initiatives, which helps them plan and grow their businesses. We also serve members by amplifying their collective voice to expand their impact in the market.

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 community solar providers 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. Encourage transparent, non-discriminatory utility rules on siting, and interconnecting projects, and collaboration with utilities to facilitate efficient siting and interconnection.
  6. Ensure that community solar projects are operated and maintained well to protect customers and providers’ investment.
  7. Ensure full and accurate disclosure of customer benefits and risks in a standard, comparable manner that presents customers with performance and cost transparency.
  8. Comply with applicable securities, tax, and consumer protection laws to reduce customer risk and protect the customer.
  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, provider, and utility.
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