Executive Director - Grid Alternatives

GRID Alternatives Inland Empire - Executive Director

About GRID Alternatives:

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 entrepreneurialhigh-growth non-profit organization that provides direct solar installation and project development; workforce training and service learning opportunities; and low-income solar policy advocacy.

Our vision: a transition to clean, renewable energy that includes and benefits everyone.

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.

Based in Oakland, California, GRID has 9 regional affiliates serving all of California, Colorado, Washington D.C., Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware; GRID also works in tribal communities throughout the US as well as Nicaragua, Mexico, and Nepal. While each regional affiliate has its own budget, staff, construction capacity, and local fundraising, GRID Alternatives centralizes HR, accounting, solar equipment procurement, training, and multi-regional fundraising from our national headquarters office in Oakland. GRID has a dedicated staff of 350 and growing!

Every member of GRID Alternatives must participate in the organization's equity, inclusion, and diversity work.

About GRID Alternatives Inland Empire:

GRID Alternatives Inland Empire (GRID IE) opened in 2011, serving Riverside, San Bernardino, and Inyo Counties in California, including remote and tribal communities. Through GRID’s flagship Energy for All Program, we train and lead teams of volunteers and job trainees to install solar electric systems that benefit low-income families. These projects include installations on single family homes, multifamily affordable housing, mission-aligned community facilities as well as community solar projects benefiting underserved communities. GRID IE has successfully installed almost 7MW of mission-aligned solar benefitting more than 1,600 low-income families and delivered innovative programming while serving as a community leader.


We are looking for an Executive Director who will work with GRID’s national leadership, the GRID IE Board, and the GRID IE staff to grow and expand our presence in the Inland Empire. This is an amazing opportunity for someone who wants to run a non-profit and shape the strategic direction in the region with the benefit of having the resources and infrastructure of a robust national organization.

The Executive Director will need to work collaboratively with the GRID IE Board and GRID’s national leadership to set and drive strategic direction. In order to sustain and build GRID IE’s successful track record for measurable mission impact, financial sustainability, and innovation, the Executive Director will need to be a strong, adaptable, organized leader. Above all else, the Executive Director must be committed to GRID Alternatives’ vision and mission.

Job Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage outreach and project development staff to identify and qualify low-income properties and clients
  • Manage workforce staff to recruit, train, and manage volunteers and job trainees
  • Manage construction and project management staff to install solar electric systems using both production and job training models and benefiting a mix of multifamily affordable properties, mission-aligned community facilities, and single family homes owned by low-income families
  • Work directly with GRID Alternatives’ local Board of Directors and GRID Alternatives’ VP of Regions to develop both short-term and a long-term visions for regional operations
  • Develop and maintain partnerships, joint programs and collaborative relationships with affordable housing developers, job training programs, solar developers, energy efficiency providers, local government departments, utilities, low-income policy entities and other local organizations
  • Lead local fundraising efforts (with the help of local fundraising staff) and work collaboratively with HQ development staff on national fundraising efforts – this includes fundraising from private foundations, corporate sponsors, local government, and individual donors
  • Work directly with GRID Alternatives’ headquarters staff to ensure all operations are consistent with GRID Alternatives policies, best practices, culture and long-term vision
  • Manage the finances of the regional office with the support of GRID Alternatives’ headquarters-based CFO and/accounting staff, including preparing the affiliate budget and managing expenditures to that budget
  • Grow GRID Alternatives’ presence, policy influence, and positive public image in the region, including networking and speaking presentations
  • Visibly support and advance GRID Alternatives’ commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity work and continue to build an internal culture that seeks to examine systems of oppression
  • Do what needs to get done to make the mission happen even if it means taking out the trash

Position Requirements:

  • Passion for sustainability, affordable housing, workforce development, the environment, policy and/or social and environmental justice
  • Min. 5 years senior/executive management and leadership experience
  • Diplomatic, strong negotiator
  • Broad-minded, able to flex between big picture and detail
  • Adept problem solver, able to learn new skills
  • Excellent communicator (written and verbal)
  • Seasoned manager (particularly managing a mix of technical and non-technical staff and ensuring organized, efficient, quality delivery of services)
  • Comfortable working with and communicating with diverse populations
  • Self-motivated and driven 
  • Able to both work independently, as well as collaboratively with GRID Alternatives’ staff

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous non-profit management experience
  • Connections to affordable housing, philanthropic, job training, and low-income advocacy organizations/communities in the Inland Empire
  • Knowledge of solar energy development
  • Technical skills (specifically Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, and Salesforce.com)
  • Strong ties and roots in the region
  • Lived experience that enables an understanding of poverty and systems of oppression

Office Location/Travel:

GRID Alternatives Inland Empire office is located in Riverside, CA. This position requires some travel throughout the Inland Empire and travel to specific offsites (all staff summit, executive leadership office, etc). Availability to work occasional early mornings/nights and weekends is required. GRID Alternatives may provide vehicles for work travel and/or travel reimbursement for personal vehicle use, but applicant must hold a valid driver’s license and good driving record.


This is a full-time position, compensation commensurate with experience.


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 yearly Professional Development funds to further education up to $600.

To Apply:

Submit both a resume and a cover letter describing your interest at www.gridalternatives.org/work-at-grid.

Due to the high volume of inquiries, mailed and emailed applications are not accepted. Please do not call and/or email requesting an update.

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. Women, reentry individuals, and people of color are urged to apply.

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