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CO-OP POWER is a consumer-owned energy cooperative working to help people reduce energy use, convert to renewable energy, and generally shift to a more just and sustainable way of life to ensure our children, and theirs, will be able to live healthy and happy lives. We have 500 members in 6 Community Energy Co-ops (CEC), have built 10 businesses and helped in the creation of over 150 jobs. We are a multi-race, multi-class movement for a sustainable and just energy future in southern New England. Communities with 20 Co-op Power members can apply to be a Community Energy Co-ops in Co-op Power. Once they have 50 members they can host a business development or renewable energy development project, investing their member equity and loans, sweat equity and buying power to launch their project with support from other CECs and our Common Office.


OPENING: Chief Executive Officer

This entrepreneurial leader will work with communities in New England and New York to create a more sustainable and just energy future. You will partner with Community Energy Cooperatives and Members in our growing network to create new businesses, new products and services, new financing strategies, and to help implement new policies to increase access and affordability of sustainable energy in our region. You will:

● Analyze opportunities, resources, challenges, owner-member and community needs on an ongoing basis;

● Formulate key questions to be addressed by owner-members, the board, organizing councils, staff and volunteers;

● Make decisions within existing board and owner-member policies;

● Support the development of Community Energy Co-ops and initiatives outlined in the strategic plan.

DUTIES:

Manages and directs the organization toward its primary objectives, based on maximizing benefit to member-owners, community-based businesses, communities, vendors, and employees by performing the following duties personally or through supervision of department managers.

● Facilitates Co-op Power's strategic planning process every three years to determine where we are, where we want to go, and how we want to get there.

● Hosts a participatory decision making process amongst all stakeholders to establish short and long range goals, strategies, plans and policies, subject to approval by the Board of Directors.

● Supports the development of a strong Management Team with succession plans for all key managers in Co-op Power.

● Translates the Strategic Plan annually into a Board-Adopted Business Plan and a Staff-Adopted Action Plan. Hires and oversees managers to implement the Staff-Adopted Action Plan designed to implement the Board-Adopted Business Plan.

● Supports development of initiatives outlined in the Strategic Plan with core infrastructure staff in the common office and CEC program staff in participating CEC’s.

● Supports ongoing Community Energy Co-op development, providing support for community organizing, program implementation and succession planning.

● Secures grant funds, investment, loans, and revenues required to implement the Co-op Power business plan.

● Reviews activity reports and financial statements to determine progress and status in attaining objectives and revises objectives and plans in accordance with current conditions.

● Evaluates performance of Managers for compliance with established Co-op Power policies and objectives and provides support for attaining objectives.

● Plans and develops corporate, labor, and public relations policies to improve Co-op Power's performance and to build its relations with member-owners, customers, employees, investors, and public.

● Plans, coordinates, and controls the daily operation of the organization.

● Establishes and maintains an effective system of communications throughout the organization.

● Represents Co-op Power with owner-members, customers, community leaders, investors, vendors, partner organizations, the financial community, and the public.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

2-6 full-time staff

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

  • Visionary leader who has demonstrated s/he can lead with compassion. One who can listen and truly understand another’s perspective.

  • BA required; a masters degree in a related field preferred.

  • 5 years management experience required; Participatory Management style required; Cooperative Management experience preferred; Project Management or supervisory experience preferred.

  • Track record of success in a related field required.

  • Fundraising experience preferred.

  • Successful retail experience preferred.

  • Demonstrated ability to create a high performing team required.

  • Familiarity with climate change, peak oil, environmental justice, zero waste, energy efficiency, renewable energy required; related work experience preferred.

  • Business development experience required; Community-based business development experience preferred; Community-based finance experience preferred.

  • Experience with community capital preferred (member loan funds, preferred shares, direct public offerings, etc).

  • Community organizing, communications, public relations, and/or membership development preferred.

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Fluent English written and oral language skills required; Fluency in Spanish also preferred.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS

Strong mathematical and financial skills are required.

REASONING ABILITY

Excellent verbal and mathematical reasoning required.

Job Type: Full-time

Required education:

  • Bachelor's

Required experience:

  • management: 5 years