Green Energy Outreach Representative

Posted: May 01, 2020

Company: Elevate Energy

Employer Type: Non-Profit

Position Type: Contract

Job Type: Community Outreach

Experience Level: Entry Level

Certification Required: Building Performance Institute (BPI)

Education Required: Bachelors


County: MARION

Salary Range: $35000-$45000

The Green Energy Outreach Reprensentative will build relationships with community leaders, organizations, and small businesses with the goal of engaging individuals on saving energy and money at home while connecting them with green jobs in their communities. The goal of this role is to implement a grassroots community engagement strategy to ensure residents of low-income and environmental justice communities have access to the information they need to make smarter energy choices about gas/electric scams, energy efficiency options, renewable upgrades, and demand response programs. The Green Energy Outreach Representative will be based out of Carbondale, IL and will report to the Associate Director, Community and work in close collaboration with the Associate Director, Workforce Development. This contract position is available for one year beginning at the date of hire.


  • Implement and accountable to a metrics-driven outreach plan
  • Work closely with Elevate Energy’s Communications, Outreach, and Workforce Development teams to coordinate messaging across programs
  • Well-versed in the range of programs and activities of the organization
  • Lead and direct constituent engagement, including outreach to individuals at community events and house parties
  • Organize community meetings, events, and training sessions
  • Hold meetings with community leaders to inform them about program offerings
  • Establish relationships with small solar businesses and carefully track the progress of efforts
  • Engage key stakeholders including, but not limited to, local elected officials, community leaders, and solar companies
  • Recruit, manage, and train local volunteer teams
  • Connect energy efficiency and solar businesses to people who’ve graduated from FEJA job training programs
  • Learn and stay abreast of current energy policies, programs, and trends and their impact on local community
  • Identify barriers to participation for small businesses and low-income residents and communicate them to internal Elevate Energy teams to find creative ways of overcoming them
  • Follow up with interested contacts to encourage their participation in relevant program(s)
  • Maintain timely data entry and data integrity
  • Other activities as required

Desired Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred
  • Bilingual Spanish preferred but not required
  • Passion for environmental issues, economic and social justice, and/or energy efficiency
  • Willingness and ability to become well-versed in residential energy use, including smart grid technologies, dynamic electric pricing, energy efficiency technology, solar energy, and building science
  • Exceptional verbal communication skills, comfort in speaking to large groups and facilitating small group discussions, and excel at one-on-one interactions
  • Ability to effectively communicate and work with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds and political beliefs
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Strong organizational ability and experience in meeting established goals within tight timeframes
  • Self-starter with ability to work independently and remotely as well as within a team
  • Familiarity with standard business computer applications; experience with Salesforce or other CRM systems a plus
  • Ability and willingness to motivate individuals to take action regarding their energy usage and engaging with new technology and programs to assist with this; prior experience in sales or organizing a plus
  • Familiarity with downstate Illinois area, its communities, community organizations, and leaders a plus
  • Familiarity with energy efficiency upgrades or residential construction a plus
  • Access to reliable transportation for travel required across Illinois; concentrated in Southern Illinois

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