Job Opportunity

Clean Energy Program Manager position

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Clean Energy Program Manager

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At Conservation Minnesota, we are committed to building an inclusive workplace and environmental movement. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome individuals with a variety of experiences, perspectives, and abilities. Applicants from non-traditional backgrounds, underrepresented groups, or historically marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

We are also committed to being a leading employer in our sector, an organization that lives its values, values its people, and delivers on our mission.  Working at Conservation Minnesota comes with robust benefits:

  • Full-time, with co-defined flexible scheduling available
  • 4-day, 32 hour work week
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) available
  • 401k Savings Plan with 4% company match
  • Medical, dental, disability, and health and dependent care savings account available
  • Salary range (depending on experience): $55,000-$69,000
  • Reports to Conservation Minnesota’s Public Engagement Director
  • The Clean Energy Program Manager can be located anywhere in Minnesota. Flexible in-person or remote work is available out of our Downtown Minneapolis office during the COVID-19 pandemic conditions for people based in the Twin Cities metro.

Why this job is important

In Minnesota, our 10,000 lakes, natural resources, and four distinct seasons define our lives. The Great Outdoors is where many of our most cherished memories with family and friends are created. Passing our experiences and traditions to the next generation and being good stewards of our lakes and land are values we all share. At Conservation Minnesota, we protect the Minnesota you love by solving our state’s most important conservation problems.

Understanding the unique interests of individual Minnesotans helps us have a greater impact. In addition to focusing the efforts of each member on issues that motivate them, it allows us to demonstrate how different issues are interconnected, just like nature itself. Our members learn that other seemingly unrelated conservation priorities connect naturally to their concerns and provide new opportunities to make a difference. Our unique, bipartisan approach to public engagement has made us the state’s fastest growing conservation organization, expanding our network from 5,000 to over 150,000 people since 2012.

We’re looking for a natural relationship builder, someone who can help design and implement a new program to effectively mobilize the energy sector and advance energy and climate policy at the local, state, and federal level through bipartisan advocacy. As the Clean Energy Program Manager, you will manage relationships with a network of utilities, electric cooperatives, businesses, and other community leaders to build support for clean energy throughout the state. You will work collaboratively with the Public Engagement team to advance conservation efforts in key constituencies by listening, developing relationships, and building leaders to advocate for more clean, renewable energy.

How You Will Be Spending Your Time

  • You will mobilize bipartisan allies in the energy sector to advance policies and initiatives that support clean energy growth in Minnesota.
  • You will cultivate grasstop leaders, their influencers, and grassroots supporters to act on policy at the state and federal level in ways that enhance these relationships. This may include, but is not limited to, serving as a spokesperson, organizing and attending lobby meetings and events with elected officials, lifting up voices through op-ed and LTEs, and expanding our supporter database.
  • You will ensure that energy policies are implemented in a fair and equitable way.
  • You will work to share success stories and best practices across the program, including identifying unique and nontraditional storytelling ideas that demonstrate how Minnesotans are impacted by clean energy and climate change.
  • You will pay particular attention to identifying opportunities to work with and center the voices of under-represented communities; including Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, LGBTQ, disabled, and low-income Minnesotans.
  • You will represent Conservation Minnesota and affiliated organizations with advocacy partners.

What You’re Good At

  • Listening First & Building Trust
  1. You start your relationships by trying to understand the goals and concerns of team members and external partners.
  2. By both listening and reflecting what you learn in your actions, you build trusting relationships that power long term and successful partnerships with all those you work with, both internally and externally, and particularly with those who may not identify as part of the traditional environmental community.
  • Common Ground
  1. You actively work to bring people and processes together to find equitable solutions and build community across diverse populations.
  2. You are an optimistic and effective communicator, open to sharing ideas to bridge differences.
  • Collaborative Innovation
  1. You are in a constant state of creativity, experimentation, challenging assumptions, learning, and growth.
  2. You are nimble, highly effective, and open to change.
  3. You are a self-starting, able to manage tight deadlines and long-term projects simultaneously.
  • Equity & Democracy in Action
  1. You are committed to equity, and you have passion for using the tools of democracy to make lasting and systemic change to improve people’s lives.
  • Lifelong Leadership
  1. You know leadership can come from any position in the organization and are committed to sharing both leadership and credit with others.
  2. You seek to ignite and cultivate that spark of leadership, first in yourself, and then in Minnesotans of every age, ethnicity and community through a shared love for the people and places that define our home state.

What you have done

  • The Conservation Minnesota team is small but mighty, working collaboratively to advance multiple priorities simultaneously. The best candidate for this position is someone who has 4–6 years of experience with:
  • Knowledge of energy industries or energy policy in Minnesota
  • Experience in community organizing, outreach, or public speaking
  • A proven track record of managing relationships with organizations, businesses, elected officials, or community leaders
  • Experience with outreach to diverse populations and communities across varying ethnicities, identities, abilities, religions, and ideologies
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Experience collecting, tracking, and reporting data relevant to your work
  • Ability to occasionally work on evenings and weekends
  • Access to reliable transportation and willingness to travel throughout Minnesota.
  • In addition, you are flexible, able to learn from mistakes and open to new ideas, strategic, comfortable leading coalitions, and interested in making state level environmental policies for the benefit of all Minnesotans, particularly those most impacted by climate change.

Applying For This Job

Take both of these steps:

  1. Apply online 
  2. Upload your resume and introductory letter to Alyssa Nash, Office & Administrative Specialist

    Your introduction letter should be no longer than two pages and should address the following questions:
  • Why are you passionate about Conservation Minnesota’s mission to protect the Minnesota you love?
  • In what ways do areas of difference in your background and experience influence how you approach your work?
  • How do you build relationships and find common ground with others?

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis from January 10th to January 31st, 2022. You may email questions to if necessary.