Program Coordinator - CBSC (“Communities of Color Building Solar Capacity”)


Salaried Part Time Position: 20 hours per week, for an indefinite period of time subject to performance and funding availability.
Compensation: $29,000 - $36,500 part time annual (commensurate with experience)
Location: Remote
Application Deadline: June 16th is a goal (to enable end of June/early July first interviews), though applications will be accepted up until the close of the online application form.
Start Date: August 
Reports: directly to one of PSEF's two Co-Directors.


  • Seeking a smart, focused, and detail-oriented person to manage (remotely): a) our new multi-city partnerships (potentially 6-8) focused largely on solar training for BIPOC communities; b) a team of interns (also potentially 6-8); and c) membership outreach & recruitment.
  • Emphasis on fostering good relations and maintaining quality control.
  • Requires a deep appreciation for the intersection of climate, racial and economic justice.
  • Requires an excellent people person - high energy, charismatic, problem-solving, customer-service/marketing oriented.
  • Requires experience working intimately with grassroots community organizations in low-income and BIPOC communities.

PSEF is an equal opportunity employer (see our full Equal Opportunity and Diversity statement below) that seeks a large and diverse applicant pool. Candidates who are not sure they fully meet all the requirements are still encouraged to apply. Additionally, candidates are encouraged to see our other Program Coordinator posting at MSCL, and may apply to both but are advised to address their strengths in regards to each. 

The People’s Solar Energy Fund is an innovative member-directed nonprofit advancing energy democracy by supporting the growth of community-led, community-owned solar projects with a focus on low income and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) communities. Moving collectively to aggregate resources, share technical know-how and build a shared commons, PSEF provides access to funding, technical assistance and shared services to a network of nonprofit and coop solar developers. 

PSEF seeks a creative, detail-oriented and highly-motivated Program Coordinator to guide our new “Communities of Color Building Solar Capacity” initiative. Central to this work is supporting training work with partners in multiple cities (some aspects administered remotely; others implemented live by our partners); overseeing a team of interns also focused on the training and community partnerships; helping to identify and recruit new member organizations; and assisting general PSEF needs that arise. Fostering excellent partner relations is key, including troubleshooting and problem-solving in a manner that fosters mutual good will. Profound respect for and comfort with the wisdom and challenges in BIPOC grassroots community mobilization is essential. The Program Coordinator will work closely and collaboratively with PSEF’s small team and the executive leadership. 


Training Coordination

  • Work closely with PSEF's two Co-Directors to map out strong strategies and cultivate excellent relations with partner community-based organizations (CBOs) in different cities.
  • Work closely with the leadership to secure or develop a training model effective for adults, working people with limited time availability, and Black and brown communities.

Supporting our CBO Partners

  • Strongly support our CBOs in becoming familiar with the training material, and setting up training sessions for their own staff and then for their respective communities.
  • Provide detailed support to the CBOs, supporting them trouble-shooting and problem-solving, and casting a wide net in inviting groups to the training.
  • Develop brief landscape profiles for each partner city - noting key CBOs, civic groups, electeds, funders, etc (or supervise interns to produce this)

Intern Coordination

  • Ensuring a meaningful, fulfilling experience for our interns.
  • Managing them in providing support for our CBO partners.

Outreach and Membership Recruitment

  • Gain awareness of local groups and assess who shows a strong interest in solar - for potential recruitment.
  • Follow up to speak with them about membership and walk them through our simple membership process.
  • Goal of recruiting perhaps 3-5 new members within the first year. (Ours is a slow and selective model.)


  • General communications and outreach to members and partners.
  • General research related to community solar, energy democracy and fundraising opportunities.


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Education and/or Experience

  • Requires: social justice knowledge and familiarity with the general ecosystem; organizing experience; some program management/ coordination (even if not in a lead role)
  • Extraordinary people skills - making people feel genuinely heard and respected; excellent troubleshooting and problem-solving skills
  • Either a college degree and at least 4 years of work experience (up to 2 of which may be part-time, volunteer and/or while in school), or, no college degree but at least 8 years of work experience (with the same allowance for up to 2 being less than full-time paid)
  • Attention to detail!
  • Good communicator - with clear, concise communications verbally and on paper.
  • An appreciation for and ability to center the voices of low income, Black, Indigenous and People of Color.
  • Cross-cultural competency, able to move respectfully between many different types of constituencies.
  • Familiarity with key social justice paradigms important to PSEF, such as Just Transition and Energy Democracy. 
  • Enthusiastic and creative spirit, with a passion for PSEF’s mission.

Language Skills

  • Fluent English written and oral language skills required. (Definitely not required but preferred is familiarity with other language(s) spoken by constituencies with which PSEF works.)

Computer Skills

  • Highly competent in word processing, spreadsheet, presentation software, database management, and a multitude of online tools and applications that we use.
  • Experience using design platforms (e.g, Canva) preferred.


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Supervisory Responsibilities: overseeing a team of interns.
  • Term of Engagement: This is a remote salaried position for an indefinite period. 
  • Hours: 20 hours per week
  • Benefits: This is a part time position with no benefits, although a stipend towards benefits may be possible and the position may possibly grow into full-time (with benefits).


PSEF is an equal opportunity employer committed to building an open, inclusive and affirming work environment that reflects the rich diversity of the communities we serve. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with a lived experience of poverty/ racism and people from underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.