Program Coordinator - MSCL (“Movement for Solar Capacity and Leadership”)


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 training efforts for our network of members, including a curriculum development contractor; b) a Cohort of select participants for which we want to foster a strong learning community; c) membership outreach and recruitment; and d) some education of our network around policy, especially the new federal funding opportunities for climate justice and solutions.
  • 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 CBSC, 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 for a network of nonprofit and coop solar developers. 

PSEF seeks a creative, detail-oriented and highly-motivated Program Coordinator to advance our new “Movement for Solar Capacity and Leadership” initiative. Central to this work is: supporting training around community-led and owned solar; managing a special program involving a select number of participants forming a cohort community; following key policy developments related to this field and finding effective, creative means of “translating” this data to the cohort; 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 and relevant partners to identify and/or oversee the development of training materials/modules, and ensure their excellent implementation. (This position does not require expertise in the subject matter or the crafting of curriculum, which will be led by others.)

Cohort Management

  • Ensure a meaningful, fulfilling experience for a cohort (probably 12-17) undergoing training and other add-on features (e.g. in-person gathering, buddy system, chat room, FB group, etc) to facilitate a strong learning community.

Outreach and Membership Recruitment

  • Identify opportunities for recruitment & pursue conversations for potential membership

Policy Assistance

  • No great expertise is needed here but familiarity and comfort with following key policy developments, especially regarding new federal opportunities for climate justice funding.
  • Help to translate this information into accessible information with clear “how to” guiding steps for our members.


  • 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!, with some events-management experience helpful (though not required).
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated familiarity and comfort with policy, with an ability to translate complex concepts into plain speech.

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.


  • Supervisory Responsibilities: not expected. 
  • Term of Engagement: The position 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). 
  • Start date: August


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.