Opportunities

Interested in working with ESC? Find out more about employment and independent contracting opportunities as well as fellowships and apprenticeships, below:

Solar Technical Analyst
Energy Financial Analyst
Energy Justice Education Contractor


SOLAR TECHNICAL ANALYST

1. Company Description

Energy Solidarity Cooperative (ESC) designs and implements on-site commercial-scale solar electric systems, popular education programs for energy resilience, and financing models for local community ownership of clean energy. ESC works with groups such as non-profits, schools, places of worship, and multi-tenant residential buildings committed to racial and economic justice and presently located in the San Francisco Bay Area. ESC activities also include coalition-building and strategic policy and advocacy efforts to support the scaling out of such systems.

2. Role Summary

ESC seeks a photovoltaic (PV) systems analyst to provide key technical assistance with the development of commercial-scale solar electric projects in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. The Analyst will assess potential ESC partner sites for solar suitability, design and engineer PV arrays for the sites, and support the planning of installation and interconnection procedures. This is an independent contractor position. The contractor will set their own hours, is not required to work out of the ESC office, and is expected to work in an independent manner.

3. Contract Tasks

  • Conduct engineering site audits to collect structural, electrical, and related site information for use in the design of residential or commercial PV systems;
  • Design or coordinate design of PV arrays, including system components, for residential and commercial buildings; specifications and functional requirements for solar energy systems and components;
  • Create electrical single-line diagrams, panel schedules, and/or connection diagrams for solar electric systems using computer-aided design (CAD) software;
  • Create plans for solar energy system development, monitoring, and evaluation activities including checklists for review or inspection of completed solar installation projects;
  • Perform computer simulation of solar PV generation system performance and energy production;
  • Provide technical support to installation teams during installation, start-up, testing, system commissioning, or performance monitoring.

4. Preferred Experience

  • University degree or college diploma in engineering, particularly electrical or mechanical; a graduate degree considered a plus;
  • 2+ years of work experience in solar energy design and installation, preferably in U.S. context;
  • NABCEP PV installation professional certification;

ESC provides equal and equitable contracting opportunities to all contractors and applicants for contracting positions without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran.

5. Contact

Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in the contractor position and your availability, along with a resume, to jobs@esc.coop. Please list the title of the position in the subject line. Women, LGBTQI, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. No phone calls please.

Due to the volume of applicants, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Thanks for your interest!


ENERGY FINANCIAL ANALYST

1. Company Description

Energy Solidarity Cooperative (ESC) designs and implements on-site commercial-scale solar electric systems, popular education programs for energy resilience, and financing models for local community ownership of clean energy. ESC works with groups such as non-profits, schools, places of worship, and multi-tenant residential buildings committed to racial and economic justice and presently located in the San Francisco Bay Area. ESC activities also include coalition-building and strategic policy and advocacy efforts to support the scaling out of such systems.

2. Role Summary

ESC seeks a financial analyst to provide technical assistance with the development and coordination of financial statements, cash flow estimates and scenario planning for active and proposed solar project finance structures. They will produce detailed reports, to include multi-year revenue projections, to project the sustainable growth of the company and to meet its financial goals. This is an independent contractor position. The contractor will set their own hours, is not required to work out of the ESC office, and is expected to work in an independent manner.

3. Contract Tasks

  • Provide technical assistance for financial modelling and pricing activities related to the company’s project finance structures;
  • Provide financial and underwriting reviews of potential projects and customers;
  • Analyze financial results, communicate performance and pricing impacts, and propose risk mitigation, in line with existing procurement policies;
  • Coordinate the development of strategic documents for medium and long-term financing of community-owned solar energy projects.

4. Preferred Experience

  • MBA Transactional experience from banking, private equity or project development;
  • Experience with specialized project/structured finance software packages and/or solar energy experience in utility, commercial or residential/small commercial environment;
  • University degree or college diploma in economics, finance, or engineering; a MBA or Master’s degree in Finance is a plus;
  • 2+ years of work experience in energy and/or infrastructure finance, preferably in U.S. context;
  • Work experience in arranging financing of energy sector projects involving private/public institutions;
  • Experience with community ownership and crowd-funding considered an asset;
  • Familiarity with U.S. federal and state solar incentives considered a plus;
  • Familiarity with cooperative finance considered a plus;

ESC provides equal and equitable contracting opportunities to all contractors and applicants for contracting positions without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran.

5. Contact

Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in the contractor position and your availability, along with a resume, to jobs@esc.coop. Please list the title of the position in the subject line. Women, LGBTQI, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. No phone calls please.

Due to the volume of applicants, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Thanks for your interest!


ENERGY JUSTICE EDUCATION CONTRACTOR

1. Company Description

Energy Solidarity Cooperative (ESC) designs and implements on-site commercial-scale solar electric systems, popular education programs for energy resilience, and financing models for local community ownership of clean energy. ESC works with groups such as non-profits, schools, places of worship, and multi-tenant residential buildings committed to racial and economic justice and presently located in the San Francisco Bay Area. ESC activities also include coalition-building and strategic policy and advocacy efforts to support the scaling out of such systems.

2. Role Summary

ESC seeks a skilled educator and organizer to develop educational curricula and programs, focused on renewable energy and climate justice, in collaboration with our community project partners. We’re looking for someone who is creative, a strategic thinker, technically proficient, savvy with social media, passionate about the environment and social justice. This is an independent contractor position. The contractor will set their own hours, is not required to work out of the ESC office, and is expected to work in an independent manner.

3. Contract Tasks

  • Assess existing training programs and educational resources;
  • Develop integrated skills training plan for design, installation and maintenance of energy efficiency measures and renewable energy systems;
  • Produce technical training programs, popular education resources and relevant lesson plans under other key milestones for ESC project implementation;
  • Coalition-building with educational partners and event planning as part of ESC community engagement efforts;
  • Maintain an online presence for the organization through social media and web updates.

4. Preferred Experience

  • University degree or college diploma in education, sustainability, engineering, physics, political economy, community development or another relevant field;
  • Experience teaching students and developing resources within educational settings such as high schools, trade programs, community centers or at-risk youth-based programs;
  • Practical knowledge of developing and/or leading popular education activities on any or all of the following issues: climate/environmental justice, electrical energy, photovoltaic systems, cooperative governance and solidarity economics;
  • Experience with social media tools;
  • Self-driven and demonstrated ability to work in an independent manner.

ESC provides equal and equitable contracting opportunities to all contractors and applicants for contracting positions without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran.

5. Contact

Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in the contractor position and your availability, along with a resume, to jobs@esc.coop. Please list the title of the position in the subject line. Women, LGBTQI, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. No phone calls please.

Due to the volume of applicants, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Thanks for your interest!


[Last updated: January 10, 2014]