Job Title: Renewable Energy Project Manager
Reports To: WRCSI Program Manager
Category: Regular Full Time
FLSA Status: Exempt
Salary $40,000 - $48,000 DOE
Application Deadline: 12/18/19 at 5:00 pm
Wallowa Resources Community Solutions Inc (CSI), based in beautiful Wallowa County, OR, develops renewable energy projects with an emphasis on micro hydropower and solar technologies. As the for profit subsidiary of Wallowa Resources (WR), a renowned community development non-profit dedicated to rural vitality and working lands, CSI focuses on projects that create tangible benefits to the community, our natural resources, and the local economy. Rural communities like ours face a myriad of challenges; CSI’s body of work aims to build solutions through intelligent, creative renewable energy project development. Over the last decade, CSI has taken a number of projects from inception to operation, making CSI not just a feel-good story but a deeply needed private sector pioneer. Our partners include local, regional, and state municipalities, project funders like Energy Trust of Oregon, farmers, ranchers, timberland owners, small business, and local contractors. This is an opportunity to become part of CSI’s exciting renewable energy program while positively impacting rural economic development and environmental conservation. See more at www.wallowaresources.org Learn more at www.wallowaresources.org or call 541-426-8053.
As the Project Manager at CSI, you will manage a portfolio of micro-hydropower and solar projects, including all facets of project development. You will be the interface between project proponents, subcontractors, the CSI design and leadership team, project funders, and anyone else involved in any given project. You will also be part of the broader team at WR, working collectively to create a stewardship economy and increase community vitality.
Duties—Program Management Assistance:
- Provide input to Program Manager during program budget, annual and strategic planning processes. Existing sub-programs include Renewable Energy (hydro, biomass, solar, energy planning), Biomass Utilization and Campground Management.
- Co-develop communication strategy and implement program outreach plans to prospective clients and public.
- Seek out professional development and training opportunities.
- Develop and maintain relationships with key program partners.
- Develop a portfolio of projects and manage to scope, schedule and budget.
- Manage all aspects of the project development process, including but not limited to: project identification and pipeline development, communication with project proponents, partners, and funders, project design and engineering, permitting, technology selection and acquisition, implementation, and project operations. Some of these activities may typically be subcontracted.
- Develop and maintain relationships with clients and key project partners, including permitting agencies, utilities, local jurisdictions and funders.
- Manage sub-contracts for project related work and other tasks performed by contractors.
- Seek project funding via grants, incentives, project proponent contributions, impact investment, commercial lending, etc.
- Maintain grant/contract budgets and comply with all grant/contract terms and conditions.
- Process all received project related bills, invoices or other due payments within required terms, submitting a properly filled out expense slip and copy of payment request to the WR Finance and Operations Manager.
- Ensure all project related expenses are submitted to Program Manager in a timely fashion.
- Maintain effective communications with the staff, management, Boards of Directors and business partners of all Wallowa Resources companies.
- Perform other duties as assigned
A typical day might include the following:
- Analyzing the technical and financial tenability of a potential hydropower project
- Drafting an Oregon Water Resources Department hydropower water right application
- Meeting with local building owners to explore a potential solar project
- Heading out to a farm where a new pressurized pipe has been installed to collect location points, pressure data, and discuss irrigation flow scheduling for a potential hydro project
- Meeting with the CSI team to strategize about project portfolio development and work priorities.
- Writing grant applications and completing progress reports for project funders
- Discussing project eligibility for a grant or loan program with ETO, USDA, other funders.
- Participating in a webinar covering regulatory rollout of new community solar program
- Invoicing against grant budgets to purchase hydropower equipment
- Building a PowerPoint presentation for a group of irrigators on the value of hydropower on farm
- Facilitating a meeting with a contractor to review progress on subcontracted project tasks
EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
The following are the minimum levels required to successfully perform the Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities.
- Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
- Solid time management skills; ability to handle multiple projects, meet deadlines, and function independently in a busy office environment. Must have demonstrated experience managing multiple projects at once. Prior experience in renewable energy project development a plus.
- Strong written and oral communication skills.
- Shows attention to detail in his/her work.
- Proficient in computer programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
- Experience making presentations, conducting workshops, and building strong relationships through networking with stakeholders.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, must be comfortable in group settings, and able to respond effectively and appropriately in stressful or conflict situations.
- Ability to use computer and mobile devices with a broad range of design and communication software and social media platforms.
- A valid Oregon Driver’s License and an acceptable driving record according to WR’s auto liability policy requirements.
- Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends, in order to attend community meetings and events
- Ability to pass a pre-employment background check.
This job might be right for you if:
- You enjoy all aspects of renewable energy project development, from inception to operations.
- You like working with a broad cohort of people and collaborating. Project proponents drive our work, and their participation is essential to the success of the projects.
- You communicate clearly, directly, and kindly. You can speak to funders, regulators, equipment suppliers, contractors, and colleagues with ease and build rapport easily.
- You enjoy defining and executing on a roadmap of work initiatives that will define which projects you focus on, which grants you apply for, and generally how you spend your work day.
- You are a motivated self-starter, able and willing to work efficiently and creatively with little need for oversight or day to day supervision. At the same time, you know when to reach out to colleagues to work together.
- You are inspired by WR’s overarching vision and can translate it into program activities and successful projects.
In order to get this job:
- You must have prior experience in project management, and experience with water systems, renewable energy, and/or grant funded projects is particularly relevant. Experience working with small rural municipalities/businesses, agricultural landowners and farm operators a plus.
- You must be excited about learning and have a strong curiosity.
- You must demonstrate technical aptitude that relates to small scale renewable energy.
- You must have a passion for rural communities and working lands.
Environment and Physical Requirements: The Project Manager works primarily in an office environment; however, the position visits field locations. Those outdoor locations are subject to a variety of extreme weather conditions including heat, cold, rain, snow, wind, and dust. The position occasionally requires daily travel by car, with occasional overnight travel. The Project Manager interacts constantly with staff, visitors, prospective clients, government agencies, and others. The position sits, stands, walks, bends, lifts, and moves intermittently during working hours. The applicant must be able to lift, push, pull and move files and equipment in excess of 25 pounds.
Hours: Typical office hours are full time from 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m., Monday through Friday. The Project Manager may be required occasionally to work extended hours and travel on non-work days.
Other Duties and Responsibilities: This job description is a summary of the essential duties and responsibilities for this job, and it does not necessarily represent an all-inclusive list of duties, responsibilities, tasks or procedures. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instruction or assignments. Nothing in this description restricts WRCSI’s right to assign or reassign duties at any time.
Accommodation Statement: Essential job duties and responsibilities are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform the job successfully, an incumbent or applicant must possess the experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform each essential duty and responsibility proficiently. If you require an accommodation in order to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this job, please contact the WRCSI President.
Wallowa Resources is an Equal Opportunity Employer