Special Projects Associate 

(Remote, ideally based in the Eastern or Central time zone) 

 

ABOUT WORKING POWER

Working Power (WP) is a project development and financing platform that connects frontline communities with impact investors to build wealth and power through climate solutions. We partner with community-based organizations, small businesses, and labor unions to co-develop and co-own clean energy assets that center racial and economic justice. WP projects are locally owned and directed, support wealth building, and generate revenue to fund community priorities. WP has set a goal to rapidly deploy $300 million into 100 MW of community owned clean energy assets that advance a just transition. We are committed to creating high quality jobs, more resilient local economies, and investing in climate solutions at the scale of our national challenge. 

 

Working Power is a project incubated by Urban Ingenuity (UI). UI has a proven track record working nationally for over a decade at the intersection of clean energy finance, community economic development, and policy-driven market transformation. To date, UI has developed, financed, and structured over $200 million of investment in clean energy projects, including community solar, smart grids, decarbonizing electrification, and energy efficient green buildings. UI partners with non-profit, labor, and faith organizations to directly own clean energy assets, so far generating over $56M in community benefits to fund job training, affordable housing, community organizing, health and nutrition, and other local priorities. UI has cultivated trusted partnerships with financial institutions and launched innovative energy financing programs with state, local, and regional governments, including Green Banks, commercial PACE programs, and other financial products to fund energy infrastructure, building retrofits, and community solar. UI launched Working Power to scale our proven approach for achieving deep community equity. UI's technical expertise and organizational capacity are now fully dedicated to advancing the Working Power project. 

 

Working Power is purpose-built to meet this moment of national attention on justice-centered clean energy deployment. We are now in a phase of program expansion, with committed funding in place to substantially increase staff capacity, local partnerships, and the number of projects under development. Please join us in building a just and thriving clean energy economy, together. 

OPPORTUNITY & CANDIDATE PROFILE

The Special Projects Associate will be passionate about climate solutions, social justice and economic transformation. They will have strong written communication and project management experience including in developing communications materials, donor briefings, grant reports, public presentations, analytic research. The ideal candidate will also have experience managing logistics such as scheduling, project planning, and events coordination. This person should be comfortable in a decentralized environment that is experiencing growth and possess the capacity to work independently and collaborate with a small, nimble team. This position will work directly with Working Power leadership, reporting to the co-executive director, and will collaborate with the entire team to support the execution of critical projects. 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Special Projects Management 

  • As assigned, manage special projects on behalf of the Board Chair and Co-Executive Directors including research, data tracking, and helping to streamline operational infrastructure and internal communications.  

  • Support preparation of materials for quarterly and ad-hoc advisor, board, and donor meetings and other relationship management and reporting needs.

  • Coordinate internal strategic planning activities to facilitate organizational growth, scaling, and efficiency including building archives, strong management systems, and preparing written and analytic products. 

  • Synthesize notes and help develop effective project management systems to track relevant action items, and empower feedback and information sharing across the team.

Communications and Development Support 

  • Assist the Project Development team by researching, organizing and contributing to project proposals and RFP responses for justice centered clean energy projects.

  • Monitor WP’s social media accounts, perform light maintenance as needed, and coordinate relationships with third party communications consultants.

  • Support CRM data management, website updates, and social media posts.

  • Assist in identifying and developing public communications and media opportunities. 

  • Compose, edit, and proof correspondence, briefs, reports, proposals and other materials, with community groups, donors, and local partners, and coordinate with the team on message framing for these materials. 

Executive Support 

  • Support the Executive team in developing and organizing fundraising materials, project proposals, and putting together grant application packages and grant reports.

  • Proactively and effectively support the Board Chair’s scheduling and strategic planning, ensuring a focus on critical path activities that reflect organizational priorities. 

  • Develop strategic meeting agendas that advance project goals and coordinate with senior leaders on leadership meeting notes, synthesis and follow-up items. 

  • Prepare research and briefing documents ahead of meetings and partnership engagements, as needed. 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • 3-5 years of professional experience working with businesses, government and/or non-profit organizations in a communications, development and/or executive assistant capacity.

  • Collaborative, creative, and highly organized self-starter who can take direction, provide insights, offer project leadership, and work independently within a growing team.

  • Excellent writing and editing skills for producing organizational content for both internal and external audiences, including framing messages for a diverse set of stakeholders.

  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and community-centered climate solutions.

  • Strong capacity to synthesize technical and financial data as well as turn it into engaging content for a general audience.

  • Proficiency in Google Suite (Google Docs, Sheets), Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), and Canva.

DESIRED EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS

  • Interest in and knowledge of clean energy, labor, environmental, and economic justice.

  • Experience with social media platforms and analytics. 

  • Knowledge of web analytic tracking, SEO, and analysis. 

  • Experience developing and producing social media and web content.

  • Experience designing an editorial calendar and work plans.

  • Experience coordinating media and press events and building digital and print collateral and management of media and public events.

  • Knowledge of Social Media Platforms, Slack, Monday, Webflow, and Mailchimp, as well as experience in Adobe Creative Suite or multimedia skills such as Photography, video production, and editing is also a plus.

COMPENSATION

Depending on the candidate's experience level, the annual base salary will be between $65,000 to $80,000 (with potential for additional compensation based on fundraising and profit sharing). We offer an inclusive and flexible work culture, competitive leave, health and retirement benefits, and opportunities for advancement that accompany a growing organization.

TO APPLY

This search is ongoing and we are eager to fill this vital role quickly. Please upload your CV and and cover letter, and if you have a brief writing sample, we welcome you to upload that as well.

 

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies show that women, people of color, and folks who identify as non-binary are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every qualification. Working Power is dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace. If you're excited about this role, and your experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

 

Working Power is an equal-opportunity employer. We are deeply committed to equitable hiring and diversity in our staffing as a fundamental value in our work. We do not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices based on actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related conditions), age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, uniform service member status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Women, people of color, bilingual and bicultural individuals, LGBTQIA+ persons, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.