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Renewable NW Seeks New Executive Director

Renewable NW seeks an Executive Director to lead a strong staff and vibrant membership to advance environmentally responsible renewable energy products and services in the Northwest.

Position is open until filled.
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Renewable Northwest seeks an Executive Director to lead a strong staff and vibrant membership to advance environmentally responsible renewable energy products and services in the Northwest.

We seek a thoughtful energy professional who sees opportunity in the changing landscape of the electric industry and provides leadership towards strategic, systemic change.

The successful candidate has the experience, skills, and temperament to convene and collaborate with a broad membership to find common solutions that can be implemented in our region.

About Renewable Northwest:

Renewable Northwest is a well-respected, regional, nonprofit advocacy organization promoting the expansion of environmentally responsible renewable energy resources in the Northwest (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana.) Renewable Northwest member organizations include energy companies, environmental organizations, and consumer groups. Renewable Northwest is a small, dynamic, and fun organization where staff work together with members and other stakeholders to move the region away from fossil fuels and toward a clean energy future. In the past 24 years, we have helped the region go from 0 to over 8,000 MW of new, renewable resources and bring over $21 billion of investment to the local economy. More information on Renewable Northwest can be found at

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide overall vision and strategic planning leading to the development of new market opportunities for solar, wind and other new renewable resources in the Northwest region, along with the regulatory, siting and integration issues to bring them to fruition. 
  • Hire, train and supervise senior policy and regulatory staff and consultants, some remotely located. Total of 10 full-time staff plus consultants. 
  • Primary responsibility for developing, maintaining and growing relationships with foundations and members, and meeting fundraising goals. 
  • Oversee financial management of the organization in concert with internal administrative staff, contract bookkeeping service and independent auditor. 
  • Develop and maintain high-level relationships with utility management, the Bonneville Power Administration, Public Utility Commissioners and key public officials and allies.
  • Chief spokesperson for Renewable Northwest with media, and final reviewer of key regulatory documents.
  • Represent Renewable Northwest in speaking engagements and other public outreach efforts to underscore the benefits of renewable resources.
  • Responsible to the Renewable Northwest Board and for Board relations.
  • Along with Renewable Northwest staff, prepare content for four quarterly member meetings, including one off-site member retreat.

Skills and Expertise:

A thoughtful, creative, innovative leader who:

  • can guide a strong, motivated staff that is actively engaged in policy development, regulatory analysis and advocacy for systemic and strategic change in the energy sector.
  • has excellent written and oral communications skills, the ability to translate technical jargon into lay terms, and a desire to seek opportunities to articulate the renewable energy vision for the region.
  • is equally comfortable defining and driving toward a larger vision with the Board, but also capable of managing the day-to-day of an organization.
  • has demonstrated fundraising and financial management experience and who is comfortable writing foundation grants, talking to industry executives about membership in RNW, and committed to maintaining and growing a fiscally sound organization.
  • understands the energy marketplace, the role of renewable resources and its connection to the broader power system. 

The Basics:

Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline required plus 8+ years relevant experience in energy and/or environmental field. Additional relevant experience may substitute for education. Relevant professional experience includes work in utility, political, policy, legal, government or business settings.  Some familiarity with non-profit operations is important.  

Strong background in renewable energy issues, and experience with energy institutions and politics is highly desirable. Familiarity with Northwest public interest groups, environmental groups and utilities is a plus, in addition to knowledge of regulatory venues and utility planning processes.

Should expect to travel in the Northwest (Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington) regularly and to occasional meetings and conferences outside the region.

Benefits and Salary:

Competitive salary and excellent benefits, including health insurance, retirement, sick leave and vacation policy. Full-time position located in Portland, Oregon. Renewable Northwest is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply:

Email your cover letter, resume, writing sample and list of 3 professional references to: (Send materials in MS Word or PDF format).

Position is open until filled and review of applications will begin on March 7.

Expect a start date of June 1, 2018.

Direct questions to:

Nancy Hirsh

Renewable Northwest Board Chair

(206) 621-0094


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