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Seeking Executive Director of the American Solar Energy Society

The nonprofit American Solar Energy Society (ASES) seeks an executive director with a fresh, entrepreneurial, and collaborative approach to management and growth. The successful candidate will also respect and value ASES’ long history and deep roots in the renewable energy community. (Position Description, 2 page PDF)

Background

Established in 1954, the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is the American section of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES). ASES members include solar professionals, academics, and researchers as well as solar enthusiasts from all walks of life. Members work together to fulfill the ASES mission to “inspire an era of energy innovation and speed the transition to a sustainable energy economy.” The “solar” in ASES includes all renewable energy technologies, with an emphasis on solar electric, solar thermal, and solar buildings.

ASES achieves its mission through several core programs.

  • SOLAR TODAY, a bimonthly print and digital magazine published since 1987, informs readers about industry developments, renewable energy technologies and applications, and the implications for renewables of government policies and initiatives.
  • During the annual ASES National Solar Tour, homeowners and businesses across the country offer visitors a firsthand experience of solar building applications.
  • The annual ASES National Solar Conference is America’s oldest gathering of solar professionals and advocates.
  • ASES also publishes an e-newsletter, Solar@Work, for solar professionals and a monthly blog, Solar Citizen, that encourages and supports local action for renewable energy.

In the near term, ASES will continue our successful efforts to build financial and organizational health. In 2014, ASES will initiate a formal affiliation with Penn State University to strengthen connections with young professionals in the solar and renewable energy fields.

In the long term, we will capitalize on our winning combination of a sound technical and scientific base and a diverse, enthusiastic membership to significantly grow our membership, extend our reach, and ensure organizational vitality into the future.

For more detail on the financial status and near-term plans for ASES, see the January-February issue of SOLAR TODAY, and especially page 4 and 33.

Major Responsibilities

The new executive director will lead ASES during an exciting period of growth. S/he will balance the needs of long-term stakeholders with engaging and retaining the next generation of members; grow revenue by increasing membership, readership, ad sales, donations, and other income streams; maintain mutually beneficial relationships with staff, contractors, members, donors, like-minded organizations, and others; upgrade infrastructure to meet the needs of growing membership and programs; and manage expanding budgets. S/he will report to the ASES Board of Directors, which provides program guidance and financial oversight. Currently, ASES has a balanced budget with annual revenues of about $1 million. The new executive director will increase revenues and enhance programs while maintaining a balanced budget.

Requirements

The successful candidate must have:

  • Experience successfully managing a multi-faceted nonprofit, business, or comparable programs (three years minimum)
  • A track record of success in establishing and achieving well-defined goals—i.e., growing revenue, membership, publication circulation and advertising sales, or other concrete metrics (minimum of three examples)
  • A knowledge of and passionate interest in renewable energy (provide example)
  • Demonstrated collaboration skills such that s/he can garner support and resources from others over whom s/he has no direct authority (minimum of three examples)
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically as well as attend to day-to-day details (provide example).
  • Education in renewable technology, management, business, or other related fields  (minimum of bachelor’s degree; master’s or equivalent experience preferred).

Salary

Compensation will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Hiring Process

Applicants should submit an email cover letter addressing the responsibilities and requirements above as well as a resumé to Alison Mason, chair of the Executive Director Search Committee, careers@ASES.org.

Please include salary history and expectations as well as contact information. Questions may also be directed to ASES Board Chair David Panich, david@panicharchitecture.com. Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The ASES Executive Director Search Committee will screen applications, request references and letters of recommendation from selected candidates, and contact finalists to schedule a Skype interview. The ASES Board of Directors hopes to make an appointment by the summer of 2014.

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