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Send a one-page cover letter, resume and references to jim@mlui.org with the subject line: Clean Energy Policy Specialist. The application deadline is May 15, 2015. We expect to have the Policy Specialist hired and in place by June 20, 2015.

Michigan Land Use Institute Seeks Clean Energy Policy Specialist

The Michigan Land Use Institute is seeking a Policy Specialist with strong outreach, organizing, and communication skills, who is eager to help accelerate the Grand Traverse region’s transition to a clean energy economy, initially by advancing distributed and centralized solar power projects.

The ideal candidate is a flexible, innovative, and engaging individual who is at home in business, community, and governmental settings; understands the economic, technical, and policy basics of energy efficiency and clean energy; and has a strong passion for using the power of efficiency and clean energy to transform our local economy, protect our environment, and build resilient communities.

The Policy Specialist will initially concentrate on collaborative approaches to designing, popularizing and marketing local solar power development models, including community/utility solar, crowd-funded solar, co-op solar, and home- and business-based solar systems in northwest Michigan communities.

The candidate should have a good understanding of basic utility generation, distribution, and economics; home/business solar energy systems; current trends in solar manufacturing and installation; third-party solar development models; and policy-based obstacles and opportunities for accelerating the region’s move to clean energy.

The candidate must have the skills necessary to communicate effectively with and motivate not only the community at large, but also groups of highly engaged citizens, businesspeople, government officials, and policy experts.

This position offers a superb opportunity to a proven self-starter to literally help change how this region generates, uses, profits from, and saves energy. By acting as a well-informed resource and excellent networker and organizer, the successful candidate will be at the center of a profound economic transformation that produces resilient, prosperous, and sustainable communities.

About the Institute

The Michigan Land Use Institute was founded in 1995 to establish a new approach to economic development that strengthens communities, enhances opportunity, and protects the state’s unmatched natural resources. We focus our work in northwest Michigan because the region’s spirit of social innovation and culture of collaboration make it the perfect place to advance our programs and demonstrate models of resilience. People have a special passion for this place and we are proud to call it home. We are equally passionate – and very optimistic – about what’s possible for the state of Michigan. Our goal is to achieve on-the-ground results in northwest Michigan and leverage them to support other communities and improvements to state policy.

In its 20-year history, the Institute has achieved striking accomplishments by joining innovative policy analysis and development with grassroots organizing and first-rate communications. The Institute’s 13-member staff works interdependently out of an office in Traverse City to advance policies that foster thriving cities, prosperous farms, transportation choices, and clean energy solutions that protect the environment, strengthen the economy, and build community.

The Institute rewards achievement, prizes collegiality, and respects individuality. Flexible hours, competitive wages and benefits, and a compelling mission make the Institute a premier place to work.

Professional Requirements

Candidates for this position must have a bachelor’s degree or higher level of educational attainment. The candidate must demonstrate:

  • Experience with and/or deep knowledge of clean energy and energy efficiency principles, systems, strategies, and economics.

  • Ability to write persuasive opinion pieces, marketing materials, and reports.

  • Organizing skills that motivate, guide, and engage citizens, businesspeople, and officials around local energy development issues.

  • Capacity to raise donor and grant funds.

  • Excellent relationship building, outreach, and self-organizing skills.

Personal Qualifications

The Policy Specialist works closely with a highly qualified team of policy analysts, advocates, and communicators. Among the qualities we seek in successful candidates are:

  • Strong commitment to the Michigan Land Use Institute’s mission and programs.

  • Understanding of and enthusiasm for clean energy and resiliency principles.

  • Strong interpersonal communication and teamwork skills.

  • Proven ability to organize projects, with keen attention to detail and deadlines.

  • Ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects and objectives.

  • Self-directed working approach and initiatives

  • Familiarity with community-based planning processes, energy use, and related state policies.

  • The spirit of an engaged advocate, rather than a detached analyst.

  • Strong public speaking skills.

  • Professional and pleasant demeanor.

  • Excellent sense of humor.

Compensation, Benefits, and Application Procedure

This is a fulltime position with a competitive salary range, depending on experience. Full-time employees and their families qualify for the Institute’s full health insurance coverage. They also receive retirement benefits, ample vacation, and schedules flexible enough to enjoy the wondrous forests, clean rivers, and the magnificent Great Lakes shoreline that distinguish our region.

Send a one-page cover letter, resume and references to jim@mlui.org with the subject line: Clean Energy Policy Specialist. The application deadline is May 15, 2015.  We expect to have the Policy Specialist hired and in place by June 20, 2015.

Michigan Land Use Institute

148 E. Front Street, Suite 301
Traverse City, MI 49684-5725
p (231) 941-6584 
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