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Job Announcement – February 9, 2017
Energy & Climate Program Director

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The Community Environmental Council (CEC) in Santa Barbara, California seeks an experienced professional to become our next Energy & Climate Program Director. This is an exciting opportunity to lead a dynamic team of specialists in advocating for regional solutions to climate change on the Central Coast.

Since 1970, CEC has been a leader in creative solutions to tough environmental problems, with a solid reputation for positive social change and community engagement. The CEC team is an energetic group that is known for organizing the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival, advancing Community Choice Energy, and developing campaigns to #gosolar, #driveless, #driveclean #ditchplastic, and #eatlocal. Visit and to learn more about our organization.

Job Functions & Responsibilities
The Energy & Climate Program Director is responsible for the strategic development, day to day management and administrative oversight of the program.  In consultation with the CEO/Executive Director and other staff, the Program Director will recruit and retain high caliber staff and consultants, work with team members to define program objectives consistent with CEC’s mission and strategic plan, secure program funding from foundations and government agencies, design and deliver campaigns consistent with objectives and available resources, and oversee business development and administrative matters relating to the program. This is a senior leadership position in a fast-paced, fluid environment working with other self-motivated team members.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Collaborate with CEC’s core team of 10 employees and 10-12 Board members.
  • Manage program team of 3-4 staff/consultants to achieve targeted outcomes on projects and contracts.
  • Cultivate relationships with elected officials and high-level leaders with state and local partnering organizations and government agencies.
  • Track policy matters and develop appropriate responses.
  • Maintain and grow annual department budget of approximately $350K.
  • Compete for local, state and federal funding to develop new energy and climate projects and continue existing efforts.
  • Build public awareness and participation in CEC’s work through public speaking and published articles.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 4 years experience in roles of increasing responsibility in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainability, climate change or government.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of energy issues, practices and technology, e.g. energy efficient buildings, renewable energy systems, and energy efficient vehicles.
  • Understanding of local, regional and state planning and policymaking – e.g. experience with local governments, regional planning organizations such as MPOs and air districts, and state agencies such as the CPUC, California Energy Commission and/or CARB — on topics related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, climate action and community choice aggregation.
  • Outgoing self-starter with a demonstrated ability to motivate internal teams and external stakeholders.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including facilitation, interpersonal networking skills, public speaking, and relationship building.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically.
  • Minimum educational requirement: Bachelor’s degree in relevant area; Master’s degree preferred.

Job Status:
Exempt, benefits-eligible position. Full time (40 hours per week) in Santa Barbara office. Reports to CEC’s CEO/Executive Director.

Compensation & Benefits:
Salary: commensurate with experience.
Benefits: Eligible for:

  • 100% employer-paid medical, dental and long-term disability coverage
  • two weeks of paid vacation, 10 paid holidays, and an additional paid week off between Christmas and New Year’s Day;
  • optional 401(k) pension plan

To apply:
First round applications will be reviewed on Monday, February 27, 2017. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume (pdf or link) to:

Sigrid Wright
CEO/Executive Director
[email protected]

CEC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate based on gender identity, sexual orientation, race, nationality, or physical ability.

Sigrid Wright

Executive Director at Community Environmental Council
Sigrid Wright has 25 years of experience in non-profit environmental management, currently as CEO/Executive Director. For energy/climate related issues, she is co-author of The Santa Barbara County Regional Energy Blueprint, editor of more than a dozen CEC policy documents, and program facilitator for the South County Energy Efficiency Partnership (SCEEP). For food system issues, she is on the executive team and advisory board of the countywide Food Action Plan. For more than 15 years she led the annual Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival production team.

Sigrid holds a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Oregon and an M.A. in Communications Design from the Yale Gordon College of Liberal Arts at the University of Baltimore. Prior to coming to CEC, she worked for several organizations in Washington, D.C., including the Alliance to Save Energy and the National Wildlife Federation. She is an alum of the Santa Barbara Foundation’s Katherine Harvey Fellows program and the Courage to Lead program for non-profit leaders, and sits on the board of Leading From Within. She is also a commissioner for the Santa Barbara County Commission for Women. She received the 2015 Women of Achievement Award from the Association of Women in Communications, Santa Barbara.
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