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Municipal Initiatives Manager


About Energy Trust of Oregon

Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to energy efficiency and renewable energy development. We serve Oregon customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas and Avista, and SW Washington customers of NW Natural. Year over year Energy Trust is recognized as one of the 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon.

Our Vision

Clean, affordable energy for everyone.

Our Commitment to Diversity

We recognize the lack of diversity in our industry, and we actively seek to address it with our hiring and retention practices as well as our values. We believe every person and their lived experience is integral to building a vibrant culture and delivering effective services to all customers we serve. We are committed to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion, and we encourage candidates with diverse backgrounds and experience to apply.

Our Location

Energy Trust provides for a range of work location options, including remote, hybrid and in-office work. This position will represent Energy Trust in public settings and potentially at community events. We are open to candidates who live throughout Oregon and Washington. The Municipal Initiatives Manager would be expected to report to the office on a quarterly basis, at minimum.

What We’re Looking For:

The Municipal Initiatives Manager has responsibility for developing and managing strategic components of Energy Trust of Oregon’s renewable energy program. Responsibilities include customer engagement and support, evaluating complex renewable energy generation and/or energy resilience projects, and facilitating funding recommendations. Included in the role is designing and launching new program initiatives, leading the modification and re-design of program initiatives, evaluating technical project proposals for possible funding, and serving as a liaison with contractors and customers to facilitate project development and completion.

This position will focus on supporting public customers to advance development of distributed renewable energy generation and energy resilience projects. Additional responsibilities include managing associated budgets and contracts, accounting, and invoicing, managing payment and data systems, reporting and evaluation processes. The Municipal Initiatives Manager provides senior technical support to programs, evaluate projects and initiatives, makes recommendations for changes, builds consensus to implement changes, applies results of evaluations and analyses to make recommendations on project approvals, and supports the development and implementation of promotional materials and outreach strategies.

What You’ll Do:

  • Develop and manage a strategic component or ongoing initiative within a program designed to meet Energy Trust’s renewable generation and energy resilience goals. Incorporate understanding of market barriers.
  • Manage an annual budget of approximately $0.5 – $2 million or more for projects and/or program initiatives within the Renewables – Custom Solutions Program.
  • Assist in development of strategy and budget for the Renewables – Custom Solution Program in adherence to Energy Trust board policies and Oregon Public Utility Commission rules.
  • Manage contractors to achieve program and sector goals.
  • Collaborate with customers, Program Marketing, and Communications to raise public awareness about project success and develop earned media.
  • Manage evaluations of projects and studies proposed for funding and make funding recommendations to internal review committees, the Renewable Energy Advisory Council (RAC), board committees and board.
  • Assist with the development of project funding contracts and manage those contracts after approval, ensuring deliverables are attained and fiduciary standards are met.
  • Meet with customers to develop information on markets, market barriers, and project development needs. Apply learnings to program strategy.
  • Assist in development and execution of RFPs or competitive solicitations for energy generation and energy resilience projects.
  • Coordinate initiatives with other Energy Trust efficiency and/or renewable resource programs, providing technical assistance and training to other program staff and contractors.
  • Present program offerings in public settings; write and present reports to advisory committees, public groups and to the Energy Trust governing board.
  • Perform all functions of the job in a safe manner.

The above information is designed to outline the functions and position requirements of this job. It does not identify all tasks that may be expected, nor address the performance standards that must be maintained.


This position will oversee the work of contractors, suppliers and/or vendors as necessary while managing specific programs and other efforts. The Municipal Initiatives Manager will work jointly with other staff on coordinating efforts as a team leader.

What You’ll Need:

  • Bachelor’s degree (engineering, science, economics, finance, business, environmental science, or architecture preferred) or equivalent experience – preferred.
  • Minimum three years of experience in managing program initiatives or project management.
  • Minimum three years of professional experience in project evaluation, technical customer support or design/construction/development (direct experience with at least one renewable energy technology preferred).
  • Understanding of energy project development, engineering and/or finance.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and writing abilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work constructively with parties that may have divergent interests.
  • Ability to oversee contractors, project developers and equipment installers.
  • Strong communication, mathematical, and technical skills.
  • Public speaking experience preferred.
  • Successful experience working within multidisciplinary teams.
  • Customer service experience and skills.
  • Skills to be able to perform combinations of project management, policy compliance, detailed data analysis and documentation.
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Power Point and Word software applications.
  • Must be able to interact with a diverse workforce and be comfortable working in culturally diverse settings and groups.

The above information is designed to outline the functions and position requirements of this job. It does not identify all tasks that may be expected, nor address the performance standards that must be maintained.

What You’ll Get:

  • Health/dental/vision insurance
  • Employer sponsored and paid life/disability
  • 401(k) with a company contribution of 6% of your salary after 90 days of employment
  • TriMet pass
  • Access to health and dependent FSA/HSA accounts
  • Generous paid vacation, holidays and sick days
  • Paid volunteer hours
  • Employee assistance program
  • Career advancement opportunities
  • Great colleagues and culture
  • Flexibility to work from home and/or an office space at the Portland, OR location
  • Work from home laptop provided


Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and People of Color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At Energy Trust we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace—if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply. You may be the right candidate for this or other roles.

Please submit a cover letter, writing or presentation sample, resume and application (found on Energy Trust’s website .

Attn: Municipal Initiatives Manager

Energy Trust of Oregon is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, pregnancy, medical condition, genetic information, mental and physical disability, political affiliation, union membership, status as a parent, military or veteran status or other non-merit based factors. We will provide reasonable accommodations throughout the application, interviewing and employment process. If you require a reasonable accommodation, contact us. Energy Trust of Oregon is an E-Verify employer. This policy is applicable to all phases of the employment relationship, including hiring, transfers, promotions, training, terminations, working conditions, compensation, benefits, and other terms and conditions of employment.

Energy Trust is committed to pay equity. Energy Trust is committed to fair employment practices and non-discrimination, including pay equity for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of protected class (race, sex, veteran status, disability, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation) in the payment of wages or screen applicants on the basis of their current or past compensation. We determine salary by completing a review of your application materials to evaluate your related education, experience and training.

Actual compensation packages are based on several factors that are unique to each candidate, including but not limited to skill set, depth of experience, and certifications in the pay equity assessment to determine equitable salary placement.

Starting compensation: $70,700 – $88,300