Executive Director Job Opening

Energy Smart Colorado seeks a dynamic and visionary leader to be our Executive Director(ED).  Energy Smart Colorado operates on the idea of Collective Impact and that communities can have a larger impact by working together and sharing resources to reach a common goal. Our goal is to reduce energy use in existing homes to meet carbon reduction goals and the ED leads this collective of community programs to meet that goal.   The ED helps partner communities and new communities develop local residential and small business programs, which requires an entrepreneurial spirit to help grow the program and develop new resources for program partners.   

Our ideal candidate will have experience running energy efficiency programs or a sustainability based program (recycling, resiliency, healthy homes) at a community or statewide level.  He/she will be adept at managing the needs of partners and leverage the resources of program partners to achieve organizational goals while bringing on new program partners.  The ED will be able to assist and be part of a community’s plan to reach climate action goals around residential housing. The position will make a difference in climate change and see some of the best parts of Colorado.

As a collective of programs across Colorado, the Executive Director can be based outside of Denver and office in a shared space community.   We encourage applicants to be based throughout the Western Slope, mountain communities, or communities that have stated energy efficiency or carbon reduction goals.

General Description:

The Executive Director will oversee the Energy Smart Colorado (ESC) program, including partnership development, revenue growth, and member support services. Energy Smart Colorado is a State-wide program that assists residents making energy improvements simple and affordable. The program includes counties, non-profits, and utilities throughout Colorado, with a primary focus on residential energy efficiency (some partners have small business programs) and implementing energy efficiency programs to meet local efficiency or climate action plan goals. ESC’s community partners, provide direct energy assessments to homeowners including follow-up homeowner coaching on energy recommendations and connections to local contractors. For more information on the program, visit www.energysmartcolorado.com.

The ED will be responsible for further developing the ESC program through supporting community partners and developing partnerships to expand the ESC program’s funding resources. The Executive Director reports to the Energy Smart Colorado board of directors. Primary responsibilities include implementing two energy assessment utility contracts; coordinating with all community partners; creating partnerships (i.e. with utilities or state government) to increase funding and expand program’s services; overseeing part time program manager, ensuring the ability to fulfill current and future utility contracts; and working with ESC’s IT and marketing support service staff to provide excellent support to community partners.  In 2018, the Executive Director will also be responsible for the overseeing redevelopment of the Energy Smart Colorado website.

The Executive Director position is a full time position with a starting salary range of $55,000-$70,000 / annual depending upon experience. The position will be funded through 2018 with the intent to continue the position into the future, as funding allows. Future funding of the position will be contingent upon the ability of the Executive Director to secure key partnerships. The position can be filled remotely, but travel to community partner organizations and other in-state locations is required. Travel is reimbursed. Monthly calls, partner visits, and shared office space will help create a workspace atmosphere. Work schedule is Monday through Friday, with some evenings and weekends required. The Executive Director will report to the ESC Board of Directors.

Candidates should send their cover letter and resume to peter@energysmartcolorado.com by Feb. 22, 2018.  No phone inquiries please.


At least three years of program management experience is required. Candidate must be passionate about energy efficiency and community sustainability programs.

Candidate should have exemplary communication skills, including public speaking and presentation experience. Candidate should also have a proven record of developing and implementing new programs, as well as experience generating funding for programs. The position also requires excellent writing skills and the ability to research and write partnership proposals and grants.

Other important qualifications include an aptitude for understanding energy efficiency technical concepts and calculations. Advanced computer skills and/or a strong aptitude for learning new computer programs is essential, as the backbone of the ESC program is a Sales Force database and several connected apps that allow partners to collect data, create reports, and communicate with stakeholders.

The ED must be self-motivated and enjoy working independently.  Much of the work will be spent independently with limited support staff; ESC has a part time program manager and marketing / web assistance from Kindred Collective.  An entrepreneurial attitude is important.