LEAP is Hiring! Seeking Solarize Program Manager.


The Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) is a community nonprofit organization that facilitates the adoption of clean energy technology, primarily via energy-efficiency improvements in existing homes and buildings, as well as solar power community campaigns. Our primary activities are assessing buildings of all kinds, providing recommendations for efficiency improvements, coordinating access to contractors and utility and government rebates, and promoting solar power as applicable. LEAP’s Solarize program has helped hundreds of households throughout Virginia access solar for their homes. LEAP’s headquarter office is located near downtown Charlottesville.


LEAP seeks an established professional in the renewable energy sector – residential solar especially – to further develop its state-leading Solarize program.

This is an opportunity to work with installers and local governments throughout the state to execute residential solar “campaigns” – and to grow your career in this exciting field. You’ll directly engage residents, municipal staff, installers, and other partners to maximize the residential solar installations in the state. This position will be expected to be entrepreneurial by expanding a variety of elements of the existing program, including the technical scope, geography, and fundraising to support such expansion while managing the program’s P&L. If successful, a promotion to “Director” after one year would be expected, with potentially multiple staff joining the program based on financial success. This work will be done throughout the state, but the position can be based out of LEAP’s office in Charlottesville or in Northern Virginia. The position reports directly to LEAP’s Executive Director and would be expected to work independently.

LEAP is a collegial, fun place to do important work in a highly collaborative environment. We are engaged with our community and our world to bring the many benefits of energy efficiency and renewables to as many people as possible.

Skills Needed

  • Experience in the solar or renewable energy sector in Virginia
  • Knowledge background in Solarize or other types of campaigns
  • Detailed knowledge of policy and tax incentives for residential solar installation
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Project management for various campaigns happening in parallel
  • Customer service focus for interacting with a great diversity of clients
  • Successful fundraising experience
  • Organizing experience with different types of institutions and sectors (businesses, public sector, and other nonprofit/advocacy organizations)
  • Management of junior staff including performance reviews and work plans
  • Honesty, punctuality, and professional manner and appearance

Preferred Experience

  • Sales of solar systems or direct work with solar businesses
  • Policy advocacy related to solar incentives and program design
  • Established contacts in the industry throughout Virginia
  • Marketing tools and social media channels for promotion

Pay and Compensation

  • Salaried position starting between $40,000-$55,000, depending on experience as well as held certifications, such as BPI
  • Bonuses based on achieving financial metrics
  • 15 days of Paid Time Off, along with paid holidays
  • “Gold” Anthem Health insurance (90% of employee’s premium paid by LEAP). LEAP also contributes to employee health savings account, along with other benefits.
  • Retirement account with LEAP matching of 3%
  • Every other Friday off
  • Paid training and professional development opportunities

Send resumes to info@leap-va.org or call 434-227-4666 to express interest in the position. 

We will stop accepting resumes and expressions of interest once the position is filled, so don’t wait to get in touch!

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