Jobs at SmartPower

South Carolina Community Outreach Manager

SmartPower, the national award winning non-profit social marketing organization dedicated to promoting clean energy and energy efficiency, is seeking to hire three mature, poised, confidant and strong on-the-ground Community Outreach Managers to work in the Charleston, Columbia and Greenville areas of South Carolina. Each Community Outreach Manager shares a passion for clean energy and environmental issues, and will implement a range of on-the-ground solar programs in each of these areas of South Carolina. The ideal candidate may also assist in SmartPower’s various programs throughout the Southeast.

An ability and passion to advance the adoption of residential solar power across South Carolina is an important part of this position. Specific responsibilities will include meeting with municipal, and other community leaders to motivate them to actively participate in SmartPower’s residential solar program. The Community Outreach Manager will advance program activities with local organizations, volunteers, Solar Ambassadors and solar installers in order to identify opportunities and execute on-the-ground outreach partnerships. Examples include: hosting workshops, tabling at events to sign up participants, holding open houses, and using newsletters, news stories, and social media to increase community-wide adoption of solar power. Each Community Outreach Manager will lead, coordinate and execute these activities in conjunction with local volunteers, “champions”, and solar installers. There will also be important data collection, tracking and reporting responsibilities. The Community Outreach Manager will work under the direction of SmartPower’s Chief Operating Officer. The right candidate for this position will demonstrate that:

  • You have a track record in community organizing and/or campaign work;
  • You have a passion for persuasion and “making it happen”;
  • You have excellent communication and persuasion skills with the confidence to speak publicly in front of groups or one-on-one at all levels of an organization.
  • You’re a “people person” who thrives on meeting and helping people and embrace “cause marketing.” You have the ability to work successfully with all types of people.
  • You possess a “sales” mentality, and work best with tight goals and metrics.
  • You’re a self-starter, who instinctively and consistently creates personal and professional stretch goals and meets them.
  • You are fearless about doing whatever it takes to get the job done – no task is too small or too large. You are able to spend 40+ hours a week on the campaign and work in the evenings and/or weekends if needed.
  • You are experienced in community outreach and project management, working efficiently under deadlines.
  • You have demonstrated ability to hit the ground running and quickly establish credibility with internal and external clients. You instinctively can access unique outreach opportunities, create new partners and alliances, and enjoy cultivating the idea to fruition.
  • You are detail-oriented with superb organizational skills and strong follow-through. You are experienced with data collection, tracking and reporting on project results.
  • You are comfortable with and know how to use technology in all forms. Social media and on-line communications are not challenges for you.
  • You are successful at working out of your home and are highly productive in a virtual office environment;
  • You are skilled at collaborating, asking for and providing feedback, and building relationships with a team of co-workers while in a virtual environment.
  • You live in one of areas of South Carolina targeted for the project: Charleston, Columbia or Greenville. You are familiar with the region, the state and the communities, and have a network of contacts to leverage for the project.
  • You have a valid driver’s license, own and drive a car.
  • You present yourself in a professional manner at all times.
  • You have a dynamic personality and a good sense of humor.   You work well as a team and when you commit to something, you’re “all in”.

The ideal candidate is someone with 2-3 years work experience in community outreach, political campaigns, commission sales, the Peace Corps or the environmental/energy/solar industry.

This position is full-time. We offer a base salary, benefits, and bonuses based on performance. SmartPower is an equal opportunity employer.

Applications welcome until position is filled. Review of resumes will begin immediately. Please address a cover letter and resume to Brian Keane, SmartPower President, at