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Communications Manager

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Organization Description

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is the national trade association of the solar energy industry representing nearly 1,000 companies from around the world. Our mission is to build a strong solar industry to power America. We achieve that aim by supporting pro-solar policy at the federal and state level, developing cutting-edge industry research, and speaking as the voice of the solar industry to press and public.

At SEIA, our staff arrives every morning knowing that their work improves our country's energy independence, empowers our member businesses and strengthens our economy through the creation of more than 250,000 U.S. jobs. Combining a strong sense of purpose and a great work environment has resulted in SEIA being selected as one of the “Best Non-Profits” to work for in America.

Position Description

The Communications Manager reports to the Director of Communications and supports various facets of SEIA’s organization. The role includes media relations, social media and member communications and it helps implement organization-wide advocacy campaigns.

SEIA relies on the Communications & Public Affairs team to strengthen our solar message, expand our audiences and provide high-quality communications outcomes for our members. The Public Affairs Manager will support SEIA’s current initiatives and expand SEIA’s capabilities.

This work will be in support of SEIA’s vision and its Solar+ Decade goal of having solar account for 20% of all U.S. electricity generation by 2030. Responsibilities include:

  • Curating and distributing SEIA’s daily Solar in the News digest to staff, members, consultants and Board of Directors.
  • Drafting and distributing SEIA’s Weekly Array newsletter and managing the editing process with the Communications team.
  • Assisting the Director of Communications and Senior Manager of Communications with media pitching, fulfilling routine requests, drafting backgrounders and coordination for all media-related events and in-house, on-camera appearances. 
  • Helping execute on state communications campaigns, including drafting statements, ensuring maximum exposure of state advocacy and supporting state social media efforts.
  • Assisting the Director of Communications in drafting and distributing press releases.
  • Writing and editing blog entries for various SEIA campaigns and initiatives.
  • Working with the Director of Communications and digital media team to develop graphics and video content that supports SEIA’s announcements, campaigns, and profile building activities. 
  • Running SEIA’s Instagram, as well as providing support for developing content on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
  • Supporting implementation and rollout of SolarAPP+ - an automated permitting program under development at the Department of Energy.  
  • Assisting the Director of Communications with drafting messaging for a variety of external communications.
  • Assisting the Director of Communications with PR Committee meetings, events, and workshops.

Qualifications

  • 1-3 years’ experience working in advocacy communications.
  • Proven ability to communicate to a variety of audiences through social media, web content, earned media, blogs, etc.
  • Working knowledge of the renewable energy industry and the policymaking process.
  • Attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Working knowledge of the Adobe Suite — including Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign — and ability to quickly learn other design platforms. Knowledge of video editing programs like After Effects, Premier Pro, and Final Cut, is desired.
  • Experience working in MS Word, MS Excel, and event management platforms as well as the ability to quickly learn other programs and platforms.
  • Time management skills and the ability to multitask and work under time pressure in a fast-paced environment.

Working Conditions

  • Work is in an office environment
  • Work location: Washington, D.C.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirement and writing sample to jobs@seia.org with the subject “2021 Communications Manager”. Submissions that are in the form of a single Word or PDF document facilitate review and are preferred.

Please name all files using the following format: "name]_[document title, e.g. Resume]_SEIA". No calls please; direct applicants only, no search or placement firms.

Working at SEIA

SEIA values diversity, inclusion and equity within our organization and the promotion of these values across the solar industry. We strive to welcome different perspectives, identities, and backgrounds, regardless of job function in order to create a more resilient organization that supports a strong, equitable solar industry. SEIA envisions an industry that is committed to fostering a culture of inclusivity. We aim to achieve this by encouraging openness and transparency about diversity issues and progress. We will develop strategies, programs, and tools that seek to equalize opportunities within SEIA and allow for discussing and sharing best practices within the solar industry.

SEIA provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, SEIA complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which we employ staff. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

SEIA expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Learn more about SEIA at www.seia.org.