COSEIA — Executive Leader

COSEIA — Executive Leader

Post Date: May 30, 2018
Job Title: Exectuvie Leader
Location:  Denver, CO
To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, résumé, and references by email to COSEIA’s Board Secretary, Kate Collardson (*protected email*), with “COSEIA Leader Application” included in the subject line. No calls please; direct applicants only, no search or placement firms. The position is open until filled.

Position Overview


Entering its 30th Anniversary in 2019, the Colorado Solar Energy Industry Association is the State’s solar and storage industries trade association. COSEIA’s mission is to expand solar and storage markets, and to generate jobs and prosperity for the people of Colorado. Leading over 500 solar and storage businesses throughout Colorado, and the more than 7,000 individuals working within the industries, COSEIA advances policy, removes market barriers, highlights emerging trends, and promotes outreach and education.

COSEIA members reach across all market segments (residential, community, distributed, utility-scale) and consist of installers, project developers, manufacturers, contractors, financiers, and non-profits, all of whom see the benefit in investing with COSEIA and working collectively toward a clean energy future, expanding and sustaining the growth of solar and storage across Colorado.

COSEIA works closely with its affiliates, New Energy Colorado, a 501(c)3 non-profit, and Clean Energy Caucus, a Small Donor Committee (SDC), to advance the solar and storage industry across the State of Colorado.

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As the solar and storage industries continue their decade-long rapid growth across all market segments from residential to community to distributed to utility-scale, and become a more significant portion of Colorado’s electricity mix, the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association aims to attract a top-talent, dynamic Executive Leader (Leader). Upon identifying the organization’s Leader, the Board of Directors (BOD) will work collectively with the successful candidate to finalize an appropriate position title.

The Leader’s key performance metrics will evolve over time in accordance with the dynamic nature of the industry, but will include: scaling the organization to represent a greater portion of the diverse solar and storage industries; strengthening and broadening COSEIA’s revenue base and SDC resources; articulating and achieving strategic industry objectives for all industry segments (photovoltaics, solar heating and cooling, concentrating solar thermal electric, solid state and flow batteries, flywheels, compressed air, thermal, pumped hydro, and associated software platforms); and leading an effort to create more cooperation and coordination among national, state and regional organizations, utilities, communities, energy buyers, other solar and storage advocacy organizations, and other similar organizations.

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  • Reporting to and collaborating with the BOD in shaping organization’s one and five-year vision, strategy and operating plan with a view towards 10-year vision. This plan anticipates and enables the State’s solar and storage industries to achieve the role of the dominant mainstream supplier of Colorado’s electricity.
  • Provide overall leadership of COSEIA, collaborating with the BOD in setting clear strategies and targets for the organization and ensuring proper and timely execution. This includes well-managed plans, processes, policies, and procedures that ensure the continued growth of membership and non-dues revenues, as well as the development of concepts and structures that will enhance COSEIA’s ability to generate additional resources to meet financial and operating objectives.
  • Effectively and efficiently manage day-to-day operations of COSEIA, including the oversight of organization’s full-time and contractor team, membership, finances, policy, communications, conference and events, and stakeholder relationships both internal and external to the solar and storage industries. Inspire a culture of fast-paced activism and urgency that promotes professionalism, integrity and industry stature. Ensure clarity of objectives for performance measurement, team development and succession planning.
  • Lead team which manages membership, policy, conference and events, and non-dues revenues. Initially, Leader will be personally responsible for finances and communications strategy, and providing regular, content-rich communications to members and stakeholders. Over time, communications responsibilities can transition to the growing COSEIA team; however, financial oversight will remain Leader’s responsibility.
  • Serve as the chief spokesperson for Colorado’s solar and storage industries and increase COSEIA’s visibility as the leading entity promoting the industries in Colorado electricity market.
  • Lead the development and implementation of the lobbying, educational and policy making activities of COSEIA statewide. This includes working with Colorado’s General Assembly, the State of Colorado, the Public Utilities Commission, regulators, and other policy makers across various jurisdictions. It also includes establishing and maintaining effective alliances with other organizations whose interests are aligned with COSEIA’s long-term success.
  • Establish and maintain strong working relationships with the Board of Directors, keeping the Board well-informed of COSEIA’s performance and events affecting the organization.
  • Closely coordinate and manage relationships with COSEIA’s national and state-level strategic partners including, but not limited to, Colorado’s investor-owned, municipal and cooperative utilities, Solar Energy Industries Association, Energy Storage Association, New Energy Colorado, and Clean Energy Caucus.

During the next several years, the Leader must focus on rapidly advancing COSEIA so that it can continue to lead the solar and storage industries as they evolve into a substantial supplier of the Colorado’s electricity portfolio. For solar and storage business models and technologies to become a mainstream provider of electricity, COSEIA’s Leader must recognize and be responsive to the industries changing needs and requirements as they continue to rapidly mature.

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COSEIA seeks a well-rounded Leader with proven strong strategic planning skills and broad management competencies. The candidate must be a well-seasoned manager, ideally with experience working with both large organizations and smaller, more entrepreneurial businesses, as well as non-profits. Our candidate will be an outwardly focused executive individual who also has a background of successful day-to-day operation of a commercial business, government agency, trade association or non-profit. S/he will have the personal confidence and experience to work effectively with an array of corporate, government, non-profit, and other entities.

The successful candidate will be a high-impact, inspirational leader with a personal passion for COSEIA’s mission and for developing the team around them. The successful candidate must develop credibility with the Board of Directors by providing overall leadership and effective strategy execution resulting in the continuing growth and scale of the industry.

A successful candidate should possess the following qualifications and experience:

  • A track record of success in managing and growing a commercial, association, government entity or non-profit to a significant scale. Experience in overseeing the full complement of profit and loss functions needed in a trade association is highly desired.
  • Basic understanding and experience in the solar and storage industries. Having a track record of success in the power, renewables, utility, or other industries related to the solar and storage industries is important.
  • A strategic, creative and big picture thinker; experienced in setting a clear vision and a strategic plan for an organization, thinking commercially and driving an organization to execute successfully and within realistic budgets. Candidate should be experienced in developing and executing strategic alliances.
  • Experience in leading an organization from being a smaller entity to a more mature, well-established organization responsive to changing mission requirements.
  • Excellent team leadership experience having managed diverse commercial, technical or politically-oriented teams.
  • Experience communicating and promoting an entity’s unique and compelling value proposition to members, partners, investors, elected officials, donors, and other influencers.
  • Referenced experience working well with BOD, members, investors, or other stakeholders and benefactors.
  • Highly effective hiring manager, having recruited and retained people of the highest quality.
  • Located in or ability to relocate to the Metro Denver-area.
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  • Excellent communicator, both written and verbal.
  • Inspiring presence, leads by example. Decisive, but able to gain consensus when appropriate.
  • Mature executive and personal contributor attracting those to team with similar attributes.
  • Inspires a progressive employee and stakeholder-centric culture.
  • A good coach and listener.
  • Solid leadership presence. High powered in style, yet collaborative and diplomatic.
  • Ability to build influential relationships with internal and external audiences.
  • Creative, intelligent and thoughtful in approach; intuitive with a history of good judgment.
  • Entrepreneurial and works with a sense of urgency – having a high level of energy, dedication, and an unrelenting drive to accomplish objectives.
  • Highest ethical standards, with ability to push back and be aggressive in order to operate at senior level and influence all functions as well as the BOD.


  • An undergraduate degree is required; a graduate degree (MBA, JD, or other relevant degree) is desirable.


  • Package and benefits are competitive and based on experience and other factors


To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, résumé, and references by email to COSEIA’s Board Secretary, Kate Collardson (*protected email*), with “COSEIA Leader Application” included in the subject line. No calls please; direct applicants only, no search or placement firms. The position is open until filled.

 Working at COSEIA: COSEIA values diversity, inclusion and equity within our organization and the promotion of these values across the solar and storage industries. The organization strives to welcome different perspectives, identities, and backgrounds, regardless of job function in order to create a more resilient organization that supports stronger, equitable solar and storage industries. COSEIA envisions solar and storage industries that are committed to fostering a culture of inclusivity.

COSEIA 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, COSEIA complies with applicable Colorado laws governing nondiscrimination employment. 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.

COSEIA 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.

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