Director of Development and Workforce Initiatives

Philadelphia Energy Authority |

The Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA), an independent municipal authority is a quasi-government entity, chartered by City Council and the Mayor in 2010, focused on issues of energy affordability and sustainability. We work to build a robust, equitable clean energy economy in Philadelphia. In 2016, in partnership with City Council President Darrell Clarke, PEA launched the Philadelphia Energy Campaign, a $1 billion, 10-year investment in energy efficiency and clean energy projects to create 10,000 jobs. Through 2020, PEA has helped launch over $167MM in projects and created over 1,700 jobs. We focus on municipal assets, schools, low- and moderate-income housing, small businesses and commercial and industrial projects and programs. We see energy as a high impact tool for reducing poverty, improving education, strengthening communities, and leveraging public investment. PEA has grown dramatically over the last 5 years and seeks a strong senior manager to drive strategic fundraising and to accelerate the growth of our clean energy workforce development programs.

Job Title: Director of Development and Workforce Initiatives
Reports to: CEO
Number of direct reports: 1
Location: 1400 JFK Blvd (City Hall), Room 566, Philadelphia, PA 19107 and remote as appropriate during Covid-19.
Open Date: June 10, 2021.
Close Date: August 9, 2021. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis since PEA is seeking to hire immediately.
Exempt/Non-Exempt Status: Exempt (Full-Time)

Position Summary:
The Director of Development and Workforce Initiatives will lead PEA’s overall fundraising efforts and manage PEA’s workforce development initiatives. As a senior member of the PEA staff, the Director will collaborate with the CEO, Vice President, Program Directors, and Philadelphia Green Capital Corp (PGCC) staff to identify and pursue new funding opportunities to help launch new initiatives and scale PEA’s existing work. Fundraising priorities for 2021 include the Built to Last low-income housing restoration program, PGCC (PEA’s new green bank affiliate), and PEA’s low- and moderate-income solar program. Key targets include federal, state, and local government grants; local, national, and global philanthropies; corporate and private donors; and social impact investors.

Additionally, the Director of Development and Workforce Initiatives will provide strategic oversight and management of Bright Solar Futures (serving high school vocational students at Frankford High School and young adults through PowerCorpsPHL) and the Green Retrofit Immersive Training (GRIT) Program. The Director will manage existing and grow new workforce development programs for emerging clean energy careers focused on youth and young adults in underserved communities and will support communication and collaboration with other regional training organizations. The Director will have one direct report for workforce initiatives and will manage a number of consultants, vendors, and interns.

Key Success Factors:
PEA seeks a candidate with expertise in both development and workforce initiatives, though candidates with experience in just one of these areas will be considered. A background in energy would be helpful but is not critical. Key success factors include excellent communication skills, strategic vision, the ability to quickly establish a working knowledge of new topics, strong time management skills, and strong personnel and partner management skills. A commitment to Philadelphia and a passion for energy, sustainability, climate change, poverty, equity, and/or economic development issues are essential.

The new Director will come on board as PEA is beginning to connect with a more global audience to bring attention and capital to where it is most needed in Philadelphia. PEA also recently launched a green bank affiliate, the Philadelphia Green Capital Corp., and the new Director will have the opportunity to work on innovative financing solutions with the green bank platform. PEA seeks a self-starter who is driven by results, has demonstrated active leadership, regularly takes on stretch experiences with gusto, and has a bias for action.

Job Responsibilities (include, but are not limited to):


  • Developing new and building on existing fundraising strategy to support PGCC and PEA programs
  • Identifying funding opportunities and potential partnerships, building key relationships
  • Preparing grant applications and pitch materials
  • Coordinating with Program Directors to prepare budgets and scopes for funding proposals
  • Making pitches to funders, or supporting senior leadership to do so
  • Tracking funding opportunities against organizational goals
  • Managing grant reporting and donor recognition efforts

Workforce Initiatives:

  • Supervise one direct report to support the successful implementation of the Solar Energy Career and Technical Education Program at Frankford High School, the Bright Solar Futures PowerCorpsPHL Fellowship, and the Green Retrofit Immersive Training (GRIT) Program.
  • Establish and maintain strong working relationships with partner organizations (such as training organizations, the School District of Philadelphia, and employers) to ensure success of PEA’s workforce development programs.
  • Coordinate with local, state, and federal agencies related to workforce development programming with the goal of aligning PEA programs with public sector priorities and establishing partnerships to support program expansion.
  • Build awareness of PEA’s workforce programs by speaking at events, meeting with interested stakeholders, supervising development of public-facing communication materials, and developing and sharing materials to support replication elsewhere.
  • Provide oversight for PEA’s workforce development initiatives, including but not limited to day-to-day performance management, and strategic planning for new, expanded or adapted programming to support employer demand. This role requires occasional evening hours (e.g. board meetings, events). No travel is required.


  • Bachelors’ degree is required; relevant graduate degree desired.
  • 4+ years of relevant work experience in development and/or workforce initiatives.
  • Prior experience building, fostering relationships with public, private, and non-profit stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated track record of taking on and successfully completing complex projects on time and on budget. Knows how to get things done when working across multiple stakeholders and systems, how to be helpful, and how to be pleasantly persistent.
  • Comfortable with appropriate professional technology: MS Office (including Excel and PowerPoint), Google suite, social media, Salesforce.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, strong interpersonal and management skills.
  • Ability to thrive in a busy environment managing multiple priorities, objectives, deadlines and varied political and social interests.
  • Prioritizes giving and receiving feedback with regularity, comfortable with difficult conversations, experience in managing via influence rather than authority.
  • Philadelphia residency required within 6 months of starting the position.

Salary & Benefits: Compensation will be commensurate with experience and skill set. PEA is targeting a salary between $70,000 and $85,000 for this role. Benefits include (but are not limited to) a generous healthcare package, excellent retirement benefits and paid time off.

To Apply: Submit a brief, persuasive cover letter describing why you are the best fit for this position and including at least one example of a stretch experience related to leadership that you’ve taken on professionally, along with a resume to Emily Schapira, President & CEO at Incomplete applications will not be considered. Inquiries or clarifications are preferred to be submitted via email.

The Philadelphia Energy Authority is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not tolerate discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status.

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