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Foundation Officer

San Francisco, New York, DC, or Chicago 

Vote Solar advocates for a transition to a just and equitable 100% clean energy system that puts the  interests, health, and well-being of people at its center. Vote Solar advocates for clean energy and  energy justice in legislative and regulatory arenas at the state level, where most decisions about  electricity are made. Operating in over 20 states, we focus on bringing deep policy expertise, working in  just partnerships with broad coalitions, and engaging the public to win on solar and energy justice  campaigns. Founded in 2002 on the principle that state-level clean energy advocacy presents the  greatest opportunity for climate progress, Vote Solar drives meaningful progress through its winning  combination of deep policy and technical expertise, coalition building, and public engagement. 


Our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice 

Vote Solar is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in the  workplace and in the communities with which we partner. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including multilingual and multicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against  because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual  orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical conditions. Reasonable accommodations  will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please  advise in writing of special needs at the time of application. 

For more information, please visit https://votesolar.org/ 



The Foundation Officer will manage a portfolio of 9-10 current donors and is responsible for identifying  and cultivating relationships with prospective foundation founders with the goal of meeting organizational fundraising goals. Working in close collaboration with the Managing Director of  Philanthropy, Vote Solar leadership and program staff, the Foundation Officer will develop strong approaches to funding opportunities along with high quality reports, proposal and other materials.  



The Foundation Officer is a new position that reports directly to the Managing Director of Philanthropy  and will directly manage a writer who assists with information gathering and report writing. This  position includes an expectation of occasional travel. 




  • Develop and execute a strategic fundraising plan to identify, research, and target institutional  funders to raise programmatic, operating, and sponsorship support.
  • Lead all aspects of identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship for a portfolio of  funders and prospects, including leading the development of oral and written presentations as  needed. 
  • Secure funding for Vote Solar programs by managing and growing a portfolio of foundations.  Manage all phases of grant cycle from solicitation to stewardship to renewal.
  • Serve as lead relationship manager for majority of institutional funders; provide support for  executive  leadership team and board for funders whose primary relationship is with senior leaders.
  • Supervise and mentor Philanthropy Writer, oversee project management for proposals,  reporting, sponsorship requests, grant tracking and acknowledgment to support strong funder relationships  
  • Maintain accurate and timely institutional funding pipeline and data for development  dashboard. 
  • Partner with Regional Program Directors to identify new funding opportunities and to match  program strategies with potential funders. 
  • Keep abreast of domestic policy changes that may impact foundation priorities and any changes  to trends in foundation funding by region. 
  • Work with program and finance staff to ensure compliance with all grant restrictions and  reporting requirements, and to gather information necessary for grant reports. 
  • Support Managing Director of Philanthropy and/or Executive Director with relationship  management of institutional donors and prospects, as needed. 





  • Five plus years of foundation and/or corporate fundraising experience, including grant writing  and management 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies and techniques  related to foundation fundraising 
  • Demonstrated record of success in generating significant commitments from foundations  through grants  
  • Demonstrated project management skills; ability to work independently and successfully  manage multiple projects with competing deadlines; excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to learn and communicate about energy policy and policymaking process
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and networking skills; ability to initiate and build  relationships with prospective corporate and foundation donors and institutional  representatives 
  • Knowledge of and preferred experience with grant writing for a 501(c)4 organization as well as a  501(c)3 
  • Ability to write and communicate clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals; comfort using data to create strategic and compelling arguments 
  • Familiarity with financial information, including ability to evaluate grant budgets ∙ Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Suite applications required: experience with  various CRMs including Salesforce or Raiser’s Edge preferred 
  • Enthusiasm for Vote Solar’s mission of making solar and clean energy more accessible and  affordable across the United States preferred 
  • Experience managing staff or writers preferred
  • Knowledge or experience in the energy or environmental sector 
  • Personal commitment to being a part of an inclusive and just workplace, including commitment  to develop or further hone personal, and inter-personal core competencies related to diversity,  equity, inclusion, and justice 
  • Passion for building strong new capacity at a growing organization 
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy 
  • Comfortable working in a remote team setting, with demonstrated ability to be self-motivated
  • Strong contributor within a team environment 




The salary range for this position is $75,000 to $100,000.  

To demonstrate our commitment to equity and equal pay for all, Cook Silverman Search will continue to  post salary ranges on all of its job descriptions moving forward. The practice of not posting salaries  perpetuates the gender wage gap and discriminates against people of color by causing individuals to  negotiate from a disadvantaged starting point.  



To apply for this position, or for additional information on the opportunity, please send a copy of your  resume with a cover letter to Victoria Silverman at apply@cooksilverman.com. 

All applications and inquiries will receive a response and be kept strictly confidential.

Posted March 31, 2021

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