Executive Director

  • Public Sector Consultants
  • Remote (Illinois, USA)
  • Jun 22, 2024
Full time Executive

Job Description


The first executive director of the newly formed Illinois Clean Energy Jobs and Justice Fund (CEJJF), an Illinois nonprofit green bank, will promote the health, welfare, and prosperity of all the residents of Illinois by ensuring access to financial products that allow residents and businesses to invest in clean energy while ensuring that the benefits of the clean energy economy are equitably distributed. The executive director will work with the board of directors to develop organizational documents and policies, oversee marketing and communications efforts, build enduring relationships with stakeholders throughout the state of Illinois, provide leadership in clean energy funding and financing, fundraise to support the growth of the organization, launch and oversee financing programs, and manage team members and vendors.

Essential Duties

  • Brings key leadership skills necessary for organizational development and growth, ensuring long-term sustainability
  • Develops and executes the organization's inaugural strategic plan as directed by the board of directors and with the input of key partners
  • Ensures CEJJF’s fiscal, operations, fundraising, marketing, human resource, technology, and programmatic strategies are effectively implemented across all segments of the organization
  • Provides organizational leadership and management, including but not limited to:
    • Serving as the key liaison to the board of directors and key stakeholders
    • Overseeing the development, adoption, and execution of the annual plan and budget
    • Managing vendors and contracts
    • Providing fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget to ensure maximum resource utilization and keep the organization in a positive financial position
  • Develops and executes a fund development plan for operational capacity and for building more accessible, equitable, and just climate-focused solutions that support healthy and thriving communities. Specific strategies include:
    • Building accessible, equitable, and just funding structures and programs that fill marketplace gaps, growing service offerings for harder-to-reach and disadvantaged communities, and leveraging private financing
    • Pursuing public, private, and foundation grants that support implementation of the strategic plan
    • Adding additional staff to increase the organization’s capacity and effectiveness
  • Launches and oversees equity-focused clean energy programs that provide loans and other assistance for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, particularly focusing on disadvantaged communities and Minority Business Enterprises.
  • Acts as the principal spokesperson for the organization with leaders at the national, state, and local levels
  • Develops relationships and partnerships, including:
    • Builds strong relationships with elected officials, appointed officials, and major political players in the state
    • Build strong partnerships with other leading grassroots and energy justice and consumer advocate organizations in Illinois to support shared goals
    • Maintain crucial partnerships with key allies, especially with other green banks
    • Work to strengthen relationships and to learn from peers at the national level
  • Leads organizational commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice and works to expand the political and environmental communities’ commitment to those values

Expectations of All PSCers

  • Collaborates and communicates well with staff and clients in a fast-paced environment with diverse people and projects, fostering a supportive, creative working environment for all PSC colleagues
  • Demonstrates initiative, critical thinking, and sound judgment to generate ideas, work approaches, presentation of information, and issue resolution
  • Manages workload effectively while engaged in multiple projects concurrently with high accuracy and attention to detail, seeking clarification when appropriate
  • Adheres to PSC’s quality assurance processes
  • Seeks areas of personal growth and identifies steps toward success, including mentorship, ongoing learning, and professional development opportunities
  • Is occasionally available beyond regular work hours as necessary to respond to staff and firm needs


  • A bachelor’s degree; preferably a master’s degree
  • Fifteen years of related work experience
  • Five or more years of experience in equitable and inclusive financing serving racially and socioeconomically diverse communities
  • Familiarity with the green energy policy landscape and opportunities throughout the state of Illinois
  • Strong background in public and/or private investment and development finance
  • Passion for a just and equitable clean energy transition
  • Knowledge of energy policy preferred
  • Five years or more of experience managing and leading a team

Conditions of Employment

  • No person who is an employee in any managerial or supervisory capacity, director, officer or agent or who is a member of the immediate family of any such employee, director, officer, or agent of any public utility is eligible to be a director
  • No director may hold any elective position, be a candidate for any elective position, be a State public official, be employed by the Illinois Commerce Commission, or be employed in a governmental position exempt from the Illinois Personnel Code
  • No director, nor member of his or her immediate family shall, either directly or indirectly, be employed for compensation as a staff member or consultant of the CEJJF
  • The executive director may not be a candidate for the CEJJF Board of Directors while serving as executive director
  • The Board shall require all applicants for the position of executive director of the CEJJF to file a financial statement consistent with requirements established by the Board. The Board shall require the executive director to file a current statement annually

Work Environment

This role is remote and based in Illinois. Limited travel throughout Illinois with some out of state travel required for conferences. Work is primarily performed indoors, with extended periods at a computer or on the telephone, with some travel throughout Illinois required as well. The nature of the work involves multitasking, completing repetitive tasks, and having contact with the public and clients.


  • Salary range: $166,000 - 232,000, commensurate with education and experience
  • Eligibility for company profit share
  • Competitive medical, dental, life, disability, voluntary vision, and voluntary legal insurance plans
  • Company 401(k) contribution
  • Paid time off granted upon start date
  • Nine paid holidays per year
  • Three personal days per year
  • Paid parking

To Apply for This Position

Submit a cover letter including salary requirements and resume through the job posting on our website: www.publicsectorconsultants.com/careers. All materials must be submitted as PDF or Word documents. Applications must be submitted July 19, 2024. If you have trouble with the upload page or have questions about the position, please email: hiring@publicsectorconsultants.com.


About Illinois Clean Energy Jobs and Justice Fund

The Clean Energy Jobs and Justice Fund (CEJJF) is dedicated to fostering a sustainable future for all Illinois residents. Incorporated in the State of Illinois, CEJFF is working to make clean energy accessible to everyone while ensuring equitable distribution of its benefits. Through innovative financing programs, energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades will be made more affordable for businesses, educational institutions, municipalities, and residents while also supporting workforce development opportunities for Minority Business Enterprises. This effort will stimulate the Illinois green economy, create jobs, and help consumers save energy and money.