Clean Energy Programs Manager (CEPM)

Salary range: $100,000 – $125,000 commensurate to experience

ABOUT CITY FIRST ENTERPRISES

City First Enterprises (CFE) is a financial institution working at the intersection of financial innovation and impact investment in the quest for a more equitable economy. CFE’s capital allocation vehicle is the Equitable Growth Fund, a loan fund designed to provide accessible debt capital to entrepreneurs, innovators, and change-makers working in affordable housing, small businesses, education, nonprofits, community facilities, green energy, and commercial real estate. 

CFE is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), a designation given by the United States Treasury to organizations expanding economic opportunity in low-income communities by providing access to financial products and services for residents and businesses. As a CDFI, CFE’s mission is to create equitable financial solutions to support people and communities in achieving their economic aspirations. 

To learn more about our organization, please visit our website at https://www.cfenterprises.org/ 

THE POSITION

The Clean Energy Programs Manager (CEPM) is a newly created role, reporting directly to the CEO and closely collaborating with CFE’s leadership team. CFE’s 2024-2026 Strategic Plan calls for us to build and rapidly expand multi-sector clean energy lending, with a focus on benefiting communities of color to ensure equitable environmental and health benefits. As such, the CEPM will be responsible for leading our clean energy initiatives, including but not limited to spearheading CFE’s implementation of initiatives related to the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. This role presents an exciting opportunity to contribute significantly to achieving our organization’s goals during the strategic plan period and beyond. 

In particular, the CEPM will lead the design and development of financial products and technical assistance aimed at accelerating the adoption of clean energy technologies within small business, non-profit organizations, and low-to-moderate income communities; facilitate the financing of clean energy projects for our clients and expand CFE’s market penetration in the sector in alignment with the Justice40 Initiative; and coordinate CFE’s participation in EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund initiatives, including managing existing partnerships and developing new collaboration opportunities. 

The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of clean energy technologies, emerging public policy impacting the sector both at the local and federal level. They are an experienced professional who prefers to work in a dynamic, collaborative environment, have strong financial analysis and writing skills, and seek to play a pivotal role in a fast-growing financial organization.  

This position will be based out of our office in Washington DC. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Partnership Management  

  • Drive the development and maintenance of climate lending partnerships with key stakeholders, including EPA Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) grantees, commercial banks, local green lending authorities, public agencies, real estate developers, and other private corporations. 

 Business Development 

  • Work in partnership with senior team members on business development activities, including participating in client and/or prospect calls and representing the organization in meetings with potential business partners.  
  • Collaborate with the lending team in working with clean energy financing borrowers throughout the loan origination process. 
  • Coordinate with cross-functional teams to ensure the successful execution of clean energy efforts, including customer acquisition, marketing and communications, lending, reporting, and capital raising.  

Market Research and Product Development  

  • Conduct market and industry research and stay up-to-date on state and federal policy, identifying new programmatic opportunities for CFE and our clients. 
  • Ensure compliance with local, state, and federal regulations in the implementation of clean energy initiatives, particularly those connected with the GGRF.  
  • Develop and launch commercial lending products in at least two clean energy categories, incorporating the use of clean energy rebates, tax credits, and other incentives available to small business owners and real estate developers. 
  • In collaboration with at least one external partner, develop and launch clean energy-related programmatic resources and technical assistance to deploy more capital in Low-income and Disadvantaged Communities (as defined by EPA). 

 Strategic Planning and Program Management 

  • In collaboration with the CEO and senior management, develop and implement comprehensive workplans and metrics to build out CFE’s clean energy lending strategy in accordance with the overall goals and KPIs (key performance indicators) in our 2024-2026 Strategic Plan.  
  • Support ongoing evaluation and reporting on the progress and impact of CFE’s clean energy initiatives to inform strategic improvement and increase the effectiveness of our programmatic work and fundraising efforts. 
  • Collaborate with internal teams to ensure alignment of clean energy initiatives with organizational goals and values as well as external funding commitments.  
  • Lead the organization’s engagement with external consultants working in all matters related to clean energy, including the outsourcing of technical expertise related to renewable energy and energy efficiency.  

Other 

  • Perform other duties as may be deemed necessary and appropriate.  

COMPENSATION

In addition to a competitive salary commensurate with experience, CFE offers a generous benefits package that includes employer-sponsored health and dental, life insurance, a health savings account with annual employer contributions, a retirement plan with employer matching, paid parental leave, and a generous paid time off program.

Our robust benefits package includes:

  • 403b with employer match
  • Medical, vision, and dental insurance with employer contribution
  • $2,800 annual HSA employer contribution for a family; $1,400 for an individual for HSA Plans
  • 16 PTO days to start; more after three years
  • 13 paid holidays (10 Federal, the day after Thanksgiving, and the Fridays before Memorial and Labor Day)
  • 7 paid sick days
  • End of Year Winter Break
  • Employer-paid short-term and long-term disability insurance
  • Remote work with 2 days per week at the office (subject to change)
  • Transportation benefit
  • Employer-paid Group Life Insurance, Short-Term Disability, and Long-Term Disability Insurance

WORKING AT CFE

CFE offers a unique start-up-like work environment that is open, innovative, and collaborative. We are committed to serving the communities we work and live in by leveraging financial tools, creativity, and technology. CFE is the right fit for intellectually ambitious individuals who are willing to work hard and always hold themselves accountable to a high bar of performance.

The City First family of organizations is dedicated to promoting diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion in our work and hiring practices. City First Enterprises entirely focuses on equality and economic inclusion and believes that diversity in opinion and background only helps further that mission.

TIMING

Selected candidates will be contacted for an initial phone screen on a rolling basis.

CFE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

We provide equal employment opportunities to all people regardless of ethnicity, age, religion (and lack thereof), disability that can reasonably be accommodated, marital status (including domestic partner status), ancestry, nationality, national origin, family status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), other medical condition (physical or mental), AIDS/HIV status, genetic information, sexual identity, gender identification (including transgender status), sexual orientation, and veteran status.

Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE, AND EDUCATION

  • Entrepreneurial approach to work (a must). 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.  
  • A minimum of 3-6 years of experience in a related role, with proven experience in project finance and clean energy program management, preferably within the financial sector.  
  • Demonstrated experience building and maintaining internal and external stakeholder relationships.  
  • Passionate about the green energy transition and its intersection with equitable economic development.   
  • Strong project management skills with a track record of successful program implementation.  
  • Knowledge of clean energy technologies, policies, and market dynamics.  
  • Familiarity with financial modeling and budget management.  
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., environmental science, engineering, business administration) from a four (4) year college or university or equivalent combination of training and experience.  

TO APPLY

Please use  the Paylocity portal  to send us your resume and cover letter. Questions may be directed to jobs@cfenterprises.org. No phone calls, please.