Midwest Regional Manager

Organization Description

Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is the national trade association of the solar energy industry representing over 1,000 member companies from across the world. Our mission is to make solar energy mainstream in the United States through advancing policy that expands markets and removes market barriers.

In 2018 solar is once again among the fastest growing industries in the United States. To reflect our growth, we are in the process of expanding and are hiring for the following position:

Position Description

The Midwest Regional Manager is responsible for the development and implementation of SEIA's policies and positions in the dynamic and growing solar markets in the Midwest. The position reports to the Vice President of State Affairs, and will work in close collaboration with other SEIA departments including Research, Communications and Membership.

The ideal candidate should have the desire and demeanor to build a strong network within the solar and clean energy industries and will have had professional exposure to solar power policy and/or markets, and be familiar with enabling technologies such as storage, demand response, distribution management systems and electric vehicles. In addition, some familiarity with event management, interactive workshops and online educational webinars is strongly preferred. The successful candidate must be able to build relationships and be a natural collaborator. He or she is able to manage project teams effectively and facilitate dialogue with both internal and external colleagues.

The Midwest Regional Manager position is a permanent, full-time role. Candidates will have with experience with the regulatory and legislative processes in the region, in the traditional or renewable energy sector.
  • Oversees regulatory & legislative activity in SEIA priority states in the Midwest, with a particular focus on Illinois and Michigan, and including Minnesota among others. The role may be expanded to include coverage of the Texas market.
  • Manage SEIA Midwest Regional Committee, and day-to-day activities in collaboration with company leads. This includes facilitating regular calls/meetings with SEIA members.
  • Participates in legislative/lobbying initiatives.
  • Works with outside counsel, contract lobbyists and technical consultants as needed.
  • Collaborates with other associations, SEIA state affiliates, other stakeholders and parties, consultants, etc.
  • Participates as available/necessary in other states and overall SEIA activities as time permits.
  • Travel will be necessary for up to 30% of time. Most travel will be in-region.
  • Successful candidate will preferably be located in the greater Chicago area. Consideration will be given to candidates based in Springfield, IL or Lansing, MI. The candidate will need to be comfortable working out of home or other suitable space.

  • Regulatory experience in Illinois or Michigan is preferred and legislative experience is a plus.
  • Preference given to candidates with demonstrated experience in electricity/utility/renewables/generation sectors.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to manage challenging and diverse views of members.
  • Self-starter - can work independently and remotely.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team and is able to perceive when to lead and when to build consensus.


A bachelor's degree is required.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirement and writing sample to jobs@seia.org with the subject "SEIA Midwest Regional Manager (2019-01)." Submissions that are in the form of a single Word or PDF document facilitate review and are preferred.

Please name all files using the following format: "[name]_[document title, e.g. Resume]_SEIA

No calls please; direct applicants only, no search or placement firms. SEIA is an equal opportunity employer. Learn more about SEIA at www.seia.org . Applications will be accepted through January 18, 2019.

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