With programs currently operating in Washington, DC and San Francisco, CA, the Clean Energy Leadership Institute (CELI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to developing a diverse community of experts to lead the transition to a clean energy economy. CELI believes technological innovation, financial creativity, and increasing public engagement are essential to solving our complex global energy and climate challenges. We equip young professionals entering the clean energy workforce with the skills, expertise, and supportive community necessary to capitalize on these trends. Since our inception in 2013, CELI has trained over 500 young professionals across 250+ organizations in clean energy policy, finance and technology and built a network of hundreds of clean energy experts and professionals.

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Open Positions


Development and operations manager

CELI is seeking a highly-motivated Development and Operations Manager who is passionate about building the next generation of leadership in clean energy. CELI has experienced incredible growth and is at a pivotal moment for scaling further and increasing its impact. The Development and Operations Manager will play a key role in that effort by driving CELI’s fundraising strategy and managing day-to-day operations of the organization. 


This position will work closely with the Executive Director, Senior Director, and a dedicated volunteer Leadership Team. Travel is required (~10%), particularly between Oakland, CA and Washington, DC. Compensation includes a $60,000 annual salary, 401(k) matching, healthcare stipend, and generous paid time off. CELI allows for flexible work hours and is committed to supporting a good work-life balance. This full-time position will be based in downtown Oakland, CA and report to the Executive Director.

Experience and Qualifications

  • 3+ of experience fundraising from major gift donors, foundation, government, and corporate supporters required (2+ years of administration or operations experience preferred)

  • Proven track record of individually leading significant fundraising efforts

  • Deep understanding of the clean energy funding landscape

  • Extremely well-organized and able to self-manage deadlines and tasks

  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills, and ability to articulate value proposition to internal and external stakeholders with passion and energy

  • Strong leadership skills to manage volunteers and successfully run events

  • Passion for CELI’s mission of developing the next generation of clean energy leaders

  • Team-oriented, cares equally about helping people and attaining excellent results

  • Excited to work hard in a startup environment that moves faster than a traditional nonprofit

Areas of Responsibility

70% of the Development and Operations Manager position will be focused on developing the strategy and execution of CELI’s fundraising efforts. Areas of responsibility include but are not limited to:

  • Develop and spearhead annual and long-term fundraising strategy for CELI

  • Research grantmakers and maintain up-to-date database of potential funding sources

  • Write grant proposals and letters of inquiry to foundation, government, and corporate funders

  • Research potential major gift donors and manage solicitation efforts

  • Work with Executive Director to develop and maintain relationships with donors and grantmakers

  • Support Board of Directors in donor outreach strategy

  • Work with the Executive Director and Development and Communications volunteers to develop donor stewardship and communications materials

  • Track and manage incoming donations; maintain donor database 

  • Manage grant reporting process

  • Represent CELI by speaking at outreach events

30% of the Development and Operations Manager position will be focused on executing CELI’s operations broadly in support of our national mission. Areas of responsibility include but are not limited to:

  • Mange day-to-day operations, partnerships, and outreach in support of CELI’s education and community events.  

  • Coordinate and track CELI’s master calendar of activities and OKRs

  • Manage the operations of the organization’s administrative systems 

  • Support external engagement via social media and website management (Squarespace)

  • Be a collaborative member of a small team working to achieve CELI’s mission

How To Apply

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are critical to CELI’s Mission. We strongly encourage leaders of color, women and those who identify as LGBTQ+ to apply. Please submit your resume and a brief cover letter detailing relevant experience and interest in the position via email to: jobs@cleanenergyleaders.org by 5:00 PM PT on July 31, 2019.