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Clean Communities Manager

Date Posted: 9/20/2021
Department: Programs
Type of Employment: Full-Time

Position Title:  Clean Communities Manager 

Position Information: Permanent, Full-Time, Salaried, Exempt 

Reports To: Energy Program Director 

Location: Option to work remotely initially with expectation to be located in Iowa within 6 months. 


The Iowa Environmental Council is a 501(c)3 nonprofit environmental law and policy organization that educates, advocates, and builds coalitions to make Iowa a better place to live, work and explore. We provide a highly collaborative, supportive, and flexible work environment.  


The Clean Communities Manager works collaboratively with 100% Iowa grassroots campaign staff, Energy Program staff, and other Council staff to assist Iowa cities with implementation of clean energy goals with a focus on 24/7 clean energy targets. This position builds strong collaborative relationships with local policymakers, staff, and stakeholders. They will support local climate and energy planning efforts including goals to achieve 24/7, 100% clean energy including driving increased public engagement in such efforts.  

The Clean Communities Manager will use his or her discretion in identifying and executing key activities, including performing work independently in keeping with the positions of the IEC energy program while ensuring alignment with IEC’s organizational messaging. 


  • Collaborate with Executive Director and Energy Program Director to build the Clean Communities team and determine long-term direction of the work.  
  • Hire and supervise Clean Communities team staff including a junior-level Clean Communities planner and a grassroots organizer.  
  • Coordinate multi-faceted initiatives at the local level to advance progress toward a 100 percent clean energy system for Iowa. Collaborate with Energy Outreach Manager to create and implement strategies for grassroots and grasstops organizing to support implementation of local clean energy goals.  
  • Collaborate with Communications staff to develop and implement appropriate traditional and digital media strategy.  
  • Provide assistance to local governments with energy-related policy initiatives that support 100% clean energy goals and de-carbonizing the electric sector. This may also include developing and supporting policies that increase energy efficiency and demand response, improve low-impact transportation options like biking and walking, and move toward electrification of buildings and transportation. 
  • Utilize technical tools and work with outside experts to assist local governments with tracking and creating implementation plans toward reaching 24/7 clean energy goals.    
  • Nurture relationships with other nonprofits, private sector businesses, and public sector entities across the state to enhance the effectiveness of the Clean Communities work, leverage the work to be applicable in other cities, and build on the organization’s coalition of clean energy advocates. 
  • Represent IEC at external meetings with public/private/nonprofit sector stakeholders and media and present energy-related data and policy proposals to outside groups. 
  • Nurture the growth of local government networks supporting sustainability in Iowa.  



  • Education and experience equivalent to 7+ years in any of the following:  political organizing, campaign management, public policy, public relations, government affairs, environmental program management, or sustainability. 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to effectively prioritize and thoughtfully manage multiple projects. 
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.   
  • Willingness and ability to travel and meet independently with people and organizations and attend meetings statewide as public health conditions allow; must have valid driver’s license.  
  • Experience working with different communication styles. 
  • Willingness to reach out and build relationships with new partners. 
  • A passion for IEC’s mission. 


  • Experience with energy and environmental policy analysis, state and federal regulatory processes and proceedings, coordination of stakeholder processes, government and public relations, political organizing, and energy issues impacting underserved communities. 
  • Knowledge of Iowa’s socioeconomic/political landscape and Iowa’s energy sector and climate issues. 

The Iowa Environmental Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic community engaged with working in a multicultural environment, and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants.

Compensation:  $60,000-$65,000 based on experience plus competitive benefits package 

Please submit cover letter and resume by October 15th to jacobson@iaenvironment.org.  

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