We’re Hiring: IREC Registered Assessor

IREC Registered Assessor

Type: Variable part-time contract position
Location: Flexible
Apply no later than June 15, 2021 with: Cover letter, resume, and at least two professional references who have worked with you directly in the past five years. Please send application materials to: [email protected].

About IREC

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) is a nonprofit working toward a 100% clean energy future that is reliable, resilient, and equitable. Our mission is to build the foundation for rapid adoption of clean energy and energy efficiency to benefit people, the economy, and our planet. IREC provides independent leadership and trusted clean energy expertise.

In support of our mission, IREC:
• Advances state regulatory reform and adoption of best practices
• Fosters a diverse, high quality clean energy workforce
• Develops and disseminates thought-leading tools and resources and education
• Coordinates local initiatives focused on bold clean energy goals

IREC is a national organization that operates virtually with employees currently located in eight states. In 2021, IREC will grow with the merger of The Solar Foundation, doubling its budget and staff. After the merger, IREC will have offices in Albany, NY and Washington, DC.

IREC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and embracing a workplace with diverse voices and perspectives. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical conditions.

Position Description

IREC accreditation and instructor certification provide vital layers of quality assurance in the clean energy training landscape. The prestigious IREC mark awarded to successful applicants indicates that the credential holder has met the rigorous quality requirements of the IREC Standard and has demonstrated that they prepare their learners to perform high-quality work in the field. The work of reviewing and verifying applications for IREC accreditation and certification is performed by IREC Registered Assessors. The assessor is responsible for thoroughly reviewing an assigned application in a process called a Desk Assessment. In the case of candidates for Training Provider Accreditation, the Assessor may also visit the candidate’s training center to conduct the On-Site Assessment following the successful conclusion of the Desk Assessment. During the Covid-era, site assessments have been conducted virtually.

Assessors play a key role in ensuring the quality and accuracy of the IREC evaluation process by ensuring that candidates for accreditation and certification have provided satisfactory evidence of meeting the applicable IREC Standard. The assessor works with the candidate through an ongoing exchange to ensure that all the components of the IREC Standard have been satisfied before recommending the candidate be awarded a credential. The Award Committee, who reviews the assessor’s recommendation, makes the final decision on award.

Time Commitment

IREC Registered Assessors must participate in an initial two-hour online training session and attend IREC Credentialing Program meetings and professional development opportunities as needed. New assessors will be mentored and provided with coaching as they are assigned to their first assessments. Working hours are flexible. However, assessors must commit to reviewing an application in its entirety within four weeks of an application assignment, to present the candidate with the first request for information within five weeks of assignment, and to conclude the desk assessment as expediently as possible. Applicants will also sign a Code of Ethics (within the work Contract), including assurances that the assessor will identify and avoid any conflicts of interest, both real and perceived.

Qualifications

Successful candidates will possess the following skills and experience:

  • Experience in a clean energy-related discipline such as (but not limited to): Energy Efficiency and Weatherization, Photovoltaic Systems, Solar Thermal & Thermal Electric Systems, Wind Power Systems, Biomass Technologies, Hydrogen Production, Storage and Utilization, Fuel Cell Systems, Microturbine Systems, or Alternative Fuel Vehicle Technologies
  • Exceptional organizational and evaluation skills; attention to detail and analysis skills
  • Professional communication skills (oral, written and listening)
  • Proven self-starter and ability to keep to a timeline
  • Experience with quality assessment programs
  • Familiarity with IREC standards and policies
  • Five years of work experience in a clean energy technology field
  • Experience with instructional design and knowledge of curriculum development methods is strongly desired

Compensation

The role of IREC Registered Assessor is variable part-time. The Assessor is compensated on a per project basis in accordance with the established IREC Assessor Fees. On average, an assessor reviews between two and six applications per year.

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