Assistant Director of Workforce

Type: 100% of full-time; exempt
Salary: $80-90,000
Position reports to: Vice President for Workforce
Location: Remote; flexible
Benefits: Health, dental, vision insurance, retirement match, personal time off, flexible work schedule

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 has about 30 employees across 12 states plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. IREC operates virtually with small 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 candidates with diverse backgrounds. 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, medical conditions, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.

About the Position

The Assistant Director coordinates with partners and stakeholders to develop robust training-to-jobs pipelines for a range of clean energy sectors, including solar, storage, energy efficiency, building electrification, and electric vehicles. Leveraging a holistic approach to workforce development, the Assistant Director works to promote clean energy careers and remove barriers to entry to the clean energy workforce, with a particular emphasis on diversity and historically underserved populations. They collaborate with subject matter experts (SMEs) and stakeholders to identify training and other workforce gaps and produce solutions that remove barriers to the deployment of clean energy. They support development of strategic programs to foster productive communications and sharing of best practices and resources between training providers, employers, energy justice organizations, policy makers and program designers, and other workforce development stakeholders.


  • Contribute to development of educational resources that align with best practices and industry standards, including deployment in online environments
  • Create collateral to support outreach to promote clean energy careers, workforce best practices, and information about IREC projects and programs 
  • Leverage workforce experience to contribute to IREC’s strategy and direction, including tactics to increase the size, skill level, and diversity of the clean energy workforce
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of technical assistance for training providers, employers, community organizations, policy makers, program designers, and other partners in the area of workforce strategy and training development
  • Support implementation of IREC training and other workforce projects, including project tracking, partner coordination, research and data analysis, and administrative support

Essential Knowledge/Skills/Experience/Qualities:


  • At least five years of experience supporting workforce development programs in a higher education, non-profit, trade association, or organized labor setting
  • BA/BS degree
  • Experience supporting complex, long-term projects, including coordinating communications between staff and subcontractors, assisting with on-time attainment of project milestones, and remote meeting and webinar support 
  • Experience developing instructional materials or administering a training program 
  • Track record of successfully promoting workforce projects and programs by developing communications messaging and collateral tailored to target audiences
  • Experience in clean energy, energy, or related trades/professions
  • Comfortable working with new technologies and software
  • Ability to work independently or with a team to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work in a geographically distributed virtual team environment
  • Superior writing, public speaking, and interpersonal skills


  • Master’s degree
  • Track record of developing job or training recruitment programs focused on diverse or historically disadvantaged populations
  • Working knowledge of elearning authoring tools (Articulate, Captivate, and/or similar tools) 


Apply with: Cover letter, resume, and at least three professional references who have worked with you directly in the past five years. Send all materials to [email protected] and be sure to reference “Assistant Director of Workforce” in the subject line. Apply by May 27.