SEAC Writer / Communications Contractor 
Schedule: Part-time contractor, 30-40 hours per month; flexible schedule
Position reports to: Communications Director
Location: Flexible (remote) 
Salary Range: $100-125/hour

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

In support of our mission, IREC:

  • Advances state regulatory reform to enable the streamlined, efficient, and cost-effective installation of distributed energy resources, such as solar and battery storage, and the decarbonization of the transportation and building sectors. 
  • Provides strategy and direction to foster a growing and equitable clean energy workforce, while developing high-quality clean energy workforce training and accrediting clean energy trainers and training institutions.
  • Supports local governments, communities, and individuals in taking actions that increase the deployment of clean energy and implementation of energy efficiency. 

IREC operates virtually with offices in Albany, New York and Washington, D.C. Our staff are distributed across 14 states. 

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 Sustainable Energy Action Committee (SEAC) provides an open forum to collaboratively identify and find solutions to issues that affect the installation and use of sustainable energy systems (solar PV, energy storage, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, etc.). In particular, much of SEAC’s work focuses on improving codes and standards, including the International Building Code, International Residential Code, International Fire Code, National Electrical Code, and UL standards. 

SEAC’s members include authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) from local building and fire departments, firefighters and emergency responders, contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, utilities, testing labs, and other clean energy stakeholders. IREC oversees SEAC’s activities under a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. 

IREC is seeking a communications contractor to help support efforts to increase awareness of of SEAC’s work and to author new resources (reports, information bulletins, etc.) that communicate SEAC’s recommendations on specific issues. 

Responsibilities:

  • In collaboration with SEAC Working Groups, lead the drafting and development of documents (such as information bulletins, guidelines, checklists, and reports) that reflect the recommendations of the Working Groups on specific issues. 
  • Manage SEAC’s social media accounts. 

• Publish at least 3 Tweets, one Facebook post, and one LinkedIn post per week.

• Create simple graphics/visuals to accompany the majority of social posts. 

• Strategically follow new organizations to increase the number of relevant accounts that follow us. 

  • Manage email announcements to the SEAC membership list, with a goal of sending at least 3 emails to the list per month (two meeting reminder emails and one monthly newsletter).
  • Coordinate with the IREC team to update the SEAC mailing list with new subscribers from the SEAC website. 
  • Coordinate with grant partners to ensure they are helping to share SEAC news.

• Send them monthly reminders of content to share by email, social media, or other channels.

• Identify partners’ upcoming conferences and events and opportunities for sharing SEAC’s work at those events.

  • Identify external organizations with complementary goals and audiences, and conduct outreach to identify opportunities to reach new audiences with information about SEAC and encourage new members to join. 
  • Periodically write blog posts (target of two posts per quarter) that give stakeholders insight into the issues SEAC is working on and opportunities to get involved or to utilize related SEAC resources. 
  • Update the SEAC website with new publications and SEAC news/announcements. 
  • As time permits, coordinate with the IREC team to schedule and promote webinars that highlight SEAC resources. This would include scoping the topic, identifying speakers, supporting the development of slide decks, and coordinating the IREC team who will schedule the event and manage technical logistics. 
  • Attend SEAC Working Group meetings as needed to get up to speed on any documents they need support developing 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Outstanding written and verbal communications skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build professional relationships with a wide variety of individuals
  • Familiarity with the landscape of codes and standards that govern distributed energy resources in the U.S. 
  • Basic knowledge of email marketing and social media best practices (IREC can provide some training) 
  • Basic graphic design skills, including the ability to make simple graphics for social media (such as with Canva) or format published documents within a pre-designed template
  • Strong computer abilities with the transferable skills to quickly get up to speed on unfamiliar applications (e.g. email clients, CRM, etc.)
  • Passion and enthusiasm for renewable energy

Optional but Beneficial:

  • Familiarity with WordPress and other website platforms
  • Already active in SEAC and familiar with its activities and participants


To Apply: Send the following application materials by July 1, 2022 to [email protected] with the subject line “SEAC Communications Contractor”

  • Resume
  • Cover letter

Top candidates will receive a phone screen and a related “take-home” task that will assess related skills.