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New Energy Economy was founded in 2004 to build a carbon-free energy future for our health and the environment. New Energy Economy is known for our bold positions and watch-dog role as the organization goes head to head with New Mexico’s largest corporation, Public Service Company of New Mexico, the formidable oil and gas industry, and their political allies to expose the fatal flaws of the current extractive energy model and its corrupting influence on our political system, to lift up, demonstrate, and demand an alternative democratized, resilient, and just energy system, and to fight for accountability and environmental, economic and racial justice for New Mexicans.

New Energy Economy employs public education, direct action, public policy advocacy, targeted litigation methods, and model solar energy projects to shift our energy economy from fossil fuel and nuclear extraction to clean alternatives in pursuit of environmental justice and human and environmental health. New Energy Economy received the 2012 Sustainable Santa Fe Award in

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Renewable Energy for its Sol Not Coal Project, the Santa Fe Community Foundation's prestigious Visionary Leader Award in 2013, the 2016 City of Santa Fe Energy Advocacy Award, and the 2016 Climate Courage Award from the Climate Change Leadership Institute. Since that time New Energy Economy has featured in national conferences from New Orleans to San Francisco to present on front page victories in energy justice. Additionally, New Energy Economy is known for our collaborative campaigns that combine legal interventions at the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission and NM Supreme Court with grassroots organizing in order to protect people’s health; to protect water, air, and land; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change. Our work focuses on fighting to protect the interests and needs of diverse constituencies, especially low-income ratepayers, and Indigenous and communities of color who are disproportionately impacted by corporate and extractive energy, rising energy costs, and climate destabilization.

Executive Director 

 

Location: Santa Fe, NM

 

Preferred Start Date: We are looking to facilitate a thoughtful leadership transition over the next year. We are looking for a candidate who can begin working with the organization, as they transition out of their current leadership position, learn the ins and outs of New Energy Economy, integrate with current staff and Board, and develop their vision and plan to grow and lead the organization into the next phase of evolution and success. 
 

 

After 15 years of courageous leadership from our lawyer in chief - we are looking to transition the organization into the hands of a masterful and visionary leader who can grow the team and organization for long-term sustainability and success. 

 

New Energy Economy is looking for a new organizational leader, spokesperson, and chief fundraiser for its next phase of growth and impact. New Energy Economy is in the second stage – expansion phase – of organizational development and is in an extremely favorable environment for rapid growth and adoption of its vision of a just transition to renewables and democratized energy. The Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for NEE staff, campaigns, expansion, and advancement of NEE’s mission and will develop new strategic initiatives and relationships in the energy field, with NGOs, government, labor unions, funders, and businesses committed to justice-centered climate actions. The Executive Director will strengthen and expand: 1) New Energy Economy’s support base of both funders and advocates; 2) Its organizational capacity and ability to grow sustainably; and 3) Energy democracy policies and initiatives working with environmental, climate justice and frontline organizations. 

 

Key Duties & Responsibilities 

 

Leadership & Management 

  • Lead the organization with courage and purposeful action.

  • Build upon NEE’s strategic vision, providing long-term direction and delineating the organizational activities to be pursued and the capabilities needed.

  • Facilitate effectiveness and success through rigorous reflection, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems.

  • Ensure timelines and resources needed to achieve strategic goals. 

  • Engage, energize, and support NEE staff, board members, partner organizations, and funders to define and fulfill their contributions to the mission; instill a strong sense of partnership and cohesion across the organization; use open channels of communication to reinforce a culture of excellence toward achieving the highest standards of practice.

  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong board; Serve as ex-officio of each committee, seek, and build board involvement with strategic direction for both local and national opportunities. 

  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain a high-performance team of staff. 

  • Build and maintain effective systems to track scaling progress, implement clear metrics of success, and regularly evaluate program components, to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other stakeholders. 

  • Develop and maintain relationships with press locally, regionally and nationally - oversee press releases, and work to amplify influence on many levels, including social media. 

 

Development & Communications 

  • Sustain and grow the budget. 

  • Expand revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing and future program operations. 

  • Serve as the principal spokesperson for the organization. 

  • Oversee engagement to deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations— with the goal of creating a stronger brand and greater visibility. 

  • Build and utilize external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities. 

 

Program & Policy Development 

  • Advocate for and support the development of progressive and sound public policies. 

  • Determine and oversee the implementation of programmatic activities. 

  • Solidify NEE’s reputation as an effective leader in the movement for climate justice and the democratization of New Mexico’s energy economy in order to foster sustainable and climate resilient, just, and inclusive systems that center the needs of low-income and communities of color. 

  • Work with and support staff to develop a comprehensive plan to strengthen, continually refresh, and enrich NEE’s strategic goals.

 

Planning & New Business 

  • Over the next 3 years - design and execute expansion plans, including geographic and programmatic. 

  • Build partnerships in new markets, establishing relationships with funders, the political sphere, and community leaders. 

  • Serve as an articulate and persuasive spokesperson on behalf of the organization establishing a local, statewide, and national presence while publishing and communicating program results with an emphasis on the successes of the local program as a model for replication.

 

Operations 

  • With the Board of Directors and supported by senior staff, translate NEE’s organizational strategy into annual operating plans covering finance; compliance; governance; policies and procedures; and HR/administrative needs.

  • Ensure that the organization develops sound annual budgets; builds the organization’s financial strength and stability; and oversees financial management and administration.

  • Lead and motivate direct reports to advance employee engagement and develop a high performing managerial team.

  • Oversee all operations and business activities to ensure they produce the desired results and are consistent with the overall strategy and mission.

  • Make high-quality investing decisions to advance NEE’s goals and resources. 

  • Enforce adherence to legal guidelines and in-house policies to maintain the company’s legal compliance and business ethics. 

  • Review financial and non-financial reports to devise solutions or improvements. 


 

Qualifications & Experience
 

Required 

  • Cultural competence to work in and with communities of color. The ideal candidate will have an intimate knowledge of racial, economic, and social justice struggles.

  • Demonstrated commitment to environmental, climate, and economic justice with working knowledge of sustainable community development, clean energy, environmental planning, and/or economic development. 

  • Ability to effectively collaborate and build coalitions with diverse groups of disparate interests including community, labor, industry, and government.

  • Demonstrated history of financial management and fundraising in support of a high figure organizational budget, with over $1million in new annual revenues.

  • A 10-year track record of mid- to senior-level management experience including regionally or nationally scaling a performance- and outcomes-based organization and staff.

  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to attract, manage, develop, and coach a high-performing team; set and achieve strategic objectives; and work with the Board and partners to scale the work.

  • Experience developing and operationalizing strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth.

  • Persuasive and passionate written and verbal communication skills; strong marketing and public relations experience; and the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.

  • Past success working with a Board or steering committee with the ability to cultivate existing member relationships.

  • Strong commitment to a collaborative work style with Board, staff, and other key stakeholders.

  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to planning

  • Passionate, trustworthy, positive, mission-driven, and self-directed. 

  • A fast learner and creative problem-solver. 

  • A Bachelor’s degree. 

 

Preferred 

● Recognized expertise in climate, social justice, sustainability, or community economic development fields. 

● 5+ years of senior/executive non-profit or private sector management experience.

● Master’s Degree in relevant field or experience in excess of the minimum required. 


 

Compensation 

 

New Energy Economy offers a competitive salary range for the region of $90,000-$135,000, commensurate with experience, as well as comprehensive benefits including health and generous vacation and sick/personal day policies. New Energy Economy is an equal opportunity employer and highly values equity and diversity. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Those with a knowledge of New Mexico’s culture, political landscape and unique opportunities & challenges 

How to Apply 

 

Please send the following as soon as possible to: hr at newenergyeconomy.org
 

  • Resume or CV 

  • One- or two-page cover letter that describes why you are drawn to New Energy Economy’s mission and any particular issues that inspire your interest; how your experience would contribute to our work and meets the needs of the position

  • Sample strategic plan

  • Writing sample or work product

  • Three references. 

 

New Energy Economy is driven by a passion for justice, partnership and excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.

 

Position will remain open until filled. 

 

Staff Attorney 

 

Location: work from Santa Fe office

 

Preferred Start Date: September 1st

 

New Energy Economy is seeking a Staff Attorney who shares a passion for justice and a healthy environment for all to join our team in Santa Fe, New Mexico to advance legal cases that facilitate a just transition from coal, gas, and oil to a robust and competitive renewable energy economy in the state of New Mexico. Our current docket focuses on: (1) protecting against further investment in gas and nuclear energy; (2) quickly shifting New Mexico from dirty to clean energy through community-driven renewable energy projects; and (3) advancing publicly controlled energy models as an alternative to the current corporate monopoly model. (4) holding decision-makers and corporations accountable for corruption, pollution, and false solutions.

 

The new staff attorney may work in any of these focal areas depending on the needs of the office and our constituents.

 

We strive to produce the highest quality legal work in a diverse, inclusive, supportive, and collegial environment.

 

Key Duties & Responsibilities

• Co-lead litigation efforts in state courts and administrative tribunals.

• Develop new cases in a strategic fashion; conduct factual investigations; develop legal theories; draft pleadings and briefs; and otherwise manage new and existing cases.

• Collaborate in team problem solving, litigation strategy, advocacy campaign development and management.

• Support public policy initiatives with Tribal, local and state-level partners

• Manage relationships with outside co-counsel, constituents, experts and coalition partners.

• Integrate communications and public policy advocacy into litigation and other legal strategies.

• Support efforts to ensure a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.

 

Qualifications & Experience

Ideal candidates will possess:

 

  • At least six years of litigation experience, with experience in the role of trial or appellate counsel.

  • Proven research, analysis, writing, and oral advocacy skills.

  • Experience mentoring and supervising others.

  • Experience in social justice, environmental justice, or climate justice movement work

  • Ability to master new competencies and learn regulatory law and energy issues

  • Ability to work effectively both independently and in collaboration with others.

  • Initiative, creativity, good judgment, and a strong work ethic.

  • A commitment to public interest work and a passion for New Energy Economy’s mission.

  • Ability to travel as needed for case work, court appearances and presentations.

  • Knowledge of New Mexico’s culture, political landscape and unique opportunities & challenges or a passion to learn.

  • An awareness of, and sensitivity to, the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations. Direct lived experience working in BIPOC, frontline, or fenceline communities is a plus.

  • Commitment to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences and accountability.

  • Admitted, or willing to apply for admission within one year, to the New Mexico bar.

 

Compensation

We offer a mission- and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package that includes excellent benefits. Staff attorney salary ranges from $70,000-$90,000, commensurate with experience. New Energy Economy is an equal opportunity employer and highly values equity and diversity. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Those with a knowledge of New Mexico’s culture, political landscape and unique opportunities & challenges

How to Apply

 

Please send the following to Mariel Nanasi, NEE Executive Director and Chief Legal Counsel at info at newenergyeconomy.org:

 

  • Resume.

  • One- or two-page cover letter that describes why you are drawn to New Energy Economy’s mission and any particular issues that inspire your interest; how your experience would contribute to our work; and aspects of your background that demonstrate competence to work with diverse clients and colleagues.

  • Writing sample, preferably a legal brief or memorandum that primarily reflects your analysis of an issue.

  • Three references.

 

New Energy Economy is driven by a passion for justice, partnership and excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position. 

 

This position will remain open until filled.

 
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