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8 Nov 2012

Full-Time Chief Strategy Officer, Groundswell – Posted by Jewish Jobs Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Job Description

Groundswell seeks a Chief Strategy Officer (CSO), an entrepreneurial leader to oversee its revenue growth, communications, and strategic partnerships. This executive-level position’s primary responsibility will be to develop new opportunities for growing revenue and public awareness for Groundswell’s work. The Officer will supervise Groundswell’s Director of Development and Director of Communications.
As an integral member of the Executive Management Team, s/he will work closely with the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Operating Officer and the Operations and Finance Director. The position is based at Groundswell’s office in Washington, D.C.

A successful candidate will have a bold vision for coordinating new strategic partnerships and business development, fundraising and increasing earned revenue, powerful branding and effectively integrating the organization’s communications and fund development efforts.

The CSO will also need strong entrepreneurial and creative instincts to craft compelling messages and communicate Groundswell’s impact.

S/he will be a results-oriented motivator with high standards for excellence. S/he will be a clear, consistent and empathetic communicator, someone who excels at relationship building, who is constantly innovating and has entrepreneurial instincts, who naturally absorbs new information, and who has a contagious drive for excellence and accountability.


Manage all external facing communications for the organization across a variety of audiences

Execute blended-revenue strategy that balances philanthropic and public sector resources with social investment and earned revenue

Lead the oversight and refinement of a comprehensive growth strategy for organization at the intersection of clean energy and community development

Develop and sustain revenue-bearing partnerships with businesses and social sector organizations

Play a significant role in organizational leadership as a key member of the Executive Management Team

Supervise and collaborate with the Director of Development to craft an ambitious strategic vision for Groundswell’s fundraising efforts

Supervise and collaborate with the Director of Communications to build a powerful narrative for Groundswell and its brand


Qualified Applicants

An ideal candidate will have the following experience, skills and qualities:


Proven success with direct external donor/investor cultivation and solicitation, including major gifts and philanthropic grants

Proven success in raising enterprise-based capital, including angel, venture or equity capital

Leadership within blended-revenue, social enterprise organizations

Demonstrated success building private sector partnerships

Editorial and grant writing fluency


Staff Management (minimum three years)

Organizational Strategy Development (short term and multi-year)

Investor/donor/partner solicitation and cultivation of investment

Comfort navigating the intersection of development and organizational finance

Exceptional, persuasive verbal and written communications skills

Traditional and social marketing experience preferred


Creative, entrepreneurial approach

Effective collaborator and empathetic communicator

Self-directed and resourceful leader

Candid and assertive contributor

Comfortable “managing up” to the Chief Executive Officer, Board of Directors, and Advisors

Has connections to donors/investors in related sectors, including community development, energy, sustainability, civic engagement

Comfortable working in the field of social enterprise

Proactive about personal leadership development and growth

Passionate about transforming communities for the better

Application Instructions
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Salary is commensurate with experience and competitive with senior management positions at early stage not-for-profits. Benefits include
403(b) retirement and matching, health, dental, and vision insurance, and 15 paid vacation days per year (starting).

Groundswell averages 14-16 paid company holidays (including all federal holidays and a week during winter holidays), adheres to a 37.5 hour work week with a compensatory time policy for over-time work, and, when job responsibilities allow, periodic flexibility in work schedule and location.

Organization Description

Communities have a powerful tool for creating social benefits, one that requires no sacrifice but instead aligns with their own interests as consumers: collective purchasing power.

Groundswell helps communities leverage their collective market power for good by pooling their demand for needed services and linking them with businesses that drive local economic opportunity and sustainability. Through this process, Groundswell helps families and community institutions reduce their energy costs, builds more resilient social impact organizations, and creates economic opportunity by growing inclusive clean energy sectors.

Groundswell has driven nearly $7 million in community-based clean energy projects and has been featured by The New York Times, The Washington Post, GOOD Magazine and FastCompany. In 2011, Groundswell was selected as a Clinton Global Initiative America commitment maker for its model to grow clean energy economic opportunity in communities across the U.S.

How to Apply

Groundswell is currently recruiting for a Chief Strategy Officer. We are also recruiting for a Field Organizer and Organizing Fellows for our Strong Homes Program! Please see our website for more information and to apply. Questions may be directed to

Job Categories: Business/Management and Other. Job Types: Full-Time.


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