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Employment

Interested in joining the SOPEC team? SOPEC provides rewarding employment opportunities with competitive salaries and benefits. Please review position openings below for more details.  

For questions about employment opportunities, contact SOPEC staff at 740-597-7955 or at sopec.hr@gmail.com.

Position Openings

Position Title: Director of Finance and Administration (Posted 07/01/2019; Closes 07/15/2019)

Classification:

Full-time, exempt

Position Summary:

SOPEC is seeking a Director of Finance and Administration to serve in a mid-level managerial position that reports to the Executive Director and Treasurer of SOPEC and perform a variety of administrative, financial, and human resources responsibilities for the small public agency. Candidates should have excellent oral and written communication skills and be able to organize their work using software. General responsibilities include serving as the Fiscal Agent and Records Custodian of the organization, leading internal administrative and office management responsibilities, and managing human resources systems for a small workforce.

Position Duties:

Financial responsibilities include serving as the Fiscal Agent of the organization, reporting to the Treasurer of SOPEC, controlling the issuance of all payments, performing general accounting responsibilities, conducting internal audits and serving as the point of contact for the Auditor of State, leading the budget planning process, updating and maintaining financial policies for the organization, and conducing all financial reporting and other financial responsibilities requested by the Treasurer of SOPEC.

Administrative responsibilities include serving as the Records Custodian of the organization, reporting to the Executive Director of SOPEC, maintaining the organization’s records inventory and filing systems, reviewing and fulfilling public records requests, responding to customer support requests, reporting program and administrative performance, updating and maintaining records policies, updating and maintaining administrative policies and procedures, providing scheduling support for SOPEC operations, preparing meeting minutes, and other administrative responsibilities requested by the Executive Director of SOPEC.

Human resources responsibilities include ensuring compliance with all federal and state employment laws, leading the hiring and selection process for employees and outside contractors, leading the selection and management of employee benefits, developing an annual professional development plan and schedule for SOPEC staff and leadership, developing and implementing a system for performance evaluations for SOPEC staff and leadership, conducting annual compensation studies and determining competitive salary ranges in the industry, maintaining and updating personnel records, position descriptions, and personnel policies.

Additional Information:

As Fiscal Agent of the Council, the Director of Finance and Administration shall obtain and keep in force a fidelity bond, in an amount determined by the Board of Directors and with a surety company approved by the Board of Directors, or, in lieu of a separate fidelity bond, the Board of Directors may direct the Fiscal Agent to continue and keep in force any existing fidelity bond the Fiscal Agent may have which the Board of Directors determines to be adequate.

Required Qualifications

  • Four-year degree from an accredited college or university majoring in public administration, business administration, finance, accounting, human resources management, or other related field; or a two-year degree in public administration, business administration, finance, accounting, human resources management with ten-years commensurate experience in administration, finance, accounting, or human resources.

  • Two years of professional experience with administrative, accounting, finance, or human resources responsibilities

  • Basic familiarity with GASB accounting rules and capable of reviewing and applying specific rules required for the organization’s financial reporting

  • Intermediate proficiency with Inuit Quickbooks

  • Basic proficiency in Microsoft Office with intermediate skills in Microsoft Excel

  • Must be bondable in an amount determined by the Board of Directors

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in public administration, business administration, finance, accounting, human resources management, or other related field.

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Managerial Accountant (CMA)

  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office with advanced skills in Microsoft Excel (MS Specialist, Expert, or Master Certifications)

  • Highly proficient with Inuit Quickbooks (Certified Quickbooks ProAdvisor)

  • Professional training in human resources management (SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP)

Responsibility:

Incumbent reports to the Executive Director and Treasurer of SOPEC. Highly responsible, mid-management position with some independence requiring judgement and sensitivity to the organization and public relations.

Personal Work Relationships:

Incumbent has daily contact with co-workers in the agency, elected and appointed officials, and the general public. The purpose of these contacts is to provide helpful information about the activities of the organization and to provide customer or partner support.

Working Conditions:

Work is performed in a normal office setting. Work is also sometimes performed at local government meetings across Southeast Ohio, and some driving and travel time may be required.

Compensation:

This full-time position will be compensated commensurate with qualifications and experience using a pay range of $45,000 to $60,000 annually. In addition, 14% employer retirement benefits will be provided through participation in the Ohio Public Employee Retirement System, along with a $35,000 life insurance policy, two weeks of paid vacation, and health, dental, and vision insurance plans.

*Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume in PDF format to sopec.hr@gmail.com. Please include position sought in subject line of submission.

Position Title: Marketing Director (Posted 07/01/2019; Closes 07/15/2019)

Classification:

Full-time, exempt

Position Summary:

Mid-level manager reporting to the Executive Director of the Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council (SOPEC). The Marketing Director is responsible for managing the marketing activity required for the Solar Feasibility Assistance Program (SFAP), including the development of marketing datasets, as well as mail and telemarketing activities. The Marketing Director is also responsible for evaluating and developing general marketing strategies for the entire organization, planning and coordinating marketing activity, communicating all marketing plans to appropriate internal and external stakeholders, and building awareness and positioning for the SOPEC brand and mission. The Marketing Director will work closely with the Executive Director and external partners to develop a strategy for managing community relations and outreach across the Southeast Ohio region. Finally, the Marketing Director is responsible for managing SOPEC’s presence at conferences, trade shows, community events, and major events as needed.

Position Duties:

  • Manage all marketing activity required for the Solar Feasibility Assistance Program (SFAP).

  • Develop marketing datasets for regional employers cross-referenced with utility and facilities data.

  • Develop and execute a marketing strategy for maximizing participation in the SFAP program while minimizing program costs, including the use of telemarketing and bulk mail advertising.

  • Manage the work performance of marketing interns and coordinate the activities of the marketing plan with internal and external partners.

  • Evaluate and develop an annual marketing strategy, marketing plan, and marketing budget for the SOPEC organization.

  • Work with the Executive Director and external partners to develop a strategy for managing community relations and outreach across the Southeast Ohio region.

  • Research customer and community attitudes, expectations, and satisfaction regarding energy programs and utility services.

  • Research the marketing strategies and activities of other energy aggregation entities.

  • Identify potential communities interested in participating in SOPEC programming.

  • Write copy and coordinate with vendors to develop promotional materials.

  • Regularly update the SOPEC website and social media with new copy and content.

  • Develop and issue press releases, and serve as the primary point of contact for media inquiries.

  • Build greater brand awareness and positioning for SOPEC in Southeast Ohio.

 

Education and Experience

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, communications, or related field, and one year of responsible experience in marketing, journalism, public relations, or media.

Familiarity with solar and renewable technologies is desired but not required.

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Experience in marketing, journalism, public relations, or media development.

  • Experience planning marketing or media activities and campaigns.

  • Effective time management skills and the ability to multitask.

  • Strong copywriting skills.

  • Attention to detail.

  • Ability to develop and manage budgets.

  • Professional and proactive work ethic.

  • High competence in project and stakeholder management.

  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.

  • Experience with digital marketing forms such as social media marketing and content marketing.

  • Competency in Microsoft applications including Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Responsibility

Incumbent reports to the SOPEC Executive Director. Highly responsible, mid-management position with some independence requiring judgement and sensitivity to the organization and public relations.

Personal Work Relationships

Incumbent has daily contact with co-workers in the agency, elected and appointed officials, members of the news media, and the general public. The purpose of these contacts is to provide helpful information about the activities of the organization and to promote strong public relations for the organization.

Working Conditions

Work is performed in a normal office setting. Work is also sometimes performed at local government meetings across Southeast Ohio, and some driving and travel time may be required.

Compensation

This full-time position will be compensated commensurate with experience using a pay range of $35,000 to $50,000 annually. In addition, health insurance and retirement benefits will be provided.

*Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume in PDF format to sopec.hr@gmail.com. Please include position sought in subject line of submission.