JOB TITLE: Start-up CEO/Manager
Boston Community Energy Services Coop
In late 2008, six Boston-area non-profit organizations serving low income communities and
communities of color joined together to form a Steering Committee to develop a community
and/or worker-owned energy services firm. The organizations - Alternatives for Community and
Environment, Boston Workers Alliance, Chinese Progressive Association, Co-op Power Metro
East, Community Labor United, and Boston Connects – envisioned a company that would train
and employ people in their neighborhoods in the important work of energy auditing, air sealing,
insulation, other conservation and efficiency measures, and community education for residential
and small commercial buildings. A feasibility study completed in September 2009 indicated a
number of viable growth scenarios for the company.
The Steering Committee is now seeking an entrepreneurial leader with experience in energy
services, cooperatives, and community organizations to serve as its Start-up CEO/ Manager.
This individual will work with the Steering Committee to refine the feasibility study into a
business plan and then secure the resources needed to implement it. Position will initially report
to the Steering Committee which will transition to Board of Directors.
• Build upon the Steering Committee’s planning efforts by overseeing the implementation of a
new worker-cooperative including: incorporate the company; secure initial contracts; create
organizational infrastructure required to launch the company; hire, secure training for and
supervise initial workforce; and build and maintain liaisons with utilities, municipalities and
• Guide the company’s start-up and strategic growth to support its mission. Balance the goals
of operating profitably and, sustainably, increasing the efficiency of existing neighborhood
buildings, training and employing local people for livable-wage green jobs.