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Project Manager, Contractor Development

The Project Manager, Contractor Development supports diverse and inclusive businesses in the growing clean energy economy by overseeing the development of small, minority-, women-, disadvantaged-, veteran-owned (MWDVBE) contractor businesses. The Project Manager connects contractors to solar and energy efficiency project opportunities available through Elevate’s network and coaches contractors through the process as they perform on such projects. The ideal candidate is well-versed in the needs, challenges, and opportunities for MWDVBE contractors and can effectively partner with community-based business service providers externally, as well as internal teams, to support the growth and development of contractors. Additionally, this person shares lessons learned with the internal and external stakeholders to inform future work in this space.

The Project Manager, Contractor Development reports to the Program Manager, Workforce Development. This position is located in Chicago, IL and is currently virtual.


  • Oversee the development of MWDVBE contractors as they grow their businesses in energy efficiency, solar, renewables, water efficiency, and related work.
  • Manage projects that provide coaching and project opportunities for contractors and workforce participants.
  • Coach contractors on the development of their businesses in the clean energy space, including sharing direct feedback on performance and connecting to resources to support their development.
  • Develop and manage partnerships with community-based organizations and business service providers, including negotiating and managing contracts.
  • Develop curricula and engage subject matter experts.
  • Collaborate with Elevate’s Policy team to inform policymakers and stakeholders on the needs and opportunities of MWDVBE contractors.
  • Develop relationships with large and medium firms to identify project opportunities and connect contractors and workforce participants to them.
  • Coordinate strongly with Elevate’s program teams to further develop a pipeline of diverse contractors for Elevate projects.
  • Support the development of new programs and projects.
  • Travel and engage organizations across Illinois.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of trades training with five years of project management experience
  • Experience working in the construction/contracting field as a contractor or supporting contractors strongly preferred
  • Three or more years project management experience required, PMP certification is a plus
  • Experience with energy efficiency or solar programming required
  • Strong ability to cultivate and manage relationships
  • Ability to creatively identify growth opportunities and manage the process of connecting contractors to them
  • Certifications in related industry credentials (BPI, NABCEP) strongly preferred
  • Self-starter and team player
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English a plus
  • Driver’s license and access to reliable transportation
  • Ability to travel up to 30% of the time

Organization Description

We design and implement programs that reduce costs, protect people and the environment, and ensure the benefits of clean and efficient energy use reach those who need them most.

At Elevate, the greatest asset of our organization is the kind of people we attract. Elevate employees co-create our energetic and collaborative environment, where constant learning and service to others take priority. We empower individuals to challenge conventional thinking in pursuit of innovation and we seek dynamic, hardworking team members who are inspired to work with people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Every day we make a difference by placing our team, clients, and community partners first. From our mission to our focus on staff wellbeing and career development opportunities, there’s no better place to grow your career than Elevate.

Anti-Discrimination Policy

Elevate is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against any employee or job applicant based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or marital status. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, termination, promotion, transfer, layoff, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

To Apply

To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume through our candidate portal at Search for “Project Manager, Contractor Development” to find the position listing.

Please note that Elevate will only contact candidates via an email address. We will never ask a candidate for payment of any kind as part of the hiring or onboarding process or send payment to any candidate prior to completing the hiring and onboarding process.

No phone calls please.

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