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Position: General Manager
Organization: SolarShare
Location: Toronto, Ontario

Closing Date: November 20, 2017; applications reviewed on a rolling basis

Start Date: January 2, 2018

Term: Parental Leave Contract, approximately 8 months

Time Commitment: Full time, 37.5 hours per week

Salary Range: $65,000 to $85,000 annual equivalent, commensurate with experience

Benefits: 2 weeks vacation over term of contract, health and wellness allowance

Location: Downtown Toronto, Ontario


SolarShare is Canada’s leading renewable energy co-operative and is a not-for-profit organization. SolarShare makes it easy for investors to earn an impressive return while doing something good for the planet. We own and operate commercial-scale solar energy installations and enable Ontario residents to invest in them by purchasing Solar Bonds. One hundred percent of the funds raised through Solar Bonds directly finance 45 solar projects across the province that are already built and producing stable revenues, with more in development. SolarShare has over 1500 members who are passionate about solar power, and have invested over $30 million, earning more than $2.7 million in returns. SolarShare enjoys the support of a dedicated and passionate membership, Board of Directors and Committees. We want everyone to have the opportunity to financially benefit from our projects while helping to end our reliance on non-renewable energy sources and contributing to our local economy.


SolarShare is looking for a talented individual to lead the organization as General Manager for a period of approximately eight months during a parental leave. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience leading a business or business unit, including experience managing budgets, strategy, operations, human resources and business development activities.

The General Manager is responsible for day to day management, ongoing process improvements, overseeing business and contractual relationships and managing four part and full time staff and third party service providers.

This is a unique opportunity to join the rapidly expanding and dynamic renewable energy sector in a well-established social enterprise. The successful candidate will join a passionate, hard-working team of staff, board and committee members that are dedicated to positive social and environmental change. SolarShare encourages diversity and supports work-life balance, professional development opportunities, and flexible work hours.


As the General Manager, you will be expected to perform the following key tasks, along with any other activities as required:


  • Oversee, direct and support the Community Investment & Marketing Manager, Project Manager, Outreach Coordinator and Operations & Maintenance Coordinator
  • Review monthly financial statements and manage costs to budget
  • Report to the board monthly and attend monthly board and committee meetings
  • Support the activities and development of the Board of Directors and Committees
  • Lead the improvement of internal organizational policies and processes


  • Research and analysis of financing strategy and opportunities
  • Develop and manage relationships with member and institutional investors
  • Update and manage SolarShare’s financial models, maintain an annual budget, and provide regular analysis and reporting

Business Development

  • Assess the economic feasibility of new investment opportunities
  • Assist with the development of new partnerships and market strategies
  • Assist in origination and evaluation of new solar opportunities
  • Represent SolarShare in public speaking engagements and other media


  • Five years of experience in a related role
  • Excellent understanding of financial products, economic analysis and management
  • Experience in marketing, sales, and communications is an asset
  • Technical understanding of solar photovoltaic systems as well as Ontario’s solar market, including the feed-in-tariff program
  • Strong organizational management skills and demonstrated ability to oversee and direct staff, as well as experience reporting to a Board of Directors
  • Experience with business development in the solar energy industry
  • Excellent attention to detail and a strong sense of tact, diplomacy and teamwork
  • Demonstrated understanding of any or all of the not-for-profit, co-operative, social enterprise and environmental sectors


Please send a cover letter and resume as a single PDF with a file name (lastname.firstname) and the subject line “General Manager” to:
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In your cover letter please outline your skills and experience related specifically to the areas of responsibility outlined above and why you are interested in joining the SolarShare team.

SolarShare is fully committed to equal opportunity employment, and evaluating all applications equally. We thank you for your application but only those chosen for an interview will be contacted; no phone calls please.

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GoodWork ID: 42981       Date posted to Nov 2 2017

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