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Program Associate, Illinois Power Agency

We continually strive for a workforce that reflects the growing diversity within the State of Illinois.  A variety of employee backgrounds, perspectives, ideas and experiences are crucial to our ability to most effectively serve the public.  Bilingual skills welcome

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In compliance with the Illinois Equal Pay Act, 820 ILCS 112/1 et seq., the State does not seek, request, or require a job applicant’s wage or salary history.  Employment decisions are not made based on an applicant’s wage or salary history.  To that end, please do not include wage or salary information in your resume or other profile or application materials.

Date:  Apr 22, 2021

Chicago, IL, US, 60602-4602

Job Requisition ID:  2773

Agency:  Illinois Power Agency
Closing Date/Time:  05/24/2021
Salary:  Depends on Qualifications
Job Type:  Exempt
County:  Cook
Number of Vacancies:  1
Plan/BU:  N/A

Work Hours:  M-F, 9AM to 5PM 
Work Location:   105 West Madison Street

                              Suite 1401

                              Chicago, IL 60602
Agency Contact: ipa.contactus@illinois.gov  
Job Function: Energy/Utilities

                         Risk Management



Position Summary

 The Program Associate will provide support to the Illinois Power Agency’s (“Agency”) team that manages solar incentive programs. These programs include the Adjustable Block Program, which provides incentives for distributed generation and community solar projects, and the Illinois Solar For All Program, which offers incentives to support access to solar for low-income households, non-profit organizations, and public facilities.


The Program Associate will report to and support the Adjustable Block Program Manager and will provide support to the Illinois Solar For All Program Manager on an as-needed basis. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Facilitating and tracking projects related to the Agency’s solar incentive programs
  • Developing updates to program requirements and overseeing compliance by program participants
  • Interfacing with a program’s third-party Program Administrator to finalize documents, close out projects, and trouble-shoot various issues as they arise
  • Supporting the tracking of program metrics
  • Supporting other program-related tasks on an ad hoc basis

A successful candidate must have:

  • The ability to maintain strong attention to detail across multiple, ongoing projects
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, must be comfortable in Excel
  • A track record of meeting deadlines and successfully closing out tasks
  • The ability to work with a collaborative and agile team, taking on new assignments as needed


A competitive candidate may have:

  • Experience working in the public sector
  • Job experience and/or course work in energy, with a focus on renewable energy or solar specifically
  • Customer/client service experience
  • Fluency in Spanish to assist with the translation of Program materials


The Agency is currently working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


For more information on the Illinois Power Agency, please see: www.illinois.gov/ipa


To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references with your online application.


No phone calls please.  Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.


The Illinois Power Agency is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.