The following is a real job posting my colleague found on Andrew Hudson's Jobs List.
Enjoy the first line in the "Position Summary" towards the end, which he's placed in bold for emphasis:
The American Solar Energy Society
Reports to: Chair, Board of Directors
Schedule: Full-time, exempt
The solar energy industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. Make a difference by contributing your skills to the nation’s leading nonprofit association of solar professionals and grassroots advocates. Founded in 1954, the American Solar Energy Society is leading the renewable energy revolution. This position is based in Boulder, Colorado.
About The American Solar Energy Society
The American Solar Energy Society’s mission is to inspire an era of energy innovation and speed the transition to a sustainable energy economy. We advance education, research and policy. ASES leads national efforts to increase the use of solar energy, energy efficiency and other sustainable technologies in the U.S. We publish SOLAR TODAY magazine, organize and present the ASES National Solar Conference and lead the ASES National Solar Tour — the largest grassroots solar event in the world.
We have over 3500 professional and Life members, and over 6900 basic members who subscribe to SOLAR TODAY magazine. ASES has 35 chapters in all the leading areas of solar market growth, with thousands of additional affiliated members.
ASES has experienced the growth and excitement commensurate with that of the renewable energy industry, as reflected in the success of our key programs:
* SOLAR TODAY magazine is an award-winning publication with a circulation exceeding 10,500.
* Our National Solar Conference is held at a different location each year throughout the United States. At Solar 2010 Phoenix, attendance was 5000. Solar 2011 will be in Raleigh, NC; Solar 2012 in Denver; Solar 2013 in Baltimore.
* ASES has nine Technical Divisions that sponsor newsletters and forums at the National Solar Conference. These include Solar Electric, Solar Buildings, Sustainability, Solar Thermal, Renewable Fuels and Sustainable Transportation, Resource Applications, Clean Energy and Water, Small Wind, and Concentrating Solar Power.
* The National Solar Tour is held each fall, with more than 160,000 participants visit some 5,500 buildings in 3,200 communities across the U.S.
* ASES publishes position papers and studies such as the well-known “Tackling Climate Change,” available at
* Vision and direction for the organization is provided by a 19-member Board of Directors, all with impressive credentials in the renewables field, including members from California to New York, Florida to Oregon. See http://www.ases.org for bios.
Our Board of Trustees is an advisory group focused on fund raising for the energy literacy campaign.
The ASES staff consists of a team 19 dedicated people and is detailed on our web site.
The Executive Director is the “face of ASES.” The role of ED requires the vision to lead the organization through a period of rapid change and growth, working to catalyze a movement of champions in this industry, including members, technical divisions, chapters, community leaders, board members, donors, and solar advocates. To do so, the ED will exercise an innovative and inspirational spirit as well as a passion for solar and renewable energy. In addition, a strong performance management capability will be necessary to aggressively pursue the goals and directives of the organization. The executive director will also build a team of leaders within the staff by developing; inspiring and motivating his/her team, while creating a culture of excellence based on core values and commitments. The successful ED must demonstrate excellent team based management capability, empowering and enabling the staff to grow and achieve. The successful ED will possess effective and open communications skills.
The Executive Director will understand the renewable energy industry within a membership organization and have expertise in the following areas: leadership, fast growth organization experience, publishing, personnel and fiscal oversight, board relations and public policy relations.
OK — it doesn't say "asses" directly. But it kinda works when you sound it out. Nonetheless, it's not the image you want applicants picturing when contemplating the job. Well, at least not the brown-nosers, anyway ...