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Managing Director, States and Regions

managing director, States and regions

Location: San Francisco, CA

About Energy Foundation

Energy Foundation’s mission is to serve the public interest by building a strong clean energy economy. Energy Foundation supports education and analysis to promote non-partisan policy solutions that advance renewable energy and energy efficiency while opening doors to greater innovation and productivity—growing the economy with dramatically less pollution. We are a complex, multi-site, multicultural nonprofit organization with big plans for the future. Under the leadership of our new CEO, Energy Foundation has embarked on a major strategy refresh, a prioritized commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), and rapid geographic expansion.

For more than 25 years, Energy Foundation has supported grantees to help educate policymakers and the general public about the benefits of a clean energy economy. Our grantees include business, health, environmental, labor, equity, community, faith, and consumer groups, as well as policy experts, think tanks, universities, and more.

Our comprehensive approach advances energy efficiency and renewable energy in the power, transportation, and buildings sectors. Working together, our Policy and Public Engagement programs focus on developing innovative policies and campaigns to help propel clean energy development in these sectors, while our Strategic Communications Program develops powerful narrative and communications strategies designed to build support for our work regionally and nationwide. Our States and Regions Team is a cross-disciplinary team of policy, communications, and campaign experts dedicated to advancing strong state and regional climate and clean energy policies.

Energy Foundation’s founding office is in San Francisco, CA, with regional offices in Raleigh, NC; Chicago, IL; Washington, DC; and Las Vegas, NV.

Position summary

The Managing Director, States and Regions, is a newly created role that will lead the day-to-day management and operation of the Energy Foundation’s (EF’s) States and Regions program, working in coordination with other regionally and San Francisco-based EF colleagues. Reporting to the Vice President, Campaigns, States and Regions, the Managing Director will lead EF’s priority state program, building public support for clean energy and climate policies in states across the U.S.

Program Oversight and Vision

  • Oversee the day-to-day operation and management of EF’s priority state program.
  • Support program expansion and evolution to increase overall impact, working with program Vice Presidents and Regional Senior Directors.
  • Lead the organizational development of the States and Regions program, including its structure, systems, and management processes.
  • Deepen coordination and communication between headquarters and regional staff
  • Directly manage 5-7 headquarters and senior regional staff who lead the States and Regions program.


  • Develop and cultivate a culture of planning within the States and Regions program.
  • Develop and drive a consistent approach to planning across regions and priority states.
  • Lead an effort to refine team-wide processes, systems, and timelines for strategic planning.

Program Operations and Impact

  • Oversee budget and resource allocation across the States and Regions program.
  • Act as a liaison between regional offices and senior staff in Operations and Strategic Partnerships to support the work of those offices.
  • Improve, standardize, and—where warranted—develop new systems, processes, and ways in which we communicate with stakeholders about the program goals, strategies and outcomes, including: (1) funders; (2) EF regional staff, both across regions and between the headquarters and regional teams; and (3) between EF regional teams and state-based consultants and others working on the ground.

Staff Management

  • Support staff development, including performance management, mentoring and coaching, supervisory skill building, and individual growth.
  • Partner with HR to lead strong and equitable hiring practices
  • Work with the DEI Director to strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion across the team.

Network Development

  • Develop the vision for EF’s role in servicing the network of state clean energy and climate advocates in collaboration with regional teams and Senior Directors; oversee the implementation of the new vision.
  • Bring an orientation to strengthening the collective power and influence of clean energy and climate advocates in state decision-making.
  • Work with headquarters, regional teams, and our Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to identify opportunities and strategies that expand EF’s equity-focused partnerships.
  • A minimum of 12 years of experience in operations and management, including strategy-setting, culture work, personnel management, project management, and budget management.
  • Extensive experience designing and implementing new systems and processes for a growing organization or company, e.g., strategic planning processes, multi-department or multi-region programs, budget development and tracking systems, and information-sharing systems.
  • Proven success in managing high-performing teams. Experience working with teams and staff remotely a plus.
  • Experience in or understanding of the non-profit advocacy sector.
  • Ability to establish rapport and credibility with key internal stakeholders.
  • Strong writing and speaking skills; ability to present complex information in a meaningful way to the EF Board of Directors, funding partners, and staff.
  • Ability to work across functional areas and lead collaborative processes
  • Collaborative management skills, including close engagement, staff empowerment, and strong listening skills.

Ability to travel 10-12 times a year for 2-3 business days at a time.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to spend extended hours at the computer.


This position may be based in any of Energy Foundation’s offices. The office environments include some shared workspace, some individual offices, shared kitchen facilities, with moderate noise levels and a collegial atmosphere. On occasion, there are activities or events after work hours.

Staff are currently working at home during COVID 19 and decisions to re-open offices will be made in accordance to state and local guidance.


Submit a cover letter and resume to The cover letter should be concise, compelling, and outline why you are the right person for this position.

How to Apply

Energy Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to The cover letter should be concise, compelling, and outline why you are the right person for this position.