Energy Foundation is seeking a Midwest Policy Program Director who is an energy policy expert and passionate advocate that is excited about joining one of the most prominent organizations in the world promoting clean energy solutions.
The candidate will have recognized expertise in one or more of the following areas – utility regulation, power markets, renewable energy, energy efficiency, buildings or transportation – and understand the mechanisms underlying the changing dynamics in the energy system and appreciate the role that public policy can play in helping to accelerate the transition to a cleaner energy system.
The ideal candidate will be a true strategist – someone who is able to synthesize information from multiple sources into a coherent, bigger-picture view of the energy system. The Program Director will have a strong track record of translating vision into action, prioritizing investments and resources, managing budgets, and measuring progress. Candidates must have experience with policy advocacy and be knowledgeable about how energy regulatory processes work.
Keeping in mind the foundation’s core operating philosophy, the Program Director will be one or more steps removed from direct policy advocacy and must be excited about coordinating these types activities from an elevated perch. As such, candidates must demonstrate how they establish credibility in the field and build rapport with disparate stakeholders as well as how they develop and facilitate strategy across a broad network of partners.
A strategic mindset is essential in order to effectively develop and evaluate long-range plans and policy initiatives. In addition to deep energy policy expertise and analytical skills, the candidate should have a keen understanding of political dynamics.
Effective relationship building and fundraising skills are required, including a demonstrated background working with opinion leaders, funding partners, nonprofit organizations, and others to build partnerships that drive stronger outcomes and attract increased resources. The successful candidate will be a natural collaborator and convener who is comfortable working behind the scenes.
The Program Director will thrive in an autonomous, start-up environment, and be comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty, yet also have the savvy and capability to collaborate closely with EF’s regional offices and San Francisco headquarters on a regular basis. The ability to adapt, listen to others, and learn from their best ideas with a sense of inquisitiveness and intellectual curiosity is essential. Candidates must be personable, trustworthy, diplomatic, and have impeccable integrity and ethics. The Program Director must also possess humility and firmly believe in the idea of supporting others to succeed.
Other Key Qualifications
- A thorough understanding of the role of public policy in shaping markets, including utility regulations and government incentive programs.
- Knowledge of the landscape of energy innovation, including new business models, financing structures, and emerging technologies.
- Strong writing and speaking skills. Able to present complex information in a meaningful way to Energy Foundation Board of Directors, funding partners, and allies.
- Desired experience with economics and finance, energy modeling and private sector finance
Candidates must have a minimum of ten years of energy policy experience, power sector expertise preferred. Knowledge of the Midwest region and at the state level is highly desirable, but not essential. Outstanding public speaking and writing skills are necessary, including the ability to present complex information in meaningful and compelling ways.
A bachelor’s degree is required. The position is in Chicago. Candidates must be able to travel an estimated twelve times per year, with an average trip lasting between one to three days.