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Research Manager

research manager

Location: San Francisco, CA

About Energy Foundation

Energy Foundation’s nonprofit mission is to serve the public interest by building a strong clean energy economy. Pragmatic and nonpartisan, the foundation supports education and analysis to promote policy solutions that build markets for clean energy technology. Advancing renewable energy, energy efficiency, clean transportation and other solutions can open doors to greater innovation and productivity—growing the economy with dramatically less pollution.

A partnership of leading foundations launched Energy Foundation in 1991 and Energy Foundation China in 1999. In the U.S., we advance energy efficiency and renewable energy in the power, transportation, and buildings sectors. The Policy and Public Engagement programs focus on strategy development, policy innovation, and campaign design, while the Strategic Communications Program develops capacities and strategies in the regions and nationally. The 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.

For more than 25 years we have supported grantees to help educate policymakers and the general public about the health and economic benefits of a clean energy economy. Grantees include business, health, labor, environmental, faith, equity, free-market, and consumer groups, as well as policy experts, military organizations, think tanks, and universities.

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

Position Summary

The Research Manager supports the Energy Foundation Program and Strategic Partnerships teams to make better, more efficient use of existing data and research resources, in support of our grantmaking and fundraising strategies. As a secondary priority, the Research Manager will also help to identify gaps in the available research landscape, and develop and execute recommendations to fill them.

Our policy, campaign, and communications strategies are strongest when informed by a deep understanding of the underlying dynamics driving energy markets, the long-term implications of our work (e.g., health outcomes or climate impacts), and an ability to track progress toward our long-term ambitions. By improving our capacity to synthesize research, and originate it where appropriate, the Research Manager will provide an integral service to the field and to our funding partners.

Reports to

Reports to the Vice President, Policy, and Vice President, Policy, States and Regions, and is a member of the U.S. Programs Department.

  • Manage projects to quantitatively evaluate Energy Foundation program strategies—both prospectively in the planning process and as part of on-going monitoring and evaluation, including the management of regular updates to key policy and market models.
    For example: evaluate economy-wide mitigation potential of Energy Foundation priority state strategies.
  • Provide short-term analytical support on key trends, data, and strategy.
    For example: generate market trend data for board or funder outreach.
  • In collaboration with Energy Foundation Program and Strategic Partnerships teams, develop presentation materials to visually represent data for reporting and fundraising purposes.
  • Coordinate and engage with all research vendors across Energy Foundation portfolios and provide analytical advice to multiple programs, including suggestions on modeling tools, consultants, and project design.
    For example: advise on the modeling approach for a new program strategy.
  • Support Energy Foundation teams by proactively connecting strategy and tactics to existing and potential research concepts and products.
  • Manage Energy Foundation subscriptions to data and research services.


  • Familiarity with the major U.S. energy sectors, with deeper expertise in either the power or transportation sectors.
  • Familiarity with well-known energy modeling tools, such as U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Modeling System, National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Regional Energy Deployment System, and ICF’s Integrated Planning Model, and input/output economic models.
  • Excellent data synthesis and presentation skills, including ability to generate compelling charts and PowerPoints to elucidate data and articulate strategy.
  • Project management experience and experience in client-facing environments.

Other requirements

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

Physical demands

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 requires moderate levels of domestic travel.

Work environment

The Energy Foundation is located in the Bently Reserve building in San Francisco, a LEED certified establishment, easily accessible via public transportation. The office environment is a typical office, with moderate noise levels, shared kitchen facilities, and a collegial atmosphere. This position resides in open shared office space. On occasion, there are activities or events after work hours. Occasional travel is required.


Energy Foundation provides a comprehensive benefits package, including competitive salary, medical, dental, vision, disability, and retirement benefits and paid time off.

Energy Foundation staff work in service of a clean energy future for all. We are committed to creating a diverse environment and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply

Energy Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. To be considered, please submit your resume and a cover letter below expressing your passion for the mission and fit for the role.