ABOUT ENERGY FOUNDATION

Energy Foundation’s (EF) mission is to secure a clean and equitable energy future to tackle the climate crisis. We envision a healthy, safe, equitable economy powered by clean energy. We believe a thriving clean energy economy can create sustainable opportunities, spur innovation, and protect our climate—for today and future generations. 

EF 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. For more than 25 years, EF 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.

EF is headquartered in San Francisco, CA, and our more than 70 staff members are based in locations throughout the Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, and Western regions where they can best serve our programs, partners, operations, and other functions.

 
POSITION SUMMARY

The Vice President (VP) of the States and Regions Program is charged with leading the EF team of multidisciplinary professionals working at the state and regional levels to fulfill the organization’s mission of securing a clean and equitable energy future to tackle the climate crisis. The States and Regions Program comprises policy, campaign, and communications experts investing in place-based campaigns in two dozen states across the country’s four major regions.

The VP reports directly to the Senior Vice President (SVP) of Programs and is a member of the Programs Leadership Team and the organization-wide Leadership Team. 

EF actively seeks to expand Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within our organization and through our work. We encourage people of color and candidates with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to apply.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

The VP’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Program management. Develop and oversee the implementation of EF’s strategic vision for state and regional work in collaboration with the Senior Regional Directors.      
  • Program leadership. Work with the SVP of Programs and the VP, National Program to integrate strategy, processes, budgeting, and management across the program teams.
  • Staff management. Lead the States and Regions Team of approximately 25 staff, ensuring strong supervision across the team with a focus on enhancing diversity and inclusion, performance management and individual growth, and mentoring and coaching.
  • Budget management. In collaboration with Program and Operations staff, manage the States and Regions Program budget across all relevant platforms, maintaining its integrity.  
  • Communication. Support communications around the States and Regions Team’s strategy and progress to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Systems management. Oversee the development of systems to support the integrated planning, budgeting, execution, and reporting of program strategies.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). Advance EF’s DEI work through program strategy, management practices, and organization-wide leadership
  • Cross-team collaboration. Work with the Director of Program Operations, and staff from the Operations Team and Strategic Partnerships to ensure strong integration of program work with operations, budgeting, and fundraising, and communications activities. Work with the VP National Program to support integration and collaboration with the National and States and Regions program teams.

 

QUALIFICATIONS
  • A minimum of 12 years of professional experience.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in U.S.-based campaign advocacy relevant to the climate effort, such as clean energy, politics, democracy, justice, business engagement, health, organizing, etc., including work at the state or regional level.
  • Demonstrated management experience in a complex, multi-site, and multi-cultural organization that includes managing large teams and supporting the personal growth of all employees.
  • Experience developing strategies that consider and synthesize multiple perspectives into a coherent big-picture strategy and workable plan, prioritizing investments, and evaluating progress; able to facilitate strategy across a network of internal and external partners.
  • Decisive and detail-oriented project manager with a proven ability to solve challenging problems while advancing multiple streams of work.
  • Brings a high degree of cultural competence, experience participating in or leading DEI initiatives, and track record of contributing meaningfully to a workplace where equity and inclusion are core values in our internal and external EF work.
  • Credibility in the field, and able to establish rapport internally and with funding partners, grantees, consultants, and other stakeholders.
  • Skilled in writing and speaking, including being able to present complex information in a meaningful way to the EF Board of Directors, funding partners, and allies.
  • A commitment to operational excellence, with a strong appreciation for quality systems.
  • Solutions-oriented, problem-solver who is committed to working collaboratively in a diverse, dynamic, and complex environment with a combination of local, regional, and national staff and partners.
  • Curious and inquisitive, with excellent relationship-building and convening skills bringing together people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

 

SUPERVISION
  • Reports to the SVP, Programs and directly supervises 5-7 employees.

 

COMPENSATION

This is a full-time position. The target salary for this position is $225,000. EF provides a comprehensive benefits package, including competitive salary, medical, dental, vision, disability, and retirement benefits and paid time off.

 

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

This position may be based in any of Energy Foundation’s offices or may work remotely from anywhere in the US.

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.

For questions about this leadership position, please contact our search partner, Walker and Associates Consulting, at jwalker@walkeraac.com.

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