ABOUT ENERGY FOUNDATION

Energy Foundation’s 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. 

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. For nearly 30 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.

We are a complex, multi-site, multicultural nonprofit organization with big plans for the future. Under the leadership of our CEO, Energy Foundation has embarked on a major strategy refresh, a prioritized commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), and rapid geographic expansion. 

Our comprehensive approach advances energy efficiency and renewable energy in the power, transportation, and buildings sectors. Our programs focus on developing innovative policies and campaigns to help propel clean energy development in these sectors. The Venues team is a cross-disciplinary team of policy, communications, and campaign experts dedicated to advancing strong state and regional climate and clean energy policies. The Policy team works to deliver strategy and network support services to our issue-focused grantees and funding partners. And the Strategic Communications team develops powerful narrative and communications strategies designed to build support for our work regionally and nationwide.

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 Program Director, Northeast Campaigns will guide the foundation’s strategies to build public support for clean energy and climate policies in the Northeast. Working in the region and in close partnership with campaign experts in Energy Foundation’s San Francisco office and other regional offices, the Campaign Director will design and fund strategies that create the diverse coalitions and collaborations needed to meet ambitious state policy goals in the power, buildings, transportation, and climate sectors. The Campaign Director will report to the Senior Regional Director, and join the Northeast Regional team comprising the Program Coordinator, Program Associate, Policy Program Director, and Communications Director as part of the larger U.S. Programs Team.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

Working in collaboration with the regional and national teams, the Program Director, Northeast Campaigns should possess the ability and experience to successfully:

Develop and oversee multi-year campaign strategies for the region with clear goals, planning, and evaluation

  • Collaborate with the foundation’s communications and policy experts in electric power, buildings, transportation, and climate policy to design and execute aligned program strategies.
  • Use strategies as a guide for funding allocations, constituency building, and public engagement with an emphasis on priority states and policy areas identified by the foundation.
  • Generate and implement ideas for systems, program, and operational improvement.
  • Evaluate how it relates to EF grants and donors, initiatives, and broader campaigns.
  • Communicate about efforts and results, producing top-quality written materials for a variety of audiences, including board members, funders, and other stakeholders.

 Manage and guide teams and projects to successfully design and execute campaign strategies across the region

  • Oversee and manage experienced consulting teams that are coordinating coalitions and developing and implementing strategies in at least three priority states and three priority issue areas, with a focus on diverse, equitable, and inclusive coalitions, processes, and outcomes.
  • Set or adopt collective goals and work together with policy and communication teammates, providing roadmaps and campaign support to state directors and other consultants to help them flourish in their roles.
  • Help overcome historic challenges of bringing different constituencies together.
  • Proactively identify best practices and challenges across regional programs, working to remove barriers to success while customizing approaches for state-specific strategies.

 Embrace and enhance Energy Foundation’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, incorporating and emphasizing it throughout the work

  • Further develop relationships, explore new and expanded grants, and elevate the voices of environmental justice and racial equity groups active in the region.
  • Design campaigns in a collaborative way that engages historically disenfranchised groups and communities, and ensures successes are designed around equitable and durable processes and wins.

 Help build coalitions and collaborations across the region and internally, effectively moving work forward while attending to inclusivity

  • Be comfortable being a step removed from direct advocacy and remaining focused on the bigger picture.
  • Maintain and build collaborative relationships with a wide variety of grantees, funding partners, and other experts and leaders in the field.
  • Support and engage in cross-team collaboration and build a reputation internally as a thought partner in developing and refining aligned internal strategies that are consistent with Energy Foundation’s mission, vision, and values.
  • Help build inclusive wins attendant to overall goals, not wins at all costs.
  • Maintain collaborative relationships with Energy Foundation peers and colleagues, with a focus on meaningful engagement within the foundation’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts.

Manage the foundation’s investment in the Northeast Region to build public and policymaker support for clean energy and climate policy

  • Use 501(c)(3)-appropriate tactics to educate, advocate, and appropriately invest resources.
  • Lead the grantmaking process for grants associated with building public will and policymaker support for clean energy and climate policy advancement; make grant recommendations pursuant to annual strategic plans and regional objectives.
  • Work closely with Senior Director, Northeast, and the Strategic Partnership team to inform and support funding partners with advice, identification of gaps in the advocacy field, and new opportunities for funder collaboration.
 
QUALIFICATIONS

While no one person will have all qualifications and characteristics listed here, the ideal candidate will be:

  • An expert campaign director with a minimum of 10 years of experience managing successful issue campaigns;
  • Exceptional at managing people including consultants and teams in various states and able to work up, down and sidewise in the EF organization to ensure seamless coordination and sharing of best practices;
  • Skilled in developing strategies that consider and synthesize multiple perspectives into a coherent big-picture strategy and workable plan, prioritizing investments, and evaluating progress; and able to facilitate strategy across a network of internal and external partners;
  • Experienced building and managing diverse and inclusive coalitions that include successful collaborations with groups representing communities of color, low-income communities, and other historically disenfranchised groups;
  • Experienced working with policymakers and legislative bodies;
  • Familiar with clean energy and climate policy issues, particularly at the state level;
  • Credible in the field, and able to establish rapport internally and with funding partners, grantees, consultants, and other stakeholders;
  • Comfortable and willing to work with funders and fundraise;
  • Skilled in writing and speaking, including able to present complex information in a meaningful way to the Energy Foundation Board of Directors, funding partners, and allies;
  • Experienced with grantee networks and existing experts engaged in clean energy advocacy;
  • Experienced with the role of philanthropy and how foundation dollars impact policies and markets; and
  • Able to travel 6-12 times a year for 1-3 business days at a time.
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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 may require moderate travel, when it is safe/advisable to do so.

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT

All EF staff are working remotely through the remainder of 2020. While we anticipate returning to our offices sometime in 2021, we will do so only when we can ensure the health and safety of our staff.

This position may be based in any of EF’s offices (San Francisco, CA; Las Vegas, NV; Chicago, IL; Raleigh, NC; or Washington, DC). Candidates already should be based in or willing to relocate to any of those regional locations, once it is safe/advisable to do so. 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.

EF is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

For questions about this leadership position, please contact our search partner, Isaacson, Miller at cgallagher@IMSearch.com.

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