Staffing Advisors Industry Program Director - American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) #2019-2445 in Washington, D.C., District Of Columbia

Industrial Energy Efficiency Program Director - ACEEE

Industrial companies account for a quarter of global GDP and employment, producing products and materials we rely on every day. But generating this economic and social value carries an environmental cost—more than a fifth of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come from industry. Energy efficiency plays a critical role in reducing industrial GHG emissions. Although the energy intensity of the U.S. economy has steadily improved since 1980, there are large and cost-effective energy efficiency opportunities that can reduce energy use in 2050 by 40-60% relative to current forecasts. Cutting industry’s carbon emissions will require significant investment and a deep understanding of the interplay between market forces and policy impacts.

As the Industrial Energy Efficiency Program Director at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), you will shape our research and policy agenda in the industrial sector, attracting and inspiring a small team of researchers. Our reputation is based on the high quality, credibility, and relevance of our work, as well as our bipartisan approach. By design, we bring together stakeholders that represent key industry segments and you must be able to respectfully and effectively understand and articulate the opinions of each stakeholder, without bias. Our thorough and peer-reviewed technical work is a catalyst to advance policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors. With support from the senior director for research, your team’s work will empower people, establish policy, enhance processes, and enable action toward a sustainable industrial future.

In this high profile role, you will engage with other organizations and lead the development of industrially-focused conference programs and stakeholder convenings, which includes ACEEE’s Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry, the premier conference on industrial energy efficiency. You will lead projects at the international, federal, state, and local level, identifying the best areas of opportunity. Our research projects often result in externally reviewed, written research reports, as well as fact sheets, formal presentations, webinars, press interviews, online blogs, editorials, videos, journal articles, and others. Your team will also provide technical assistance to outside stakeholders including presentation of ACEEE research, writing memos, and submitting formal comments, as well as convening stakeholders.

Organization Overview

A national nonprofit research organization based in Washington, D.C., ACEEE believes that the United States can harness the full potential of energy efficiency to boost economic prosperity, improve health, and protect the environment for all its people.

ACEEE is America’s leading center of expertise on energy efficiency. We actively participate in debates on energy policy, clean air, and climate change, and are nationally recognized for leadership in energizing energy efficiency policies for buildings, industry, transportation, appliance and equipment efficiency, and agriculture and rural communities. Our research and analysis is widely relied on by policymakers, business and industry decision makers, consumers, media, and other energy professionals. We contributed provisions to all major federal energy legislation since the 1980’s, provided guidance and support to federal agencies and presidential administrations, and engaged on energy efficiency policies and programs in over three dozen states and numerous cities. Our research and partnerships have also helped launch over a dozen other organizations and campaigns. In the industrial sector, we have been leaders on strategic energy management, smart manufacturing, utility efficiency program best practices, efficient motors and motor-driven equipment, combined heat and power systems, and supporting research and development for emerging industrial processes.

Key Responsibilities of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Program Director

  • Develop, articulate, and implement a strategic vision and work plan for the ACEEE Industrial Program.

  • Conduct research on industrial energy topics with a focus on technology, policy, and program opportunities to improve energy efficiency and productivity and reduce greenhouse gases.

  • Build and cultivate relationships with companies, trade associations, policymakers, program implementers, NGOs, researchers, and other stakeholders on issues relating to industrial energy efficiency, productivity, and greenhouse gas reduction programs and policies; lead technical assistance for these groups.

  • Provide outreach by presenting ACEEE research, writing memos, and submitting formal comments.

  • Represent ACEEE in external discussions on program and policy issues through speaking roles at conferences, roundtable discussions, testimony, and written commentary.

  • Further ACEEE’s reputation as a credible and authoritative voice on industrial technologies, markets, programs, and policies.

  • Supervise Industrial Program team members; mentor staff in their research and career development; coach them to meet program goals and schedules.

  • Fundraise in support of the research agenda and work of the Industrial Program in close coordination with the director of development and ACEEE executive team.

  • Oversee large research and outreach projects ensuring project deliverables stay on schedule, within the prescribed budget.

  • Provide high-quality program administration, including budget and schedule management.

Qualifications of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Program Director

  • An advanced degree in a relevant field (Ph.D. a plus); a degree or relevant experience in engineering or sciences preferred.

  • 10 years’ experience working in or with industry in a technical and policy-making capacity preferred. Technical experience in manufacturing processes, energy management, and industrial analysis is strongly preferred. Experience in non-manufacturing industries (e.g., agriculture, mining) a plus.

  • Superb organization and project management skills, with demonstrated ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.

  • Demonstrated leadership, supervisory, coaching, fundraising, and relationship management experience including strong demonstrated success managing key external relationships.

  • Strong convening and collaboration skills with proven meeting leadership and facilitation abilities.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with extensive experience in public presentations, testimony, and interaction with the press strongly preferred.

  • Knowledge of corporate management, finance, and/or industrial project financing a plus.

Attributes of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Program Director

  • Champion for the mission. You understand the big picture, know what is important to stakeholders, and what best serves the mission.

  • Effective communicator. You are a superb writer, thinker, and listener. You are able to deliver complex information to a variety of audiences in a credible and presentable way.

  • Organizationally agile. You seek out and respect other viewpoints and you share your insights as well. You effectively work across agencies and organizations to build long-standing relationships.

  • Supreme relationship builder. You have a proven track record of getting results by building strong relationships and partnerships. You are self-confident and assertive, approachable and responsive. You listen to and respect the views of others.

  • Skilled project manager. Whether it’s something that requires a quick turnaround or a long-term commitment, you take full responsibility from start to finish. When you say you’ll get back to someone, you do. You bring order to competing priorities and keep things running smoothly.

  • Entrepreneurial. You understand the big picture and seize opportunities as they arise. You are intellectually curious and keep up-to-date with current sector news and research.

What’s Attractive to the Right Industrial Energy Efficiency Program Director Candidate?

  • Your work will help shape policy in the energy and industrial sectors on a global scale, accelerating the development of low-carbon technologies, improving energy efficiency, and creating a just transition for employees as economies shift into more sustainable production methods. Your team’s research will create the policy foundation that leads to greater economic prosperity, energy security, and environmental protection for all people.

  • We are a mission-driven, collaborative, entrepreneurial organization that offers workplace flexibility and professional development. You will find your colleagues to be friendly and pleasant, and the work to be intellectually stimulating.

  • ACEEE offers competitive compensation, based on qualifications and experience, with opportunities for career development. Benefits include ACEEE’s generous package of health, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance coverage; a 403(b) retirement plan; transportation and bike share benefits; three weeks of vacation in the first year and four weeks thereafter.

To Apply for the Industrial Energy Efficiency Program Director position:

Use the "Apply" button on this page, or simply email your resume to Aileen Hedden at resumes@staffingadvisors.com with “ACEEE – Industry Program Director #2019-2445 SA” as the subject of the email. Please include your resume as a Word or PDF attachment to the email and paste your cover letter in the body of your email.

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