Policy Analyst, Clean Energy Finance

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Closing Date: 
Mon, 05/20/2019

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a leading national research organization based in Washington, DC, seeks a qualified policy analyst focused on clean energy finance for its State Policy program.  ACEEE is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1980 that acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors. 

ACEEE’s organizational culture is collaborative and team-oriented with a strong commitment to its mission. Staff work at an energetic pace within a dynamic and entrepreneurial environment with an emphasis on professional growth and development. There is a high degree of work flexibility, with an emphasis on results, making ACEEE an enjoyable and fulfilling place to work. 

Position Description:

ACEEE seeks a policy analyst to focus on clean energy finance strategies, working within the State Policy program and collaborating with teams across the organization. The position provides a balance of research, analysis, and technical advocacy on a broad range of issues related to clean energy finance across the country. This is an exciting position for someone looking to have real world impact by expanding innovative financing strategies and advancing programs and policies that encourage greater uptake of energy efficiency improvements.

The policy analyst will have a variety of research opportunities working with a well-respected and widely recognized team of efficiency experts and collaborating with other programs across the organization. The core responsibilities of the position include:

  • Conducting research and analysis evaluating recent developments and innovative approaches to financing energy efficiency; policy support for augmenting energy efficiency investment; and opportunities to better serve rural, low-income, and other harder-to-reach markets
  • Contributing to technical assistance for policymakers and agency staff, including recommendations for developing or expanding financing programs, compilations of best practices, and policy and program review
  • Coordinating program development for ACEEE’s premier financing conference, Energy Efficiency Finance Forum
  • Developing and implementing updates to the financing content in ACEEE’s State Policy Toolkits

The analyst will work on projects of high visibility and credibility in the energy efficiency, financing, and policy communities. The position offers unmatched access to national experts in energy efficiency programs, policies and financing, as well as an opportunity to develop expertise and leadership experience in clean energy finance.

Expectations and Responsibilities:

  • Highly analytical and detail-oriented. The analyst will conduct rigorous and peer-reviewed primary research dealing with complex quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills. The analyst is expected to contribute to detailed research reports, white papers, fact sheets, and regulatory comments, and to present research results through formal presentations, webinars, and blog posts.
  • Superb organizational and project coordination skills. The position requires experience contributing to complex, long-term projects independently and as part of teams. The analyst must also balance multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills. He/she will coordinate and collaborate with numerous ACEEE staff members on cross-cutting research projects. The analyst must also maintain relationships with external stakeholders to inform research and broaden the reach of ACEEE research and technical assistance.
  • Highly motivated, self-starter. The analyst must be able to work independently.
  • Tech-savvy and quick learner. The analyst will need to consult with other ACEEE staff to stay apprised of emerging information on energy efficiency policies and programs.



  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, economics, public policy, or related field with two or more years of relevant work experience, with demonstrated project coordination experience and significant experience with quantitative analysis (Master’s degree in related field preferred)
  • Experience with, or sound knowledge of, energy efficiency

Strongly preferred:

  • Familiarity with mechanisms used to capitalize clean energy projects
  • Experience planning conferences, educational events, or multi-stakeholder meetings
  • Experience with legislative and regulatory policy research
  • Demonstrated passion for clean energy, sustainability, or environmental issues

Preferred start date: on or about July 1, 2019, based in Washington, DC  

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience, and includes ACEEE’s generous benefits package which includes 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: Send cover letter, resume, and brief (1-2 pages) writing sample to job_openings@aceee.org and use “Clean Energy Finance Analyst” in the subject line. We do not accept phone calls.

ACEEE is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination with regard to race, sex, color, age, religion, creed, class, sexual orientation, national origin, and disability.