Research Analyst, Industry Program

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Closing Date: 
Sun, 06/10/2018

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a leading national research organization based in Washington, DC, seeks a qualified research analyst for its Industry 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 dedication to its mission.  Staff work at an upbeat pace within a dynamic and ambitious environment with an emphasis on professional growth and developments.  There is a high degree of workplace flexibility, making ACEEE a fun and fulfilling place to work.

Position Description:

ACEEE seeks a research analyst to focus on industrial energy efficiency technologies, practices, and policies for its Industry program.  The position provides a balance of research, analysis, and technical advocacy on a broad range of issues related to energy use in manufacturing and other energy-intensive sectors of the economy.  This is an exciting position for someone looking to have real world impact in improving the efficiency of industrial equipment, processes, advancing programs, and policies that support greater uptake of efficiency improvements.


Expectations and Responsibilities:

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

  • Conducting research and analysis of new technologies, practices, programs, and policies relevant to reducing energy use in the industrial sector.  Specific research areas will likely include strategic energy management (SEM) energy efficiency programs, smart manufacturing, minimum energy performance standards (MEPS), voluntary product labeling protocols, and the use of information and communication technologies to effect additional energy savings and enable emerging energy markets.
  • Participating in outreach to private sector organizations to engage them in federal, state, and voluntary efficiency standards development activities.
  • Providing industry sector analysis to cross-cutting program projects, which may include federal policy analysis, ACEEE energy efficiency scorecard projects, and policies related to combined heat and power (CHP).
  • Developing and implementing updates to the content on ACEEE’s website.
  • Coordinating program development for ACEEE’s biennial Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry and other events.

The position requires excellent organizational and project management skills, deadline and time management, written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to perform multiple tasks, and work professionally as a team.  The research analyst should have knowledge of how to develop a research project, collect and assimilate data, write up findings and formulate policy recommendations.

  • Highly analytical and an eye for detail.  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 produce 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 applicant should have experience coordinating complex, long-term projects independently and as part of teams.  Expect to balance multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Strong social 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 and quick learner.  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 energy efficiency policies and programs.  The analyst will also develop content for the programs pages on ACEEE’s website.
  • Public speaking.  The analyst will give public presentations at conferences and engage in outreach to research project and outreach initiative stakeholders.  Will occasionally talk with the press.  Occasional travel with overnight stays expected.




  • Bachelor’s degree and two years of work experience
  • Knowledge of and experience with energy efficiency practices, programs, policy and technologies
  • General knowledge of industrial/manufacturing sector, business operations, and business investment considerations
  • Familiarity with the intersection of environmental and energy efficiency issues
  • Proven ability to conduct research and analysis
  • Proven ability to represent an organization externally
  • Strong writing, communication, and interpersonal skills


  • Bachelor’s degree and four years of work experience, or
  • Master’s degree and two years of work experience
  • Advanced degree in relevant field including policy analysis, energy, engineering, or science
  • Contributor to one or more significant research reports


Preferred start date: on or about April 2, 2018, 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 and use “Industry Program Research Analyst” in the subject line. We do not accept phone calls.

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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.