Utilities Program Manager

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Closing Date: 
Wed, 02/28/2018

The American Council for and Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a leading national research organization based in Washington, DC, seeks a qualified Manager for its Utilities Program. ACEEE is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1980 that acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors.

ACEEE’s organizational culture is team-oriented with a strong dedication to its mission. Staff work at a high-energy pace in an entrepreneurial environment that emphasizes professional growth and development. ACEEE offers a high degree of workplace flexibility, with an emphasis on results, making ACEEE a fun and fulfilling place to work.

Position Description:

ACEEE seeks a Manager to lead the organization’s research and outreach activities on energy efficiency in the utility sector. ACEEE’s Utility Program covers a range of topics that span both electricity and natural gas utilities, including energy efficiency as a utility resource, energy efficiency programs, utility rate design, energy markets, resource planning, distributed energy resources, utility business models, and cost benefit analysis. The utilities work also reaches federal, state, and local levels of policy-making. This position is an exciting opportunity for a candidate with experience in the utilities sector, a real passion for public interest work, and an interest in furthering his or her career in a dynamic and growing sector.

The Manager supervises a small staff, reports to ACEEE’s Senior Director for Policy, and collaborates closely with senior staff and other teams at ACEEE, especially the State Policy and Local Policy Programs. The Manager will lead several research projects, which most often result in externally-reviewed written research reports, but other project deliverables include fact sheets, formal presentations, webinars, press interviews, and blog posts. This position also requires providing technical assistance to outside partners on matters related energy efficiency policy and research. Technical assistance can include presentation of ACEEE research, writing memos, and submitting formal regulatory or legislative testimony or comments. The Manager will need to balance time between ongoing research projects and technical assistance requests.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Conducting research and analysis on a variety of utility policy topics and preparing research reports and other work products
  • Managing timelines and budgets
  • Helping define strategic direction for research priorities and developing new projects and funding proposals
  • Leading a team of research staff and providing oversight to other Utilities program staff on their projects and development
  • Engaging with policymakers, regulators, and energy efficiency advocates
  • Maintaining relationships with utilities, regulatory staff, non-governmental organizations and national and state policy leaders involved with utilities
  • Managing and preparing complex ACEEE reports or publications
  • Representing ACEEE externally to media, policymakers, funders, and the efficiency community as a recognized expert
  • Interacting with funders and pursuing new funding opportunities


  • Capable of engaging with external stakeholders
  • Ability to work on several ongoing projects with competing deadlines
  • Highly analytical and an eye for detail
  • Deadline management
  • Excellent writing and oral presentation skills
  • Tech-savvy and self-starter
  • Strong social and supervisory skills
  • Articulate and thoughtful
  • Teamwork oriented


  • An advanced degree in a relevant field including (but not limited to) policy analysis, energy, engineering, or science
  • Demonstrated expertise in the utility sector, including some experience with energy efficiency programs and policies. Should have at least five years relevant work experience
  • Some project and staff management experience


  • Experience with utility regulatory processes, related state policies, and utility rate design
  • Relevant professional certifications and training (as appropriate

Preferred start date: on or about March 1, 2018. The position is located 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 and resume to job_openings@aceee.org and use “Utilities Program Manager” in the subject line. We do not accept phone calls or emails about the position.

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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.