Policy Director

Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI)

Washington, DC, US

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) is a not-for-profit organization established in 1984 by a bipartisan Congressional caucus to provide timely, credible information for policymakers and influential stakeholders, and promote innovative environmental and energy solutions. 

EESI is committed to building a community of staff, board members, advisors, donors, interns, fellows and volunteers, and partners that holds diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values. This commitment strengthens the organization, improves our overall effectiveness, and helps ensure the policies we advance and programs we implement promote an equitable transition to a decarbonized, clean energy economy.

EESI’s Policy Director will help advance climate, environment, and clean energy policies and solutions that will put the U.S. on a cleaner, more secure, and sustainable path.  The Policy Director will directly supervise policy advisors, policy associates, and fellows and help ensure good management of policy interns.  As a member of the EESI management team, the Policy Director will also inform overall organizational strategy and decision-making, contribute to budget preparation and grant reporting, and proposal development. 

Our approach requires thorough research and analysis to support fact-based information, conclusions, and policy recommendations.  The Policy Director will work with a diverse range of people and communicate ideas to a wide audience, including members of Congress and their staff, federal officials, business and industry leaders, other non-governmental organizations, higher education institutions, embassies, and other constituencies.

The Policy Director will report to the Executive Director.  This is a redefined position that will likely evolve and reflect the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities of the selected candidate as well as the changing needs of the organization.

In general, the Policy Director will oversee and guide EESI’s efforts to: 

  • Inform and incorporate policy in overall organizational strategy and decision-making, including budget preparation, grant reporting, and proposal development.
  • Develop and implement EESI’s climate, environment, and clean energy policy initiatives, including mitigation, adaptation, and resilience; integrate Access Clean Energy Savings and on-bill financing into EESI’s efforts to educate policymakers and advance federal policy.
  • Establish a schedule for, plan, and help execute Congressional education briefings.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with our constituencies and serve as a liaison to Congressional offices.
  • Develop and write content for publication, including web articles, fact sheets, and other policy-oriented written materials; edit and provide editorial feedback on policy-oriented written materials.
  • Build and grow EESI’s overall federal climate, environment, and clean energy policy knowledge and expertise.
  • Respond to queries for information and analysis, including testimony, from Congressional committees and members of Congress and their staff.
  • Serve as a resource for information and analysis for the media.

The Policy Director will also:

  • Foster a collaborative, collegial, and supportive work environment; encourage staff development, growth in capabilities, and high levels of effectiveness.
  • Support organization leaders in staff and intern hiring processes.
  • Collaborate with the communications team to develop and implement overall communications strategy and policy messaging.
  • Play a key role in developing ideas and preparing proposals to secure the financial resources necessary to support our climate, environment, and clean energy policy initiatives in collaboration with the development team; coordinate the policy team’s contribution to grant reporting.
  • Represent EESI at conferences, meetings, and in other settings.

At a minimum, competitive candidates will have the following qualifications: 

  • A bachelor’s degree and seven years of relevant work experience or a graduate degree and five years of relevant work experience.
  • At least three years of work experience in a U.S. Senate or U.S. House of Representatives office (including committees).
  • Demonstrated experience in effective management, including by incorporating the perspectives of multiple communities in the consideration of impacts and outcomes of decision-making.
  • Broad and extensive knowledge and understanding of climate, environment, and clean energy policy (including mitigation, adaptation, and resilience) and relevant science and technology topics.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills and an understanding of how to communicate complex climate, environment, and clean energy policy issues to non-technical as well as non-policy-oriented audience.
  • Sophisticated critical thinking, problem-solving, and research and analysis skills; keen attention to detail.
  • Experience in project management.
  • Strong networking and interpersonal skills; a sense of humor, positive attitude, and interest in working collaboratively with other committed professionals.

Starting salary from $75,000. EESI offers an excellent benefits package.

To apply, submit your cover letter, resume and two brief climate, environment, or clean energy policy-oriented or related writing samples via e-mail to David Robison at [email protected]

Application deadline is July 16.

EESI is an equal opportunity employer committed to achieving a diverse workforce.