Director of Energy & Environmental Policy

Council of State Governments

Washington, DC, US

The Council of State Governments (CSG) is the nation’s only organization serving all three branches of state government. CSG is a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy. This offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships. To learn more about CSG please visit our website at We are currently seeking a Director of Energy & Environmental Policy in our Washington, DC office.


The principal leadership position within CSG’s Energy & Environment Policy Group. The Director of Energy & Environmental Policy provides day-to-day management and oversight of the group, including program development, project, budget and personnel management, membership outreach and coordination, substantial writing and contributions to CSG’s policy series and articles, and fulfillment of the policy work plan. The Director of Energy & Environmental Policy works in cooperation with CSG’s policy and executive management teams as well as regional offices, affiliates and members.


  • Conduct research on innovative state energy and environment policies and programs and synthesize and analyze findings appropriate for a research and policymaker audience.
  • Collect, monitor and analyze data on state legislative, executive and judicial actions as well as state and federal programs and the resultant impacts on states.
  • Conceive and lead collaborative projects aimed at addressing issues of top concern to state officials in one or more states.
  • Serve as CSG’s principal resource and staff spokesperson on state energy and environment policy and participate in media interviews as necessary.


  • Develop and write reports and other research products that are highly relevant to policy deliberations and easily understood by the public, media and policymakers, often in collaboration with the Communications staff, external writers and other consultants.
  • Interact with national organizations, researchers and national policy experts in carrying out work on collaborative projects.
  • Conduct outreach to state officials, participate in identifying and supporting policymakers interested in state energy and environment policies and programs.
  • Conduct relationship management with state officials and policymakers, including legislative and other governmental contacts in all 50 states, DC and the US Territories.
  • Share expertise with CSG’s regional offices and affiliate groups as requested and provide direct outreach to CSG members on energy and environment issues.
  • Collaborate with regional staff as appropriate to provide CSG members with meaningful insights and information about energy and environment issues.
  • Prepare concise and accurate written responses to requests for information.
  • Prepare and make presentations to policymakers, other national organizations or other forums.
  • Participate in efforts to provide timely energy and environment information to state policymakers, such as online webinars, state visits or through other forums.
  • Plan, organize, and conduct meetings by arranging for speakers, identifying topics, supporting logistical planning, and preparing information.
  • Ensure that senior staff and colleagues, consultants, or funders are aware of relevant project developments and that other work in the field is leveraged for the advancement of project goals.
  • Develop and expand a knowledge base on state energy and environment policy, processes and programming, and other relevant policy topics and best practices.
  • Supervise additional policy and administrative staff as necessary.
  • Participate actively in staff discussions and strategic planning meetings, assist with other project or program tasks and perform other organizational duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge of state and federal policy issues and programming.
  • Understanding of state and federal policy development processes.
  • Skill and competence to work effectively with a myriad of state officials, including high level executive, legislative and judicial officials.
  • Ability to work with leading experts in the field of state policy, including researchers, policy experts, program providers and private sector representatives.
  • Strong research skills including internet research and personal interviews.
  • Strong writing skills, preferably including policy description and analysis as well as more general writing such as correspondence, memos and articles.
  • Knowledge of energy policy, earth and environmental science policy, energy/environmental law, mineral resources and general state government public policy.
  • Knowledge of CSG’s accounting and budgeting system and the processing/approval of member expenses.
  • Skill and competence to work independently and to handle a variety of tasks and assignments concurrently.
  • Able to maintain confidentiality and handle politically sensitive work.
  • Self-motivated, able to take initiative and see complex tasks through to completion.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with multiple internal and external partners.


  • Minimum of seven (7) years of relevant and progressive work experience in state government or with a public policy organization and/or membership association.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of energy policy, earth and environmental science policy, energy/environmental law, mineral resources and/or state government public policy.


  • Bachelor’s degree in energy policy, earth and environmental science policy, energy/environmental law, mineral resources and/or in public administration, public policy, public finance, or related field. Advanced degree preferred.

Interested applicants must complete the online application and include resume, cover letter, writing sample and 3 professional references.