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Search for the Program Director, Northeast Campaigns
The Energy Foundation seeks a strategic and collaborative campaigner to serve as its Program Director, Northeast campaigns. Working in the Northeast Region to advance the national mission of Energy Foundation to secure a clean and equitable energy future to tackle the climate crisis, the Program Director, Northeast Campaigns will work with a talented team and stakeholders to devise strategy and drive inclusive campaigns with meaningful effect. The Program Director will partner with experts across Energy Foundation designing and funding strategies to meet policy goals across the power, buildings, transportation, and climate sectors.
Since its founding nearly 30 years ago as a 501(c)(3), Energy Foundation (EF) has supported grantees that help educate policymakers and the general public about the benefits of advances in energy efficiency and renewable energy across sectors. An intermediary foundation, EF is supported by a number of funders including the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation. Over the years it has transitioned its grantmaking activities from a centralized system to local offices across the U.S. Grantees include business, health, environmental, labor, equity, community, faith, and consumer groups, as well as policy experts, think tanks, and universities. In 2019 alone, Energy Foundation awarded nearly $90M to 400 different groups through 700 separate grants and contracts.
The Program Director, Northeast Campaigns will be asked to:
• Develop and oversee multi-year campaign strategies for the region with clear goals, planning, and evaluation;
• Manage and guide teams and projects to successfully design and execute campaign strategies across the region;
• Embrace and enhance Energy Foundation’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, incorporating and emphasizing it throughout the work;
• Help build coalitions and collaborations across the region and internally, effectively moving work forward while attending to inclusivity; and
• Manage the foundation’s investment in the Northeast Region to build public and policymaker support for clean energy and climate policy.
A list of the desired qualifications and characteristics of the Program Director, Northeast Campaigns can be found at the conclusion of this document, which was prepared with the assistance of Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm. This document provides background information and details the key opportunities and challenges related to the position. All confidential applications, inquiries, and nominations should be directed to the parties listed at the conclusion of this document.
About Energy Foundation
Energy Foundation’s mission is to serve the public interest by securing a clean and equitable energy future to tackle the climate crisis. Energy Foundation supports education and analysis to promote non-partisan policy solutions that advance renewable energy and energy efficiency while opening doors to greater innovation and productivity—growing the economy with dramatically less pollution. It is a complex, multisite, multicultural nonprofit organization with big plans for the future. For nearly 30 years, Energy Foundation has supported work across a range of organizations educating about the health and economic benefits of a clean energy economy. Energy Foundation’s comprehensive approach advances energy efficiency and renewable energy in multiple venues and sectors across the U.S. Working together, the National Program and States and Regions Teams focus on developing innovative policies and campaigns, accompanied by powerful narrative and communications strategies, to help propel clean energy development across the country.
The National Program focuses on critical energy sectors such as transportation, buildings, and power generation and hosts cross-cutting experts focused on communications, efficiency in affordable housing, and clean cities. The States and Regions team, also known as the Venues team, is a cross-disciplinary team including policy, communications, and campaign experts. Dedicated to advancing strong state and regional climate and clean energy policies, regional teams invest in place-based campaigns in two dozen states across the country and in four major regional offices based in Las Vegas, NV, Chicago, IL, Raleigh, NC and Washington, D.C. Now under the tenure of a new CEO, Energy Foundation has embarked on a major strategy refresh, a prioritized commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), and rapid geographic expansion.
In June 2020, the staff and Board of Directors finalized an update to the mission, vision, and values statement for the first time in the foundation’s history, setting sights on a bold vision for tackling the climate crisis with a clean and equitable energy future.’
Foundation Leadership and Governance
Chief Executive Officer Jason Mark oversees operations, program strategy development, grantmaking, and partnerships for the Energy Foundation. Prior to assuming this role, Jason served as Energy Foundation’s Senior Vice President of U.S. programs. The Energy Foundation staff work across the Executive Office, Operations, Strategic Partnerships, the National Program Team, and the States and Regions (or Venues) Team. The Board of Directors of Energy Foundation includes a diverse group of 11 leaders across the energy, government, and technology sectors. Rose McKinney-James, the Managing Principal of Energy Works LCC, and former CEO of the Corporation for Solar Technology and Renewable Resources and Commissioner with the Nevada Public Service Commission, is the recently elected Board Chair.
The Program Director, Northeast Campaigns Role
The Program Director, Northeast Campaigns will guide the foundation’s strategies to build public support for clean energy and climate policies in the Northeast. Working in the region and in close partnership with campaign experts in Energy Foundation’s San Francisco office and other regional offices, the Campaign Director will design and fund strategies that create the diverse coalitions and collaborations needed to meet ambitious state policy goals in the power, buildings, transportation, and climate sectors. The Campaign Director will report to Emily Enderle, the Senior Regional Director, and join the Northeast Regional team comprising the Program Coordinator, Program Associate, Policy Program Director, and Communications Director as part of the larger U.S. Programs Team.
Key Opportunities and Challenges for the Program Director
Working in collaboration with the regional and national teams, the Program Director, Northeast Campaigns should possess the ability and experience to successfully:
Develop and oversee multi-year campaign strategies for the region with clear goals, planning, and evaluation
– Collaborate with the foundation’s communications and policy experts in electric power, buildings, transportation, and climate policy to design and execute aligned program strategies.
– Use strategies as a guide for funding allocations, constituency building, and public engagement with an emphasis on priority states and policy areas identified by the foundation.
– Generate and implement ideas for systems, program, and operational improvement.
– Evaluate how it relates to EF grants and donors, initiatives, and broader campaigns.
– Communicate about efforts and results, producing top-quality written materials for a variety of audiences, including board members, funders, and other stakeholders.
Manage and guide teams and projects to successfully design and execute campaign strategies across the
– Oversee and manage experienced consulting teams that are coordinating coalitions and developing and implementing strategies in at least three priority states and three priority issue areas, with a focus on diverse, equitable, and inclusive coalitions, processes, and outcomes.
– Set or adopt collective goals and work together with policy and communication teammates, providing roadmaps and campaign support to state directors and other consultants to help them flourish in their roles.
– Help overcome historic challenges of bringing different constituencies together.
– Proactively identify best practices and challenges across regional programs, working to remove barriers to success while customizing approaches for state-specific strategies.
Embrace and enhance Energy Foundation’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, incorporating and emphasizing it throughout the work
– Further develop relationships, explore new and expanded grants, and elevate the voices of environmental justice and racial equity groups active in the region.
– Design campaigns in a collaborative way that engages historically disenfranchised groups and communities, and ensures successes are designed around equitable and durable processes and wins.
Help build coalitions and collaborations across the region and internally, effectively moving work forward while attending to inclusivity
– Be comfortable being a step removed from direct advocacy and remaining focused on the bigger picture.
– Maintain and build collaborative relationships with a wide variety of grantees, funding partners, and other experts and leaders in the field.
– Support and engage in cross-team collaboration and build a reputation internally as a thought partner in developing and refining aligned internal strategies that are consistent with Energy
Foundation’s mission, vision, and values.
– Help build inclusive wins attendant to overall goals, not wins at all costs.
– Maintain collaborative relationships with Energy Foundation peers and colleagues, with a focus on meaningful engagement within the foundation’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts.
Manage the foundation’s investment in the Northeast Region to build public and policymaker support
for clean energy and climate policy
– Use 501(c)(3)-appropriate tactics to educate, advocate, and appropriately invest resources.
– Lead the grantmaking process for grants associated with building public will and policymaker support for clean energy and climate policy advancement; make grant recommendations pursuant to annual strategic plans and regional objectives.
– Work closely with Senior Director, Northeast, and the Strategic Partnership team to inform and support funding partners with advice, identification of gaps in the advocacy field, and new opportunities for funder collaboration.
Qualifications and Characteristics
While no one person will have all qualifications and characteristics listed here, the ideal candidate will be:
• An expert campaign director with a minimum of 10 years of experience managing successful issue campaigns;
• Exceptional at managing people including consultants and teams in various states and able to work up, down and sidewise in the EF organization to ensure seamless coordination and sharing of best practices;
• Skilled in developing strategies that consider and synthesize multiple perspectives into a coherent big-picture strategy and workable plan, prioritizing investments, and evaluating progress; and able to facilitate strategy across a network of internal and external partners;
• Experienced building and managing diverse and inclusive coalitions that include successful collaborations with groups representing communities of color, low-income communities, and other historically disenfranchised groups;
• Experienced working with policymakers and legislative bodies;
• Familiar with clean energy and climate policy issues, particularly at the state level;
• Credible in the field, and able to establish rapport internally and with funding partners, grantees, consultants, and other stakeholders;
• Comfortable and willing to work with funders and fundraise;
• Skilled in writing and speaking, including able to present complex information in a meaningful way to the Energy Foundation Board of Directors, funding partners, and allies;
• Experienced with grantee networks and existing experts engaged in clean energy advocacy;
• Experienced with the role of philanthropy and how foundation dollars impact policies and markets;
• Able to travel 6-12 times a year for 1-3 business days at a time.
Compensation and Location
Compensation will be commensurate with experience. EF offers a very competitive Total Rewards package including fully-paid premiums for health, dental and vision insurance, generous paid time off, Parental Leave, and an employer contribution of up to 10 percent in the 403b retirement plan. The Northeast Regional team is based in Washington, D.C., though all Energy Foundation staff are working from home/remotely until 2021 due to COVID-19, and decisions to re-open offices will be made in accordance with state and local guidance. Energy Foundation’s founding office is in San Francisco, CA, with regional offices in Raleigh, NC; Chicago, IL; and Las Vegas, NV, in addition to D.C.
Applications, Inquiries, and Nominations
Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Inquiries, nominations, and referrals should be sent via the Isaacson, Miller website for the search:
http://www.imsearch.com/7619. Application materials for the position may be submitted here:
https://grnh.se/aaf5478d3us. Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.
Regan Gough, David Bellshaw, and Emily Chiswick-Patterson
1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94111