Position Title: Senior Public Affairs Manager, Macro Grid Initiative Department: Policy

Reports to: VP, Strategic Partnerships and Public Affairs

Position Description

ACORE seeks a Senior Public Affairs Manager to support the Macro Grid Initiative (MGI), a national campaign to accelerate public and policymaker support for an expanded and upgraded transmission network to enable low-cost renewable energy deployment. The ideal candidate will have an interest in electric transmission and/or renewable energy issues; at least five years of communications and/or advocacy/political campaign experience; and a demonstrated track record overseeing and successfully executing multi-faceted projects on tight deadlines.

This position is based in Washington, D.C. ACORE has a hybrid work environment that allows team members a combination of in-office work and telework. ACORE believes in a healthy work environment and has a COVID vaccination policy in place. All employees must be fully vaccinated and receive a booster shot to work in our offices.

Key Job Duties

  • Lead the development and execution of strategic communications initiatives to amplify the need for expanded transmission to deliver a low-cost clean energy grid, including, but not limited to: (1) engaging current and future MGI Vision Statement and other transmission supporters through the creation and maintenance of a Speakers Bureau or other means; (2) pitching earned media; (3) growing MGI’s social media channels; and (4) disseminating new MGI reports and analyses;
  • Lead production of high-quality written materials, including talking points, opinion columns, fact sheets, presentations, public statements, and briefings in coordination with both internal and external experts;
  • Assist with disseminating materials to national and regional clean energy organizations and allied organizations;
  • Assist with the tracking of key grant deliverables, outreach to current and potential MGI supporters, ally groups, and other data necessary to effectively manage meetings and communicate to internal and external audiences;
  • Assist in growing support among federal, regional, and state policymakers and energy policy stakeholders for a nationally connected transmission grid;
  • Assist in expanding the national coalition of groups supporting the MGI program;
  • Collaborate with ACORE programs, communications, membership, sponsorship and other internal teams in support of ACORE’s mission and organizational objectives;
  • Prepare content for the ACORE website, annual report, newsletters, existing and potential funders, and other external publications in coordination with the communications team;
  • Stay abreast of renewable energy and transmission

Required Skills/Knowledge

  • Five+ years advocacy, communications, political campaign, or organizing experience
  • Demonstrated track record successfully executing multi-faceted projects on tight timelines
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Highly organized, strong attention to detail
  • Experience working with diverse stakeholders and partners
  • Collaborative and collegial work style befitting a small office
  • Proficiency with the MS Office Suite required; experience with campaign or project management tools preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree required, postgraduate degree a plus

Desired Skills/Knowledge

  • Subject matter knowledge on transmission or renewable energy
  • Experience managing a Speakers Bureau or similar concept with multiple stakeholders

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, highlighting your specific qualifications for the position and a personal resume to Click Here. Interviews will be promptly scheduled with candidates that best fit the requirements enumerated above.


  • Quality Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance, fully covered by the employer
  • 401(k), with a 5% employer contribution each pay period
  • Life, AD&D, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability
  • Hybrid work schedule
  • Generous PTO & Sick Leave Policy
  • Parental Leave for all parents to bond when new children enter a family


The annual salary range for this position is $110,000 – $125,000.


ACORE is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.


Founded in 2001, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit organization that unites finance, policy, and technology to accelerate the transition to a renewable energy economy. ACORE accomplishes much of its work by convening leaders across key constituencies, facilitating partnerships, educating federal and state legislators and agency officials on important policies, publishing research and analysis on pressing issues, and undertaking strategic outreach on the policies and financial structures essential torenewable energy growth. Additional information at: www.acore.org.


Internship applications are welcome from students and recent graduates who are committed to making renewable energy the focus of their career paths. All ACORE internships are paid. 

Intern program participants engage in research, writing, and cross-departmental assistance based on their interests and the organization’s current focus. ACORE interns are also responsible for the development and presentation of an individual research project. This project focuses the intern’s attention and knowledge on a facet of the renewable energy industry, preparing them to seek career opportunities in that area. Interns work on their presentations by researching a topic of their choosing and interviewing members of the renewable energy sector, as well as potential employers, through personal introductions by staff and networking opportunities.

The Ørsted Mentorship Program

ACORE is committed to social and economic justice as part of the transition to a greener future, and is actively working to cultivate a culture of inclusion and equity within the renewable energy sector. To this end, we have partnered with Ørsted to connect select interns with an industry mentor who will serve as a resource for them during and after the ACORE internship. For more information on the Ørsted mentorship program, please contact Mario Da Silva at dasilva@acore.org.


Interns support the ACORE departments listed below:

Application Process

Please submit a resume and cover letter to intern@acore.org. In your cover letter, let us get to know you by explaining what you would like to gain from an ACORE internship, why you want to pursue a career in the renewable energy industry, and what kind of career paths are of interest to you. Please indicate the specific ACORE department(s) for which you are applying.

Intern Session Timelines

Deadline to apply for Spring 2023 semester: November 4, 2022

Deadline to apply for Summer 2023 semester: March 3, 2023

Deadline to apply for Fall 2023 semester: July 7, 2023

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should apply? Internship applications are welcome from rising seniors, new graduates and graduate students personally committed to making renewable energy the focus of their future career. We welcome applications from many majors, and from all U.S. universities. Please note that ACORE does not assist with obtaining visas to work/study in the U.S.

Where will you intern? ACORE’s office is based in Washington, D.C. At this time, we anticipate a virtual/telework format for internships.

Are the internships full-time or part-time? Internships are customized to individual interns’ schedules. Most interns work with ACORE for 2 or 3 days of the week for up to 10 weeks. All of ACORE’s interns are expected to work part-time.

Is this a paid program?  Yes, ACORE internships are paid. Upon approval of your internship application, we’ll discuss compensation details.