Job Openings

Policy & Research Manager

Department:

Policy

Reports to:

Senior Vice President of Policy & Government Affairs

Position Description:

ACORE seeks a policy and research manager with knowledge of federal and state electric power sector policies to promote the expansion of U.S. renewable energy in support of ACORE advocacy, policy and government relations objectives.

Reporting to the Senior Vice President, Policy & Government Relations, this position will work closely with the senior leadership team and ACORE members to primarily manage policy-related member programs and meetings, closely monitor U.S. policy and industry developments, and produce high-quality written materials.

The ideal candidate will have experience supporting and/or managing multiple ongoing tasks and projects, be deadline focused, have strong written and oral communication skills and resolve problems creatively and logically.

Key Job Duties:

  • Monitor and analyze energy and tax policies, staying abreast of current federal and state policy debates, as well as developments in renewable energy finance and markets
  • Develop and drive the delivery of high-quality written materials, including policy analyses, market reviews, white papers, public comments, blog posts, and correspondence to lawmakers and regulators
  • Assist in the development and execution of ACORE advocacy, policy and government relations activities, including coordination of meetings and preparation of presentations and analyses for use in engagement with Federal and state officials
  • Build and maintain high-level knowledge of the renewable energy sector and specific policy, finance, market and regulatory issues of relevance to ACORE members and staff
  • Assist in the management and support of ACORE’s U.S. Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance (U.S. PREF) and Partnership for Renewable Energy Integration and Market Expansion (PRIME) member programs
  • Participate in the planning and execution of ACORE meetings, events and annual signature conferences, especially the annual National Renewable Energy Policy Forum
  • Assist programs, communications, membership, sponsorship and other internal teams in support of ACORE’s mission and organizational objectives
  • Support other tasks as assigned by the policy team

Required Skills and Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of U.S. energy/electric power policy, finance and markets, including knowledge of the current renewable energy landscape (particularly for solar and wind power)
  • Excellent written, research, analytical and communication skills, with preference for prior experience producing reports, briefings, public comments and other written materials
  • A minimum of three years of policy, research, program and/or project-related work experience
  • Minimum of bachelor’s degree required with an advanced degree (e.g., JD) relating to public policy, energy or finance preferred
  • Experience working with diverse stakeholders, partners and other companies
  • A collaborative and collegial work style that compliments a small office
  • Fluency and comfort with applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Application Process:

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

Communications Specialist

Department:

Communications

Reports To:

Vice President of Communications

Position Description:

This Communications Specialist will report directly to the Vice President of Communications and will work collaboratively with the programs, policy, membership and events departments to help increase brand awareness for ACORE while strengthening our reputation as a leader on cross-cutting renewable energy business and policy issues.

The candidate should be familiar with the federal legislative and regulatory process and comfortable at the intersection of government, industry and public interest. He/she must also have excellent writing skills and strong attention to detail. This individual should also be driven to create engaging content that promotes and defends America’s renewable energy sector.

Key Job Duties:

  • Craft and distribute ACORE’s Renewable Business Daily newsletter
  • Manage the editorial development and distribution of weekly newsletters (Renewable Business Review and Member Update)
  • Draft and schedule compelling content for ACORE’s social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn)
  • Write, edit and proofread a wide variety of written content (e.g., press releases, fact sheets, newsletters, reports, issue briefs, executive quotes, key messages)
  • Research, develop and manage blog post contributions (staff and contributed) while maintaining general best practices for ACORE’s blog
  • Manage regular updates to marketing and content calendars to inform the roll-out of various organizational products
  • Manage ACORE’s speakers’ bureau program in close coordination with the VP of Communications, including vetting, submitting and maintaining a database of opportunities
  • Assist with maintenance and management of content on ACORE.org, working closely with our in-house web developer
  • Work with the VP of communications to produce reports on communications activities for staff and board meetings
  • Help collect and analyze data from the organization’s communications efforts, including earned media coverage, website analytics, email marketing reports, and social media metrics
  • Support event promotion strategies for signature forums and other key ACORE events
  • Assist with research requests for ACORE publications such as issue briefs, market reviews, quote sheets, public comments and/or blog posts
  • Supervise interns on best practices, tools, and departmental procedures and protocols
  • Perform other tasks and miscellaneous support duties as assigned

Required Skills and Knowledge:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, journalism, or equivalent education and experience
  • Two to four years of PR/communications experience, preferably at an agency, trade association, Congressional office or clean energy company
  • Superb writing, editing, and proofreading skills (AP style) and a demonstrated ability to translate complex information into clean, concise and engaging copy
  • Facility to adapt to change and prioritize multiple tasks effectively under deadline pressure
  • Capability to develop and manage productive and collaborative relationships with external and internal stakeholders and approach issues with a nonpartisan, objective mindset
  • Experience with social media applications (e.g., Sprout Social, Bit.ly, Canva) and platforms (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook) as well as working knowledge of digital tools and services such as WordPress and Google Analytics
  • Experience with Web communications, HTML, and social media preferred; graphic design experience a plus
  • Knowledge of MS Word, PowerPoint, and SharePoint
  • Ability to work independently, multitask and take ownership over projects and assignments
  • Intellectual curiosity and an interest in renewable energy policy and finance

Application Process:

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

Internships

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

Intern program participants engage in research, writing and cross-departmental assistance based on their interests and the organization’s current focus. During ACORE’s internship, one of the main focus is the development and presentation of an individual research project. This project focuses the intern’s attention and knowledge on a particular facet of the renewable energy industry, preparing them to seek a job in that area. Interns work on their papers 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.

Interns support the ACORE departments listed below:

COMMUNICATIONS

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CORPORATE RELATIONS

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POLICY & PROGRAM

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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 particular ACORE department(s) for which you are applying.

Intern Session Timelines

Fall Session: apply by August 3, 2018
Spring Session: apply by November 16, 2018
Summer Session: apply by March 8, 2019

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? Internships are based in our Washington, D.C. offices. Remote or web-based internships are not available.

What is expected of you as an intern? As an ACORE intern,  you are expected to work with staff to identify, define and pursue a project of interest that will form the core content of your work. Some interns know what project they want to pursue before starting; others define the project after arriving at the organization. The core project is designed to help you gain specialized knowledge in one area of the renewable energy industry. Most interns will spend 25-50 percent of their total time focused on their core project. In addition to the project, you are expected to delve into the resources provided to you by the staff to gain a broad-based understanding of the industry.

In the space of networking and industry exploration, you are expected to take advantage of all opportunities to attend lectures, briefing, conferences and networking events to gain a broader understanding of the numerous organizations and viewpoints in the space. Keeping your job search in mind, you will be expected to work out a personal informational interviewing plan, identifying individuals working in your areas of career interest, to gain a better understanding of future opportunities. Lastly, as a team player in a fast-paced office, we ask that you assist with administrative tasks as assigned.

Are the internships full-time or part-time? Internships are customized to individual interns’ schedules. Most internships are 2 or 3 full days per week for 3 to 4 months. Based on your individual academic schedule and availability, full-time internships are available. The internship program is unpaid. Many participants who are not currently enrolled in school choose to work part-time alongside a part-time internship.