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Director of Research

Director of Research

Departments:   Policy and Programs

Reports to:         Vice President of Programs and Content Strategy

Location:            Washington, D.C. or Remote

Salary range:     Competitive Based on Experience

Position Description

Do you want to help advance the energy transition through research and analysis? The Director of Research works closely with the ACORE policy and programs team to analyze U.S. renewable energy policy and market scenarios through modeling tools such as JEDI, NEMS and ReEDS. This position will play a key role in creating high-quality original research and data analysis for policymaker and business audiences. The ideal candidate will have subject matter expertise on renewable energy and related business issues; have at least four years of research and analytical experience; and have a demonstrated track record of producing high-quality written materials.

While we were originally looking for this position to work out of our Washington, D.C. office, we are now also open to candidates who would work remotely. All staff are currently working remotely due to COVID-19.

Key job duties

  • Work closely with ACORE’s policy and programs teams to model the economic and environmental effects of renewable energy deployment under varying market and policy conditions, including employment impacts and impacts on emissions
  • Support the development and implementation of a research work plan that supports ACORE’s mission, philanthropic funding and member value
  • Collaborate with ACORE’s management team, fundraising team, and subject matter experts to conceptualize, draft and edit high-quality publications
  • Conduct market research on renewable energy, energy storage, electric transmission, ESG investing and the broader electric power sector
  • Collegially cultivate and manage relationships with consultants and external partners working on ACORE publications or otherwise engaged in joint efforts
  • Assist policy, programs, communications, corporate engagement and other internal teams in support of ACORE’s mission and organizational objectives
  • Support other tasks as assigned

Required skills and knowledge

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, such as a social or natural science or technical discipline, or equivalent experience, is essential. Advanced degree or equivalent is preferred
  • Experience with economic and environmental modeling of policy and market scenarios using tools such as JEDI, NEMS or ReEDS strongly preferred
  • Subject matter expertise on the renewable energy sector, including understanding of energy and climate policies and renewable energy finance
  • Excellent research, analytical, writing, editing and communication skills
  • A minimum of four years of quantitative research and analytical experience, with prior experience producing reports, analysis, briefings and other written materials at a professional or academic institution
  • Strong project management skills and experience leading cross-departmental projects
  • Strong computer skills, including Excel and database management systems
  • A collaborative and collegial work style

Application Instructions

Submit resume, cover letter and writing samples to


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.


  • Quality Medical, Dental, 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 or fully remote work schedule
  • Generous PTO & Sick Leave Policy
  • Parental Leave for all parents to bond when new children enter a family


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 is the focal point for collaborative advocacy across the renewable energy sector, supported by hundreds of members spanning renewable energy technologies and constituencies, including developers, manufacturers, financial institutions, major corporate renewable energy buyers, grid technology providers, utilities, professional service firms, colleges and universities and allied nonprofit groups.  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 to renewable energy growth. Additional information is available at:


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


Interns support the ACORE departments listed below:

Application Process

Please submit a resume and cover letter to 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 2022 semester: November 5, 2021

Deadline to apply for Summer 2022 semester: March 4, 2022

Deadline to apply for Fall 2022 semester: July 8, 2022

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.