Director of Macro Grid Initiative

Department: Policy
Reports to: Chief Operating Officer

Position Description

ACORE seeks a Director to help drive activities and impact on its Macro Grid Initiative, a national campaign to accelerate public and policymaker support for an expanded National and Eastern Interconnection Macro Grid to reduce carbon emissions and enable high renewable energy penetration. The ideal candidate will have subject matter expertise on electric transmission, power market and renewable energy issues; ten years of advocacy, communications and/or lobbying experience; and a demonstrated track record overseeing and successfully executing multi-faceted projects on tight deadlines.

Key Job Duties

  • Build support among federal policymakers and various energy policy stakeholders for a national transmission grid
  • Enlist governors and other state leaders in advancing the next round of regional and interregional transmission planning in partnership with regional organizations
  • Help promote a new FERC transmission planning rule
  • Drive and execute day-to-day activities of the Macro Grid Initiative
  • Play a key role in ACORE advocacy and grid policy initiatives, including coordination of meetings and preparation of presentations and analyses for use with Federal and state officials
  • Collaborate with ACORE programs, communications, membership, sponsorship and other internal teams in support of ACORE’s mission and organizational objectives
  • Produce high-quality written materials, including white papers, presentations, public comments, briefings, and blogs in coordination with both internal and external experts
  • Prepare content for the ACORE website, annual report, and other external publications in coordination with the communications team
  • Stay abreast of renewable energy and transmission trends and act as a point of contact for related internal and external inquiries
  • Represent ACORE at meetings

Required Skills/Knowledge

  • Ten years advocacy, communications and/or lobbying experience
  • Subject matter expertise on transmission planning (e.g. FERC Order No. 1000) and renewable energy integration
  • 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, partners, and member companies
  • Collaborative and collegial work style that compliments a small office
  • Bachelor’s degree required, postgraduate degree a plus


How To Apply

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


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. 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 particular facet of the renewable energy industry, preparing them to seek a job 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.

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

Intern Session Timelines

Deadline to apply for Fall 2020 semester: July 10, 2020

Deadline to apply for Spring 2021 semester: November 16, 2020

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, briefings, 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.