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Director of Research

Director of Research

Department: Policy & Programs

Reports to: Vice President of Programs and Content Strategy

Position Description

The Director of Research promotes the transition to renewable energy through high-quality original research, modelling and data analysis. This position works closely with the ACORE policy and programs team to support ACORE’s workstreams through economic and environmental impact analysis, market modeling, data analysis and other research areas as appropriate. The Director of Research will closely monitor market trends and commercial activities and use quantitative methods to analyze the impact of current and proposed policies on the renewable energy industry. This position will support ACORE’s grant-funded and member-driven programs and play a key role in the development of high-quality reports, fact sheets and other publications. The ideal candidate will have subject matter expertise on renewable energy, wholesale power markets and related business issues; have at least five years of quantitative research and analytical experience; and have a demonstrated track record of producing high-quality written materials and successfully executing multi-faceted projects.

This position is based in Washington, DC though all staff are currently working remotely due to COVID-19.

Key Job Duties

  • Play a key role in developing and implementing a research strategy and 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 that include sophisticated modeling and data analysis
  • Collegially cultivate and manage relationships with consultants and external partners working on ACORE publications or otherwise engaged in joint efforts
  • 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
  • Conduct market research on renewable energy, energy storage, electric transmission and the broader electric power sector
  • 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/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
  • Subject matter expertise on the renewable energy sector, including understanding of energy and climate policies, financing approaches and wholesale power markets
  • Excellent research, analytical, writing, editing and communication skills
  • A minimum of five years of quantitative research and analytical experience, with prior experience producing reports, analysis, briefings and other written materials
  • Experience with economic and environmental modeling of policy and market scenarios
  • 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 careers@acore.org

Non-Discrimination

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.

Development Associate

Development Associate

Department: Policy, Programs, & Corporate Engagements

Reports to: Vice President of Strategic Partnerships

Position Description

The development associate will assist in bringing together internal stakeholders and external collaborators to strategically grow ACORE’s programs through philanthropic support. Working closely with ACORE’s management team, this position will collaborate on strategies for launching and supporting grant-funded activities designed to advance America’s transition to renewable energy. Based in Washington DC, this position will facilitate meetings with current and prospective members, foundations, and before government bodies.

This position is based in Washington, DC though all staff are currently working remotely due to COVID-19.

Key Job Duties

  • Support efforts to raise funds from, and maintain relationships with, current and prospective foundations and major donors
  • Develop and manage processes to track progress on milestones and metrics associated with foundation fundraising
  • Work collaboratively with Vice President of Strategic Partnerships to provide programmatic leadership and input on foundation-funded initiatives that further ACORE’s strategic plan
  • Administer procedures to ensure that milestones and metrics related to foundation-funded initiatives are carefully tracked and achieved
  • Plan and assist in executing fundraising activities to provide resources for programs and initiatives, including assistance with proposal writing
  • Work with Management Team on potential new sources of organizational revenue
  • Maintain an effective data collection process

Required Skills/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)
  • Highly organized, self-motivated, and detail-oriented
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines
  • Knowledge of nonprofit fundraising techniques and understanding of how to raise funds in a 501(c)(3) or similar environment
  • Three or more years relevant work experience
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to relate successfully to a broad spectrum of stakeholders and to explain relatively technical topics to non-technical audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively and collegially with members, partners, and colleagues
  • Understanding of federal policy making, including a working knowledge of the operations of the
  • U.S. Congress and government agencies

Educational Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as public policy, political science, economics, finance, law, science or technical field, or equivalent experience. Master’s degree a plus, but not required.

Application Instructions

Submit resume and cover letter to careers@acore.org

Non-Discrimination

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.

Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Programs

Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Programs

Department: Corporate Engagement

Reports to: Executive Vice President for Corporate Engagement

Position Description

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.

This position will focus on advancing and expanding ACORE’s work around diversity, equity and inclusion. A large focus of this position will center around building community and coalitions across the renewable energy industry to support ACORE’s DEI work. This will include the oversight and management of ACORE’s Accelerate membership program, which is designed to build opportunities for renewable energy companies owned and operated by women and/or people of color. The DEI Director will also help provide thought leadership and organize convenings on sector-wide issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion – such as workforce development and equal access to clean and affordable renewable power.

Successful candidates will have a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion as part of a just transition to renewable energy and be ready to work in a fast-paced, highly collaborative environment.

This position is based in Washington, DC though all staff are currently working remotely due to COVID-19.

Key Job Duties

Member Management

  • Oversee, guide and grow ACORE’s Accelerate program. This includes the development of engagement pathways for Accelerate members, programming development, and opportunity creation for connections across the ACORE membership.
  • Engage with ACORE members on topics of diversity, equity and inclusion. This may include roundtables, convenings and one-on-one

Strategic Leadership

  • Work with ACORE leadership to play a key role in setting the strategic direction of the organization’s work on diversity, equity, and inclusion, identifying new workstreams and partners.
  • Promote ACORE’s DEI priorities within the organization and with external groups and partners, developing coalitions and partners across the industry.
  • Work closely with the fundraising team to meet existing funder commitments and develop avenues for new
  • Represent ACORE in relevant convenings with the public, media, and other outside groups and individuals.

Programs and Policy

  • Identify topics for ACORE work products regarding diversity, equity and inclusion as part of a just transition, including white papers, analyses, and other written material, and play a lead role in co-authoring, editing, and recruiting contributing
  • Work with the Policy team to provide insights and recommendations on legislative and regulatory issues impacting ACORE’s DEI agenda

Required Skills/Knowledge

  • Eight+ years of relevant professional work experience
  • Deep knowledge of racial justice, environmental and climate justice, equity and social movements, and just transition
  • Understanding of the renewable energy industry
  • Demonstrated ability to develop strategic, long-term plans and implement them successfully
  • Strong research, writing and oral presentation skills
  • Strong political instincts and understanding of political environment
  • Experience working with and building coalitions

Application Instructions

Submit resume and cover letter to careers@acore.org

Non-Discrimination

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.

Internships

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 Summer 2021 semester: March 5, 2021

Deadline to apply for Fall 2021 semester: July 9, 2021

Deadline to apply for Spring 2022 semester: November 5, 2021

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.