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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


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.


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 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.