Job Openings

Director of Membership

Department:

Membership

Reports to:

President & Chief Executive Officer

The Director of Membership at ACORE works out of the organization’s offices in Washington, D.C. with the President & CEO and senior executive team to develop and execute an effective membership program, which involves interacting with leading renewable energy companies and other organizations to garner their participation and financial support as ACORE’s members. The Director provides leadership, direction and oversight for the Membership Department, working closely with the senior management team and in collaboration with the Board Membership Committee.  The Membership Director works on day-to-day membership services, including membership revenue acquisition through recruitment of new members and renewal of existing members, and maintains key relationships with ACORE members and corporate partners.  The Director is also responsible for overseeing membership department staff and overseeing the membership CRM database via Salesforce.  A thorough understanding of the renewable energy sector and ACORE’s vision, policies, culture and programs is essential.

  • Develop, refine, and implement a comprehensive membership recruitment plan with aggressive growth goals, including crafting tailored pitches, developing and editing marketing collateral, and conducting email and phone campaigns
  • Establish, manage and supervise proper workflow for incoming requests for information and service needs from members and non-members, as well as other functions related to membership in collaboration with the Policy, Programs, and Communications teams
  • Work collaboratively with the Director of Leadership Programs to promote sponsorship sales, and support and assist in sponsorship business development with current and potential members
  • Develop goals and milestones in accordance with ACORE’s strategic plan and department budget, and execute plans for their achievement
  • Conduct day-to-day pitch calls and other membership sales efforts and strategies
  • Manage and maintain day-to-day member relations and participation in ACORE programs
  • Direct the membership renewal process and collections
  • Oversee day-to-day maintenance of membership data in CRM program (knowledge of Salesforce preferred)
  • Work with the Communications team to ensure that all systems (web site, CRM, survey & association management software, etc.) are supporting membership sales growth and overall membership recruitment
  • Serve as member of ACORE’s senior management team
  • Brainstorm and strategize with the Director of Events & Marketing and the Vice President of Communications to create improved marketing materials
  • Work with Program and Policy teams to ensure members are properly engaged and their needs met through programs, member events, and other member-oriented deliverables
  • Work with the CEO and senior management team to identify membership priority targets and develop and implement plans for their recruitment
  • Working with the CEO and Executive Administrator, serve as liaison with the Board Membership Committee, working with them to identify and recruit membership targets and, as necessary, refine membership policies
  • Manage supporting organization agreements, membership swaps, and MOU’s with partner organizations in conjunction with the Communications and Events & Marketing teams
  • Develop, monitor and control the department’s operational plan and budget
  • Supervise membership department’s staff and support their professional development
  • Participate in industry events to pursue membership prospects and maintain key relationships
  • Minimum 7 years work experience including demonstrated progressively responsible experience for membership recruitment or corporate/client relations programs
  • Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills and a focused sales mentality
  • Proven sales, communications, customer service, analytical, and problem-solving skills to help achieve business goals
  • A thorough familiarity with the renewable energy sector
  • Ability to promptly adopt ACORE’s vision, policies, culture, and programs
  • Knowledge, experience, and ability to travel to industry conferences and meet with potential members as necessary
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively and collegially with members, partners, and colleagues
  • Energetic and outgoing personality, enthusiastic self-starter
  • Able to work a room and make cold calls
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task and handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines
  • Works well as part of a team, courteous, friendly and collegial
  • Strong interest in promoting the renewable sector and achieving ACORE’s organizational goals
  • A strong desire to learn
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as public policy, political science, economics, finance, law, science or technical field
  • Master’s degree a plus, but not required

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.

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.

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:

Summary:

As the leader in the transition to a renewable energy economy, we develop premier industry conferences that position ACORE as the most prominent renewable energy leader for finance and policy in the United States. The event internship is a unique opportunity to learn how event planning, logistics, marketing, sales and budgeting come together to create compelling convenings that shape the industry. This position works closely with the events team by assisting in event planning, marketing and developing/maintaining promotional partnerships.  Interns will report to the Director of Events and Events Coordinator and will spend approximately 50 percent of their time on a research project of their choice.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Events and Marketing team to develop and execute ACORE conferences, meetings, webinars and other convenings.
  • Tracking industry event calendar on the website.
  • Researching supporting partners for our three main events.
  • Managing partnerships by submitting bi-weekly reports on status.

Required skills and qualifications:

  • Experience planning meetings, events, fundraisers or organizing logistics.
  • Focus on renewable energy studies.
  • Proficient in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and other Microsoft Office Suite applications.
  • Experience with Photoshop a plus.
  • Experience with data analytics.

How to Apply:

You are invited to apply for the internship program by submitting a cover letter and resume 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 make a career in the renewable energy industry, and what kind of future career paths are of interest to you.

Summary: 

The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is seeking a passionate, energetic and talented communications intern to join our team and help us deliver on our mission to accelerate the transition to a renewable energy economy. The intern role will involve supporting efforts around web content development, event promotion, social media management, earned media outreach and industry collaboration.

The ideal candidate has strong writing and speaking skills, the ability to work independently and multitask in a fast-paced environment. Interns will report to the Vice President of Communications and the Communications Manager and will spend approximately 50% of their time on a research project of their choice. Candidates should be working towards a major in marketing, communications, public relations, political science or similar fields. Interest or background in clean energy trends, renewable energy policy, project finance or advocacy is a plus.

Responsibilities:

  • Draft, edit and/or proofread a wide variety of written content (e.g., press releases, PowerPoint presentations, factsheets, newsletters, reports, issue briefs, executive quotes, key messages)
  • Draft and schedule content for ACORE’s social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn
  • Create shareable graphics using Canva and/or Adobe Spark
  • Assist with maintenance and management of content on ACORE.org and three event microsites
  • Help to collect and analyze data from the organization’s communications efforts, including earned media coverage, website analytics, email marketing reports and social media metrics
  • Update media lists, speaking and event calendars, and team project management dashboard
  • Support event promotion strategies for signature conferences and other key ACORE events
  • Attend and report on industry events and/or hearings on behalf of the organization
  • Prepare for and participate in weekly team meetings to learn about best practices in integrated communications and membership organization marketing
  • Perform other administrative tasks and miscellaneous duties as assigned (e.g., research journalists, data collection renewable energy issues)

Required skills and qualifications:

  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience working in a professional environment
  • Self-motivated and dependable
  • Solid writing skills, including familiarity with Associated Press style
  • Ability to work independently, multitask and take ownership over projects and assignments
  • Intellectual curiosity and an interest in renewable energy policy and finance
  • Familiarity with social media channels
  • Experience with MS Office suite
  • Visual/graphic communications experience preferred, but not required

How to Apply:

You are invited to apply for the internship program by submitting a cover letter and resume to intern@acore.org

In your cover letter, tell us why you want work in

Summary:

The Corporate Relations Intern is responsible for providing business development research and administrative support for the Corporate Relations Team. Interns will gain valuable experience in non-profit membership and database management, sales and business development, and first-hand knowledge of the renewable energy sector. Interns will report to the Director of Membership and the Corporate Relations Associate and will spend approximately 50% of their time on a research project of their choice. Candidates with an interest in renewable energy business, finance, and energy markets are preferred.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct background research on prospective new member organizations
  • Provide strategic research in suggesting new business development targets
  • Receive training in Salesforce and assist in data entry tasks
  • Generate monthly membership reports
  • Update member profiles on ACORE site
  • Shadow Corporate Relations team on prospective member sales pitches
  • Focus research project on business trends in the renewable energy industry (preferred)

Required skills and qualifications:

  • Current or recent undergraduate student or equivalent experience
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and tasks
  • Interest in renewable energy, with special interest in the financial/project development aspect of renewable energy a plus
  • Past marketing or public affairs internship experience preferable
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite including: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

How to Apply:

You are invited to apply for the internship program by submitting a cover letter and resume 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 make a career in the renewable energy industry, and what kind of future career paths are of interest to you.

Summary:

The American Council on Renewable Energy is looking for an intern to help lead the transition to a renewable energy economy. Our policy/program intern will leverage his or her skillsets to support the policy and programs teams in their efforts to advocate for effective renewable energy and finance policies. The ideal candidate has strong writing and speaking skills, an interest in energy policy, and the ability to work independently and multitask in a fast-paced environment. Interns will report to the Vice President of Programs and the Senior Program Associate and will spend approximately 50% of their time on a research project of their choice. ACORE is the business voice of renewable energy, and works to develop and support policies to expand the renewable energy industry and attract needed capital to the sector.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct research on a wide variety of energy policy topics, including federal energy and tax policy, tax incentives, trends in the electric power sector, RTO/ISO markets, state renewable energy policies such as renewable portfolio standards and net metering, among others.
  • Draft reports, letters, fact sheets, and other documents.
  • Create a research project of your choosing (with input from ACORE staff), and present your research to the ACORE staff.
  • Attend Congressional hearings, seminars and other events related to renewable energy and energy policy.
  • Assist ACORE staff with managing and developing programing for ACORE’s Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance (PREF) and Partnership for Renewable Integration and Market Expansion (PRIME) programs.
  • Attend ACORE conferences and webinars (as appropriate).

Required skills and qualifications:

  • Currently in an undergraduate or graduate degree program.
  • Classwork or major in business, finance, public policy or related desired, but not required
  • Excellent research abilities and strong writing and editing skills.
  • Ability to work independently, multitask, and take ownership over projects and assignments.
  • Self-motivated and dependable.
  • Detail oriented.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience working as part of a team.
  • Interest in renewable energy, business and/or finance.

How to Apply:

You are invited to apply for the internship program by submitting a cover letter and resume 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 make a career in the renewable energy industry, and what kind of future career paths are of interest to you.

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

Spring Session [January-April] 2018; apply by November 17, 2017
Summer Session [May-August] 2018; apply by March 9, 2018
Fall Session [September-December] 2018; apply by July 13, 2018

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.