Director, National Affordable Housing Retrofit Initiative

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The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a leading national research organization based in Washington, DC, seeks a qualified director for a new initiative designed to scale up low- and moderate-income (LMI) building retrofits, leveraging a competition to drive policy and program innovation among eligible cities, counties, and/or states and their critical private sector stakeholders.

ACEEE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1980, develops transformative policies to reduce energy waste and combat climate change. With our independent analysis, we aim to build a vibrant and equitable economy that uses energy more productively, reduces costs, protects the environment, and promotes the health, safety, and well-being of everyone.

ACEEE’s organizational culture is team-oriented with a strong dedication to its mission. Staff work at a high-energy pace in an entrepreneurial environment that emphasizes professional growth and development. ACEEE offers a high degree of workplace flexibility, with an emphasis on results, making ACEEE a fun and fulfilling place to work. ACEEE is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion while weaving equity into our research and policy work.

Position Description:

ACEEE seeks an initiative director to develop and execute a strategy for a national capacity building effort to scale up clean energy retrofits in the LMI housing market. Capacity building will be aimed at states and localities to help ensure state, local, and federal resources are effectively deployed to accelerate LMI retrofits in ways that address climate change, economic development, and racial equity goals. The initiative director  will lead a team including nonprofit and consulting partners to develop national and regional-specific curriculum and training to assist jurisdictions in bringing together key stakeholders (i.e., housing, health, workforce development, and energy policymakers, utilities, housing providers, community development financial institutions, Green Banks, community-based organizations and leaders, and private industry) to stand-up best practice models for delivering and scaling LMI retrofits. Trainings will also address new funding opportunities at the federal level and best approaches for growing inclusive, community-based workforces. The initiative director will oversee a project team providing one-on-one technical assistance geared at addressing jurisdictional-specific challenges, developing and refining strategies and implementation models, and creating a hub of technical resources that all cities and states can use to scale their retrofit programs. This position is an exciting opportunity for a candidate with experience working on affordable housing, a passion for addressing climate change and developing equitable solutions that center the needs of marginalized communities, and an interest in furthering their career in a dynamic and growing sector.

The initiative director leads a cross-cutting project team, including a deputy, and reports to the Director for Local Policy, who serves as a senior advisor to the project and helps with funder relationships.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Leads strategy development and implementation of buildings retrofit  initiative
  • Manages all aspects of relationships with partners
  • Represents ACEEE to funders and government agencies
  • Develops project schedules and milestones
  • Leads efforts to advise partners on competition design and develop competition materials
  • Oversees capacity building initiative including design and rollout of regional retrofit workshops and a national convening to launch the initiative
  • Develops effort to provide technical assistance to competition participants and deep technical assistance to winners around implementation
  • Oversees research and resource development, including the development of a LMI retrofit playbook
  • Supervises and manages ACEEE project team members


  • Ability to manage complex fast-paced multi-partner project
  • Excellent oral communication skills
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Strong staff management skills
  • Highly analytical and detail-oriented
  • Deadline management
  • Superb organizational and project management skills
  • Tech-savvy and quick learner
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Articulate and thoughtful
  • Creative and innovative problem-solver
  • Teamwork oriented
  • Familiarity with regulatory, legislative, and legal frameworks governing affordable housing and/or the delivery of clean energy investments.
  • Professionalism, poise, and the ability to work as part of a team, maintain a sense of humor, and interact with a diverse array of people, including high level stakeholders.


  • Deep familiarity with affordable housing, building retrofits, and the related policy and regulatory environment.
  • Proven track record of implementing big ideas
  • Experience serving in a leadership role supervising or managing multi-disciplinary, cross-functional, complex projects simultaneously
  • An advanced degree in a relevant field including public policy, environmental studies, urban studies, or equivalent experience.
  • At least ten years of relevant experience.
  • Experience providing technical assistance to government agencies.

Preferred start date:  on or about December 1, 2021. The position is located in Washington, DC or can be remote.

Salary:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Salary range $92,000 - $115,000 and includes ACEEE’s generous benefits package which includes health, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance coverage; a 403(b) retirement plan; transportation and bike share benefits; three weeks of vacation in the first year and four weeks thereafter.

To apply:  Send cover letter and resume to and use “Affordable Housing Retrofit Initiative Director” in the subject line. We do not accept phone calls or emails about the position.

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ACEEE is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination with regard to race, sex, color, age, religion, creed, class, sexual orientation, national origin, and disability. ACEEE is committed to increasing diversity and inclusion in its organization and encourages applicants with diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply.

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