Manager, Residential Retrofits for Energy Equity

December 6, 2022

Are you a highly organized, detail-oriented team player who is passionate about addressing the climate crisis and supporting marginalized communities? If so, then join our growing team and help us launch an exciting national initiative.

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a leading national research organization based in Washington, DC, seeks a manager for a new initiative designed to scale up energy upgrades in low- and moderate-income homes. The initiative will drive policy and program innovation among eligible cities, counties, and states, as well as their critical community-based and private-sector stakeholders.

About ACEEE:

ACEEE conducts independent analysis and develops transformative polices to build a vibrant and equitable economy that uses energy more productively, protects the environment, and promotes the health, safety, and well-being of everyone.

ACEEE’s organizational culture is collaborative and team-oriented with a strong commitment to its mission. Staff work at an energetic pace within a dynamic and entrepreneurial environment with opportunities for professional growth and development. There is a high degree of workplace flexibility, with an emphasis on results, making ACEEE an enjoyable 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:

The manager will be a member of ACEEE’s Local Policy program, providing research, training, and technical assistance support as part of the Residential Retrofits for Energy Equity. This project aims to scale up energy retrofits of low- and moderate-income housing, in part by leveraging new federal funding sources. This position is part of a five-person core retrofit initiative team that collaborates with many additional staff from across ACEEE programs and partner organizations. The person in this role will project-manage research projects, conduct research, develop expertise in federal funding opportunities available to states/localities, and otherwise support state and local teams (i.e., eligible state and local governments and their critical private sector stakeholders) that are developing programs to improve the energy efficiency of local affordable housing. Key stakeholders in these efforts include housing, health, workforce development, energy advocates and practitioners, community-based organizations and leaders, utilities, affordable housing providers, community development financial institutions, green banks, and private industry.

The result of the above-mentioned capacity building efforts will be expanded, community-driven policies and programs nationwide that accelerate best-practice retrofit activities that achieve climate change, economic development, health, and racial equity goals. The individual in this position will contribute to a transformational project working to extend energy efficiency’s benefits to under-resourced community members who have not traditionally reaped the full benefits of energy efficiency.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Support state and local government teams working to develop energy efficiency retrofit programs for affordable housing
  • Project-manage small research teams to conduct research and produce technical assistance
  • Create realistic project timelines and hold research teams accountable to meeting deadlines while delivering high-quality work products
  • Conduct research, writing, and editing; manage review processes for written products in coordination with the ACEEE Communications Team
  • Assist with the development of a hub of technical resources that cities and states can use to scale their retrofit programs
  • Develop expertise on federal funding opportunities to retrofit affordable housing and develop guidance on accessing and deploying these resources at the state/local level
  • In coordination with ACEEE's Federal Policy program, serve as a resource to ACEEE staff and state/local government teams across the country regarding federal funding opportunities
  • Engage with internal staff and partners to support other key aspects of the retrofit initiative such as initiative design, development of materials, trainings, technical assistance, outreach, and grant reporting
  • Assist with other local policy projects


  • Ability to manage several ongoing tasks and meet competing deadlines with limited supervision
  • Highly analytical and attentive to detail
  • Excellent oral communication skills
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Organizational and project management skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Highly motivated, self-starter
  • Tech-savvy and quick learner
  • Articulate and thoughtful
  • Teamwork-oriented
  • Professionalism 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


  • Passionate about developing equitable solutions that center racial equity and the needs of marginalized communities
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for clean energy, energy efficiency, affordable housing, and/or social justice
  • Excellent understanding of regulatory and legislative frameworks at the local, state, and/or federal levels
  • Experience writing and managing the production of research reports, ideally as part of a team

Required Education and Experience:

  • An advanced degree (e.g., Master’s, PhD) in a relevant field such as public policy, environmental studies, or urban planning/studies, or equivalent experience
  • At least five years of relevant experience
  • Experience serving in a role supervising or project managing multi-disciplinary, complex projects
  • Experience engaging with grassroots groups involved in community organizing, environmental justice, housing justice, and/or tenant rights preferred
  • Experience providing technical assistance to government agencies preferred


Preferred start date: February 1, 2023. The position is located in Washington, DC or can be remote.   

Salary: This is a full-time, exempt position. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Salary range is $79,048 - $98,810. ACEEE’s generous benefits package 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: Click the link below to use the Paylocity Recruitment portal. 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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