Manager, Utilities Program

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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 manager for its Utilities Program.  ACEEE is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1980 that acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors. 

ACEEE’s organizational culture is collaborative and team-oriented with a strong dedication to its mission.  Staff work at an upbeat pace within a dynamic and ambitious environment with opportunities for professional growth and development.  There is a high degree of workplace flexibility, with an emphasis on results, making ACEEE a fun and fulfilling place to work.

Position Description:

The manager position is an exciting opportunity for an exceptional candidate with research and policy experience and a desire to advance energy efficiency in the utility sector. The Utilities program uses research, technical assistance and convenings to address opportunities and challenges in scaling energy efficiency as a central strategy in meeting diverse and evolving system needs, from equity and affordability to climate change mitigation and reliability. This position is an exciting opportunity for a candidate with utility industry experience, a real passion for addressing climate change, and an interest in furthering his or her career in a dynamic and growing sector.

The Manager will report to the Director of the Utilities Program. The core responsibilities include:

  • Lead projects that advance the role of energy efficiency in utility planning and procurement, explore policies and practices to maximize energy efficiency’s contributions to greenhouse gas mitigation, encourage best practice efficiency program design and evaluation, and expand the role of energy efficiency in evolving utility business models and rate design.
  • Support ACEEE’s outreach and technical assistance work to support utilities, state regulators, and advocates in advancing energy efficiency in policy and markets.
  • Write research reports, white papers, regulatory testimony, policy briefs, blog posts, and other materials.
  • Support working groups, conferences, convenings, and other engagement efforts to bring stakeholders together to solve complex challenges (e.g., diverse stakeholder motivations and incentives and market barriers like split incentives and information asymmetry) and enable growth in energy efficiency.
  • Develop, scope, and launch new projects and technical assistance opportunities that maximize impact, and help define the strategic direction for research priorities.

Expectations and Responsibilities:

  • Highly analytical and solutions-oriented. The manager will conduct and lead rigorous, peer-reviewed primary research and policy projects, shaping and executing project strategy from inception to conclusion. They will deftly synthesize complex data, find meaning in the noise, and use analysis to bring forth solutions to challenging problems. They will actively incorporate the perspectives of multiple communities as they analyze and develop these solutions.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills. The manager will produce detailed research and synthesize findings into impactful products for utility, regulatory, and advocate audiences. They will identify the most effective tone and narrative for reports, white papers, memos, and regulatory comments, and share those results in presentations, webinars, and blog posts.
  • Highly motivated, able to juggle multiple projects with competing deadlines. The manager should be well-organized, efficient, and detailed-oriented, and adept at leading complex, long-term projects independently and as part of teams.
  • Strong interpersonal skills. The manager will coordinate and collaborate with ACEEE staff members and external stakeholders on cross-cutting projects. They will have the ability to listen to different perspectives and the skills to convince others to understand their viewpoint.


  • At least five years relevant work experience
  • An advanced degree or equivalent experience in a relevant field including (but not limited to) policy analysis or management, law, energy, economics, or engineering
  • Experience working in or with utility regulation, including with utilities, public utilities commissions, and consumer advocates
  • Understanding of electricity markets, rate design, resource planning, and/or utility business models a plus; expertise in one of the above
  • Experience with energy efficiency policies, planning or implementation preferred
  • Experience with choosing the appropriate method for policy analysis and research and delivering high quality research or analytical products with teams

Preferred start date: Spring 2020, based in Washington, DC  

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience, 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, resume, and relevant writing sample to and use “Manager, Utilities Program” in the subject line. We do not accept phone calls.

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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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