Transportation Policy Analyst

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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 policy analyst for its Transportation 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 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.

Position Description:

ACEEE seeks a policy analyst to support the research needs of the transportation team on policies to encourage sustainable transportation systems and vehicle efficiency at the federal, state, and local levels. This is an exciting position for someone looking to have real world impact on policies that improve the efficiency of transportation systems and vehicles

The policy analyst will have a variety of research opportunities working with a well-respected and widely recognized team of transportation efficiency experts within the organization. The core responsibilities of the position include:

  • Help build out the Transportation programs new effort on transportation equity by contributing to research on household transportation energy burdens and policy solutions
  • Conduct research on emerging local, state, and regional transportation policies and mobility options and their role in creating efficient and clean transportation systems and improving access (e.g. EV policies, regional cap-and-invest programs, congestion pricing, autonomous vehicles)
  • Coordinate transportation-specific state and local policy technical assistance efforts with guidance and oversight from the state and local policy teams
  • Contribute to ACEEE’s state and local clean energy scorecards

The analyst will work on projects of high visibility in the energy efficiency, technology, and policy communities. The position offers unmatched access to national experts in energy efficiency, as well as an opportunity to develop expertise and leadership on transportation energy efficiency topics.

Expectations and Responsibilities:

  • Highly detail-oriented. The policy analyst will conduct rigorous and peer-reviewed primary research dealing with both quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills. The analyst is expected to produce detailed research reports, provide input to the federal regulatory process, produce white papers, and fact sheets, and to present research results through formal presentations, webinars, and blog posts.
  • Strong analytical skills. The policy analyst will be tasked with analyzing data using both qualitative and quantitative methods using Excel and other analysis tools
  • Superb organizational and project coordination skills. The position requires coordinating complex, long-term projects with oversight and conducting research as part of a team. The policy analyst must also demonstrate superior deadline management capabilities as they juggle multiple projects.
  • Strong interpersonal skills. He/she will coordinate and collaborate with numerous ACEEE staff members and also maintain relationships with external stakeholders and partners to inform research. Candidates should be articulate and thoughtful in their communications.
  • Highly motivated, self-starter. The analyst must be able to work independently and take problem-solving initiative to answer complex research questions.
  • Tech-savvy and quick learner. The analyst will need to be able to pick up analytical tools and programming languages quickly in addition to subject matter familiarity in consultation with other ACEEE staff.



  • Master’s degree, or Bachelor’s degree and 2 years of relevant experience; degree in social, political or natural sciences
  • Rigorous coursework in transportation policy, public policy analysis, urban planning, energy policy, and/or economics
  • Interest in transportation issues as they relate to energy and climate
  • Strong time management and project coordination skills
  • Demonstrated quantitative and qualitative analytical skills
  • Ability to juggle a broad range of responsibilities and fast-moving projects
  • Demonstrated ability to use Microsoft Office
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, exercising judgment and initiative

Preferred start date: on or about March 1, 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; and three weeks of vacation in the first year and four weeks thereafter.

To apply: Send cover letter, resume, and brief (1-2 pages) writing sample to and use “Transportation Policy Analyst” 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.

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