Program Director, Midwest Policy

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Energy Foundation

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San Francisco, CA, United States

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30+ days ago

Energy Foundation's (EF) mission is to secure a clean and equitable energy future to tackle the climate crisis. We envision a healthy, safe, equitable economy powered by clean energy. We believe a thriving clean energy economy can create sustainable opportunities, spur innovation, and protect our climate—for today and future generations.

EF supports education and analysis to promote non-partisan policy solutions that advance renewable energy and energy efficiency while opening doors to greater innovation and productivity—growing the economy with dramatically less pollution. For 30 years, EF has supported grantees to help educate policymakers and the general public about the benefits of a clean energy economy. Our grantees include business, health, environmental, labor, equity, community, faith, and consumer groups, as well as policy experts, think tanks, universities, and more.

EF is headquartered in San Francisco, CA, and our more than 80 staff members are based in locations throughout the Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, and West regions where they can best serve our programs, partners, operations, and other functions.
Over the past two decades, the EF team has supported and coordinated sophisticated and effective networks of grantees and allies who share the vision of a prosperous and healthy future powered by clean, reliable, affordable, and safe sources of energy. Through these deep-rooted partnerships, EF has made progress in the largest and fastest-growing energy markets in the world.

The Program Director, Midwest Policy (Midwest Policy PD) will foster development of clean energy and climate policies and strategies in the Midwest, a high-potential region for achieving meaningful policy progress. Working closely with the Midwest regional team, regional and state consultants, and EF and other policy experts, the Midwest Policy PD will develop and fund policy strategies that will achieve ambitious, equitable, and regionally-aligned policy goals in the power, transportation, climate, industry, and building sectors.

The Midwest Policy PD will partner with policy experts, nonprofits, policymakers, opinion leaders, analysts, and other stakeholders to develop effective approaches to designing, advancing, and implementing equitable climate and energy policies in the region. Keeping in mind the foundation's core operating philosophy of being one or more steps removed from direct advocacy, the Midwest Policy PD will be focused on devising strategy, identifying grantees, and deploying resources.

The Midwest Policy PD will work with internal and external partners to continually evaluate policies based on emissions-reduction potential, technical and market viability, political landscape, collaboration prospects, and other criteria important to securing durable and equitable clean energy and climate progress.

Embodying EF's values of community, equity, learning, service, and transformational impact, the Midwest Policy PD also will help strengthen the Midwest team. This involves generating and implementing ideas for systems, program, and operational improvement, collaborating closely with peers and colleagues, and contributing to a positive working environment.

Along with others on the Midwest team, the Midwest Policy PD will collaborate with regional funding partners to build a coordinated approach to the work. Together with EF's Strategic Partnerships team, the Midwest Policy PD will help cultivate and expand existing donor relationships, collaborate with aligned funders in the region, and build a pipeline of prospective donors for the work in the region. The Midwest Policy PD also will develop and manage materials to support engagement, including customized presentations and grant proposals, and jointly undertake meetings with prospective donors with other senior EF staff.

EF actively prioritizes and seeks to expand diversity, equity, and inclusion within our organization and through our work. We encourage people of color and candidates with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to apply.


  • Reports to the Senior Regional Director, Midwest, and is a member of the States and Regions team.


  • Work with the Midwest team to develop strategies and budgets that cover campaigns, policy, and communications; evaluate the impact of those strategies, especially with an equity lens; make course corrections; and scope and launch new efforts.
  • Manage in-region policy grants, both for priority states and the region.
  • Work with National Policy Directors to develop and integrate federal and issue- specific strategies in the Midwest.
  • Support EF State Directors in identification of policy opportunities and research and data needs.
  • Actively maintain and grow relationships with EF staff, grantees, consultants, experts, policymakers, opinion leaders, funders, and other partners.
  • Serve as a thought partner to Midwest grantees, consultants, funders, and others.
  • Produce top-quality written materials (proposals, presentations) for a variety of audiences, including EF staff, funders, and other stakeholders.


  • Generate and implement ideas for systems, program, and operational improvement.
  • Maintain collaborative relationships with peers and colleagues. Contribute to a positive working environment.
  • With assistance from the supervisor and others, formulate your own learning and development plan. Identify and seek out professional development opportunities, including networking, informational interviews, training, projects, etc.
  • Recognize that we are stronger when we are diverse and inclusive, and embody these values in internal and external EF work.


  • Knowledgeable about the Midwest region and states, with direct experience in relevant policy arenas.
  • Deep energy policy expertise and analytical skills and significant experience in two or more of the following areas:
  • Air and climate policies and regulations
  • Clean energy economics and/or finance
  • Clean transportation
  • Energy markets
  • Environmental justice
  • Energy optimization
  • Renewable energy
  • An understanding of the mechanisms underlying the changing dynamics in the energy system and the role that public policy can play in helping to accelerate the transition to a cleaner energy system.
  • Credibility in the field. Able to establish rapport internally and externally, including a demonstrated background working with opinion leaders, funding partners, nonprofit organizations, and others.
  • Experience collaborating with groups representing communities of color, low-income communities, and other historically disenfranchised people.
  • A natural collaborator and convener who is comfortable working behind the scenes and is skilled at building strong relationships and partnerships that drive stronger outcomes and attract increased resources.
  • Knowledgeable about legislative and regulatory processes.
  • Ability to thrive in an autonomous, ever-evolving environment, and comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty.

Highly desirable but not essential:

  • Existing relationships in the region.
  • Demonstrated fundraising experience.
  • Experience with political and/or issue campaigns, as well as advocacy work to deliver policy outcomes.
  • Relationships with grantee networks and existing experts engaged in climate and clean energy advocacy.


  • Ability to travel at least once per month within the region, and four times per year outside the region for one to three business days at a time.


  • This is a full-time position. The target salary is $170,000. EF provides a comprehensive benefits package, including competitive salary, medical, dental, vision, disability, and retirement benefits and paid time off.


  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EF is a remote-first work environment. Employees have the option to work remotely.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $170,000.00 per year