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Program Associate, Southeast

Raleigh NC

The Energy Foundation’s nonprofit mission is to serve the public interest by building a strong, clean energy economy. Pragmatic and nonpartisan, the foundation supports education and analysis to promote policy solutions that build markets for clean energy technology. Advancing renewable energy and energy efficiency can open doors to greater innovation and productivity—growing the economy with dramatically less pollution.

A partnership of leading foundations launched the Energy Foundation in 1991 and Energy Foundation China in 1999. In the U.S., our program teams build broad support at the regional, state, and national levels to advance clean energy in the power, transportation, and buildings sectors, and to promote climate policy solutions.

For more than 25 years we have supported grantees to help educate business and community leaders, policymakers, and the general public about the health and economic benefits of a clean energy economy. Grantees include business, health,labor, environmental, faith, and consumer groups, as well as policy leaders, military organizations, think tanks, and universities.

The foundation’s headquarters are in San Francisco, CA, with regional offices in Raleigh, NC; Chicago, IL; Las Vegas, NV; and an office opening soon in the Northeast region. Energy Foundation China offices are located in Beijing, China.


Position Summary

The Program Associate, Southeast’s (PA) primary responsibility is to support the work of the regional team’s Policy and Campaigns Program Directors, who jointly develop strategies and manage activities by a network of advocacy professionals and grantees at the regional and state levels.

The PA will set up meetings with grantees, consultants and funders, track and manage the program budget, occasionally review grant proposals, draft reports, and communicate with grantees and funders on a variety of issues. The PA will work with multiple programs, collaborating and coordinating across teams and programs.

The ideal candidate has strong organizational skills, is able to facilitate communication and cooperation between busy individuals and across geographies and time zones. The candidate should demonstrate a customer-oriented attitude and an ability to keep cool in a fast-moving environment, where changing circumstances often require an ability to refocus and adapt. We are looking for a candidate who will take an interest in the strategies we develop, helping us test and challenge ideas as we work together in a collaborative team environment. Strong writing skills and the ability to summarize complex information and outcomes are essential.

A demonstrated commitment to the Energy Foundation’s vision of a clean energy future and appreciation of the role that philanthropy plays in achieving that vision are a big plus. A background in energy and climate policy or campaigns is not required.



Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, plus two years of experience in an administrative support role.

Demonstrated knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas: electricity markets and regulation, renewable energy, climate, transportation, environmental studies, or public policy or candidate campaigns.

Technical skills: intermediate or advanced skills using Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook, preferably in a Mac environment; familiarity with Google Drive, Box, Docs, and Sheets. Experience using cloud-based relational database systems, such as Salesforce, preferred.

Multitasking: experience supporting multiple priorities and juggling a variety of tasks for one or more individuals in a team environment.


Other requirements

Ability to travel 3-4 times a year for 2-3 business days at a time.


Physical demands

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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to spend extended hours at the computer. This position requires moderate levels of domestic travel.


Work environment

The Energy Foundation’s regional Southeast office is located at 14 East Peace Street, 3rd Floor, Raleigh, NC. The office environment is a typical office, with moderate noise levels, shared kitchen facilities, and a collegial atmosphere. On occasion, there are activities or events after work hours. Occasional travel is required.



Energy Foundation provides a comprehensive benefits package, including competitive salary, medical, dental, vision, disability, and retirement benefits and paid time off.



Position is open until filled. Please visit this page to upload your resume and cover letter. No phone calls, please.

For a full description: http://www.ef.org/jobs/program-associate-southeast/

Posted November 28, 2017

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