Program Director, Northeast Campaigns

The Energy Foundation Published: October 5, 2020
Washington, DC, United States
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CEO/ Senior Mgmt/ Exec Director / Energy /
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~ Since its founding nearly 30 years ago as a 501(c)(3), Energy Foundation (EF) has supported grantees that help educate policymakers and the general public about the benefits of advances in energy efficiency & renewable energy across sectors. ~

An intermediary foundation, EF is supported by a number of funders including the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation. Over the years it has transitioned its grantmaking activities from a centralized system to local offices across the U.S. Grantees include business, health, environmental, labor, equity, community, faith, and consumer groups, as well as policy experts, think tanks, and universities. In 2019 alone, Energy Foundation awarded nearly $90M to 400 different groups through 700 separate grants and contracts.

Position Overview

The Energy Foundation seeks a strategic and collaborative campaigner to serve as its Program Director, Northeast Campaigns. Working in the Northeast Region to advance the national mission of Energy Foundation to secure a clean and equitable energy future to tackle the climate crisis, the Program Director, Northeast Campaigns will work with a talented team and stakeholders to devise strategy and drive inclusive campaigns with meaningful effect.

  • The Program Director will partner with experts across Energy Foundation designing and funding strategies to meet policy goals across the power, buildings, transportation, and climate sectors.

The Program Director, Northeast Campaigns will guide the foundation’s strategies to build public support for clean energy and climate policies in the Northeast. Working in the region and in close partnership with campaign experts in Energy Foundation’s San Francisco office and other regional offices, the Campaign Director will design and fund strategies that create the diverse coalitions and collaborations needed to meet ambitious state policy goals in the power, buildings, transportation, and climate sectors. The Campaign Director will report to the Senior Regional Director and join the Northeast Regional team comprising the Program Coordinator, Program Associate, Policy Program Director, and Communications Director as part of the larger U.S. Programs Team.


The Program Director, Northeast Campaigns will be asked to:

  • Develop and oversee multi-year campaign strategies for the region with clear goals, planning, and evaluation;
  • Manage and guide teams and projects to successfully design and execute campaign strategies across the region;
  • Embrace and enhance Energy Foundation’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, incorporating and emphasizing it throughout the work;
  • Help build coalitions and collaborations across the region and internally, effectively moving work forward while attending to inclusivity; and
  • Manage the foundation’s investment in the Northeast Region to build public and policymaker support for clean energy and climate policy.

Qualifications and Characteristics

While no one person will have all qualifications and characteristics listed here, the ideal candidate will be:

  • An expert campaign director with a minimum of 10 years of experience managing successful issue campaigns;
  • Exceptional at managing people including consultants and teams in various states and able to work up, down and sidewise in the EF organization to ensure seamless coordination and sharing of best practices;
  • Skilled in developing strategies that consider and synthesize multiple perspectives into a coherent big-picture strategy and workable plan, prioritizing investments, and evaluating progress; and able to facilitate strategy across a network of internal and external partners;
  • Experienced building and managing diverse and inclusive coalitions that include successful
    collaborations with groups representing communities of color, low-income communities, and other historically disenfranchised groups;
  • Experienced working with policymakers and legislative bodies;
  • Familiar with clean energy and climate policy issues, particularly at the state level;
    Credible in the field, and able to establish rapport internally and with funding partners, grantees, consultants, and other stakeholders;
  • Comfortable and willing to work with funders and fundraise;
  • Skilled in writing and speaking, including able to present complex information in a meaningful
    way to the Energy Foundation Board of Directors, funding partners, and allies;
  • Experienced with grantee networks and existing experts engaged in clean energy advocacy;
  • Experienced with the role of philanthropy and how foundation dollars impact policies and markets; and
  • Able to travel 6-12 times a year for 1-3 business days at a time.

To Apply

Applications, Inquiries, and Nominations:

  • Energy Foundation has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search.
  • For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, and referrals, please click "Apply on Company Website" below to access the Isaacson, Miller website for this role. 
  • Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process.
  • Application materials for the position may be submitted here: Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged. 
    • Search Team: Regan Gough, David Bellshaw, Emily Chiswick-Patterson
    • Isaacson Miller, 1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, CA  94111
    • Phone: 415.655.4900

EF is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. We strongly encourage Black, Indigenous, people of color, women, LGBTQI individuals, differently-abled people, formerly incarcerated people, and people of any and all traditionally marginalized identities to apply. Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any protected category prohibited by local, state, or federal laws.

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