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Research Analyst, Local Policy Program – Washington DC

Organization: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

Job Title: Research Analyst, Local Policy Program

Location: Washington, D.C.

Hours and Compensation: Full time; Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Position Dates: Start on or about October 1, 2012, permanent

Application Deadline: October 10, 2012

Posted On: August 13, 2012

Organization Overview

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a leading national nonprofit research organization based in Washington, D.C., seeks a qualified Research Analyst for its Policy Program. ACEEE is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of around 50 staff members founded in 1980 that acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors.


ACEEE seeks a Research Analyst to focus on local policy as a member of its Policy Team. The position provides a balance of research, analysis, and outreach on energy efficiency policy in the United States as it relates to policy and program implementation by local governments and in cities and metropolitan regions. Efficiency policy issues within the scope of the position include those related to multifamily housing, local government operations, water and wastewater service provision, and land use/transportation decisions. ACEEE’s local policy work also emphasizes issues of local job creation, economic development, and environmental health benefits of energy efficiency.

Focusing on energy issues across economic sectors at the local level, the Research Analyst will have a variety of research opportunities in one of ACEEE’s most dynamic and multi-disciplinary programs. The Analyst will act as the day-to-day coordinator of a project to encourage and assist utilities to offer energy efficiency programs targeting multifamily housing. The Analyst will also be a core staff person for developing technical assistance research for local governments and tracking local energy efficiency policy developments. Projects will include developing case studies and “how to” introductions to various energy efficiency topics. The Analyst will provide major contributions to the first edition of a Local Energy Efficiency Scorecard (similar to the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard) which will provide comparisons among peer U.S. cities on energy efficiency policy and performance metrics.

Working at ACEEE, the Analyst will lead projects of high visibility and credibility in the energy efficiency and policy communities. As a researcher and project coordinator, the position offers unmatched access to national experts in energy efficiency as well as critical sources of primary data in government agencies and utilities. ACEEE and its Policy Program are dynamic, growing, and comprised of a highly motivated and collegial team.


  • Highly analytical and detail-oriented. The Analyst will conduct rigorous and peer-reviewed primary research dealing with complex quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Excellent writing skills. Analyst is expected to produce several detailed research reports, white papers, fact sheets, and blog posts on energy efficiency policy and programs.
  • Superb organizational and project coordination skills. The position requires experience coordinating complex, months-long projects independently and as part of teams. The Analyst must also balance multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills. He/she will maintain close relationships with a large network of stakeholders at the federal, state, and local levels to inform research and broaden reach of ACEEE research and technical assistance. The Analyst must also coordinate and collaborate with numerous ACEEE staff members on cross-cutting research projects.
  • Articulate and thoughtful. As an author of highly visible reports, the Analyst will conduct media interviews. Analyst must be able to clearly explain research and positions to laypeople, other experts, and skeptical audiences.
  • Highly motivated, self-starter. Analyst will have to stay apprised of energy efficiency policy and program developments in the utility, buildings, transportation, and industrial sectors.
  • Tech-savvy and quick learner. The Analyst will also maintain pages on ACEEE’s website including those related toLocal Energy Efficiency Policy.


  • Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree preferred. Degree or rigorous coursework in policy analysis, urban planning, economics, engineering, and/or science;
  • 2-3 years of work experience, with demonstrated project coordination experience;
  • Experience in policy analysis or planning, preferably including work on local government issues including housing or transportation, and energy, environmental, and/or utility policy;
  • Experience with or sound knowledge of energy efficiency;
  • Demonstrated passion for clean energy, economic development, and environmental issues.

How to Apply

Send cover letter, resume, and brief (1-2 pages) writing sample to and use “Local Policy Research Analyst” in the subject line. We do not accept phone calls.

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