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Senior Program/Research Associate (Research & Policy) — Washington, D.C.

Organization: Alliance to Save Energy

Job Title: Senior Program/Research Associate (Research & Policy)

Location: Washington, D.C.

Hours and Compensation: Full Time — Salary is competitive based on experience

Application Deadline: Sep. 21, 2012 – Or until filled

Posted On: Sep. 4, 2012

Organization Overview

Founded in 1977 during the oil crisis, the Alliance to Save Energy is a non-profit coalition of business, government, environmental and consumer leaders that promotes energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment and greater energy security.


The Alliance’s Policy and Research Team is seeking an effective advocate to provide research and to assist in communications and outreach as a Sr. Program/Research Associate. The position will involve, among other duties, research on energy efficiency issues, spreadsheet analysis, legislative tracking and analysis, writing, and coalition and meeting management, working closely with all team members.

A considerable degree of independent initiative will be required, along with the ability to quickly acquire new information, the ability to work effectively with team members from the Alliance and other organizations, and strong writing and organizational skills.


  • Serve as lead researcher and author of reports and studies on various energy efficiency and climate change-related topics.
  • Read, summarize and analyze the energy and cost-saving impacts of legislation, policies and programs related to energy efficiency and climate change at the international, federal, state and local levels.
  • Serve as the Alliance’s Policy Team’s point-person on various energy efficiency topics. Under this role, the Sr. Associate would: read reports, cover hearings, attend meetings, keep the Policy Team informed of legislative and political developments, write factsheets, and assist in developing legislative proposals for next generation policies.
  • Write articles for our website on energy efficiency policy and research activities.
  • Edit and review articles, reports and press releases for clarity and accuracy. Provide supporting statistics for documents and communications from the Alliance, using highly credible data sources.
  • Draft and/or edit talking points on various efficiency topics for use in presentations, communications or government relations.
  • Represent the Alliance in media interviews, in external speaking engagements and at meetings within the energy efficiency community.
  • Serve as the liaison between the Alliance and peer organizations.



  • Strong written and oral communications skills.
  • Strong mathematical and analytical skills, including extensive experience using Excel for both spreadsheet calculations and graph and figure generation.
  • Familiarity with basic economic principles such as life-cycle cost analysis, discount rates and compound interest, and with energy terms and units.
  • In-depth knowledge of one or more energy efficiency technologies, programs, or other relevant areas.
  • Strong computer skills, including working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and preferably website and database software.
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness working with team members.
  • Motivated and independent worker with demonstrated ability to complete specific activities on time and within budget.
  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline with three years of professional experience in relevant field (A masters degree may be substituted for 2 years professional experience).
  • Previous experience with communications and outreach to policymakers.
  • Previous experience as Congressional staff or with state or local government.
  • Previous experience with public speaking.
  • Previous experience reading and summarizing legislation and scientific reports.
  • Previous experience writing web content.
Familiarity with the data available from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration and other data sources relevant to energy.

How to Apply

 Applications should be submitted to Francesca Wahl at No phone calls please.

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