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Research Associate, Energy & Climate Program – San Francisco, CA

Organization: The Center for the Next Generation

Position Title: Research Associate, Energy & Climate Program

Location: San Francisco, CA

Hours & Compensation: Full-time.

Application Deadline: July 26, 2013

Organization Overview:

Next Generation promotes solutions to two of the biggest challenges confronting the next generation of Americans: The risk of dangerous climate change, and the threat of diminished prospects for children and families. Through the use of non-partisan research, policy development, and strategic communications, we identify strategies that help deploy clean, advanced energy technologies; we also work to ensure a level playing field from which today’s kids can build a brighter future.

Next Generation takes lessons learned from California, America’s largest, most populous state, and helps spread innovative ideas that can be enacted through public policy, private enterprise, families, and individuals.


Next Generation, a San Francisco based nonprofit think tank and strategic communications organization, with bold aspirations and the smarts and savvy to reach our goals, is seeking a Research Associate to join our Energy and Climate team.

If you have experience in research, policy analysis, and strategic communications, a background in energy and/or economic policy, and a hunger to do something new to move America toward a cleaner energy future, read on:


This position will primarily be responsible for rapid-response research and communications efforts, including speechwriting and preparation on a range of subjects related to energy and climate issues. The Research Associate will work closely with the Program Director in support of Next Generation’s co-founding Director, Tom Steyer, on both California and National projects. The position will also collaborate with the communications team to ensure research is timely and relevant to the public debate. Work will include:

  • Identifying research needs and providing timely analysis of current events
  • Envisioning and drafting policy reports, short policy columns, blogs and articles
  • Drafting speeches, talking points, and memoranda
  • Developing, implementing, and managing the production and distribution of products in close coordination with the Center’s communications team
  • Event and meeting facilitation to advance organizational goals and promote products
  • Press and public relations
  • Working with the Energy and Climate team to envision, coordinate, and plan meetings and events
  • Maintaining high-level expertise in assigned areas of responsibility


  • Excellent writing, research and verbal communication skills
  • Basic quantitative and analytical skills
  • Comfort working under pressure and tight timelines
  • Ability to multitask
  • Skill in vision, strategy, and implementation
  • Ability to translate policy wonkiness into clear and compelling ideas
  • Sense of humor and humility
  • Ability to know what you don’t know and ask for help when you need it
  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, economics, environmental policy, or public policy preferred
  • At least 2-3 years professional experience working on energy or environmental policy
  • Ability to absorb, understand, and communicate industry data relevant to the energy sector, e.g. oil and gas price data, clean energy investment data
  • Experience working with public data sets, such as data generated by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) or Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association, etc.
  • Comfort with a range of media tools including traditional media, social media, and presentation tools
  • Experience working with diverse coalitions on energy policy issues a plus
  • Legislative experience in Sacramento or Washington D.C. a plus

How to Apply: 

Sound interesting? Then apply. In addition to your resume, please provide a cover letter explaining why you are a good fit for the position, two short (3-5 page) writing samples (one intended for a lay audience), and three references. Please send these materials in one PDF to and refer to “Program Manager – Energy and Climate” in the subject line.

Next Generation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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