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Director of Policy, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance – Illinois

Organization: Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

Position Title: Director of Policy

Location: Chicago, Illiniois

Application Deadline: July 24, 2015

Description: The role of the Director of Policy is to lead MEEA’s Energy Efficiency Policy and Building Policy work. The Director of Policy will report to the Executive Director and will be a member of MEEA’s Senior Leadership Team. The Director of Policy will be responsible for MEEA’s local, state and regional policy initiatives, including developing and implementing advocacy campaigns, producing energy efficiency research and creating messaging and materials to support energy efficiency. Working with the Executive Director, the Director of Policy will be the lead contact with foundation and government funders and will be a leading representative for MEEA with Governors, legislators, commissioners and state regulatory staff. The Director of Policy will direct the MEEA staff in developing state specific advocacy campaigns, including identifying appropriate messages, developing political strategies and accessing necessary partners and allies. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, the Director of Policy will work with program, membership, marketing and events staff and identify opportunities to connect policy efforts to support those areas.


  • Lead MEEA’s EE Policy and Building Policy Teams
  • Be responsible for development for all advocacy campaigns, policy positions and messaging to advance energy efficiency
  • Provide strategic direction and support development of regional, state and local coalitions to support MEEA’s policy goals
  • Support the development of written research, testimony, white papers and recommended best practices and supporting materials to advance energy efficiency
  • Be lead relationship with policy foundation and government funders and provide strategic plans for future funding opportunities
  • Lead reporting on policy issues for MEEA’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors
  • Responsible for MEEA Policy Committee and all policy-related website content and materials
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key policymakers including public service commissioners, state legislators, state energy officers, consumer advocates, and the energy advisors to regional Governors
  • Develop and manage outreach and educational activities to increase awareness and understanding of energy, climate, and environmental policy and the role of energy efficiency
  • Represent MEEA at appropriate events, including NARUC, NASEO, NASUCA, MARC, ASE, and ACEEE, etc.
  • Lead development of annual policy budget and management of policy-related grant deliverables and reporting
  • Manage policy staff

Qualifications: The successful candidate will be expected to have the following qualifications:

  • Minimum 8 years’ experience in policy /advocacy and issues campaign development, with preference for knowledge of Midwest political landscape
  • B.A. or B.S. required in government affairs, environmental science, natural resource management, or political science
  • Advanced degree in public policy/administration or natural/environmental science, or J.D., preferred
  • A history of results oriented management and capacity to effectively handle multiple assignments
  • Strong facilitation and coalition building skills amongst diverse stakeholders
  • Strong oral and written presentation skills
  • Proven leader able to take initiative as well as work in a team environment
  • Orientation to working as a leader of a team in a small-office environment
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and responsibilities
  • Ability to adapt to shifting priorities
  • Ability to travel 30+% of time
  • Passion for energy efficiency

How to Apply: Submit cover letter, resume and salary requirements to  [email protected] attn: Director of Policy by Friday, July 24, 2015. Candidates considered for interviews will be asked to provide writing samples and references.

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