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Director, National Affordable Housing Retrofit Initiative at ACEEE

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a leading national research organization based in Washington, DC, seeks a qualified director for a new initiative designed to scale up low- and moderate-income (LMI) building retrofits, leveraging a competition to drive policy and program innovation among eligible cities, counties, and/or states and their critical private sector stakeholders.

ACEEE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1980, develops transformative policies to reduce energy waste and combat climate change. With our independent analysis, we aim to build a vibrant and equitable economy that uses energy more productively, reduces costs, protects the environment, and promotes the health, safety, and well-being of everyone.

ACEEE’s organizational culture is team-oriented with a strong dedication to its mission. Staff work at a high-energy pace in an entrepreneurial environment that emphasizes professional growth and development. ACEEE offers a high degree of workplace flexibility, with an emphasis on results, making ACEEE a fun and fulfilling place to work. ACEEE is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion while weaving equity into our research and policy work.

Position Description:

ACEEE seeks an initiative director to develop and execute a strategy for a national capacity building effort to scale up clean energy retrofits in the LMI housing market. Capacity building will be aimed at states and localities to help ensure state, local, and federal resources are effectively deployed to accelerate LMI retrofits in ways that address climate change, economic development, and racial equity goals. The initiative director  will lead a team including nonprofit and consulting partners to develop national and regional-specific curriculum and training to assist jurisdictions in bringing together key stakeholders (i.e., housing, health, workforce development, and energy policymakers, utilities, housing providers, community development financial institutions, Green Banks, community-based organizations and leaders, and private industry) to stand-up best practice models for delivering and scaling LMI retrofits. Trainings will also address new funding opportunities at the federal level and best approaches for growing inclusive, community-based workforces. The initiative director will oversee a project team providing one-on-one technical assistance geared at addressing jurisdictional-specific challenges, developing and refining strategies and implementation models, and creating a hub of technical resources that all cities and states can use to scale their retrofit programs. This position is an exciting opportunity for a candidate with experience working on affordable housing, a passion for addressing climate change and developing equitable solutions that center the needs of marginalized communities, and an interest in furthering their career in a dynamic and growing sector.

The initiative director leads a cross-cutting project team, including a deputy, and reports to the Director for Local Policy, who serves as a senior advisor to the project and helps with funder relationships.

Preferred start date:  on or about December 1, 2021. The position is located in Washington, DC or can be remote.

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