The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) is a not-for-profit organization established in 1984 by a bipartisan Congressional caucus to provide timely, credible information for policymakers and influential stakeholders, and promote innovative environmental and energy solutions.

EESI advances policy solutions that set us on a cleaner, more secure and sustainable energy path. We believe that energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable buildings, transportation, and land management practices can address some of the most important challenges of our time: climate change, the economy, national security, and public health. EESI believes that a healthy climate and a healthy economy go hand-in-hand. Our three-pronged approach for effecting change is based on policymaker education, coalition building, and policy development. For more information, please visit


Policy Associate, Energy and Climate Program

Applications accepted through June 10, 2016.

EESI is seeking a Policy Associate to support and lead our work on renewable energy and climate change. The candidate should be able to work with a diverse range of people and to communicate ideas to a wide audience. His/Her role will involve liaison with individuals and organizations such as Congressional offices, federal, state and local officials, business and industry leaders, NGOs, academics, embassies, media and other constituencies; building alliances in support of key policy goals; building new audiences for our work; representing EESI at external events; project management; undertaking research and analysis; writing reports; close collaboration with EESI colleagues on cross-cutting issues; and planning Congressional briefings.

This position reports to the Executive Director.



  • Develop and implement EESI’s Energy and Climate program, which covers renewable energy and climate change, and their policy implications.
  • Organize multiple Congressional briefings each year on relevant science, technology and policy issues.
  • Produce Climate Change News, a weekly electronic newsletter that covers legislative, business and scientific issues related to climate change.
  • Develop and write content for publication, such as issue briefs, fact sheets, news articles and other policy documents.
  • Serve as a topical expert on relevant federal policy and ongoing developments for EESI.
  • Establish and maintain contacts, and serve as a liaison to Congressional offices and EESI’s many constituencies.
  • Assist with grants and other materials to solicit and secure resources to support program activities. Prepare timely grant progress reports.
  • Assist in the recruitment of policy interns and manage their day-to-day involvement in relevant program activities.
  • Work closely with EESI colleagues on cross-cutting energy and climate policy issues.
  • Perform additional duties as required.

Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required (graduate degree a plus).
  • Three or more years of directly relevant experience. Legislative experience a plus.
  • Knowledge and understanding of climate science and current energy and climate policy.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills. Ability to communicate complex issues to a policy oriented audience.
  • Ability to build strong networks.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Critical thinking, research, and analytical skills; quantitative skills a plus.
  • Self-directed and demonstrated ability to manage projects independently as well as in collaboration with colleagues.

Salary: commensurate with experience, qualifications and anticipated contribution. EESI offers an excellent benefits package.

Intended start date: end of July, 2016.

To apply, submit your cover letter, resume, salary requirements and short writing sample(s) via e-mail to David Robison at EESI is an equal opportunity employer.  

Applications accepted through June 10, 2016.