Project Associate


EESI is seeking a Project Associate for its initiative, “Boosting Residential Energy Efficiency through On-Bill Financing.” Working with the Project Manager, the Project Associate will assist in the implementation of this newly-expanded project to promote on-bill financing programs for residential energy efficiency improvements administered by rural electric cooperatives (co-ops) and public utilities. Among its goals, this project seeks to support co-op participation in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new program to provide loans to co-ops for energy efficiency improvements, with a focus on co-op programs that relend the funds to member-customers to finance energy-retrofits.



  • Assist with the development and implementation of all program activities related to EESI’s residential energy efficiency initiative including research, technical assistance, communications, and outreach.
  • Liaise with and assist project subcontractors and partners.
  • Develop and write content for technical assistance toolkits, reports, fact sheets, web and electronic communication and other documents.
  • Establish and maintain contacts within both federal and local government, trade associations, public interest groups, and other relevant organizations.
  • Represent EESI at meetings and public events, with some public speaking required.
  • Organize webinars and other outreach activities.
  • Track and monitor project progress utilizing database and project management system.
  • Prepare timely grant progress reports.
  • Perform additional duties as required.

Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (graduate degree a plus), preferably in a relevant field.
  • Three or more years of relevant experience.
  • Knowledge of residential building science and home energy ratings, technology and financing utilized to achieve efficiency goals, project feasibility analysis, and/or policy issues relevant to energy, particularly end-use energy efficiency. Knowledge of one or more of these areas desired: on-bill financing, rural electric cooperatives, public utilities, USDA or other federal agency loan process and programs, economic/community development.
  • Experience accomplishing multiple project goals.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; critical thinking, research, and analytical skills.
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships with partner organizations and relevant coalitions, and work effectively with a wide diversity of interests and personalities.
  • Self-directed and demonstrated ability to manage tasks and assignments independently.

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

Please note that this is a three-year grant-funded position, and continued employment beyond the initial year will be contingent upon the continued receipt of these grant funds.

Intended start date: September 2014.

To apply, submit your cover letter, resume, salary requirements and two short writing samples via e-mail to David Robison at by July 18. Please include your name in the subject line of the e-mail. EESI is an equal opportunity employer.


The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) is a not-for-profit organization established in 1984 by Congressional leaders 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. Our three-pronged approach for effecting change is based on policymaker education, coalition building, and policy development. For more information, please visit


EESI also offers unpaid internships throughout the year.