Staff Positions


Policy Associate — 2 open positions

Application Deadline: March 3, 2019

Environmental and Energy Study Institute

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.

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

We are seeking two Policy Associates to support and advance policy solutions that set the U.S. on a cleaner, more secure and sustainable energy path. We envision that each associate will focus on distinct aspects of our policy approach while cross-pollinating the work of each other. The first associate’s emphasis will center on federal affairs, especially liaising with Congressional offices. Our other associate will be focused on research, analysis, developing content for publication, as well as project tracking. Both positions will share many of the same overall responsibilities.

EESI has recently received foundation support which allows us to promote federal policies that will make the U.S. more sustainable and resilient- ranging from coastal areas to military bases, from farming and rural regions to especially vulnerable low-income communities. It is anticipated that 75% of the Policy Associate’s time will be dedicated to this resilience initiative.

Our approach requires thorough research and analysis to support fact-based information, conclusions and policy recommendations. The associates will work with a diverse range of people and communicate ideas to a wide audience. In advancing our policy goals, each associate will help us build alliances and broaden our reach by liaising with individuals and organizations such as Congressional offices, federal, state and local officials, business and industry leaders, NGOs, academics, embassies, media and other constituencies.

Both positions report to the Executive Director and will work closely with a team of policy staff.



  • Expand and implement EESI’s initiatives in renewable energy, resilience and climate change, and their policy implications.
  • Help plan and execute multiple Congressional briefings each year on relevant science, technology and policy issues.
  • Develop and write content for publication, such as issue briefs, fact sheets, web articles and other policy communication.
  • Serve as a topical expert on relevant federal policy and ongoing developments for EESI. Maintain issue area expertise by keeping abreast of news, relevant science and Congressional action.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with our constituencies and serve as a liaison to Congressional offices.
  • Answer and respond to queries for information and analysis from Congressional offices, members of the press and other partners.
  • Represent EESI at briefings and conferences and develop speaking materials and presentations.
  • Collaborate with staff to develop ideas for securing resources to support initiatives and contribute to writing proposals.
  • Contribute to the preparation of grant reports.
  • Co-manage 1-2 policy interns each semester.
  • 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 helpful.
  • Knowledge and understanding of climate science and current energy and climate policy, in particular, resilience.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills. An understanding of how to communicate complex issues to a policy oriented audience.
  • Ability to build strong networks.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Critical thinking, research, and analytical skills.
  • The capacity to manage projects independently as well as in collaboration with colleagues.


Starting salary: from $50,000. EESI offers an excellent benefits package. Intended start date: mid-late March 2019.

All applicants will be considered for both open positions. Feel free to elaborate if you have a particular interest in either the federal affairs focused position or the research, analysis, content development and project tracking focused position. To apply, submit your cover letter, resume and short writing sample(s) via e-mail to Dan O’Brien at EESI is an equal opportunity employer who is committed to achieving a diverse workforce.




EESI offers unpaid internships throughout the year. See here for more information.