Vice President, States and Regions Program more...
Location:San Francisco, CA
Company:Energy Foundation
First posted:January 14, 2021


Energy Foundation's mission is to secure a clean and equitable energy future to tackle the climate crisis. We envision a healthy, safe, equitable economy powered by clean energy. We believe a thriving clean energy economy can create sustainable opportunities, spur innovation, and protect our climate-for today and future generations.

Energy Foundation supports education and analysis to promote non-partisan policy solutions that advance renewable energy and energy efficiency while opening doors to greater innovation and productivity-growing the economy with dramatically less pollution. For nearly 30 years, Energy Foundation has supported grantees to help educate policymakers and the general public about the benefits of a clean energy economy. Our grantees include business, health, environmental, labor, equity, community, faith, and consumer groups, as well as policy experts, think tanks, universities, and more.

We are a complex, multi-site, multicultural nonprofit organization with big plans for the future. Under the leadership of our CEO, Energy Foundation has embarked on a major strategy refresh, a prioritized commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), and rapid geographic expansion.

Our comprehensive approach advances energy efficiency and renewable energy in the power, transportation, and buildings sectors. Our programs focus on developing innovative policies and campaigns to help propel clean energy development in these sectors. The Venues team is a cross-disciplinary team of policy, communications, and campaign experts dedicated to advancing strong state and regional climate and clean energy policies. The Policy team works to deliver strategy and network support services to our issue-focused grantees and funding partners. And the Strategic Communications team develops powerful narrative and communications strategies designed to build support for our work regionally and nationwide.

Energy Foundation's founding office is in San Francisco, CA, with regional offices in Raleigh, NC; Chicago, IL; Washington, DC; and Las Vegas, NV.


The Vice President (VP) of the States and Regions Program is charged with leading the Energy Foundation (EF) team of multidisciplinary professionals working at the state and regional levels to fulfill the organization's mission of securing a clean and equitable energy future to tackle the climate crisis.

The States and Regions Program comprises policy, campaign, and communications experts investing in place-based campaigns in two dozen states across the country's four major regions.

The VP reports directly to the Senior Vice President (SVP) of Programs and is a member of the Program Leadership Team and the organization-wide Leadership Team.


The VP's responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Program management. Oversee the implementation of EF's strategic vision for state and regional work through the management of people and processes.
  • Staff management. Lead the States and Regions Team, ensuring strong supervision across the team with a focus on enhancing diversity and inclusion, performance management and individual growth, and mentoring and coaching.
  • Systems management. Oversee the development of systems to support the integrated planning, budgeting, execution, and reporting of program strategies.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). Advance EF's DEI work through program strategy, management practices, and organization-wide leadership.
  • Program leadership. Work with the SVP of Programs and the VP of National Programs to integrate strategy, processes, and management across the program teams.
  • Cross-team collaboration. Work with staff from the Operations Team and Strategic Partnerships to ensure strong integration of program work with operations and fundraising activities.


  • A minimum of 12 years of professional experience that includes significant management experience of both personnel and systems in the nonprofit advocacy space.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in U.S.-based strategic work relevant to the climate effort, such as clean energy, politics, democracy, justice, business engagement, health, organizing, etc.
  • Demonstrated executive-level experience in management and strategic decision-making, preferably in a complex, multi-site, and multicultural organization.
  • Experience participating in or leading DEI initiatives. A demonstrated commitment to contributing meaningfully to a workplace where equity and inclusion are core values in our internal and external EF work.
  • A commitment to operational excellence, with a strong appreciation for quality systems.
  • Demonstrated experience managing large teams and supporting personal growth of all employees.
  • Solutions-oriented, collaborative problem-solver who is committed to working collaboratively in a diverse, dynamic, and complex environment with a combination of local, regional, and national staff and partners.
  • Curious and inquisitive, with excellent relationship-building and convening skills bringing together people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to spend extended hours at the computer. This position may require moderate travel, when it is safe/advisable to do so.


All EF staff are working remotely through the remainder of 2020. While we anticipate returning to our offices sometime in 2021, we will do so only when we can ensure the health and safety of our staff.

This position may be based in any of EF's offices (San Francisco, CA; Las Vegas, NV; Chicago, IL; Raleigh, NC; or Washington, DC). Candidates already should be based in or willing to relocate to any of those regional locations, once it is safe/advisable to do so. The office environments include some shared workspace, some individual offices, shared kitchen facilities, with moderate noise levels and a collegial atmosphere. On occasion, there are activities or events after work hours.

EF is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

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