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Vice President, National Program San Francisco, CA

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.

We are currently seeking two highly skilled leaders of people and processes to serve as our inaugural Vice President, States and Regions Program and Vice President, National Program.

Working in partnership with Energy Foundation (EF) leadership to coordinate and elevate the foundation’s multi-state and national efforts, the Vice Presidents will have the opportunity to tackle one of the world’s most pressing and ubiquitous challenges. The Vice President, States and Regions Program (VP, States and Regions) will direct and manage the work of four regional-based U.S. teams running campaigns to secure policy progress and build public support in priority locations. The Vice President, National Program (VP, National Program) will direct a complementary team of policy and communications experts developing strategy and supporting expert networks in the areas of transportation, buildings, clean power, energy efficiency, fossil energy, and clean energy markets. Both VPs will focus on bringing nonprofit management expertise to implementing strategies developed by their teams, under the direction of the Senior Vice President of programs who is charged with integrating strategy across the organization.  

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 VP, National Program is charged with leading the team of 15 professionals working to develop emerging strategies and expert networks in key issues areas to fulfill the organization’s mission.

Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Inquiries, nominations, and referrals can be submitted via this website. All application materials for the position MUST be submitted through the Energy Foundation website here:

Regan Gough and David Bellshaw are leading this search with Emily Chiswick-Patterson.

EF is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. We strongly encourage Black, Indigenous, people of color, women, LGBTQI individuals, differently-abled people, formerly incarcerated people, and people of any and all traditionally marginalized identities to apply. Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any protected category prohibited by local, state, or federal laws.

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