Associate Director for Clean Energy

Washington, DC

The Opportunity

The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) is seeking an experienced professional to help lead our dynamic and growing clean energy portfolio. Since 2020, FAS has supported the advancement of climate and clean energy policy. We work hand in hand with policymakers from across the federal government to develop and support policies and programs aimed at accelerating a clean energy transition across the United States. FAS’ mission is to continue the evolution and design innovative programming and policies to support the transition to a clean energy future. We seek an entrepreneurial, resourceful, clean energy and climate enthusiast to join our ranks to support and lead this exciting portfolio. 

At FAS, we believe in embracing a growth oriented and entrepreneurial mindset to drive impact for our colleagues, our customers, and the world. Our clean energy portfolio includes leading programs to advance clean energy policy with a focus on enabling federal capacities, while championing and developing actionable policies to advance clean energy technology and solutions.

What you’ll do (Core Responsibilities include):

  • Oversee the management of FAS’ clean energy activities. Our clean energy portfolio includes guiding individuals and teams in the design, development, and delivery of clean energy policy, programming and fellowships.

  • Lead and grow strategic initiatives to advance and grow FAS’ clean energy portfolio. Direct the development and execution of strategies to grow the clean energy portfolio. Collaborating with policymakers to identify opportunities, build and execute on fundraising, and convert emergent opportunities to advance FAS’ impact into new programs and policy wins. 

  • Serve as FAS’ subject matter expert on clean energy: Provide FAS and federal partners with subject matter expertise to inform strategic opportunities, to drive progress on clean energy policy, and initiatives across the organization. Consisting of fellowship placements, policy development and design, strategic communications, and other emergent areas as needed based on FAS’ mission and goals. 

  • Develop policy ideas and support implementation with key federal partners. Engage with policymakers across the federal energy ecosystem to identify opportunities, work to design and develop actionable policy proposals, and support their implementation. 

  • Provide vision and support for clean energy implementation efforts connected to recent Federal legislation (i.e., IIJA, IRA). Develop and guide a set of emerging activities to support the delivery of new work focused on maximizing outcomes from the recent federal legislation at the state and local level. 

Skills and Experience (Requirements):

  • A deep understanding of the U.S. federal energy ecosystem and experience in past and existing policies, core federal energy programs, critical agencies and offices to include their functions and strategic priorities, the clean energy innovation pipeline, its component parts across federal R&D, commercialization, deployment, and other related programs or policies within clean energy. 

  • Experience researching, advocating, and/or developing climate and energy policy, and working with federal policymakers/legislators to support implementation. 

  • In-depth knowledge of climate and clean energy innovation and technology across the U.S., along with the challenges and opportunities to advance and accelerate deployment.

  • 10+ years professional experience with a minimum of 5 years in a leadership role; managing teams and constantly evolving projects in designing project plans, overseeing programs and operative models, and leading teams to successfully achieving goals.

  • Thorough knowledge of federal innovation tools and policy levers to promote change in government.

  • Passion and interest in constructing programs and strategic initiatives to further FAS’ mission in achieving a clean energy future in the United States.

  • Problem solver, possessing a big thinker mindset, capable of identifying opportunities for impact, developing proposals and project plans to achieve impact, and managing early career staff in accomplishing projects.

  • An entrepreneurial spirit and demonstrated ability to lead through ambiguity and build robust and impactful initiatives.

Nice to haves:

  • Direct experience working in or with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

  • A demonstrated disciplinary skill set along with  a diversity of experiences to bring to bear from management consulting, research and advocacy, applied innovation and design, technology, product management, etc. 

Work Environment 

This position is based in  Washington, D.C. and operates on a hybrid model.  Meaning that both remote and in-person work can be accommodated, generally two to three days per week on-site, and two to three days per week remote depending on the needs of the organization. 

Salary Range

Starting at: $150,000. Final compensation will be determined by years of relevant experience and education level.

Hiring Statement

Don’t check off every box? Apply anyway! Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every listed qualification. At FAS we are dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive workplace, and developing new voices. If you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly, we encourage you to apply anyway – you might just be the right candidate.

The Federation of American Scientists is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. The Federation of American Scientists  prohibits discriminating against employees and job applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose the compensation of the employee or applicant or another employee or applicant. 

FAS looking to fill this position quickly. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Early submission will ensure your application receives full consideration.