Executive Director, Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance / Policy Director, AEE

Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) is a national association of businesses that are making the energy we use secure, clean, and affordable. We work to accelerate the move to 100% clean energy and electrified transportation in the U.S. AEE is the only industry association in the U.S. that represents the full range of advanced energy technologies and services, both grid-scale and distributed. Advanced energy includes energy efficiency, demand response, energy storage, wind, solar, hydro, electric vehicles, and more. AEE represents more than 100 companies in the $240 billion U.S. advanced energy industry, which employs 3.2 million U.S. workers. 

 

AEE’s mission is transforming public policy to enable rapid growth of advanced energy businesses. We educate, engage, and advocate in more than a dozen states, in wholesale electricity markets, and at the federal level for executive actions, legislation, and regulations that expand the size and value of markets for advanced energy products and services. We also offer business intelligence products and select business development opportunities to help advanced energy companies grow. 

 

In Texas, AEE does business as the Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance (TAEBA). TAEBA’s mission is to raise awareness among policymakers and the general public about the opportunity offered by all forms of advanced energy for cost savings, electric system reliability and resiliency, and economic growth in the state of Texas. 

Position Description

AEE seeks a smart, innovative, and politically savvy Director to join AEE’s professional services team and lead our Texas engagement as the Executive Director of TAEBA. TAEBA’s Executive Director will lead and shape policy advocacy strategies in Texas and will work collaboratively with team members to develop and implement multi-year strategies and campaigns designed to achieve policy successes at the state and wholesale market level that will expand markets for the advanced energy industry and accelerate the transition to clean energy in Texas.  

 

AEE is seeking a highly energetic and self-starting professional who brings a background in issue advocacy and experience with advanced energy in Texas. The Executive Director will work collaboratively with AEE’s other Directors, and will lead strategy development and execution, leading and empowering project teams on both internal and external projects to advance TAEBA’s policy agenda in the Texas legislature, at the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT), and in ERCOT. Candidates should be creative and flexible, with the ability to develop and execute strategies, working in multiple venues with diverse stakeholders. The successful candidate will have excellent organizational skills, ability to find common ground both with corporate membership and external stakeholders, and a successful track record generating revenue. Candidates will need to have the ability to travel (post pandemic) to meet with AEE members, coalition allies and stakeholders, and public officials. 

Responsibilities

  • Lead development and execution of strategies for advanced energy market growth in Texas venues including the legislature, administrative agencies including but not limited to the PUCT, and ERCOT.  
  • Work collaboratively across AEE professional services team on developing and implementing strategies to meet short and long-term policy objectives as part of AEE’s core portfolio. This will include legislative, regulatory, and administrative (e.g., governor’s office) engagement.
  • Work with TAEBA members to develop and reach consensus on policy positions in Texas on key issues. Facilitate member calls and lead policy discussions to coalesce member input and prioritize areas of interest and engagement.
  • Organize member engagement opportunities through direct decision maker engagement including lobbying, facilitating lobby days and candidate education, earned media, and expert testimony; and participate in legislative, rulemaking, and administrative processes, as needed.
  • As part of AEE’s Expanding Wholesale Markets work, support AEE and AEE member engagement in the stakeholder processes in ERCOT.
  • Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with coalition partners, philanthropy, allies, and key legislative, regulatory and administrative staff. 
  • Represent AEE effectively in front of funders and member prospects and help raise funds to support strategies and engagement in Texas. 
  • Travel on an as needed basis (up to 20%, post pandemic) for advocacy days, technical conferences, meetings with key allies and stakeholders, communications outreach, and other efforts on behalf of AEE.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s and/or Advanced degree, Political Science, Public Policy, Economics or Engineering preferred or applicable comparable experience  
  • Minimum of seven years of professional experience in public policy, preferably with engagement in the clean energy or transportation sector
  • Political campaign or organizing experience, preferably in the clean energy space
  • Entrepreneurial approach, flexible attitude, and ability to operate independently, making decisions consistent with AEE and TAEBA’s mission/vision
  • Ability to engage members, customers, and funders, and sell AEE and its value proposition to those audiences
  • Ability to motivate and develop an internal team and work collaboratively across project teams with colleagues
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, both written and verbal
  • Intellectual curiosity, inquisitive nature, and excellent listening and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to manage a project budget and financials
  • Performance-oriented individual with a strong work ethic, demonstrated initiative and commitment to achieving goals 


Special Application Instructions

To be considered for this position, please click here to submit a cover letter expressing why this position and organization interest you, as well as a current resume.

Job Type: Remote; Full Time

Location: Austin, Texas preferred; Other Texas locations will be considered 

Required Salary: starting at $110,000

Start Date: April 18th, 2022


Advanced Energy Economy is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, sex, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances. We are committed to the values of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice across our organization ("DEIJ"). We also incorporate these values into our mission of making the energy we use secure, clean, and affordable. We know that varied perspectives and a commitment to social justice are needed to succeed in making the United States an advanced energy economy. We commit to building and supporting an inclusive workforce that represents different cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints.