City Renewable Energy Manager, Washington


Program Overview

WRI is partnering with Rocky Mountain Institute in service of city efforts to procure renewable energy. The two organizations are building an integrated team across their energy activities that will support cities who are part of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network and the Bloomberg Philanthropies American Cities Climate Challenge. Our integrated team will help cities meet their renewable energy purchasing goals. We will support purchasing approaches that are most relevant and impactful for the circumstances of our city partners. WRI/RMI support will include organizing and supporting cohorts of cities working on similar purchasing strategies, developing tools and guidance documents, organizing training, and supporting peer learning events to help cities secure renewable energy to decarbonize their electricity supply.

In this position, you will expand the WRI Energy program work with utilities and corporate buyers on innovative renewable energy procurement and decarbonization efforts. Your work will also inform and link to the Special Clean Power Council for Customers and Utilities, as well as WRI's engagement in the Renewable Energy Buyer's Alliance. The WRI U.S. energy portfolio focuses on how utilities, cities, and the private sector can speed scaling of low carbon technologies and engage policy makers on supporting an ambitious trajectory to a low carbon flexible energy system. You will also work very closely with the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities and with the U.S. Climate team.

Job Summary

You will provide project management, technical expertise and support the Climate Challenge project located in WRI's Global Energy Program. We require a detail-oriented, highly organized individual who is also able to work independently. At times, we have rapidly changing priorities and multiple projects with varying deadlines, which will require flexibility.

Job Responsibilities

  • 50% Knowledge and research
  • 25% Partner coordination and management
  • 25% Communications and administrative activities

Knowledge and Research

  • Conduct research and analyses related to city-decarbonization, renewable electricity purchasing, and/or promotion of renewable energy purchasing
  • Develop project-related knowledge products (reports, working papers, etc.) that follow WRI research guidelines
  • Promote knowledge sharing across the city-network and WRI network

Partner Coordination

  • Support the project manager in coordinating city-partners and in providing assistance related to renewable energy procurement and adoption
  • Monitor and manage project deliverables, set and clarify priorities, and ensue high-quality deliverables
  • Engage with and lead activities as part of a team working with cities on renewable energy deployment and electric utility engagements
  • Communications

  • Support the development of city-focused communications products (press releases, blogs, etc) to ensure uptake by target audiences.
  • Contribute to engagement strategies and execute them in collaboration with WRI senior managers and communications experts
  • Contribute to and develop highly effective presentations for internal and external audiences, and make presentations to such audiences
  • Represent WRI at select conferences, workshops and other events.
  • Job Qualifications

  • Minimum of 5 years of full-time work experience and previous experience in program implementation or project management
  • Master's degree required ( or 2 additional years of experience) in business, public policy, urban planning, environmental policy, energy policy or related field
  • Broad knowledge of the U.S. electricity sector and energy sector more broadly
  • Knowledge of public policies and private actions leading to deployment of low- and zero-carbon energy and improved energy efficiency
  • Excellent writing, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills across a range of stakeholders, including senior corporate or governmental leadership
  • WRI Overview

    World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water , sustainable cities, and the ocean .

    We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include: integrity, innovation, urgency, independence and respect.

    The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps and analysis to solve the world's greatest environment and international development  challenges , and improve people's lives. We work with leaders in government, business and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.

    We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years and our operating budget is now $100 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of 800+ people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in   Africa ,  Brazil ,  China ,  Europe ,  India ,  Indonesia ,  Mexico   and the   United States as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.  

    WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices.  â€¯

    How to Apply

    Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

    The World Resources Institute ( is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people's lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI's policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, protected veteran status, or disability. WRI's global agenda requires a staff that is diverse – with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI's policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.

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Deadline/closing date: 
Friday, November 16, 2018