SACE | Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

Energy Efficiency Director or Manager


SACE is currently soliciting applications for staff to work on energy efficiency policy issues. Applicants who have previously submitted materials for the Energy Policy Staff or Solar Program director need not reapply, and may be among those being considered for further review to fill these positions. The energy efficiency position could be hired at a program director level (greater work experience, leadership skills and substantive background expected) or at an energy policy manager level position.

Our priority for locating this position is in North Carolina (preferably Raleigh-Durham). Other locations of interest include Atlanta and Knoxville, and SACE is often flexible on work location in the Southeast (Carolinas, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida and Alabama).


SACE is seeking a leader to promote clean energy policy across the Southeast as an Energy Policy Manager or potentially Energy Efficiency Program Director. If the energy efficiency position is hired at a program director level, she will be responsible for developing and executing strategy for SACE’s energy efficiency advocacy in the Southeast. The strategy would include, at a minimum, the following areas of work:

  • Advocacy for increasing the scale and effectiveness of utility energy efficiency programs
  • Low income energy efficiency
  • Combined heat and power and other large energy user programs

In addition to familiarity with these topics, the ideal candidate will have a direct experience with either economic analysis of these industries or business practices within these industries. Other potential duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Advocacy on diverse topics such as rate design, utility resource planning/procurement, and financial aspects of energy efficiency program development
  • Conducting research on electric power market trends, including energy efficiency programs across the Southeast, costs across the industry, and policies around the country
  • Collaboration with stakeholders and allies, particularly in energy efficiency program related industries

The ideal candidate will have professional experience that demonstrates an understanding of energy policy issues and solid skills in most of the following areas: writing, public speaking, analytic and computer applications. Experience with state agencies, decision-makers, media, or non-profit advocacy is necessary. While modest exceptions may be made, a minimum of four years of relevant work experience has been typical of successful applicants in the past, and at least six years at the program director level.

While SACE generally prefers to locate new staff in our principal offices in Atlanta GA, Knoxville TN and Asheville NC, this position is most likely to be filled in North Carolina, ideally the Raleigh-Durham region. SACE will consider applicants with geographic interests in other locations in Tennessee, the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida or Alabama. Salary offers are commensurate with nonprofit compensation in the Southeast, and include a full benefits package.

About Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), a Southeastern, regional, not-for-profit environmental advocacy organization promotes responsible energy choices that work to address the impacts of global climate change and ensure clean, safe and healthy communities throughout the Southeast. After more than 30 years, SACE remains the only regional organization solely focused on transforming the way we produce and consume energy in the Southeast.

SACE is an equal opportunity employer and considers candidates for employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, religion, age, gender, marital status or sexual orientation. SACE is committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and we strongly encourage applications from women and persons of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Applicants should email resume and letter of interest to with the subject line “Energy Policy Positions.” The letter should discuss expectations and any restrictions regarding location, salary and dates of availability. References will be required of candidates during the interview process, and a background check may be performed.

Due to the high volume of inquiries we receive, we are unable to personally contact all applicants. Please be assured that every application is reviewed and considered by a senior member of our staff.