SACE | Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

Tennessee Campaign and Utility Policy Manager


SACE is soliciting applications for a Tennessee Campaign and Utility Policy Manager to be based in middle or eastern Tennessee, ideally at SACE’s office in Knoxville. Candidates must have relevant experience with advocacy at the community or state level, including exposure to organizing. Applicants who have submitted materials for recent energy policy positions need not reapply, and may already be among those being considered for further review to fill these positions.


SACE is seeking leaders to work in Tennessee to promote reform at municipal, cooperative, and regional utilities. Please also see our Memphis Utility Reform Organizer and Tennessee Energy Reform Organizer positions (until filled); applicants wishing to be considered for more than one of these positions may submit a single application noting their interest. The Tennessee Campaign and Utility Policy Manager will work with community and business leaders to encourage utilities to adopt ambitious energy efficiency and solar power programs.

Candidates should have well developed advocacy skills and 2+ years of experience in community organizing. The ideal candidate’s background in community organizing will include experience in racially, economically, and educationally diverse communities and a proven ability to work in Knoxville, Nashville, Chattanooga, a small city or rural area of Tennessee, or a similar community.

Ideal candidates will also have experience and knowledge of public utilities and energy policy. Experience with energy efficiency, weatherization, or solar power programs is highly desired. Candidates with a higher level of experience related to organizing and policy are strongly encouraged to apply, as job responsibilities will be assigned based on experience and capability.

Candidates should have demonstrated excellence in public speaking and strong writing skills. Examples of work duties and responsibilities that applicants should be able to confidently assume include:

  • Contribute to the development of public messaging materials for use in organizing, education and advocacy related to energy efficiency and renewable energy (solar and wind).
  • Provide public testimony on utility reform, energy efficiency, and renewable energy (e.g., to City Council).
  • Contribute to the development of internal strategic planning, fundraising, and progress reports.
  • Engage with the media by cultivating relationships, and communicate with the public via op-eds, press releases, blog posts, social media and video.
  • Develop and grow expertise in energy efficiency and solar program design.

As noted above, SACE will only consider candidates who live in or are willing to relocate to Tennessee, with a preference for Knoxville. Experience with state agencies, decision-makers, media, or non-profit advocacy is necessary and must go beyond academic studies and related internships. While modest exceptions may be made, a minimum of three years of relevant work experience has been typical of successful applicants in the past.

Inquiries reflecting a sincere interest in our work for Tennessee that do not demonstrate adequate experience will be retained for potential future consideration if entry-level positions become available. Any such inquiries should also note whether the applicant is interested in participating in SACE’s advocacy as a member of the community.

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 “Campaign and Utility Policy Manager” and note any restrictions regarding 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.