Policy Principal

13 May, 2020


Policy Principal

Advanced Energy Economy (AEE)

Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) includes local and national advanced energy companies working to make our energy system more secure, clean, and affordable. Advanced energy encompasses a broad range of products and services that constitute the best available technologies for meeting energy needs today and tomorrow. Among these are energy efficiency, demand response, solar, wind, hydro, electric vehicles, biofuels and smart grid technologies. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic impact, the industry employed more than 3.6 million workers in the U.S. and is among one of the fastest growing sectors of the nation’s economy.

AEE’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 United States.

Position Description

AEE seeks a smart, innovative Principal to join AEE’s professional services team. The Principal will work with AEE team members to develop and implement multi-year strategies and campaigns designed to achieve policy successes at the state level that will expand markets for the advanced energy industry. Examples of initiatives across the organization where the Principal might work include policy education efforts, crafting and executing policy campaigns to enact pro-advanced energy legislation and regulation in states and defending existing advanced energy policies in key states.

AEE is seeking a highly energetic and self-starting professional with a background in issue advocacy or organizing at the state or federal level and some experience with energy markets and advanced energy technologies. The Principal will work collaboratively as part of project teams under the direction of Directors and with other team members in the professional services team. The Principal will work collaboratively with key stakeholders to advance AEE’s policy agenda in priority states. Candidates should be creative and flexible, with the ability to work on multiple projects as needed to support AEE’s work in a variety of areas. Candidates will need to have the ability to travel to meet with AEE members, coalition allies and stakeholders, and public officials.

Key Skills for Success

A Mind for Policy: Market opportunities for the advanced energy industry are driven by policy. The ideal candidate will have a working knowledge of legislative and regulatory processes. Experience in energy policy is a bonus but not completely necessary.

Be Small “p” Political: Recognizing opportunity and building coalitions to seize policy opportunities is a key to success for creating a policy environment that allows advanced energy to thrive. The ideal candidate doesn’t need to have a background in politics but does need to know how it works and be willing to insert the industry into the politics of the policy-making process.


  • Work collaboratively with AEE professional services team members on developing and implementing strategies to meet short and long-term policy objectives in key states as part of AEE’s core portfolio. These could be legislative, administrative, or regulatory, or a mix of all three.
  • Work with AEE members to develop policy positions and reach consensus on policy positions in key states and on key issues.
  • Work collaboratively with AEE professional services team members on additional various policy areas as needed, ranging from transportation electrification to reforming utility business models, to removing barriers from wholesale markets, as needed.
  • Organize member engagement opportunities through direct decision maker engagement including lobby days and candidate education, earned media, and expert testimony; and participate in legislative, rule-making, and administrative processes, as needed.
  • Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with coalition partners, allies, and key legislative and administrative staff.
  • Work with communications staff to identify and seize opportunities to showcase stories and evidence of the advanced energy economy taking hold in the states. Draft press statements, write blog posts, participate in webinars, and create opportunities to showcase advanced energy.
  • Work with market intelligence and professional service teams to track and analyze legislative and regulatory policy developments around the country.
  • Travel on an as needed basis (up to 30%) to targeted states for advocacy days, meetings with key allies and stakeholders, communications outreach, and other efforts on behalf of AEE.


  • Bachelor’s Degree, Political Science, Public Policy or Communications preferred
  • Minimum of two years of professional experience in legislative policy development or organizing in the energy or advocacy sector
  • Ideally, an interest in energy issues and an understanding for the importance of policy advocacy to advance an organizational agenda
  • Entrepreneurial approach, flexible attitude, and ability to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, both written and verbal
  • Intellectual curiosity, inquisitive nature, and excellent listening and problem-solving skills
  • Performance-oriented individual with a strong work ethic, demonstrated initiative and commitment to achieving goals
  • Must be willing to travel

Application Instructions

Job type: Full-time.

Location: Flexible, but FL location preferred

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Start Date: On or about June 15, 2020

To apply, please submit a cover letter expressing why this position and organization interest you, as well as a current and any additional materials requested above to careers@aee.net.

Job posted: 2020-05-13