Research and Policy Coordinator, Clean Virginia

  • Clean Virginia
  • Virginia or Washington, D.C. for the right candidate
  • Jul 13, 2018
Full time Public Policy Strategy Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description


Clean Virginia is hiring.


Through our affiliated Political Action Committee, Clean Virginia supports legislators and candidates for Virginia’s General Assembly who refuse donations from regulated electric monopolies. We design innovative campaigns to inform the public about the harmful impacts of monopoly corruption in Virginia's energy sector. And we engage in research and policy development to promote clean energy and clean competition. We believe that all Virginians, including low-income communities and communities of color, should have a voice in our energy decisions.


We are a small staff of committed people that come from backgrounds in politics, grassroots organizing and government. Our headquarters are in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Clean Virginia is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a just, representative and inclusive working environment. All interested individuals, particularly people of color, women, persons with disabilities, and persons who are LGBTQ are urged to apply.



The Research and Policy Coordinator is responsible for producing primary research and collating secondary research to inform Clean Virginia’s public information campaigns, legislative advocacy, and policy development, in support of the strategic goals of ending monopoly utility corruption and advancing an equitable, just transition to clean energy in Virginia. The ideal candidate will possess in-depth familiarity with the legal and regulatory structures of the power sector and renewable energy policy, as well as policy approaches to campaign finance reform. S/he/they will oversee all research programming in concert with stakeholders and partner organizations. They will work closely with the Communications Coordinator and Political Coordinator, and report to the Executive Director.


  • Develops and oversees a robust primary research and policy development program, providing in-house expertise on issues including: energy utility regulatory reform; the legal and regulatory barriers to advancing distributed and community-owned renewable energy; the intersection between utility reform, environmental justice and consumer protection; and campaign finance.

  • Presents results though clear and compelling reports, oral presentations, data visualizations, blog posts, etc. Works with stakeholders in the political and environmental community to develop and share relevant research.

  • Stays up-to-date on energy trends and significant issues in the utility landscape.

  • Monitors and fact-checks public information regarding the energy sector.

  • Coordinates with volunteers supporting Clean Virginia's research activities.

  • Proposes a budget for the development and dissemination of research and special projects, and manages contracts with external researchers and consultants.
  • Coordinates with partner organizations to harmonize Clean Virginia’s research and policy development efforts with like-minded groups.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field.

  • At least two years of experience in energy policy, environmental justice and climate change policy, electoral politics and/or the climate movement.

  • Demonstrated research accomplishments (memos, briefs, reports) using both qualitative and quantitative methods.

  • Excellent writing (from reports to blog posts) and presentation skills (data visualization).

  • Track-record of producing influential research or writing.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • A collegial and collaborative work style, a strong work ethic, an enthusiastic attitude, and a sense of humor are essential. Superior communication and interpersonal skills are a must.

  • A flexible approach to work, with a willingness to travel as needed and participate in occasional work-related activities that occur after typical business hours.

  • Demonstrated interest in government transparency, clean energy and the mission of Clean Virginia.


Clean Virginia offers a competitive salary package commensurate with skills and experience, plus excellent benefits that include medical, dental, and vision coverage, and a retirement savings 401(k) plan.


Please submit a resumé, a cover letter and a writing sample of no more than 500 words, and/or relevant examples of research, to - in a single PDF or Word document.


General-Other: Legal, Policy Underwriting, Environmental Protection-Conservation


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