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21 Sep 2023

Full-Time Building Decarbonization Analyst

ACEEE – Posted by [email protected] Anywhere

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Job Description

Are you passionate about addressing the climate crisis through decarbonizing buildings? If so, then join our growing team and help work toward a 50% reduction in energy use by 2050. At the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), you’ll be part of an organization that makes a difference and delivers energy savings to communities across the country.

ACEEE, a leading national research organization based in Washington, DC, seeks a building decarbonization analyst to research energy efficiency and decarbonization in buildings and homes and to contribute to ACEEE’s work on energy code development and implementation. Our efforts drive policy and program innovation among local and state governments, utilities, and critical private-sector stakeholders.

About ACEEE:

ACEEE conducts independent analysis and develops transformative polices to build a vibrant and equitable economy that uses energy more productively, protects the environment, and promotes the health, safety, and well-being of everyone.

ACEEE’s organizational culture is collaborative and team-oriented with a strong commitment to its mission. Staff work at an energetic pace within a dynamic and entrepreneurial environment with opportunities for professional growth and development. There is a high degree of workplace flexibility, with an emphasis on results, making ACEEE an enjoyable and fulfilling place to work. ACEEE is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion while weaving equity into our research and policy work.

Position Description:

The analyst will be a member of ACEEE’s Buildings program, providing research, outreach, and support to multi-sector research projects to scale up energy efficiency as the basis for decarbonization in buildings. ACEEE’s Buildings program covers a variety of topics: zero-energy and zero-carbon new construction, retrofits, embodied carbon, affordable housing, electrification, and advanced building technologies.

The analyst will primarily focus on research as well as technical assistance, with some guidance from senior researchers and managers. Analysis will include considerations of building science, engineering, architecture, and market transformation in programs and policies (i.e., federal, state, local, utility). Technical assistance can include actively participating in or facilitating stakeholder meetings, writing memos, presenting ACEEE research, and submitting formal comments. Specific areas of interest include the building-grid interface, energy storage and load flexibility, and utility roles in supporting building decarbonization and energy code implementation. Alternative areas of focus could include embodied carbon, lifecycle analysis, and the emissions impacts and potential roles of alternative/renewable fuels. This work is cross-cutting and requires collaboration with others at ACEEE. The analyst will have the opportunity to represent ACEEE externally regarding building efficiency and decarbonization as well as support convenings with external stakeholders.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Leads technical building analysis and contributes to ACEEE research, publishing technical reports and summarizing findings for non-technical audiences
  • Oversees and provides technical assistance to outside stakeholders
  • Manages project tasks and corresponds with other project team members
  • Collaborates with other ACEEE teams and external partners on multi-sector projects
  • Leads program development for the annual Hot Water Forum and works with the external advisory committee
  • Writes blog posts, develops presentations, and speaks at webinars/conferences


  • Expertise in building analysis for energy efficient and decarbonized buildings and homes
  • Skilled at forming research questions; collecting secondary data and information; writing up findings and formulating recommendations based on findings
  • Experience in building-grid interface, load flexibility and/or embodied carbon desired
  • Experience with or interest in energy code development and/or equipment efficiency standards is a plus
  • Team-oriented with strong interpersonal skills, articulate, and thoughtful
  • Experience providing technical assistance to programs and policies (federal, state, and/or local)
  • Ability to simultaneously manage several complex, fast-paced, multi-partner projects
  • Superb organizational and project management skills
  • Excellent writing and oral presentation skills


  • Demonstrated passion for clean energy, environmental issues, and social justice
  • Experience in analysis relevant to buildings including building science, engineering, architecture, market transformation, and workforce development
  • Demonstrated ability to collect and disseminate large amounts of data and information
  • Experience with, or sound knowledge of, equity-driven clean energy policies and programs
  • Experience facilitating learning across networks or working groups of peer organizations, stakeholders, or representatives from diverse organizations/communities
  • Professionalism, poise, and the ability to work as part of a team, maintain a sense of humor, and interact with a diverse array of people, including high-level stakeholders
  • Excellent project management skills including facilitation and attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral (including public speaking and presentations)

Required Education and Experience:

  • A degree in engineering, architecture, public policy, environmental studies, or another similar field
    • Bachelor’s degree and four years of experience, or
    • Master’s degree and three years of experience, or
    • PhD
  • Work experience must include energy efficiency and decarbonization in buildings, energy and environmental policy, or energy policy analysis or implementation for local or state government
  • Experience with or sound knowledge of community organizing, environmental justice, housing justice, tenants’ rights, community development, and/or affordable housing

Preferred start date: October 2023. The position is located in Washington, DC, or can be remote.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Salary range is $61K – 77K.  ACEEE’s generous benefits package includes health, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance coverage; a 403(b) retirement plan; transportation and bike-share benefits; three weeks of vacation in the first year and four weeks thereafter.

How to Apply

To apply: Please click here to use the Paylocity Recruitment portal. Be sure to submit your cover letter and resume. We do not accept phone calls or emails about the position. 

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ACEEE is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination with regard to race, sex, color, age, religion, creed, class, sexual orientation, national origin, and disability. ACEEE is committed to increasing diversity and inclusion in its organization and encourages applicants with diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply.

Job Categories: Energy Efficiency. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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