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13 Apr 2021

Full-Time Climate and Clean Energy Director

Natural Resources Council of Maine – Posted by nrcm Augusta, Maine, United States

Job Description

The Natural Resources Council of Maine, the state’s leading environmental advocacy organization, is seeking a Climate and Clean Energy Program Director who can put their skills, experience, and passion to work helping propel Maine toward a clean energy future. This senior policy staff member will play a lead role developing and promoting cutting-edge policies that address climate change and an equitable transition to clean energy at a time when Maine has finalized a new Climate Action Plan, renewable energy is being deployed at an accelerating pace, and momentum is building at the national level to decarbonize our energy and transportation systems. This exciting position will involve advocacy before the Maine Legislature and administrative bodies, communications with the media and the general public, creation and management of issue campaigns, managing an internal staff team, and coalition work with a broad range of other organizations, businesses, and allies. Law degree or master’s degree preferred. Significant demonstrated command of climate and clean energy policies required.

Application ProcessClick Here To Apply Open until filled.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership for NRCM’s Climate and Clean Energy Program, including staff supervision; policy development; program planning, management, and implementation; developing and delivering testimony and analysis of pending legislation, permit applications, and rules and regulations; public speaking and media engagement; and strategic decisions.
  • Help design and implement issue campaigns that involve outreach, media, policy analysis, lobbying, public communications, and coalition-building.
  • Represent NRCM on program issues to external audiences, including the Maine Legislature, Public Utilities Commission, and Efficiency Maine Trust.
  • Identify and develop support from legislators, business leaders and community members, NRCM members, and the general public.
  • Produce advocacy communication materials in support of the organization’s agenda.
  • Develop annual program plans, an annual program budget, and manage and track workplan progress and expenditures.
  • Work with an internal team of colleagues on policy work, and with NRCM’s development staff on grants and fundraising strategies.



  • Well-established expertise in energy policy, utility regulation, energy economics, climate change policy, and/or environmental law.
  • Law degree or master’s degree in a relevant field preferred.
  • At least three years professional experience, with a demonstrated record of excellence and accomplishments.
  • Commitment to and passion for environmental issues and NRCM’s mission.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, including ability to think strategically and motivate others toward common goals.
  • Excellent communications and advocacy skills across a range of settings, including lobbying legislators, responding to the media, and delivering public speeches.
  • Experience in program development, planning, project management, and evaluation.
  • Ability to learn policy issues quickly and communicate complex issues in simple and persuasive terms.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and be held accountable.
  • Ability to work with diverse constituencies, including legislators, staff from other nonprofits, business leaders, and the general public.
  • Ability to work in coalitions and through team-based approaches.
  • Enterprising, motivated, entrepreneurial, and undaunted.


About the Natural Resources Council of Maine

Started in 1959, the Natural Resources Council of Maine is the state’s leading environmental advocacy organization. NRCM has a strong legacy of accomplishments across a broad range of policy areas, including river restoration, protecting Maine’s forests and wildlife, clean energy and climate advocacy, addressing plastic pollution, and much more. NRCM works statewide to improve the quality of Maine’s environment, working in coalition with other nonprofit organizations, business and community leaders, elected officials, NRCM members, and the public at-large. Over the past 60 years, NRCM has led efforts to keep Maine a special place. NRCM’s office is in Augusta, with a staff of 28.

Common NRCM Job Responsibilities

NRCM is committed to a positive work culture where diversity is honored and respected. To this end, all employees are expected to:

  • Maintain positive and productive working relationships with all NRCM staff members, NRCM’s members, external partners, policymakers, and the general public. This includes proactive work on understanding and addressing issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice; providing and receiving constructive feedback; and a willingness to resolve conflicts constructively.
  • Participate in organizational meetings and activities as requested, such as monthly staff meetings, management team meetings, trainings, and ad hoc planning committees.
  • Complete all administrative work on time, such as time sheets, purchase orders, project reports, and planning documents.
  • Be familiar with and follow organizational protocols and policies.

Physical Requirements of the Job

The job requires working at a computer station for substantial lengths of time; performing office duties such as phoning, filing, and copying, and the ability to lift objects up to 10 pounds. NRCM will provide reasonable accommodation to employees with disabilities where appropriate. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Workplace Environment

NRCM strives to provide a supportive work environment through fair and competitive compensation and benefits, up-to-date equipment and IT support, adequate supervision, and ongoing professional development. The work environment is friendly, fun, cooperative, and very fast-paced. Staff members must be able to work independently and adapt to changing priorities.


NRCM is committed to providing fair and competitive compensation to its employees. We base our compensation decisions on:

  • A biennial market survey of comparable organizations and localities.
  • An evaluation of employee qualifications that does not discriminate on the basis of gender, age, race, religion, physical/mental ability, sexual orientation, or national origin.
  • High employee performance that advances our strategic plan and other organizational priorities.
  • Availability of financial resources for the organization.


How to Apply

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

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