Department: Climate Policy

Location: Washington, DC (hybrid in office and from home)

Job Status: Full-Time

Experience: Manager Level (5-9 years)

Salary: $100—150/year, depending on experience

The Niskanen Center is a nonpartisan public policy think tank and advocacy organization committed to strengthening liberal democratic governance by developing and advocating policies to provide widespread abundance, security, and opportunity. The climate department develops policy solutions to unlock energy abundance, advocating for governmental actions that will spur markets to generate a bounty of low-carbon energy. In particular, we believe that a targeted federal role in permitting intra-state transmission lines is necessary to build out the energy infrastructure we need on the timeline that climate change demands, that clean energy siting and supply chain reliability require improved processes that take into account community input in a respectful and streamlined manner, and that decarbonization done right can enhance job opportunities and wealth in struggling regions. We work closely with the network of policymakers and governing elites in Washington, D.C. to advance meaningful policy change. We have a unique ability to work with decision makers on both sides of the aisle. 

The position

We are seeking a research manager to expand the Niskanen Center’s growing body of work in building out low-carbon infrastructure including permitting and siting high-capacity transmission lines, geothermal energy, wind and solar, and decarbonizing the industrial sector. The ideal individual will be sharp, communicative, excited about infrastructure’s role in the transition to a low carbon economy and enthusiastic about Niskanen’s unique positioning in the think tank and advocacy world. This position reports to the director of climate policy. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Shape Niskanen’s research and advocacy agenda related to siting and permitting of low-carbon energy infrastructure, supply chain enhancement, and decarbonization
  • Research and write original studies, reports, white papers, blog posts, and op-eds
  • Develop and disseminate policy and commentaries to the Hill, media, coalitions, and the broader public recommending policies that improve energy infrastructure authorization processes
  • Give presentations, participate in panels and media interviews
  • Work independently, leverage resources, tackle new challenges, and think creatively about how to use Niskanen’s unique positioning to accelerate decarbonization
  • Develop and manage external relationships and partnerships, including with agency staff, congressional staff, researchers and advocates
  • Supervise an analyst, interns, and contractors

Minimum Qualifications

  • B.A. in energy systems, engineering, public policy, economics, environmental studies or another relevant field
  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience
  • Understanding of energy systems and policy
  • Excellent oral, research, and written communication skills
  • Ability to translate complex issues to key takeaways for diverse audiences
  • Strong time management skills
  • Action-oriented and creative self-starter who can juggle multiple responsibilities and  independently manage long-term projects from conception to completion
  • Comfort engaging outside individuals and organizations
  • High degree of integrity, ability to build trust, communicate effectively, and collaborate with others
  • Commitment to and passion for climate policy, and familiarity with Niskanen’s vision for change.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters or PhD in relevant field
  • More than 5 years of relevant experience
  • Expertise in transmission, clean energy siting and permitting, the electricity industry, critical minerals and supply chain issues, industrial decarbonization, NEPA, or FERC
  • Federal policy experience
  • Proven experience developing, engaging, and collaborating with a robust and diverse network of organizations and experts

Compensation and benefits:

$100-$150,000/year, depending on experience. 

Unlimited paid time off; office is closed on all federal holidays plus the week between Christmas and New Years; paid parental leave; 100% health, dental and vision insurance for the employee; 401(k) plan; commuter benefits in DC. 

How to Apply

The position is open until filled. Please include a cover letter, resume, and writing sample in your application. Send all applications to: No phone calls, please.

Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm ET on March 10, 2023.

Niskanen Center is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without discrimination of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status. We also seek to expand our professional networks and workplace composition to better reflect our dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion.