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Executive Director, Energy and Environment Program

Department: EEP
Location: Washington, DC

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.

The Aspen Energy and Environment Program is one of the longest running programs at the Aspen Institute. For more than 40 years, the program has driven policy-testing dialogue that anticipates – and has the power to shape – the future of energy, conservation, and environmental policy.

The program relies on the Aspen Institute’s nonpartisan foundation to lay the groundwork for trust and collaboration between individuals and institutions, connecting leaders with often disparate opinions. Through Aspen’s proven method of values-based dialogue, participants are challenged to take a step back from their individual viewpoints and a step forward to think about their responsibilities as leaders in improving public policy, governance, and institutional trust. The program also issues forum summaries about energy trends, food security, water security, conservation, and climate and energy finance. Furthermore, the program collaborates closely with the Aspen High Seas Initiative on ocean sustainability and conservation issues.

Existing Energy and Environment Program initiatives include: Energy Policy Forum; the Hurst Lecture Series; Track II Dialogue in China and India; Aspen Energy Week; Global Energy Forum; Clean Energy Innovation Roundtable; and others.

The program seeks a Director with the required skills:

  • Fluency in domestic and international environment and energy issues; a minimum of 12 years of experience with energy and or environment policy is required
  • A graduate degree is preferred but not required.
  • Proven ability to fundraise through a combination of grantmaking, corporate sponsorship, and individual donors
  • Ability to convene global and local environmental leaders
  • Experience developing strategies and metrics for success
  • Experience managing a strong and collegial team

The Aspen Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all District and federal laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran or disabled status and will not be discriminated against.

Candidate must have the ability to work under pressure and handle stress. Candidate must also have the ability to meet regular attendance policy of the Aspen Institute.  

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