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Are you passionate about addressing the climate crisis and supporting underserved communities? If so, then join our growing team and help us launch an exciting national initiative. At ACEEE, you will be part of an organization that makes a difference and delivers energy savings to communities across the country.

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a leading national research organization based in Washington, DC, seeks a buildings and affordable housing finance analyst to contribute to a new initiative designed to scale up retrofits of buildings and low- and moderate-income housing. The finance analyst will also guide the annual Energy Efficiency Finance Forum and lead research focused on the finances, costs, and economics of energy efficiency and decarbonization in buildings.

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 finance analyst will be a member of ACEEE’s buildings program, providing research, outreach, and support to multiple programs. They will also devote substantial time to a new national initiative for affordable housing retrofits, driving policy and program innovation among eligible cities, counties, and/or states, as well as their critical community-based and private sector stakeholders.


Across their projects, the finance analyst will primarily focus on research as well as technical assistance, with support and guidance from senior researchers and managers. Research projects will include considerations of financing, costing, and braided funding opportunities from multiple sources (i.e., federal/state/local funding, utility incentives, programs). For example, a planned 2023 project that the analyst will lead is on financing projects with long payback periods. Technical assistance can include actively participating in or facilitating stakeholder meetings, writing memos, presenting ACEEE research, and submitting formal comments. This work is cross-cutting and requires collaboration with others at ACEEE including the local policy program. The finance analyst will represent ACEEE externally regarding topics related to energy efficiency finance and other projects and lead the Energy Efficiency Finance Forum agenda development with support from the ACEEE conferences team and in coordination with external advisors. 

Core Responsibilities:

  • Leads financial analysis and contributes to ACEEE research, publishing technical reports and summarizing findings for non-technical audiences
  • Oversees and provides technical assistance to outside stakeholders
  • Project-manages others contributing to financial analysis research
  • Collaborates with other ACEEE teams and external partners on multi-sector projects
  • Plans and organizes the annual Energy Efficiency Finance Forum with the ACEEE conferences team and external advisors
  • Work may also include convening partners, writing blog posts, developing presentations, and speaking at webinars/conferences



  • Expertise in financial analysis and economics 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
  • Team-oriented with strong interpersonal skills; articulate and thoughtful
  • Experience providing guidance to decision makers on 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



  •  Passion for clean energy, environmental issues, and social justice
  • Experience in financial analysis and economics for buildings, including financing, costing, and braided funding opportunities from multiple sources
  • 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
  • Superb project management skills including facilitation and attention to detail
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and oral (including public speaking and presentations)


Required Education and Experience:

  •  A degree in finance, economics, accounting, engineering, public policy, environmental studies, urban studies, or another similar field
  • Bachelor’s degree required and four years of experience, or
  • Master’s degree and three years of experience, or
  • PhD with one year of experience
  • Work experience must include finance in buildings; energy and environmental policy; local or state government; community organizing, environmental justice, housing justice, tenants’ rights, community development; and/or affordable housing finance
  • Expertise in finance, first costs, operating costs, and/or economic analysis
  • Experience with or sound knowledge of energy efficiency and decarbonization in buildings


Preferred start date: November 2022; the position is located in Washington, DC or can be remote.  

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Salary range is $59,727 – $74,659. 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. 

To apply: Use the link below to use the Paylocity Recruitment portal. 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.