August 1, 2021 | Lynn Abramson, President, Clean Energy Business Network


Are you an early career professional (or career changer) seeking interesting, meaningful work? Would you enjoy helping small businesses thrive, learning more about government policy and energy markets, and protecting the environment? If so, then you may be a great fit for the Clean Energy Business Network team!


Email cover letter and resume to AND complete our skills assessment questionnaire

The position:

The Clean Energy Business Network is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization serving as the small business voice for the clean energy economy. We work to enhance opportunities for small and midsize clean energy companies through policy support, market and technology education, and business development assistance. Our projects include numerous campaigns to engage small businesses in policy; educational products such as case studies and infographics on the clean energy economy; initiatives on diversity, equity, and inclusion in cleantech; and a subcontract with the U.S. Department of Energy to help support entrepreneurs developing innovative energy solutions. Learn more about our history and mission.

We are seeking two full-time Associates—one focused on Communications and one focused on Business Development—to perform a range of communications, policy, business development, and administrative functions. We are a small, tightknit team offering a friendly and supportive work environment, competitive salary and benefits, and rewarding, mission-driven work. This is a full-time employee (not independent contractor) position.

We offer a flexible working environment and schedules. In-person meetings in DC are sometimes necessary, so candidates should either be willing to relocate to DC or have a place to stay for extended periods as needed.

Job duties:

The two positions will likely be divided as follows, but there may be some overlap and/or reconfiguring of duties based on the candidates’ interests and skillsets. Training will be provided! We work to ensure every team member is up to speed on the full spectrum of CEBN’s work and capable of pitching in wherever needed.

Communications Associate:

  • Serving as the lead point in combing policy and news updates and drafting weekly newsletter summarizing these developments
  • Serving as the lead point on drafting, designing, posting, and amplifying social media
  • Serving as the lead point on developing “Faces Behind the Facts” profiles sharing the stories of business leaders behind the U.S. energy transformation
  • Making technical and content edits to website
  • Forming a strong understanding of organizational policy priorities, communications strategies, and brand to ensure that all external products remain on message
  • Participating in weekly coalition calls related to policy and communications
  • Meeting with policy offices in Congress and the Administration and representing organizational policy priorities
  • Supporting the development of press statements, policy advocacy letters and summaries
  • Researching clean energy data, facts, and project locations for communications projects
  • Supporting event production by drafting invitations, coordinating with speakers and entertainment, and developing programs
  • Serving as a professional representative of the organization in front of external audiences
  • Administrative tasks such as member database management and metrics tracking

Business Development Associate:

  • Serving as the lead point for maintaining a nationwide database of funding opportunities for clean energy technology research, development, and deployment
  • Supporting the development of a new resource cataloguing clean energy and climate technology investors and building foundational relationships across the cleantech investor ecosystem
  • Recruiting and supporting members, clean energy investors, and other partners by researching candidates, convening introductory calls and emails, and developing marketing campaigns
  • Highlighting resources of interest to premium members
  • Developing systematic methods to track and improve membership recruitment and retention strategies
  • Providing targeted introductions, offering strategic guidance, and highlighting relevant resources for new and existing members
  • Supporting Department of Energy awardees and other startups by researching and recommending resources to support their work, reviewing pitch materials, and facilitating curated introductions
  • Researching new programs and services across the nation to support clean energy companies
  • Supporting event production by drafting invitations, coordinating with speakers and entertainment, and developing programs
  • Serving as a professional representative of the organization in front of external audiences
  • Administrative tasks such as member database management, metrics tracking, and writing updates on CEBN accomplishments

Requirements: Bachelor’s degree or higher; valid, current legal authorization to work in U.S.

Key attributes: We are looking for team members who are highly-motivated, adaptable, and capable of quickly learning new skills and juggling multiple projects. A background in energy, policy, business, or the environment is helpful but not essential, as you will learn on the job.

Salary and benefits: Annual base salary ranges from $34,000-39,000 based on number of years of experience post-grad. (Gross compensation with benefits outlined below comes to approximately $41,000-$46,000/year.) Position will be awarded initially on a 3-month contract and then considered for extension after this time based on performance and available funding/budget.

Benefits available immediately:

  • $300/month health insurance stipend
  • 2 weeks’ paid time off annually
  • Metro commuter benefits (when in-person work resumes)
  • FTE (rather than contractor) status – we pay half your Social Security and Medicare taxes

Benefits added after 3 months:

  • 401k with employer match, an online retirement planning tool, and choices for both traditional and ESG (environment, social, governance) options
  • Monthly cell phone bill paid by us

Workplace culture:

  • Friendly, collaborative, team-oriented work environment
  • Flexible schedules and accommodating to periodic teleworking (when in-person work resumes)
  • Constant on-the-job training and opportunities for professional growth

Timing: We hope to fill these positions in August. Please check this website for the current status of the position. We will notify ALL applicants when we have made a final decision.

Location: Our office is in the McPherson Square neighborhood of DC. We offer flexible work-from-home arrangements as well as in-person space. Candidates will be expected to come into DC at least periodically for in-person meetings as needed.

How to apply: If interested in applying, please submit a cover letter and resume to (each limited to one page or less) AND complete our online skills assessment questionnaire. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The skills assessment exercise takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. We use this approach to give you a better understanding of the job while providing us with a straightforward, unbiased look at how you process new information.

Equal opportunity employer: CEBN embraces a diversity of thought, culture, and background across our staff and broader professional community. We are an equal opportunity employer. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, or discharge, will be based on merit, competence, performance, and the needs of our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, political ideology, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.