Position Description: EAN Network Director

By EANVT  |  January 12, 2018  |  Featured News

EAN Network Director Position Description (pdf)

Energy Action Network (EAN) is seeking a highly motivated, collaborative, and analytically adept leader to join our team. EAN is a multi-stakeholder, collective impact network of leaders across a diversity of sectors—non-profit, government, business, utility, higher education, and finance—seeking to transform our energy system to achieve Vermont’s goal of meeting 90% of our total energy needs through efficiency and renewables by 2050.  EAN’s mission is to end Vermont’s reliance on fossil fuels and create clean, affordable and secure electric, heating, and transportation systems for the 21st century. Meeting this goal is an enormous—and highly creative—opportunity that will stand as a national example of policy and practice towards curbing greenhouse gas emissions and fostering energy independence.  

EAN’s Network Director will fill a central leadership role as we work together to transform Vermont’s energy system to one based on efficiency and renewables.  The Network Director will work closely with the Executive Director (E.D.), other staff, and Network members to provide strategic and facilitative leadership, analytical underpinning, and backbone support to the Network. EAN’s work enables large-scale change by fostering collaboration among a diverse group of stakeholders in a rapidly evolving energy landscape.  As such, the role of Network Director requires the ability to work with and across multiple interests and members to foster learning, collaboration, and innovation that advances our common agenda.  It requires continually tracking progress toward goals, coordinating the efforts of organizational leaders with busy schedules, and an understanding of the energy needs, policies, and technologies that are driving change in Vermont and elsewhere. Specifically, the Network Director’s responsibilities will include:

Strategic, Facilitative Leadership:
Work with the E.D. to provide overall strategic and facilitative leadership for EAN’s efforts to help Vermont meet 90% of its total energy needs through efficiency and renewables by 2050.  Examples include:

  • Provide analytic framing and research for EAN’s Annual Meeting
  • Manage the composition of our Annual Report
  • Work with Work Group Chairs to facilitate Network work groups and convenings
  • Ongoing management and development of the Vermont Community Energy Dashboard
  • Regular presentations to a wide variety of audiences

Network Coordination:
Bring a collective impact frame to EAN’s work and support robust engagement of our network structure to leverage progress toward Vermont’s energy & climate goals.  This includes:

  • Staff support of EAN work groups as we work to define and meet shared goals
  • Regular communications (including regular newsletter and listserv activity) with and between current members and work groups, both individually and collectively
  • Identify and onboard new Network members
  • Design and manage Network evaluation tools

Progress Tracking and Energy Analysis:
Coordinate with partners and oversee contractual work to provide consistent and transparent tracking of progress at the state, regional, and local levels.

Examples include:

  • EAN’s Annual Report
  • EAN’s Pathways Report annual update
  • Conduct and/or coordinate policy research and analysis as we work to serve more of a role as “Vermont’s total energy think tank”
  • Updates to the range of data and analytical tools on the Dashboard


Required Skills

  • Excellent communications skills, both written and verbal
  • Experience as an effective facilitator of multi-stakeholder meetings and processes
  • Project management: highly organized with attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines
  • Experience working in highly collaborative relationships, including with high-level public and private stakeholders
  • Ability to grasp and develop complex systems change strategies for collective impact
  • Knowledge of comprehensive (transportation, heating, electricity, and efficiency) energy issues and policy: masters level expertise, or equivalent experience
  • Comfort with fast-paced, independent work environment with good time management skills


Desired Attributes


  • Strong personal commitment to the mission, vision, and goals of EAN
  • Familiarity and comfort with Vermont’s economic and political culture
  • Sense of humor, patience, flexibility




Compensation & Location


  • Compensation for this core, full-time position will be commensurate with experience, including a competitive benefits package.
  • This position is located at EAN’s office in Montpelier, VT, but will involve travel to members and diverse partner organizations around the state.




How to Apply: Submit a resume and cover letter outlining your interest in the work of EAN, what you would bring to this important collaborative effort, and your salary history to jduval@eanvt.org.

Address applications to: Jared Duval, Executive Director, Energy Action Network

www.eanvt.org & www.vtenergydashboard.org

Applications due March 16, 2018

EAN is an equal opportunity employer. Position open until filled.

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