Director, Renewable Energy Program

Landscape Conservation Washington, District Of Columbia




JOB TITLE:  Director, Renewable Energy Program

CLASSIFICATION: Professional 6

SALARY: $98,000 - $110,000

FLSA:  Exempt

DEPARTMENT: Landscape Conservation

LOCATION: Washington, DC

REPORTS TO: Vice President for Landscape Conservation


LAST REVISED:  June 2021


The Director, Renewable Energy Program leads Defenders of Wildlife’s Renewable Energy Program and is responsible for advancing Defenders’ renewable energy and conservation goals by directing the team’s cross-cutting and sophisticated portfolio of work. These efforts include advocating for renewable energy development that allows wildlife to thrive on federal and private lands and waters, including the marine environment.  The team seeks to influence federal and state policies related to renewable energy development, operation, and transmission access, as well as engaging with industry leaders, agency program staff, and large power purchasers on key issues and high priority research.   

Responsibilities include directing the implementation of effective renewable energy regulations, policies, and other programs to strategically advance wildlife-responsible renewable energy at the pace and scale needed to mitigate climate change consistent with Defenders’ conservation goals. The director is also responsible for leading Defenders’ advocacy efforts to influence legislation and specific project plans, supervising Renewable Energy Program staff members, and serving as Defenders’ representative for renewable energy and conservation priorities with external interests including the news media.  


  • Lead and provide expertise to the development, implementation and evaluation of national and regional strategies to advance wildlife-responsible renewable energy at the pace and scale needed to mitigate climate change consistent with Defenders’ strategic conservation goals.   
  • Develop and oversee the drafting of Defenders’ positions on renewable energy regulations, policies, and programs pursuant to program goals and objectives.
  • Supervise the Renewable Energy Program staff by developing workplans, setting priorities, overseeing work, and evaluating performance.
  • Facilitate collaboration with other departments of Defenders, including Government Relations, Communications, Conservation Law, Field Conservation and the Center for Conservation Innovation to accomplish goals and objectives.
  • Serve as Defenders’ representative on renewable energy and wildlife conservation to department and agency officials and represent Defenders in public meetings, hearings, press events, conferences, coalitions, and in general communications with public officials, legislators, the media, Defenders’ membership, the donor community, and the general public.
  • Research, write, and/or supervise the development of white papers, memos, blogs, reports, comment letters, websites, publications and other products. Facilitate coordination with the Communications Department to develop and distribute outward facing products and with the Center for Conservation Innovation to use technology to develop digital communication products.
  • Work with Development staff to raise grant funds and meet contractual obligations related thereto.
  • Develop and recommend the Renewable Energy Program Budget.
  • Recommend, review and approve employment actions, including interviewing, hiring, promotions and raises, in conjunction with Human Resources. Partner with Human Resources in the handling of disciplinary issues.
  • Ensure communication of duties and responsibilities to direct reports and monitor performance. Provide regular coaching and counseling. Identify training needs. Prepare and deliver salary and performance reviews; review and approve performance and salary appraisals as necessary.
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.


Education: Bachelor’s (B.A./B.S.) degree or equivalent

Experience: 10 years of relevant experience; 5 years supervisory experience

An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above. 

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All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. 

Defenders requires employees who engage in in-person work activities, including business travel or onsite work, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  An applicant (i) who is disabled or pregnant or who has a qualifying medical condition that contraindicates a COVID-19 vaccination or (ii) who objects to being vaccinated on the basis of a sincerely held religious belief, observance or practice may request an exemption from this vaccination policy. This determination will be made on a case-by-case basis and in accordance with applicable law. Any medical information concerning an applicant's disability will be treated as a confidential medical record in compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws.