Website Invest in Our Future

Location: Washington DC (location flexible)


The Managing Director, Regional Programs works with the executive management team to develop and implement state and regional strategies across IOF’s four pillars. They collaborate closely with the Executive Director to assure that IOF’s grantmaking strategies in states meet IOF’s overall program goals. They consult with other staff, outside experts, regional foundations, and organizational partners to understand state landscapes and assess capacity and funding gaps. The Managing Director of Regional Programs functions as a strategic leader, convenor, grant-maker, and thought partner.

The Managing Director of Regional Programs oversees a regional team that researches and identifies potential grantees in states, engages with grantees and other stakeholders to shape proposed areas of work, coordinates across IOF strategies within states, and coordinates with the IOF operations team on grant execution.


  • Leads the design, development and execution of state and local strategies and priorities, in collaboration with IOF leadership and colleagues.
  • Oversees the implementation of IOF grants at the state level to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy in IOF’s priority states, with a strong focus on place-based grassroots activity and communications. Works with team to identify new partners, capacity gaps and emerging opportunities.
  • Manages a regional staff team, who oversee the day-to-day activities related to priority state needs assessment and state-based grantee relationships.
  • Manages consultants charged with helping assess state capacity needs. Engages directly with state-level partners and grantees around IOF’s strategic priorities.
  • Coordinates closely with state-based organizations that have similar clean energy implementation goals to IOF to ensure strategies are complementary and aligned.
  • Builds strong relationships with external experts to inform state and local priorities and grant-making.
  • Represents IOF with state-level stakeholders, grantees, and current and prospective donors to advance IOF’s mission through thoughtful collaboration, strategic engagement, and fundraising.
  • Builds and manages a set of state-level programs to provide nimble and targeted capacity to eligible entities in need of support to be able to access federal funding for clean energy projects.
  • Creates and maintains a culture of transparency, collaboration, and support among colleagues, and embraces a culture of inclusivity, belonging, and diverse perspectives.
  • Expands IOF’s network of state-level validators, decision-makers, and institutional leaders while building IOF’s reputation.


  • Bachelors required; Masters preferred.
  • Expected to have a minimum of 12 years of relevant experience in organizing, advocacy, policy and/or campaigns.
  • Strong experience working with non-profits, governments, philanthropy, and relevant stakeholder groups to advance organizational priorities.
  • Proven management experience with a demonstrated ability to lead, inspire, and nurture a team.
  • Ability to navigate complexity with a strategic and analytic lens.
  • Highly organized with the ability to wear multiple hats in a dynamic, fast-moving environment; a solution-oriented team player who manages toward clarity.
  • Problem-solver with the ability to engage others and leverage relevant expertise within IOF.
  • Recognizes the value of different perspectives and commits to inclusion, equity, and diversity in every aspect of work.

Other qualifications/competencies: 

  • BALANCES STAKEHOLDERS: Anticipates and balances the needs of multiple stakeholders.
  • CULTIVATES INNOVATION: Creates new and better ways for the organization to be successful.
  • DEVELOPS TALENT: Develops people to meet both their career goals and the organization’s goals.
  • MANAGES COMPLEXITY: Makes sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems.
  • VALUES DIFFERENCES: Recognizes the value of different perspectives and commits to inclusion, equity, and diversity in every aspect of work.
  • PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Ability to work-backwards from set goals and understand critical path dependencies, establish, and manage different work-streams, draw from a diverse set of tools and approaches to manage progress and mitigate risks, and adapt when circumstances change.
  • EXECUTION: A strong sense of urgency and the ability to work with multiple stakeholders to drive towards milestones. Stays focused on priorities amid many competing demands. Able to quickly develop “plan B” when original plans hit roadblocks.
  • STRATEGY: Strategic mindset with ability to identify and prioritize what’s important in any project, demonstrates innovative and creative approaches to work, ability to organize chaos into coherent plan.
  • COMMUNICATION: Able to translate complex topics into simple language. Can participate appropriately in executive settings and tailor briefs to a range of internal clients. Can represent the Foundation in a wide range of settings.
  • LEADERSHIP: An entrepreneurial sense of ownership over individual work and a sense of accountability to ensure the entire team succeeds. Comfortable with ambiguity and can move forward amid changing circumstances.
  • TEAMWORK: Flexible in playing whatever role is necessary for team success. Demonstrate inclusiveness in encouraging participation from everyone to generate the best ideas and results. Can leverage the entire team – reports, peers, and managers – to achieve results.
  • ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Proactive in crafting new ideas and creatively solving problems. Able to creatively secure and mobilize the resources required for a project’s success.
  • DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION: Committed to inclusion, equity, and diversity in every aspect of your work, and to challenging conventional wisdom through evidence, reason, and amplifying dissenting, unconventional, and marginalized voices.

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