Position Title: Research Director

Location: Washington, DC


Organization Overview

ClearPath (501(c)(3)) was established by entrepreneur Jay Faison in 2014. ClearPath develops and advances conservative policies that accelerate clean energy innovation to address climate change. ClearPath supports flexible low-carbon power sector energy technologies, including next-generation nuclear, hydropower, carbon capture, advanced renewables, and grid-scale energy storage. To advance that mission, we develop cutting-edge policy proposals and analysis, provide policy maker education, provided mission-aligned philanthropy, and collaborate with academics and private sector partners. ClearPath team members believe in small government, free markets, and American entrepreneurship and those principles form the basis for their advocacy. ClearPath’s sister organization, ClearPath Action, is a C4 non-profit organization that advocates for legislation and policy change in line with our principles.


Overview

ClearPath is looking for a creative and independent analyst and energy systems thinker to join us as our Research Director. The Director will work to both advance ClearPath’s public thought leadership and to support internal strategy and decision-making across our entire policy portfolio and suite of clean energy technologies. The position reports to our Executive Director.

ClearPath aspires to begin publishing annual thought leadership on the most economical pathways to deep decarbonization of the U.S. power sector, and the role that a fully clean power sector can play in broader decarbonization of the U.S. economy. We anticipate this analytical work resting on a deep foundation of analysis, ideally leveraging peer reviewed modeling capabilities and an open and transparent process for framing assumptions.

This role will be responsible for conducting, commissioning and managing analysis on multiple fronts, from the prospects for U.S. and global decarbonization under a variety of scenarios, to the commercialization status of technology classes, to review of the business models of individual companies and technologies. The efforts will range from annual public branded reports to short term, as needed, projects required to support internal ClearPath decision-making. We envision this role relying on both the Director’s own experience and skills in energy analysis and modeling as well as leveraging and supervising a range of third party resources and contractors, at the discretion of the Director.

The Director would work closely with both Executive Director and Managing Director for Policy, and collaborate with the team of policy experts already at ClearPath. Additionally, the Director will work with ClearPath’s advisors and partners to test policy concepts and potential new areas of focus. We expect the Director to practice research and analysis, written and oral advocacy, and direct policymaker education.


Job Description

Energy Systems Modeling (30%):

  • Own “Getting U.S. Power to Zero Emissions 202[x]” (working title) annual report and perspective-setting process from developing and/or commissioning the modeling to the stakeholder engagement in developing inputs and scenarios.
  • Commission, supervise, and conduct other ClearPath modeling efforts to evaluate and communicate policy opportunities and technology developments.

Technology Evaluation (30%):

  • Maintain U.S. and global “S-curves” for a range of clean energy technology families, and hone and maintain fact-based internal perspectives for ClearPath on the commercialization stage of each technology along these curves.
  • Develop flexible, generic pro forma project finance models to hone ClearPath internal perspective on status and future performance targets needed to commercialize range of clean power technologies.
  • Leverage these analyses to identify policy opportunities alongside the ClearPath policy and government affairs teams.

Ad hoc Research and Advising (20%):

  • Execute research and analysis activities to identify needs and develop legislative approaches to address them on as needed basis.
  • Provide high-level, quick, and in-depth analysis of policy, politics and industry trends.
  • Respond to a variety of special projects with visibility to members of government including the administration and beyond.

Education and thought leadership (20%):

  • Publish regularly on findings through both ClearPath internal channels and industry and potentially academic publications
  • Present regular on energy trends and outputs of ClearPath analysis
  • Participate in ClearPath policymaker education efforts, both through written materials and high impact presentations

The Director will be an integral part of the ClearPath team, and will gain exposure to a variety of activities including attending Hill meetings, working with private sector stakeholders, joint advocacy with other partners, grant making and research commissioning, policy analysis and development, and legislative and regulatory research and drafting.


Candidate requirements

Capabilities:

  • Curiosity: Voracious learner eager to engage with the substantive details of our work.
  • Abstract Reasoning Ability: Potential to solve problems and understand the logical relationships among concepts.
  • Idea Orientation: Preference for thinking creatively and generating new ways to solve problems.
  • Self-structure: Preference for independently determining work methods.
  • Thoroughness: The tendency to pay attention to detail.
  • Accommodation: Desire to help others.

Values:

  • Teamwork: Be fun, fast, collaborative, and supportive.
  • Dedication: Be here because you want to change the world.
  • Ownership: Think and act like an owner.
  • Adaptability: Be humble and agile.
  • Integrity: Believe individual and organizational credibility is everything.

Values:

  • Bachelors and either graduate degree or 5+ years equivalent professional experience in energy technology, business model, and energy systems analysis
  • Comfort with technology, readiness to quickly complete back of the envelop spreadsheet analysis, and willingness to dive deep either into own primary energy systems modeling or rapidly assess and provide feedback on others’ analysis
  • Some familiarity with an energy systems modeling platform, e.g., NEMS, REEDS, Plexos, or other demonstrated record in commissioning/conducting energy modeling.
  • Excellent communicator (verbal and written).
  • A professional and personal commitment to ClearPath’s mission and values.
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 10% of the time.

Compensation & Benefits:

  • Highly competitive salary commensurate with experience
  • Health, dental, life, disability insurance and 401K program
  • Highly flexible vacation policy

Please send resume and sample of technical analysis in policymaker-relevant presentation or writing to Andrea Steiner at steiner@clearpath.org