Director of Policy

About Our Organization:

Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) is a non-profit organization founded in 2013 to engage Republican policymakers and the public about responsible, conservative solutions to address our nation’s energy, economic, and environmental security while increasing America’s competitive edge. This work includes building out robust political and advocacy operations to support Republican clean energy champions in the U.S. House and Senate. In addition to working with members of Congress and legislative staffs to discuss policy ideas, the CRES team members also collaborate with industry representatives and subject matter experts in their mission to bring Americans together to solve our most pressing issues. CRES policy goals include: 

  • Reducing global emissions and growing the U.S. economy.
  • Enacting policy that builds off historically successful approaches to affordable clean energy.
  • Affordably reducing domestic emissions in a manner that can be leveraged globally.

Scope of Work:

As CRES undergoes expansion, the Director of Policy, reporting to the Vice President of Policy & Research, is responsible for creating and publishing research, white papers, and written materials to advocate for conservative climate policy. Within the context of the center-right policy agenda, this role serves as a leading researcher, conducting both qualitative and quantitative analyses in specialized areas such as energy policy, sector emissions and reliability, climate change mitigation, and incentives for innovative technologies. Moreover, this person provides real-time policy recommendations, analyzes issues, and promptly responds to policy-adjacent legislative and regulatory proposals. The Director of Policy actively participates in external engagements and collaborates across teams for policy programming.


  • Draft and publish research, white papers, and written materials to advance conservative climate policy, including hydrogen, critical energy resources, permitting reform, carbon capture, clean air, and climate change
  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative research to support new legislation and policies that advance CRES’s policy agenda
  • Collaborate with the Policy Team and senior fellows to advance initiatives aligned with CRES’s strategic priorities, including EPA CO2 priorities, disaster mitigation costs, manufacturing efficiencies, trade, and energy security and innovation
  • Collaborate with fellow staff members and senior fellows on other Policy-adjacent programming, including COP28, NCEW, and NCEW Policymakers’ Symposium
  • Offer policy guidance to relevant House and Senate committee staff, Congressional offices, stakeholders, and the Administration involving renewable energy and climate issues
  • Represent the Organization at external events and speaking opportunities (e.g., CRES Academy and CRES Forum events)
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Personal and Professional Attributes:

  • A skilled presenter with an ability to structure policy content logically, concisely, and persuasively
  • Keen ability to approach objectives strategically
  • Possess a methodical approach to solving complex problems
  • Ability to translate technical literature into concise messaging for lay audiences
  • Exemplary writing skills to articulate thoughts, convey information with clarity, and engage readers effectively
  • Excellent project management skills with a strong ability to prioritize time and resources to meet ambitious, measurable goals and deadlines

Education and Experience:


  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in economics, public policy, environmental science, engineering, or a related field and at least eight years of professional experience in these disciplines
  • Experience drafting policy-related publications, e.g., white papers, blogs, and issue briefs
  • Experience in performing quantitative and qualitative research
  • Experience in public speaking for mission-critical stakeholders, including Hill staff, the private sector, and policymakers


  • A master’s degree in economics, public policy, environmental science, engineering, or a related field and four years of professional experience in these disciplines
  • Previous management experience in fostering collaboration, inspiring teams, and guiding individuals to achieve departmental goals
  • Experience in a similar role for a think-tank, a federal government agency, or an advocacy organization
  • Experience working collaboratively with external affairs, government relations, or communications personnel

Competitive Benefits:

  • Excellent health, vision, dental, and prescription drug insurance
  • Short-and-long-term insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Retirement plan match
  • Transportation benefit
  • Cell phone reimbursement

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement:

CRES is an Equal Opportunity Employer. CRES’ policy applies to all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment and provides equal employment opportunity regardless of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, or military status, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

How to Apply:

Please include “Director of Policy” in your subject line and send your CV and cover letter to: [email protected]

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