Center for Energy and Environment
Chief Operating Officer
“We have to wake up to the fierce urgency of the now.”
This emphatic reflection on Climate Change from World Bank President Jim Yong Kim expresses the need for direct and pragmatic action. In an era in which conversations about clean energy, energy waste, and climate change are increasing politicized, the Center for Energy and Environment is committed to working towards practical, financially-viable energy efficiency solutions. These solutions are targeted towards everyday consumers, with the goal of benefiting our economy and the environment.
Organized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, CEE has an annual operating budget of $17M with 134 employees in two Twin Cities locations. Overall, CEE staff work to develop and manage innovative energy efficiency programs, provide loans to residents and small businesses, and conduct research on emerging energy technologies. A couple of key services offered include identifying practical solutions for preventing air leakage and energy loss, and testing home and commercial appliances for effective energy usage. CEE also examines consumer behavioral patterns, through its Human-Building Interaction (HBI) research, to understand how people interact with buildings to consume energy.
CEE fosters a culture of lifelong learning amongst its staff. The organization regularly holds “lunch-&-learns,” in which a conversation on a particular topic is facilitated by an in-house energy efficiency expert. CEE is currently in search of a Chief Operating Officer who will advance its knowledge-based culture based on continuous improvement. To fill this role, CEE seeks a friendly, approachable, responsive, and collaborative professional. Specifically, the organization hopes to find someone who has a strong sense of nonprofit management, strategic finance, HR, and IT. The ideal candidate is a problem-solver and ethical decision-maker, who will be informed by a combination of data, staff input, and sense of organizational history.