Managing Director, Industry

Fresh Energy
Organization Summary

Fresh Energy is hiring for a full-time Managing Director of Industry to join our Energy Transition team. This position directs Fresh Energy’s Industry department, holding primary responsibility for steering Fresh Energy’s work to transition Minnesota’s industry and agriculture sectors away from fossil fuels and onto carbon-free electricity and/or low- or zero-carbon fuels, in service of advancing Fresh Energy’s strategic imperative to create a carbon neutral economy through high-impact integrated solutions. The Managing Director will work to expand and diversify funding resources for the department as well as shape and drive the focus and priorities of Fresh Energy’s work in advancing innovative, high-leverage opportunities to reduce carbon emissions and spur an equitable energy transition across Minnesota’s industry and agriculture sectors.

Posting Date
Closing Date
Location in MN
West Central
work remotely
Job type

Starting salary range: $90,000 – 112,000 based on experience with opportunity for compensation change based on performance, equity across the organization, strategy, and organizational budget.


Full-time, exempt position, working 40 hours per week. We believe in caring for others at work and at home. Fresh Energy is committed to keeping the workload in alignment with the true hours worked and respecting the space needed to take personal time to care for your wellbeing and your family members.

Primary Duties

A. Policy and Programs: A managing director role leading the Industry department within the Energy Transition team to lead our advocacy in 1) assessing, selecting, and advancing the changes to industry and agriculture regulatory and policy structures needed to meet Minnesota’s greenhouse gas emissions reductions goals, and 2) spurring innovative market transformation to equitably transition energy systems in Minnesota’s industry and agriculture sectors.

  • Steer overall work specific to the Industry department, including identifying highest leverage opportunities and ensuring effective execution.
  • Propose and conduct regulatory, policy, legislative, legal, technical, and financial analysis as related to policy proposals, changes, and approaches.
  • Make written and oral presentations to collaborators, utilities, regulators, policy makers, and other stakeholders as part of the program’s outreach and advocacy functions.
  • In collaboration with the Communications department, create and publish reports, white papers, web content, e-newsletters, and other program information. When appropriate, work to optimize media coverage of program goals, activities, and successes; this may include media interviews as well as writing op-ed pieces, and also includes the recruitment and training of effective messengers.
  • Represent the Industry department in interactions with funders and regularly evaluate new opportunities for fundraising and reporting on progress.
  • Serve as a deployable expert, working with the Imperatives Team, to ensure that the transition away from fossil fuels in the industry and agriculture sectors are accelerated by ending subsidies and other investments in fossil fuels and carbon-intensive infrastructure by 2030, while also supporting the workforce and communities most impacted by the transition.
  • Model and lead a culture of collaboration, identifying and implementing new strategies to better achieve Fresh Energy’s mission and imperatives through work between or across departments such as Buildings, Clean Electricity, Public Affairs, Communications, and/or Energy Access and Equity.
  • Effectively manage all resources under the Industry department, modeling a commitment to a diverse, inclusive, and anti-racist organization.
  • Ensure that Fresh Energy’s advocacy campaigns are intentionally inclusive and appropriately engage under-resourced communities, rural communities, BIPOC (Black, indigenous, and people of color) communities, and other traditionally under-represented Minnesotans.
  • Support the creation and management of the annual budget for the Energy Transition team.
  • Regularly assess opportunities for new partners or collaborations outside of Fresh Energy that will advance the Industry department’s goals.

B. Participate in culture of collaboration and model our core values.

  • Exemplifying openness, humility, and continuously seek improvements in program, policy, workflow, organizational expertise, or individual skills.
  • Shape and support organization-wide systems such as our fundraising activities, career development, and performance review systems.
  • Work effectively in the context of your immediate team, the broader Fresh Energy team, and with external partners; enhance collaboration by maintaining honest communication, seeking and respecting diverse viewpoints, engendering trust, fulfilling responsibilities, and ensuring that all team members and their contributions are valued.
  • Model organization core values and culture such as practicing the coach approach, nurturing an intrapreneurial attitude, embracing a learning attitude as means to progress professionally, developing work autonomy, acting with honesty and integrity and collaboratively seeking ways to advance equity and justice. You can read more about our core values and mission here:
  • Exhibit a clear commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and provide leadership in continually advancing Fresh Energy’s commitment to equity and being an anti-racist organization. You can read more here:
  • Exemplifying openness, humility, and continuously seek improvements in program, policy, workflow, organizational expertise, or individual skills.

C. Demonstrate capacity for growth and learning and engage with opportunities which support Fresh Energy’s overall mission and strategy.


Demonstrable experience and passion for the subject area/matter, with an openness to learn about different perspectives or ideas, to grow within Fresh Energy’s culture, and to show commitment to climate action. An entrepreneurial drive/spirit that is balanced by humility, along with a deep appreciation of how to collaborate with fellow staff, partners, and opposing views is a must.

  • Demonstrated expertise in industrial and/or agricultural processes, stakeholder engagement, and policy design; an understanding of or experience working in Midwestern industry and/or agriculture is highly preferrable.
  • A JD or PhD plus MS or MA plus at least seven years of experience in energy, environment, policy, economics, technology, or related fields, OR a MS or MA plus at least ten years of experience in energy, environment, policy, economics, technology, or related fields, OR a BS or BA plus at least twelve years of experience in energy, environment, policy, economics, technology, or related fields.
  • Ability to develop and lead a program.
  • Ability to conduct rigorous information-gathering and compile findings into easily digestible and compelling formats.
  • Experience engaging, influencing, and working collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders across different interests.
  • Experience presenting before regulators, policymakers, utilities, and other key stakeholders.
  • Experience engaging in regulatory, legislative, and administrative proceedings.
  • Planful and results-oriented.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Solid computer skills in Windows environment, including MS Office.
  • Self-starter who is able to work independently.
  • Team player who desires working in an environment where working as a team is valued and practiced.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform well in fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work occasional evenings/weekends is required.
How to Apply

Email cover letter and resume to the Fresh Energy Hiring Team at [email protected] with the subject line “Managing Director, Industry.” Please include cover letter and resume in one PDF document with your name as the title. No phone calls, please.

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