Development Director (ACEEE)

American Council for an Energy- Efficient Economy
Washington, DC

Development Director to lead fundraising for a major energy-efficiency non-profit (Washington, D.C.)

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy seeks a Development Director to work with the executive team and program directors to lead the expansion of its development program.

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors. ACEEE is working to build an energy-efficient and low-carbon future, one in which the efficient use of energy helps the United States achieve economic prosperity, climate resilience, and a healthy environment.

ACEEE was founded in 1980 by leading researchers in the energy field. Since that time, the United States has made significant strides in improving energy efficiency across all sectors of the economy. Yet enormous savings opportunities remain. ACEEE is working to overcome barriers and accelerate the pace of efficiency gains to help consumers, create jobs, grow the economy, enhance energy security, increase resilience, and mitigate climate change.

As ACEEE prepares to celebrate its 40th Anniversary, it seeks a Development Director to play a critical role in executing its fundraising goals and strategy through its Anniversary campaign and beyond. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Development Director will refine, implement, and periodically reset a strategic direction for fundraising, working closely with the executive team and program directors to strengthen stewardship of existing funders and cultivate new funders. With a two-person team, the Director will focus efforts on diversifying and expanding ACEEE’s foundation and corporate relations programs while providing overall leadership for all revenue streams.


The ideal Director will have:

  • At least 10 years of relevant experience in non-profit fundraising.
  • Proven track record of developing new funding sources and growing existing ones, particularly foundation and corporate donors giving at the 6- and 7-figure level.
  • Ability to inform, guide, and collaborate with an executive team to develop a strategic fundraising direction and implement best practices.
  • Experience working closely with program experts on grant proposals and submissions, donor meetings, and other aspects of the development process.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required.