State Director, Pennsylvania


Job Title: State Director, Pennsylvania

Reports To: Regional Director of the Midwest Region

Compensation: Competitive annual salary commensurate to experience, education and skill set

Salary Range: Competitive annual salary commensurate to experience; $75,000 – $90,000

CEN benefits package for W-4 employees:

•  Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance
•  Company-paid Life Insurance
•  Company-paid Short- and Long-Term Disability Insurance
•  403(b) Retirement Plan with an employer match
•  Twenty (20) days of Paid Time Off
•  Five (5) paid Sick Days
•  Observance of 12 Federal Holidays
•  CEN offices are closed the week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
•  Paid Parental Leave

Location: Remote

FLSA Status: Exempt

Summary: The Pennsylvania State Director is responsible for the executive, day-to-day operations, communications, and programming needs to advance conservative, market-based clean energy solutions in Pennsylvania. Working in concert with the CEN Midwest Regional Director and Land & Liberty Coalition® (L&LC) program in the state, the State Director will be responsible for the creation and execution of a comprehensive strategic plan for the organization.

In addition, the State Director will plan and execute various programs throughout the year, manage communications including content creation, media relations, and digital presence, as well as perform administrative functions for day-to-day operations. The State Director will be the keystone piece of a small team, enabling this individual to have singular impact on the direction and vision of the state program. Ideal candidates for this position will be highly organized, self-motivating, and excel in an always-evolving work environment that may involve little direct supervision. The State Director must have outstanding verbal and interpersonal communications skills and have exceptional and demonstrated writing and editing skills.

Duties and Responsibilities: The following are essential functions of the position. Other duties may be assigned.

Executive duties:

•  Collaborate with wide-ranging stakeholders to create and execute a comprehensive strategic plan for the state program.
•  Give direction/oversight to a full-time Director of Operations and indirect oversight for Pennsylvania L&LC Field Representative(s).
•  Serve as the primary voice and face for the program in the media, among fellow stakeholders, third-party groups, and in front of policymakers.
•  Direct all day-to-day functions of the dynamic statewide program with an emphasis on growth to advance a conservative clean energy agenda.


•  Continue to develop the state leadership council, including the recruitment of new members and the engagement of existing members.
•  Conduct a biennial candidate education program, including the development of materials and supporting digital content to educate policymakers on organizational priorities.
•  Conduct in-person policymaker education meetings working in concert with allies and other stakeholders.
•  Continue to develop and build upon relationships with core constituencies and coalitions within the conservative movement.
•  Attend in-state, regional, and national energy conferences to increase knowledge base, network, and increase CEN brand awareness.


•  In consultation with the national team and policy staff, consultants, and other relevant stakeholders, create an actionable policy agenda aimed at advancing the conservative clean energy cause in Pennsylvania at the local and state levels.
•  Continually evaluate the policy agenda and regularly provide progress updates to CEN national or interested parties, making changes as needed.
•  Cultivate durable relationships with key local and state policymakers with an emphasis on pertinent individuals within the Pennsylvania executive and legislative branches with the goal of developing them as renewable energy advocates.
•  Develop and execute educational opportunities for policymakers and stakeholders on conservative clean and renewable energy ideas which may involve events and/or the creation of digital or tangible collateral materials.


•  Manage all administrative functions of the state program, including paying all invoices, rent, etc.
•  Successfully maintain the program’s budget and financial records.


In coordination with the CEN communications staff and consultants:
•  Create a comprehensive media strategy for the state, including digital, paid media, and earned media.
•  Keep website and social media accounts up to date with recent news, blog posts, press releases, etc. Monitor site activity and respond to comments as needed.
•  Draft press releases, op-eds, LTEs or other pieces of content and pitch to relevant media sources as needed.
•  Create and maintain a statewide media list.


•  Attend bi-annual Conservative Energy Network conferences, collaborating with all CEN state organizations.
•  Participate in regional and national CEN calls monthly.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed in this job description are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) from four-year college or university in communications, political science, digital media, or another relevant field; at least three to five years of communications, marketing, administration, project management experience and at least one to three years of campaign and/or program management, communications, marketing, policy, or administrative experience is required; master’s degree in public administration, management, political science, communications, or another relevant field is a plus but not required.

Computer Skills:

Working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite, (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint) and Google Workspace is necessary. Experience with Adobe Suite, which includes InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop, Canva, and/or similar design applications is a plus. Experience with Squarespace, Constant Contact, MailChimp, or other email marketing platforms and familiarity with Sage Intacct software is preferred.

Language Ability:

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex documents. Ability to prepare and deliver effective speeches and presentations on complex topics to diverse audiences including elected officials and public groups.

Knowledge, Skills, and Other Abilities:

•  Existing relationships in the Pennsylvania state government that can be leveraged to advance organizational goals.
•  Excellent verbal and interpersonal communications skills.
•  Exceptional writing/editing skills, experience distilling complicated issues in memos, reports, press releases, and digital communication platforms.
•  Prior program management experience with demonstrated ability to meet deliverables on time and on budget.
•  Outstanding time management and organizational skills, with the ability to manage and meet deadlines and balance multiple priorities at once.
•  Ability to manage budget data, track spending, and create basic financial reports.
•  Rapid retention and comprehension of organization’s prior successes and initiatives.
•  An entrepreneurial spirit, interest in learning new skills and eagerness to advance the goals of CEN.
•  Role requires ability to work some evenings and/or weekends for special events and some travel, including overnight travel.

Work Environment:

•  Fast-paced, dynamic work environment sometimes faced with high-pressure deadlines.
•  A supportive and collegial team that encourages creativity and initiative.
•  Plenty of opportunities to grow and expand your skillset.
•  CEN headquarters is based in Lansing, Michigan but this position will be domiciled in Harrisburg, PA. Remote work opportunities are available.
•  Role requires ability to work some evenings and/or weekends for special events.

Specialized Training:

•  Experience working for issue advocacy nonprofits, public affairs firms, political campaigns, or government is preferred.
•  Experience working in the energy industry is a plus.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of the job, an employee is required to sit, use hands, and talk or hear. Frequent travel may be required, occasionally overnight. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move 5 to 20-pound boxes for events, as needed.

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