Wisconsin Conservative Energy Forum (WiSCEF) Director of Programs & Operations


Job Title: Director of Programs & Operations

Reports To: Executive Director of the Wisconsin Conservative Energy Forum (WiSCEF)

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

Salary Range: $48,000.00 – $55,000.00

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 in Wisconsin

FLSA Status: Exempt

Summary: Conservative Energy Network is seeking a highly motivated and passionate individual to join our team as the Director of Programs & Operations for WiSCEF. This position offers a unique opportunity to a qualified individual who can split their time between managing statewide programming, engaging and understanding Wisconsin’s state energy policies.

This person should have strong communication and relationship-building skills and be comfortable working independently and in a team as necessitated by the task. A candidate with an understanding of the energy sector and local siting issues would be beneficial, as well as experience leading and managing multiple programs and administrative functions.


• Pay all invoices, reimbursements, rent, taxes, etc.
• Handle banking and communications with CPA
• Keep QuickBooks and check ledger current & balanced with bank account
• Track budget spending and create budget overview for biannual board meetings
• Oversee research and project development, providing support and networking assistance as needed
• Biennial Candidate Education – coordinate educational meetings with candidates and make staff travel arrangements across the state
• Conduct survey of candidates during election cycles, working with Executive Director to draft survey and letters and evaluate responses
• Schedule monthly Leadership Council call, draft agenda and provide additional information to Council as needed
• Provide administrative support for educational events and tours
• Attend in-state energy conferences to increase knowledge base, network and increase WiSCEF’s brand awareness


• Engage local stakeholders for renewable energy education opportunities
• Plan and organize events for Community engagement
• Attend local county board hearings and ZBA meetings
• Support and assist industry partners and philanthropic partners
• Nurture and maintain relationships with key community organizations
• Draft LTEs, manage social media engagement, and craft other messaging
• Assist in creating marketing materials and maintain fellowship section of the website


Must be willing to speak at public events that may include outspoken opposition
• Must be capable of crafting concise narrative-driven reports
• Must be competent in written communications
• Must have excellent phone and zoom etiquette

Specialized Training:

• Experience working for issue advocacy nonprofits, public affairs firms, political campaigns, or government is preferred
• Experience working within the energy sector will also be considered

Knowledge, Skills and Other Abilities:

• Excellent verbal communication skills
• Top notch writing/editing skills, experience distilling complicated issues in memos, reports, press releases, and digital communication platforms
• Basic graphic design skills for social media, web, Microsoft PowerPoint, and print materials is preferred
• Comfort engaging with the public is critical
• Outstanding time management and organizational skills, with the ability to manage and meet deadlines and balance multiple programming priorities at once


• Role requires willingness to work some evenings and/or weekends for events an stakeholder meetings
• Role requires regular travel; some in-state one day travel and occasional overnight travel within state borders
• Multi-day travel outside of state boundary to be expected multiple times per year
• Attend semi-annual CEN conferences, collaborating with all CEN state organizations.
• Attend annual L&LC retreat, collaborating with other state L&LC programs


Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) from a four-year college or university in communications, political science, business administration, or another relevant field is preferred; a minimum of two years of experience as a state-level leader with extensive program management experience.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below 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.

Language Ability:

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

Computer Skills:

Working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Experience with Adobe Suite, which includes InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop, Canva, and/or other similar design applications 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 this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands, and talk or hear. 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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