The Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation seeks to recruit an Energy Program Officer (EPO).

Clean Energy Program Overview

In March 2008, CGMF launched a Clean Energy Program, with the overarching goal to reduce demand for energy and to meet the remaining demand with energy which incorporates the sustainable use of water and land resources. The Clean Energy Program deploys a strategic approach to achieve its goals by engaging in policy reform, market-related investments in clean energy technologies and processes, and community and stakeholder outreach. Moreover, to achieve its desired outcomes, the Clean Energy Program engages entities such as the Texas Public Utility Commission, Electric Reliability Council of Texas, elected leadership, utilities, and US Department of Energy.  CGMF'sClean Energy Program’s annual grantmaking budget is approximately $1.35 million.

In 2012, CGMF established the Shale Sustainability Program that seeks to minimize the environmental and social impact of shale development while leveraging its net benefits. The current focus of the Shale Sustainability Program is the following:

  • Supporting research and advocacy regarding sourcing and management of water for shale development.
  • Improving governance and practices of shale development in the Trans Pecos region of Texas.
  • Exploring and amplifying solutions to energy sprawl in Texas.

The Clean Energy Program is led by the Vice President of Sustainability Programs. The EPO is a new position at the CGMF and is expected to deepen the current portfolio of clean energy grants and activities in Texas. With the likely merging of the Clean Energy Program and Shale Sustainability Program, the new EPO must be prepared to effectively manage a broad strategic portfolio of grants and activities. Moreover, in 2019, the Clean Energy Program will undergo a strategic refresh, led by the new EPO with guidance from the Sustainability Program Committee of the CGMF Board of Directors.

Energy Program Officer

The new EPO will embrace the legacy of the Mitchell family and possess a sense of humility in acting as a trusted steward of the family’s values. The EPO will extend and amplify the program that we launched 10 years ago to reduce water use, land impacts and carbon emissions of energy production in Texas. With oversight of the Clean Energy Program, the ideal candidate will have substantive, demonstrable experience in the breadth of clean energy issues in Texas. The individual will possess an understanding of distributed energy resources; community engagement around energy issues; CHP (cogeneration); carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) and other energy-related technologies; industrial emission reduction strategies; the ERCOT market; and PUCT policies and practices. In addition, the new EPO will work closely with the Vice President of Sustainability Programs on the ongoing implementation of the Shale Sustainability Program portfolio. Therefore, the EPO is also expected to demonstrate an understanding of the complex political, social, and environmental issues of shale development. The EPO will report to the Vice President of Sustainability Programs and will be based in Austin, Texas.

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How to apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter responding specifically to the experience and qualifications being sought to Daniel Sherman, President, Explore Company at  Refer to CGMF/EPO in the subject line.  No phone inquiries, please.

The Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and invites individuals who bring a diversity of culture, experience, and ideas to apply.

All correspondence will remain confidential.

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