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Policy Manager – Energy & Environment



Job Summary

Based in Nashville, ThinkTennessee is a nonpartisan, results-oriented think tank that uses research and advocacy to help build a state where all Tennesseans are civically engaged and economically secure. We believe our state does best when voters have a say in the decisions that impact their lives and workers earn enough to support their families. That’s why we focus our work on researching and advocating for policies that empower voters, support working families, and build a shared understanding of how our state stacks up nationally.

ThinkTennessee’s office is in downtown Nashville. We provide a flexible, hybrid work environment, with at least two days of in-person work per week.

Position Description:

The Policy Manager for Energy and Environment will support ThinkTennessee’s mission by leading our emerging Energy and Environment policy portfolio. This position will work to improve the lives of Tennesseans by supporting the state’s transition to clean energy production, accelerating electric vehicle manufacturing and adoption, and increasing access to reliable, clean, and affordable utilities for Tennessee families.

Job Responsibilities

  • Maintain a deep knowledge of the state’s energy and environment policy landscape and identify opportunities to achieve the organization’s policy priorities.
  • Work with the President and the Director of Policy and Research to conceptualize potential policy and research projects.
  • Lead execution of policy and research projects within the energy and environment issue area.
  • Conduct quantitative analysis and qualitative research, including analyses of statutory, regulatory, and other policy documents.
  • Write and design policy briefs, reports, and other educational resources for a variety of audiences.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders including elected officials, administrative staff, industry, and community partners.
  • Present ThinkTennessee’s work through presentations and meetings with policymakers, coalitions, and other thought leaders.
  • Support the development of the organization’s annual policy priorities.
  • Effectively coordinate support from policy associates, interns, and research assistants on projects.


Education and Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree is required. An advanced degree is preferred.
  • 4+ years of relevant work experience, or equivalent is preferred.


  • Ability to conceptualize and produce high-quality quantitative analysis and policy research.
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize complex ideas and findings through oral and written communication.
  • Ability to prioritize, multitask, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to initiate and execute creative approaches to advancing policy.
  • Experience analyzing federal and state government data.
  • Extremely strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
  • Rigorous attention to detail and the highest standards for excellence in execution.


  • Passion for and demonstrated commitment to ThinkTennessee’s mission.
  • Strong commitment to racial equity and deep understanding of the role of racial equity analysis in public policy.
  • Self-motivated with a strong work ethic.
  • Ability to flourish in a start-up environment and adapt to changing priorities and duties within the organization’s overall mission.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well as part of a team and across organizations.
  • Demonstrated record of community, student, organizing, campaign management, or related work is preferred.

Additional Information


Compensation: Competitive salary ($70,000-$80,000) commensurate with experience. We offer comprehensive benefits, including healthcare, retirement, paid family leave, and paid time off.

How to Apply

Applicants should send a resume and a cover letter to info@thinktn.org by May 8, 2024.

Commitment to a diverse workplace: ThinkTennessee is an equal-opportunity employer. As an organization focused on moving Tennessee forward, we understand that diverse teams are stronger, more innovative, and more productive. Interested candidates who do not meet all listed criteria should still apply, as our organizational structure focuses on providing opportunities for professional growth.


  • Date Posted: March 13, 2024
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Other
  • Start Date: 06/03/2024
  • Salary Range: $70,000-$80,000
  • Working Hours: 40