Communications and Development Manager

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Mission, Vision, and Approach

Founded in 2018, the Clean Energy Transition Institute (CETI) is an independent, nonpartisan nonprofit organization working to accelerate an equitable clean energy transition in the Northwest by advancing technical and economic decarbonization strategies. Our vision is to equitably decarbonize the Northwest economy at the speed and scale that climate science requires.

CETI provides independent, unbiased research and analytics on low-carbon pathways tailored to the Northwest region’s unique characteristics; offers an information clearinghouse for decarbonization solutions and technologies; and convenes stakeholders to debate the trade-offs inherent in shifting to a clean energy economy.

Why Join CETI?

Over the past five years, CETI has become a trusted source for independent analysis of how to transform the Northwest to a clean energy economy. We work at solving the climate crisis in a region of the United States that is on the cutting edge of implementing decarbonization strategies.

The CETI community is comprised of committed, compassionate, and collaborative people with decades of experience working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

We developed the research and modeling that showed how the region could decarbonize affordably by 2050 and provided the technical analysis that underpins the Washington 2021 State Energy Strategy.

We also provided analysis substantiating the Montana Governor’s 2020 Climate Solutions Council’s decarbonization strategies and modeling that helped win passage in Oregon of the nation’s most ambitious clean energy standard in June 2021.


CETI programs investigate building, industrial, and rural decarbonization, energy system mapping with the Northwest Clean Energy Atlas. Current projects include: Net-Zero Northwest; SCALE 2030; Community-Defined Decarbonization; and Claiming Power. We recently released Net-Zero Northwest, energy pathways, health impacts, and workforce analysis to inform regional action to put the four Northwest states on the path to equitably achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 from now until 2030.

Core to CETI’s approach is our ability to demystify complex technical decarbonization solutions for the stakeholders who will play critical roles in ensuring the region achieves its emissions targets. We translate quantitative and qualitative research into concrete actions, using web, print, and video communication tools to explain how the clean energy transition can unfold in the Northwest.

As the Communications and Development Manager, you would play a mission-critical role in ensuring that CETI’s work is well-written, well-designed, and widely disseminated to the audiences we aim to influence and that our funders are appreciated for their generous support for building a clean energy future. This position reports to the Executive Director.

About this Position

The Communications and Development Manager is responsible for managing CETI’s communications strategy and overseeing our website, blogs, social media, publications, marketing, and funder materials. They edit, produce, and publicize our research and policy analyses; build our social media presence; and ensure the work we produce helps accelerate an equitable clean energy transition in the Northwest. They would also assist with grant writing and major donor cultivation and solicitation.

The Ideal Candidate

We seek a strong and creative writer capable of translating complex technical analyses into crisp, clear communications and committed to a rapid and equitable clean energy transition in the Northwest. Candidates with knowledge about equitable clean energy solutions and policy and environmental justice considerations for building a clean energy economy are desired.

Familiarity with report design and production, as well as blog writing and social media engagement, is required. Ideal candidates will be highly organized, keenly attentive to detail and accuracy, and independent thinkers capable of working in a start-up environment.

Desired Skills and Qualifications

We seek the following skills and qualifications. Candidates who meet some but not all these qualifications are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • Ability to think innovatively and strategically about, and participate in, advancing CETI’s mission using an equity lens.
  • Excellent writing, communication, storytelling, and project management skills.
  • Ability to edit and package technical studies, as well as write blogs and social media posts.
  • Familiarity with Adobe InDesign, Webflow, Salesforce, Mailchimp, or equivalent tools.
  • Experience managing webcasts and stakeholder convenings.
  • Experience working with graphic designers.
  • Strong organizational, time-management, and prioritization skills; ability to manage deadlines effectively and follow through on commitments.
  • Ability to work individually and with a team.
  • Strong PowerPoint and visual design skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in English, Communications, Journalism, Marketing, or similar fields.

Essential Functions

  • Develop and execute print, digital, and social media communications strategies to publicize CETI’s work.
  • Oversee the development of website content, newsletters, presentations, collateral materials.
  • Write grants; help with donor cultivation and events; research funding.
  • Support writing annual reports, case statements, and promotional material.
  • Manage communications key performance indicators.
  • Foster teamwork, collaboration, and learning to contribute to a positive work environment.


CETI’s team works in-person Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday in the Vance Building in downtown Seattle and Wednesday and Friday from home.

Equal Opportunity

We actively seek applicants of diverse race, religion, creed, color, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, political ideology, ancestry, national origin, citizenship status, disability, veteran status, and medical conditions.


The salary range for this position is $55,000-75,000 commensurate with experience. This is a full-time position and includes full medical, dental, and vision insurance, along with a Simple IRA plan with organizational match of up to 3% of salary. We also cover the cost of a monthly Orca pass.

How to Apply

This position will remain open until filled. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis. Please email your resume, cover letter, and writing sample assembled in a single PDF and labeled with your name to Your electronic cover letter can be addressed to Eileen V. Quigley, Executive Director, Clean Energy Transition Institute. Please make the subject line of your email: “Your Full Name, Communications.”

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