The mission of the Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute (TEPRI) is to collect actionable data that industry partners can utilize to mitigate the energy costs of low-income consumers across Texas.

TEPRI is a new nonprofit organization in start-up phase that works with member companies, foundations, academia, government, nonprofit organizations, and research institutes to design research studies and implement demonstration projects. These projects align with TEPRI’s goals related to identifying, analyzing and sharing new and innovative data about the energy poor in Texas.

TEPRI seeks a Director who is a strong self-starter and who enjoys developing the many operational and strategic facets of a new organization. The ideal candidate thrives in an environment that has open opportunity.


The Director leads, develops and brands TEPRI as a champion for understanding the energy usage needs and interests of low-income energy consumers in Texas. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Director has overall strategic and operational responsibility for execution of TEPRI’s mission.


1. Skillful Leadership & Management:
  • Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve strategic goals as developed with the TEPRI Board of Directors
  • Actively engage and energize TEPRI staff, board and stakeholders around energy poverty, energy efficiency and associated low-income issues
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors: serve as ex officio member of TEPRI committees, build board involvement in oversight of ongoing operations as well as for strategic plan initiatives
  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain a high-performance team
  • Ensure effective systems to track program progress, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes against strategic planning initiatives


2. Consistent, Dependable and Sustainable Fundraising - Compelling and Relevant Communications:
  • Expand revenue generating and fundraising strategy to support existing operations and scalable program expansion
  • Manage all aspects of internal and external communications—from web presence to external relations, with the goal of effectively communicating energy poverty dialogue
  • Expand network of organizations, business, interested stakeholders, and government entities dedicated to effectively resolving issues surrounding energy poverty in Texas


3. Financially Astute & Operationally Savvy:
  • Develop and maintain sound financial practices to include periodic audits or reviews
  • Prepare annual budget and fundraising plan for Board comment and approval, manage budget within approved guidelines
  • Ensure adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its work
  • Provide fiscal reports to the Board at regularly scheduled meetings
  • Recruit and manage personnel, including full- and part-time employees and contractors
  • Ensure job descriptions are developed, regular performance evaluations are conducted (at minimum annually), and sound human resource practices are in place and followed
  • Maintain an organizational climate that attracts, keeps, and motivates high quality and diverse talent


4. Forward Thinking, Planning – Expand Business Growth and Development:
  • Design for programmatic growth and expansion and complete the strategic planning process
  • Build new partnerships, establishing relationships with funders, and other relevant partner stakeholders to allow the organization to reach its goals



The Director must be thoroughly committed to the mission of TEPRI. The successful candidate should have proven leadership skills, fundraising experience, strong verbal and written communications skills, knowledge around Texas energy efficiency, and the state’s power market structure. Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:

Key Criteria:
  • Advanced degree preferred, with at least 2 years of senior management experience; a track record of effectively leading and scaling an organization and staff; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth
  • 8-10 years related work experience, with a minimum of 5 years of energy efficiency, energy policy, regulatory, or relevant social impact expertise
  • 3-5 years of nonprofit (or equivalent) management experience
  • 3-5 years of developing and implementing donor development efforts
  • Public speaking experience


General Requirements:
  • Existing relationships with complementary agencies and organizations that would facilitate TEPRI’s collaborative opportunities
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and advancing dialogue on energy poverty issues
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders including industry, academia, government, foundations, and non-profits
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
  • Action-oriented, self-starter, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed
  • Flexibility and willingness to manage many different types of tasks.


  • Competitive salary
  • Medical coverage contribution


How to Apply

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to