About CEI

CEI is a non-profit public policy organization dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty. We believe economic freedom is essential for entrepreneurship, innovation, and prosperity to flourish. CEI pursues a full-service approach to advancing public policy, which includes conducting original scholarly research, active communications campaigns, direct advocacy with policymakers, and litigation. Founded in 1984, CEI has grown into an effective advocate for freedom on a wide range of critical policy issues, including energy and climate, free market environmentalism, technology, telecommunications, business and finance, and food and drug regulation.

About the Deputy Director of the Center for Energy and Environment Opening:

The Competitive Enterprise Institute seeks a Deputy Director for its Center for Energy and Environment who can simultaneously serve as a Policy Fellow. The successful candidate will collaborate with the director to manage, develop, and lead the program’s coalition, advocacy, and research activities. This includes managing a wide portfolio of energy, climate, and environmental issues, developing and managing campaigns to advance CEI’s goals, and providing leadership to the wider free market and conservative coalition on energy and environmental issues.  This position is most suitable for an individual with five to ten years of experience working on these issues from a consistent free market outlook and with leadership, management, public advocacy, analytical, and writing skills.

Culture matters; CEI is a feisty think tank that embraces a forward-thinking and entrepreneurial approach to policy change. Leaders on our team are expected to be self-starters, strategic and creative; “policy entrepreneurs,” if you will. Members of the team operate with emphases on personal accountability, accountability to one another and to those in other departments at CEI. They work hard, have a good sense of humor and are intensely dedicated to conveying CEI’s principles of individual liberty, free enterprise, and limited government.

The role is for an employee based in CEI’s main Washington, D.C. office. In time, flexible work arrangements will be considered.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Track, analyze and produce policy documents on energy and environmental policy issues;
  • In addition to existing areas of expertise, become familiar with the entire range of energy, climate, and environmental issues; 
  • Assist in running the Cooler Heads Coalition—the main free market and conservative coalition on energy and climate policy—including organizing meetings, editing the weekly newsletter, and communicating with coalition members;
  • Develop working relationships with movement allies and friendly congressional and administration staff;
  • Write op-eds, blog posts, and occasionally longer papers; and, make podcast, radio, television and public appearances as needed to promote CEI’s policy proposals;
  • Schedule, attend, and present CEI’s positions at meetings with key policymakers;
  • Attend congressional and ally coalition meetings;
  • Write and submit congressional testimony and comments to appropriate regulatory agencies;
  • Keep CEI staff informed of relevant legislative and policy developments.


  • The ideal candidate will have a minimum of five years of experience with legislative or regulatory analysis, and demonstrated leadership and project management ability;
  • 5-10 years of energy and environmental policy experience
  • Availability for periodic travel outside of the Washington metro area;
  • Strong organizational, leadership, communications, and writing skills required;
  • Ideological compatibility with a policy agenda that emphasizes property rights, energy abundance, reasoned and empirical debate, and the moral value of people everywhere to pursue economic growth.


If you believe that this position may be a good fit, these words will describe you:

  • Play to win.  Goal oriented. Determined. Persevering. Not easily discouraged.
  • Vision. Strategic, with a wide view of the issues and what is at stake.
  • Collegial.  A team player who is comfortable working with a small team and taking direction and comfortable working with other Centers within CEI.
  • Integrity. Loyal. Scrupulous regard for truth.
  • Jack of all trades.  Willing to pitch in on whatever tasks are needed to advance our agenda.
  • Deadline Driven. Making the trains run on time and meeting deadlines are simply part of your DNA.
  • Aligned. You are libertarian or conservative and can discuss your philosophical alignment with CEI’s mission and vision. Please see the CEI website, cei.org, for a deeper understanding of the organization’s policy agenda.

To Apply:

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:

  • Cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position as well as your interest in CEI’s mission
    • Resume
    • Two Writing Samples (including at least one demonstrating policy analysis); writing samples relevant to CEI’s energy and environment work is preferred but any two writing samples are acceptable
    • References upon request

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link:


There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This job will remain posted on our site until it is filled.

Questions can be directed to Katelynn Barbosa, Director of Talent Engagement, at Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: [email protected]

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.

Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free-market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide consulting and recruiting services at no cost to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations that clearly and directly focus on advancing the principles of economic freedom, free enterprise, free trade, free speech, property rights, rule of law, and limited regulation.