Job Posting – Director, Energy Sector

Employment Opportunity: DIRECTOR, ENERGY SECTOR

Job Summary:  This senior-level position will develop intellectual capital, disseminate information, and engage academics and practitioners in identifying business models that create new use opportunities, or enhance the usability of existing approaches, to drive profitable adoption of clean, commercially viable energy sources in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). This full-time role is based in our Ann Arbor, Michigan office, and will require multiple trips internationally each year.

About the Employer:  Established at the University of Michigan (U-M) in Ann Arbor in 1992, the William Davidson Institute (“WDI”) is an independent, non-profit research and educational organization. Serving both profit-seeking and non-profit firms, WDI is guided by our founding principle that thriving businesses drive economic development and improve social welfare in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Our consulting work focuses on developing, adapting and applying sound business principles in four interrelated sectors necessary for a thriving economy: professional education, energy, healthcare and finance, in addition to offering performance measurement and improvement services that span these sectors. Our training programs harness the latest innovations in education, providing world-class management training opportunities for the global leaders of today and tomorrow. With a unique blend of field-based experience and academic rigor, WDI works to build stronger economies and healthier societies.

About WDI’s Energy Sector: The Energy Sector identifies individuals and communities that are developing innovative approaches to power generation, and connects them with the expertise, knowledge, and tools to design commercially viable business models and build profitable enterprises. We work with faculty, students, and other collaborators across the University of Michigan campus, and beyond to increase access to energy in low- and middle-income countries, and to develop innovative models or technologies that can reduce reliance on non-renewable energy sources in higher-income markets.

The Successful Candidate May Be Involved in These Representative Duties:

  • Develop and drive projects incorporating University of Michigan (U-M) faculty, WDI staff, companies in LMICs, and where appropriate, U-M students to identify business models that create new use opportunities or enhance the usability of existing approaches to drive greater access to, and adoption of, clean, commercially viable energy sources.
  • In partnership with the WDI Grants Management team, develop project funding from outside sources (companies, development community, etc.) by drafting concept notes and proposals.
  • Develop and maintain strong business relationships with potential clients operating in LMICs
  • Serve as the principal on multiple projects that support the mission and strategy of WDI’s Energy sector.
  • Develop relationships with U-M faculty and incorporate them in proposals and projects.
  • Cultivate collaboration opportunities with U-M schools, centers and initiatives working in the energy sector.
  • Work as an individual or as part of a team to carry out the work required to meet the objectives of clients. This work could include the need to:
    • create or co-create project work plans
    • coordinate with internal and external stakeholders
    • conduct desk and field research
    • draft data collection tools (both quantitative and qualitative)
    • carry out in-country data collection
    • draft interim and final reports
    • present final results
  • Deliver high quality work to clients on-time and on-budget
  • Develop content on and disseminate knowledge around business models in the energy sector to contribute to WDI’s thought leadership in this area

REQUIRED Candidate Qualifications:

  • MBA or similar degree related to business, energy, sustainability or a related field
  • 10+ years of relevant experience in energy markets or a related field
  • Ability to effectively communicate advanced analytical and conceptual ideas and findings to different audiences, both technical and non-technical, verbally and in written English
  • Expert level of proficiency with quantitative analyses
  • Expert level of proficiency in MS Office (i.e., Word, PowerPoint and Excel)
  • Ability to prioritize multiple projects based on client deadlines
  • Ability to develop new business opportunities in the Energy sector
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as part of a team
  • Demonstrated ability to work in high pressure situations involving rapidly changing environment
  • Possess an unexpired passport for travel to international destinations, and ability to travel via airplane and other modes of transportation domestically and to LMICs multiple trips annually alone; able to conduct business travel approximately 10-25% per year.
  • Must currently be authorized for WDI employment in the United States

PREFERRED Candidate Qualifications:

  • Significant experience working in the field in one or more LMIC
  • Experience starting a new line of business
  • Experience managing direct reports
  • Prior experience working with energy-related organizations (e.g., GE, large national or regional enterprises in LMICs, small enterprises operating a community of other sub-national scale) and/or similarly-focused NGOs
  • Proficiency in languages common to LMICs is desired; French or Spanish is preferred

The successful candidate will submit WDI’s online employment application form. To auto-fill certain fields, please upload one document (max 4MB) that includes your resume with a brief cover.

WDI will review applications as they are received. WDI is an EOE.

Learn more about WDI’s Energy Sector here.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:  This full-time position is eligible for WDI employee benefits (a generous package including access to medical, dental, vision, life insurance; retirement with 10% contribution from the employer, and paid time off). Details and compensation will be shared with those offered an in-person interview.

This role will be based at WDI, 724 East University Avenue, Wyly Hall 1st Floor, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-1234 (U.S.A.)

Only qualified individuals using WDI’s online application will be considered for this opportunity.


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