Vice President of Policy

20036, Washington D.C.
May 01, 2017
Jun 05, 2017
Full Time

About SAFE

Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) unites prominent military and business leaders to develop and advocate for policies that improve America’s energy security by significantly curtailing our dependence on oil and promoting responsible use of our domestic energy sources. SAFE relies on knowledge and experience of four-star retired military officers, Fortune 500 CEOs, and its expert staff of communications, finance, policy and political experts to produce high-quality, fact based analysis and policy recommendations for lawmakers, regulatory agencies, and the public.

Armed with a deep understanding of the issues, SAFE leads the conversation on energy and transportation policy with the goal of bolstering America’s economic and national security. Agile and multidisciplinary, SAFE maintains a strategic ability to adapt to the rapidly evolving energy and transportation landscape with real-time, up-to-date analysis and recommendations. SAFE aims to address America’s overwhelming reliance on oil by expanding production of U.S. domestic resources, increasing vehicle fuel efficiency and improving fuel diversity in transportation. Since its public launch in 2005, SAFE has employed innovative strategies to overcome policy stagnation.

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The Opportunity

Working in close coordination with the CEO and EVP, the Vice President of Policy leads SAFE’s policy efforts on behalf of the organization. Acting as SAFE’s technical expert, the position is responsible for planning and directing the research, analysis, and writing of the policy team; managing the policy efforts of other internal staff, and external consultants; and organizing these resources across a variety of projects. The position is also responsible for engaging directly with SAFE’s advocates and leading relationships with external consultants and vendors. The Vice President provides hands on contributions across all activities at SAFE, including communications, outreach, and fundraising. The Vice President will help the CEO to prioritize projects and initiatives.

SAFE has three distinct lines of policy research geared toward reducing America’s dependence on oil. The first line of work involves a regular monitoring of the oil markets and highlighting ongoing evidence that the market may be unfree due to uniquely anti-competitive, non-market interventions by a host of actors, including OPEC states and national oil companies. This work is supported by expertise housed at SAFE’s online news affiliate The Fuse. Second, given the

country relies on oil for over 90 percent of its transportation needs, increasing the efficiency of the transport system is critical. Efforts to increase the efficiency of the transportation sector will be a focus of SAFE’s work over the next 24 months. Therefore, experience in this area will be particularly important and will be coupled with current in-house expertise on the potential for autonomous vehicle and ride sharing technologies to reduce oil consumption throughout the transportation system. The third line of policy research focuses on fuel diversity, in particular vehicles powered by energy sources that are not pegged to the price of oil—electricity, natural gas and hydrogen are three examples. Here, the policy team will conduct research leveraging the work of SAFE’s sister organization, The Electrification Coalition. The Vice President will work across SAFE’s departments to drive the policy department’s projects and initiatives. The ideal candidate will embrace SAFE’s mission to reduce America’s dependence on oil to improve energy security and be open minded to alternative pathways. The successful incumbent will have a hands-on leadership style and motivate policy analysts and other staff as well as possessing an entrepreneurial and creative drive.

Key Responsibilities

  • Project ownership: Conceptualize SAFE projects and initiatives, develop plans to deliver them, and ultimately do so whether as primary author or as editor.
  • Leadership and management: Plan and direct policy research, analysis, and writing of Policy Analysts, other internal staff, and external consultants, and manage these resources on a variety of short- and long-term projects and initiatives. Motivate staff and manage and complete multiple projects within deadlines. Ability to contribute to SAFE’s overall strategic direction. Ability to participate as required in other non-policy tasks.
  • Policy development: Research, analyze, write, and review all types of policy and policy-related reports and other items (e.g. memos, hearing testimony, website pages).
  • Internal engagement: Work across SAFE and coordinate directly with other departments to develop and execute outreach proposals for policy projects and initiatives, including media (e.g. press releases), social media (e.g. blogs, Twitter), congressional (e.g. meetings, hearings), and fundraising (e.g. grant writing).
  • Advocate engagement: Lead interactions with SAFE advocates/principals on projects where appropriate to develop policy proposals and other policy-related content.
  • Other external engagement: Coordinate directly with and lead project-related relationships with external vendors (e.g. consultants, design, and printing).
  • Organization representation: Participate in and attend SAFE events, public and private conferences, meetings with principals (including in Congress and the White House), and other external events as a representative of the organization.
  • Teaching: Teach and mentor policy team and policy interns, and educate other staff as appropriate on topics and projects.
  • Staff Management: Manage, motivate and lead the policy department. Recruit and develop staff.


One Year Expectations

During the Vice President’s first 12 – 18 months, the incumbent will develop a strong understanding of SAFE’s current policy recommendations, help to manage all policy recommendations, draft proposals, build relationships with the current administration, and understand the fuel economy standards and infrastructure. The Vice President will build trusted relationships with SAFE stakeholders, staff and executives.


Professional Skills and Qualifications

  • 8+ years of progressively responsible related experience, including 4 years of leading organization wide projects/initiatives from inception to completion. Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree in Public Policy or another relevant field strongly preferred.
  • 3-5 years’ experience managing, motivating and leading staff.
  • Demonstrable subject matter expertise in one or more areas relevant to SAFE’s work including energy, transportation, economics, and foreign policy.
  • Expertise in fuel economy from the perspective of EPA, NHTSA and/or CARB and/or transportation infrastructure strongly preferred. Must have Passion for SAFE’s mission.
  • Strong, professional understanding of Capitol Hill, the White House and the legislative process as it pertains to energy / transportation policy preferred; politically savvy nature.
  • Quantitative capabilities and a familiarity with modeling preferred.
  • Ability to lead a team of analysts across multiple projects.
  • Strong interest in new technology in the field.
  • Organizational and high-level project management skills that can accommodate projects with different timelines.
  • Strong writing and editing skills are important as you will be, at different times, primary author and editor of policy papers.
  • Interpersonal skills that contribute to a strong, positive work environment.
  • Ability to influence others and read an audience.
  • Presentation skills for both internal and external audiences.
  • Creative and resourceful personal style.
  • Open minded to oil alternatives.
  • Hands- on leadership style; ability to assign work and motivate a team effectively under time constraints.
  • Ability to guide leadership in developing projects, proposals, initiative through data driven processes and decisions.
  • MS Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Ability to operate in a fast-paced and changeable environment and rapidly adjust priorities

To Apply

Expand HR Consulting,, has been retained to assist SAFE with this search. To apply, please send a letter of interest and resume to Sharon Ossi, Human Resources Consultant, at, subject line “Vice President of Policy”.

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