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. A leader in the conversation on energy and transportation policy, SAFE aims to address America’s overwhelming reliance on oil by increasing fuel efficiency and improving fuel diversity in transportation, accelerating new transportation and mobility technology, and expanding production of U.S. domestic resources.
Since its public launch in 2005, SAFE has employed innovative strategies to overcome policy stagnation. Agile and multidisciplinary, SAFE maintains a strategic ability to adapt to the rapidly evolving energy, national security, and transportation technology landscape with real-time, up-to-date analysis and recommendations. SAFE also 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. For more information, visit secureenergy.org.
The Role SAFE is seeking a politically experienced Director for its Grid Security Project (GSP Director) to join its executive team in Washington, D.C. The GSP Director will be responsible for developing and implementing advocacy tactics and will report to the President and CEO, and Executive Vice President.
On a daily basis, the GSP Director will work with the SAFE team, consultants, campaign vendors, and other partner organizations to educate policymakers and sector stakeholders. The GSP Director will also interface with experts in the Administration, on Capitol Hill, and in industry.
Together with SAFE leadership and the support of an internal staff member, the GSP Director will establish the strategic priorities of key campaigns. He/she will be in charge of developing and executing the tactical, day-to-day operations of initiatives. The GSP Director will have the ability to spot and quickly respond to potential opportunities and marshal the necessary internal resources for their execution.
Key Responsibilities • Develop and implement advocacy tactics, including: campaign planning, political activity, budget drafting, and execution of tactical, day-to-day operations. • Oversee supporting staff member(s) and facilitate and manage collaboration with other departments across SAFE, including: fundraising, communications, and field work. • Generate and manage campaign communications, including: political strategy, relationship management, and outreach to stakeholders and partners. • Conduct research, writing, and analysis, including: polling, issue-framing, campaign briefings and reports, and oral presentations. • Manage campaign consultants and vendors as necessary.
Professional Skills and Qualifications • B.A. or B.S. degree required. • 5+ years of experience managing issue and/or political campaigns, working on Capitol Hill, or closely related experience. • Demonstrated experience in political strategy, relationship management or campaign communications. • Familiarity with policy and politics in the energy industry, with an emphasis on the electric power sector, and the transportation sector. • Ability and willingness to work independently, as well as part of a team. • Ability to perform on tight deadlines and manage an ambitious workload. • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, especially writing and content creation. • Strong preference for experience overseeing polling, research, and paid media, and/or working with local, state and national media outlets.
About Securing America's Future Energy (SAFE)
Securing America's Future Energy (SAFE), is an action oriented, non-ideological organization committed to reducing America’s dependence on oil to bolster national security and strengthen the economy. The organization has ambitious plans to advance energy security in the United States by expanding domestic oil and natural gas production, improving fuel efficiency, and accelerating the shift toward a transportation sector powered by a broader mix of diverse energy sources.
SAFE’s policy proposals have been embraced by the leaders of both major political parties. In his 2013 State of the Union Address, President Obama outlined his plan to implement one of SAFE’s policy recommendations, the establishment of an Energy Security Trust, and credited the organization with coming up with the idea. In 2007, President George W. Bush used the State of the Union Address to propose a plan closely mirroring a SAFE proposal, which ultimately led to the first improvement in automotive fuel-economy standards in a generation.
SAFE made its public debut in 2005 with Oil ShockWave, a fast-paced and realistic war game exercise led by former U.S. cabinet members. It then formed partn...erships with some of the country’s leading corporate executives and retired military officials to develop innovative methods to educate, communicate and advocate for policy solutions to America’s evolving energy issues. SAFE’s Energy Security Leadership Council (ESLC) is co-chaired by Frederick W. Smith, Chairman and CEO of FedEx Corporation, and General Jim Conway, USMC (Ret.), 34th Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps. In 2009, SAFE launched the Electrification Coalition, a nonpartisan, nonprofit group of business executives representing the entire value chain of a proposed electrified transportation system, from automakers to utilities, to promote the deployment of electric vehicles on a mass scale. SAFE provides fact-based analysis of energy policy, markets, and trends through a combination of original research, high-profile public events, traditional and social media outlets, and public advocacy. The organization’s policy platform is truly non-partisan and encourages members of both major political parties to set aside long-held orthodoxies for the good of the country.
SAFE was founded in 2004 and employs 20 people and multiple consultants. It has an annual budget of over $6 million with immediate plans for rapid growth.
For more information, visit secureenergy.org.
Initiatives that SAFE is undertaking to strengthen U.S. energy security and reduce the country’s dependence on oil include:
Implementation of Electric Vehicle Deployment Community Projects
SAFE and the Electrification Coalition have launched two major projects to support the deployment of electric vehicles in strategically chosen communities to demonstrate that significant adoption of electric vehicles is possible in an environment in which regulatory policy, education, infrastructure, and other services come together in an integrated way. The current projects are Drive Electric Northern Colorado (DENC) and Drive Electric Orlando (DEO). SAFE and the EC have also initiated partnerships with some of the nation’s largest corporations to advance adoption of electric vehicles in commercial fleets.
Policy Research, Analysis and a Legislative Agenda
Despite political challenges, it is imperative to continue to push for comprehensive energy policy legislation. Political gridlock in Washington will continue to be an obstacle to substantive reforms. However, SAFE’s national and economic security credentials make it uniquely positioned to be the leading voice influencing energy policy, and it is imperative to lay the groundwork now to be ready for when the political environment is ripe. SAFE is also planning to create several policy initiatives in a number of states.
Due to its focus on national and economic security, SAFE has a unique ability to engage conservative thought leaders and lawmakers on energy policy. Through targeted research, impactful public events, and the mobilization of trusted advocates, the organization is working to frame energy security policy in a way that brings conservatives to the table.