Senior Manager, Federal Engagement


Position Details

Status: Full Time Exempt, Salaried

Position Description

IMT seeks a Senior Manager to lead our portfolio of federal engagement work. IMT has more than two decades of experience developing and implementing building decarbonization policies, and supporting federal efforts to improve the efficiency and performance of buildings. The recent passage of Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) has shifted the federal landscape dramatically and created new opportunities for ambitious climate action. The Senior Manager will lead the continued development and execution of IMT’s federal engagement strategy, which includes three primary goals:

  • Support strong implementation of federally funded programs
  • Advance federal policy development & adoption
  • Leverage existing agency authority to drive equitable building decarbonization

The successful candidate will be a skilled networker, connector, and relationship builder with a strong knowledge of federal programs and agency structures (with a primary focus on Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development). They will proactively seek out opportunities to engage with federal officials as well as field partner organizations.  They will have a track record of success developing and managing relationships in a government context, as well as with the range of IMT stakeholders who interact with federal programs, including community based organizations, state and local governments, and private sector partners.

The Senior Manager is accountable for delivering the federal engagement strategy and leading coordination on federal topics across the full IMT Program team. The Senior Manager reports to the Director of Codes and Technical Policy.


Strategic Planning & Delivery (50% LOE)

In executing IMT’s federal engagement strategy and elevating IMT’s leadership position among key federal agencies, the Senior Manager will support the following core priorities:

  • Cultivate relationships with key federal officials and agencies
  • Support robust participation in federal rulemaking and grant design
  • Position IMT to receive Federal funds either directly or through state and local partners
  • Lead coalition engagement and partner coordination

In addition to federal engagement, this role will also incorporate state-level engagement work to include:

  • Track state-level legislation and regulation related to action on building performance standards (BPS), energy codes, and related policies such as gas bans and electric vehicle ordinances
  • Identify opportunities for IMT to influence state-level policy-making via application of a building performance lifecycle approach that combines building energy codes, BPS, and electricity demand management
  • Build relationships with state energy offices, code officials, and local advocacy groups to explore collaboration opportunities

Day-to-day responsibilities include:

  • Keep up to date on legislation, major announcements, and agency transitions. Run regular interdepartmental meetings to brief staff on news related to IMT priorities. Flag news that may be of interest to IMT funders and partners
  • Track announcements of Requests for Information (RFIs) and funding opportunities, working closely with IMT’s Development team and program sector leads, helping to prioritize opportunities per IMT strategic plan
  • Curate RFI and Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) responses in conjunction with program staff and strategic partners
  • Identify opportunities for IMT to serve as a thought leader on BPS, energy codes, green leasing, utilities, etc. through conference speaking engagements and participation in working groups
  • Participate in coalition meetings and tracking actions and RFI responses authored by groups or specific organizations; coordinate sign-ons to RFI responses, advocacy letters, and other letters of interest

Representation and Communication (25% LOE)

  • Represent IMT with key federal policy stakeholders including federal, state and local staff, community leaders, reporters, and funders
  • Lead IMT internal and external communication connecting program work and federal policy
  • Manage all relationships necessary for successful partnerships that support the federal engagement strategy

Program Management and Execution (25% LOE)

  • Accountable for timely work plan deliverables, in coordination with policy team and across program teams
  • Set clear expectations for project collaborators on federal engagement goals, and check in at least quarterly against progress
  • Implement IMT’s diversity, equity, and inclusion policies consistently

Qualifications and Skills

  • Nuanced understanding of the work of key federal agencies, in particular Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as well as how federal funding flows through state government
  • 5-7 years of experience in a relevant role; experience working in or with a federal or state agency preferred
  • Degree in a relevant field such as public policy or equivalent experience
  • Commitment to advancing social and environmental justice
  • Demonstrated experience building and maintaining effective relationships with senior federal government decision makers
  • Proven leader in field with experience building consensus among diverse stakeholders
  • Strong writing, communication and decision-making skills
  • Strong organizational, project management, and time management skills


How to Apply

This is a full-time remote position with preference for applicants who will live in Washington, DC or surrounding area. Occasional domestic travel may be required. The salary range for this position is $95,000-105,000, commensurate with experience. IMT offers a competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance and disability coverage. IMT also offers generous paid time-off.

To apply, please email resume and cover letter to Please write “Senior Manager – Federal Engagement” in the subject line.

Managing Director, Advancement


Position Details

Position Description

The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization on a mission to equitably decarbonize buildings in this decade to improve the livability of our communities. Our partnerships with local communities, government leaders, and businesses provide unique insights into how to make this vision a reality. IMT is seeking a Managing Director of Advancement to oversee all IMT brand positioning, including fundraising and communications strategy. This role is key to ensuring that IMT remains at the forefront of market-based solutions to today’s climate and energy challenges, and offers room for both innovation and growth. You will be part of the Executive Management team and guide the staff in executing an ambitious organizational strategy. You will ensure that IMT is building a support network, brand, and reputation consistent with our vision, mission, and guiding principles. You will set expectations and milestones for IMT positioning and fundraising and monitor progress against our goals.

This position reports to the Executive Director, and is part of IMT’s Executive Management Team.


Development, Fundraising, and Reporting (40%)

  • Oversee IMT’s fundraising plans in alignment with IMT’s BuildUp2030 strategy and program goals. Work with the Managing Director of Programs to establish funding targets and plans for each priority program area.
  • Provide IMT’s Executive Director and Senior Leadership with support and guidance to engage new corporate, government, and philanthropic partners by defining strategy, articulating the business case, and providing targeted collateral.
  • With the development team (current team of 2), craft strategy to deepen and expand partnerships with corporations, foundations, government and other delivery agents that will advance IMT’s mission. Support the Executive Director and Leadership Team in the execution of that strategy.
  • Leverage existing contacts to bring new partnerships to IMT.
  • Develop and track annual revenue projections. Lead the annual review and revision of the development and communications sections of the IMT strategic & operational plan.
  • Lead fundraising communications with IMT’s board of directors, staffing relevant committees and leading board engagement on IMT fundraising strategy.

Strategic Communications and Brand Positioning (40%)

  • With the senior management team, support the ongoing development of IMT’s brand and positioning as a leader, partner, and convener on the path to widespread high-performing buildings – those that are low pollution, healthy, resilient to extreme weather, and with business practices that support local communities.
  • With the communications team (current team of 3), set a brand and communications strategy for achieving IMT’s annual strategic goals, including team leadership of organizational brand standards, media outreach, and growth of IMT’s digital communications strategy.
  • Coach and deploy staff, the executive director, and the board of directors to represent IMT publicly, including via media engagement, public speaking opportunities, and fundraising, to bolster IMT positioning and advance the organization’s visibility and reputation.
  • Support and lead the integration of communications work into the program and development strategies.

Staff Management and Execution (20%)

  • Oversee communications and development staff (current team of 5), while directly supervising the associate director of communications and associate director of development.
  • Work with our strategic services and culture leads to ensure professional development opportunities are ample and encouraged, and that they align both with staff ambitions and the organization’s strategy.
  • Coach and mentor staff to provide the guidance they need to build IMT content fluency and provide excellent brand awareness.
  • Be accountable for the team’s timely work plan deliverables by setting the priorities and structure for the team’s success.

Qualifications and Skills

  • 10+ years of experience in a relevant role to include fundraising and communications
  • Degree in a relevant field or equivalent experience
  • Commitment to advancing social and environmental justice
  • Strong foundation in anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion principles
  • Proven experience securing six and seven figure gifts from grant funders or major gift donors
  • Familiarity with digital media and strategy to target and increase audience engagement
  • Demonstrated experience building, leading, and maintaining an effective senior management team
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong ability to create strategic plans that unite multiple campaigns, outputs, and channels toward common goals, including identifying metrics of success
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, initiative, attention to detail, and ability to set and meet deadlines

How to Apply

This is a full-time remote position. Occasional domestic travel may be required. The salary range for this position is $140,000-150,000, commensurate with experience. IMT offers a competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance and disability coverage. IMT also offers generous paid time-off.

To apply, please email resume, cover letter, and one writing sample (blog post, press release, pitch letter, grant proposal, etc.) to Please write “Managing Director – Advancement” in the subject line.

Associate Director, Business Engagement

The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) seeks a dynamic Associate Director for Business Engagement to manage programs and projects within IMT’s business engagement strategy to drive market adoption of decarbonized, high-performing buildings and improve community livability where these buildings are located.  The successful candidate is passionate about sustainable practices, and has an entrepreneurial spirit with the confidence to explore, create, and lead non-traditional solutions that strive to change business as usual. This role provides a unique opportunity to drive market-transforming solutions that harness the momentum of leading companies as they raise their climate ambitions to achieve carbon, energy, and social objectives of unprecedented scale.

The Associate Director will lead IMT’s work in performance-based leasing and its Green Lease Leaders program, and will provide clear recommendations for the program’s evolution. The Associate Director will also contribute to the Business Engagement team’s overall strategy and goals with a particular focus on responding to, as well as influencing, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) reporting and impact investing trends. The individual will have experience working in the real estate industry, and be able to represent IMT externally with a range of relevant stakeholders. These include but are not limited to owners, operators, tenants, lenders, investors, brokers, attorneys, retailers, energy service providers, community stakeholders, and local government. This position reports to the Director for Business Engagement and will work collaboratively across the organization.


  • Advise government agencies, property owners, large tenants, and other real estate stakeholders on how to improve the building energy and ESG performance through strategic programs and policies, especially performance-based leasing.
  • Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with national peer organizations and real estate industry stakeholders.
  • Contribute to evolving the strategic direction of projects and programs related to IMT’s overall business engagement work in line with the organization’s BuildUp 2030 strategic plan.
  • Build connections and supportive working relationships between private sector projects and programs and the work of IMT’s community engagement and policy teams.
  • Develop forward-thinking solutions that accelerate demand for efficiency through performance-based leasing, tenant programs, commercial real estate financing, and technology.
  • Assist in organizing and facilitating regional or national events with partners and stakeholders.
  • Present at local, regional and national events as a subject matter expert.
  • Contribute to written resources including blog posts, white papers, and other research efforts.
  • Manage and oversee consultants and interns.
  • Contribute to business development and fundraising as directed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Undergraduate and/ or graduate degree in real estate, finance, sustainability management, business, or related field preferred.
  • At least 8 years of experience in real estate, sustainability, and/or energy efficiency.
  • An entrepreneurial drive and comfort exploring new ideas for tackling difficult climate and energy problems head-on, with a demonstrated ability to devise creative, structured approaches to overcoming such challenges.
  • Strong knowledge and demonstrated experience in energy efficiency and high-performance building operations required.
  • Demonstrated experience with Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) reporting, preference given to Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB).
  • Ability to lead multiple projects simultaneously and manage complex workflows. Project management experience required.
  • Skilled communicator (written and verbal) with a professional demeanor who can develop and present material with confidence, and can read the interest of the audience and pivot presentation tactics accordingly.
  • Ability to work with a variety of stakeholders, including building owners and operators, policy-makers, finance professionals, local government and community stakeholders.
  • Ability to build consensus around project priorities.
  • Experience managing staff/interns directly preferred.

How to Apply

This is a full-time remote position. Occasional domestic travel may be required. The salary range for this position is $105,000 to $110,000, commensurate with experience. IMT offers a competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance and disability coverage. IMT also offers generous paid time-off and certain commuter benefits for the DC-metro area. Proposed Start Date: Between February-March 2023

To apply, please email resume and cover letter to Please write “Associate Director – Business Engagement” in the subject line.

Senior Associate, Community Engagement


Position Details

  • Status: Full Time Exempt, Salaried
  • Salary: $60,000 – $65,000, paid monthly
  • Working Conditions: Full-Time Remote, 35hrs/week, Occasional Domestic Travel, Technical Setup Provided (Laptop, Monitor, Accessories)
  • Benefits: Medical/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance, Disability Coverage, Paid Time Off, Matching IRA Contributions, Professional Development Assistance
  • Reports to: Director of Community Engagement
  • Member of the Community Engagement Team. Currently includes Director of Community Engagement and Senior Manager of Community Engagement
  • Proposed Start Date: Between February-March 2023

Position Description

As climate change impacts communities across the U.S., the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) believes that our buildings should reduce pollution, protect our health, and enable us to thrive. IMT’s community engagement is based upon the principles of the Just Transition, a vision-led, unifying and place-based set of principles, processes, and practices that build economic and political power to shift from an extractive economy to a regenerative economy. IMT seeks a dynamic individual with an understanding of the complexities involved in adopting and implementing strategies that address the climate crisis while addressing the immediate needs of communities.

IMT is currently building capacity and partnerships to support communities across the country that are committed to the recently announced National Building Performance Standards Coalition. The goal of this effort is to ensure participation and elevate priorities from frontline communities in the policy-making process in order to develop comprehensive local climate policies, targeting near-term solutions for energy burden and pollution while reducing carbon impact and improving resilience to climate impacts. The Senior Associate will play a key role in the goals of policy research, community action and advocacy, and coalition building and partnerships in this effort.

The successful candidate will help identify and empower community organizations and voices in the planning and implementation of energy policies and programs, in the development and operation of real estate, and in the utility sector. This work will require interacting with a diverse set of stakeholders, identifying new and creative policy solutions, and finding common ground for successful design and implementation of policies and programs. The candidate will work in partnership with the Senior Community Engagement Manager and Director to design program implementation strategies, collect data, engage with the community-based organizations, conduct outreach and represent the organization at key meetings and community events. This role will report to the Director of Community Engagement.


  • Support the development of a national strategy for advocacy and implementation of building performance policy and environmental justice programs work
  • Create educational and outreach resources on building performance policies, and the intersection of community and environmental justice movement and tools, to community resilience, public health, racial equity, affordable housing and workforce development
  • Contribute to the development of messaging campaigns connecting community needs and assets to policy efforts
  • Actively seek and cultivate partnerships with community-based organizations as a new audience
  • Support the implementation of a strong peer-learning community of organizations and local agencies working at the intersection of climate/ environmental justice, infrastructure, and policy
  • Manage assigned projects including planning, reporting, and assist in ensuring deadlines and deliverables are met
  • Present publicly at events and conferences and organize panels on relevant topics
  • Work with other programs as assigned

Qualifications and Skills

  • Undergraduate degree
  • 3-5 years of relevant work experience
  • Commitment to advancing social, economic, and climate/environmental justice
  • An understanding and commitment to the principles of equity and inclusion. See Climate Justice Alliance for more information on the Just Transition and multi-sector alliance work.
  • Highly organized, with an ability to prioritize and manage multiple assignments
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills, with a thirst for solving tough problems
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Communications background or experience in cultural/ ethical storytelling in order to amplify community voices
  • Demonstrate an agility for sizing up and tackling problems that span public and private sectors
  • Flexible and comfortable with some ambiguity, and a team player
  • Willingness to identify where connections, as well as gaps, exist in the work
  • Values relationships and uplifting community voices

How to Apply

This is a full-time remote position. The salary range for this position is $60,000 -$65,000, commensurate with experience. IMT offers a competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance and disability coverage. IMT also offers generous paid time-off.

To apply, please email resume and cover letter to Please write “Senior Associate –Community Engagement” in the subject line.

About the Institute for Market Transformation

The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) is a trusted, non-partisan nonprofit organization that works to ensure that everyone in the U.S. benefits from high-performing buildings in all facets of their lives. IMT bridges the intersection of business, government, and community priorities to spotlight business practices and advance public policy to improve U.S. buildings. We do this by co-creating and deploying public policy and business practices that drive widespread market action toward improving how we collectively build, design, and operate the spaces where people live, work, learn, connect, and play. To learn more about our work, visit

Headquartered in downtown Washington, DC, we provide a vibrant, collaborative, and flexible workplace that brings together diverse expertise. IMT is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts across our organization. We empower our staff to constantly learn while achieving big goals, and have fun along the way.

IMT is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.