Energy Market Innovations – Research Manager

The Research Manager position is a unique career growth opportunity, working in a highly entrepreneurial environment, with a firm that is assisting utilities and public agencies across the United States as they ramp-up programs to meet aggressive energy efficiency targets.  The ideal candidate is a mid-level career professional with solid, applicable research experience and strong academic training.  This position will be embedded at our client site in Jackson, MI and will serve as the primary liaison between the client and EMI project staff for multi-year evaluation and market research of commercial sector energy efficiency programs.  In this capacity, the Research Manager will support the overall client relationship and will serve as a key member of the overall project management team.

The Research Manager will be responsible for:

  • Project Leadership:  Serve as the research manager for evaluation-related consulting projects.  Frame and coordinate successful research projects.
  • Research: Participate in designing research approaches, conduct analysis, and manage the delivery of meaningful and strategic client insights.
  • Client Management: Maintain positive client interactions and develop new relationships to support the development of future consulting projects.

The ideal candidate will have the following profile:

  • Professional work experience with structured, systematic research and quantitative analysis.  Program evaluation; and/or energy efficiency program experience is a plus.
  • Experience working in a consulting environment, managing multiple projects.
  • Strong analytical skills and competency in both qualitative and quantitative research methods and analytics, with the ability to apply these tools within a systems perspective.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Sociology, Education, Public Administration or other comparable field employing research tools and methodologies fundamental to program evaluation research.  A Master’s or PhD in one of these fields is preferred.
  • Exceptional writing and oral communication skills.
  • Strong track record of successful collaboration with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to take ownership, initiative, and accountability for the quality of results provided to EMI’s client.

About EMI

EMI is a specialized consulting firm that is working with some of the leading investor-owned utilities and organizations investing in energy efficiency, including PG&E, SCE, the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Hawaii Energy, and the Tennessee Valley Authority, among many others.  In our unique position, every client engagement allows our team to make a valuable contribution to shaping the future energy landscape.

We offer a flexible, collaborative, and entrepreneurial work environment and encourage each other’s creativity and intellectual curiosity to create value for our clients.  Please visit us at to learn more about our organization.

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