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Deputy Program Director, International Programs

Position Overview

NARUC International Programs seeks to empower the global community of regulators to drive meaningful change in their energy sectors. The Deputy Program Director will coordinate with the Senior Leadership Team to ensure successful execution and development of programs. The Deputy Program Director will supervise select staff and serve as a leader over a portfolio of multiple programs and staff. The position will be based in NARUC’s office in Washington, DC. The term of employment is grant-funded and is conditioned upon continued client funding and satisfactory performance of duties.

Reporting Relationship

Reports to the Director of International Programs.  The individual will serve as supervisor to assigned staff.

Required Abilities and Key Attributes

The Deputy Program Director (DPD) assists in designing and supporting the strategic vision for awards and large/regional programs. The Deputy Program Director ensures that the vision, work plan and budget for individual projects aligns with program goals and requirements. The Deputy Program Director oversees compliance of program reporting and NARUC requirements. The DPD serves as a key point of contact with client program manager and ensures compliance of program reporting. The DPD promotes peak performance culture, provides best practices, guidance, and leadership to program and technical teams. DPD onboards new staff as assigned. The DPD will also ensure compliance with NARUC and USG policies, regulations and operational and financial procedures.

Education and Experience

An advanced degree in Energy/Environmental Science, International Relations, Public Administration or a related field and 7-8+ years of professional experience is required.  Coursework in economics is very helpful.  Knowledge of the nonprofit or association environment is desirable.  Knowledge and/or experience with USAID and USG regulations and procedures highly desirable.  Language proficiency in geographically-relevant regions preferred.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Deputy Program Director is responsible for ensuring successful implementation and compliance in accordance with assigned awards and/or programs with a primary focus on the Europe & Eurasia region.  The position requires a proven track record in managing federally-funded awards, strong knowledge of federal funding regulations, excellent client communication skills and strategic program design.

The position also requires sound knowledge of the energy sector and issues facing emerging and transitioning economies, including but not limited to electricity and gas market evolution and regulation, tariff methodology, grid system expansion and stability, independence and transparency of the regulator, unbundling and accounting, promotion of investment, etc.  Specific knowledge and experience with EU requirements is desired.

The Deputy Program Director has oversight of workflow processes; strong organizational skills and attention to detail; strong communication, strategic thinking abilities and analytical skills; sound knowledge of monitoring, evaluation and learning (ME&L) and business development skills; and excellent English writing and presentation skills. 

Experience with team leadership, direct supervision and training is desirable. International and domestic travel required (approx. 25-40% of time). 


Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. The organization offers a generous benefits package. 

Instructions to Apply

Must be US citizen or have US work permit.  Please send cover letter, resume, and salary history to Ms. Erin Hammel, Director, International Programs at (job@naruc.org). No telephone calls. EOE.