Executive Director

  • KeySource Global
  • Washington D.C
  • Jul 27, 2020

Job Description

Our client is an independent not-for-profit organization working to commercialize advanced nuclear technologies to mitigate climate change. Its mission includes reducing and, if possible, eliminating barriers to advanced reactor deployment, enabling supportive policies, and coordinating efforts on federal policy and financing. The Organization is recognized as a critical voice for the advanced nuclear energy community on licensing, regulation, demonstration, and deployment — representing innovators’ interests in Congress, at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and with the media. This is a nimble organization with an absence of bureaucracy.

Role description

The Board of Directors currently seeks a coalition-builder with experience in a deeply technical and highly regulated field to serve as Executive Director.

The Executive Director manages the organization’s strategy, operations, policy and technical development, working in concert with diverse stakeholders. This person aligns business leaders, academics, investors and government policy makers to provide expert guidance on the deployment of advanced nuclear energy solutions.





  • Create and lead a national, if not international voice, dialogue for advanced nuclear energy.
  • Develop positions on federal policy needs that create market conditions for increased investment in advanced nuclear technologies.
  • Cultivate outcome-oriented relationships with policymakers, academics, environmental NGOs and advanced nuclear developers, vendors and trade groups.
  • Drive engagement with the NRC, placing the organization as a go-between for the advanced nuclear community and regulators.
  • Maintain high standards of technical evidence to support federal advocacy efforts.
  • With input from nuclear stakeholders, forecast risks along the commercialization path which can be reduced through policy change.
  • Identify, attract and secure funding for current and future operations.


  • Cultivate consensus for the organization’s policy agenda for advanced nuclear licensing, regulation, and legislation in the U.S, and other appropriate jurisdictions.
  • Work to direct legislative ideas into language designed to achieve policy goals.
  • Build relationships with other organizations and key NGOs and other global stakeholders to advance the organization’s position as an advocate and thought leader in energy transformation.
  • Design deliverables which maximize the resources across the nuclear ecosystem.
  • Communicate with trade media and serve as a trusted, called-upon resource.
  • Commission and/or direct research by academics and technical experts to develop the necessary capabilities aligned with mission objectives.
  • Represent as designated spokesperson in appropriate forums.
  • Act as a facilitator to bridge between opposing ideas and strengthen coalition efforts.

Management and Administration

  • Maintain day-to-day operations and programs which are professionally and efficiently organized.
  • Manage execution of proposed programs and provide regular reporting to funders.
  • Oversee administration of staff and operations.
  • Ensure proper administration of contracts, including compliance with relevant employment laws and other legal requirements.
  • Oversee and maintain healthy and sustainable finances of the organization as a non-profit.
  • Manage day-to-day organizational operations and activities of staff members and volunteers.

Essential skills

    • Technical proficiency and technology background in energy or other highly regulated industry needed. Specific background in nuclear energy is not required.
    • Comfort and knowledge using data, modeling and statistics to make policy arguments.
    • Ability to think laterally to easily make connections to the organization’s policy goals
    • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated experience achieving shared outcomes.
    • Superb research, writing and speaking skills.
    • Demonstrated self-starter with a personal drive to succeed.



Desired skills

  • Ability to navigate the policy and political landscape in Washington, D.C. and other jurisdictions as appropriate. However, prior U.S. Congressional experience is not necessary.
  • Global energy industry experience is a strong preference.
  • Demonstrated ability to translate data into compelling stories.
  • Experience licensing technology in a highly regulated industry.
  • Experience in non-profit fundraising.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in a technical or science discipline or related business discipline. Master’s Degree or other advanced degree is an asset.

Location: Washington D.C. preferred, or the ability to travel to D.C. frequently


The successful candidate will be offered an attractive and competitive compensation package.