Special Projects Manager


Job Title: Special Projects Manager
Department: External Affairs
Reports To: Director of External Affairs
Compensation: Includes generous benefits package (medical/dental/vision insurance, life insurance, short and long-term disability, 403(b) retirement matching, and ample PTO) and a competitive salary commensurate to experience; range: $60,000-$70,000.
FLSA Status: Exempt
Location: Remote

Deadline to apply: December 31, 2021 – but please note that applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Summary: Working closely with the national leadership team as well as CEN’s 21+ state members, the Special Projects Manager will lead the execution of major policy education projects, initiatives, and campaigns. The Manager will be responsible for planning, coordinating, and executing all designated initiatives and events, and will ensure that project objectives are accomplished within prescribed timeframes and funding parameters. Success in this role will require an individual that is highly creative, self-motivating, collaborative, and a team player willing to help where he or she is needed. The right candidate will excel in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment—often with little direct supervision—and can turn around quick deadlines while working from a remote setting. The employee will be expected to balance often competing priorities and deadlines while advancing the collective mission of CEN and its members. This is a newly created position, and as such, the right candidate will have the unique and rewarding opportunity to shape the primary responsibilities of this role on the job and will significantly contribute to the further advancement of the organization’s educational goals at large.

Duties and Responsibilities: The following are essential functions of the position. Other duties may be assigned.

  1. Coordinates management of CEN’s major policy education projects, initiatives, and campaigns, as assigned.
  2. Plans key organizational events, such as all-staff meetings and network conferences, to include budget, meeting location, food and beverages, visitor accommodations, transportation, and other related items.
  3. Handles vendor negotiations and bookings, as well as serves as the main on-site contact for CEN events and meeting functions.
  4. Works with project-specific staff to develop event agendas and recruit speakers, works with communications staff to promote events, and coordinates with fundraising staff to facilitate sponsor outreach and invoicing, as applicable.
  5. Provides management and support for additional projects of CEN, as assigned.
  6. Maintains an organized office calendar and schedules meetings and appointments as needed.
  7. Travels as necessary to attend business events to network and promote the organization.
  8. Creates, maintains, and shares lists of stakeholder contacts with CEN leadership.
  9. Always represents CEN with the utmost levels of professionalism.
  10. Composes frequent summaries and reports for CEN leadership regarding status of assigned special projects.
  11. Assists with development of educational and outreach materials in line with CEN’s organizational mission and objectives.
  12. Creates and executes strategies to implement initiatives, campaigns, and special projects that deliver upon stated goals.
  13. Continuously evaluates strategy and results and course corrects if strategies and tactics are proven ineffective in real-time.
  14. Allows for personal development and growth in skills by accepting regular feedback, training, and mentoring from managers and peers.
  15. Proactively communicates with all CEN team members and leadership to coordinate project initiatives and ensure deliverables are met.
  16. Provides operations support for CEN 501(c)(4) sister organization, Conservatives for a Clean Energy Future (CCEF), as needed.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

This role does not supervise employees.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Language Ability:

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents. Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints. Ability to write and make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to effectively solve complex problems in a variety of situations and by deadline. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Computer Skills:

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as Google Drive. Working knowledge of SEO, Constant Contact, MailChimp, and other marketing and communications tools and tactics also preferred.


Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) from four-year college or university in political science, marketing, business, or another relevant field; and at least three to five years of relevant job experience (event planning and project management duties) preferred.

Specialized Training:

  1. Experience working for issue advocacy nonprofits, public affairs firms, political campaigns, or government is preferred.
  2. Experience working with energy policy a plus.

Knowledge, Skills and Other Abilities:

  1. Excellent verbal communication skills.
  2. Top notch writing and editing skills, and experience distilling complicated issues into communications assets to advance organizational messaging and increase engagement among different target audiences.
  3. Outstanding time management and organizational skills, with the ability to manage and meet challenging deadlines and balance multiple programming priorities at once.
  4. Demonstrated experience in successful project management and event planning.
  5. A collaborative nature and adept problem-solving skills.
  6. Interest in crafting original programs from conception to execution that moves the needle on clean energy policy solutions.
  7. An entrepreneurial spirit, interest in learning new skills, and eagerness to implement innovative and impactful tools that advance the collective goals of CEN and its members.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move 5 to 20-pound boxes for events, as needed.

Work Environment:

  1. Fast-paced, dynamic work environment sometimes faced with high-pressure deadlines.
  2. A supportive and collegial team that encourages creativity and initiative.
  3. Plenty of opportunities to grow and expand your skillset.
  4. While CEN headquarters is based in Lansing, Michigan, members of the team work remotely from various parts of the country. CEN welcomes applicants regardless of location and will accommodate tele-commuting.
  5. Role requires ability to work some evenings and/or weekends for special events.
  6. Role requires some travel, including overnight travel, usually a few times per quarter for conferences and all-staff meetings.


CEN is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We prohibit discrimination and harassment in any form, and we are dedicated to engaging and developing a diverse workplace environment. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status, or other characteristics protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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