Who We Are
The Partnership is a place for community-minded business leaders who want to be involved in Houston’s positive growth and influence the direction in which Houston is going. Through the dedicated efforts of our members, the Partnership addresses Houston’s unique challenges, and champions the growth and success of our region.
Since 1840, the Greater Houston Partnership has strived to make the region the best place to live, work and build a business. We serve over 1,000 member companies in the 12-county Houston region including Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Walker, Waller and Wharton counties.
Join us as we work together to make Houston greater.
Who We Are Looking For Today
The Partnership is seeking a transformative leader to head the SVP, Energy Transition and Executive Director, Houston Energy Transition Initiative (HETI). The officer is responsible for developing, leading, and overseeing the Partnership’s initiative to leverage Houston’s energy leadership to accelerate global solutions for a low-carbon future. This will be accomplished by working with a coalition of industry, academia and community partners to ensure the long-term economic competitiveness and advancement of the Houston region towards a more sustainable and net-zero emissions future. The Executive Director will also work closely and collaboratively with other Partnership divisions to execute on HETI as a strategic priority of the organization.
About the Houston Energy Transition Initiative
The purpose of HETI is to position the Houston region to be more economically competitive as a global city by supporting the region’s move towards a more efficient and sustainable low-carbon future and build on Houston’s strengths to pave the way for a 21st century net-zero emissions world.
HETI will leverage Houston’s energy leadership to accelerate global solutions for a low-carbon future by:
• Driving sustainable and equitable economic growth in the Greater Houston region through a portfolio of technology, policy, and market initiatives that embrace and create value from the world’s transition to low-carbon energy systems.
• Building upon our history of leadership in the energy and chemical industries by providing new opportunities for Houstonians, leveraging and sustaining investments in our existing assets and expertise, and creating conditions to attract new and innovative talent and capital.
• Delivering economic growth and positive impact on the environment, thereby placing Houston as the leading hub of energy and clean tech innovation.
What You Will Do
- Work with the HETI Steering Committee to develop the Partnership’s priorities and strategies related to the energy transition. Create the associated action plans, with accountabilities and timelines and coordinate execution across the Partnership.
- Develop and execute meaningful actions to lead HETI and position Houston as the global leader in the energy transition in value chains including, but not limited to: CCUS; hydrogen; circular economy; battery storage; clean LNG; and renewables.
- Create and maintain strong working relationships across the multitude of energy transition-related initiatives and organizations in Houston and beyond to leverage, coordinate and connect individual actions for greater impact.
- Develop metrics to gauge both short-term and long-term success of the initiative.
- Leverage a combination of internal and external resources (e.g., consultants) to execute on the broad agenda of the initiative and recruitment of new staff to support HETI
- Manage HETI budget in collaboration with the HETI SteerCo, CFO, President and CEO; and work collaboratively with the Chief Development Officer and President and CEO on timely and appropriate donor stewardship and fundraising.
- Collaborate with all divisions within the Partnership to advance HETI within their work and how it impacts the Houston region. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Member Engagement: identify and support avenues for member engagement in HETI and overall energy-related activities
- Public Policy: develop and advocate for policy positions that support the Houston region’s ability to lead in the energy transition
- Economic Development: identify and act on opportunities for developing value chains to solidify Houston’s current and future global energy leadership
- Marketing and Communications: develop and amplify messaging that advances Houston and HETI’s efforts to be seen and understood as a solutions-partner in addressing climate change and emissions reduction
- DEI: collaborate on understanding equity considerations around the energy transition and how they can be addressed by the business community
- Research: produce data and analyses that builds broader understanding on the importance of accelerating meaningful action in low-carbon solutions
- UpSkill Houston: progress efforts to bring more access and opportunity presented by the energy transition to those with more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree
8. Serve as internal subject matter expert on the energy transition
9. Represent the Partnership at relevant functions, seminars, conferences, etc.
10. Perform other duties, as necessary.
The Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities You Bring
The following knowledge, skills and abilities are desirable for job success:
- Strong written and interpersonal communications skills (must be comfortable developing presentations and presenting to and/or interacting with outside entities).
- Demonstrated ability to work well in fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment with minimal supervision.
- Understanding and appreciation for the unique economic and social challenges facing the Houston region.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively manage a departmental function within a broader corporate/organization function.
- Knowledge of developing major goals to support broad functional objectives.
- Comprehensive knowledge of the overall departmental function.
Behavioral Competencies- Attributes, Behaviors, and Characteristics (ABC’s)
The following behavior competencies include a myriad of defining qualifications, skills, and competencies required for job success
Leaders of People Competencies:
- Impact oriented- Mission driven; seeks to make a vital difference in the development and success of the greater Houston region through the work of workforce development.
- Exceptional Communications-Communicates effectively and persuasively, both verbally and in writing; can write prose with proper grammar and syntax; listens actively; builds trust; uses the appropriate media for the situation; knows what and when to communicate to a particular audience
- Managing People- Develops subordinates skills and encourages growth. Provides direction and gains compliance. Provides regular performance feedback and manages subordinate’s activities.
- Planning & Organization Integrates changes smoothly, plans for additional resources,
Senior Leadership Primary Duties and Responsibilities
- Lead division and effectively manage headcount, budget, projects, and strategy.
- Initiate strategies that enhance the division and the organizations mission, vision, values and strategy
- Assist and support board of directors in administrative functions
- Lead and staff committees, working groups, partnerships
- Lead, direct and mentor department personnel to achieve outcomes, KPI’s and overall mission
- Develop annual plans and budgets
- Ensure compliance of all regulations, Partnership bylaws, rules, and federal laws
- Develop annual revenue streams through memberships, events, programs, special initiatives, etc.
Required Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree required, Graduate degree preferred.
- 10 or more years consulting, strategy development and execution and program management experience, including experience leading and implementing sustainability and energy-transition related initiatives.
- Understanding of energy industry, energy transition, sustainability and climate change solutions
- Experience working in multi-stakeholder organizations.
- Demonstrated success implementing new programs.
Mental and Aptitude Requirements
- Job requires the ability to hear, see, and talk; analytical, conceptual, problem-solving, planning, and decision-making skills.
· Adhere to the office safety policies and procedures.
Come join a dynamic team of professionals!
Cover letter and resume must be submitted to be considered.
The Greater Houston Partnership is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants and employees are treated without regard to such factors as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other reason prohibited by law.