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Policy Principal - MD/NJ

Advanced Energy Economy

Advanced Energy Economy

New Jersey, USA
Posted on Saturday, May 11, 2024
About Advanced Energy United

Advanced Energy United educates, engages, and advocates for policies that allow our member companies to compete to repower our economy with 100% clean energy. We work with decision makers at every level of government as well as regulators of energy markets to achieve this goal. The businesses we represent are lowering consumer costs, creating thousands of new jobs every year, and providing the full range of clean, efficient, and reliable energy and transportation solutions. The U.S. market for advanced energy products and services reached nearly $375 billion in 2022. Together, we are united in our mission to accelerate the transition to 100% clean energy in the United States.

If you’re an entrepreneurial, innovative, analytical and thoughtful person looking to make an impact in the clean energy space, United might be the perfect place for you to share your talents. Team members at United are given the trust and responsibility to make big things happen, and myriad opportunities to learn new skills, explore new issue areas, and work with a broad cross section of the clean energy community. Being a team member at United also means working with a talented and diverse group of people, some who bring decades of experience spanning advocacy, philanthropy, clean tech, government and more—and our collaborative approach means we get to learn from each other, expert and novice, every day. And while our organization is fully remote, we are proud of the people-focused culture we have built and the connectedness of our team.

We work on serious issues, take our mission seriously, but never take ourselves too seriously.

Position Description

Advanced Energy United (“United”) seeks a smart, innovative and politically savvy Principal with a background in issue advocacy to lead state-level work in Maryland and New Jersey. The Principal will work with United team members to develop and implement multi-year strategies and campaigns designed to win policy successes that accelerate the energy transition while expanding markets for the advanced energy industry. In Maryland and New Jersey, our policy priorities include advancing offshore wind; developing state-level and regional transmission solutions needed to support clean energy solutions; strengthening the electric grid to support building and vehicle electrification; and supporting the deployment of energy storage and other distributed energy resources. These two states have passed some of the nation’s most ambitious clean energy goals and are home to tremendous clean energy resources, but there is much work to be done to make those clean energy goals a reality. This Principal will lead United’s critical work toward that vision.

Key Skills for Success

A Mind for Policy: Market opportunities for the advanced energy industry are driven by policy. The ideal candidate will have a working knowledge of legislative and regulatory processes, and experience with energy policy specifically is a plus.

Small “p” Political Awareness: Recognizing opportunity, understanding power dynamics and building coalitions to seize policy opportunities are keys to success for winning victories on our issues. The ideal candidate doesn’t need to have a background in politics but does need to be familiar with political processes and be excited about engaging in the political side of policy-making.

Project Management Skills & a Drive to Get Things Done: The ideal candidate will be able to coordinate and drive team efforts from start to finish, keeping organized and navigating relationships with partners in multiple arenas (legislative, regulatory, etc.)

Responsibilities

  • Lead United’s work in Maryland and New Jersey, working collaboratively in with United policy team members on developing and implementing strategies to accelerate the transition to 100% clean energy and electrified transportation, and meet short- and long-term policy objectives as part of United’s policy portfolio. These could be legislative, administrative, or regulatory, or a mix of all three.
  • Work with United member companies to develop policy positions and reach consensus on policy positions on key issues.
  • Manage lobbyist relationships on the ground and their engagement in legislative strategy and execution.
  • Organize member engagement opportunities through direct decision-maker engagement (lobby days, candidate education, etc.) earned media and other participation in legislative, regulatory, and administrative processes, as needed.
  • Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with coalition partners, allies, and key legislative and administrative staff. Engage in coordination and advocacy efforts with coalition allies in support of clean energy goals.
  • Create reports, presentations, fact sheets, and other written and visual materials needed for education and advocacy efforts and deliver verbal presentations as necessary.
  • Work with our communications team to identify opportunities for United to seek earned media coverage. Draft press statements, do media interviews, write blog posts, participate in webinars, and create opportunities to showcase advanced energy.
  • Travel on an as needed basis (up to 30%) within Maryland and New Jersey and occasionally elsewhere, for advocacy days, meetings with key allies and stakeholders, communications outreach, and other efforts on behalf of United.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, in Economics, Political Science, Public Policy, or Communications preferred or applicable comparable experience; Master’s degree in a relevant area is a plus
  • 4-7 years of professional experience; minimum of three years of experience in legislative policy development, campaign work or organizing in the energy sector; working with business leaders is a plus. A strong preference will be given to candidates with relevant experience in Maryland or New Jersey.
  • Interest in energy and transportation issues and an understanding of the importance of policy advocacy to advance an organizational agenda
  • Entrepreneurial approach, flexible attitude, and ability to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience in professional settings leading team efforts toward an agreed upon goal, and being ‘bottom line’ responsible for quality finished products
  • Excellent interpersonal relationship-building and communications skills, both written and verbal
  • Must be willing to travel.

Physical Requirements

The physical requirements 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.

The employee is regularly required to use hands and talk or hear. The employee is required to sit for long periods of time; reach with hands and arms; may need to balance, stoop, kneel or crouch, walk up and down stairs.

Job type: Full-time, regular; (residence in U.S. required)

Location: Remote (Maryland/New Jersey strongly preferred)

Salary: starting at $70,000

Start Date: May/June 2024

Advanced Energy United Perks include:

  • Remote work and flexible schedule
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees and their families
  • Medical premiums covered for employees at 100%
  • Flexible spending plans for health care and dependent care
  • Profit Sharing opportunities and annual merit-based compensation increases
  • $50/month personal wellness reimbursement
  • $50/month phone stipend
  • Up to $200 reimbursement for home office set-up
  • Accrued Paid Time Off, 11 Federal Holidays, and an annual end-of-year closure
  • Parental Leave
  • Continuing Professional Development
  • 401(k) plan (with matching incentives)
  • WMATA Transit Smart Benefits (DMV employees)

Advanced Energy United is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, sex, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances. If reasonable accommodations are needed to participate in the job application, interview process, and/ or to perform essential job functions please contact the Talent Acquisition team at careers@advancedenergyunited.org. We are committed to the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice across our organization (“DEIJ”). We also incorporate these values into our mission of making the energy we use secure, clean, and affordable. We know that varied perspectives and a commitment to social justice are needed to succeed in making the United States an advanced energy economy. We commit to building and supporting an inclusive workforce that represents different cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints.