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Energy Regulatory Policy Principal

Advanced Energy Economy

Advanced Energy Economy

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United States
Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2024

Position Description

Advanced Energy United is currently seeking a highly energetic, smart, self-starting Policy Principal with a background in regulatory engagement to join United’s policy and campaign team in the East. The Principal will work collaboratively with United’s state teams to craft and execute creative policy campaigns that will achieve successful state regulatory action to accelerate the energy transition and expand markets for the advanced energy industry. Policy topics may include distributed energy resources, transmission and interconnection, resource planning, future of natural gas and building decarbonization, transportation electrification, distribution system planning/grid modernization, and utility business model reform. The Principal will also work under the direction of United’s eastern regulatory Policy Director to build out United’s regulatory presence and strengthen relationships with decision-makers in eastern states, with a priority on Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Candidates will need to have the ability to travel to meet with United members, coalition allies and stakeholders, and public officials.

Responsibilities

  • Work collaboratively with United policy team members on developing and implementing strategies to accelerate achievement of 100% clean energy and meet short- and long-term policy objectives in key states as part of United’s policy portfolio. The focus of this position is on regulatory engagement but will also include support of administrative or legislative activities as needed.
  • Participate in regulatory proceedings, including developing written testimony and comments, actively contributing to various topic-specific working groups, and following docketed cases in assigned states.
  • Work with United member companies to develop policy positions and reach consensus on policy positions on key issues.
  • Organize member engagement opportunities including decision-maker education, earned media, and participation in rulemaking and administrative processes.
  • Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with coalition partners, allies, and key administrative, utility commission, and legislative staff. Engage in coordination and advocacy efforts with coalition allies in support of clean energy goals.
  • Draft comments and create reports, presentations, fact sheets, and other written and visual materials needed for education and advocacy efforts, and deliver verbal presentations (e.g., agency testimony) as necessary.
  • Work with United’s communications team to identify opportunities for United to seek earned media coverage. Draft press statements, write blog posts, participate in webinars, and create opportunities to showcase advanced energy.
  • Travel on an as needed basis (up to 30%) to targeted states for regulatory hearings, meetings with key allies and stakeholders, communications outreach, and other efforts on behalf of United.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (Economics, Political Science, Public Policy, or Engineering preferred) or applicable comparable experience; Master’s degree is a plus.
  • 4-7 years of professional experience, with a minimum of three years of experience in regulatory engagement in the energy sector; state-level utility regulatory engagement is preferred, including direct experience authoring regulatory comments and/or testimony, preferably on policy matters.
  • Proven research skills, including ability to digest lengthy and technical documents to identify priorities, sometimes in a relatively short amount of time.
  • Attention to detail in argument and citation.
  • Critical thinking skills, with the ability to see the big picture and recognize connections or commonalities among issues.
  • Interest in energy and transportation issues and an understanding of the importance of policy and regulatory advocacy to advance an organizational agenda.
  • Entrepreneurial approach, flexible attitude, and ability to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal, relationship-building and communications skills, both written and verbal.
  • Intellectual curiosity, inquisitive nature, and excellent listening and problem-solving skills.
  • Performance-oriented individual with a strong work ethic, demonstrated initiative and commitment to achieving goals.
  • 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 the U.S. required)

Location: Remote with preference for candidates residing in a United priority state: Maryland, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or Virginia.

Salary: starting at $70,000

Start Date: 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

• Tuition reimbursement and professional development reimbursement

• 401(k) plan (with matching incentives)

• WMATA Transit Smart Benefits (DMV employees only)

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.