Senior Policy Associate, Electrification

Fresh Energy

Location: St. Paul

Job overview and requirements

Are you the type of person who can complete rigorous research and distill complex topics into easily digestible and compelling formats? Do you enjoy engaging, influencing, and working collaboratively with high-level professional stakeholders? Do you want to be challenged at work, have a lot of fun, be inspired frequently, and make a significant impact at an innovative nonprofit working on electrifying our economy to reduce carbon emissions?

Fresh Energy is hiring for a full-time senior policy associate to join our Energy Performance team. This position will be focused on leading Fresh Energy’s strategic imperative to electrify fossil fuel-dependent sectors of the economy, coordinating with other staff to track innovations in electrification technology, advance policies to promote strategic electrification, and stop expansion of non-electric energy infrastructure in Minnesota. We’re looking for someone who is visionary, yet pragmatic, to help us create a clean energy future that benefits all. If you have experience in this area, thrive on the wonkiness of energy policy, and have a results-oriented approach, please read on!

Our story

For more than 26 years, Fresh Energy has been speeding Minnesota’s transition to a clean energy economy to ensure that our region enjoys good health, a vibrant economy, and thriving communities today and for generations to come. Our mission is to shape and drive realistic, visionary energy policies that benefit all. Together we are working toward a vision for an economy we thrive in and energy that ensures our well-being.

Minnesota stands ready to benefit from clean, affordable sources of electricity like wind and solar, and all the improvements they bring to health, well-being, and our natural environment. Fresh Energy’s experts continue to pave the way for Minnesota to harness the power of the marketplace to expand the adoption of renewable energy and accelerate our leadership in the clean energy economy. Our Energy Performance program is helping Minnesota reduce waste and use smart technology across the whole utility system, preventing the need for new power plants and generating savings. Our work with utilities shapes rate designs and helps maintain the low-cost energy we value in our state. Our new imperative is to electrify everything and that’s where you come in.

Reports to: Director, Energy Performance

 

Essential responsibilities

A. Policy and Programs: lead Fresh Energy’s strategic imperative to electrify fossil fuel-dependent sectors of the economy, coordinating with other staff to track innovations in electrification technology, advance policies to promote strategic electrification, and stop expansion of non-electric energy infrastructure in Minnesota, in consultation with and with guidance from relevant program directors.

  • Actively participate, and sometimes lead, in the planning, execution, and reporting on program work.
  • Propose and conduct policy, legislative, legal, technical, regulatory, and financial analysis as related to policy proposals, changes, and approaches.
  • Make written and oral presentations to collaborators, community groups, policy makers, and other stakeholders as part of the program’s outreach and advocacy functions.
  • In collaboration with the communications department, create and publish reports, white papers, web content, e-newsletters, and other program information. When appropriate, work to optimize media coverage of program goals, activities, and successes; this may include media interviews as well as writing op-ed pieces, and also includes the recruitment and training of effective messengers.
  • Support the creation and management of the annual budget for the program.

B. Participate in culture of collaboration and model our core values.

  • In collaboration with the development staff, participate in fund development and relationship building efforts.
  • Work effectively in the context of your immediate team, the broader Fresh Energy team, and with external partners; enhance collaboration by maintaining good communication, seeking and respecting diverse viewpoints, engendering trust, fulfilling responsibilities, and ensuring that all team members and their contributions are valued.
  • Model behavior and contribute to a culture that is consistent with Fresh Energy’s core values; A critical part of achieving our mission is by living the values we endorse.

C. Other duties as assigned.

 

Our hiring process and timeline

  • We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
  • Our hiring team will select finalists to interview in-person.
  • Finalists will be invited to a second-round interview; at that time, we will ask for three references and two work samples relevant to this position, e.g. a technical paper, a professional writing sample, or other relevant materials.
  • Ideally the selected candidate would begin work in early August.
  • Fresh Energy’s Equal Opportunity Employer Policy reflects our commitment to ensure equality, treat everyone with respect, and promote diversity in the workplace.

 

Job qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s Degree and four years of experience in energy, economics, technology, or related fields. Preferred Master’s Degree (or equivalent experience) and two years of experience in energy, economics, technology, or related fields.
  2. Ability to conduct rigorous information-gathering and compile findings into easily digested and compelling formats.
  3. Experience engaging, influencing, and working collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders across different interests.
  4. Capacity to develop and implement creative solutions and strategies to advance strategic electrification in Minnesota.
  5. Preferred experience presenting before regulators, policymakers, utilities, and other key stakeholders.
  6. Planful and results-oriented.
  7. Excellent interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence.
  8. Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  9. Solid computer skills in Windows environment, including MS Office.
  10. Self-starter who is able to work independently.
  11. Team player who desires working in an environment where working as a team is valued and practiced.
  12. Demonstrated ability to perform well in fast-paced environment.
  13. Ability to work occasional evenings/weekends is required.
  14. Persons in this position frequently lift, carry, push and/or pull objects weighing up to 20 pounds. They occasionally move objects weighing up to 50 pounds.

Compensation and benefits

  • Starting salary range: $50,000-60,000 based on experience.
  • Full-time, exempt position, working 40 hours per week. We believe in work-life balance and are committed to keeping the workload in alignment with the true hours worked.
  • 24 days of PTO (increases each year of employment), 14 paid holidays, and a flexible, family-friendly schedule; plus summer Fridays, the office closes at noon.
  • We provide medical and dental plans, additional voluntary vision, short- and long-term disability, life, AD&D insurance, and 5 percent of annual salary contribution to 403(b) retirement plan after one year. In addition, we incentivize transit, biking, and walking, offering a dollar for dollar bus pass match, a free annual NiceRide subscription, $1 for each trip to and from work by bike or walk, and an indoor bike storage area and showers.
  • We foster a respectful, collaborative, and fun work environment.

To apply

E-mail cover letter and resume to Jillian Theuer at theuer@fresh-energy.org. No phone calls, please.

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