Virtual Power Plant Policy Director

Solar United Neighbors

Virtual/Remote

Type: Full-Time
Travel: 5%
$80,000.00 – $90,000.00 annual salary
 

The Virtual Power Plant Policy Director will lead SUN’s policy, regulatory, and advocacy efforts to implement solar + batteries Virtual Power Plant (VPP) policy across the country and in targeted states. The VPP Policy Director will advocate for SUN’s model VPP state policy in administrative proceedings and legislative campaigns. Our goal is to move the country from the current pilot program phase to rapid scaling and mainstreaming of VPPs. This position reports to the VP of Policy and Advocacy.

With your application, please submit a resume and cover letter that provides an overview of your experience with policies, public utility commissions, and legislative settings.  Also include a professional writing sample, preferably with comments submitted to a PUC proceeding, with link to the comments if available.  Deadline for submission is 7/24/24.

• Medical insurance
• Dental insurance
• Vision insurance
• 401K with company match
• Flexible work schedule
• Paid holidays
• Paid sick leave
• Paid time off
• Bereavement leave
• Phone/Internet Stipend
 

Solar United Neighbors (SUN) is a national 501(c)3 nonprofit that started more than 15 years ago with a simple question. “Mom, can we go solar?” Since then, we’ve helped tens of thousands of people benefit from solar energy. We are dedicated to creating a clean, equitable, resilient energy system that benefits everyone – by helping people go solar, join together, and fight for their energy rights.

SUN welcomes candidates of diverse backgrounds and experience to apply, including people of color, women, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with a non-traditional education. We’re an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every preferred qualification, we still encourage you to apply.

 
Responsibilities
Job responsibilities include:

  • Helping to design an ambitious, pragmatic VPP nationwide campaign, focusing on targeted state legislative and state regulatory efforts
  • Providing detailed policy analysis.
  • Representing SUN in administrative and legislative proceedings.
  • Collaborating with community, advocacy, and solar industry partners.
  • Leading an inter-departmental team of two other staff members who will provide technical and communication support for the campaign.
  • Promoting our VPP policies with regulators, policy advocates, legislators, solar industry, community leaders, and others.
  • Supporting state and advocacy teams on issues as they emerge.
  • Engaging non-expert public on the issues and campaigns.
  • Leading innovation and learning as the VPP programs become more mainstream and common.
  • Designing engagement and analysis of existing programs.
  • Managing contracts with campaign and legal consultants.
  • Co-leading and moderating SUN’s VPP online working group, ensuring increased ability to support VPP goals and objectives.
  • Building broad and robust networks around this program and engaging in significant public outreach via webinars, conferences, and events to socialize the products, learnings, and findings of this initiative.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in energy and solar policies, particularly distributed solar and storage.
  • Experience with research/analysis, project management and managing teams.
  • Experience engaging in public utility and other administrative proceedings.
  • Ability to present complex policies to a variety of audiences, including elected officials, public utility commissioners and their staff, as well as the media and general public.
  • Strong analytical and writing skills.
  • Organizational, problem-solving, and trouble-shooting skills.
  • Ability to work independently, collaboratively, and strategically.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with legal counsel on regulatory and legislative affairs.
  • Experience in grasstops and grassroots advocacy campaigns.
  • Experience leading and working well in remote/distributed teams.
  • Experience supervising remote/distributed staff.
  • Spanish fluency.
 Requirements
  • Authorized to work in the US without sponsorship
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in energy and solar policies
  • Knowledge in: Computer skills
 Equal Opportunity Employer
We’re an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.  SUN is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Solar United Neighbors welcomes candidates of diverse backgrounds and experience to apply, including people of color, women, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, and those with a non-traditional education.
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