Policy Manager, Distributed Energy Resources

Location: San Diego, Los Angeles or Berkeley, CA

Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) is an independent, mission-driven nonprofit organization with offices in San Diego, Berkeley, Los Angeles and Boston. We accelerate the adoption of clean and efficient energy solutions via program administration, technical assistance, policy innovation, and other forms of market facilitation. We are uniquely positioned and engaged with a variety of stakeholders and market actors, including policy-makers, state and federal agencies, regional and local governments, utilities, business and civic leaders, and individuals. Our areas of focus include distributed energy resources (renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy storage, fuel cells, combined heat and power) and clean transportation.

Basic Functions:

Serves as policy subject matter expert and lead for engagement with regulatory agencies, including compliance filings, advice letters, and participation in regulatory proceedings relevant to his/her policy/technology area.  Provides analysis and communication on regulatory, legislative, and policy issues related to his/her policy/technology area.  Facilitates CSE’s regulatory-, legislative-, and policy-related activities in pursuit of the organization’s mission.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Advises the Asst. Director, Regulatory Affairs, on all regulatory matters relevant to his/her policy/technology area, including interpretation of local, state and federal laws, ordinances and regulations.
  • Manages regulatory engagement in the above matters, including participation in relevant proceedings, scheduling, filings, notices and other required deliverables.
  • Establishes and maintains communication and productive working relationships with regulatory agency officials, utility staff and other key stakeholders, including local governments and industry groups.
  • Monitors relevant state and federal legislative and executive action, in coordination and collaboration with the Asst. Director, Government Affairs.
  • Tracks regulatory proceedings, leads preparation/drafts regulatory comments/advice letters/other regulatory filings, and manages preparation of policy summaries and other materials for a variety of stakeholders, including whitepapers, blog posts, and website articles/summaries.
  • Works with program managers to ensure CSE programs follow regulatory and legislative requirements for implementation and reporting.
  • Works with program managers to identify strategic opportunities for CSE programs to provide additional support to local, state and national clean energy policy goals.
  • Supports the CSE Program Team(s) relevant to his/her policy/technology area in their communications with relevant state and federal agencies, e.g., the CPUC, CEC, ARB and other agencies in California and similar agencies in other states and at the federal level. 
  • Represents CSE in regulatory and other forums.
  • In coordination and collaboration with the Asst. Director, Regulatory Affairs, and Asst. Director, Government Affairs, provides forward guidance to the Director of Policy on upcoming regulatory, legislative, and policy developments and priorities, including interpretations of strategic documents and their implication for CSE's mission.
  • May serve as a subject matter expert on certain policy/technology areas, including Renewables, Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), Distributed Generation (DG), Energy Storage, Transportation Electrification (TE), Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure (STI), Rate Design/Reform, Net Energy Metering (NEM), Demand Response (DR), Building Codes & Standards, Energy Efficiency (EE) and other Demand-side programs.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required
  • Masters or Juris Doctorate degree preferred
  • 5 – 7 years of related experience
  • Ability to read, analyze, interpret and summarize complex regulatory documents.
  • Demonstrated ability to navigate regulatory and legislative records.
  • Ability to understand and apply relevant policy frameworks and analytical tools to issues.
  • Ability to analyze proposed policy changes to understand potential impacts upon CSE and the region. 
  • Demonstrated successful ability to develop robust policy solutions that meet the identified policy need.
  • Ability to write policy and analytical prose that is clear, concise, precise and accessible.
  • Strong organizational skills; must be a skillful planner and demonstrate ability to work under strict deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate clearly, effectively, tactfully and persuasively, orally and in writing, to individuals and groups.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from management, staff, clients and the public.
  • Ability to respond appropriately to external events in a manner consistent with CSE’s plans and strategies.
  • Ability to work within an organizational structure that embraces a collaborative and consultative framework for decision-making.
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills; ability to deal appropriately and effectively with others.
  • Flexibility to respond to changes in priorities and demands for work.
  • Demonstrated ability/capacity to manage a team of specialists and individual contributors.

CSE is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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