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Clean Energy Policy Advisor -New Mexico

Employer
Western Resource Advocates (WRA)
Location
New Mexico
Salary
$55,000-$89,500
Closing date
May 1, 2024

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Focus Areas
Environment
Job Function
Advocacy / Lobbying
Position Type
Full Time

Salary Range: $55,000.00 To 89,500.00 Annually

 

Position Summary

Western Resource Advocates (WRA) is hiring a Clean Energy Policy to join our team in New Mexico. The Clean Energy Policy Advisor will develop and advocate for policies and programs that reduce the environmental impact of electricity production and spur a rapid transition to a clean energy economy in New Mexico. This position will work with guidance from the New Mexico Clean Energy Manager and the Deputy Director of State Advocacy. The Clean Energy Policy Advisor will work with partners to create and leverage opportunities to advance WRA’s clean energy objectives and diversity, equity, and inclusion objectives.

About Western Resource Advocates

WRA fights climate change and its impacts to sustain the environment, economy, and people of the West. We respect the different needs of diverse people and partner with them to develop a shared vision for progress—one that advances communities while protecting biodiversity.

Our team of policy experts, scientists, economists, and attorneys has a 30-year history of working where decisions are made, sweating the details, creating evidence-based solutions, and holding decision makers accountable. This on the ground work with policymakers and other advocates advances clean energy, protects air, land, water, and wildlife—and sustains the lives and livelihoods of the West.

Location

This position may work remotely in the Albuquerque/Santa Fe metro area, in WRA’s Santa Fe office, or a hybrid of the two. Travel to meetings, conferences, proceedings, and other work-related events is required within New Mexico. This is in addition to travel required for retreats, and other internal organizational meetings within WRA’s region.  

Responsibilities And Activities

POLICY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

 

  • Develop and advocate for equitable policies in New Mexico regulatory, legislative, and other policy forums that reduce the environmental impact of electric and gas public utilities, spur a rapid transition to a clean energy economy, and address climate change in the Interior West with guidance and direction from a senior team member. 
  • Monitor relevant local, state, and federal policy developments.
  • Assist in supervision of outside consultants.
  • Research and analyze current and emerging clean energy policy in New Mexico including legislation, administrative rules, and utility proceedings at the Public Regulation Commission, with a focus on issues related to gas and electric resource planning, energy efficiency, distributed resources, load management, beneficial electrification, and rate design.
  • Keep abreast of emerging energy and climate topics to inform policy development, with an eye for equitable and inclusive policies and mechanisms.
  • With guidance from a senior team member, evaluate utility plans and applications, state and local regulatory proposals, and pending legislation to ensure that they advance WRA’s decarbonization goals.

ADVOCACY

  • Write expert witness testimony, comments, and discovery in regulatory proceedings, including system and resource planning, permitting, rulemaking, rate cases, and other formal or informal processes with guidance from a senior team member.
  • Track regulatory proceedings and other state-level forums and identify opportunities to advance WRA’s objectives.
  • Represent WRA in regulatory, legislative, and other policy forums, including through written and oral testimony or comments before regulatory and legislative bodies, with guidance from a senior team member.
  • Assist in negotiations and drafting of settlement agreements and developing WRA positions for those agreements.

 RELATIONSHIP BUILDING AND OUTREACH

  • Build relationships and work with representatives of regulated utilities, regulators, consumer advocates, clean energy and environmental advocates, state government agencies, and other gas and electric industry stakeholders to advance the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Effectively engage in coalitions of diverse partners to achieve results.

INTERNAL COORDINATION/OTHER

  • Assist with grant proposals and reports.
  • Draft internal papers and summaries on topics of current interest.
  • Coordinate with other WRA policy teams to execute a common set of strategic priorities.
  • Collaborate with WRA’s policy, Government Affairs, and Marketing and Communications staff to craft outreach strategies and messaging that accurately and persuasively convey WRA’s positions to stakeholders and decision makers.

Required Qualifications

Any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience, which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of this position, will be considered. For example, the requisite experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities would include: 

  • At least 2 years of relevant experience.
  • Experience or familiarity with public utility regulation, the energy industry, clean energy technologies, decarbonization strategies, climate policy, or related work.
  • Background in economics, public policy, engineering, environmental science, or related disciplines. 
  • Knowledge of or willingness to understand complex regulatory processes and policy pathways.
  • Ability to write and communicate clearly, and explain complex concepts to a variety of audiences, including non-experts.
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills, including ability to analyze spreadsheets.
  • Ability to build relationships and collaborate effectively with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills, with attention to detail and follow‐through.
  • Commitment to WRA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion goals.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in economics, engineering, environmental policy, or other relevant field.
  • Experience testifying as an expert witness before state public utility commissions.

Physical Requirements

Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Some travel is required.

Salary And Benefits

The salary range is $55,000-$89,500 annually; salary depends on relevant experience and new staff rarely start at the top of the range. WRA’s excellent benefits package includes a 401(k) retirement plan with up to 5% matching and health, dental, vision, and life & disability insurance with 100% of premiums paid by WRA. Annually, staff receive seventeen days paid vacation leave to start, twelve paid sick days, one paid volunteer day, twelve paid holidays, and WRA is closed for Winter Break between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day for additional paid time off. Employees are eligible for up to twelve weeks of parental leave, and after five years, staff are eligible for up to twelve weeks of paid sabbatical leave. Position is full-time exempt.

Deadline To Apply: Open Until Filled with priority review beginning on Monday, April 8, 2024.

Diversity and inclusion are a critical component of our business strategy, mission and vision. We welcome candidates from an array of backgrounds and experiences to join our team. 

Western Resource Advocates is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or veteran status.

Apply To Be WRA’s Clean Energy Policy Advisor!

Thank you for your interest in the Clean Energy Policy Advisor position with Western Resource Advocates. You will need to upload the following in PDF format:

  • Cover letter describing your relevant qualifications and the reason for your interest in WRA and this position; and
  • Resume.

 

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