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California Regulatory & Policy Senior Associate

California Regulatory & Policy Senior Associate
Organization: Building Decarbonization Coalition (BDC)
Location: Remote
Date Posted: 03/21/2024


The Building Decarbonization Coalition unites building industry stakeholders with energy providers, environmental organizations, and local governments to help electrify California’s homes and workspaces with clean energy. Through convening, policy analysis, and consumer awareness building, the Coalition is pursuing fast, fair action to accelerate the development of zero-emission homes and buildings that will help California cut one of its largest sources of climate pollution while creating safe, healthy, and affordable communities.

Burning fossil fuels for heating and cooking poses a serious threat to our health and the planet — making buildings and homes the largest source of climate pollution in the world. Here in California, buildings are second only to transportation as the leading cause of climate change, yet we’ve had no clear plan to address these emissions. Until now.

Through the development of A Roadmap to Decarbonize California’s Buildings, the Coalition lays out an ambitious, inspiring, and actionable plan for the state to eliminate building emissions in the Golden State. The Coalition is coordinating the implementation of the Roadmap by working with policymakers, the building industry, and consumers to dispatch zero-emission lifestyle solutions — eliminating the need for fossil fuels and helping the state to slash climate pollution.

Moving California’s homes and buildings off of fossil fuels will improve public health, cut climate pollution, deliver cleaner air, alleviate rising housing prices and monthly energy bills, all while creating a tremendous export opportunity for the state. To get there, we are activating strong leadership from communities, manufacturing and government, in California and beyond.


As the California Regulatory and Policy Senior Associate, you will play a pivotal role in shaping and implementing the Coalition’s strategic plan for California. Your primary responsibilities include serving as a legal, regulatory, and policy resource for BDC campaigns, fostering regulatory education and communication with regulators, and ensuring seamless integration of campaigns with broader BDC priorities. You will actively engage in building relationships with diverse stakeholders, advocating for legal and regulatory solutions, and contributing to the advancement of the building electrification movement in California.


California Regulatory Leadership, Strategy Development & Implementation

  • Participate actively in the development of the Coalition’s overarching strategic plan for California, serve as a legal, regulatory, and policy resource for BDCs campaigns, and ensure campaigns are coordinated and fully embedded into other BDC priorities.
  • Work with the California BDC team to provide regulatory education and communication with regulators including developing strong relationships, identifying opportunities and priorities, and working in coordination with the broader coalition to move the BDC’s legal and regulatory agenda forward.
  • Convene and facilitate meetings and working groups with NGOs, equity groups, financing experts, affordable housing advocates, ratepayer and consumer groups, manufacturers, business organizations and associations, outside counsel, and others regularly to develop relationships and strengthen networks in order to address barriers to building decarbonization within relevant state regulatory agencies and administrative dockets.
  • Identify and implement legal and regulatory solutions that lift up the most vulnerable communities while simultaneously lifting up market leaders and aiming to create high-road jobs.
  • Track key regulatory proceedings at the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Energy Commission, summarize key documents, prepare comments and testimony when appropriate, and support BDC partners and members in pertinent regulatory dockets.
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with key Coalition members to support BDC success in regulatory objectives.
  • Ensure that BDC’s legal, regulatory, and policy agenda is equitable and inclusive and drives the overall goals of BDC and the building electrification movement in California forward.

Regulatory Research, Analysis, & Technical Assistance

  • Collaborate with the California team to produce reports, research, studies, regulatory briefs, and other strategic documents to advance BDC’s legal and regulatory agenda.
  • Perform technical analysis to support regulatory filings, contribute to development of fact sheets and reports, and identify and advance key positions on regulatory issues.
  • Support drafting of reports, fact sheets, one pagers, and/or blog posts to contribute to BDC’s thought leadership in the regulatory environment.
  • Conduct technical analysis as necessary to support the development of reports and educational materials for use in communicating on BDC’s policy objectives.
  • Help establish BDC as the go-to resource for policymakers, regulators, coalition members and other stakeholders.


  • Demonstrated 3-5 years of experience intervening in administrative dockets and successfully influencing regulatory policy.
  • Demonstrated experience with and a solid understanding of building electrification, power sector, and/or climate legal, policy, and regulatory solutions. Strong preference for individuals with experience in rate-setting, the California Environmental Quality Act, Title 24 (specifically parts 11 and 6) and/or the Clean Air Act.
  • Excellent research, writing, analytical, and oral advocacy skills are essential.
  • Outstanding leadership, consensus, and relationship-building skills with clarity of vision and a commitment to the highest levels of integrity, quality, and collaboration.
  • High degree of emotional intelligence to support consensus building and collaboration between and among diverse stakeholders who may possess divergent viewpoints and agendas is a must.
  • Exceptional project management skills and ability to set clear priorities. Keen analytic, organizational, and problem-solving skills that enable sound decision-making.
  • Highly collaborative work style with the ability to operate as a peer and thought partner to the CA Director and other members of the BDC team.


The CA Regulatory and Policy Senior Associate will work remotely from their home and can be based anywhere in California. Some travel will be required, respective of Covid-related health and safety guidelines.

The physical demands 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 for individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This is a full-time salaried position with comprehensive benefits. Typical work hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.


The Building Decarbonization Coalition values diversity in all its forms and is committed to an inclusive and transparent recruitment process. We recruit and hire without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity, age, religion, creed, disability (actual or perceived), medical condition including genetic characteristics, marital status, domestic partnership status, citizenship, military service, height, weight, HIV/AIDS status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law or local ordinance. People of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.


The salary range for this position is $80,000-$100,000 commensurate with experience, plus a competitive benefits package including paid health insurance coverage, retirement benefits with company matching, unlimited flexible paid leave, 12 paid holidays, access to professional development resources, and much more.


The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.

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