Energy & Regulatory Policy Lead

09 Jun, 2020

Jobs

Energy & Regulatory Policy Lead

Clean Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

Clean Virginia is an independent advocacy organization with an associated Political Action Committee, Clean
Virginia Fund, working to fight legalized corruption in Virginia politics in order to promote clean energy and
community control over our energy policy. We are motivated by the core belief that our democracy should serve the
interests of citizens over special interests and that our energy policy should be a vehicle for social and economic
justice in this country, not a driver of climate change, environmental degradation, inequality and political
disenfranchisement.
Clean Virginia is working towards these goals in three ways: first, we design innovative campaigns to educate,
inform, and engage Virginians on clean government and consumer-first clean energy. Second, we engage in
innovative research to enact structural reform that protects consumers, promotes clean government, and advances
21st-century energy policy. Third, we support candidates for state-level elected office in Virginia who prioritize the
interests of Virginians over those of the Commonwealth’s utility monopolies in order to eliminate the undue influence
of these monopolies over the public officials who regulate them.
About Us: We are a small team of dedicated people headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia. We are a highly
collaborative staff, and we lean on the collective experience, knowledge and skills of our team and cultivate
interpersonal trust and open communication.
Application Instructions: Please submit a resume and cover letter to info@cleanvirginia.org by June 30th, 2020
with “Energy & Regulatory Policy Lead” in the subject line.
Clean Virginia is committed to a just, representative and inclusive working environment. All interested individuals,
particularly people of color, women, persons with disabilities, and persons who are LGBTQ are urged to apply.
Job description
Energy & Regulatory Policy Lead
The Energy & Regulatory Policy Lead will spearhead Clean Virginia’s research and policy on energy and utility
issues, including but not limited to energy burden, environmental justice, transitioning to a just and equitable clean
energy economy, utility regulation, market design, energy efficiency, and clean transportation. In addition to
producing primary research and collating secondary research on these topics, they will also work collaboratively with
partners in this space and advocate for justice-informed environmental and energy policy with the state legislature
and administration. The ideal candidate will possess in-depth familiarity with the legal and regulatory structures of
Virginia’s energy sector and renewable energy policy.
This position works closely with the entire Clean Virginia team and reports directly to Clean Virginia’s Political and
Legislative Director. It is based in Charlottesville and requires extensive travel to Richmond, VA during Virginia’s
General Assembly Legislative Session (early January-late February/early March) as well as a willingness and ability
to travel around the state and work outside of traditional hours as necessary.
Duties and responsibilities
● Develops and oversees a robust primary research and policy development program, providing in-house
expertise on issues including: energy utility regulatory reform; the legal and regulatory barriers to advancing
distributed and community-owned renewable energy; the intersection between utility reform, environmental
justice and consumer protection; clean transportation and electric vehicles.
● Spearheads the production of detailed policy reports, one-pagers, and other materials with the goal of
making environmental justice and utility regulation policy more accessible to the general public and
interested stakeholders.
● Monitors, studies and researches proposed energy and utility legislation and policy to determine the impact
on Virginians and makes appropriate recommendations.
● Closely monitors energy trends, significant issues in the utility landscape, and regulatory action and the
implementation of energy law in Virginia.
● Prepares and presents testimony, or works with volunteers and partners to present testimony, at appropriate
legislative hearings, committee meetings, etc.
● Works with other individuals and groups to collaborate on legislative and policy initiatives.
● Ensures Clean Virginia’s strategic imperative of equity, justice, and inclusion is included in all legislative and
policy efforts.
● Assists with political work and performs miscellaneous duties as assigned.
Qualifications
● Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field required.
● Post-graduate degree or 2-4 years professional experience in related policy work is preferred.
● A collegial and collaborative work style, innovative thinking, strong work ethic, enthusiastic attitude, and a
sense of humor are essential.
● Superior communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to work with multiple stakeholder
groups across a decentralized organization.
● Strong administrative skills including management, operational budgeting, computer word processing,
database management and policy development.
● Strong demonstrated interest in government transparency, clean energy and the mission of Clean Virginia.
Compensation/benefits
Clean Virginia offers a highly competitive salary package commensurate with skills and experience plus excellent
benefits that include medical, dental, and vision coverage, and a retirement savings 401(k) plan.

Job posted: 2020-06-09