Sr. Director, Regulatory Advocacy and Policy

23 Jul, 2020


Sr. Director, Regulatory Advocacy and Policy

San Francisco, CA


Sunrun is the nation’s leading home solar, battery storage, and energy services company. Our mission is to confront our planet’s biggest challenge, climate change, by creating a planet run by the sun. This mission requires passion, determination and a diverse growing army of talented professionals.   Explore joining our mission by connecting with Sunrun’s Talent Network or by submitting an application to this job today.


About Sunrun:
If change means solving one of the biggest challenges of our time by reinventing the way people power their homes, then we say bring it on.  Sunrun, the nation’s leading home solar and battery company, is at the forefront of residential battery storage too, pairing home solar with batteries, giving customers even more control over their energy use, and offering grid services to utilities.  Today, Sunrun is in 22 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.About this Position:
We are seeking an experienced and motivated Sr. Director of of Regulatory Advocacy and Policy to join our fast-paced team and advocate for Sunrun before California regulatory and executive agencies. The Sr. Director will be at the cutting edge of customer-sited clean energy policy, working in the nation’s largest clean energy market. The role will span from exercising thought leadership by advocating for future policy frameworks to diving deep into detailed regulatory tariffs and rules.  The role will develop and manage regulatory policy and advocacy strategy in California, stay on top of relevant state agency developments, and support Sunrun’s regulatory  advocacy activities in California. The Sr. Director will report to the Chief Policy Officer..

The position is based in California, and will require occasional travel.  The ideal candidate will have experience working directly with or for the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and preferably experience with some of the other relevant bodies including the California ISO, California Energy Commission, California investor-owned utilities, Community Choice Aggregators, and municipal utilities. The ideal candidate must be: a strong communicator who will work regularly with executives, senior management and policy makers; well organized; self-directed; and proficient in complex energy policy matters.   The candidate will also be a team player who effectively manages the demands of supervising highly talented team members while also overseeing work on multiple policy issues at a time.  The candidate must be ready to thrive in an entrepreneurial environment within a dynamic and ever changing industry.


  • Lead Sunrun’s advocacy work before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) – this will include direct engagement with commissioners and staff, collaborating with our trade associations, and managing our outside counsel/consultants on solar policy matters.
  • Lead a small team of policy professionals and advocate alongside them on relevant regulatory policies related to energy, solar and storage policies, rate design, consumer protection, among others.
  • Monitor, analyze business impact of, and respond to California state regulatory and incentive policies and proceedings, particularly related to energy, solar and storage policies, grid services, interconnection, planning and incentives, and rate design.
  • Develop and lead proactive regulatory strategies to create new market opportunities, particularly for home solar + storage systems.
  • Partner with internal Sunrun departments to identify opportunities, determine the business impact of regulatory proposals and create and drive positive policy outcomes.
  • Work with other policy team members to identify and respond to legislative and executive branch policy changes that represent opportunities or risks to Sunrun.
  • Master existing regulations that impact Sunrun and the rooftop solar and storage industry, and represent Sunrun as a regulatory expert in meetings with regulators, agency officials, legislators, utilities, other companies, trade associations and NGOs.
  • Build and maintain a robust network of contacts, supporters, and industry colleagues to advance solar policy.


  • Advanced degree in economics, policy or law strongly preferred
  • At least 10 years work experience in energy regulatory policy
  • Relevant experience working with or for the California Public Utilities Commission or other state regulatory commissions
  • Experience working with California agencies, utilities, and entities (e.g., California Energy Commission, California ISO, muni utilities, CCAs, investor owned utilities)
  • Experience managing a high performing team
  • Excellent verbal, written and personal communication skills, including the ability to communicate complicated and technical policy points effectively
  • Demonstrated analytical ability, particularly relating to pricing and financial impacts of regulation and incentives
  • Ability to rapidly digest, synthesize and summarize technical information
  • Ability to work quickly and efficiently, to manage time and multiple deadlines
  • Ability to work effectively in cross-functional teams
  • Ability to thrive in an evolving and dynamic environment
  • Passion for growing and innovating the home solar and battery storage deployment


Solar Careers For All

Sunrun is proud to be an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination and harassment of any kind. At Sunrun, we believe that empowering people and valuing their differences will help us create a planet run by the sun. That’s why we strive to make solar inclusive. Our commitment to Diversity & Inclusion drives our ability to build diverse teams and develop inclusive work environments. We do our best to make sure all people feel respected, supported and connected at work. That includes our support for members and allies of all underrepresented groups through our internal employee networks such as Sunrun Women’s Network, Sunrun’s Veterans Network (“Liberty”), Women in Tech, and Sunrun’s LGBTQ affinity group.

We are committed to equal employment opportunity without consideration of race, color, religion, ethnicity, citizenship, political activity or affiliation, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sex or gender, or any other basis protected by law. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.

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Job posted: 2020-07-23