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Serving others is more important than ever. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we want to assure you that WRA is actively hiring for the following position. Join our committed staff as we stay home, stay healthy, and continue to fight to protect the West’s land, air, and water.

Position Summary

Western Resource Advocates (WRA) seeks a strategic and analytical professional to join our Clean Energy team as our Flexible Grid Policy Analyst or Flexible Grid Senior Policy Analyst. This position provides an exciting opportunity to shape state-level energy policy and build our clean energy future. Depending on the skills and experience of the candidate we hire, this position will either be a Flexible Grid Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst. Reporting to the Deputy Director of the Clean Energy Program for Colorado and Nevada, the Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst will provide technical and policy expertise necessary to guide WRA’s participation in various rulemaking and litigated proceedings at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, while also assisting in WRA’s legislative advocacy and relationship building efforts. In partnership with other members of the Clean Energy Program in Colorado, the Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst will collaborate with diverse partners, identifying emerging issues in distributed energy resource deployment in order to create and leverage opportunities to advance environmentally beneficial solutions through negotiation and strategic litigation.   

About Western Resource Advocates

Founded in 1989, Western Resource Advocates is dedicated to protecting the West’s land, air, and water to ensure that vibrant communities exist in balance with nature. We use law, science, and economics to craft innovative solutions to the most pressing conservation issues in the region within three core program areas: Clean Energy, Healthy Rivers and Western Lands.
In the face of population growth and climate change, the Western United States needs a strong and effective advocacy voice at the regional level to address changes that are already underway and to steer the West towards a sustainable future. WRA has aggressive plans to tackle these challenges. We envision a future in the West where:

  • Western rivers and lakes will have abundant clean water to support habitat for fish and wildlife, communities and agriculture, and world class recreational opportunities. The Colorado River will flow to the sea;
  • Our homes, buildings and transportation systems will be powered by clean energy. The West will prosper in a zero-carbon economy;
  • Half of western landscapes and habitat will be protected and connected to support thriving wildlife populations and unparalleled opportunities to enjoy the West’s natural beauty; and
  • The West will have clean air and clean water to support healthy communities and vital habitat.

Location

The position will be based in Denver or Boulder, CO. WRA employees are strongly encouraged to work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Responsibilities and Activities

POLICY DEVELOPMENT AND ADVOCACY

  • Develop and advocate for policies and mechanisms that reduce the environmental impact of electricity production in the Interior West.
  • Help create the flexible electricity grid that will serve as the physical foundation of our clean energy future, with a particular focus on supporting WRA’s Clean Energy Program work in Colorado.
  • Track regulatory proceedings and other state-level forums to proactively identify opportunities to advance WRA’s objectives.
  • Represent WRA in regulatory, legislative, and other policy forums, including through written and oral testimony.
  • Monitor and track relevant state and federal policy developments.

RELATIONSHIP BUILDING

  • Build trust and leadership relationships with representatives of regulated utilities, regulators, consumer advocates, clean energy and environmental advocates, and other electric industry stakeholders in order to advance clean energy and the flexible grid of the future.
  • Identify and manage effective coalitions of diverse partners to achieve results.

INTERNAL COORDINATION

  • Collaborate with WRA program and Communications staff to produce and disseminate materials that effectively communicate our mission, goals and the results of our work to external audiences.

Qualifications

POLICY DEVELOPMENT AND ADVOCACY

  • Proficiency in energy system issues and grid-edge technologies.
  • Background in engineering, physics, economics, environmental studies or public policy.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Intellectual curiosity and open mind about how the energy grid can best facilitate the carbon-neutral grid of the future.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS

  • Strong verbal communication abilities, as this position will work with a wide array of staff members and external partners.
  • Strong written capabilities, as this position will write regulatory and legislative content.
  • Ability to translate complicated technical concepts into accessible written and spoken content.

TRAVEL

  • Willingness to travel 10% of time (post COVID-19).

Additional Skills and Learning Opportunities

This section is made up of skills that a candidate may come in with, and if not, may be trained on the job. They are not required. Candidates who do not possess these skills yet should not be discouraged from applying. 

  • Familiarity with utility regulation in Colorado.
  • Experience testifying as an expert witness before state public utilities commissions.
  • Ability to look at an issue from multiple perspectives in order to craft consensus positions.
  • Relationships with key stakeholders in the utility regulatory community within Colorado.

Salary and Benefits

Salary range for this position is $50,000-$110,000 annually; salary depends on relevant experience and skills, with a Flexible Grid Policy Analyst making $50,000-$70,000 annually, and a Flexible Grid Senior Policy Analyst making $70,000-$110,000 annually. New staff rarely start at the top of the range – most start close to the midpoint of the range.  WRA’s excellent benefits package includes health, dental, and vision coverage, a 401(k) retirement plan, life & disability insurance, 3 weeks paid vacation leave, sick leave, parental leave, sabbatical leave after five years; and an RTD EcoPass for staff in the Denver/Boulder metro area. Position is full-time exempt.

Deadline to Apply: Wednesday, September 23, 2020

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. Learn more about our commitment here: https://westernresourceadvocates.org/#commitment-to-diversity. 

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 Flexible Grid Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst!

Thank you for your interest in the Flexible Grid Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst role with Western Resource Advocates. Complete the form below to apply for the position. You will need to upload the following in PDF format:

  • Cover letter to the attention of Meagan Kadlec, Recruitment & Hiring Manager, explaining how your qualifications match the needs of the position and your interest in WRA;
  • Resume; and 
  • Three references, including at least one former supervisor, with contact information and a brief description of your relationship. (WRA will not contact references without first checking with the applicant.)