Clean Energy Advocate (PJM-focused), Sustainable FERC Project

Overview

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations; our water enforcement cases played a major role shaping current water policy throughout the country. Today, our staff of more than 500 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana, and Beijing.

Position Summary

NRDC is seeking an Advocate to join the growing Sustainable FERC Project (Project) team in the NRDC Climate & Clean Energy Program. The Advocate will focus on their work in PJM, which is the world’s largest wholesale electricity market. The Advocate will play an important role in developing and implementing transmission and wholesale markets solutions through participation in PJM stakeholder meetings, related FERC advocacy, and working with state governments and others interested in the transition to a low-carbon power grid. The Advocate also will work closely with the Project’s coalition partners.

This role requires experience working collaboratively and in a team setting with both internal and external partners, the ability to represent the Project in the media and other public forums with credibility and enthusiasm, interest in cultivating relationships with PJM staff, and willingness to travel to PJM’s headquarters in Audubon, PA, and elsewhere to advance the Project’s and NRDC’s policy goals.

The Project’s current priorities at PJM include supporting wholesale power markets that help to accelerate economic and policy-driven clean, zero-carbon energy, opposing markets frameworks that frustrate state clean energy policies and subsidize fossil fuels, and improving grid planning for high levels of wind and solar resources. More generally, the Project’s advocacy priorities also include integrating rooftop solar and other customer-owned resources into FERC-regulated markets, and reforming FERC’s review process for natural gas pipelines. To read more about our recent work, visit www.sustainableferc.org/blog.

The position calls for a combination of leadership and written and oral advocacy skills coupled with the flexibility, diplomacy, organizational and communication skills necessary for successful collaboration across teams and organizations. Experience with wholesale power markets, electricity sector regulation, and/or FERC is preferred but not required. The position is open to individuals with 2-10 years of relevant experience, and can be tailored to some extent to the selected candidate’s experience and background.

This is a full-time, two-year term-limited position (though there is the possibility that term could be extended subject to project funding).

Responsibilities

Working with other Project staff, conceive and advocate for transmission and market solutions at PJM necessary for a low-carbon future.

  • Support a diverse coalition of environmental groups and allies active in the PJM region.
  • Help set strategic goals and priorities for PJM.
  • Represent the Project coalition and NRDC at PJM. This advocacy includes drafting regulatory comments and participating in stakeholder meetings and conferences and becoming a subject matter expert on key PJM issues.
  • Engage in related advocacy with states, cities, members of Congress, and other decisionmakers.
  • Communicate the Project’s message to a wider audience in a manner that makes wholesale power market issues relevant to their work.

Qualifications

Required

  • Graduate level degree (especially law, economics, engineering, public policy), and preferably post-graduate experience in a relevant field (or pre-graduate experience at a similar level of seniority).
  • Excellent writing and policy analysis skills and the ability to grasp and translate technical power grid issues into plain English.
  • Oral advocacy skills and experience; and comfort speaking in varied settings, including with media.
  • Strategic thinking and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to participate in teams that work collaboratively towards shared outcomes.
  • A sense of mission and passion for decarbonizing the power grid.
  • A willingness to travel (estimated up to 20% of the time).

Preferred

  • Experience with electricity regulation and especially FERC and RTO/ISO proceedings or issues.
  • Experience in coordinating coalitions of NGO advocates and private/government sector allies.
  • A vision for how the collective electricity system in PJM and its states can promote a zero-carbon future.

 

NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity and expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience. Consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


To apply, please visit www.nrdc.org/careers and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal. We would like you to upload any additional papers or project work that you think would showcase your abilities. Due to the high volume of resumes, only qualified candidates will be contacted. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

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