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Regulatory Director, Education + Innovation

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Jul 3, 2023

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Vote Solar's mission is to realize a 100% clean energy future through a solutions-driven, people first approach. Founded in 2002, Vote Solar advances just and equitable clean energy policy in state legislatures and public commissions across the United States. Our expertise comes from a deep understanding of the legislative process, regulatory interventions, and the ability to identify and accelerate solar solutions. We are adept at bridging communities and bringing diverse stakeholders together to forge inclusive coalitions and winning campaigns.

Our goal is to effect real, tangible change. And we have the track-record to prove we can do it: Twenty years in, our work has made it so that one in three people live in a state with a 100% clean energy commitment. We’ll not only expand that number, but ensure that more people can participate in holding utilities and decision makers accountable for greater equity and justice in our energy system.


Vote Solar is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in the workplace and in the communities with which we partner. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including multilingual and multicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical conditions. Reasonable accommodations will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.


The Regulatory Director, Education + Innovation will provide policy support to our regional teams, educational opportunities both internally and externally, and thought leadership on regulatory reform. This dynamic role provides an opportunity to advance regulatory reform across the country, with a particular focus on achieving an equitable clean energy transformation. This role will report to the Managing Director, Regulatory Advocacy Hub (“Hub”) who is a key member of the National Programs Team Leadership. The Regulatory Director, Education + Innovation will (1) develop and deploy regulatory training materials and events, (2) maintain and grow Vote Solar’s policy and regulatory expertise, and (3) provide support for regulatory interventions of regional Vote Solar staff. In their first year, this role will (1) develop the curriculum outline and plan for development of education materials for Vote Solar staff, (2) start to develop training materials, and (3) work in at least one state in collaboration with regional staff on a direct regulatory intervention.


The Regulatory Director, Education + Innovation’s primary responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

Develop and Deploy Regulatory Training Materials (50%)

  • Develop curriculum for understanding regulatory issues, for both Vote Solar staff and external constituencies
  • Develop regulatory training materials across multiple media (e.g., written, video, audio)
  • Provide trainings to Vote Solar staff on an as-needed basis
  • Be an internal Vote Solar resource to explain regulatory issues to staff (as needed)
  • Provide trainings to allies on regulatory issues in order to increase their effectiveness at state public utility commissions
  • Provide educational opportunities to state officials (e.g., presentations at the National Associations of Regulatory Utility Commissioners conferences)
  • Share resources (e.g., work products) and regulatory developments with allies – individuals and partner organizations – across the nation

Regulatory Reform Thought Leadership & Policy Expertise (20%)

  • Maintain and grow Vote Solar’s policy and regulatory expertise on regulatory reform
  • Share lessons learned across regions and amplify best practices
  • Meet regularly with regional regulatory staff to surface resource and strategy concerns
  • In all work, exemplify our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice
  • Anticipate and prepare for future policy developments, with a particular focus on regulatory reform
  • Know the landscape of national, regional, and state partners and their regulatory agendas in order to foresee trends, developments, and any potential issues

Provide Support for Regulatory Interventions (20%)

  • Co-intervene with Vote Solar regulatory staff to provide coaching and guidance to staff, act as an expert witness, provide analyses, and/or support public-facing campaign tactics for regulatory intervention in the states, especially in regard to regulatory reform
  • Elevate successes from the states, especially through the identification of trends across the country or aggregation of the impacts of regulatory interventions, through reports, blogs, etc.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (10%)

  • Continue personal learning and contributions to organizational work on diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Work to embed equity in all organizational internal practices and culture, as well as our programs
  • Bring openness and engagement to personal, professional, and organization-wide learning on race, class, gender, justice, and equity



  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field. A relevant graduate degree is an advantage, but is not required
  • 7++ years of relevant work experience
  • Demonstrated ability to convey complex information to non-technical audiences
  • Experience in technical and regulatory advocacy, especially around regulatory innovation and reform
  • Experience with state Public Utility Commissions, both in regard to regulatory processes and developing regulatory strategy
  • Experience educating and developing relationships with state officials
  • Experience executing on Vote Solar’s key strategies to achieve our mission, including coalition building and policy writing that summarizes complex issues for the interested public


  • Experience in technical and regulatory advocacy for distributed energy resources
  • Experience with fundraising or other non-profit development experience


  • A personal commitment to being a part of an inclusive and just workplace, including a commitment to being on a journey with Vote Solar to develop personal, and inter-personal core competencies related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice
  • Passion for building strong new capacity at a growing organization
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy


Remote, within the United States

This is a remote position, within the United States, with a preference for candidates based near a transportation hub. This position will require some national travel, upwards of 1x per month, depending on the need or project. Workplace arrangements are flexible, including options to work from a co-working space or work from home.



The salary range for this position is $120,600 - $126,500. At Vote Solar, we work hard to ensure that our compensation is equitable internally and aligned with our compensation philosophy and defined job levels. In order to ensure equitable compensation across roles in the organization, we do not negotiate new hire offers.

Vote Solar provides full-time staff with a competitive package, including 4 weeks of paid vacation, 12 days of sick leave, 4 days of personal leave and 16 paid holidays. We also offer 100% employer-provided health, dental and vision care for both the employee and dependents; a retirement savings plan with an employer contribution of 3.5%; and a paid parental and medical leave policy for all regular employees.


Please submit a letter of interest and resume through Workable. Reasonable accommodations will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

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