Regulatory Director - Southeast
Type of Job
Jan 24, 2022
About the job
ABOUT VOTE SOLAR
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.
OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION AND JUSTICE
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.
Vote Solar seeks a candidate committed to help advance sustainable, equitable solutions to the challenges facing grid decarbonization and solar expansion in the region. The Southeast Regulatory Director position will require both strategic thought leadership in advocating for technical solutions before state regulatory bodies, and collaborative coalition building and management in getting those solutions implemented. This person will work closely with the Vote Solar Southeast Regional Team and with national communications and grassroots organizing experts to advance concrete goals in regulatory and legislative venues. The ideal candidate is a results-oriented person who excels at building relationships and managing complicated projects.
The Southeast Regulatory Director’s primary responsibilities will focus on North and South Carolina with the potential to work in other Southeastern states in the future, and will include:
REGULATORY AND LEGISLATIVE STRATEGY (50%)
- Monitor, and occasionally intervene in, regulatory proceedings at the North Carolina Utility Commission and the South Carolina Public Service Commission, and other public agencies to develop solar-friendly policies.
- Prepare expert testimony, frame discovery for utility and other witnesses, and advocate for Vote Solar’s positions in cross-examination—all in pursuit of regulatory outcomes that provide fair compensation for solar and technologies that help grow solar markets.
- Summarize complex, technical filings from the regulatory proceedings into publicly-accessible themes and issues that can be used to educate stakeholders on regulatory policies and processes and support strong coalitions that can influence decision making.
- Pursue innovative regulatory policies that address historical racial, economic and structural inequities and remove barriers to solar adoption by residential and business customers.
- This includes policies that encourage utilities, system operators and regulators to incorporate solar (distributed and wholesale) into their planning and operations.
- Enhance and defend market opportunities for solar and distributed energy resources to provide flexibility and reliability services to the grid and to displace new and existing gas plants.
- Advise on state-level legislation that can open up new opportunities for solar and storage markets in key states, with a focus on North Carolina and South Carolina.
- Partner with the Southeast Senior Regional Director, Regional Director, and campaign director on strategy and approach within key states.
THOUGHT LEADERSHIP (20%)
- Provide thought leadership in designing new regulatory paradigms that prioritize renewables, climate justice, equity, and maximizing participation in (and benefit from) distributed energy resources.
STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT & COALITION MANAGEMENT (20%)
- Build and collaborate with coalitions of stakeholders – including, for example, frontline communities, environmental justice advocates, consumer advocates, environmental advocates, energy efficiency proponents, energy storage providers, electric vehicle advocates, etc. – to develop and pursue win-win strategies.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION AND JUSTICE GROWTH AND LEARNING (10%)
- Continue personal learning and contributions to organizational work on diversity, equity and inclusion.
- Be committed to embedding equity in all organizational internal practices and culture.
- Bring openness and engagement to personal, professional, and organization-wide learning on race, class, gender, justice, and equity.
WHAT YOU’VE ACCOMPLISHED
- Bachelor’s degree in a related field. A relevant graduate degree is an advantage, but is not required.
- Five+ years of relevant work experience.
- Demonstrated ability to execute on key strategies to achieve our mission, including coalition building and policy writing that summarizes complex issues for various audiences ranging from policymakers to regulators to interested public.
- A general understanding of US electricity markets and regulation.
- Working knowledge of political and/or issue-related campaigns
- Ability to understand the perspectives of grassroots organizations and vulnerable communities and translate that into meaningful policy positions in the regulatory space
OTHER EXPERTISE YOU MIGHT HAVE OR WOULD BE EXCITED TO GAIN HERE
- A combination of technical expertise in clean energy policy and practice (particularly in the solar sector) and experience with formal regulatory proceedings.
- Expertise in technical and regulatory needs for scaling up clean, distributed resources, including a focus on improving resiliency and serving disadvantaged and other vulnerable communities.
- Experience in regulatory innovations to allow behind-the-meter solar + storage and other distributed energy resources to receive fair value.
- Integrated Resource Planning and clean energy resource procurement necessary to achieve state greenhouse gas or renewable goals and provide for the most cost-effective portfolio of utility-scale solar, storage, and other renewable resources.
- Ability to work with other Vote Solar team members on data visualization and policy communications to the public
- Effective collaboration with diverse populations and allies.
- Knowledge of utility ratemaking, procurement and/or grid operations.
- Transmission planning for renewables, for example to 1) facilitate the growth of large-scale hybrid clean energy and storage projects to provide energy and resource adequacy, 2) deploy distributed energy resources at scale to reduce the need for transmission investments and promote beneficial electrification.
- Experience managing a team or staff person working within an advocacy or regulatory environment.
- 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.
- A desire to manage and develop regulatory staff and to pursue continuous improvement in management responsibilities.
Although this position is remote, we have a preference that the person who fills this role is based in the Southeast region (NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, TN, KY, WV, VA and DC), with a preference for North or South Carolina. Regional travel is required so proximity to transportation hubs is important. During the COVID-19 pandemic, all Vote Solar staff have been working from home and have ceased work travel. When it is safe to do so, this position will require some regional and national travel (plan for 1-2 trips per month).
The salary range for this position is $110,000 - $130,000. Vote Solar provides full-time staff with a competitive package, including 4 weeks of paid vacation in year one, 12 days of sick leave and 4 days of personal leave. We also offer 100% employer-provided health, dental and vision care for both the employee and dependents; a retirement savings plan and an employer match of up to 3.5%; and a paid parental and medical leave policy for full-time staff who have worked for Vote Solar for at least one year.
Please send a resume and letter of interest detailing your interest in the role and how your previous experience would translate to this role through Workable. We will review applications on a rolling basis.
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. We are an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourage people of color, women and those who identify as LGBTQ to apply.