State, Local, and Utility Policy Manager
A. Organizational Overview
Founded in 2007, The Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on the advancement of knowledge, resources, and opportunities needed to use energy more efficiently in the southeastern United States. We do this by supporting the development of effective state, local, and utility policies and research, expanding the availability of financial resources, and fostering collaborative partnerships to address energy efficiency in buildings and transportation.
As one of six regional energy efficiency organizations (REEOs), SEEA is part of a strong national network dedicated to leveraging the benefits of energy efficiency for all communities. SEEA works collaboratively with stakeholders in 11 southeastern states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
To optimize the use and impact of energy to enhance the quality of life in the Southeast.
All people in the Southeast live and work in healthy and resilient buildings, utilize clean and affordable transportation, and thrive in a robust and equitable economy.
SEEA’s Culture & Benefits
SEEA’s offers a highly collaborative and supportive work environment to allow employees to grow and demonstrate their leadership abilities. Employees receive the following benefits:
- 15 days of Paid Time Off and 9 paid holidays annually
- Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance benefits
- 401(k) retirement plans with organizational match
- Paid parental maternity and paternity leave
- Monthly alternative transit and mobile phone stipends
- Flexible work schedule
- Continuing education and professional development opportunities
B. Position Description
SEEA seeks a qualified candidate for the position of Policy Manager to report to the Policy Director, supervise the Policy Associate and play a leadership role in the policy, regulatory, and technical aspects of SEEA’s Energy Efficiency Policy Portfolio. The SEEA Policy team provides research, technical assistance, and engagement to help stakeholders make smart, informed energy-related decisions and advance energy efficiency in our 11-state region.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Contribute to the Policy Team’s strategic direction, including its exploration of topics that could be supportive of energy efficiency such as transportation, energy equity, health, and resilience
- Provide input into fundraising materials including program concepts, funding proposals, and progress reports
- Help to identify issues of relevance to SEEA’s mission and scope research projects that support the Energy Efficiency Policy team’s work
- Supervise and conduct both quantitative and qualitative research on energy efficiency programs and related policies
- Supervise and develop reports, white papers, and fact sheets presenting research findings
- Lead special projects such as the annual SEEA Policy Survey, research agenda, and related items
- Identify, evaluate, and select policy and regulatory opportunities for SEEA to engage on, including submitting public comments, participating in proceedings, and informing stakeholders of participation opportunities
- Work with utilities, government agencies, and NGOs in formal and informal settings to promote best practices in the design, implementation, and evaluation of energy efficiency policy and programs
- Serve as a resource to regional and national organizations, working groups, committees, and others seeking information about energy efficiency in the Southeast
- Cultivate and maintain relationships with various stakeholders, including public service commissioners and staff, utilities, energy service companies, state legislators, state energy offices, consumer advocates, and the energy advisors to state governors
- Proactively communicate regional intelligence and insights to SEEA Board Members, the SEEA Policy Committee, funders, SEEA members, and others as needed
- Provide regular updates on regional intelligence and engagement opportunities SEEA’s stakeholders through SEEA’s newsletters, social media, and website
- Present at state, regional, and national conferences, as requested, and submit abstracts to present and increase SEEA’s regional and national profile
- Ability to find and interpret regulatory information that may not be readily available
- Capacity to engage peers to leverage their expertise and apply it to SEEA’s energy efficiency policy portfolio and objectives
- Demonstrated writing ability and aptitude for translating large volumes of complex information into concise and easily understandable formats
- Strong project management experience with proven success with meeting deadlines and the ability to adapt to shifting priorities
- Strong desire to continue to learn and grow, upgrading both knowledge and skills, and the ability to accept and learn from feedback
- Ability to connect disparate information sources, individuals, and organization to advance SEEA’s energy efficiency policy portfolio and objectives
- Enjoys interacting with others and possesses excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Responsible, self-motivated, and organized with a high level of attention to detail
- At ease within a fast-paced, dynamic and highly collaborative working environment
Education & Experience Requirements
- Bachelor’s degree in the field of public policy, economics, environmental studies, sustainability, or a related field (advanced degree preferred)
- At least four to six years’ related work experience in a professional environment
- Experience in energy efficiency or the energy sector is strongly preferred
Location & Travel
This position is based out of SEEA’s office in Atlanta, Georgia and may require up to 20 percent travel.
Classification & Compensation
This is a full-time, exempt salaried position. Annual salary range is $60,000 to $75,000. Successful applicants will be required to prove their legal status to work in the United States.
Candidates considered for interviews will be asked to complete a research and writing exercise and provide at least three professional or academic references.