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Duration: FTE
Salary Range: $ 44,800 – $67,800 (see below for more information)
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota

Job overview and requirements

Fresh Energy is hiring a full-time policy associate or senior policy associate to join our Clean Electricity team. The position will actively support and sometimes lead advocacy on a portfolio of work related to decarbonizing Minnesota’s electricity sector. We’re looking for someone who is passionate, yet pragmatic, a person who can dig into the details, identify solutions, and help us create a clean energy future that benefits all. If this sounds like you, please read on!

This position will be located at our office in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota; however, Fresh Energy is currently functioning as a hybrid office with staff working both remotely and in office in a highly flexible environment. To protect the safety of all employees against covid-19, we are a fully vaccinated workplace with proof of vaccination required for all staff and vendors before entering our office.

Fresh Energy is committed to co-creating an inclusive, diverse, and equitable workplace. Our learning continues with our commitment to be an anti-racist organization: https://fresh-energy.org/anti-racism. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply.

Our leadership is accountable to all communities, customers, partners, vendors including but not limited to individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, people of color, LGBTQ+, veterans, persons with disabilities, womxn, religiously affiliated, and/or neurodivergent.

Our story

As proven leaders in energy and climate, Fresh Energy understands that there are solutions within reach that can help us prevent the very worst damages of climate change. For nearly 30 years, Fresh Energy has been speeding Minnesota’s transition to a clean energy economy to ensure that our region enjoys good health, a vibrant economy, and thriving, equitable communities today and for generations to come. Our mission is to shape and drive bold policy solutions to achieve equitable carbon-neutral economies.

Fresh Energy’s work to decarbonize the electric power sector is the bedrock of our advocacy. As we electrify new areas of the economy like transportation and heating, carbon-free electricity only becomes more important. The robust body of climate and energy modeling indicates that the United States needs to decarbonize the electricity sector by 2035. Fresh Energy’s focus on policy and regulatory advocacy are especially crucial at this time given the key role of state governance in shaping utility policy and electricity markets and new opportunities presented by recent federal and state legislation.

Reports to
Director, Clean Electricity

Essential responsibilities

This position performs similar functions to those of a Regulatory Analyst or Rates Analyst at an electric utility or regulatory agency. There is flexibility in seniority level based on the candidate’s experience. We are a small team so a successful candidate will need to be able to work independently, effectively handle multiple projects at once, take initiative and leadership in their area of work, while collaborating closely with the internal team and external partners.

Strong candidates will have direct experience and familiarity with electric utility regulation and energy policy, in at least some of the following priority policy issues: distributed energy resource (DER) interconnection, integrated distribution planning, grid modernization, hosting capacity analysis, DER program design, integrated resource planning, demand response programs, electricity rate design, and beneficial electrification.

A. Policy and Programs: Contribute to the Clean Electricity team’s goals around decarbonizing Minnesota’s electricity sector by shaping clean energy policy and implementation, particularly through advocacy at the Public Utilities Commission.

  • Conduct regulatory, legislative, legal, technical, economic, and financial analysis related to policy proposals and approaches. Think critically and strategically about policy proposals, and communicate your analysis to a range of audiences.
  • Serve as a subject matter specialist on a specific issue portfolio, to be finalized in consultation with the program director. See the list of priority policy issues above.
  • Write and submit comments/testimony to policy makers, particularly the Public Utilities Commission, in proceedings related to your issue area portfolio.
  • Represent Fresh Energy in an official capacity in front of regulators and the legislature, and make oral presentations to collaborators, utilities, and other stakeholders as part of the program’s outreach and advocacy functions.
  • Hold responsibility for specific elements of the Clean Electricity program’s goals, including by identifying opportunities to advance novel policies, engaging with stakeholders, and executing advocacy strategy on a specific issue portfolio.
  • Actively identify and implement cross-department opportunities to better achieve Fresh Energy’s mission and imperatives through work between or across teams such as Energy Transition, Public Affairs, Communications, and Energy Access and Equity.
  • In collaboration with the Communications department, create and publish reports, white papers, web content, e-newsletters, and other program information. When appropriate, work to optimize media coverage of program goals, activities, and successes; this may include media interviews as well as writing op-ed pieces.
  • Contribute to the planning, execution, and reporting of program work.
  • Support the creation and management of the annual budget for the program.

B. Participate in culture of collaboration and model our core values.

  • Model organization core values such as acting with honesty and integrity and acting to advance equity and justice. You can read more about our core values and mission here: https://fresh-energy.org/about-us.
  • Shape and support organization-wide systems such as our culture of fundraising, coaching, and transparency in developing individual and team goals.
  • Exhibit a clear commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and provide leadership in continually advancing Fresh Energy’s commitment to equity and being an anti-racist organization. You can read more here: https://fresh-energy.org/our-commitment-to-diversity-equity-and-inclusion.
  • Work effectively in the context of your immediate team, the broader Fresh Energy team, and with external partners, enhancing collaboration by maintaining good communication, seeking and respecting diverse viewpoints, engendering trust, fulfilling responsibilities, and ensuring that all team members and their contributions are valued.

C. Adaptability in assuming new responsibilities as need arises in line with strategic direction

Desired Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Behavior:

  • Strong background and/or interest in energy policy, electricity markets, and utility regulation. Knowledge of and experience working on at least some of the following policy issues: distributed energy resource (DER) interconnection, integrated distribution planning, grid modernization, hosting capacity analysis, DER program design, integrated resource planning, demand response programs, electricity rate design, and beneficial electrification.
  • Ability to conduct rigorous information-gathering and compile findings into easily digestible and compelling formats.
  • Experience engaging, influencing, and working collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders across different interests.
  • Experience and/or readiness to present before regulators, policymakers, utilities, and other key stakeholders. Comfort with public speaking.
  • Experience and/or readiness to engage in regulatory, legislative, and administrative proceedings.
  • Self-starter who is able to work independently. Excellent time management, organization, entrepreneurship, and drive.
  • Team player who desires working in an environment where working as a team is valued and practiced.
  • Passionate about the clean energy field.
  • Planful, strategic, and results oriented.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform well in fast-paced environment.
  • Strong computer skills in Windows environment, including MS Office, Teams, and Zoom.
  • A learning and growth mindset, with regard to individual skills and experiences and exposure to unfamiliar subjects.
  • Ability to work occasional evenings/weekends is required.
  • Persons in this position frequently lift, carry, push and/or pull objects weighing up to 20 pounds.
  • We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply. Additionally, candidates with greater levels of experience or who might bring important skills that we haven’t listed above are welcome to apply.

Policy Associate Qualifications and Compensation

  • A graduate degree or a bachelor’s degree with 2 years of directly relevant experience in energy, environment, policy, economics, technology, or related fields.
  • Experience or familiarity with electric utility regulation preferred.
  • Typically, new Policy Associates join at the minimum to mid salary range, as determined by Fresh Energy’s organization-wide job grades, with a starting salary of $44,800 – $56,000 based on experience. We offer regular opportunities for compensation change and promotion based on performance, strategic direction, equity across the organization, and organizational budget.

Senior Policy Associate Qualifications and Compensation

  • A graduate degree with 2-4 years of directly relevant experience or a bachelor’s degree with 3-7 years of directly relevant experience in energy, environment, policy, economics, technology, or related fields.
  • Experience with electric utility regulation strongly preferred.
  • Typically, new Senior Policy Associates join at the minimum to mid salary range, as determined by Fresh Energy’s organization-wide job grades, with a starting salary range $54,200 – $67,800 based on experience. We offer regular opportunities for compensation change and promotion based on performance, strategic direction, equity across the organization, and organizational budget.
  • For candidates with exceptional professional experience and cultural fit, Fresh Energy will consider hiring at the program manager level, with a typical starting salary between $59,700 – $74,6000. Required experience for consideration at the program manager level includes:
  • Previous experience includes roles in energy policy where you had a high level of responsibility in work planning, execution, and achieving outcomes in your area of focus.
  • Demonstrated ability to be successful in policy-making, regulation, and/or advocacy.
  • Significant expertise in one or more of the priority policy issues listed above.

Compensation and benefits

  • Full-time, exempt position, working 40 hours per week. We believe in caring for others at work and at home. Fresh Energy is committed to keeping the workload in alignment with the true hours worked and respecting the space needed to take personal time to care for your wellbeing.
  • 24 days of Personal Time Off (increases each year of employment), in addition to 15 paid holidays and a flexible, family-friendly schedule, plus half-days on Friday during the summer.
  • We provide medical and dental plans, additional voluntary vision, short- and long-term disability, life, AD&D insurance, and 5 percent of annual salary contribution to 403(b) retirement plan starting on the first day of employment, with an optional 1:1 match of up to 3 percent. In addition, we incentivize transit, biking, and walking, offering a dollar-for-dollar bus pass match, $1 for each trip to and from work by bike or walk, and an indoor bike storage area, as well as gym, and showers available for Fresh Energy staff as part of being a tenant of the Historic Hamm Building.
  • We foster a respectful, collaborative, and fun work environment. Learn more about working at Fresh Energy here: https://fresh-energy.org/our-team/working-at-fresh-energy/
  • Generous parental leave policy, which full time employees are eligible for from day 1 at Fresh Energy. Eligible employees are entitled to up to twelve (12) weeks of unpaid leave under this policy. Fresh Energy will pay an eligible employee for the first six (6) weeks of leave with the rest of the leave being unpaid or being paid through the use of Personal Time Off.
  • We promote and sponsor individual and joint professional workshops and trainings.
  • Moving allowance of up to $1,500 for a candidate who is relocating from outside of Minnesota. While we are a hybrid office, this position requires regular in-person work in Minnesota.
  • An organizational culture that seeks, integrates, and nurtures self-direction, collaboration, diversity, equity and inclusion with all employees.
  • In addition, we incentivize transit, biking, carpooling, and walking, offering a dollar-for-dollar bus pass match, $1 for each trip to and from work by bike or walk, a carpool stipend, and an indoor bike storage area. A gym and showers are available for Fresh Energy staff as part of being a tenant of the Historic Hamm Building.

Our hiring process and timeline

  • Our hiring team will review applications and conduct interviews on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
  • Our hiring team will begin reviewing applications and selecting candidates for virtual screening interviews on January 9, 2023.
  • Selected finalists will be invited to an in-person second-round interview; at that time, we will ask for three professional references and two professional writing samples relevant to this position, e.g., regulatory comments or other policy document, a technical paper, or other professional writing sample.
  • Ideally, the selected candidate would begin working at Fresh Energy in February 2023 (subject to change given rolling application review).
  • Fresh Energy’s Equal Opportunity Employer Policy reflects our commitment to ensure equality, treat everyone with respect, and promote diversity in the workplace.

To apply

  • At your earliest convenience: Please submit a resume and a brief (one page) cover letter combined into one PDF level to our hiring team at hiringteam@fresh-energy.org. In your email include where/how you first found out about this job and whether you are applying to be considered for the policy associate or senior policy associate position. No phone calls, please.
  • We look forward to your application!