Job Posting | Senior Policy Associate, Energy Transition

Type: Program
Duration: FTE
Salary Range: $52,900-$68,000
Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota

Job overview and requirements

Are you intrigued by or already involved in the transition to electric cars and other clean transportation and are eager to be part of this solution? Do you have the experience and inclination to complete rigorous analysis, develop strategy, communicate effectively, and advocate to get results? Do you enjoy engaging, influencing, and working collaboratively with a diverse array of people and organizations to drive positive change on climate? If this sounds like you, read on!

Fresh Energy is hiring for a full-time senior policy associate to join our Energy Transition team and focus on clean transportation. We’re looking for someone who is:

  • Passionate about clean energy and public policy,
  • Motivated to learn and apply new skill sets,
  • Eager to embrace and create opportunities,
  • Competent at navigating multiple decision-making arenas and inspiring diverse stakeholders,
  • Entrepreneurial, with the ability to work well in both technical and political settings, and
  • Results-oriented, in both a team and individual setting.

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 in our office or at home/remotely depending on the function and preference.  For this role the candidate will coordinate with their coach on an agreed upon arrangement. To protect the safety of all employees, 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

Our leadership is welcoming and 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 has long worked to decarbonize the electric power sector by closing coal plants, restricting the build-out of natural gas plants, and facilitating the deployment of carbon-free renewables like wind and solar. To reduce carbon emissions economy-wide, we are also working to move transportation and other sectors onto clean electricity. We have made important progress, including helping Minnesota become the first Midwest “Clean Cars” state, supporting the state build and expand electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, and advancing multiple regulatory strategies at the Public Utilities Commission to ensure that the grid is ready for transportation electrification and utilities are helping to drive progress.

While awareness and support for EVs is growing, they are still a tiny fraction of the cars on the road, and there are many other forms of transportation—including school and transit buses and heavy-duty trucks—that must be addressed. Transportation remains the leading source of greenhouse gas emissions in our state and it is clear that we need to do more. As the needs and opportunities grow to move quickly on the transition to clean energy, Fresh Energy is expanding its staff, creating a great opportunity for a senior policy associate role to support the energy transition, with a specific focus on electric transportation.  

Reports to

Lead Director, Energy Transition

Essential responsibilities

Policy and Programs: support Fresh Energy’s strategic imperative to electrify fossil fuel-dependent sectors of the economy, with a focus on the transportation sector, coordinating with other staff to track innovations in electrification technology and advance policies to promote strategic electrification in Minnesota, in consultation with and with guidance from relevant program leads, particularly the Lead Director of Energy Access and Equity who is steering policy related to expanding access to and affordability of clean transportation in Minnesota.

  • Conduct regulatory, policy, legislative, legal, technical, and financial analysis related to policy proposals, changes, and approaches.
  • Make written and oral presentations to collaborators, utilities, regulators, policy makers, and other stakeholders as part of the program’s outreach and advocacy functions.
  • Hold responsibility for specific elements of the Clean Transportation program area, including identifying opportunities for engaging with stakeholders and with policies.
  • 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, and also includes the recruitment and training of effective messengers.
  • Develop expertise and serve as a subject matter specialist, working with strategy leads, to ensure that Minnesota’stransition to clean transportation reflects the most effective policies and regulatory strategies while also advancing equitable outcomes.
  • Actively identify and implement cross department opportunities to better achieve Fresh Energy’s mission and imperatives through work between or across teams such as Clean Electricity, Public Affairs, Communications, and Energy Access and Equity.
  • Represent Fresh Energy in coalitions and work effectively with environmental justice, health, labor, business, and other key partners.
  • Support the creation and management of the annual budget for the program.

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.

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

Job Qualifications

  • Strong background and/or interest in energy policy topics including those involving electric transportation, regulatory strategy, and policy design.
  • Ability to conduct rigorous information-gathering and compile findings into easily digestible and compelling formats.
  • A learning and growth mindset, with regard to individual skills and experiences and exposure to unfamiliar subjects.
  • 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.
  • Experience and/or readiness to engage in regulatory, legislative, and administrative proceedings.
  • A graduate degree with 3-4 years of directly relevant experience or a bachelor’s degree with 4-7 years of direct experience in energy, environment, policy, economics, technology, or related fields.
  • Planful and results-oriented.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Solid computer skills in Windows environment, including MS Office, Teams, and Zoom.
  • Self-starter who is able to work independently.
  • Team player who desires working in an environment where working as a team is valued and practiced.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform well in fast-paced environment.
  • 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.

Compensation and benefits

  • Starting salary range $52,900-$68,000 based on experience with opportunity for compensation change based on performance, strategic direction, equity across the organization, and organizational budget.
  • Full-time, exempt position, working 32-40 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), 15 paid holidays, and a flexible, family-friendly schedule; plus summer Fridays where the office closes at noon.
  • 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 after one year. 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 after one-year of full-time employment.  Eligible employees are entitled to up to twelve (12) weeks of 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 for candidate who are from outside of Minnesota and will move here.
  • An organizational culture that seeks, integrates, and nurtures self-direction, collaboration, diversity, equity and inclusion with all employees.

Our hiring process and timeline

  • We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled; preference given to applicants submitting prior to December 1, 2021.
  • Our hiring team will select finalists to interview TBD [remote/in-person] in the month of December.
  • Finalists will be invited to a second-round interview; at that time, we will ask for three references and two work samples relevant to this position, e.g., a technical paper, a professional writing sample, or other relevant materials.
  • Ideally the selected candidate would begin work early Jan 2022.

To apply

  • At your earliest convenience: Please submit a resume and brief (one page) cover letter including where/how you first found out about this job in PDF to our hiring team at hiringteam@fresh-energy.org. No phone calls, please.

Fresh Energy’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Equal Opportunity Employer Policy reflect our commitment to ensure equality, treat everyone with respect, and promote diversity in the workplace.