Policy Associate/Senior Policy Associate I, Energy Markets

Job overview and requirements

Are you the type of person who can complete rigorous analysis on complex topics, develop strategy, communicate effectively, and advocate to get results? Do you enjoy engaging, influencing, and working collaboratively with high-level professional stakeholders? Do you want to be challenged at work, have a lot of fun, be inspired frequently, and make a significant impact at an innovative nonprofit working to speed the transition to clean energy?

Fresh Energy is hiring for a full-time policy associate, at either a junior or senior level, to advance our Beneficial Electrification program, with a focus on leading work on electric transportation with some overlap on decarbonization strategies in the building sector. 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.

We enthusiastically welcome all candidates to apply. Fresh Energy is committed to fostering diversity in all its forms, including but not limited to race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age and life experience, creed, religion, class, nationality, language, and physical and mental capability.

If this sounds like you, read on!

Our story

For more than 27 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 communities today and for generations to come. Our mission is to shape and drive realistic, visionary energy policies that benefit all. Together we are working toward a vision for an economy we thrive in and energy that ensures our well-being.

From the United Nations report on global warming to increased severe weather and wildfires, the message is clear: we need to do more and we need to do it now. Minnesota is on its way to moving the needle on carbon reduction, with clean, affordable wind and solar gaining ground and improving the health and well-being of our communities. But there is much work to be done. 

Fresh Energy has been an early proponent of beneficial electrification, recognizing that to achieve the level of carbon reduction we need now, we must combine deep decarbonization of electricity generation with thoughtful electrification of transportation, buildings, and other sectors of the economy—while continuing to promote energy efficiency and ensure all solutions are equitable.

Fresh Energy’s focus on policy is particularly crucial at this time, and our experts are paving the way for Minnesota to harness the power of the marketplace to expand the adoption of renewable energy and accelerate our leadership in the clean energy economy.

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 to join our team.

Reports to

Senior Policy Associate, Energy Markets (Beneficial Electrification program lead)

Essential responsibilities

A. 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.

  • Actively participate, and potentially lead, in the planning, execution, and reporting on program work.
  • Propose and conduct policy, legislative, legal, technical, regulatory, and financial analysis as related to policy proposals, changes, and approaches.
  • Work with Energy Markets team to develop Public Utility Commission strategy, based on your analysis, and execute on that strategy through written and oral advocacy.
  • Make written and oral presentations to collaborators, community groups, policy makers, and other stakeholders as part of the program’s outreach and advocacy functions. 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.
  • In collaboration with the communications department, create and publish reports, white papers, web content, e-newsletters, and other program information.
  • When appropriate, support the creation and management of the annual budget for the program.

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

  • In collaboration with the development staff, participate in fund development and relationship building efforts.
  • Work effectively in the context of your immediate team, the broader Fresh Energy team, and with external partners; enhance 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.
  • Model behavior and contribute to a culture that is consistent with Fresh Energy’s core values. A critical part of achieving our mission is by living the values we endorse.
  • All Fresh Energy staff are welcome to join our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force and/or Wellness Committee.

C. Other duties as assigned.

Job qualifications

General requirements

  1. Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  2. Ability to conduct rigorous research and compile findings into easily digested and compelling formats.
  3. Demonstrated experience working collaboratively in coalitions of stakeholders across different interests. Leadership within coalitions a plus.
  4. Self-starter who is able to work independently.
  5. Planful and results-oriented.
  6. Excellent interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence.
  7. Preferred experience working with diverse and underrepresented voices.
  8. Demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.
  9. Solid computer skills in Windows environment, including MS Office.
  10. Team player who desires working in an environment where working as a team is valued and practiced.
  11. Ability to work occasional evenings/weekends is required.
  12. Persons in this position frequently lift, carry, push and/or pull objects weighing up to 20 pounds. They occasionally move objects weighing up to 50 pounds.

Policy Associate-level

  1. Bachelor’s Degree and two years of experience in energy, economics, technology, or related field; OR
  2. Master’s Degree in related field, Juris Doctor, or other advanced degree.

Senior Policy Associate I-level

  1. Bachelor’s Degree and four years of experience in energy, economics, technology, or related fields; OR
  2. Master’s Degree in related field, Juris Doctor, or other advanced degree and two years of experience in energy, economics, technology, or related fields.
  3. Preferred experience presenting before regulators, policymakers, utilities, and other key stakeholders.

Compensation and benefits

  • Starting salary range for Policy Associate is $40,000-50,000, based on experience.
  • Starting salary range for Senior Policy Associate I is $50,000-60,000, based on experience.
  • Full-time, exempt position, working 40 hours per week. We believe in work-life balance and are committed to keeping the workload in alignment with the true hours worked.
  • Staff accrue 24 days of PTO throughout their first year of work (increases each year of employment), 14 paid holidays, and a flexible, family-friendly schedule; plus summer Fridays, the office closes at noon (Memorial Day – Labor Day).
  • 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 Metro Transit pass match, $1 for each trip to and from work by bike or walk, and an indoor bike storage area.
  • We foster a respectful, inclusive, collaborative, and fun work environment.

Our hiring process and timeline

  • Position will remain open until filled with priority given to applications received on or before September 8.
  • Our hiring team will select finalists to interview in-person.
  • 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 in late September 2019.
  • 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

E-mail cover letter and resume to Marta Cardoza at cardoza@fresh-energy.org with the subject line “Policy Associate, Beneficial Electrification program” OR “Senior Policy Associate I, Beneficial Electrification program”. Please include cover letter and resume in one PDF document with your name as the title. No phone calls, please.