Western States Energy Manager and Senior Analyst
Climate & Energy Program
Union of Concerned Scientists
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit working to solve some of our planet’s most pressing environmental and safety problems. Our scientists and engineers develop and implement innovative, practical solutions to some of our planet’s most pressing problems—from combating global warming and developing sustainable ways to feed, power, and transport ourselves, to fighting misinformation, advancing racial equity, and reducing the threat of nuclear war.
As Western States Energy Manager and Senior Analyst, you will lead research and advocacy efforts to shape electricity markets and policies in California and other states in the Western region to develop a more flexible and modern electric grid that can accommodate high levels of renewable energy, demand-side resources, and electric vehicles while reducing carbon emissions and reliance on fossil fuels. This work includes:
Qualifications and experience
This position requires at least ten years of experience, including a background in California electricity markets, energy analysis and advocacy, climate and energy policy development, and a demonstrated commitment to the application of science to public policy. A broad and sophisticated knowledge of the California and Western states electricity sector is needed, with emphasis on renewable energy and power grids, technologies, policies and markets, and political, social, environmental, and economic ramifications. A Master’s degree or higher in a relevant area (public policy, economics, science, engineering, law) is required.
Strong research, technical and analytic skills are essential, as is the ability to effectively communicate technical issues to policymakers, advocates, media, and the issue public. Experience in state and/or federal energy regulatory agencies is a plus, as is knowledge of and experience with electric vehicles and their role in integrating higher levels of renewable energy onto the grid.
May spend extended periods at computer. About 3-5 out-of-state trips annually are expected, along with routine travel to Sacramento and San Francisco, and up to 6 trips per year to other parts of California.
At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.
UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We've adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. Staff participate in this commitment both internally, e.g. in building a welcoming workplace culture, and externally, e.g. ensuring inclusive engagement with supporters, media, vendors, allies and others. We are actively seeking people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.
Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position, based in our Oakland, CA office. UCS offers excellent benefits, competitive salaries, and a rewarding work environment. Information about the organization is available at http://www.ucsusa.org. A listing of all open jobs is available at https://www.ucsusa.org/about/jobs-ucs
To Apply: Please upload a cover letter and resume to https://union-of-concerned-scientists.workable.com/j/FFB23799FE Please include salary requirements in the cover letter. Upload materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: August 4, 2019 or until filled.