Energy Systems Senior Policy Analyst (Operations and Policy Analyst 4) – Hybrid Remote Work Opportunity

$6,480 - $9,541 monthly
  • Oregon Department of Energy
  • Hybrid
  • Jan 18, 2023
Full time Energy and Utilities Environmental Government Management Professional Services

Job Description

WORKING AT THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

At the Oregon Department of Energy, we're helping shape the state's energy future. Our team is dedicated to keeping Oregon on the leading edge of renewable energy and efficiency while supporting energy innovation, investment, equity, and resilience. From helping Oregonians save energy at home; to overseeing the state's interests in the world's largest environmental cleanup at the Hanford nuclear site in Washington, our work is challenging, rewarding, and diverse. We work with developers and communities on proposed energy facilities, with schools and manufacturers looking to save energy and money, and with other agencies and stakeholders on meeting the challenges of climate change. Oregon is one of the most energy-efficient states in the country, routinely landing near the top of annual national rankings. ODOE is committed to helping Oregon remain an energy leader, and that starts with hiring engaged team members ready to deliver for all Oregonians.

The Energy Planning and Innovation Division prioritizes diversifying Oregon's energy mix, successfully integrating renewable energy resources into our energy systems, developing innovative approaches to saving energy, better managing our use of energy, and supporting statewide efforts to meet Oregon's future energy and climate goals. Through statewide programs and projects, the division provides policy expertise and leadership on topics such as renewable and conventional energy resources, alternative fuel vehicles, demand response, energy storage, energy efficiency, and energy system resiliency. The team supports promising initiatives to advance energy innovation – from providing grants to energy technology demonstration projects, to developing energy policy recommendations, to providing technical expertise on emerging energy issues. In 1999, we were the first state in the nation to adopt carbon dioxide emission standards. Today, the division plays a key role in informing greenhouse gas policy discussions and developing options to meet both the state's energy needs and climate goals.

We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply for our positions and hope you will join us on our path to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are an agency that embraces social equity through our values, strategic planning, and actions. Leaning into our equity priorities means we continually examine what we do, the impact we have, and our progress toward weaving social equity into who we are.

 

WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING

The purpose of this position is to serve as the agency’s policy and market expert on electricity sector energy systems and markets. This position functions within the program by developing relationships with external organizations and providing advice to the director, assistant director, and program managers on strategic planning, policies, initiatives, and operations to promote the development of renewable energy and complementary technologies.

The agency intends to assign lead work responsibilities to this position, during this assignment the position will also perform lead work duties within the division and work closely with the division manager on assigning work, reviewing work products, and ensuring projects stay on track and deadlines are met.

This position is eligible for a hybrid remote work schedule. The incumbent will be expected to work at the central workplace located at 550 Capitol St. NE in Salem, Oregon, at least eight times per year. This generally includes attendance at pre-scheduled in-person all-staff meetings. The position may also be required to work at the central workplace on a more frequent basis with advance notice, as needed.

For a complete listing of the duties and responsibilities for this position, please review the position description by clicking here.

 

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU

You will be a member of a diverse team built on collaboration and support.

We offer full medical, vision, and dental benefits with paid sick leave, vacation leave, personal leave, and 11 paid holidays a year.

This is a full-time, management service position that is not represented by a union.

 

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

·       A Bachelor's Degree in Business or Public Administration, Behavioral or Social Sciences, Finance, Political Science, or any degree demonstrating the capacity for the knowledge and skills; and five years of professional-level evaluative, analytical, and planning work.

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·       Any combination of experience and education equivalent to eight years of experience that typically supports the knowledge and skills for the classification.

 

The most successful candidate will also have the following skills, experience, and background:

·       Experience or demonstrated skills and abilities working with energy modelers to develop scenario-based data analyses that can be used to inform energy policy development.

·       Experience or demonstrated skill working with environmental justice communities on energy policy and managing contractors to produce complex analyses and studies.

·       Experience leading large stakeholder workgroups, including establishing team objectives, building consensus, and achieving actionable outcomes.

·       Demonstrated and extensive knowledge of the following energy areas:

o   State clean energy policies and state energy planning

o   Electricity and natural gas transmission planning

o   Resource adequacy and energy system reliability policies and current activities

o   State and regional energy regulatory landscape

o   Wholesale energy markets, including electricity, natural gas, and transportation fuels

o   Renewable energy resources and generation technologies

o   Utility and community energy resilience policy and current activities

·       Experience or demonstrated skill and abilities with state or regional energy planning, including integrated resource planning, resource or transmission needs analysis, or distribution system planning.

 

Studies have shown that women, trans, non-binary, Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color are less likely to apply for positions unless they believe they meet all the desired attributes. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the position. We strongly encourage candidates to apply, even those who might not believe they possess every one of the desired attributes. Applicants who most closely exhibit the desired attributes will be invited to continue in the application process.

 

HOW TO APPLY

·       Visit the State of Oregon Career Site by clicking this link: Energy Systems Senior Policy Analyst.

·       Click the "Apply" button above and complete the online application.

·       A resume and cover letter are required for this job posting. Please attach both documents to the “My Experience” section under Resume/CV in the application.

·       Eligible veterans who meet the qualifications will be given veterans’ preference. For further information, please visit the following website:  Veterans Resources. You may also call the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-800-692-9666.

·       Answer all the supplemental questions.

 

GET NOTICED

Help your application rise to the top! Don’t forget to showcase your amazing skills and experience in your application package that make you the best candidate for the position. Submissions will be screened for consistency of information and communication skills at the professional level (attention to detail, spelling, grammar, etc.).

Employment will be contingent upon passing a criminal background check.

The Oregon Department of Energy does not offer VISA sponsorships. Within three days of hire, you will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security’s I-9 form confirming authorization to work in the United States.

 

QUESTIONS/NEED HELP?

If you have questions about the recruitment and selection process or need assistance to participate in the application process, including an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact Kate Steele, at kate.steele@energy.oregon.gov or call (971) 240-7520.

Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE BASED ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN, ETHNICITY, GENDER, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, RELIGION, AGE, OR DISABILITY AND IS COMMITTED TO WORKPLACE DIVERSITY.