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Regulatory Director

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  • Intervene in regulatory proceedings at the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission and other public agencies to develop solar-friendly policies.
  • Prepare expert testimony, frame discovery for utility and other witnesses, and advocate for Vote Solar’s positions in cross-examination—all in pursuit of regulatory outcomes that provide fair compensation for solar and technologies that help grow solar markets.
  • Pursue innovative regulatory policies that address historical racial, economic and structural inequities and remove barriers to solar adoption by residential and business customers. This includes policies that encourage utilities, system operators and regulators to incorporate solar (distributed and wholesale) into their planning and operations.
  • Advise on state-level legislation that can open up new opportunities for solar and storage markets in California.
  • Provide thought leadership in designing new regulatory paradigms that prioritize renewables, climate justice and maximizing participation in (and benefit from) distributed energy resources.
  • Build and collaborate with coalitions of stakeholders – including, for example, frontline communities, environmental justice advocates, consumer advocates, energy efficiency proponents, energy storage providers, electric vehicle advocates, etc. – to develop and pursue win-win strategies.
  • Continue personal learning and contributions to organizational work on diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Be committed to embedding equity in all organizational internal practices and culture.
  • Bring openness and engagement to personal, professional, and organization-wide learning on race, class, gender, justice, and equity.

Specific Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field. A relevant graduate degree is an advantage, but is not required.
  • Five+ years of relevant work experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to execute on key strategies to achieve our mission, including coalition building and policy writing that summarizes complex issues for the interested public.
  • Expertise in technical and regulatory needs for scaling up clean microgrids/onsite clean energy + storage systems for resilience, including a focus on serving disadvantaged and other vulnerable communities.
  • Experience in regulatory innovations to allow behind-the-meter solar + storage and other distributed energy resources to receive fair value in California’s resource adequacy markets.
  • Integrated Resource Planning and procurement necessary to achieve California’s GHG goals and provide for the most cost-effective portfolio of utility-scale solar, storage, and other renewable resources.
  • Transmission planning for renewables, for example to 1) facilitate the growth of large-scale hybrid clean energy and storage projects to provide energy and resource adequacy, 2) deploy distributed energy resources at scale to reduce the need for transmission investments and promote beneficial electrification.
  • A personal commitment to being a part of an inclusive and just workplace, including a commitment to being on a journey with Vote Solar to develop personal, and inter-personal core competencies related to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice.
  • Passion for building strong new capacity at a growing organization.
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy.

Hard Skills

  • Team management
  • Resource allocation
  • Cross-functional collaboration
  • Organizational structures

Soft Skills

  • Leadership
  • Team player
  • Strategic thinker
  • Attention to detail

We offer

The salary range for this position is $110,000 - $135,000. Vote Solar provides full-time staff with a competitive package, including 3 weeks of paid vacation in year one and 4 weeks starting in year two, 12 days of sick leave and 4 days of personal leave. We also offer 100% employer-provided health, dental and vision care for both the employee and dependents; a retirement savings plan and an employer match of up to 3.5%; and a paid parental and medical leave policy for full-time staff who have worked for Vote Solar for at least one year.