Mid-Atlantic Policy Associate

April 28th, 2020
Coalition for Community Solar Access
Published
April 28, 2020
Location
Washington, DC
Job Type

Description

The Coalition for Community Solar Access (“CCSA”) is seeking qualified applicants for a “Mid-Atlantic Policy Associate” with an immediate start date.  CCSA is a growing organization working to open, protect, and serve markets for community solar across the country.

The Mid-Atlantic Policy Associate will support the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director on policy campaigns to expand and protect community solar markets on the legislative and regulatory levels.  The Mid-Atlantic Policy Associate will work closely with the Regional and Policy Directors to help design and implement policy strategies and coordinate CCSA member involvement in those activities. In addition, the Mid-Atlantic Policy Associate will act as a liaison between CCSA and partner organizations. They will also assist in collecting, compiling and analyzing data, and conducting and analyzing surveys on an as needed basis. The Mid-Atlantic Policy Associate will work primarily in the Mid-Atlantic states, but will also contribute to organization wide efforts as needed. CCSA is a fast paced, mission driven, collegial, and fun work environment.  The ideal candidate will share CCSA’s mission to expand access to solar for all, and fit the fast paced and self-starting culture.

Qualifications:

  • Clear and demonstrable record of working with diverse stakeholders
  • Ability to work closely with partner organizations and manage competing priorities
  • Excellent writing and speaking abilities
  • Ability to work closely with CCSA Mid-Atlantic Director to coordinate activities and priorities
  • Ability to speak to and work with both conservative and liberal constituencies

Responsibilities:

  • Work with diverse constituencies to communicate and advocate for CCSA’ position
  • Attend and report on in person and virtual legislative, regulatory, and stakeholder briefings, hearings and conference calls as needed
  • Draft, conduct research for, and help develop written comments in regulatory and legislative proceedings (primarily state-level in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia)
  • Provide input into communications efforts to support policy priorities
  • Provide support to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director in running member meetings and responding to member inquiries

Requirements:

  • Minimum 2+ years work experience in energy field, with preference for renewable energy experience
  • Must demonstrate strong writing and editing skills and convey information on complex issues both verbally and in writing, and possess the ability to speak in formal and informal settings
  • Ability to perform well under pressure, be able to manage competing demands, be proactive, show resourcefulness, and adapt well to changing circumstances
  • Potential for 25% travel requirement to state capitals primarily in the Mid-Atlantic States
  • Self-starter with an ability to work remotely and while traveling

Location:

  • Located in a Mid-Atlantic state (preferably Maryland, Virginia or DC), with easy access to travel and near a major transit hub
  • Flexible worksite - e.g. home or shared worksite

Salary:

  • $50-$70K annual salary commensurate with experience

Applications Process: Please send Cover Letter and Resume to CCSA Executive Director, Jeff Cramer jeff@communitysolaraccess.org with email header “CCSA Mid-Atlantic Policy Associate Application – YOUR NAME”. Please note that a writing sample may also be requested.

The Coalition for Community Solar Access is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We are committed to ensuring that all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA) Mission and Core Principles

The Coalition for Community Solar Access is a national Coalition of businesses and non-profits working to expand customer choice and access to solar for all American households and businesses through community solar. Our mission is to empower every American energy consumer with the option to choose local, clean, and affordable community solar. We work with customers, utilities, local stakeholders, and policymakers to develop and implement policies and best practices that ensure community solar programs provide a win, win, win for all, starting with the customer.

We promote policies, programs, and practices that:

  1. Allow all consumers the opportunity to participate in and directly economically benefit from the construction and operation of new clean energy assets.
  2. Provide equal access for developers to build and operate community solar projects and interconnect those projects to the serving utility’s grid.
  3. Incorporate a fair bill credit mechanism that provides subscribers with an economic benefit commensurate with the value of the long-term, clean, locally-sited energy produced by community solar projects.
  4. Support the participation of diverse customer types in community solar programs, and encourage customer choice with providers, product features, and attributes to catalyze innovation and best serve customers.
  5. Ensure that community solar projects are operated and maintained well to protect customers and developers’ investment.
  6. Ensure full and accurate disclosure of customer benefits and risks in a standard, comparable manner that presents customers with performance and cost transparency.
  7. Comply with applicable securities, tax, and consumer protection laws to reduce customer risk and protect the customer.
  8. Encourage transparent, non-discriminatory utility rules on siting, and interconnecting projects, and collaboration with utilities to facilitate efficient siting and interconnection.
  9. Maintain a 360-degree view of the community solar market and ensure a beneficial role for all parties in the partnerships forged between subscriber, developer, and utility.
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