Portland Senior Policy Associate

Digest topic: Jobs & Internships


organization:NW Energy Coalition
position summary:

Background The NW Energy Coalition is an alliance of more than 110 environmental, civic, and human service organizations, progressive utilities and businesses in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia. We promote development of energy efficiency and renewable energy, low-income and consumer protection in energy policy decisions and fish and wildlife restoration on the Columbia and Snake Rivers.

Energy policy is critical to the economic and environmental health of the Northwest. Ensuring that individual utilities, state governments and the region pursue clean and affordable energy strategies for meeting our need for power is a central focus for the Coalition. We drive home the link between energy resource development and climate change. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector is a top priority.

This position will work in collaboration with senior policy staff based in Salem and Seattle. It will support ongoing work in Oregon. This position will be located in Portland.

Salary / Pay Rate:$47,000 - $55,000
Required Skills and Abilities:Principal Duties and Responsibilities • Analyze and critique utility, state and regional electric, natural gas and climate policy proposals in various energy resource planning venues. • Represent the Coalition in regulatory, utility and legislative proceedings. • Educate policymakers on energy efficiency, renewable energy, consumer protection and climate policies. • Prepare materials and conduct briefings for policymakers, Coalition members and allies. • Work with diverse Coalition members and allies to resolve conflicts and develop mutually supportive policy positions. • Write articles and reports for Coalition publications. • Assist outreach staff in mobilizing Coalition member organizations and community activists for public hearings and related public involvement. • Manage a one-person satellite office. This position may be located in a Coalition member office or home office environment. • Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
Qualifications:Qualifications Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline and at least six years relevant experience in public policy work. Master’s degree preferred. Expertise in economics, statistics, financial analysis or engineering is desirable. Experience may substitute for education. Relevant professional experience includes (but is not limited to) work in political, policy, legal or government settings. Position requires excellent written and oral communications skills, especially the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences from technical experts to the general public. Must be able to juggle multiple tasks and to produce quickly in time-sensitive policy deliberations. Willingness to travel throughout Oregon with occasional trips out of state. Salary and benefits: Salary $47,000 to $55,000 DOE. Excellent benefits include generous dental and medical insurance, paid vacation and employer matching retirement plan. NWEC is an equal opportunity employer. Position is open until 11/4/10 or until filled. Please email a resume, cover letter and a writing sample to Gwen Heisterkamp at gwen (at) nwenergy (dot) org. Please put Portland Senior Policy Associate in the subject line of your e-mail. In your application materials, please let us know how you found out about this position. For more information about the NW Energy Coalition, go to www.nwenergy.org. Start date: ASAP.
Education Required:College degree
Other:Equal Opportunity Employer
website link:www.nwenergy.org