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Federal Funding Implementation Coordinators
Utility Program, Senior Program Manager

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Federal Funding Implementation Coordinators
Location: SWEEP is hiring two Coordinators: one based in Arizona (ideally Phoenix), the other based in Colorado or New Mexico. Both positions will work remotely, with occasional in-person meetings.
Work schedule: Non-exempt, full-time. One-year position with the possibility of extension.
Deadline for applications: June 10, 2022
Download the full job description

The federal government recently approved historic spending packages, including the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which provide states and local governments with an unprecedented opportunity to invest in energy efficiency and clean transportation programs and projects.

These positions will be responsible for implementation of SWEEP’s Federal Funding Implementation Project to ensure that state and local governments in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah spend these dollars in a way that maximizes their benefits in reducing climate emissions, improving equity in disproportionately impacted communities, and creating clean energy jobs. While the two coordinators will work together on this
project, one Coordinator will focus largely on Arizona and Nevada communities, while the other will cover Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.

Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Work with SWEEP’s Executive Director, Program Directors and State Representatives, and coalition partners to:
    • Identify the most impactful funding opportunities and projects to propel climate progress at the state and local level
    • Craft a set of principles to guide investment decisions, focusing on emissions reduction, equity transparency and other values
    • Develop recommendations on local programs and projects to submit for federal competitive grants
  • Develop and disseminate communication materials, including fact sheets and earned and social media posts, on the opportunities and benefits of these investments
  • Conduct outreach to target state and local decisionmakers to educate them about funding opportunities, processes, and timelines; and advocate for funding decisions and grant projects that meet our principles
  • Participate in regular meetings with regional and national partners to ensure coordinated and strategic action and exchange of information, lessons learned, and best practices
  • Measure and report on the project’s progress.

In addition to their specific job responsibilities, all SWEEP employees are expected to participate in staff calls, annual retreats, and other organizational meetings.

Qualifications: Successful applicants will have the following skills and experience:

  • 3+ years of experience in local government, state government or nonprofit policymaking, outreach, or other similar work
  • Understanding of, and familiarity with, politics and policy makers in the Southwest United States
  • Passion for and demonstrated understanding of energy efficiency, clean transportation, and climate policy
  • Ability to work well with others and also to be self-sufficient and take initiative
  • Solid written and verbal communication skills and the ability to explain complex policy issues
  • Strong organizational skills, with attention to detail and follow‐through
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusivity

Compensation and Benefits:
The full-time salary range for this role is between $60,000 to $65,000, depending on experience. SWEEP’s excellent benefits package includes health and dental coverage, a retirement plan with a match, and 25 days of vacation and holidays, as well as paid sick leave and parental leave.

We are committed to building a more diverse and inclusive organization and conservation movement. We encourage applicants from all cultures, race, ethnicity, geographies, political affiliation, sexual orientations, gender identities, and all other identities protected by law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply: If you are interested in this job, please submit a cover letter and resume to info@swenergy.org. Please indicate the position you are applying for as SWEEP currently has several job openings.

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Utility Program, Senior Program Manager
Location: Ideally based in Arizona, but the position will work remotely. Other locations in the Southwest will be considered for exceptional candidates.
Work schedule: Non-exempt, full-time.
Deadline for applications: June 10, 2022
Download the full job description

SWEEP seeks an experienced energy and/or climate policy expert to develop and advocate for policies and programs that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the Southwest. This position will work with our Utility Program Director and state representatives in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah to accelerate decarbonization in electricity generation, transportation, and buildings through greater investments in energy efficiency, demand flexibility, transportation and building electrification, and renewable energy, as well as other climate and equity benefits from electric and gas utilities in the Southwest United States. The position is a remote work position that will report to SWEEP’s Utility Program Director (who is based in Colorado) while working closely with our state representatives in Arizona and Nevada, as well as New Mexico and Utah.

Specific responsibilities will include, in partnership with SWEEP’s Utility Program Director and State Representatives:

  • Helping SWEEP engage in utility proceedings such as energy efficiency and beneficial electrification plans, rate cases, distribution system plans, grid modernization plans, and integrated resource plans at state public utility commissions, including analyzing utility proposals, developing policy recommendations and proposals, attending and speaking at meetings and hearings, drafting testimony and comments
  • Collaborating with the region’s electric and gas utilities, consumer groups, and other stakeholders to develop best-practice policies and programs to reduce GHG emissions
  • Working with and supporting state-based coalitions, including keeping partners engaged and informed on initiatives
  • Keeping abreast of emerging energy policies, program designs, and technologies
  • Designing and implementing policy and communication campaigns, including drafting campaign plans, and developing and distributing communication materials

In addition to their specific job responsibilities, all SWEEP employees are expected to participate in staff calls, annual retreats, and other organizational meetings.

Minimum Qualifications: Successful applicants will have the following skills and experience:

  • 3+ years of experience with utility programs and energy policy in the Southwest
  • Knowledge of utility policy, including demand-side management, rate design, resource planning, building and transportation electrification, etc.
  • Solid written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Experience and comfort with conducting outreach to elected officials, and utility and governmental agency staff
  • Ability to work well with others and also to be self-sufficient and take initiative
  • Commitment to collaboration and working with a diversity of coalition partners
  • Passion for energy efficiency, electrification and other climate solutions
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusivity

Additional Skills Desired: In addition to the minimum qualifications, exceptional candidates will also have some
or all of the following skills:

  • Experience testifying as an expert witness before public utility commissions
  • Experience with earned and social media outreach and other communication strategies
  • History of leading complex negotiations with multiple parties
  • Understanding of the politics and policy makers in the Southwest United States

Compensation and Benefits:
The full-time starting salary range for this role is between $65,000 to $85,000, depending on experience. SWEEP’s excellent benefits package includes health and dental coverage, a retirement plan with a match, and 25 days of vacation and holidays, as well as paid sick leave and parental leave.

We are committed to building a more diverse and inclusive organization and conservation movement. We encourage applicants from all cultures, race, ethnicity, geographies, political affiliation, sexual orientations, gender identities, and all other identities protected by law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply: If you are interested in this job, please submit a cover letter and resume to info@swenergy.org. Please specify in the subject line of your email and in your cover letter the position you are applying for as SWEEP has several openings right now. If you have questions about the position, you may contact Justin Brant at jbrant@swenergy.org.