Full-Time Senior Associate – Advancing Federal Climate Opportunities
WHO WE ARE: Utah Clean Energy is a nonprofit organization based in Salt Lake City that advocates for climate solutions in Utah and the West. Our multi-disciplinary team is leading and accelerating the clean energy transformation with vision and expertise. We are committed to creating a future that ensures healthy, thriving communities for all, powered and sustained by clean energy
THE POSITION: The U.S. White House declared the nearly $400 billion for climate solutions in the Inflation Reduction Act and previous investments in the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act as “the most significant investment in U.S. history to tackle the climate crisis and strengthen American energy security.” Utah Clean Energy is committed to working closely with local governments and state leaders to ensure that we seize the many federal opportunities to transform Utah’s energy sector, reduce pollution, and create a vibrant economic future for Utah. Our experience and technical expertise, coupled with our deep relationships with state and local government agencies make Utah Clean Energy a critical player in bringing these climate and clean energy investments to Utah.
- 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
- Utilize existing/new venues and networks to share information on federal funding opportunities
- Assist in the conceptualization of scopes of work for grant opportunities and provide support on federal grant writing initiatives
- 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 to stakeholders, program partners, and funders
- Work with Utah Clean Energy’s strategic team leads to advance priority initiatives
WHO ARE YOU?
- You are passionate. You are enthusiastic about the opportunity to support Utah in seizing new opportunities to advance climate solutions. That passion for creating big change energizes you.
- You are driven and curious. You are self-motivated, ask good questions, see the gaps, and eager to solve problems with your team and external partners.
- You are fearless. You are comfortable in a room full of strangers, presenting in formal committees, and speaking to crowds. You enjoy making bold asks, you know how to win hearts and minds, and you will be able to lead conversations about opportunity.
- You are both detailed-oriented and a big-picture thinker. You are able to quickly analyze technical information and write compelling policy briefs, while also being able to operate at the 30,000 ft level as you share the vision and develop the framework for a new clean energy future in Utah.
- You are a relationship builder. You are a skilled communicator who enjoys building impactful relationships and has the ability to lead stakeholders and coalitions toward a shared vision, all the while maintaining a respect for and understanding of various positions.
- You invest in people. You recognize you are part of a whole. You learn from others, enjoy collaborating, teach those around you, and truly care about the people you work with.
ADDITIONAL SKILLSETS AND ATTRIBUTES:
- Ideally 4+ years’ experience working on transportation, housing, and/or energy efficiency issues for a government agency, nonprofit organization, or consulting/research firm. Master’s degree in environmental-related fields, including public policy, environmental studies, energy management, sustainability, engineering or economics a plus. Relevant experience will be considered as a potential substitute for graduate-level education.
- Experience with federal grant writing or working with state/federal agencies preferred.
- Demonstrated experience with project management, working with tight deadlines in a collaborative way.
- Excellent analytical and writing skills, with the ability to rapidly assimilate and synthesize information.
- Demonstrated networking and relationship-building skills with business and government, business, and community leaders.
- Excellent oral communications and interpersonal skills.
- Strong time management and attention to detail.
- Desire to be a part of an influential team of professionals, who embrace high quality, impactful work, and a healthy work-life balance.
- A commitment to understanding the impacts of structural racism in the energy sector and its impacts on underserved and underrepresented communities, and a desire to advance climate solutions that benefit these communities.
Equity and social justice are a critical components of Utah Clean Energy’s mission, values, and strategic pathways. We welcome candidates from an array of backgrounds and experiences to join our team. Learn more about our commitment here: https://utahcleanenergy.org/energy-equity/
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: Salary range for this full-time exempt position is $72,000 – $85,000. Salary is dependent on relevant and demonstrated experience, with most candidates starting under or close to the mid-point of the salary range.
Utah Clean Energy’s benefits package includes company-paid health insurance, 403(b) retirement plan contributions, life and long-term disability insurance coverage, paid vacation leave, sick leave, holiday leave, parental leave, and a hybrid work environment. This position also provides the opportunity to work in a relaxed environment close to recreation opportunities in Utah.
TIMELINE: Position open until filled.
Utah Clean Energy is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. Every qualified person has an equal opportunity for hire, assignment, and advancement without regard for race, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, disability as defined by law, or any other class protected by law.