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10 Sep 2022

Full-Time Senior Energy Campaigns Analyst

Sierra Club – Posted by Sierra Club Anywhere

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Job Description

We are hiring a Senior Analyst to help advance our campaign to decarbonize the grid! This is an important role using data to shape our strategy in retiring the remaining fleet of coal-fired power plants at a state and utility-level. Seeking candidates with experience in evaluating utility planning models and energy economics. Come join our growing team of analysts working across the energy sector!

To Apply: Application Link found here


Context: At the Sierra Club, we believe in the power of togetherness. Together, we remain committed to the fight for a healthy climate built on a foundation of environmental, racial, economic, and gender justice – a future where all people benefit from a healthy, thriving planet and a direct connection to nature. As the climate crisis and deeply entrenched systemic racism all fuel inequity, we will continue to fight for a bold, transformational agenda that recognizes the interconnectedness between our planet, our humanity, and our democracy. By recognizing that our destinies are tied, we continue to name that all things are fundamentally connected, and the overlap between ecology, race, gender, and representative government will move to either advance our collective humanity or to oppress it.

Sierra Club is comprised of staff across the country and a network of local chapters that support our grassroots engagement. We are also proud to be a unionized employer, with two labor unions representing more than half of our employees.

Scope: The Senior Energy Campaigns Analyst is an integral part of a team working across Sierra Club’s campaigns to transform the U.S. electric sector off fossil fuels and towards an equitable clean energy future.  The Senior Analyst will have primary responsibility for providing research and analysis on the remaining coal-fired power plants and investigating both economic vulnerabilities and barriers to clean energy replacement.  They will work with the Deputy Director of Research, Strategy and Analysis to provide analytics at a state and regional level and disseminate findings both internally and externally.  They will also work closely with the Sierra Club’s broader Analyst Team to develop cross-cutting research across sectors (electricity, transportation, buildings, etc) to determine larger vulnerabilities in the fossil fuel industry.  They will work on environmental justice data to help inform the campaigns of policies or facilities that disproportionately burden people of color and low-income communities.  This work will be done in alignment with Sierra Club’s values and requires highly advanced emotional, relational and equity skills and practice.

Job activities include but are not limited to:

  1. Provide research and analytical support on decarbonizing the electric sector.  The Senior Energy Campaigns Analyst will provide support to sector-wide regional and state level campaign efforts through targeted, subnational analysis. They will act as a technical expert on the viability of utility planning and provide alternative economic analysis using proprietary modeling tools. They will also be responsible for providing analytical support to our environmental law program working on electricity market reforms.
  2. Assist with data visualization for our energy campaigns.  Help our campaigns tell more compelling stories through data visualization; create compelling graphs, interactive tools and infographics; contribute to reports, presentations, blogs and and other media for internal and external audiences.
  3. Assist with fundraising.  In cooperation with fundraising staff, assist in the development of fundraising proposals and participate in grant making, solicitation efforts and reports to donors.
  4. Collaborate with the Analyst Team to foster data-informed campaigns.  Support campaigns with workshops and presentations to facilitate content knowledge of energy sector and campaign outcomes; work with Analyst Team to provide original research and other analysis in support of campaign decarbonization efforts.  The Senior Energy Campaigns Analyst will also provide ongoing analytical support to Sierra Club’s Campaigns teams, including key data points and summaries, slide decks, white papers, etc as needed.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience: 

  • Expertise in the electric sector and/or energy economics. Familiarity with industry-specific datasets and models (i.e. IPM, NEEDS, etc.). Knowledge of energy analysis, and working knowledge of statistics, economics, and finance for power plants.
  • Excellent quantitative, analytical, and research skills. Deep content knowledge of the energy sector and one or more cross-cutting components such as environmental engineering, utility economics, integrated resource planning, etc. Effective with data visualization – creating charts, maps and slides to convey information.
  • Expert computer skills, including advanced statistical software (e.g., Excel, R, and/or Python), Tableau, and GIS. 
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.  Comfort with public speaking.  Skill at packaging and explaining complex concepts to a wide range of audiences through clear written materials.
  • Ability to work independently and with teams. Entrepreneurial and driven to make change; eager to collaborate within your team and promote learning at all levels of the organization; responsive and deadline driven. Detail oriented and deadline driven.
  • Equity Analysis and Practice. You are aware of your group identities and how they have shaped your life and experiences at work. You have an analysis of how racism and other forms of oppression in society impact relationships, systems and culture. You bring experience and skills for working effectively with colleagues across group identities and position/role.

The strongest candidates will also demonstrate the following experience, skills and competencies:

  • Comfort with Access, SQL, or other databases.
  • Experience with analysis of power plant economics
  • Experience with utility planning / modeling
  • Content knowledge with energy markets / transmission
  • Familiarity with EPA power sector rules

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $91,000 based on region/location.

This position is represented by a collective bargaining unit and is subject to the terms and conditions of the contract between Sierra Club and Progressive Workers Union or Sierra Employee Alliance depending on location.

The Sierra Club offers a competitive salary package commensurate with skills and experience plus excellent benefits that include medical, dental, and vision coverage, and a retirement savings 401(k) plan.

This is a category 4 exempt position.

Sierra Club values the expertise and talents of foreign nationals. Sierra Club sponsors both nonimmigrant and immigrant visas when certain criteria are met, based on immigration laws and organizational needs. Such sponsorship is at the discretion of the Department Head and Sierra Club Human Resources in consultation with the employee’s manager. The Sierra Club cannot guarantee the approval of a visa petition. The Sierra Club is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.

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How to Apply

  • This position does not have an undergraduate education requirement. If you choose to include your education history, please remove your school’s from your resume. You may leave your degree (e.g., “B.A. Philosophy”), but please remove any undergraduate and graduate school names.
  • This anonymous process is aimed at opening this opportunity to more candidates, reviewing applicants on performance assessments and mitigating bias in the decision making process.
  • Lastly, we are intentionally not asking for a cover letter, so please do not send one in with your application.
  • To Apply: Application Link found here

Job Categories: Clean Energy. Job Types: Full-Time.

Job expires in 7 months.

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