Senior Legislative Analyst
Job Title: Senior Legislative Analyst; Legislative Analyst
Salary: To be determined, based on experience
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Redwood City, California
PENINSULA CLEAN ENERGY
Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) is a joint powers authority formed by the County of San Mateo and each of its 20 cities to offer greener electricity to its residents and businesses to meet local climate action goals. PCE is governed by a Board of Directors, which is comprised of a representative from the governing body of each member community.
The principal purpose of PCE is to provide clean energy to the residents of San Mateo County. PCE operates as a Community Choice Energy program for its member communities by purchasing electricity from clean generation sources (such as solar, wind and hydropower) on behalf of customers in its service area. Electricity is still delivered over the existing distribution system, which will continue to be owned and operated by the current electric utility. Implementing PCE’s program helps achieve local community climate actions goals. PCE serves approximately 300,000 customers.
The Legislative Analyst works under the general direction of the CEO and the Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs and has responsibility for a wide range of Peninsula Clean Energy's (PCE) legislative affairs. Primarily, the Legislative Analyst tracks and evaluates proposed legislation at the state legislature to assess the impact on PCE. The Legislative Analyst will be responsible for developing PCE positions on proposed legislation through analyses and written reports in consultation with PCE management and relevant staff. The Legislative Analyst will also develop a variety of presentation materials to support PCE's position for use internally and externally. The Legislative Analyst will also represent PCE regarding legislative issues at CalCCA, the trade association representing community choice energy programs, with stakeholder organizations, and at the Legislature. This position performs related work and other analytic tasks for PCE as required.
This position may have future supervisory responsibilities and may have oversight responsibility for external contractors depending on the project.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Track, review, analyze, and interpret legislation being considered in the California Legislature and being developed by stakeholders that could impact PCE and its customers.
- Develop high-level policy and responses for key legislation and legislative issues affecting PCE, including strategy and prioritization of legislative action for management consideration.
- Represent PCE in legislative meetings and related events through preparation of relevant materials and oral advocacy.
- Under direction of management, work closely with technical experts, external regulatory counsel, and other PCE staff to achieve the essential duties described herein.
- Under direction of management, represent PCE in work with other CCAs, at CalCCA, with local legislators, and before relevant external legislative and energy policy related organizations
The ideal candidate would have:
Education and Experience:
- A combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in Public Relations, Public Policy, Political Science, Public Administration, Communications or a related field, and a minimum of three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in legislative affairs at an electric utility, energy-related company, non-profit, or regulatory agency or working for a legislator, interest group or public policy organization with emphasis on electric procurement issues, renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy policy generally, or closely related field.
- JD or Master’s in above fields is a plus.
Knowledge and Understanding:
- California legislative process and protocols.
- California legislative history generally concerning energy matters.
- California legislative history regarding CCAs and California electric utility regulatory issues such as the nonbypassable charges, electric vehicle policy, energy storage policy, and low-income/disadvantaged communities is extremely helpful.
- General understanding of California utility rate design, electric resource planning/integrated, net energy metering, demand response solutions and regulatory relations is also helpful
- Communications portals and web-based resources for legislative activity.
- Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Excel, Word, Adobe Acrobat, and PowerPoint.
- Build effective coalitions of aligned stakeholders to achieve legislative success as defined.
- Orally communicate complex topics in easy to understand presentations before relevant legislative stakeholders, CalCCA, the PCE Board, staff and other audiences.
- Manage multiple priorities and quickly adapt to changing priorities in a fast-paced dynamic environment.
- Take responsibility and work independently, as well as coordinate team efforts within PCE and the greater CCE community.
- Superior writing skills, especially related to legislation and legislative correspondence.
- Be thorough and detail-oriented.
- Work accurately and swiftly under pressure.
- Demonstrate patience, tact, and courtesy at all times.
PHYSICAL AND WORKING CONDITIONS
TEMPORARY: Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, work will be performed in a remote, work-from-home environment until at least July 6, 2021, and will likely continue in that structure for some time after that to be determined by PCE’s management. Once it is safe for all staff to associate in-person again, the individual fulfilling this role is expected to be located in a location that would enable frequent travel between the cities of Redwood City, San Francisco, and Sacramento.
ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed in a typical office setting with exposure to computer screens with moderate noise and will require some evening and weekend work. The noise level in the work environment is usually typical of an office environment and public events.
PHYSICAL: While performing the duties of this class, employees are regularly required to sit, walk, and stand; talk or hear, in person and by telephone; reach with hands and arms. Employees are occasionally required to walk, and stand for prolonged periods; stoop, bend, kneel and twist; and may lift up to 20 pounds. Employees must be able to communicate in person, in writing, and by telephone with Board members, management, co-workers, vendors, consultants, and with the public in face-to-face, one-on-one, and group settings.
Salary and Benefits
Compensation commensurate with experience. PCE offers a generous benefits package, including
- Individual, family and domestic partner health insurance
- Retirement and Employer Matching Contributions
- Health and dependent care flex spending account
- Paid Parental Leave
- Paid Vacation
- Other benefits
Application, Selection Process and Timeline
To apply for this exciting opportunity, please submit the items listed below in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Cover letter expressing interest in the position
- A Writing Sample as described below
- Responses to the following supplemental topics:
- Provide a summary of your qualifications for the position of Legislative Analyst, and, if applicable your experience directly involving the California Legislature.
- One of the duties of this position will be evaluating proposed legislation at the California Legislature to assess the impact on Peninsula Clean Energy. Please provide a specific example of your experience with evaluating and analyzing proposed legislation.
- Describe your experience representing an organization before a legislature and trade associations.
- If you were offered the position of Legislative Analyst for Peninsula Clean Energy describe what you think will be the biggest challenges you will face. In addition, describe what you see as the biggest legislative challenges facing community choice aggregators (CCAs) in general, and Peninsula Clean Energy specifically. Describe how you have managed similar challenges in a similar position, and how you have assisted your organization in navigating similar challenges.
- Please attach an example of your professional writing that best demonstrates your qualifications as someone with superior writing skills, especially related to legislative briefings, legislative correspondence, position papers, or other relevant legislative documents.
Recruitment and selection timeline (expected):
- Final Date for Submitting Application Materials: Open Until Filled
- Application Screening (tentative): February 18, 2021
- Initial Interviews (tentative): February 24, 2021 to March 15, 2021
- Finalist Interviews (tentative): Week of March 22, 2021
Peninsula Clean Energy is an equal opportunity employer.