New Orleans Policy Director

Alliance for Affordable Energy
Closing Date: 
Thu, 06/07/2018


The New Orleans Policy Director has primary responsibility for advancing the Alliance’s priorities at the New Orleans City Council to protect consumers from unfair costs and burdens. The Director is responsible for day-to-day management of the technical policy work, education, outreach, and activities associated with protecting consumers. Due to the nature of the Alliance’s work, unconventional work schedules and travel may be required.


Responsibilities and Duties


Regulatory Policy Program Management

  • Direct the Alliance’s legal and policy work before the New Orleans City Council
  • Serve as Alliance contact person for all Alliance-instituted lawsuits on behalf of the public, working with other Alliance counsel and technical subject matter experts as needed.
  • Monitor New Orleans Council meetings and agendas, flag important dockets that relate to Alliance priorities and make recommendations to the Executive Director on dockets for intervention
  • File to Intervene in appropriate dockets
  • Make public comment/testimony when necessary
  • Write and submit comments into dockets in a timely manner
  • Stay current on new models of responsible energy policy and new technology
  • Research successful models of responsible energy policy and recruit national experts to support AAE regulatory policy work
  • Develop written support materials about Alliance positions on energy policy issues
  • Devise integrated strategies that advance the organization’s formal regulatory work with public relations, grass roots and stakeholder coordination, and direct engagement with decision makers and their staff
  • Develop good relationships with Council members, staff, and consultants
  • Educate decision-makers and staff about consumer issues
  • Develop rapport with other stakeholders including large industrial interests, utility personnel, and others as needed.
  • Serve as spokesperson for the Alliance, representing the organization and its members in meetings with government agencies, officials, advisory committees, the press and other public forums.
  • Direct the design and implementation of long and short-term strategies to promote the Alliance’s mission with local and national leaders, the media and the community
  • Initiate, develop and maintain partnerships with allied organizations both locally, regionally, and nationally.
  • Develop annual budgets for policy campaigns and regulatory work and submit to Executive Director for approval
  • Monitor expenditures related to regulatory policy and stay on budget



Consultant Management

  • Direct the work of technical experts, additional legal counsel, media/PR, graphic designer, and / or other type of consultant related to New Orleans Policy Work
  • Write scope of work for policy-related consultants to be approved by the Executive Director
  • Make recommendations on best use of consultants for program goals
  • Manage time of consultants to ensure time budgets are maintained


Donor Development

  • Strive to identify and secure additional resources to expand the organizations technical and financial capacity for New Orleans policy efforts
  • Use the Alliance’s established contacts to cultivate new donor contacts
  • Ensure timely “Thank you note” protocol



  • Maintain and cultivate relationships with local and national press; including but not limited to initiating ideas for press stories and/or offering background research and general information to various types of media outlets
  • Work with ED and communications consultant to secure earned Media hits, TV, Radio, Online, and Print
  • Write or solicit articles on current energy policy for Alliance newsletter and other publications
  • Write At least 1 new blog per month
  • Run live twitter feed during public meetings
  • Contribute to press releases and give quotes to media
  • Organize press conferences when appropriate
  • Meet with Editorial Boards when appropriate
  • Ensure messaging consistent with Alliance mission and brand
  • Provide written support materials about Alliance position on energy policy and other issues of interest to consumers


Staff and Intern Management 

  • Comply with the Alliance’s non-discriminatory policy
  • Supervise and delegate responsibilities to assigned interns
  • Ensure assigned interns perform work that is in line with Alliance mission
  • Help Alliance recruit interns for New Orleans programs
  • Help with interviewing and hiring as needed
  • Mentor assigned intern staff
  • Write letter of support for interns that accomplished quality work


Minimum Qualifications:

  • 5-10 years experience in law, energy, regulatory, or other policy
  • Proven track record of victories 
  • Developing, executing, and managing policy campaigns
  • Ability to work effectively within budget
  • Ability to leverage partnerships and volunteers to maximize impact
  • Experience working with regulators, government, and/or policy leaders
  • Established relationships with government, community, and clean energy leaders
  • Ability to work with communities and professionals that are different than you in culture, ethnicity, political viewpoints, age, economic situation, or other difference.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Published blogs, newsletter articles, or other content
  • Published LTEs or OpEd
  • Quoted in a print, online, tv, and/or radio story or secured earned media


Other Qualifications:

  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Recognized as a thought leader among consumer protection, energy efficiency, renewable energy, or other policy advocates
  • Excellent prioritization and organizational skills
  • Superior oral and written communication skills
  • Proficient in computers and commonly used office software



Salary commensurate with experience, plus standard AAE benefits package including health care, 401K matching, comp time, starting vacation at 15 days per year, plus Christmas week and all national holidays.


To apply, email your cover letter, resume/CV to