State, Local, and Utility Policy Associate

Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance
Closing Date: 
Sat, 04/28/2018

A. Organizational Overview

Founded in 2007, The Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on the advancement of knowledge, resources and opportunities needed to use energy more efficiently in the southeastern United States. We do this by supporting the development of effective state, local and utility policies, expanding availability and access to research and resources to address energy efficiency in buildings, and growing the resources available to finance efficiency projects.

As one of six regional energy efficiency organizations (REEOs), SEEA is part of a strong national network dedicated to leveraging the benefits of energy efficiency for all communities. SEEA works collaboratively with stakeholders in 11 southeastern states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

SEEA’s Mission

The Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance works to ensure people in the Southeast have the knowledge, resources, and opportunities to optimize energy use.

SEEA’s Vision

Energy efficiency is a primary driver of a prosperous, healthy and sustainable Southeast.

SEEA’s Culture & Benefits

SEEA’s offers a highly collaborative and supportive work environment to allow employees to grow and demonstrate their leadership abilities. Employees receive the following benefits:

  • 15 days of Paid Time Off and nine (9) paid holidays annually
  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance benefits
  • 401(k) retirement plans with organizational match
  • Paid parental maternity and paternity leave
  • Monthly alternative transit and mobile phone stipends
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Continuing education and professional development opportunities

B.   Position Description

State, Local, and Utility Policy Program

SEEA provides technical assistance, education, and resources to help our stakeholders make smart, informed energy-related decisions. The SEEA Policy team manages a portfolio of policy-related research, technical assistance, and engagement to advance energy efficiency in our 11-state region. The Policy team also monitors and shares information about trending or emerging topics that intersect with energy efficiency, including but not limited to health, electric transportation, and sustainability.

Position Overview

SEEA seeks a qualified candidate for the position of Policy Associate to report to the Policy Manager and support data collection and tracking, research, and administrative needs of SEEA’s Policy Portfolio. The position requires excellent organizational and data management skills, deadline and time management, written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to perform multiple tasks. The Policy Associate should have knowledge of how to collect and evaluate regulatory and policy developments, summarize findings, and formulate policy recommendations. Familiarity with the energy sector and energy efficiency is strongly preferred. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Tracking Regional Developments and Trends

  • Track regulatory and policy developments in SEEA’s 11 state region
  • Develop and maintain a database of ongoing regulatory proceedings and trends
  • Prepare quarterly “Policy Highlights” that summarize important policy developments within the region for SEEA’s members
  • Prepare written and oral briefings on request for SEEA’s Policy Team, President, Board, members, or other stakeholders, upon request
  • Monitor utility policies and programs for successes, emerging topics and other shareable examples, and participate in discussions about Policy Team priorities and opportunities

Research and Writing

  • Conduct research on established and emerging topics in energy efficiency and related policy
  • Assist with the development of fact sheets, policy memos, public comments, slide presentations, white papers and other materials, as needed

Administrative and Special Projects

  • Complete a variety of project administration tasks including organizing tasks, coordinating stakeholders, creating deliverables, and maintaining project records
  • Prepare and submit funding reports, financial reports, reimbursement requests, and invoices as required by grant and project agreements
  • Assist the Policy team or other SEEA team members with new initiatives, special projects, etc. as assigned


Technical Proficiency

  • Experience collecting, organizing, and synthesizing large amounts of qualitative and quantitative data. Applicant must be highly organized, detail-oriented, and analytical. 
  • Demonstrated writing ability and aptitude for translating large volumes of complex information into concise and easily understandable formats
  • Strong project management experience with proven success with meeting deadlines and the ability to adapt to shifting priorities
  • A genuine interest in energy efficiency and sustainability policy. Experience in energy efficiency a plus

Professional Competency

  • A strong desire to continue to learn and grow, upgrading both knowledge and skills, and the ability to accept and learn from feedback
  • Enjoys interacting with others and possesses excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Responsible, self-motivated and organized with a high level of attention to detail
  • At ease within a fast-paced, dynamic and highly-collaborative working environment

Education & Experience Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in the field of public policy, economics, environmental studies, sustainability, or a related field; advanced degree optional. At least one to two years’ related work or internship experience in a professional environment.

Location & Travel

This position is based out of SEEA’s office in Atlanta, Georgia and may require up to 20 percent travel.

Classification & Compensation

This is a full-time, exempt salaried position. Annual salary range is $40,000 to $48,000. Successful applicants will be required to prove their legal status to work in the United States.

C. How to Apply

Qualified candidates may apply by submitting a cover letter and resume through SEEA's BambooHR system. No phone calls or in person visits, please.

Candidates considered for interviews will be asked to provide a writing sample and at least two professional or academic references. We may, at our discretion, ask candidates to complete a short writing exercise.