Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy seeks Clean Energy Associate
PRIMARY PURPOSE OF THE POSITION: The primary purpose of this position will be to assist Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA) lawyers with their work in the area of Clean Energy and Climate. MCEA regularly intervenes in proceedings at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to encourage cost-effective and lower-carbon or carbon-free alternatives to meet Minnesota’s electricity needs. The Clean Energy Associate will work closely with MCEA’s legal team to provide technical and analytical support for this work. In addition, as appropriate, the Clean Energy Associate will assist with legislative advocacy, act as a liaison to outside consultants and expert witnesses, coordinate with law clerks, concerned citizens and other advocacy organizations, provide communications and media support, and conduct research and writing. The Clean Energy Associate will be supervised by and report to MCEA’s lead attorney for climate and energy.
MAJOR AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:
Works with MCEA’s legal director and lead attorney for climate and energy to assist with MCEA’s Clean Energy and Climate program, including analyzing utility filings, researching and analyzing publicly available energy data, assisting with the drafting of comments and testimony, and representing MCEA at stakeholder meetings or in other venues as directed by MCEA’s legal staff.
In conjunction with the legal staff and communications staff, helps to implement appropriate media strategies for clean energy cases and advocacy projects.
In conjunction with lead climate and energy attorney, assists MCEA’s legislative and legal teams, as appropriate, with legislative and administrative advocacy as it relates to clean energy matters, including reviewing proposed legislation and rules, meeting with legislators and agency staff, and assisting with written and oral testimony.
Stays abreast of emerging trends in energy law and policy, technologies, and regulation.
Assists the Clean Energy and Climate staff as needed in communicating with funders.
Learns and abides by core professional requirements of work in a law office.
OTHER PERFORMANCE CRITERIA:
Sound judgment with the ability to balance independent action with adequate communication to supervisor and other legal staff.
Good working relationship with MCEA staff, partner and client organizations, and affected communities.
Clear, logical, and focused analysis and synthesis of issues.
Excellent research and writing ability.
Positive contribution to team-oriented work environment.
Bachelor’s degree required; relevant field preferred but not required.
Excellent writing and analytic skills.
Commitment to public interest environmental advocacy and environmental justice.
Commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace and culture that values differences.
Experience with and knowledge of energy regulation preferred but not required.
MCEA strives to create a mission-focused work environment that is fair and inclusive. We offer a competitive non-profit salary, including excellent benefits. MCEA highly values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.
TO APPLY: Please send cover letter explaining qualifications and interest, résumé, writing sample and references to HR@mncenter.org. Position will remain open until filled.