Senior Lead, Policy and Technical Assistance

Full-Time (Permanent)

Posting Date: March 21st, 2019

Application Deadline: Ongoing (Open until filled)


Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) is seeking an experienced candidate to manage CRS state policy outreach and contribute to our international policy and technical assistance team. This position will play a key role in supporting the organization’s goals of advancing the growth of renewable energy in the U.S. and internationally. For over twenty years, CRS has been active in supporting the development and implementation of policies and institutions at all levels that advance the development of renewable energy, including the successful coordination of renewable energy and climate policy that recognizes and promotes the GHG reduction benefits offered by renewable energy. This position is largely focused on managing CRS US state policy activities, but will also contribute to CRS technical support and other related policy and renewable energy market development activities in the U.S. and internationally.

This is a permanent, full-time exempt position reporting to the Director of Policy and Climate Change Programs. The position is based in San Francisco, although CRS may consider candidates working remotely elsewhere within the continental United States. Domestic and international travel will be required.

Job Description

U.S. State Policy Outreach and Technical Assistance (80%)

This position is responsible for management of U.S. state policy as a major component of the U.S. policy program area. This position oversees responses to calls for public comment or requests for technical input by state agencies related to new and existing renewable energy and related carbon policy program design and development. This includes, but is not limited to, preparation and submission of written comments; participation in workshops, meetings, and hearings; participation in technical advisory and working groups; preparation of presentations; and other related engagement in state regulatory proceedings. It also involves building and maintaining partnerships and regular communications with other NGOs, industry associations, and other stakeholders to monitor, address, and inform state-level policy developments. This position provides support and assistance to CRS expert assistance projects and other U.S. policy activities related to state-level strategic objectives, renewable energy market development, federal and regional policy, voluntary standard development, and communications.

CRS’s U.S. policy program area supports the design and development of policies and programs at all levels that increase renewable energy development and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the energy sector, with a focus on:

  • creating and maintaining credible renewable energy and GHG accounting systems (e.g. prevent double counting)
  • maintaining regulatory surplus for the voluntary renewable energy market, ensuring consumer protection, and promoting and protecting voluntary demand for renewable energy and emissions reductions
  • supporting positive and incremental renewable energy and carbon policy interactions that advance renewable energy development and do not erode the environmental impacts of existing policies or markets
  • developing standards of best practice for renewable energy and greenhouse gas accounting and reporting
  • advancing policy and standards that are complementary to the renewable energy market development goals of CRS’s Green-e certification program.

CRS staff routinely provide guidance and technical expertise to policymakers, regulators, functional support entities, and others to strengthen market integrity, impact, and consumer confidence in renewable energy and carbon markets—ensuring that renewable energy procurement and emissions reduction activities have real impacts and are accounted for and communicated accurately. This position will contribute technically and lead many of these engagements.

International Policy and Technical Assistance (20%)

This position assists with international policy and technical assistance activities, including the following:

  • writing white papers and presenting on best practices for international renewable energy market development
  • providing renewable energy and climate policy expert assistance to policymakers and industry stakeholders
  • creating market briefs and conducting research on emerging international renewable energy markets
  • providing expert assistance services regarding energy attribute certificate / renewable energy certificate tracking systems
  • engaging in international Green-e pilot projects and stakeholder outreach
  • assessing renewable energy and GHG impact strategies for corporations and institutions
  • representing CRS in international collaborations, policy discussions, client and external stakeholder meetings

Qualifications and Preferred Skills

CRS seeks a candidate with significant experience in U.S. renewable energy policy design and implementation, including significant work engaging with government, industry and NGO stakeholders. Preferred skills and experience include:

  • Master’s degree or higher in related field with relevant work experience in renewable energy policy. Experience in the U.S. voluntary renewable energy market and specific knowledge related to renewable energy certificates (RECs), REC tracking systems, Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) programs, utility green power programs, renewable power purchase agreements, and community solar programs preferred
  • excellent written and oral communication skills. Experience contributing to white papers, preparing written comments on proposed regulation or legislation, giving presentations (e.g. at conferences or on webinars), and speaking at regulatory proceedings preferred
  • experience conducting research and analysis, both quantitative and qualitative
  • experience with project management. Experience managing staff preferred
  • flexible self-starter; able to multitask and prioritize across multiple projects; must be able to work independently
  • personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to CRS’s mission
  • though not a requirement, fluency in a foreign language, especially Mandarin or Spanish, would support impact in certain international technical assistance projects.

To Apply

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Please submit a resume, cover letter and salary requirement to in one combined file titled with your name. Please include the job title in the subject line. Indicate why you are interested in the position, a summary of your qualifications, and your available start date. No calls or email inquiries please. In compliance with federal law, employment is contingent upon verification of identity and eligibility to work in the United States, including completion of Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification. Employment is also contingent upon satisfactory reference checks.