Senior Manager, Policy

Full-Time (Permanent)

Posting Date: May 5th, 2022

Application Deadline: Ongoing (Open until filled)

Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) is 501(c)(3) nonprofit that promotes policy and market-based solutions to advance sustainable energy in the U.S. and internationally. CRS’s work engages stakeholders across the sustainable energy sector, including renewable energy users, sellers, government, and other NGOs through its education, technical assistance, and policy-focused programs and outreach. CRS also administers the market-leading Green-e® programs, which offer independent environmental and consumer protection standards and certification for buyers and producers of renewable energy, such as utility green power programs, and carbon offsets and biomethane.

CRS is seeking a candidate with 3-5 years relevant experience to join its expanding sustainable energy policy and market development team. This position will lead several policy priorities, support CRS’s new Clean Energy Accounting Project (CEAP) and provide additional expert assistance work. The Senior Policy Manager is a full-time exempt position and reports to the Policy Director. This position will be in-person, based at CRS’s San Francisco office, subject to the organization’s COVID-19 protocols and any applicable public health orders. Occasional travel will be required.

CRS’s policy and market development team assists lawmakers, regulators, energy and environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and companies in developing solutions that advance sustainable energy and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. We work at state, national, and international levels to ensure that policy decisions are informed with an understanding of renewable energy markets and promote the continuing growth of clean energy solutions. We also engage in public processes with other organizations and government agencies to promote the use of sustainable energy, including supporting the use of renewable energy to reduce GHG impacts. Focus areas include:

  • Ensuring consumer protection, and promoting and protecting voluntary demand for renewable energy and emissions reductions
  • Supporting positive and impactful renewable energy and carbon practices that advance renewable energy development and do not erode the environmental impacts of existing policies or markets
  • Developing standards of best practice for sustainable energy and greenhouse gas accounting and reporting, and supporting their adoption by leading companies and organizations
  • Creating and maintaining credible sustainable energy and GHG accounting systems




The Senior Policy Manager will lead engagement on 1-2 core policy priorities that facilitate sustainable energy development at home and abroad. Priorities could include 24/7 procurement, GHG accounting, clean energy in the supply chain, wholesale and retail compliance market interactions, tracking energy attributes through storage, clean transportation fuels, or carbon markets. Engagement activities will span U.S. state and national regulatory policies, voluntary renewable energy markets, tracking systems and other necessary market structures for the establishment of vibrant and robust markets. Policy tasks will include:

  • Tracking and engaging in all voluntary and compliance developments relevant to assigned policy priorities
  • Providing renewable energy and climate policy expert assistance to policymakers and industry stakeholders
  • Advocating in external working groups tasked with developing transparent and accurate energy information disclosures and standards for renewable energy, GHG emissions and climate leadership
  • Writing white papers and presenting on best practices
  • Conducting targeted stakeholder outreach
  • Representing CRS in international collaborations, policy discussions, client, and external stakeholder meetings

Clean Energy Accounting Project (CEAP) Management

A range of accounting questions have begun to arise as collective ambition to transition to a clean energy economy grows. CEAP leverages CRS’s long history convening provides a framework to resolve these issues so that progress towards these common goals can continue. The Senior Policy Manager will lead diverse stakeholder working groups tasked with resolving outstanding questions about counting renewable energy in the supply chain, clean energy impact metrics, avoided emissions methodologies, credible claims for 24/7 products, best practice residual mix accounting, and accounting for storage. Tasks will include:

  • Leading and moderating consensus-based technical work groups
  • Managing working group outreach and logistics
  • Conducting technical research on relevant subjects
  • Composing background materials and reports
  • Developing and delivering presentations at conferences, workshops and on webinars

Expert Assistance

The Senior Policy Manager will provide expert assistance and consulting services related to clean and renewable energy policy, procurement, accounting, clean electricity product design and verification, and best practices for corporate and government clients. Tasks may include:

  • Conducting targeted qualitative and quantitative research
  • Identifying relevant external experts and conducting interviews
  • Drafting and reviewing reports
  • Drafting new project proposals based on potential client needs and staff direction
  • Managing and collaborating with teams
  • Assessing renewable energy and GHG impact strategies for corporations and institutions
  • Supporting the design of innovative clean electricity products and verification procedures


Qualifications and Preferred Skills:

CRS seeks a candidate with an understanding of clean energy and GHG accounting, knowledge of renewable energy policy design, and experience engaging with industry and NGO stakeholders. Preferred skills and experience include:

  • Master’s degree in related field
  • Knowledge of renewable energy certificates (RECs), REC tracking systems, utility green power programs, and renewable power purchase agreements
  • Knowledge of carbon accounting best practices for state, regional and national policies, corporate and product carbon footprints, and carbon impact claims
  • Familiarity with sustainable energy and climate leadership initiatives including RE100, CDP, and the Science Based Targets Initiative
  • Experience contributing to white papers, preparing written comments, and giving presentations (e.g., at conferences or on webinars)
  • Experience conducting research and analysis, both quantitative and qualitative
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience with project management
  • Flexible self-starter; able to multitask and prioritize across multiple projects; must be able to work independently
  • Though not a requirement, fluency in a foreign language, especially Mandarin or Spanish, would support impact in certain international expert assistance projects



The target salary range for this position is $80,000-$90,000. Candidates with significant additional relevant experience may be considered for a position with a higher salary range.



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To learn more about CRS and its hiring guidelines, visit CRS Jobs.