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Senior Policy Advisor – Building Electrification Initiative

About the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM)

Headquartered in Boston, NESCAUM is the nonprofit association of state air quality agencies in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. NESCAUM’s mission is to provide scientific, technical, analytical, and policy support to state air quality and climate programs in the Northeast. To accomplish this, NESCAUM participates in regional and national dialogues, conducts research, helps create regional policy solutions to shared problems, facilitates information sharing, and sponsors training programs.

NESCAUM is governed by a Board of Directors composed of the lead state air quality officials in these states and has a small staff of dedicated professionals with expertise in science, technology, and policy. NESCAUM works directly with states on adopting and implementing criteria air and greenhouse gas emission reduction strategies, including market enabling mechanisms, regulations under the Clean Air Act, and regulations under state climate laws. Relevant to this employment opportunity notice, NESCAUM is establishing a workgroup for state air and energy programs to facilitate cross-state collaboration and coordination on building electrification. The workgroup will coordinate research into policies that promote or require building electrification, synthesize results, make recommendations, and galvanize state action.

Job Summary

NESCAUM is seeking a full-time Senior Policy Advisor to play a key role in supporting NESCAUM’s multi-state Building Electrification Initiative by: developing and providing input on and leading strategies to advance building electrification; facilitating and managing collaboration between internal and external partners; contributing to development and fundraising efforts; and helping build and grow internal capacity to meet NESCAUM’s goals and objectives. This is a highly interdisciplinary and cross-functional role that interfaces directly with NESCAUM’s board of directors, state and federal agencies, industry, NGOs, funders, and other stakeholders. The Senior Policy Advisor must possess the expertise and skills to operate and thrive in a highly collaborative and dynamic environment. This position reports to NESCAUM’s Deputy Director and will serve on a team that includes additional staff.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead a multi-state workgroup on building electrification.
  • Produce high-quality written and analytic materials, sometimes on short deadlines.
  • Oversee technical and policy analysis on building electrification.
  • Conduct fundraising for key initiatives as needed.
  • Build effective relationships with state partners and key stakeholders and function as a 
point of contact.
  • Represent NESCAUM and present at conferences, meetings, and webinars and evaluate 
collaborative opportunities with external organizations; some travel required.
  • Provide ongoing assistance and support to the Deputy Director on overall Building 
Electrification program activities.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications


The successful applicant will have the following minimum qualifications:

  • At least 8 years of experience in a program support and management role in a relevant field such as climate, building energy efficiency, building codes and standards, environmental advocacy, air pollution regulation, or building systems research/analysis.
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (e.g., engineering, policy, law, social sciences).
  • Demonstrated ability to support broad stakeholder engagement.
  • Solutions-focused, extremely collaborative personality.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communications skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Experience leading projects and programs, including independent decision-making.
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently (both virtually and in-person) with minimal 
supervision.
  • Entrepreneurial/opportunistic approach to work and programs.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Passion for environmental and social issues.


Preferred Qualifications


While not required, the following qualifications are considered a plus:

  • Experience working with government agencies.
  • Direct experience with building electrification or building efficiency policy.
  • Advanced degree (MS, PhD, JD) in engineering, policy, law, or another relevant field.
  • Developing and supporting adoption of appliance standards.
  • Strong knowledge of utility regulatory issues.
  • Facilitating negotiations and consensus processes.
  • Working with labor and environmental justice advocates.


Location


The position will be based in Boston, Massachusetts. The NESCAUM office is located near South Station and is easily accessible via public transportation. Excellent candidates who would prefer to work from other locations will be considered (with expectations of semi-regular travel).


Compensation


NESCAUM offers a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience, a friendly work environment, and an excellent benefits package including: full health coverage with no employee contribution; dental and vision coverage; retirement plan; life and disability insurance; generous vacation and holidays; health club membership; and public transit pass.


To Apply


NESCAUM is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse candidate pool. NESCAUM recognizes diversity as an asset essential to accomplishing its work and views diversity as encompassing differences in race and gender, as well as age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, job skills, and education. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


To be considered for this position, interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter explaining your qualifications and interest in this position to: adminteam@nescaum.org.


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