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NYSEIA Policy Director / Associate

January 5, 2022

NYSEIA

Overview


New York Solar Energy Industries Association (NYSEIA) is a membership and trade association dedicated to advancing the New York solar market. As the state’s longest-standing solar trade association, NYSEIA has successfully influenced the policies, programs, and regulations of the state for more than 25 years. The New York solar market continues to expand and mature, and the next decade will be a pivotal period for solar in the Empire State with key legislative and regulatory changes underway.


NYSEIA seeks a Policy Director/Associate to drive execution of its strategic objectives. The Policy Director/Associate will work in close coordination with the Executive Director, NYSEIA Board, Policy Committees, and general membership to formulate and implement regulatory, programmatic, and legislative objectives in at least the following areas:


  • The transition from Net Energy Metering (NEM) to VDER; future rate design

  • Addressing NY-Sun program effectiveness

  • Obstacles to community solar expansion

  • Rooftop and residential solar market improvements

  • Regional challenges in Long Island, New York City, and Upstate

  • Zoning and permitting hurdles

  • Property tax standardization and certainty



Responsibilities


  • Track developments in solar energy policy issues by interfacing with NYSEIA members, external stakeholders, and conducting quantitative/qualitative research as necessary.

  • Coordinate and engage with members of the NYSEIA Long Island Solar and Storage Alliance (LISSA) to formulate, implement, and advocate for key solar industry policy priorities related to Long Island.

  • Engage with key internal stakeholders including member organizations, board directors, Policy Committees, and NYSEIA working groups to gather input and facilitate consensus on NYSEIA policy positions and strategy.

  • In coordination with the Executive Director, lead the implementation of NYSEIA policy campaigns by drafting position letters, filing public comments, and conducting quantitative/qualitative research as necessary.

  • Engage and interface with key external stakeholders including legislators, state agencies, legislative/executive/regulatory staff, other advocacy groups, and electric utilities to communicate and advocate for NYSEIA policy priorities.

  • Communicate key policy developments to NYSEIA membership by leading membership and working group conference calls and drafting member updates/newsletters for circulation.

  • Assist with programming for NYSEIA events and represent NYSEIA and the New York solar industry at regional and national working groups, conferences, and meetings throughout the year.



Requirements


  • The ideal candidate is passionate about solar energy and has a broad knowledge of issues affecting distributed solar energy development and deployment, particularly in New York State.

  • Prior experience in public policy and renewable energy, specifically distributed solar energy markets, is highly preferred.

  • Proven experience advancing policy and legislative objectives through stakeholder engagement.

  • Strong written, verbal, and presentation skills.

  • Robust qualitative/quantitative research skills.

  • Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree preferred.



Specifications

  • NYSEIA is seeking to fill either a Director or Associate position, with pay and responsibilities commensurate with experience.

  • This is a full-time position based in New York; compensation will be competitive and based on the experience and skills of the applicant.

  • Applicants are expected to work remotely from their own office.

  • Periodic travel to Albany, Long Island, and New York City will be required.



Application Process


Interested applicants should apply via email to info@nyseia.org. Please submit a resume and a cover letter explaining your qualifications and interest in the role. Applicants should feel free to also send references or writing samples, although they are not initially required. Additional information on NYSEIA is available at www.nyseia.org.


NYSEIA is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.