Join Our Team: IREC Is Hiring a Regulatory Vice President

Schedule: Full-time
Salary range: Commensurate with experience
Position reports to: President and CEO
Location: Flexible
Benefits: Health insurance, retirement match, personal time off

IREC is a nonprofit working toward a 100% clean energy future that is reliable, resilient and equitable. Our mission is to build the foundation for rapid adoption of clean energy and energy efficiency to benefit people, the economy and our planet. IREC provides independent leadership and trusted clean energy expertise.

In support of our mission, IREC:

  • Advances state regulatory reform and adoption of best practices
  • Develops and disseminates thought-leading tools and resources and education
  • Develops and implements foundational codes and standards
  • Provides high-quality clean energy workforce training and accreditation 

IREC operates virtually with a small office in Albany, New York. It has employees located in six states. 

About the Position
IREC is seeking a self-motivated, passionate thought leader to provide strategic direction and oversight of the organization’s regulatory program. Reporting to IREC’s President and CEO, the Vice President of the Regulatory Program will lead IREC’s regulatory team and attorneys as they develop and execute a multi-state strategy to advance distributed energy resource (DER) regulatory best practices. This is a full-time, exempt position.


  • DER Regulatory Policy Expertise – Provide national and state leadership and expertise on IREC’s core regulatory policy issues: interconnection, grid modernization, energy storage, smart inverters/IEEE 1547-2018 Standard and consumer solar access policies. Identify new policy issues and opportunities to expand IREC’s expertise, such as the integration of electric vehicles on the grid, electrification of the building sector, and other emerging trends as they relate to the grid.
  • Regulatory Strategy – Develop and implement IREC’s regulatory strategy, in coordination with IREC’s executive management, regulatory staff and attorneys, establishing priorities for state engagement based on potential impact and available resources. Develop annual work plans to support achievement of IREC’s strategic goals, while also filling identified needs and gaps to support national clean energy efforts. 
  • State Regulatory Engagement – Oversee and guide the participation of IREC’s regulatory staff and attorneys in state regulatory proceedings. Provide state public service commissioners and staff education and guidance on the advancement of regulatory best practices for DERs. Coordinate with the regulatory team and local/state partners to develop policy positions; help develop, review, and edit all comments and filings. Ensure successful regulatory engagement that results in favorable rules and outcomes in multiple states with diverse DER markets.
  • Thought-leading Tools & Resources – Lead and oversee the development of national regulatory policy tools, resources and reports. For examples, see IREC’s Publications and Blog
  • Public Speaking – Represent IREC in various public forums and events (in-person and virtual) to share information, best practices and insights about regulatory efforts. Position IREC to earn speaking positions at target conferences and events, including those with regulators, industry, policymakers and advocates. 
  • Educational Events – Support the development and execution of various IREC-led or -hosted events (e.g., webinars, panel discussions, workshops, conferences, etc.), with the aim to share regulatory insights with target audiences in a clear and comprehensible way. 
  • Strategic Partnerships – Establish and nurture strategic partnerships with regulatory commissions, government agencies, clean energy industries, utilities, national laboratories, state and regional advocacy organizations and foundations to advance shared regulatory objectives.
  • Program Management – Oversee Regulatory Program activities to ensure the achievement of IREC’s regulatory strategic key results and outcomes. Supervise and provide leadership for the regulatory team including staff and attorneys. Mentor staff, conduct annual performance reviews and deploy team resources to maximize strategic outcomes. Lead searches when hiring new staff.
  • Development & Reporting – Work with IREC’s executive management to identify and engage potential new sources of funding to support activities and expansion of the regulatory program. Support and embrace fundraising activities, including identifying and pursuing funding opportunities with foundations, corporations and government agencies with the aim to secure resources for the program. Establish and nurture relationships with existing and potential new funders who share a commitment to IREC’s mission, goals and strategy. Develop proposals for funding IREC’s regulatory activities. Provide timely written and verbal reports that provide updates on progress, as required and requested. 
  • Communications – Support IREC communications and media efforts to ensure IREC’s regulatory activities, successes, impacts, best practices and insights are clearly articulated to diverse target audiences, including regulators and policymakers. Coordinate with IREC’s Communications team to share information through diverse communication channels (webinars, blogs, news releases, articles, etc.), with the aim to educate state and national audiences about IREC’s best practices, policy recommendations and tools. 
  • Organizational Leadership – Provide support to IREC President and CEO, Senior Management, and Board of Directors to advance IREC’s internal strategic goals and enhance the stellar reputation of IREC among partners, funders, government agencies and regulators. Participate in monthly team calls and other organizational activities. Contribute to budget development and provide high-level oversight of Regulatory budgets and funding. 

Required Qualifications

  • Five+ years of work experience and familiarity with public utility regulation, distributed energy resource policy and technology, and state policy and advocacy
  • Demonstrated proficiency in project management and execution
  • Attention to detail 
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, including discretion and good judgment 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience managing staff or teams 
  • Fundraising and development skills, including proposal preparation and the ability to develop and oversee budgets 
  • Strong understanding of the electricity grid and U.S. energy system, including the technical, procedural and legal aspects impacting the grid integration of distributed energy resources    
  • Intellectually curious and self-disciplined fast learner with the ability to independently operate in a virtual environment and provide needed self-direction
  • Demonstrated passion to mitigate the climate crisis and be part of the clean energy future
  • Self-motivated and entrepreneurial, but able to work well with teams
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize, be flexible and work in a collaborative environment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in one or more environmental policy-related fields, including public policy, environmental science, sustainability, law, engineering or other relevant clean energy field; experience will be considered as a potential substitute for graduate education 
  • Experience with communication channels, including social media, online, print and broadcast media 
  • Experience writing white papers or other significant policy documents
  • Experience in leading or managing Department of Energy or other federal grants

To Apply
Submit a resume, cover letter, and a professional writing sample on a subject relevant to this posting to by May 28, 2020.

IREC is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical conditions.


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