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Executive Energy Policy and Partnerships Specialist

Executive Energy Policy and Partnerships Specialist

Salary:$104,520.00 - $132,496.00 Annually 

Job Type:Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week

Location:Chinook Building - 401 5th Ave, Seattle, Washington

Department:Department of Natural Resources & Parks - Director's Office

Summary: King County's recently adopted 2015 Strategic Climate Action Plan sets ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing energy efficiency and the production and use of clean renewable energy, both in county operations and at the countywide scale. Investments in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and clean technology research and development present significant opportunities to support broader economic development and equity and social justice goals.

The Energy Policy and Partnerships Specialist will work in the King County Executive Office and serve as a leader, catalyst, and connector for the expansion of externally-facing resource efficiency, clean energy, and advanced transportation fuel and technology related efforts across King County. 

The position will report to the Executive's Director of Climate and Energy Initiatives. This position will regularly engage with the county's Climate Leadership Team comprised of Department Directors, and with Executive Office Government Relations staff and key department staff. They will collaborate with staff from multiple departments implementing energy policy and partnership recommendations in the SCAP.
Who may apply:  This position is open to all qualified applicants.
Work schedule: The workweek is normally Monday through Friday with occasional weekend or evening work as needed. This position is exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not eligible for overtime pay. However this position will be eligible for approved Executive Leave.
Forms and Materials required: Applicants must submit a (1) King County Application, (2) resume, and (3) letter of interest. The letter of interest should describe how your experience meets the qualifications and has prepared you to perform the essential functions of the job.

About King County: With about 2 million residents, King County ranks No. 1 in population in the state and is the 14th most populous county in the nation. The County is the financial, economic and industrial center of the Pacific Northwest region. Major business and employers in the region include: Starbucks, The Boeing Company, Microsoft, University of Washington, Paccar, Amazon, King County and the City of Seattle.  King County excels in livability with a wide range of housing options, outstanding educational institutions, top-rated health care systems and facilities, tremendous outdoor recreation opportunities and natural beauty.

The Energy Policy and Partnerships Specialist will:

  • Lead implementation of select community-facing energy efficiency and renewable energy strategies consistent with the King County 2015 Strategic Climate Action Plan, King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C) Commitments, Equity and Social Justice Ordinance, and Executive Priorities for "Best Run Government."
  • Serve as a catalyst and connector for partnerships with utilities, housing service providers, cities, and community–based organizations to increase access and use of energy efficiency and renewable energy incentives.
  • Provide policy and subject matter expertise and advise the Executive Office and County departments on community-scale energy issues, including resource efficiency; Washington State policies and regulations governing energy utilities; renewable energy production, distribution, and storage; trends and authorities related to coal export, oil transport, and natural gas; and clean transportation fuels and technologies.
  • Develop and recommend strategies for accelerating county and state transition to clean, renewable energy, including removal of regulatory barriers and deployment of partnerships to advance renewable energy production, storage, and distribution.
  • Partner with state and federal partners such as the Washington State Departments of Commerce and Transportation, and U.S. Departments of Energy and Transportation, to secure support and funding for King County clean energy and advanced transportation fuel and technology priorities.
  • Work with the Economic Development Advisor, county Departments, business partners and community-based organizations to develop and implement shared goals, strategies and programs for expanding the clean energy economy in King County.
  • Represent the County at high-level meetings with city elected officials, utilities, regulators, businesses, and non-profit groups.
  • Develop, review and advise on county legislation, policies, the county's State and federal legislative priorities, and county budget decisions related to energy efficiency and renewable energy in the building and transportation sectors.

Example of Deliverables:

  • Clean Energy Transition Planning: In partnership with county energy and climate staff, K4C partners, and others, oversee and manage a third party technical analysis of local clean energy and energy efficiency potential.
  • Utility Scale Renewable Energy Project Development: Partner with county energy staff to support the development of commercial-scale renewable energy projects.
  • Renewable Power Purchase Agreements:  Review national, regional and local regulatory and market trends for renewable power purchase agreements and make recommendations for pursuing partnerships with corporate and municipal power purchasers and utilities.
  • Transportation Fuels and Vehicles:  Advise on policies and work plan, and work with departments to establish partnerships with cities and businesses to advance use of clean fuels, electric vehicles, and other actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector.
  • Community Energy and Resource Efficiency Programs: Work with the Puget Sound Energy, Seattle City Light, the Department of Community and Human Services, local housing authorities, the Washington State Housing Finance Commission and other advocates of affordable housing to expand the installation of renewable energy production and energy and water efficient fixtures and equipment.
  • Utility Marketing Partnerships: Work with Seattle City Light and Puget Sound Energy to develop joint marketing efforts that encourage participation in utility energy efficiency programs.
  • Building Codes:  Partner with various entities to advocate for stronger state residential and commercial energy codes for efficiency, electric vehicles, and on-site renewable energy generation.

The ideal candidate will have the following Leadership Competencies:

  • Collaborative skills
  • Skills and ability to be strategic in decisions and actions
  • Creativity and ability to manage with ambiguity
  • Ability to make quality decisions using analysis, experience and judgement
  • Ability to maneuver through complex political situations effectively and quietly
  • Negotiation skills
  • Business acumen

In addition to these leadership qualities, successful candidates should have the following qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in in Finance, Business Administration, Public Administration, or Energy Policy preferred.
  • At least five years of experience leading and managing clean energy and related projects and issues
  • Experience working with federal and state utility and energy regulatory frameworks and an understanding of the barriers and opportunities they can create for expansion of renewable energy.
  • Experience developing strategic public-private partnerships to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy goals.
  • Knowledge and experience using utility and tax incentives programs, federal and state grants, power purchase agreements, and public and private financing to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy projects and partnerships.
  • Knowledge about alternative fuels and alternative vehicle technologies and related federal and state standards.
  • Experience in building coalitions and managing complex stakeholder relationships.
  • Experience with strategic planning and program development, preferably related to clean energy.
  • Knowledge and experience leading clean energy policy and code review and development.
  • Experience in framing policy issues and funding options for elected officials.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Union Membership: This position is non-represented
Contact Information: Please direct questions about this recruitment to Prakash Meloot, Senior Human Resource Analyst at