The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) is dedicated to helping electric power stakeholders address the most pressing issues they encounter as they pursue the transition to a clean and modern electric future and a carbon-free energy system by 2050. We are a trusted partner providing education, research, standards, advisory services, and collaboration to help utilities, electric customers, and other industry players.
SEPA’s work is prioritized into pathways of offerings. The Principal, Electrification is accountable for thought leadership, the budget, and oversight of the growing body of work for the Electrification Pathway. This person must be adept at articulating value propositions for the work.
The Principal engages in setting the strategy for the pathway, articulating the value propositions for fundraising to build the body of work, as well as executing on offerings which entail writing, creation of workshops, speaking at events, and creation of frameworks and programmatic offerings. As an integral part of the Content team, the Principal works collaboratively with colleagues across the organization to leverage team strengths and produce content on an array of research topics that align with SEPA’s mission.
A successful candidate will be someone who can think strategically and articulate value and can also dive into execution to deliver on the various value propositions. The candidate must be proficient in primary research, technical writing, public speaking, project management, strategic planning, and business development. This role involves having the foresight to connect dots to address gaps that will accelerate electrification and the transition to a carbon-free energy system.
This person will be the primary electrification subject matter expert for the organization, which includes:
- Provides leadership under SEPA’s matrixed structure for team members working on Electrification Pathway projects, in identifying critical industry needs, and market trends related to electrification
- Monitors technical, programmatic, regulatory, and policy trends related to electrification and generates key industry insights from these trends
- Addresses other electrification topics deemed critical by members and staff
- Responsible for the budget for the pathway
Responsibilities and Key Impact Areas
Pathway Project Leadership (20% of time)
- Champions electrification, helping to develop the expertise of SEPA colleagues on the topic
- Serves as project leader for Electrification Pathway team and runs the SEPA Electric Vehicle working group
- Manages cross-functional pathway team efforts and coordinates team meetings
- Inputs into the annual content strategy planning process
- Creates project charter, RACI chart, and Gantt Chart for assigned projects
- Works with SEPA’s Marketing and Communications team to define a marketing strategy for the Electrification Pathway and deliverables
- Responsible for developing the pathway revenue and expense budget, including funding strategy
- Ensures accuracy and high quality of data and writing represented in each research output within the pathway
- Other duties as assigned
Industry Engagement (30% of time)
- Proactively networks with and engages other members of the transportation and building electrification industries to raise awareness about SEPA’s research and recruit them to join as members; works closely with the membership team on outreach and engagement strategies. Assists in efforts to recruit and retain members.
- Identifies funding opportunities, develops and maintains collateral (in concert with Marketing and Communications team), and manages the funding pipeline in Salesforce
- Facilitates industry consensus around EV charging and integration standards and protocols through research efforts and strategic partnerships with other industry organizations
- Writes articles in external publications and for SEPA’s blog that positions SEPA as a thought leader in electrification
- Represents SEPA externally by attending and speaking at key industry events to raise SEPA’s visibility and to establish credibility for funding our work (Business Development Effort)
- Leads electrification-related working groups, including the current Electric Vehicle Working
- Group and its subcommittees (fleet electrification, distribution planning for EVs, vehicle-grid integration, and EV rates, tariffs, and incentives), setting the monthly meeting agendas in consultation with the working group and subcommittee co-chair(s), recruiting working group members, overseeing the development of minutes, conducting joint-research with working group subcommittees, and developing the annual working group plan Identifies and pursues new sources of revenues related to electrification, including but not limited to, sponsored research, multi-client studies, and advisory work, to aid in meeting SEPA’s annual revenue requirements.
- Works with SEPA’s programming group to incorporate electrification topics into education programs, including identifying topics, suggesting speakers, and participating in the program delivery where appropriate
Research (50% of time)
- Develops sponsored research proposals and advisory service proposals on electrification topics to potential funders, and negotiates and executes contracts
- Conducts primary research related to electrification and ancillary topics in support of SEPA’s mission
- Writes and publishes research findings and provides thought leadership related to critical issues in electrification
- Formulates research partnerships as needed to better position SEPA as a credible expert in electrification
- Coordinates with research colleagues to provide peer review on research content related to other topics
- Master's degree or equivalent experience.
- 10 years of experience:
- Working in the renewable energy/transportation or building electrification industries.
- Working in conjunction with electric utility representatives either in a stakeholder, client, or membership capacity.
- Conducting research or project management activities related to clean transportation with a specific focus on
- Overseeing research projects and collaborating with external partners, stakeholders and working groups.
- Accomplished writer and speaker with demonstrated experience authoring publications and presenting findings at industry conferences or public forums.
- 2 years of consulting experience preferred
- Forward thinking. You have the technical aptitude and industry experience to notice changes in the external landscape, understand the relevance of emerging technologies, and help SEPA members to bridge the gap between current needs and future directions—creating value and minimizing risk.
- You are comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty, knowing when to gather more information and when to take committed action. You are strategically flexible, adapting quickly to changing priorities, and effective in a fast-paced environment.
- Skilled communicator. Your communication is clear and direct. You easily adjust your message to your audience and have exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills. You add value by making connections between people and ideas, understanding, documenting, distilling and synthesizing key points.
- Influential. You are viewed as credible by key leaders in the energy sector and you are willing to take the lead on emerging issues, shaping other’s thinking and helping to shape the national conversation on key issues.
- Exceptional Problem-Solving Skills. You are self-reliant and flexible in your thinking. You evaluate issues from many angles, and are creative at finding solutions to complex, multi-dimensional problems.
- Skilled project manager. You show grace under pressure and excel at managing budgets and timelines. You juggle multiple projects and tasks with ease and composure. You are organized, demonstrate superb time management, know how to effectively prioritize work, and wisely allocate and optimize resources. You enjoy creating processes that uphold rigorous standards.
- Results driven. You see the big picture and take the action necessary to produce bottom line results. You understand success in this role requires taking full strategic advantage of every opportunity. You have a keen ability to determine what is working and what is not, taking committed action to lead projects in the right direction.
- Strong attention to detail. You take responsibility for every element of your work, honoring your deadlines, understand the vital importance of delivering high-quality work on time.
- Proactive and self-motivated. You think ahead and anticipate challenges, taking initiative to drive projects forward, and leading projects with minimal supervision. You work effectively on a team and independently and find the resources you need to get the job done.
- Deft political style. You are an adept consensus builder who excels at convening groups of people to reduce barriers. You work effectively with a multitude of stakeholders, volunteers, colleagues, and research partners and build relationships at all career levels. Your diplomacy enables you to de-escalate emotions while driving projects forward.
What’s Attractive to the Right Candidate?
- Our organization thrives on innovation. Your work will help accelerate our nation’s transition to a clean and modern energy future.
- You will enjoy working in a collaborative and highly-supportive work environment with a great team of colleagues. You will be part of a team with a culture driven by these organizational behaviors:
Attitude: exude responsiveness and friendliness
Excellence: deliver high-quality work that members rave about
Ownership: take personal responsibility for SEPA’s success
Growth: seek out and embrace opportunities to grow SEPA and yourself
Balance: always examine all sides of an issue
Comradery: work hard with the team and have fun with the team
Transparency: communicate honestly, frequently, and openly
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
SEPA is committed to creating a diverse environment and is an equal opportunity employer. Employment is based on personal capabilities and qualifications. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, or any other protected class as established by applicable law.
This position operates in a professional office environment. The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing may be required.
- This role requires the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets, bend or stand as necessary. ? This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, telephones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.
- This role requires the ability to learn new software applications as necessary. ? Must be able to lift up to 10 pounds.
- Must be able to travel up to 30% of time.
This job description generally indicates the nature and levels of work, knowledge, skills, abilities and other essential functions as covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act expected of an incumbent. It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required of an incumbent. An incumbent may be asked to perform other duties as required.