Application Deadline: June 30, 2021
Join the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), a non-profit organization, to help us achieve our vision of a carbon-free energy system by 2050! 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, and collaboration to help utilities, electric customers, and other industry players across three pathways: Grid Integration, Regulatory and Business Innovation and Electrification. Through educational activities, working groups, peer-to-peer engagements and advisory services, SEPA convenes interested parties to facilitate information exchange and knowledge transfer to offer the highest value for our members and partner organizations.
The goal of the Grid Integration pathway is to drive carbon reduction through facilitating integration of distributed and grid scale clean energy that results in maintained or improved levels of affordability, safety, security, reliability, resiliency and customer satisfaction. The Grid Integration lead is increasingly considered an expert in specific topic areas such as electric power delivery and integrating new technologies into electric utility operations and planning, including but not limited to standards and interoperability, grid modernization, grid architecture, distributed energy resource integration and management, and IT/OT convergence. This position will provide the incumbent with the opportunity to expand existing subject matter expertise and build a reputation across the industry.
Responsibilities and Key Impact Areas
- Identify opportunities and strategies related to grid integration to advance SEPA leadership and new business growth
- Support business development efforts to achieve and execute against project revenue goals, including pursuing funding through multi-client projects, grants and foundations and consultative engagements
- Act as the primary performer executing project activities for fee for service work
- Lead and manage matrixed project teams in support of fee for service and membership benefit engagements on behalf of SEPA
- Develop and manage project revenue and expense budgets including funding strategy
- Increase SEPA's share of voice on grid integration topics through increased earned media and professional journal publications
- Cultivate and leverage external relationships and partnerships to identify and advance work for SEPA in the area of grid integration
- Publish project findings that demonstrate thought leadership related to critical issues in grid integration
Pathway Project Management
- Champions grid integration, helping to develop the expertise of SEPA colleagues on the topic
- Serves as project leader and manager for Grid Integration projects, including ensuring high quality of each product and providing input into annual content strategy planning process
- Coordinates with business development colleagues on fundraising and revenue generating activities that advance SEPA's mission and objectives
- Conducts research related to grid integration topics in support of SEPA’s mission, including facilitating integration of distributed and grid scale clean energy, integrating new technologies into electric utility operations and planning, standards and interoperability, grid modernization, grid architecture, distributed energy resource integration and management, and IT/OT convergence
- Writes and publishes research findings and provides thought leadership related to critical issues in grid integration
- Monitors technical, planning and programmatic trends and developments related to grid integration and generates key industry insights from these trends
- Contributes to the development of sponsored research proposals on grid integration topics to potential funders, supporting negotiation and execution of contracts
- Coordinates with research colleagues and provides peer review on research content related to grid integration
- Represents SEPA externally by attending and speaking at relevant industry events to raise SEPA’s visibility and credibility
- Cultivates and leverages partnerships and other collaborative external relationships that advance SEPA's work in the area of grid integration, support membership and sponsorship recruitment and provide opportunities for funded work
- Serves as subject matter expert in specific topic areas and leads, supports and/or advises relevant SEPA Working Groups as appropriate
- Works with SEPA’s programming group to incorporate grid integration topics into both SEPA and SETS education programs, including identifying topics, suggesting speakers and participating in program delivery where appropriate
- Works with SEPA’s marketing and communications groups to convert research content into various formats based on target audience and delivery channel
- Bachelor’s degree in electrical or power systems engineering, MIS, or related discipline. Master’s degree preferred.
- 4-7 years of experience working in the electric power sector and an intermediate to advanced understanding of standards and interoperability, grid architecture, microgrids, distributed energy resource management, distribution utility planning and operations, information models, IT/OT convergence, systems integration and Internet of Things technologies.
- At least 2 years of direct electric utility experience
- 2 years of consulting experience preferred.
- Accomplished writer and speaker with demonstrated experience authoring publications and presenting findings at industry conferences or public forums.
- Ability to clearly articulate technical topics to technical and non-technical audiences including but not limited to engineers, reports, program managers, and executives.
- Forward thinking. You have the technical aptitude and industry experience to notice changes in the external landscape, understand the relevance of emerging technologies, market trends and policy directions, and help SEPA members to bridge the gap between current needs and future directions—creating value and minimizing risk.
- Comfort with Ambiguity. 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, understanding 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 30-40% 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.