Sr. Director Utility Engagement

Location: New York or Massachusetts preferred - Remote United States acceptable

Join the Clean Energy Revolution!

Are you ready to shape the future of sustainable energy? PureSky Energy is uniting communities for a sustainable future, we lead the charge in providing renewable energy solutions that invigorate progress, enhance lives, and leave a legacy of environmental stewardship.

PureSky Energy (“PSE”) is a leading renewable energy company committed to driving the transition to clean and sustainable energy solutions. We specialize in developing, constructing, and operating renewable energy projects across the United States. With a focus on innovation and a dedication to environmental stewardship, we are at the forefront of the renewable energy revolution.

Our core values include each of the following which we live and breathe daily:
Respect | The planet, our communities and each other.
Integrity | Accountability in doing the right thing.
Sustainability | Ethically carving new paths towards a better future.
Energized | The industry and our team have an exciting runway for growth, and we are just getting started.

Position Overview:

PureSky Energy (formerly Amp US) is a leading developer, owner and operator of US community solar and storage projects with headquarters in Denver, Colorado. With our community solar projects, we have helped over 2,000 customers switch to clean energy and save more than $1.3 million in annual electricity bills. We are making the benefits of community solar available to all, while supporting the transition to clean energy. Join us as we continue our success as a new, fast-paced and growing organization.

What we’re looking for:

The Senior Director, Utility and Regulatory Engagement role is a key stakeholder in ensuring effective and efficient engagement with utilities by building and maintaining corresponding relationships. This is a highly collaborative role with a significant focus on working with and influencing utility representatives to expedite our projects through the application, study and interconnection processes until the projects are exporting electricity to the grid. In addition, they work with regulatory bodies to understand and clarify regulatory requirements and ensure PureSky’s compliance accordingly. They oversee the research and analysis of programs in various energy markets in the US to assess both regulatory and utility requirements. The Director, Utility and Regulatory Engagement oversees the processes to communicate, document and ultimately overcome challenges in achieving effective engagement from utility companies.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develops effective and collaborative relationships with utility and regulatory representatives across various utilities and regulatory entities/commissions and oversees the progression of their work on behalf of our projects.

  • Manages the relationships with our utility representatives and the application process through the entire interconnection study process and on to commercial operations. This involves meeting regularly with utility representatives, policymakers, other developers, and internal leaders to advocate for timely work completion. This also involves managing a repository of lessons learned from utility engagement.

  • Coordinates the research of the rules and regulations of various electricity markets (including wholesale) in different jurisdictions in North America to determine revenue streams of clean-energy assets and use the findings to build optimal dispatch models.

  • Advocates for informed policy decisions through active engagement in interconnection working groups, including but not limited to, the Massachusetts Technical Standards Review Group (MA TSRG), New York Interconnection Technical Working Group (NY ITWG), and related Solar Energy Industries (SEIA) working groups.

  • Drives accountability and the progression of interconnection studies and construction activities.

  • Manages and directs the activities of assigned staff who submit interconnection applications and monitor the status of applications throughout the study process; coordinates, prioritizes and assigns tasks and projects; tracks and reviews work progress and activities and ensures appropriate scheduling of staff to ensure proper operational coverage.

  • Recommends selection of staff; trains staff and provides for their professional development; conducts performance evaluations; and manages performance.

  • Develops and implements goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards for the department.

  • Analyzes interconnection tariffs and policies to develop and refine our interconnection application strategy, in accordance with our overall development. This involves reading tariffs and other literature and making recommendations on proposed approaches to best position ourselves for future flexibility and expense timing. This also includes overseeing the management of a repository of information related to tariff analyses.

  • Oversees interconnection study result reviews and works with internal development and engineering team members and external third parties to verify the accuracy of solutions and costs. This involves engaging subject matter experts and presenting proposed next steps when interconnection study results are not favorable. This role requires both collaboration and creative thinking to challenge technical obstacles.

  • Oversees the coordination with other members of the design and engineering team to ensure the designs proposed to utilities are up to utility standards and in accordance with our overall development strategies. The role involves regular communication with different team members, ensuring engagement at critical milestones throughout the interconnection study process.

  • Coordinates and liaises with leaders across the business to foster collaboration and a fully integrated, multidisciplinary approach to interconnection. This includes engaging with Development, M&A, Policy, Finance and Execution & Delivery early and often throughout the interconnection process. The role includes supporting senior management and other teams with critical decision-making and innovative thinking around business development and strategy as it relates to interconnection.

What You Bring:

  • 10+ years of professional experience involved in clean energy systems, specifically renewables and energy storage systems, including at least 3 years of direct experience working for or with utilities and/or regulatory entities 
  • A bachelor's degree in Engineering and/or Energy is preferred. A bachelor's degree in business, finance, law, or another related discipline may be considered. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of interconnection processes and policies. 
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills. 
  • The ability to balance and prioritize seemingly competing priorities. 
  • Process-oriented thinking with proven experience in developing processes. 
  • Strong leadership and collaboration skills with the ability to inspire others. 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook). 
  • Experience working with utility portals such as PowerClerk and National Grid’s portal is preferred. 
  • Experience with PJM, NYISO, ERCOT, and utilities in the Northeastern US would be an asset. 

Salary:

Exempt Position – Annual Salary: $180,000 - $200,000 USD

Bonus Opportunity: 35% of annual salary

Benefits:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, +
  • Three weeks starting vacation
  • Monthly wellness stipend
  • Competitive parental leave
  • Hybrid work environment
  • RRSP
  • Being the change, you wish to be in the world!

Equal Opportunity Employer:

At PureSky Energy, we know that fostering an inclusive workplace, which values diversity, inclusion, and belonging is paramount to our success. To fulfill our mission, we need people who come from all backgrounds and walks of life, who bring diverse perspectives with wide-ranging experiences, and who share in our common passion to drive innovation and change the global energy landscape.

PureSky Energy proudly embraces the principles of equal opportunity and inclusion. We are committed to providing opportunities for all employees and candidates. We ensure that all qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental, pregnancy, citizenship status, veteran status, disability, or any other protected status protected by applicable law.

PureSky Energy is committed to making our application and interview process accessible to everyone, and we encourage applications from people with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation at any stage, please contact us at careers@pureskyenergy.com. In your application, we welcome you to specify your preferred pronouns (e.g. she/her/hers, he/him/his, they/them/theirs, etc.).

Join us in our mission in uniting communities for a sustainable future. We lead the charge in providing renewable energy solutions that invigorate progress, enhance lives, and will leave a legacy of environmental stewardship. Together, we can create a cleaner, brighter future for generations to come.

Applications will be assessed as received and the position filled once a suitable candidate has been identified. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.