Advisor for Regulatory Affairs - Public Service Coordinator II

Augusta, Maine, United States | Governor’s office | Full-time | Partially remote

Apply by: Dec. 16, 2022
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Governor’s Energy Office

Advisor for Regulatory Affairs

Public Service Coordinator II

 

JOB CLASS CODE: CU32         SALARY: 32 - $71,344.00-$96,928.00/Annually

 

OPEN FOR RECRUITMENT:   November 17, 2022

CLOSES:  December 16, 2022

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

The Advisor for Regulatory Affairs serves as a key member of the Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) and is responsible for coordinating the office’s engagement in a variety of regulatory matters.  The GEO is the designated state energy office and serves as the primary advisor to the Governor on energy issues. The GEO seeks to advance energy solutions that are clean, affordable, and dependable for the benefit of all Maine people.

The Advisor will be responsible for managing, coordinating and/or supporting the GEO’s engagement on regulatory and policy issues across multiple settings.  This engagement will include managing the Office’s work before the Public Utilities Commission, managing regulatory interactions with federal and state agencies, and coordinating with the state’s Attorney General’s Office.  The Advisor will also engage in the development of policy analysis, communication and policy strategy and the writing of policy recommendations or briefing memorandums.

The Advisor will also play a key role in leading or participating in various studies and participating in regional policy efforts.  The work will also include representing the GEO before myriad organizations, interests, and in stakeholder engagement, working to build consensus among engaged and impacted parties.

 

JOB TASKS:

  • Manage work before the Public Utilities Commission on various energy policy proceedings.  Including tracking dockets and proceedings, working with policy staff to recommend GEO positions, drafting filings for review and filing of positions and coordinating participation before the Commission.    
  • Coordinate with the Attorney General’s Office in addressing legal issues that arise in GEO’s work.
  • Managing regulatory interaction with federal and other state agencies such as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.
  • Engage in the development of policy analysis, including the review and consideration of legislation.
  • Drafting of legislation, policy or program proposals and memoranda of understanding.
  • Leading or participating in various studies and participating in regional policy efforts and organizations.
  • Represent the GEO and Administration before myriad organizations and interests including the energy industry, associations, advocates, utilities, businesses and other stakeholders.
  • Work with stakeholders to build consensus, understanding and shared vision.
  • Advise on communications and policy strategy, including the drafting of policy recommendations and briefing memorandums.
  • This work will include collaborating closely with other GEO and state agency staff, as well as other duties as assigned.
 

KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

  • Excellent understanding of the legislative and policy development processes
  • Excellent understanding of the complex relationships between federal and state regulatory agencies, boards and commissions.
  • Experience with energy markets and energy regulatory proceedings
  • Strong communications and writing skills, and ability to communicate effectively with both internal and external audiences
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work as a member of a diverse and inclusive team.
  • Strong organizational skills, including project and task management, and the ability to multitask and prioritize.
  • Ability to build coalitions and develop partnerships with key stakeholders
  • Candidates with professional proficiency in additional languages are encouraged to note this in their application.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft products – Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Team-orientated work style, with the ability to be flexible and work under deadlines.
  • Ability to work in Augusta, Maine and travel throughout the state as necessary and appropriate. Position will be primarily remote to start with a hybrid working environment possible.
 

MINUMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

A Bachelors’ Degree in Engineering, Economics, Business or a related field and at least five (5) years of directly related training, education and/or professional level experience in which may include experience in energy policy and program development, analysis and implementation.  Related professional experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis. Preference will be given to candidates with a juris doctorate.

Maine State Government is an Equal Opportunity employer.  We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

 

You must submit a cover letter and resume’ to be considered for an interview.

 

BENEFITS:

No matter where you work across Maine state government, you find employees who embody our state motto—"Dirigo" or "I lead"—as they provide essential services to Mainers every day. We believe in supporting our workforce's health and wellbeing with a valuable total compensation package, including: 

  • Work-Life Balance – Rest is essential. Take time for yourself using 13 paid holidays12 days of sick leave, and 3+ weeks of vacation leave annually. Vacation leave accrual increases with years of service, and overtime-exempt employees receive personal leave. 
  • Health Insurance Coverage – The State of Maine pays 85%-100% of employee-only premiums ($$10,150.80-$11,942.16 annual value), depending on salary. Use this chart to find the premium costs for you and your family, including the percentage of dependent coverage paid by the State.  
  • Health Insurance Premium Credit – Participation decreases employee-only premiums by 5%. Visit the Office of Employee Health and Wellness for more information about program requirements
  • Dental Insurance – The State of Maine pays 100% of employee-only dental premiums ($350.40 annual value). 
  • Retirement Plan – The State of Maine contributes 17.96% of pay to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS), on behalf of the employee.  
  • Gym Membership Reimbursement – Improve overall health with regular exercise and receive up to $40 per month to offset this expense. 
  • Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts – Set aside money pre-tax to help pay for out-of-pocket health care expenses and/or daycare expenses. 
  • Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness – The State of Maine is a qualified employer for this federal program. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid office
  • Living Resources Program – Navigate challenging work and life situations with our employee assistance program. 
  • Parental leave is one of the most important benefits for any working parent. All employees who are welcoming a child—including fathers and adoptive parents—receive four weeks of fully paid parental leave. Additional, unpaid leave may also be available, under the Family and Medical Leave Act.  
  • Voluntary Deferred Compensation – Save additional pre-tax funds for retirement in a MaineSaves 457(b) account through payroll deductions. 
  • Learn about additional wellness benefits for State employees from the Office of Employee Health and Wellness

 

Maine State Government is an Equal Opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.