Job Opportunity// Clean Energy Program Deputy Director

Western Resource Advocates (WRA) is seeking a strategic and dynamic Deputy Director to join our Clean Energy Program (CEP). The Clean Energy Program Deputy Director is a management-level position assisting in the direction of WRA’s work to address climate change and accelerate the transition to clean energy in the Western United States.


This position has the option to work from one of WRA’s offices, remotely within commuting distance of a WRA office, or a hybrid of the two. WRA has offices located in Boulder, CO; Carson City, NV; Denver, CO; Phoenix, AZ; Salt Lake City, UT; and Santa Fe, NM. However, there is a preference for a non-Colorado location.

Responsibilities Included:


  • Supervise program staff across the region, providing direction, guidance, professional development, and support to ensure state teams are highly functioning and impactful.
  • Track grant deliverables across multiple teams.
  • Ensure that the program is meeting its goals and objectives.
  • Ensure appropriate coordination and alignment across the region and across internal WRA departments.
  • Assist in management of consultants and contractors.
  • Ensure the Clean Energy Program’s policy work and internal operations and culture are consistent with WRA’s DEI goals.
  • Provide collaborative thought partnership to the CEP Director, including on emerging policy and regulatory issues.


  • Develop, maintain and strengthen relationships with clean energy policy makers and leaders at state agencies, utilities, conservation groups, consumer interests, and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Coordinate with WRA’s Marketing and Communications team to develop and execute winning communications strategies that advance work of the Clean Energy Program.


  • Assist with development of grant proposals and reports to support the work of the Clean Energy Program.
  • Help build, maintain and strengthen relationships with major funders and prospects.


  • Occasional travel to meetings and events, generally within the Interior West (post COVID-19).

Required Qualifications:

  • College degree in economics, engineering, public policy analysis, or comparable focus; graduate degree preferred. Educational requirements may be adjusted for exceptional candidates.
  • At least 7 years of experience working on clean energy policy, with a preference for analytical, engineering, or technical experience.
  • Track record of successful supervising multiple direct reports and teams with a mix of experience levels – from entry level staff to senior level professionals and experts. Comfort with supervising remote teams.
  • Extensive knowledge of utility sector and/or energy and climate policy.
  • Proven record of advocacy leading to clean energy policy adoption by state legislatures, regulatory bodies, or state executive action.
  • Intellectual curiosity, coupled with an innovative and entrepreneurial drive; comfortable with change. Strong relationship building skills and a commitment to open communication and collaboration.
  • Commitment to WRA’s Diversity Equity & Inclusion goals.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range for this position is $95,000-$125,000 annually; salary depends on relevant experience and new staff rarely start at the top of the range. WRA’s excellent benefits package includes health, dental, and vision coverage, a 401(k)-retirement plan, life & disability insurance, 3 weeks paid vacation leave, sick leave, parental leave, and sabbatical leave after five years. WRA’s offices are closed December 25 – January 1 for Winter Break. Position is full-time exempt.

Physical Requirements:

Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


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