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Program Officer, NARUC Research Lab

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Program Officer, NARUC Research Lab
Job Description (January 2018)


Position Overview

The Program Officer is responsible for managing a portfolio of ongoing specific domestic grant projects awarded to NARUC by public and private donors. The Program Officer will be responsible for implementing specific grant activities across the range of funded projects. Current projects focus on energy regulatory issues relevant to the electricity and natural gas sectors, particularly around cybersecurity, energy infrastructure, distribution system planning, and resilience. Future projects could include energy assurance, resiliency, emergency management, distributed energy resources, smart grid, electric vehicles, natural gas infrastructure, carbon capture and sequestration, resource planning, energy-water nexus, and/or other state utility commission-relevant issues.


About the Research Lab

NARUC's Research Lab helps State commissions serve the public interest by delivering research and results to the Committees on Electricity, Energy Resources and the Environment, Gas, Water, and Critical Infrastructure. We are funded through grants from the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and other federal agencies.

The Research Lab staff provide papers, trainings, games, webcasts, and facilitated dialogues to help commissioners answer questions they face in their decision-making. For examples of recent projects and papers, visit: https://www.naruc.org/naruc-research-lab/.


Reporting Relationship

  • Reports to the Director of Domestic Grants & Research.


Required Abilities and Key Attributes 

  • Must possess project implementation skills and strong attention to detail. 
  • Strengths in writing.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Customer service mentality.


Education and Experience

  • Requires at least one year’s experience in energy, electricity, gas, water, telecommunications, national security/cybersecurity, or government.  
  • A bachelor’s degree is required, with a preference for a degree in an energy, environmental, regulatory, national security, or project management field. 
  • A master’s degree is welcome, with a preference for a degree in an energy, environmental, economic, regulatory, or policy field.
  • Requires strong organizational skills and strong attention to detail. Requires excellent time management and communication skills. Must be able to work well in both a team setting and individually.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supporting NARUC Committee activities as assigned
  • Working with NARUC membership and donors to implement grant programs and project work plans
  • Coordinating with State associations and other stakeholders on issues related to particular grant projects
  • Scheduling, coordinating, facilitating agendas and speakers for meetings, conference calls, and webinars to fulfill requirements of particular grants
  • Staying up to date on issues associated with particular grant projects
  • Being an administrative resource for NARUC members on issues associated with particular grant projects, particularly related to travel and logistics
  • Overseeing printing of grant-related materials (publications, announcements, posters)
  • Conducting research and co-authoring project deliverables (such as white papers, reports, or other publications) with NARUC subcontractors, members, and the Director of Domestic Grants & Research
  • Contributing to external outreach and communications related to particular grant projects (e.g., website, e-news, etc.)
  • Working with the Director of Domestic Grants & Research in developing grant-funded projects
  • Supporting development of work plans and writing proposals for funding to support departmental activities identified by the Director
  • Assisting in the identification and management of subcontractors by implementing coordination as required by subcontracts
  • Coordinating with NARUC’s Finance department on travel and billing matters, and the Meeting Department during the NARUC Annual Convention and the NARUC winter and summer meetings
  • Other duties, as assigned

Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. The organization offers a generous benefits package.

Please send cover letter, resume, writing sample, and salary history to Ms. Danielle Sass Byrnett (POResearchLab@naruc.org), Director, Domestic Grants & Research Lab, NARUC, https://www.naruc.org/naruc-research-lab/. No telephone calls. EOE.