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Director of Regional Strategies

The Director of Regional Strategies (DRS) supports the work of the Citizens Utility Board by working with
advocates to coordinate and support regional strategies aimed at maximizing consumer- and
environmental value through policy reforms that take full advantage of the declining cost of clean energy
and distributed energy resources.

Primary responsibilities include the following:
Strategic Planning:
The DRS will create and lead the planning process for a regional policy strategy aimed at taking
advantage of economies of scale, the sharing of resources, and coordinated engagement. The DRS will
work with state advocates to identify specific policy goals, policymakers of focus, key stakeholders, and
expert consultants who can support overall advocacy efforts. This includes identifying and advancing
opportunities for:

  • The lowering of customer energy bills through emerging rate designs, the cost-effective deployment
    of non-wires alternatives to capital investment, and the retirement of aging utility assets.
  • The cost-effective advancement of state environmental goals through management of electric
    vehicle integration, integration and appropriate valuation of distributed energy resources,
    retirement of fossil fuel generation resources, and wholesale market design.
  • The reform of the utility business model through emerging rate design, creation of new service
    opportunities, advancing opportunities for third-parties in programs and services, performance-
    based regulation, and use of customer usage data to promote customer energy management, lower
    bills, and improved utility program design.

Relationship Management and Fostering Accountability:
The DRS will develop, maintain, and grow relationships with advocates and consultants who are leading,
engaging in, and supporting various state campaigns. Regular communication and meetings with state
consumer advocates is required for ongoing strategic alignment and achievement of goals.

Capacity Building and Grant Management:
The DRS will coordinate capacity building activities among consumer advocates around specific issues,
stakeholder engagement, coalition building, legislative and regulatory advocacy, and other areas as
needed. The DRS will also assist with fundraising and grant management aimed at building overall
capacity.

Regional Director – Priority skills and experience

  • Strong facilitation, management, and interpersonal skills are required.
  • Possess strong collaboration skills. Be a consensus builder and strengthen relationships among and across a diverse group of advocates and stakeholders.
  • Ability to measure progress toward goals, proactively identifying strategic adjustments or investments as the need arises.
  • Issue advocacy experience and a general understanding of the state legislative process and regulatory process is essential.    In particular, familiarity with concepts and basic regulatory issues around:
    • Energy efficiency;
    • Demand response;
    • Distributed energy resources, including energy storage and community solar;
    • Electricity generation types;
    • Wholesale electricity markets (PJM and MISO); and
    • Utility regulation
  • Ability to develop, maintain, and grow relationships with in-state partners, including grantees, consultants, and funders.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Strong analytical and strategic skills
  • Highly organized self-starter who can adapt to changing circumstances to identify the best paths toward achieving goals

Employment Details

  • While this opening is designed as a full-time position based in Chicago, we would consider different employment arrangements for the right candidate.  
  • Informal but busy work environment
  • Convenient downtown Chicago location, close to transportation and restaurants.
  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Health and dental Insurance.
  • 401K with company match.
  • Vacation, PTO and Sick Time.
  • Additional week of paid vacation: December 24 up to and including January 1st
  • Hands-on, roll-up-your-sleeves experience at a respected hard-working, nonprofit once praised by The St. Louis Post-Dispatch as the “gold standard” of consumer groups nationwide.

** To be considered for this position, please send by email a cover letter; resume; and three professional references to:

David Kolata, Executive Director

Citizens Utility Board (CUB)

309 W. Washington St.

Suite 800

Chicago, IL 60606

dkolata@citizensutilityboard.org

CUB is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against any employee or job applicant based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or marital status.  

Clean Energy Outreach Intern

The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) is a utility watchdog group that serves as a voice for residential and small business utility consumers across Illinois. We strive for clean and affordable energy for all, with work ranging from challenging utility rate hike requests, to fighting for better consumer protection and sustainable energy laws in Springfield, to helping individuals understand the issues.

CUB’s outreach staffers travel the state to conduct over 400 community events per year. We are currently seeking a public-interest-minded person to take a supportive role in these efforts, focusing on a number of clean-energy grassroots events throughout Chicagoland this summer.  

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing an understanding of CUB’s issues and goals;
  • Researching new opportunities to spread the word about our services;
  • Assisting with event publicity, including mailings, emails, social media, and press;
  • Helping with logistical and materials preparation in advance of community events;
  • Working with the public at events;
  • Completing post-event data entry and assisting with follow-ups to contacts made in the field;
  • Researching programs and helping to keep CUB website and publications up to date;
  • …and other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • Ability to self-motivate and work with minimal supervision;
  • Great attention to detail;
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office and data-entry;
  • A friendly attitude and the ability to connect with a wide range of people;
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills;
  • Note: some evening and/or weekend work required.

This is a $15/hour, 30 hr/week internship with potential to grow within the organization.  Start and end dates are negotiable, but we ask for at least a 2-month commitment. CUB’s interns gain experience in state energy policy, social service, and consumer advocacy at one of Illinois’ most effective and respected non-profits.

To apply, email letter of interest and resume to:

Sarah Moskowitz, Managing Director of Outreach

smoskowitz@citizensutilityboard.org

No Phone Calls Please