EV & Storage Technical Specialist

Minnesota Department of Commerce
Organization Summary

Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.

The work you’ll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota.

About the Minnesota Department of Commerce

Commerce protects the public interest through a broad range of regulations and programs. We oversee more than 40 industry areas in Minnesota and license about 250,000 professionals and businesses to ensure that their services and products are fair, accessible and comply with state laws.

About the Division of Energy Resources

We advocate on behalf of the public interest in regulated-utility matters; conduct environmental review of proposed energy facilities; oversee utility energy conservation programs; and administer the federal Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

Why Work for Us 

Diverse Workforce 

We are committed to continually developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and the populations we serve. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve the people of Minnesota.

A recent engagement survey of State of Minnesota employees found: 

  • 95% of employees understand how their work helps achieve their agency’s mission 
  • 91% of employees feel trusted to do their jobs 
  • 88% of employees feel equipped to look at situations from other cultural perspectives when doing their job 
  • 87% of employees report flexibility in their work schedule 

Comprehensive Benefits 

Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include: 

  • Public pension plan 
  • Training and professional development 
  • Paid vacation and sick leave 
  • 11 paid holidays each year 
  • Paid parental leave 
  • Low-cost medical and dental coverage 
  • Prescription drug coverage 
  • Vision coverage 
  • Wellness programs and resources 
  • Employer paid life insurance 
  • Short-term and long-term disability 
  • Health care spending and savings accounts 
  • Dependent care spending account 
  • Tax-deferred compensation 
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) 
  • Tuition reimbursement 
  • Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program 

Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota. 


Minnesota state agencies are equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employers. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email [email protected] and indicate what assistance is needed.

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Location in MN
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Job type
  • Salary Range: $31.57 - $46.82 / hourly; $65,918 - $97,760 / annually
  • Classified Status: Temporary - Unclassified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 - MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
  • End Date: Three years from date of hire.
  • FLSA Status: Exempt - Administrative
  • Full/Part Time: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Limited
  • Working Title: EV & Storage Technical Specialist
  • Job Class: Management Analyst 4
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Commerce Dept / Commerce-MAPE
  • Division/Unit: Energy Resources / Emerging Energy Technologies
  • Days of Work: Monday - Friday
  • Travel Required: No
  • Location: St. Paul
  • Telework Eligible: Yes
Primary Duties

Job Summary

This is a Temporary Unclassified position anticipated to last up to 3 years.

Hybrid work environment with potential for significant telework.  Primary work location will be the Golden Rule Building in St. Paul.

Serve as the State Energy Office's (SEO) Electric Vehicle and Energy Storage Subject Matter Expert (SME) and lead research analyst on engineering and technical matters focused on:  

  • Electric Vehicles (EV) and EV Charging infrastructure.
  • Energy Storage, particularly battery storage but inclusive of other emerging energy storage technologies.
  • How electric vehicle charging infrastructure and energy storage may impact the grid.

This position will provide policy and technical guidance, direction and expertise to management and staff on programmatic development as well as difficult and sensitive cases, dockets, and policy initiatives, including energy storage, interconnection, infrastructure placement and planning. As such, this team member will need have strong engineering and technical skills and have strong oral and written communication skills (both formal and informal).



Minimum Qualifications

3 (three) years of experience performing analysis, exercising judgment, and relying on knowledge in: 

  • Electric Vehicle Charging,
  • Electrical Engineering,
  • Energy Storage,
  • Electrical grids, and
  • Micro-grids.

A Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or similar engineering or science degree is equivalent to one (1) year of experience.

An Advanced degree in electrical engineering or similar engineering or science degree is equivalent to eighteen (18) months of experience.

Applicants who meet the above education/experience requirement will be further evaluated based on the following:

  • Excellent organizational skills. 
  • Focus and attention to detail. 
  • Excellent writing and communication skills and be able to work closely with lead staff and decision makers.
  • Experience with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in Electrical Engineering, Material Science, or Battery-related Chemistry.
  • Verbal communicator with who shares our vision for a more reliable, affordable and clean energy world.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills with the ability to condense and explain technical information in a concise manner that can be understood by diverse constituents such as leadership, local units of government, nonprofits, contractors and the general public.
  • Experience working on large diplomatic projects or stakeholder engagement initiatives related to energy storage and EV Infrastructure.

Physical Requirements

Requires occasional moving of articles such as boxes, accounting records, laptop computer, and portable printer.

Additional Requirements

Job offer is contingent upon passing reference checks to verify job-related credentials, a criminal background check and drivers’ license check prior to appointment.

How to Apply

Application Details

How to Apply 

Select “Apply for Job” at the top of the job posting page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email [email protected]. For additional information about the application process, go to http://www.mn.gov/careers.

If you have questions about the position, contact Jody Northouse at [email protected] or 651-539-1504.

To receive consideration as a Connect 700 Program applicant, apply online, email the Job ID#, the Working Title and your valid Proof of Eligibility Certificate by the closing date to Jody Northouse at [email protected].

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