Program Manager, Utility and Regulatory Innovation

Great Plains Institute
Organization Summary

A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, the Great Plains Institute (GPI) is accelerating the transition to net-zero carbon emissions for the benefit of people, the economy, and the environment. Increased demand for GPI’s unique blend of energy expertise and consensus-derived solutions has driven organizational and programmatic growth. With headquarters in Minnesota, GPI’s operations are national in scope while retaining a core competency in the Midcontinent region. GPI is powered by more than 50 professionals and is supported by some of the nation’s most respected philanthropies. 

The following values inform the way we work both inside and outside of GPI. It is important to us to be trusted, inclusive, equitable, pragmatic, and transformative:

Trusted. We base our approach and actions on trust, mutual respect, and accountability. 

Inclusive. We achieve impact through inclusive and deliberate collaboration with a diversity of interests.

Equitable. We strive for equity in our approach and outcomes.

Pragmatic. We take a clear-eyed view of the world as it is, even as we seek to improve it.

Transformative. We are a bold and passionate catalyst for change.

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Salary range: Program Manager $80K-$93K, Senior Program Manager $90K-$104K, commensurate with experience. Benefits include a health plan, 401(k) retirement plan, LTD, STD, life, vision, dental, FSA/HSA, paid time off, professional development allowance, and a communication stipend.

Primary Duties

Programmatic leadership: 

  1. Serve as a programmatic lead for work on a variety of utility and regulatory issues, which may include resource planning, distribution planning, innovation frameworks, performance-based regulation, interconnection of distributed energy resources, rate design, and transportation electrification, among other issues.
  2. Assist utilities with designing and implementing stakeholder engagement processes to inform complex filings that will be submitted to their regulator and made open for comment from stakeholders. These engagement processes may include series of meetings with interested parties, followed by developing process summaries that will be attached to the utility’s final filing.
  3. Assist utility regulatory commissions with designing and implementing stakeholder engagement proceedings to solicit input on complex regulatory issues. These proceedings may include meetings, public comment periods, surveys, and other channels for soliciting input.
  4. Work with partners to independently develop and convene stakeholder engagement processes that are seeking to address utility regulatory issues towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the energy sector.
  5. Recruit and manage subcontractors that will complete technical analyses needed to inform stakeholder discussions, such as long-term decarbonization scenario planning.
  6. Maintain knowledge about a variety of issues in the utility regulatory space, and throughout the states that GPI is working in.
  7. Maintain existing and develop new partnerships with organizations working in the utility regulatory space to enable GPI to partner with others where such a partnership would be of benefit.

Project development, fundraising, budget management: 

  1. Develop proposals to philanthropic funders to support the program’s utility and regulatory innovation work.
  2. Develop responses to requests-for-proposals from regulatory commissions seeking assistance with implementing regulatory proceedings or soliciting input from parties.
  3. Develop proposals to assist utilities with designing and implementing stakeholder engagement processes to inform the development of major regulatory filings that will impact the utility’s ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  4. Collaborate with other program team members, other teams across GPI, and external partners on developing new work that aligns to GPI’s mission and strategic priorities.
  5. Manage budgets for multiple projects related to the program’s utility and regulatory innovation work, including both grants and contracts.
  6. Assist with developing the energy systems program’s annual budget.

Meeting facilitation and execution:

  1. Serve as the lead facilitator or co-facilitator for meetings of many different sizes and formats, from small team planning meetings, to medium-sized workgroup meetings, to large public meetings or forums.
  2. Ensure high-quality meeting production by developing, or working collaboratively with team members to develop, meeting agendas, pre-read documents, slide decks, meeting summaries, and comprehensive process summaries.
  3. Identify and recruit subject matter experts to present information in meetings to build the collective understanding of all participants and support robust, informed discussions.

Supervising and supporting:

  1. Supervise staff members working on projects that fall under the focus of this position and support those staff members to success in their work and advance in their career.
  2. Support all team members with advancing the Energy System’s programmatic work and ensuring the success of the program and of GPI as a whole.
  • Bachelor’s and/or Master’s Degree in a relevant field of study.
  • Prior experience (5+ years) working on electric or gas utility initiatives and regulation.
  • Experience facilitating meetings of many different sizes and formats
  • Experience designing stakeholder engagement processes to achieve a set of stated goals or outcomes,
  • Experience working with people from a variety of backgrounds and with a variety of political perspectives
  • Experience developing and maintaining relationships
  • Experience supervising staff members and supporting them to succeed.
  • Experience working with different communication styles
  • Experience working on a diverse team
  • Self-motivated
  • Excellent time, deadline, and project management skills with ability to multi-task
  • Problem solving skills: ability to identify solutions to challenges that arise 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, SharePoint)
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of the Great Plains Institute
  • Willingness to travel
How to Apply

Required application materials include a resume and one-page cover letter. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Apply online

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