Regulatory Affairs Director

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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Job type

Salary Range: $46.36 - $66.49 / hourly; $96,799 - $138,831 / annually Classified Status: Classified Bargaining Unit/Union: 220 - Manager/Unrep FLSA Status: Exempt - Executive Full/Part Time: Full-Time Regular/Temporary: Unlimited Working Title: Regulatory Affairs Director Job Class: State Program Administrator, Manager Principal Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Commerce Dept / Commerce-Managerial Division/Unit: Energy Resources / Office of Regulatory Affairs


Location: St. Paul Days of Work: Monday - Friday Travel Required: Yes - limited Telework Eligible: Yes

Primary Duties

Job Summary

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

This position oversees plans, organizes and directs the Regulatory Affairs Office in its mission to advocate for the public interest in energy regulatory decision-making in Minnesota. The incumbent oversees four (4) unit supervisors in their execution of this mission through utility financial, rate-of-return, rate design, cost-of-service, service delivery, conservation improvement and planning matters. This position initiates and directs research and resolution of utility and energy issues so that the Department of Commerce can advocate for energy system that complies with state energy policy in a manner that is consistent with the public interest. Additionally, this position participates in the development and implementation of program policy, priorities, and strategies at the local, state, regional, and federal level.



Minimum Qualifications

  • 5 (five) years' experience in the energy sector.  

A bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Economics, Accounting, Public Policy, Engineering, or a related field can be substituted for one (1) year of experience.  An advanced degree in Business Administration, Economics, Accounting, Public Policy, Engineering, or a related field can be substituted for eighteen (18) months of experience.

  • Experience gained as a supervisor, project manager or lead worker and/or through a leadership development program (e.g. the State's Emerging Leaders Institute or Senior Leadership Institute).
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the editing, oversight, and preparation of briefing memos, executive summaries and progress reports.
  • Strong conceptual, organizational, problem solving, and resource management.
  • Proficiency in program planning, organization, and implementation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Extensive knowledge of state, regional, and federal planning activities related to energy regulation decision making.

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

Job ID: 75020 Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities: Yes

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

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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