WAP Equity & Innovation Coordinator

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 Commerc

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 and Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

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.

Posting Date
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Location in MN
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Job type
  • Salary Range: $35.13 - $52.25 / hourly; $73,351 - $109,098 / annually
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 - MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
  • FLSA Status: Exempt - Professional
  • Full/Part Time: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Unlimited
  • Working Title: WAP Equity & Innovation Coordinator
  • Job Class: State Program Administrator, Coordinator
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Commerce Dept / Commerce-MAPE
  • Division/Unit: Energy Resources / Programs for Innovation & Equity
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
  • Days of Work: Monday - Friday
  • Travel Required: Yes - Up to 20% of the time
  • Location: St. Paul
  • Telework Eligible: Yes
Primary Duties

Job Summary

Hybrid work environment with potential for significant telework.

The primary purpose of this position is to lead the expansion of weatherization assistance and related services to income-eligible households throughout Minnesota through the use of data-driven equitable solutions, resulting in increased resources and innovative project development. 

This position will: 

  • Serve as Team Lead and coordinate efforts to increase the amount of federal, state, and private funds obtained to weatherize additional dwelling units and/or increase the scope of the work done in current dwelling units by pursuing and successfully leveraging opportunities.
  • Lead the development of new equity and innovation projects or initiatives with a focus on weatherization-related services for income-eligible persons in accessing energy efficiency and renewable energy resources.
  • Work with Weatherization Assistance Program Service Providers to support their implementation of projects supported via leveraged funds and activities.
  • Work with Program Coordinator to move established leveraging initiatives from pilots into the ongoing business practices and operations for Service Providers.


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree AND 4 years of professional-level work experience administering government-funded programs.


Advanced Degree AND 3 years of professional-level work experience administering government-funded programs.


An equivalent combination of education and/or professional experience (as defined above).

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

  • Qualitative and quantitative analytical skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Project management skills.
  • Knowledge of income and racial inequities in Minnesota.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with individuals of varying backgrounds, skill levels, and communication styles both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to remain positive and maintain integrity while being flexible and adaptable to a changing policy and program landscape.
  • Embodiment of the following core values: equity, consistency, clarity, and communication.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Work experience leading, managing, or coordinating a team.
  • Direct experience working on racial, income, health, or other equity related issues.
  • Data analytics training or experience.
  • Experience providing data-informed presentations to diverse audiences.
  • Experience in grant writing and/or program development.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills sufficient to establish working relationships with federal, state, and local government agencies.

Physical Requirements

Position involves extended periods of sitting, typing, note-taking, conversing with callers, and the ability to move files/equipment weighing up to 15 pounds.

Additional Requirements

This position requires successful completion of the following:

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 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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