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Washington State Energy Policy Specialist [07698] in Olympia, Washington


Direct connection to the communities Commerce invests in allows for this position to be located anywhere in the state. We support a healthy work/life balance by offering flexible/alternative work schedules, and mobile and telework options. We are currently working from home due to the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order. We are still moving forward with hiring and look forward to reviewing your application!

The Energy Division is seeking a Energy Policy Specialist. This position is the lead energy economist and energy data expert for Commerce. The position collects, organizes, and interprets information about energy prices and quantities, energy production and consumption, business and market activities, and greenhouse gas and other pollution from energy consumption and production. The energy forms in the scope of this work include electricity, wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, fossil and renewable gas, petroleum products, coal, and nuclear. This position applies economic theory and principles to develop, analyze, and evaluate proposed and existing policies concerning energy and climate issues affecting the state of Washington.


  • Conduct research and develop policy options to improve economic justice, accelerate economic recovery, and reduce pollution from greenhouse gases.
  • Maintain and enhance data available to Commerce and its stakeholders about energy resources, technology, market mechanisms, prices and quantities, business activities, forecasts, and other information relevant to the development and evaluation of energy and climate policy in the state.
  • Maintain, enhance, and operate economic models used in energy policy development, including Commerce’s carbon tax assessment model.
  • Provide expert economic analysis of existing and proposed market mechanisms in the energy and climate sectors, such as wholesale electricity markets and market-based regulation of greenhouse gas pollution.
  • Provide economic and policy analysis on energy and climate policies under consideration in legislation, rules of Commerce and other agencies, and in regional and industry forums.
  • Prepare draft rules, advisory opinions, economic impact statements, explanatory statements and other information in support of state energy and climate policy.
  • Provide technical assistance and guidance to policy makers concerning possible implementation of a cap and trade mechanism for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, including the development of policy approaches to identify and regulate appropriately energy-intensive, trade-exposed industries.
  • Maintain and enhance the collection and processing of utility data in compliance with the power source disclosure law (RCW 19.29A) and the utility resource plan reporting law (RCW 19.280).
  • Provide policy support on projects to collect data, analyze, and compile reports on utility resource plans, fuel source reports, and other topics as required.
  • Provide economic and policy analysis to support other statewide initiatives within the Energy Division and the agency.
  • Represent Commerce in interagency, utility, and regional settings concerning energy resource planning and evaluation, such as committees of the Northwest Power Planning and Conservation Council and resource planning advisory committees of gas and electric utilities. Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, public/business administration, public policy, or a related field and a minimum five years of experience as an energy economist or energy data analyst
  • A graduate degree in one of the specified fields may substitute for up to two years of work experience
  • Strong economic and data analysis skills
  • In-depth knowledge of microeconomic theory, regulation of public utilities and energy companies, utility resource planning, market-based environmental regulation, and energy-related finance and tax issues
  • Strong written, verbal and presentation skills, including the ability to communicate energy and climate issues to non-technical audiences
  • Ability to work with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Sensitivity to public attitudes and concerns, including compliance with public ethics laws
  • High-level facilitative, collaborative and marketing skills
  • Knowledge of regulatory and economic environment in Washington

Preferred/Desired Experience:

  • Ability to analyze energy and climate policy issues using a framework that includes economic justice and economic recovery.
  • Experience working within the political environment, including clear understanding of legislative process, influencing the continuation and maintenance of resources and policy development, and decision-making that affects programs.
  • Ability to take broad public policy conceptual ideas, provide appropriate guidance, leadership, and oversight, and bring such concepts into practical applications with minimal guidance and direction.
  • Strategic planning and project management experience.
  • Experience working with diverse stakeholder groups, including state and federal governmental agencies, city and county governments, non-profit organizations, businesses, and citizens.
  • Skills to anticipate problems and changes in the authorizing environment and respond quickly with short and long-term solutions.
  • Capable of making critical recommendations and decisions affecting statewide economic and community development policy. Required Competencies*:* Accountability--Meets commitments, works independently, accepts accountability, handles change, sets personal standards, stays focused under pressure, and meets attendance/punctuality requirements. Customer Service--Handles customer questions and complaints, communicates with customers, handles service problems politely and efficiently, always available for customers, follows procedure to solve customer problems, understands company products and services, maintains pleasant and professional image. Integrity--Deals with others in a straightforward and honest manner, is accountable for actions, maintains confidentiality, supports company values, and conveys good news and bad. Leadership--Leads through change and adversity, makes the tough call when needed, builds consensus when appropriate, motivates and encourages others. Teamwork--Meets all team deadlines and responsibilities, listens to others and values opinions, helps team leader to meet goals, welcomes newcomers and promotes a team atmosphere. Interpersonal Skills--Has good listening skills, builds strong relationships, is flexible/open-minded, negotiates effectively, solicits performance feedback and handles constructive criticism. People Development--Provides feedback and coaching, rewards hard work and risk taking, takes mentoring role, challenges and develops employees, accepts mistakes, provides visibility/opportunity. Results Focus--Targets and achieves results, sets challenging goals, prioritizes tasks, overcomes obstacles, accepts accountability, sets team standards and responsibilities, provides leadership/motivation. Communication--Communicates well both verbally and in writing, creates accurate and punctual reports, delivers presentations, shares information and ideas with others, has good listening skills. Organizational Savvy--Operates within the organization's formal and informal structures, builds allies and relationships across departments, uses allies to build consensus and create results, is appropriately diplomatic, understands others' roles and perspectives, can sell projects and ideas across the organization. Computer Skills--Skilled in the use of computers, adapts to new technology, keeps abreast of changes, learns new programs quickly, and uses computers to improve productivity. Supplemental Information

I want to work for Commerce! How do I apply?

In addition to completing the online application and answering the supplemental questions, applicants must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position:

  • A letter of interest describing how you meet the specific qualifications for this position;
  • A current resume detailing experience and education; and
  • A list of at least three professional references.

The initial screening will be solely based on the contents and completeness of your application and the materials submitted. All information may be verified and documentation may be required.

For questions about this recruitment, please contact Lindsey Henderson at 360-725-2652 or

Who we are:

At Commerce, we're a little different. But for you, it might just be the perfect fit. We're a state agency but operate like a business with the understanding we need to know our customer's needs to fulfill them. Our Olympia offices are open Monday through Friday (flexible schedules are available). Our parking is free and many of our employees bike year round.

Washington State offers commuting programs, including free, subsidized and reduced public transportation incentives. There are approximately 350 employees in our agency. We are committed to our work and value balance in our personal lives. We hire people for a position and encourage them to train for growth opportunities.

If this sounds like a good fit for you and you meet the qualifications, we encourage you to apply today!

What we do:

We are the lead state agency charged with strengthening communities. We administer a diverse portfolio of programs and services, and we support several state boards and commissions.

Our key customers include businesses, local governments and community-based organizations. We also play the crucial role of convening numerous local, state, regional and federal partners and stakeholders, public and private. Together we work to support the Governor's priorities and achieve shared goals and objectives for the citizens of Washington.

Where we work:

Commerce's main office is located in Olympia; however we also have locations in downtown Seattle and Spokane.


As the state's capitol, Olympia is located off Interstate 5 at the south end of the Puget Sound centrally located between Seattle and Portland, and less than a two hour drive to the coast, temperate rainforest, mountains, urban city, or farmlands. With annual art festivals, parades, theater shows, concerts, and community events, Olympia and its surrounding cities have something for everyone. For parents, it boasts some of the best schools in the nation and the renowned HandsOn Children's Museum.


Spokane is located in the heart of the Inland Northwest and is the second most populous city in Washington. The Spokane River runs through the city and beautiful Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane. An array of enjoyable outdoor activities are right out our back door; including ski resorts, white-water rafting, camping areas, hiking trails, lakes, and the Centennial trail. Amazed by the arts? Show some love to your artistic side with a trip to the Spokane Region. Broadway performances, intriguing art galleries, world-class museums and powerful stage performances are waiting to be discovered.


Being surrounded by greenery year round has earned the Seattle the nickname of the Emerald City. Seattle is an exciting urban city surrounded by unmatched natural beauty with a wide variety of outdoor attractions within the city such as Discovery Park and Olympic Sculpture Park. Feel like getting away from the city? Seattle is home to a variety of attractions to include the Seattle Art Museum, Pike Place Market, and historic Pioneer Square. Art and Culture more your style? Seattle is home to more than 100 theater companies, the Seattle Symphony, as well as museums and galleries. Sports enthusiast? Seattle is home to professional rugby, football, soccer and baseball teams as well as a variety of collegiate sports to choose from.

Additional Information:

*The Washington State Department of Commerce complies with the employment eligibility verification requirements of the federal Form I-9. The selected candidate must be able to provide proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States consistent with the requirements of that form on the first day of employment. *

The Washington State Department of Commerce is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application, testing, or interview process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call Human Resources at (360) 725-2650. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

Salary: $3,820.00 - $5,252.67 Monthly

Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA

Job Type: Exempt

Department: Dept. of Commerce

Job Number: 2020-07698

Closing: 12/15/2020 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

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