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Policy Analyst

Colorado State University
Job Location:
Fort Collins, Colorado
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Position Location
Fort Collins, CO

Research Professional Position: No

Posting Number: 202100553AP

Position Type: Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Classification Title
Prof/Indiv Contrib III

Work Hours/Week: 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range

Employee Benefits

Colorado State University (CSU) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU's Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas.

Desired Start Date

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on

Description of Work Unit

Founded in 2011 as a department of Colorado State University, the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) is a privately-funded initiative led by Colorado's 41st Governor, Bill Ritter, Jr. and assisted by a team of energy and environmental policy experts. The Center works directly with governors, legislators, regulators, utilities and stakeholders by providing technical and strategic assistance to help decision-makers design policies that facilitate America's transition to a clean energy economy.

Position Summary

The Policy Analyst will work under the direction and guidance of the Center's Assistant Director to conduct policy and technical analysis critical to achieving the objectives of the Center's programs. Programs include the Clean Energy Legislative Academy, an equitable transition from coal, Repowering the Western Economy, and our online policy databases. Each of these programs is funded through private foundation grants.

The Policy Analyst will: conduct research on state and federal energy policies and prepare associated reports and briefing documents; help maintain and improve CNEE's online tools- the Advanced Energy Legislation Tracker and State Policy Opportunity Tracker; assist with the organization and implementation of state and utility convenings; interact with state officials and private sector representatives; support the successful implementation of workshops and meetings; participate with other CNEE staff to prepare for and conduct the Clean Energy Legislative Academy; and assist with the website and social media.

Required Job Qualifications
  • Master's degree in public policy, sustainability, law, political science or similar.
  • Minimum three years of experience in related fields.
  • Strong technical writing skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
Preferred Job Qualifications
  • Experience working on state energy policy, including research and report writing.
  • A strong understanding of the policy adoption process for state clean energy policy (legislative and administrative) and of current policy and market trends and issues including technology and economics.
  • Ability to independently conduct research and policy analysis and to synthesize information in memo and report format.
  • Excellent writing ability.
  • Experience and interest in external communications, including social media.
  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office suite.
Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department's commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Job Duty Category: Research and Policy Analysis


Assist the Center's Director, Assistant Director, Senior Policy Advisors, and Research Team in the successful execution of new and ongoing programs through research, technical and policy analysis, and report writing. This will include strategy development and implementation support for the bi-partisan Clean Energy Legislative Academy, our work on the Equitable Transition for Coal-reliant Communities, Repowering the Western Economy, and other work with states and stakeholders. In carrying out the required research, analysis, and report writing, the Policy Analyst will work with state officials, utility industry representatives, and clean energy advocates to identify key issues and state/local policy responses for transitioning the domestic energy system to a clean energy future.

The Policy Analyst will consult with other CNEE staff and energy stakeholders on clean energy policies in relevant states (legislative, regulatory, executive order, etc.) and will help create high-level assessments of impacts on communities, energy systems, and emissions profiles. These assessments will enable CNEE and collaborators to better understand policy options and how important specific policies are in the context of driving clean energy. Assessments and summaries of legislation will include information on how specific policies might have worked in other states, and key talking points about policy effectiveness.

The Policy Analyst will draft, edit and write technical reports and memos on energy policy and related subjects, to be published by CSU, CNEE, or elsewhere. Issue areas include deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency, grid modernization, achieving renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals, electrifying mobility, energy storage, coal-reliant communities in transition, and state clean energy policy design.

Percentage Of Time: 50

Job Duty Category: Stakeholder Organization and Convening


The Policy Analyst will serve a key staff role assisting with the organization and implementation of meetings and stakeholder convenings, including the Clean Energy Legislative Academy. The Policy Analyst will organize and execute convenings and conferences as part of the Center's work to advance state clean energy objectives. This includes: identifying key issues and meeting objectives; developing agendas with other CNEE staff, stakeholders and clients; preparing, organizing, and disseminating meeting materials; and coordinating the participation of meeting attendees and outside experts. These events occur regularly throughout the year in conjunction with CNEE's Repowering the Western Economy initiative, CNEE's work with state chapters of The Nature Conservancy, and as part of the Clean Energy Legislative Academy.

Percentage Of Time: 25

Job Duty Category: Database Maintenance


The Policy Analyst will work with the CNEE Research Manager to maintain and improve CNEE's State Policy Opportunity Tracker (SPOT for Clean Energy) and Advanced Energy Legislation Tracker (AEL).

Maintaining the SPOT and AEL databases includes updating the data on a weekly basis to keep both free, web-based resources current. Both databases support other aspects of CNEE's work, including serving as important resources for our engagement with state legislators as part of our Clean Energy Legislative Academy.

Percentage Of Time: 25

Special Instructions to Applicants

To apply, submit a cover letter which addresses the minimum and preferred qualifications, a resume or CV, and the names and contact information for three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment
Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Search Contact
Wendy Hartzell,

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715,

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

Minimum References Requested
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