A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, the Great Plains Institute is transforming the energy system to benefit the economy and environment. We work ...View Company Profile
Program/Role: Writing and Research Specialist, Energy Systems
Location: WFH Flexible. GPI’s headquarters are based at 2801 21st Avenue South, Suite 220 in Minneapolis, MN. Occasional travel may be required.
Reports to: Program Manager, Energy Systems
Type of Position: Full time position
Ideal start date: August 1, 2023
Compensation: Salary range: $50K-$70K, 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.
ABOUT THE GREAT PLAINS INSTITUTE
A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, the Great Plains Institute (GPI) is transforming the energy system to benefit the economy and 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, 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.
Transformative. We are a bold and passionate catalyst for change.
ENERGY SYSTEMS PROGRAM AREA
The Energy Systems program area is focused on decarbonizing the economy by enabling collaboration and problem solving among electric and natural gas utilities and market operators, regulators, environmental advocates, consumer advocates, state and local governments, businesses, and other key stakeholders.
We work with groups of state governor’s offices and environmental and energy regulators to develop and implement decarbonization plans; within the Midcontinent Independent Systems Operator stakeholder process on market rules and the transmission build-out; with states, utilities, and other interests to align utility business models with an affordable, reliable, and net-zero greenhouse gas energy system; with states, local governments, and other key actors to bring down the implementation costs of net-zero greenhouse gas technologies and increase consumer demand for net-zero greenhouse gas resources.
We foster collaboration and problem solving through complex stakeholder engagement processes. These often involve groups of 20-100 stakeholders that meet regularly over several months to develop a shared understanding of energy and climate policy and technology issues, discuss varying perspectives on those issues, and collaborate to identify actions to address those issues.
Our team has a fast-paced entrepreneurial culture in which people enjoy both great freedom and great responsibility. People who thrive in this culture take personal responsibility for seeing what needs doing and getting it done. They are self-starters, problem-solvers, and quick to help others. They work hard because they believe in the mission and get to spend most of their time at the intersection of what they love to do and are good at. It’s a working environment in which performance is judged more on results than on time spent in a chair. We are committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply. We aspire to make this the best job anyone has ever had.
This position will support various Energy Systems projects through a variety of writing and secondary research tasks, including note-taking, report-writing, blog-writing, developing slide decks, developing and administering surveys, and conducting secondary research on topics of interest to GPI and its stakeholder groups.
For a typical stakeholder engagement process, this position would attend all stakeholder meetings to take meeting notes, assist with developing a written summary after each meeting that can be sent to attendees, and assist with developing a final process summary that describes the overall process and outcomes. Process summaries vary in detail and length from around 10 pages for a high-level summary, to upwards of 100 pages for a detailed summary that may include a description of modeling results and several detailed recommendations.
The ideal candidate will have excellent writing, research, and oral communication skills, as well as strong interpersonal relationship skills that will support working with a variety of people on challenging issues. In addition, the ideal candidate should have the ability to exercise good judgment in a variety of situations, maintain a realistic balance among multiple priorities, use effective methods for time management and prioritization of tasks, maintain organization and attention to detail, and possess the ability to identify and address urgent and important needs in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
Familiarity with state level energy policy, state climate action planning, energy system decarbonization, or electric or gas utility business models and regulation is desired. In addition, the ideal candidate will exhibit attention to detail in their daily work.
Hours may be flexible and are typically Monday through Friday during the business day; evenings and weekends may be required at times.
NOTE: While GPI conducts primary research and analysis on a variety of topics, this position is entirely focused on secondary research. This position is not a good fit for someone who would like to conduct primary research and analysis activities.
Writing and Research Assistance (85% of time): The Energy Systems program area convenes many stakeholder groups that meet regularly. The primary role of this position is to support those groups with note-taking, writing, and secondary research tasks, including but not limited to the following, and at the direction of program staff:
Meeting Coordination and Administrative Assistance (15% of time): In addition to the primary tasks of writing and research, this position may be asked during times when staff are capacity-constrained to assist with meeting coordination and administrative tasks, including the following:
Other Programmatic Assistance: As requested by the Program Managers or Vice President of the Energy Systems program area.
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS:
The Great Plains Institute is committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourages candidates from all backgrounds to apply.
This position involves use of a desktop computer and/or laptop, copier, fax machine, calculator, printer, and telephone.
This position requires working at a desk (either sitting or standing) for extended periods and extensive use of devices (e.g., keyboard, mouse), as well as usage of telephone/headset.
HOW TO APPLY:
Apply here. Required application materials include a resume and one-page cover letter. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
The Great Plains Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes a wide diversity of applicants.