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Job Standard for Energy/Public Policy Specialist, Senior

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Energy/Public Policy Specialist, Senior Overview

  • Work Type: Professional
  • Job Code: 75002
  • Pay Grade: P8
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Career Level: Senior
  • Family: Academic Programs
  • Function: Academic Support


The purpose of this senior level position is to advance the research publication and grant pipeline for the Institute, with additional accountability in operations.

Level Scope

Recognized subject matter expert who knows how to apply theory and put it into practice with in-depth understanding of the professional field with limited oversight from managers. Independently performs the full range of responsibilities within the function; requires deep job knowledge of area typically obtained through higher education combined with experience.  Manages large projects or processes and problems faced are difficult and often complex; analyzes problems/issues of diverse scope and determines solutions.  May manage programs that include formulating strategies and administering policies, processes, and resources; functions with a high degree of autonomy.  Influences others regarding policies, practices and procedures.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s or Advanced Degree and 5 years of professional experience or equivalent relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to work effectively and flexibly in a dynamic, multi-organizational milieu
  • Ability to partner as a team player as well as to work independently/serve
    as a role model for junior team members and as a collaborator for senior colleagues
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Excellent writing, research, and strategic planning skills
  • Excellent speaking, diplomacy and interpersonal skills
  • Agility in working with different research methods and forms of policy analysis

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Energy/Public Policy Specialist, Senior must:

  • Develop scholarly, peer-review writing and related technical/research publications
  • Conduct research and to write proposals that successfully secure external funding
  • Manage core operational activity
  • Indirect reporting accountability for students, and also provide occasional training.
  • The incumbent will serve as a senior lead/co-lead for projects.

35% of Time the Energy/Public Policy Specialist, Senior

Determined by department needs

5% of Time the Energy/Public Policy Specialist, Senior

Perform other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Some positions may involve frequent bending, moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 50 pounds; some positions may involve moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 70 pounds; standing up to eight hours each day; working in all weather conditions; exposure to high noise levels and require wearing hearing protection.

Travel Requirement

Occasional travel may be needed for planned workshops or conferences 0-5% of the time. This may entail overnight travel.

Career Path

Additional training/education or equivalent experience, as well as business need, are required for movement into higher level jobs.


Incumbent must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work.  Final employment offers are contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Background Verification, and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual.  In addition, a Financial History Check and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Check may be required.