State Regulatory Program Manager

Full Time • Posted Aug. 21

  • Organization: Sacramento Municipal Utility District
  • Location: Sacramento, CA
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Company Description

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) - Who We Are

As the nation's sixth-largest community-owned electric service provider, we're proud of our reputation as one of the best places to work in Sacramento. Our employees tell us in our engagement surveys they're "Happy, satisfied and engaged" which helps create a workplace that best serves our customers.

Sacramento was named as the 2nd happiest place to work in America by Forbes Magazine. Lake Tahoe, San Francisco and the world-renowned Napa Valley are within easy driving distance of our locations.

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

SMUD respects, values and celebrates the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. Diversity and inclusion are guiding principles to deliver a culture that reflects the broader values of the community and our customers. Our Board's policy for Employee Relations sets our commitment to developing and maintaining a high quality, inclusive workplace that engages and inspires employees to commit to SMUD's purpose, vision and values.

Why Sacramento, California?

The capitol of California, Sacramento is the state's sixth-largest city, and the 35th largest in the U.S. Local universities include California State University, University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law, and the University of California, Davis and several competitive community colleges. The UC Davis Medical Center, a world-renowned research hospital, is one of more than a dozen hospitals and shared services centers in the Sacramento region. Part of the agriculturally-rich Central Valley, Sacramento is at the forefront of the farm-to-fork food movement. Northern California is home to some of the country's top technology companies, including Google and LinkedIn, and a multitude of startups in many industries. Sacramento is home to the NBA Kings, the River Cats (AAA baseball), and the Republic FC (soccer), and the San Francisco Giants, Oakland A’s, NBA Warriors and NFL 49ers aren't far away. Sacramento offers a vibrant liberal arts community with Broadway theater, the Mondavi Center and Shrem Art Museum in nearby Davis, the Crocker Art Museum, and summer musical theater to name a few.

Job Description

This position is a non-Civil Service (at-will) position with a salary range of: $125,709 - $166,518


Come join one of the most progressive utilities in the nation.  SMUD is seeking a highly engaged regulatory affairs professional to provide vision, leadership and expertise for SMUD’s interactions with state regulatory agencies and relevant stakeholders.
This position provides overall direction to proactively track regulatory developments, develop SMUD’s positions and policies on regulatory activities and get executive approval as appropriate, and advocate SMUD’s interest before state regulatory agencies.


Major Duties & Responsibilities

  • Leads the analysis and development of SMUD’s positions with respect to state energy policy issues, and related federal actions.
  • Researches and analyzes proposed regulations related draft legislation, and industry standards affecting SMUD; monitors and advises SMUD management and project teams of regulatory trends and developments including changes in the law, administrative decisions, and judicial decisions related to SMUD operations.
  • Organizes and collaborates with SMUD teams including internal staff and/or contract consultants to accomplish SMUD’s regulatory, related legislative, outreach and/or compliance objectives; plans, coordinates, prioritizes, monitors, and reviews the work product of internal staff, external consultants, and trade groups of which SMUD is a member engaged in the analysis, revision, and drafting of regulations, legislation, and/or industry standards.
  • Directs, develops, and coordinates advocacy initiatives supporting SMUD’s regulatory and related legislative policy objectives; represents SMUD before regulatory, legislative, and industry audiences; provides leadership, guidance, and direction on all matters of state regulations and related federal and state administrative actions affecting SMUD.
  • Remains current on and knowledgeable of regulatory proceedings and filings at state (e.g. CEC, CARB, and CPUC) and federal (e.g. FERC, NERC, and WECC) jurisdictions; provides regular briefings to SMUD management.
  • Conducts and supervises analysis of state or federal legislative, administrative, and/or regulatory actions that affect energy supply, environmental sustainability, program financing, and other relevant issues ensuring that SMUD’s strategic goals and objectives are met.
  • Assumes proactive leadership role(s) within trade organizations of which SMUD is a member to ensure, among other results, effective communication and incorporation of SMUD positions into legislative and regulatory policy objectives of such organizations.
  • Assists and advises Executive Management in the development and implementation of policy advocacy content and strategies to coordinate consistent messages to external audiences; advises the Board on political ramifications of SMUD’s positions and/or actions.
  • Acts as program manager/team lead in the coordination of SMUD activities and services developing projects to translate and implement regulatory requirements and policy goals; seeks alternative solutions to difficult problems; coordinates with inter-departmental teams and management to ensure appropriate treatment and a positive outcome with local and regional government agencies consistent with SMUD policies and interests.
  • Monitors, interprets and communicates to SMUD management community, political and industry patterns and governmental trends; understands the political implications of situations and events; analyzes community and market changes and/or community or industry developments to identify opportunities for positive partnerships with industry stakeholders and government agencies.
  • Provides direction and training to subordinates for completion of assigned tasks; plans, coordinates, prioritizes, evaluates and adjusts work functions, practices, and schedules as necessary; monitors daily operations; coaches, provides performance feedback, identifies and addresses staff development needs; provides recommendations to management on staffing, staff training, development, and discipline actions; ensures staff safety and implementation of safety policies and practices in the work unit and environment.Performs related duties as required. Regularly travels for business.



Minimum Qualifications

Experience: 7-10 years of progressively responsible and directly-related work experience in government relations at the local, state and/or federal level, or within electric utility industry dealing with regulatory agencies, power markets, or related utility operations in a government affairs capacity.

Education: BA/BS degree from an accredited college or university majoring in Political Science Communication, Public Relations, Engineering, Business Administration, Law or related field.


Desirable Qualifications

Significant experience working with state regulatory agencies on the development of regulations affecting the utility industry and SMUD.  Knowledge of and experience with the development of state carbon and renewable policies such as the Cap and Trade regulations, Low Carbon Fuel Standards, energy efficiency programs and regulations, Renewable Portfolio Standard requirements, and transportation and building electrification programs.  Familiarity with state regulatory personnel in key positions at the California Natural Resources Agency, California Energy Commission, California Air Resources Board, and other state agencies as appropriate.



Possession or ability to obtain certification as a California state or federal lobbyist as required by the position.


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