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VP of Public Policy



Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Saturday, April 22, 2023

VP of Public Policy

Our Mission

SPAN develops products that accelerate the rapid adoption of renewable energy in the home. The flagship SPAN Smart Panel is the first true evolution for the traditional home electric panel, harnessing enhanced technology for metering, monitoring, and control. An expanded product suite of intelligent, integrated solutions radically lowers the cost and complexity of energy upgrades–including solar, batteries and EVs–empowering homeowners to be active, resilient and informed players in the energy market.

The Role

SPAN is seeking a VP of Policy and Regulatory Affairs to lead a cross­-functional organization responsible for advancing SPAN's public policy and regulatory goals, including working with federal agencies such as the US Department of Energy (DOE) and Congress. The VP of Policy and Regulatory Affairs will lead SPAN's congressional and regulatory government relations and public policy practice at the federal level, while also representing the company before trade associations, conventions, and think tanks in Washington DC and relevant State-level bodies. This position will also hire and manage additional resources focused on the policy and regulatory work at the state and local levels in areas where SPAN is operating. This position will sit in Washington, D.C., and report to our COO in our headquarters in San Francisco, CA.

About You

Role and Responsibilities:

  • Engage directly with federal policymakers, regulators, industry stakeholders, and key opinion leaders to shape policy and regulatory outcomes.

  • Track current and emerging policy and legislation at the federal level while developing and executing SPAN’s political strategy.

  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with federal agencies; including the U.S. Department of Energy, the White House, Congress, and other key external stakeholders and policymakers.

  • Work closely with other teams at SPAN, including Legal, Safety and Certification teams, to ensure up to date knowledge of company plans and reporting policy/political developments with analysis.

  • Manage external consultant relationships and represent SPAN before trade associations and think-tanks.

  • Engage key stakeholders and rights holders within the energy sector, including public policy organizations and government departments and agencies.

  • Monitor and advance federal and state legislative and regulatory initiatives, and execute strategies to influence regulatory reform.

  • Actively support teams with the execution of solutions that address stakeholder concerns.

  • Work with industry and trade groups to develop and advocate for common industry positions.

Required Qualifications

  • 10+ years of government relations or public policy experience within government, the energy or cleantech domains, and/or relevant nonprofits, public interest groups, companies, or industry associations.

  • Skilled and experienced at persuasively and diplomatically advocating complex policy positions before a wide variety of audiences.

  • Experience in translating complex policy and legislation succinctly and persuasively to support SPAN policy and regulatory affairs objectives.

  • Knowledge of Federal legislative dynamics and decision-making, and an expansive political network.

  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, and exceptional verbal and written communication skills.

  • Experience with the Department of Energy, Inflation Reduction Act Administrators, and/or with congressional committees with oversight of residential electrification standards and/or internet-connected electrical systems in the home (including solar, batteries, EVs, heat pumps, and electrical panels).

  • Ability to travel domestically to project sites (up to 30%).

Bonus Qualifications

  • Advanced Degree (J.D., MBA, MPP, MPA, etc.)

  • 5+ years working on energy or cleantech technology policy.

  • Experience working with national associations that represent state and local government in California, New York State, and Texas.

  • Experience with policy and regulatory affairs related to residential energy technologies.

The U.S. base salary range for this position is $275, 000 -$300,000 plus benefits, equity and variable compensation for Sales-related roles. This range represents SPAN’s good faith estimate of competitively-priced salary for the role based on national, real-time industry data from companies of a similar growth stage. This range reflects minimum and maximum new hire salaries for the role across US locations. Within the range, individual pay is determined by location and individual factors including relevant skills, experience and education or training. This range correlates to the relative level of the candidate we believe we need for the role and may require an adjustment for candidates of a different level.

Your recruiter can share more about the specific salary range for the location this role is based during the hiring process.

Life at SPAN

Headquartered in San Francisco’s vibrant SoMa neighborhood, we are an eclectic group of creative thinkers who value open communication, teamwork, and a ‘make it happen’ approach to addressing complex challenges.

SPAN embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills.

We’re hiring talented individuals who are driven by success and are passionate about shaping the future of renewable energy. If that sounds like you, we’d love for you to consider joining the rapidly growing team at SPAN.

The Perks:

⚡ Competitive compensation + equity grants at a well-funded, venture-backed company

⚡ Comprehensive benefits (including medical; dental, vision, life and disability insurance)

⚡ Comfortable, sunny office space located near BART and Caltrain public transit

⚡ Strong focus on teambuilding and company culture (events, meet-ups, clubs)

⚡ Flexible hours and unlimited PTO