Policy Analyst (Energy & Environment) Posted Jul 08
WattTime , Remote available
As our first Policy Analyst, we want you to seize a truly unique opportunity to launch an entire new category of environmental policy. This is an extremely rare opportunity for a relatively entry-level candidate to personally drive truly transformative change at scale.

WattTime is an environmental nonprofit with a twist: we developed the groundbreaking technology known as Automated Emissions Reduction (AER). While so many environmental nonprofits spend lots of time trying to get regulators to enact good public policy, we spend almost all our time enabling businesses to voluntarily slash emissions with AER.

Yet it turns out AER also has massive unanticipated potential to multiply the environmental benefits of everything from electric vehicle standards to building codes. So increasingly, we’re finding regulators are calling us.

Cities and states have increasingly been asking us to help them leverage AER to achieve previously impossible things, like enabling California to slash emissions from its energy storage sector... by 100%. In six months. Similar applications are cropping up in everything from renewable energy market design to fuel cell policy.

But we are currently a technology- and business-focused team. As WattTime’s first Policy Analyst, you will apply your public policy savviness to identify, analyze, and engage with regulatory proceedings that could leverageremarkable rapid emissions reduction opportunities. You will then steer those proceedings from the policy side, though with lots of support on the technical, awareness-raising, and other aspects of the work.

As a fundamentally new technology that can deploy globally via software, AER has the potential to drive deep emissions reductions at a speed unusual in public policy – if the right person makes it happen. Are you the right person to launch our foray into public policy?


Track upcoming regulatory proceedings and openings in relevant sectors such as energy storage and transportation, and identify opportunities to engage
Lead implementation of AER advocacy work - publicize and conduct outreach to those key actors, specifically in regions that wish to copy current implementations
Write public comments, reports, publish findings, give presentations and actively engage in workshops
Build and maintain relationships with key actors: policy makers, NGOs, industry execs, leading experts in the energy and buildings space
Work with WattTime communications team to share and publicize milestones
Work with WattTime technical analysts to evaluate the potential impacts of certain regulations and laws, and help to communicate the results to the right people
Please note: WattTime is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit and does not engage in lobbying. Thus, your work will strictly focus on advocacy and technical support in existing regulatory proceedings. You will not be involved in advocating any legislation or candidates for office.


WattTime headquarters in Oakland, CA. Remote location available, West Coast preferred. 30% travel.
Salary range: $75,000-$85,000
Apply by July 19, 2019


Masters of Public Policy plus 2 years work experience, or similar. Degree not important if you have equivalent practical experience
Strategic thinker, able to listen through incentives, analyze situations, and identify potential roadblocks or allies
Excellent listener and communicator, able to “read the room” and work with potential collaborators and allies
Solid writer, able to articulate complex points clearly and concisely
Organizational skills and attention to detail; you don’t drop balls
Yet a bias towards action, not letting the perfect be the enemy of the good
Prior experience with power grids, emissions, energy or other technical subjects preferred
Collaborative, respectful team player
Most importantly: you genuinely care about and are deeply motivated by our mission


We are practical, results-driven change makers. We believe nothing has more potential for fast, world-changing impact, than software. We embrace change. We are lean and rapid prototypers. We never confuse growth with impact. We are all personally, fiercely committed to our mission. We are quietly radical in unexpected ways. We have allies, not competitors. We trust in data and everyone’s voice being heard. We know diversity is central to success. We consider respect non-negotiable: there are no jerks here.

We offer competitive benefits and professional development opportunities.

Unlike most startups, our team is backed by more than 200 volunteers who contributed to our founding and are happy to support us in terms of advice, networking and perspective. We also sit within the RMI family which brings additional upside in terms of robust benefits, support, industry connections and credibility.

WattTime is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, disability, or sexual orientation or classification.


WattTime is a nonprofit with a software tech startup DNA, dedicated to giving everyone everywhere the power to choose clean energy. We invented Automated Emissions Reduction (AER), which allows utilities, IoT device and energy storage companies, and any end user to effortlessly reduce emissions from energy, when and where they happen. Our cutting-edge insights and algorithms, coupled with machine learning, can shift the timing of flexible electricity use to sync with times of cleaner energy and avoid times of dirtier energy. We sell solutions that make it easy for anyone to achieve emissions reductions without compromising cost and user experience. WattTime was founded by PhD researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and in 2017 became a subsidiary of Rocky Mountain Institute.

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