Ygrene Energy Fund

Senior Director, Government Affairs

US-CA
Job ID
2017-1690
Department
Government Affairs & Public Relations

Overview

Ygrene Energy Fund is a national leader in residential and commercial clean energy financing.  Founded in 2010, Ygrene’s award-winning, privately funded Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program is revolutionizing the home improvement industry, making it easier for property owners to invest in their futures and a healthier environment. Ygrene is delivering greater choice for home and business owners by providing accessible and affordable financing for energy efficiency, renewables, water conservation, storm protection and seismic upgrades.  Recognized as one of the fastest growing asset classes in the country, PACE has proven to be a successful tool for supporting public policy initiatives, all without the use of public tax dollars or credits. To date, Ygrene has provided over $1 billion of private capital to more than 400 local communities, creating thousands of jobs and investing millions into local economies across the U.S.

 

The Senior Director of Government Affairs is responsible for identifying, advocating for and executing on Ygrene's governmental initiatives for all departments and other Ygrene operations state-wide.  This position owns the relationships with state elected officials, government association executives and regulatory agencies in the state and is responsible for creating and sustaining client, business and government strategic alliances that benefit mutual interests to enable appropriate access to governments and government officials with a focus on Ygrene's products. The Senior Director of Government Affairs will also manage the Regional Directors of Government Affairs to ensure compliance with their duties and goals as outlined in their job description.

 

Responsibilities

 

  • Lead government affairs and relations efforts at the statewide
  • Manage personnel within the state to meet housing unit, corporate and geographic expansion goals
  • Execute and coordinate state and local government affairs positions and strategies on legislative and policy issues impacting Ygrene
  • Develop and executive comprehensive advocacy strategies to shape state-wide legislative and policy activity including direct lobbying and engagement of third party groups and coalitions
  • Create comprehensive government affairs strategies to address both opportunities and threats to Ygrene's interests including lobbying, 3rd party advocacy and policy development
  • Determine where legislative and regulatory action is advisable and make recommendations on Ygrene action
  • Develop close working relationships with key business stakeholders in Channel Sales - including District leadership - to leverage state and local advocacy strategies
  • Partner with Advocacy & Policy team to understand Channel Sales objectives in order to develop creative legislative, regulatory, policy, and political solutions to drive business objectives.
  • Lead key trade association task forces and coalitions representing state and local governments, and drive trade association action on key issues of importance to Ygrene
  • Develop relationships with key 3rd party advocates and engage them in support of issues, policies, and legislative and regulatory action as needed to support the initiatives and efforts of Government Affairs, Government Relations and Channel Sales
  • Identify, vet and manage key lobbyists for local initiatives; support Managing Director/VP at the state level
  • Advocate before state legislators, members of state and local executive and regulatory bodies, as well as with senior Ygrene executives, in designing and implementing legislative strategies on key issues impacting Ygrene

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science (or related field) or equivalent work experience
  • Previous experience working in PACE financing policy
  • Minimum of 5 years as an employee, influencer, lobbyist or senior staff to an elected official working in local and/or state government
  • At least 3 years of experience in a leadership role of a trade association, chamber of commerce at or sub-level
  • 5+ years interacting with, supporting or working for a state or local government body
  • Knowledge of the workings of legislation and policy making processes
  • Skills operating a computer, phone and automobile
  • Able to develop effective working relations across all levels of an organization
  • Must have a valid California driver's license

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