Seattle City Light, a department of the City of Seattle, is one of the nation's largest municipally owned utilities in terms of the number of customers served. Over the years we have worked very hard to keep Seattle's electricity affordable, reliable, and environmentally sound. Today, City Light is a recognized national leader in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.
The Climate Change Research and Adaptation Strategic Advisor will lead Seattle City Light's (SCL's) efforts to adapt to climate change. This position will serve as a key advisor to senior officials and make recommendations to help shape significant SCL and City policies and programs, and will represent SCL in strategic arenas. The employee will educate and collaborate with staff across the utility to build awareness, partnerships, and momentum around understanding/assessing the impacts of climate change, developing climate adaptation strategies, implementing the current SCL climate adaptation plan, and revising the plan as new information becomes available. This position will serve as SCL's representative in select forums organized to develop an understanding of the potential impacts of climate change on the electric power industry and potential adaptation strategies, as well as to identify potential policy solutions. This position will identify, prioritize, and oversee research to support SCL's climate change adaptation efforts and prepare proposals to secure funding for impact assessments and adaptation efforts as needed. This position will report to the Science Policy Unit Manager in the Environment, Land, and Licensing Business Unit.
Education: B.S. in Environmental, Natural, or Physical Science or equivalent degree.
Experience: A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience working in the area of environmental impacts associated with climate change. Experience acting as a technical expert on climate change issues and developing recommendations for senior management on policy options and program direction. Experience providing strategic advice on the appropriate levels and allocation of resources for major services or programs with significant long-term implications. Familiar with modeling techniques, climate processes, utility operations (including power planning concepts and utility economics) and carbon trading systems. Strong research, quantitative, and analytical skills and a solid understanding of Word and Excel. Exhibits strong negotiating skills. Ability to work effectively with people of all types; understand several scientific disciplines, and handle multiple and varied assignments. Knowledge of federal, state and local environmental laws, regulations, and policies applicable to Washington State. Strong written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated ability to prioritize research needs and oversee research budgets. Experience with comprehensive program development.
Certification/License: Washington State Driver's License or equivalent mobility.
Desired Qualifications: M.S. or Ph.D. in Environmental or Physical Science (e.g., hydrology). Climate and watershed process modeling experience. A thorough understanding of utility operations and resource allocation.
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