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Southern Company Energy Efficiency Policy Manager in Naperville, Illinois

Energy Efficiency Policy Manager


This position is responsible for advising in the development of energy efficiency policies and strategies for Nicor Gas. In this role you will review and analyze legislative and regulatory policies impacting the natural gas industry and Nicor Gas customers to develop energy efficiency strategies, actionable pathways and communications related to energy and natural gas issues.


Education: BS/BA 4-yr degree, ideally in public policy, energy policy, government affairs, environmental studies or similar types of fields

Required: Minimum 5 years experience in energy-related environmental policy, governmental affairs or other regulatory or environmental background

Preferred: Experience with gas energy efficiency programs a plus

Special Skills: Ability to read and understand complex technical writing and legislative language and the ability to articulate complex regulatory and legislative issues; excellent written and verbal communication skills; strong attention to detail; able to assimilate and work quickly to form strategy and ideas in a quick fashion with little or no prep time; able to interact and engage people with the skills to work across dividing lines and find innovative win-win solutions.



•Create policy positions from various internal and external sources that would be used to inform overall company strategy, activities, energy efficiency plan designs, and other energy-related positions.

•Provide insights, expertise and analysis to develop policy positions and strategy on energy and environmental issues as related to the role of natural gas.

•Collaboration with a diverse set of stakeholders, thought leaders, opponents, collaboratives, and diverse groups is key to success for this role.

•Track state and federal standards activities and rulemakings.

•Responsible for managing the Illinois Stretch Codes and Building Performance Standards Market Transformation Program. Work with external contractors, communities, and municipalities to educate and implement energy codes and building performance standards (BPS).

•Must be able to read and understand complex technical writing and legislative language and the ability to articulate complex regulatory and legislative issues.

Duties Discretion:

Employee receives clear instructions from supervisor regarding what to do and how to do it.

Tasks follow set guidelines or procedures.

Employee must consider alternative courses of action and then make a decision after considering the options.

Employee has the authority to make significant choices and decisions, without specific guidance or direction from the supervisor.

Explanation: Due to the nature of policy matters, issues can be raised very quickly regarding new legislation being debated on the floor or raging social media or public discourse through written positions, electronic and hard copy. The role requires sophisticated and broad understanding of key policies, consequences to changes, and opportunities to advance certain ideas or policy. Real-time or very near real-time assessments and recommendations will be required, requiring a self-thinker, with the understanding and reliability to make wise and sound recommendations.

Task Complexity:

Tasks are straight-forward, routine, and often repetitive.

Tasks are varied and fairly complex.

Assignments are quite varied and highly complex.

Explanation: Policy positions can and often are required to be synthesized in charged, high-stakes, time-compressed situations. Others are longer-term, thoughtful, and detailed policies. Both are complex, as they include numerous data inputs from a wide and diverse variety of stakeholders. Policies drive actions, and are critical for business success, thus requiring complex analysis.

Southern Company Gas provides for the energy needs of millions of U.S. households and businesses. As the largest natural gas-only distribution company in the United States, with more than 150 years of history behind us, we're working to ensure that Americans have access to an abundant, safely delivered supply of natural gas for decades to come. We offer our customers a wide range of energy services under one umbrella: seven regulated utilities as well as non-regulated businesses that offer retail, wholesale and storage services.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy company serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries as of Jan. 1, 2019. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company, a fiber optics network and telecommunications services . Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices below the national average. For more than a century, we have been building the future of energy and developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, advanced carbon capture technologies, natural gas, renewables, energy efficiency and storage technology. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation and a low-carbon future, Southern Company and its subsidiaries develop the customized energy solutions our customers and communities require to drive growth and prosperity. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and govern our business to the benefit of our world. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have been recognized nationally by the U.S. Department of Defense, G.I. Jobs magazine, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, Forbes and the Women's Choice Award. To learn more, visit

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Illinois-Metro Chicago-Naperville

Operating Company: The Southern Company

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

G O Naperville - 1844 W Ferry Rd. (1844NapervilleCODE)

1844 W Ferry Rd.

Naperville, 60536

Req ID: NGC2000079