New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
44 South Clinton Avenue
P.O. BOX 350
Trenton, NJ 08625
**This position may be eligible for telework up to two days per week**
POSTING NO.: 72-2022
TITLE: Program Specialist Trainee, Clean Energy Equity
SALARY: $46,431.86 – $48,531.07
WORKWEEK: 35 hours (35)
OPENING DATE: November 2, 2022
CLOSING DATE: November 23, 2022
DIVISION/LOCATION: Division of Clean Energy
*The Board of Public Utilities is a great place to work*
You will be part of a highly effective and collaborative team working to achieve New Jersey’s ambitious and important clean energy goals in the areas of offshore wind, electric vehicles, solar, energy efficiency and more! This position is a great opportunity for the right candidate looking to start a career in the clean energy field.
You will be working alongside a team of dedicated professionals in the Division of Clean Energy at the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities working to achieve 100 % clean energy for the State and managing and coordinating the clean energy initiatives of the State of New Jersey. This position will provide support for diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives to advance a stronger and fairer New Jersey and ensure access to the benefits of clean energy, including workforce opportunities, for all residents.
You will be working to implement the State’s Energy Master Plan, statutory guidance, and Executive Orders, and will work with colleagues at other agencies and departments across State government to achieve New Jersey’s clean energy goals.
You will also be helping to grow the clean energy economy in New Jersey that will lead to long-term careers in clean energy for our residents, stimulate the economic growth of the state, and develop programs that will serve as a model for other states and the federal government to follow to transition our society to an equitable clean energy future. Through work with the Office of Energy Equity in the Division of Clean Energy, you will help to assure the access to the benefits of the clean energy revolution to all residents of the State.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Under the general direction of the Deputy Director of Clean Energy Equity or other supervisor position, will assist in professional, analytical, and administrative work to promote the planning, operation, implementation, monitoring and/or evaluation of our programs, particularly within the Office of Clean Energy Equity.
• Learns about renewable energy (including solar and offshore wind), energy efficiency, building electrification, electrified transportation, and more and work to ensure all New Jersey residents have fair and equitable access to clean energy initiatives and their benefits.
• Work with BPU teams and partners in the planning and implementation of projects to ensure all programs are developed equitably. Collaborations may include work with professional staff members (i.e., engineers, projects specialists, strategic BPU and other agency team partners), as well as consultants and contractors, as you work to set timelines, communicate with the Division Director and Deputy Director about the status of the projects, ensure that projects stay on track and on budget, and adjust if necessary to meet new requirements.
• Participate in projects and discussions that will help shape New Jersey’s clean energy policies, and develop reports comparing existing and alternative program policy designs and recommendations.
• Collaborate with other New Jersey Departments and Agencies, with other states, and with federal agencies, and engage with and learn from professionals across the country and world. Engage with community members and leaders towards broadening access to programs and policy development activities.
• Assist Division of Clean Energy teams in developing and implementing programs through an equity lens, while leveraging the many existing Division programs that aim to serve overburdened communities. Some examples include:
o Help to lead the Equity Working Group and other key energy efficiency initiatives, focusing on equitable access and participation in energy efficiency programs;
o Help to support the Workforce Development Working Group and seek to ensure expansion of diversity in workforce development;
o Help to support administration of the Community Energy Plan Grant program;
o Help to support the implementation of the Whole House Pilot Program;
o Help establish appropriate targets as necessary for clean energy programs to ensure equity;
• Learns and participates in the Stakeholder process and assist with constituent services and outreach.
• Learns to review, analyze and summarize laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
• Perform research, data collection and analysis on various clean energy equity programs in New Jersey, other states and other countries.
• Perform other tasks to advance New Jersey’s clean energy agenda.
EDUCATION: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree.
NOTE: The successful candidate will have community engagement knowledge and preferably experience with environmental justice communities and/or overburdened communities. Strong public speaking skills are preferred, as the candidate will be expected to interact with people from across New Jersey in standing up and supporting programs from the Office of Clean Energy Equity.
RESUME NOTE: Eligibility determinations will be based upon information presented in resume and proof of degree submitted. Applicants who possess foreign degrees (degrees earned outside of the U.S.) are required to provide an evaluation indicating the U.S. equivalency.
OPEN TO THE FOLLOWING: Open to New Jersey residents.
RESIDENCY LAW: Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 52:14-7 (L. 2011, Chapter 70), also known as the “New Jersey First Act,” which became effective September 1, 2011, all persons newly hired by the Executive Branch on or after that date shall have one year from the date of employment to establish, and then maintain principal residence in the State of New Jersey.
WORK AUTHORIZATION: Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States according to the Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations.
HOW TO APPLY: Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume, writing sample and Personal Relationships Disclosure Form (Click Here). Please make sure to include the posting number in the subject line via email. All documents must be submitted by the closing date shown above to the following:
NJ Board of Public Utilities
Office of Human Resources
P.O. BOX 350
Trenton, NJ 08625
Visit us at https://nj.gov/bpu/
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities ("NJBPU" or “Board”) is the state agency with authority to oversee the regulated utilities, which provide critical services such as natural gas, electricity, water, telecommunications, and cable television. The law requires the Board to ensure safe, adequate, and proper utility services at reasonable rates for customers in New Jersey.

The Board addresses issues of consumer protection, energy reform, deregulation of energy, and telecommunications services and the restructuring of utility rates to encourage energy conservation and competitive pricing in the industry.
The Board is also responsible for monitoring utility service and responding to consumer complaints.

The Board is considered a quasi-judicial body, meaning that it functions similar to a court or judge. Anyone may file a petition (or a request for action) asking the Board to consider a matter within its jurisdiction. Most often petitions are filed by the utilities, ratepayers, or interested parties, but sometimes the Board will initiate a matter on its own.

Once a petition is filed, the Board decides if it will retain the matter (which will become a case) or send the petition to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL). If the case is sent to the OAL, a judge will make an initial decision that the Board will ultimately accept, reject, or change. Regardless of whether the case is sent to the OAL or retained by the Board, the case goes through a legal process that may involve public hearings, briefs, discovery, and testimony. The parties involved include the petitioner, the Board’s staff, and often the Division of Rate Counsel (the state entity charged with representing the ratepayers and consumers of New Jersey). Others may ask to be involved as an intervener or a participant, but those parties must meet certain standards provided in the regulations (N.J.A.C. 1:1-16.3) to be granted that status.

Members of the public are invited to voice their opinions at public hearings. Public hearings are listed on NJBPU's website and notices of these hearings appear in newspapers. All evidence, arguments, and comments provided at the public hearings are made part of the record to ensure that the OAL judge and/or the Board is making an informed and impartial decision based upon the facts as presented by both sides. It is important that the public provide its input at the public hearings to ensure these comments are included in the record of the case.

The Board then decides the case at one of its public agenda meetings, and will issue an order setting forth the reason for its decision. The Board’s decision may be appealed to the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court.