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OrganizationAppalachian Voices
TypeFull Time
Application DeadlineJanuary 5, 2024
College Degree Required?No
Salary Range$72,500-$85,000


About Appalachian Voices

Appalachian Voices is a nonprofit advocacy organization that works to achieve an Appalachia with healthy, intact ecosystems and advance a just transition to a generative and equitable clean energy economy. We currently have over 40 staff members across the region, with offices located in Boone, N.C., Charlottesville, Virginia, and Norton, Virginia.

Commitment to Equity

Appalachian Voices is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion both in our work and in our organizational structure. We seek applicants who share and exhibit these principles. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.

We understand people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. We encourage candidates to review the position details and responsibilities listed. If you have the transferable skills necessary to fulfill many of the requirements of this role, we encourage you to apply. We may tailor the role to a talented or passionate candidate.

Position Details

Appalachian Voices is excited to announce an opening for a Senior Energy Analyst to support our Energy Democracy program. The Senior Energy Analyst will play a key role in our efforts to advance utility policy changes and clean energy program implementation in rural communities throughout our region. By building relationships with rural utility leaders, working with local stakeholders and teammates, the Senior Energy Analyst will support communities by helping to develop clean energy investment projects and assisting stakeholders with accessing federal funding via programs established by the Inflation Reduction Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill. The Energy Analyst will also support our work to engage in utility planning across the region by analyzing energy modeling, producing critical data analysis, providing expert commentary via stakeholder processes, and communicating this analysis clearly and effectively with teammates and ratepayers throughout the region.

This position may operate remotely from the Appalachian Region or be based from one of our offices. Travel within North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia is required.


This is a full-time, exempt position and is included in a union-represented collective bargaining unit; specific terms and conditions of employment may be subject to a future Collective Bargaining Agreement. Appalachian Voices offers competitive compensation and benefits that include employer-paid health care, vision, and dental policies with options to include family members at a reduced cost; short- and long-term disability plans; generous paid vacation and parental leave; flexible working hours; and an employer-matched retirement plan.

Salary is commensurate with experience, however, the expected salary range is between $72,500-$85,000; candidates seeking the higher end of this range should be able to demonstrate a very strong background, experience, or other factors. We are open to feedback from the market and would welcome the opportunity to connect with candidates who may be outside of the compensation band. Appalachian Voices is committed to equity in pay practices.


Job Duties

Primary Roles & Responsibilities

Support Appalachian Voices’ Energy Democracy objectives in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia by:

  • Supporting teammates and key stakeholders with navigating federal funding programs and technical support networks, providing assistance with project pre-development, and connecting with developers and key partners for rural utilities who want to access federal funding for renewable energy, energy storage, or grid modernization projects.
  • Collaborating with local governments, service agencies, rural electric utilities, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders to connect them to technical support for project planning and development.
  • Analyzing integrated resource plans and other reports produced by utilities and regulatory agencies, and producing high quality feedback that aligns with Appalachian Voices’ priorities and values.
  • Providing input and recommendations for rate cases, integrated resource plan working groups, and other utility planning processes.
  • Providing detailed energy policy analysis of programs and proposals involving, among other things, distributed solar and energy storage, electricity transmission and interconnection, and electric utility regulation.
  • Representing Appalachian Voices in regional coalitions working to reform wholesale energy markets and accelerate transmission investments in the Southeast.

Skills Required

Skills & Qualifications

  • Minimum of 5 years of work experience and/or graduate degree in energy systems management, renewable energy, energy economics, or a related field.
  • Subject matter expertise in energy markets and decarbonizing the electricity grid, particularly as it relates to the Southeast region of the US.
  • Experience with analyzing utility energy modeling and providing evaluation/assessment is preferred.
  • Familiarity with utility power purchase agreements, rate structures, and other utility policies.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social and environmental justice, and the ability to collaborate with leaders and members from those communities.
  • Demonstrated experience in project management with proven ability to stay on task and deliver results on time.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex information to a range of audiences.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to set priorities, multi-task, and meet deadlines for both short- and long-term goals.
  • Great collaboration skills and enjoys team environments.

Additional Info

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until this position is filled. For early consideration, candidates shall apply by January 5, 2023. Using the link below, please submit a resume and a brief cover letter that addresses why you are interested in this role and why you would be a good fit for the position.

Appalachian Voices participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. This position also requires a standard background check.