Director, Energy and Environmental Policy (Portland, OR) #111997

Date: May 23, 2024

Location: PORTLAND, OR, US, 97232

Company: PacifiCorp


PacifiCorp is seeking customer-centric candidates to grow and sustain our commitment to a culture of customer service excellence, environmental sustainability and diversity, equity and inclusion.

General Purpose

Accountable for the activities and outcomes of the environmental policy and strategy function for the states of California, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Idaho and Utah. Responsible for managing the activities and staff associated with environmental policy issues impacting the company and for developing company strategies on various complex environmental issues.  Provide leadership and direction to management that guides the company's interest in fulfilling its Environmental RESPECT commitments.  

Responsibilities of this position include the following:

  • Evaluate proposed state and federal laws and regulations that have the potential to impact company operations or policies. Develop comments on proposed state and federal laws and regulations. 
  • Integrate environmental assessments of existing and anticipated environmental regulations into the planning and operating decisions of the business units.  
  • Advise management of the impact of proposed legislation and regulation and develop potential compliance strategies. 
  • Proactively participate in trade associations and various task forces to assist in the development of laws and regulations. 
  • Supervise, plan, direct and coordinate the activities and budget of the environmental policy and strategy staff and outside consultants. 
  • Provide direction and counsel to ensure the company is proactively working to create responsible environmental laws and sound public policy. 
  • Maintain an understanding of processes within the business units and a working knowledge of environmental issues for all environmental aspects.
  • Provide leadership and direction to management on the Environmental RESPECT principles. 
  • Assist in the development of strategic environmental plans and initiatives. 
  • Represent the company when interfacing with regulators, environmental agencies, commercial counterparties, and other interested stakeholders.
  • Responsible for selecting, coaching, and developing employees and managing salaries in accordance with the company’s talent management and succession planning processes.  Review and evaluate employee performance and prepare annual reviews.
  • Implement and support company programs and policies.
  • Develop and maintain legislation and regulatory contacts as necessary to provide essential input on relevant laws and regulations. Prepare and submit testimony in legislative or regulatory hearings.
  • Stay abreast of current and proposed federal and state laws and regulations. 

Requirements for this position include the following:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Political Science, Governmental Affairs, Communications or a related field; or the equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • A minimum of ten years of related progressive work experience. 
  • A minimum of five years direct people management experience. 
  • Demonstrated initiative and leadership skills.  
  • Management skills including the ability to establish objectives, develop and execute policy, direct and monitor resources, and recommend and oversee development or implementation of systems, programs, or processes. 
  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local laws/regulations.
  • Experience in budget preparation, analysis and cost tracking.
  • Communication and interpersonal skills with the demonstrated ability to communicate complex information accurately and understandably.
  • Must possess the ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with business unit personnel, government agencies, trade groups, outside stakeholders, and others.
  • Superior writing skills, with the ability to read and summarize voluminous regulatory and legislative proposals and prepare comments on behalf of the Company.
  • Knowledge of external business environment, laws, political climate and the Company's strategies, policies, practices, and procedures.
  • Advanced knowledge of environmental laws and regulations


•    JD, MBA or similar advanced degree. 
•    Knowledge of the utility industry, the political, economic, and social climates in which the Company operates.

Additional Information

Req Id: 111997 
Company Code: PacifiCorp 
Primary Location: PORTLAND     
Department: Pacific Power 
Schedule: FT 
Personnel Subarea: Exempt
Hiring Range: 153,200 - $180,300  
This position is eligible for an annual discretionary performance incentive bonus of up to 20% of salary.

Benefits: Health care, retirement, paid time off, tuition assistance, paid short-term and long-term disability, paid bereavement leave. For more information, please visit: 


Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without an accommodation.

At PacifiCorp, we celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion. PacifiCorp is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion or religious creed, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status (except as required by law), gender (including gender identity and expression), sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran or military status, familial or parental status, marital status or any other category protected by applicable local, state or U.S. federal law.

Unless otherwise required by law, all offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check and drug screening including for marijuana. While marijuana is legal in several states, including Oregon, a positive test for positions in Oregon may disqualify a candidate. The company complies with the laws of Washington and California and only obtains and considers positive tests for marijuana in safety-sensitive positions or those covered by U.S. Department of Transportation regulations.

Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon

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