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University of San Diego
  • Position Number: 4974664
  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • Position Type: Engineering

Energy and Climate Technical Policy Analyst

Position Title & Department: Energy and Climate Technical Policy Analyst; Energy Policy Initiatives Center

Posting #: 4685

Department Description:
USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school's faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks in the top 20% (36th out of 204) among U.S. law schools in scholarly impact according to a 2018 study. The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.

University Description:
The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanitys urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:
The Technical Policy Analyst I or [II] position is an entry-level [mid-level] position that supports [leads some of] EPIC's quantitative energy and climate policy activities. This position, which reports to the Assistant Director, supports climate and energy research and analysis for projects, presentations, information papers, articles, and reports on topics related to energy and climate change.

Candidates that have the minimum qualifications outlined below and enjoy working with numbers and data for public policy purposes is suitable for this position.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Technical Policy Analyst I or [II]

  • Support [Lead] quantitative GHG analysis, including but not limited to conducting GHG inventories, estimating GHG impacts of related policies, and estimating financial impacts through benefit-cost analysis.
  • Support [Lead] efforts to develop and maintain quantitative tools and models.
  • Support [Lead] quality assurance and quality control activities to ensure high quality results and work products, [including reviewing all work and work products of the Technical Policy I and student interns.]
  • Develop [Lead efforts to develop] Climate Action Plans, Climate Resilience Plans, and other related plans and documents.
  • Collect [Lead efforts to collect] and update all relevant data, methods, and information necessary to conduct related quantitative analysis.
  • Develop [Lead efforts to develop] and maintain understanding of methodological and other technical advances related to ongoing projects and incorporate into existing methods and tools.
  • Conduct [Lead efforts to conduct] necessary research related to policy, legislation, and other related topics to support ongoing projects.

  • Assist writing [Lead development] of technical documents, policy briefs, and blogs to summarize findings.
  • Support development of [Develop and conduct] presentations to summarize results of analysis, as needed.
  • Collaborate with city staff, agency staff at the local, regional and state level as needed to facilitate ongoing projects.
  • Support presentations [Present] at and participate in local, regional and state level meetings, workshops, conference related to the climate planning process, as needed.

Project Development
  • Support development of [Lead] new projects [or project tasks] related to EPIC's technical energy and climate policy work, including developing scopes of work and project timelines.
  • Support development of [Develop] funding proposals, as needed, related to EPIC's technical energy and climate policy work.

Other duties as assigned.

Special Conditions of Employment:

Effective June 1, 2023, based on CDC guidance, the University strongly encourages all campus members to stay up to date with Influenza and COVID-19 vaccination recommendations. For more regarding information USD's COVID-19 protocols, please visit

Background check: Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes.

Job Requirements:
Minimum Qualifications: Technical Policy Analyst I [II ]
  • Bachelors [Masters] Degree in a related technical field such as environmental science, engineering, systems engineering, physics/mathematics/modeling, economics or similar.
  • 1-3 [3-5] years of experience doing similar quantitative and policy work.
  • [Demonstrated] Quantitative and modeling skills.
  • Familiarity [Demonstrated understanding] of California energy and climate policy.
  • Familiarity with [Demonstrated skills using] office software (e.g., Microsoft Office suite).
  • Intermediate [Advanced] Microsoft Excel skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate complex concepts in a simple and effective manner.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment but maintain quality with attention to detail.
  • [Demonstrated] Ability to work both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
  • Ability to learn, understand, and apply new technologies.
  • Strong problem solving skills.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Masters degree in a related field of study.
  • [Experience leading projects and directing activities of other staff members.]
  • Familiarity with [Experience conducting] benefit-cost or similar analysis of energy and climate related policies.
  • Familiarity with Climate Resilience and Adaptation.
  • Advanced knowledge advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel (e.g., macros, dashboards, conditional formulas, etc.)
  • [Demonstrated] ability to use Geographical Information System software.
  • Familiarity with [Understanding and ability to use] software for statistical analysis (e.g, Excel statistical package, SASS, etc.)
  • Experience supporting [developing] project and proposal development.

Posting Salary:
$5,374-7,993; Excellent Benefits

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package including; medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University, and access to on-campus Fitness Centers. Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer. USD: Human Resources: Benefits

The salary range provided in this posting reflects what we reasonably expect to pay for this position. Actual compensation offered or earned is dependent on experience, education and other factors including departmental budget.

Special Application Instructions:
Resume and Cover Letter Required
Click Apply Now to complete our online application. In addition, please upload a cover letter and resume to your application profile for the hiring managers review. If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at

Additional Details:
Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Closing date: Open until filled

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit

Advertised: January 29, 2024
Applications close: Open until filled

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