Sr. Director, Regulatory Advocacy and Policy

Location US-CA-San Francisco
Requisition ID 2020-21588
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Branch, MetroMarket, or Corporate Location
US-CA-San Francisco



If change means solving one of the biggest challenges of our time by reinventing the way people power their homes, then we say bring it on. Sunrun, the nation’s leading home solar and battery company, is at the forefront of residential battery storage too, giving customers even more control over their energy use, and offering grid services to utilities. Today, Sunrun is in 22 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.


We are seeking an experienced and motivated Sr. Director of Regulatory Advocacy and Policy to join our fast-paced team and advocate for Sunrun before California regulatory and executive agencies. You will be at the cutting edge of customer-sited clean energy policy, working in the nation’s largest clean energy market. You will span from exercising thought leadership by advocating for future policy frameworks to diving deep into detailed regulatory tariffs and rules. You will develop and manage regulatory policy and advocacy strategy in California, stay on top of relevant state agency developments, and support Sunrun’s regulatory advocacy activities in California. The Sr. Director will report to the Chief Policy Officer.
The position is based in California, and will require occasional travel. The ideal candidate will have experience working directly with or for the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Preferably someone who has experience with other relevant organizations, including the California ISO, California Energy Commission, California investor-owned utilities, Community Choice Aggregators, and municipal utilities. We are seeking a strong communicator. This person will work regularly with executives, senior management and policy makers. Must be well organized, self-directed and proficient in energy policy matters. The candidate will also be a great teammate who effectively leads and supervises hardworking and talented team members, while also coordinating work on multiple policy issues. The candidate must be ready to thrive in an entrepreneurial environment within a dynamic and ever changing industry.


  • Lead Sunrun’s advocacy work before the CPUC. This will include direct engagement with commissioners and staff, collaborating with our trade associations, and leading our outside counsel/consultants on solar policy matters.
  • Develop and maintain an understanding of the regulatory landscape.
  • Monitor, analyze possible impacts and respond to California state regulatory and incentive policies and proceedings, particularly related to energy, solar and storage policies, grid services, interconnection, planning and rate design.
  • Develop and lead proactive regulatory strategies to build new market opportunities, particularly for home solar + storage systems.
  • Partner with internal Sunrun departments to see opportunities, determine business impacts of regulatory proposals and build and drive positive policy outcomes.
  • Work with other policy team members to identify and respond to legislative and executive branch policy changes that represent opportunities or risks to Sunrun.
  • Master existing regulations that impact Sunrun and the rooftop solar and storage industry, and represent Sunrun as a regulatory expert in meetings with regulators, agency officials, legislators, utilities, other companies, trade associations and NGOs.
  • Build and maintain a robust network of contacts, supporters, and industry colleagues to advance solar and storage policy.


  • Advanced degree in economics, policy or law strongly preferred
  • At least 10 years work experience in energy regulatory policy
  • Proven experience working with or for the CPUC or other state regulatory commissions
  • Experience with California agencies, utilities, and entities (e.g., California Energy Commission, California ISO, muni utilities, CCAs, investor owned utilities)
  • Experience leading a robust team
  • Excellent verbal, written and personal communication skills, including the ability to communicate complicated and technical policy points effectively
  • Demonstrated analytical ability, particularly relating to pricing and financial impacts of regulation and incentives
  • Ability to rapidly digest, synthesize and summarize technical information
  • Commitment to ensuring inclusive and equitable outcomes in all that we do, both internally and externally
  • Ability to work quickly and efficiently, to manage time and multiple deadlines
  • Successfully work with a broad range of partners and the ability to collaborate effectively on cross-functional teams
  • Ability to thrive in an evolving and dynamic environment
  • Passion for driving clean energy policy and creating a planet run by the sun!

Solar Careers For All

Sunrun is proud to be an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind. Our commitment to Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging drives our ability to build diverse teams and develop inclusive work environments. At Sunrun, we believe that empowering people and valuing their differences will help us create a planet run by the sun for everyone.
We are committed to equal employment opportunity without consideration of race, color, religion, ethnicity, citizenship, political activity or affiliation, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sex or gender, or any other basis protected by law. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.


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