Program Officer, Energy

National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Nov 16

Position description


The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) has an opening for a Program Officer in the International Programs Department. The department seeks to empower the global community of regulators to drive meaningful change in their energy sectors.  Working in partnership with U.S. and international government officials, our projects support real improvements in the quality and effectiveness of regulation in foreign countries through dialogue and collaboration. We utilize the talents and expertise of state commissioners and staff in our work, sharing the best of what the NARUC community has to offer.

The position is responsible for planning and implementing results-oriented national and/or regional level regulatory support projects. The position also works with the program team and foreign partners to develop strategic goals and milestones for individual projects and coordinates with Program Managers (PM) to achieve forward planning in order to implement the project vision and work plans. The Program Officer works closely with other program staff from the International Department, especially with the assigned PM who serves as the team lead for each project. The position reports to a Program Manager in the International Department.


The Program Officer works closely with PMs and successfully develops and implements all aspects of assigned projects, in accordance with the terms of the cooperative agreements and NARUC policies. The Program Officer manages the progress of several projects to ensure planning, implementation and reporting meet specified project timelines.

Project Management

  • Works closely with PM to ensure harmonized approach to project design, implementation and communication for each project.
  • Collaboratively develops strategic goals for project work plans in coordination with PMs, Technical Advisors and/or Supervisors. 
  • In close collaboration with PMs and Technical Advisors, develops technical program agendas for activities, builds knowledge of energy regulatory issues, and incorporates input from PMs and Technical Advisors.
  • Assists PMs and/or Supervisor in  identifying results, developments or constraints that impact project implementation and planning, provides updates internally and to clients as appropriate. 
  • Solicits and prepares NARUC volunteer experts for partnership activities abroad.
  • Works towards increasing regulatory knowledge to serve as a moderator/facilitator during activities, engaging the international and US regulators in discussions with a goal of identifying concrete deliverables/actions. 
  • Ensures high-quality activity implementation through strategic planning and coordination/review of project-related materials.
  • Works closely with Logistics Team to ensure a coordinated event planning approach.
  • Utilizes and/or develops program management tools, such as project charters, work breakdown structures, RACI, etc., to improve planning and workflow.
  • Provides backstopping to other programs and/or staff as needed. 

Reporting and Coordination with Clients and Partners

  • In coordination with PM, liaises with clients as well as US Embassies and other USG partners on issues related to relevant initiatives to align NARUC projects with strategic initiatives.
  • Implements NARUC’s Monitoring Evaluation & Learning Plan for projects and gathers timely information from partners for showcase results and progress. Builds and sustains relationships with partners.
  • Contributes to program reports, portfolio reviews and feature stories; updates project descriptions and other marketing materials associated with projects. 
  • Conducts research on emerging issues and provides project updates/briefings/concept papers internally and to clients.

Leadership & Training

  • Supports the wider program team, shares best practices and lessons learned in planning and implementation.
  • Promotes peak performance culture.
  • Contributes to the department’s culture of having a supportive work environment, open communication accountability, collaboration and decision-making.
  • Supports improvements in administrative and programmatic performance.
  • May serve as a mentor to new program staff.
  • Supports program staff in identifying project visions.

Compliance & Financial Management

  • Ensures compliance with NARUC and USG policies, coordinates on budget adherence.
  • Ensures budget adherence and timely submission of expenses.


  • Performs other duties as assigned



  • BA/BS from an accredited college or university in energy/environmental science, international relations, public administration or other related field. Minimum 3 years of related and/or similar professional experience. Knowledge of the energy sector and issues facing emerging and transitioning economies.
  • Knowledge of the nonprofit field and/or USG grant/contract requirements is a plus. 
  • Previous program implementation experience. Experience coordinating workshops in developing countries
  • Language proficiency in geographically-relevant regions strongly preferred (Russian, French or Spanish). In-country living or travel experience beneficial.
  • Demonstrated experience in event planning and management.
  • International travel 35-45% of the time is required. (After COVID-19 travel restrictions are lifted)
  • US citizenship or existing work authorization is required.  
  •  Organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, juggle multiple projects and meet tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated organizational and problem-solving abilities under tight deadlines are also essential. Ability to multi-task based on fluctuating priorities and requirements.
  • Leadership and management skills, with the ability to develop and manage collaborative business relationships both internally and externally are a must.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and diplomacy for working with all levels of staff, external entities and NARUC leadership.
  • Excellent proficiency in analytical, verbal presentation and writing skills.
  • Ability to handle and maintain the confidentiality of highly sensitive information and issues.


The position is grant-funded and continued employment is based on client funding and satisfactory work performance. This is an exempt position.  Salary is commensurate with experience. NARUC has an excellent benefits package.

This posting is not an attempt to list all essential functions of this position. Job duties may change over time, based on NARUC’s needs.

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The work location is flexible, and the position must work Eastern (EST/EDT) business hours.

Interested individuals must submit cover letter with compensation requirements and a resume to: [email protected]



Application instructions

Interested individuals must submit cover letter with compensation requirements and a resume to: [email protected]