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Policy Specialist

Organization Description

SEIA is the national trade association of the solar energy industry, and was recently selected as one of the best non-profits to work for in Washington D.C.  We work with over 1,000 member companies to make solar energy a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, reducing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy.  Representing one of the fastest growing industries in the world creates a dynamic and exciting work environment.  SEIA has over 30 full-time staff and is expanding to meet the needs of the fast-growing solar industry.

Position Description

The Policy Specialist is the primary support for SEIA’s Government Affairs team.  The Policy Specialist plays a key role in implementing SEIA’s legislative and regulatory strategy.

The Policy Specialist:

  • Attends meetings, Congressional hearings, etc. on behalf of the Association and provides a summary and analysis of the proceedings to the appropriate staff.
  • Researches and produces written materials (reports, fact sheets) in support of SEIA’s advocacy efforts.
  • Assists in developing and maintaining relationships with Hill and Executive Branch staff, coalition partners, grassroots organizations, etc.
  • Assists the Federal Affairs team in communicating with the SEIA membership, organizing Division activities, etc.
  • Writes content for the Member newsletter and SEIA website.
  • Supports the conferences and tradeshows SEIA organizes through content generation, speaker identification and on-site staffing of the conferences.

The Policy Specialist reports to the Vice President for Federal Affairs.


The ideal candidate will have at least two years of experience in a government, energy, or environmental field, or prior experience working for a membership-based organization.  Specialized experience in the renewable energy sector or the electric utility industry is highly desirable.

The ability to synthesize and disseminate information in a timely fashion is crucial.  Excellent oral and written communication skills are required.  Candidates should be familiar with federal legislative and regulatory processes.  A strong work ethic and cheerful customer service attitude are key.  The ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment and computer literacy (online research, familiarity with Word, Excel, etc.) is expected.


A bachelor’s degree is required.

To Apply

Submit a cover letter, résumé, and brief writing sample to Heather Whitpan at hwhitpan@seia.org.  No phone calls please.  Direct applicants only.  No search or placement firms.