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Lead, Environmental Policy & Strategy


Phoenix, AZ, US

Date:  Dec 4, 2023

Requisition ID: 16439


Join us in building a better future for Arizona!

SRP is one of the largest public power and water utilities in the U.S. providing electricity to approximately one million customers in the greater metropolitan Phoenix area. Since its founding in 1903, SRP has fostered a culture of stewardship and customer service consistently ranking as an industry leader in customer service according to J.D. Power and named one of Arizona's best employers by Forbes. SRP continues to adapt to its changing business environment by seeking innovative ways to reimagine utility service and the provision of critical resources essential to the life and economy of Arizona.


Why Work at SRP

SRP's success is rooted in our employees' happiness, health, and safety. That's why we offer a comprehensive benefits package to meet the needs of our employees and enhance their well-being. In addition to competitive pay and performance incentives, eligible employees can take advantage of the following benefits:

  • Pension Plan (at no cost to the employee)
  • 401(k) plan with employer matching
  • Available your first day: Medical, vision, dental, and life insurance
  • Over 200+ hours of PTO (includes vacation days, holidays, floating holidays, and sick leave)
  • Parental leave (up to 4 weeks) and adoption assistance
  • Wellness programs (including access to a recreation and fitness facility)
  • Short and long-term disability plans
  • Tuition assistance for both undergraduate and graduate programs
  • 10 Employee Resource Groups for career development, community service, and networking


Provides supervision and direction for environmental policy and strategy functions in the Environmental Services Department. Must have ability to work in a project manager role and lead multi-department teams in support of environmental policy and strategy goals and objectives. Directs staff and multi-department teams in development, preparation, and implementation of internal and external policy with a focus on air, water, waste and natural resource legislation and regulations that affect SRP’s water and power operations. Conducts quantitative and operational analysis of proposed legislative and regulatory initiatives in crafting policy recommendations and informs SRP leadership of developing trends in local, state, and federal environmental initiatives. Develops and operates SRP programs necessary to support development and communication of policy positions. Provides support as needed to other functional areas at SRP to promote alignment of policy positions and integration with corporate strategies. Directs departmental planning and budgeting. Leads cross-functional teams in the achievement of specific annual departmental objectives.

What You'll Do

  • Directs staff in development and implementation of environmental policy initiatives and strategies.
  • Performs as a project leader; often leading multi-department teams in development and implementation of policy initiatives and strategies.
  • Directs and supports impact analyses of proposed state or federal environmental (air, water, waste, and natural resource) regulations or legislation on SRP’s water or power operations.
  • Collaborates with internal or external technical experts, SRP leadership, and utility trade associations to develop and implement responses to regulatory and legislative initiatives. 
  • Develops and operates SRP programs necessary to support development and communication of policy positions.
  • Develops and manages project and program budgets.
  • Represents SRP in professional forums to advance policy development and communication.
  • Prepares written and verbal reports related to analysis of policy and strategy options and implementation of policy and strategy. 
  • Presents frequently to internal and external audiences, often at a senior leadership level.
  • Directs preparation of SRP comments or related responses to new and emerging environmental regulations.
  • Collaborates with governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations to advance SRP environmental goals and objectives.  
  • Develops corporate strategies to support development and implementation of internal and external environmental programs and policies.
  • Manages staff in the day-to-day performance of their jobs and in the planning and execution of assigned projects.
  • Conducts performance review evaluations, and other administrative duties.

What It Takes To Succeed

Minimum of 7 years’ experience in utility-related planning, environmental affairs, public policy, public affairs, project management or planning. 


Completion of a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution that prepares the employee for the assignment.

Additional Information

A Bachelor's degree in Environmental or Applied Science, Sustainability, Economics, Engineering, Political Science or a related field. A Master's degree in Environmental Science or Engineering preferred.


Experience in utility-related environmental compliance and permitting, public affairs, public policy, project management, planning, or equivalent. Desirable candidates will have:
•    Prior project management experience.
•    Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
•    Familiarity and/or expertise in environmental laws and regulations applicable to utility operations.


Other Significant Requirements:

  • This position requires exceptional coordination and communication skills. The candidate must have the ability to successfully manage relationships within the department and with its customers.
  • Occasional in-state and out-of-state travel.
  • Must be able to understand complex and/or highly technical information relevant to development of policy strategies and communications.
  • Requires frequent written and verbal communication, including presentations to all levels within the company.



Hybrid Workplace

SRP currently offers a hybrid workplace, which allows employees whose jobs can be performed remotely, and who have sufficient technical capability, to telework up to three days per week. Although teleworking is available, all employees must live and work in Arizona. We are taking steps to protect the health and well-being of all team members, and by following a number of health and safety protocols, to reduce the risk of the coronavirus (COVID-19).


Drug/Alcohol Policy Statement

To promote the safety and well-being of our employees, customers, and the communities we serve, SRP is committed to maintaining a drug/alcohol free work environment. Although marijuana may now be legal in Arizona, except as otherwise specified under Arizona law, SRP considers it to be an illegal drug for the purpose of our drug/alcohol policy because marijuana remains illegal at the federal level. Any candidate found to be impaired during the hiring process or who has the presence of an illegal drug or unauthorized substance in their system during the pre-employment drug/alcohol test may be disqualified from further consideration in the hiring process.


Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

Salt River Project (SRP) recognizes diversity and inclusion as key drivers of innovation and growth, and seeks to attract a diverse employee base that reflects our community. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, military status or any other protected status under applicable federal, state or local law. Ultimately, SRP aspires to fully apply the power of diversity and inclusion to build a more equitable and sustainable future for our customers, employees and community.


Work Authorization

All candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States.
Currently, SRP does not sponsor H1B visas.


Nearest Major Market: Phoenix

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