Senior Associate, Future of Gas

Synapse is a consulting company that has been providing rigorous analysis on behalf of public interest clients in the energy and electric sector for more than two-and-a-half decades. Our work includes expert analysis and high-impact expert testimony in hundreds of docketed proceedings across the United States and Canada. Our clients include environmental non-profits, state agencies, federal agencies, and consumer and environmental advocacy groups.

Synapse Energy Economics seeks a Senior Associate to provide consulting services on gas utility regulation and business models for our public interest clients, as well as broader transformation in the utility business and regulation associated with decarbonization. In this position, you will lead fast-paced projects, manage diverse teams, and develop persuasive expert reports and testimony. Candidates should have experience with utility regulation along with a demonstrated commitment to public interest issues such as sustainability, environmental justice, and consumer protection.

Job Description

The Senior Associate will manage projects, proposals, and teams, as well as contribute substantively to projects managed by others. You will help lead projects related to gas utility regulation and planning, as well as associated electric utility issues, with particular focus on understanding changes for utilities and their customers related to decarbonization and electrification. You will serve as a trusted technical expert for our clients and work collaboratively with them to develop testimony, reports, or presentations that advance the public interest. Examples of possible projects include analysis and testimony regarding utility rate case and infrastructure planning filings, with focus on topics like depreciation rates, business risk, system planning, or cost-effectiveness of alternative approaches; deep dives on future business models; evaluation of customer impacts and mitigation options; and gas-electric utility interface and coordination.

Job Responsibilities

  • Analyze gas utility applications, as well as studies, reports, and other evidence regarding gas utility investments, business models, ratemaking, depreciation, revenue requirements, and business risk
  • Lead and manage projects and proposals (including budget, staff, and client management)
  • Assess utility company modeling approaches, scenario definitions, input assumptions and related parameterization. Work collaboratively with team members to refine analyses and develop reports and testimony
  • Perform economic and policy analysis, cost-benefit assessments, and resource valuations for energy sector
  • Clearly and succinctly summarize complex technical concepts to clients, regulators, and public audiences through papers, presentations, testimony, and meetings
  • Defend analysis and refute opposing viewpoints and analysis
  • Create, use, and maintain spreadsheet-based tools and other analytical platforms to analyze energy technologies, programs, and portfolios

Required Qualifications

  • Degree in Economics, Business, Finance, Mathematics, Statistics, Engineering, Physical Sciences, Public Policy, or related field
  • 4+ years of relevant industry work experience with a Master's or Bachelor's Degree, or 1+ years of relevant industry work experience with a Doctorate
  • Experience with regulated utility finance, accounting, or ratemaking, especially regarding gas distribution utilities
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel
  • A strong desire to work on behalf of public interest clients in improving energy planning and policy
  • Ability to work and communicate well in teams
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize critical tasks and conflicting requirements

Preferred Qualifications

  • Project management and budget management experience in a consulting position or in a similar role
  • State, federal, or provincial utility regulatory experience 
  • Expert witness testimony experience or other demonstrated ability to develop persuasive arguments and reports based on analysis of quantitative and qualitative evidence

You don't have to satisfy every requirement or meet every qualification listed above. If your skills are transferable or you are near the number of years of experience we seek, please apply. Applying gives you the opportunity to be considered.

We will also consider Principal Associate candidates for this Future of Gas role.

We are looking for a candidate to start working in fall or winter 2022, in our Cambridge, Massachusetts office (preferred) or in a remote location.

Working at Synapse

Synapse offers numerous benefits to its employees:

  • Generous and flexible PTO
  • Flexible work hours and holidays, and the ability to choose a schedule that works for you
  • Medical, dental, and life insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Short- and long-term disability
  • Profit-sharing bonuses
  • Collaboration: everybody contributes, asks questions, proposes solutions, and works on interesting research and analysis
  • Extensive professional development opportunities
  • Cambridge, MA office space with sit-stand desks, lots of meeting space, bike parking, and plenty of nitro cold-brew and kombucha on tap

Synapse currently supports a hybrid work environment so our staff can find the right mix of support, collaboration, and flexibility. While we prefer employees located locally so we can nurture this environment, we will consider remote candidates where such arrangement is compatible with our clients’ work.

We are unable to sponsor work visas for this position. Authorization to work in the United States is required to be considered. 

To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume to this form.

Synapse is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a culturally diverse company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We strongly encourage applications from all qualified candidates including women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and individuals from the LGBTQIA+ community.