Senior Associate, Wholesale Markets

About Synapse

Synapse is an environmental economics consulting firm that has provided rigorous analysis on behalf of public interest clients in the energy and electric sector for more than 25 years. 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.


Job Description

Synapse is seeking an ambitious energy policy, economics, and/or engineering expert with exceptional interpersonal and writing skills and project management experience. Candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to public interest issues such as consumer protection, sustainability, and environmental justice.

The Senior or Principal Associate will join our team and manage projects, proposals, teams, project scope, and content related to all aspects of the regional grid in one or more Regional Transmission Organizations. These include, but are not limited to, ISO New England, PJM, New York ISO, Midcontinent ISO, and ERCOT. Our team reviews, analyzes, and works to promote improvements to wholesale market designs, system planning procedures, operating procedures, manuals, and any other document that defines how the electric grid in one or more of these regions is operated reliably, transitions towards a clean energy mix, and is paid for by end-use customers. This work entails consistent, ongoing participation collaboration with wholesale market stakeholders from all viewpoints. Our clients are passionate about transforming the electricity sector, and we are looking for someone that shares their passion and commitment to this important work.


Job Responsibilities

  • Lead and manage projects and proposals (including budget, staff, and client management)
  • Assess any proposed changes to the tariff of an electric RTO and the impact it could have on our clients and their constituents. Work with RTO staff, state officials, and other stakeholders to improve the tariff along the dimensions of total cost to end-use customers, environmental impact, and reliable operation
  • 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 meetings, individual discussions, papers, presentations, and occasionally, testimony at state commissions or before the FERC
  • 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 Law, Policy, Economics, Engineering, Economics, Mathematics, Statistics, Physical Sciences, or related field
  • 6+ years of relevant industry work experience with a bachelor's degree or 3+ years of relevant industry work experience with a graduate degree
  • A strong desire to work on behalf of public interest, environmental organization, and clean-energy clients in improving energy planning and policy
  • Ability to work and communicate well in teams of both internal and external personnel
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize critical tasks and conflicting requirements
  • Stakeholder engagement experience in a consulting position or in a similar role

Candidates with more experience will be considered for a Principal Associate position.

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.


Preferred Qualifications

  • State, federal, or provincial electric utility or wholesale market regulatory experience
  • Demonstrated ability to both scrutinize important details and debate long-term strategy with stakeholders or state commissioners, C-Suite officers, and directors
  • Legal background preferred

We are looking for a candidate to start working in June 2022, in our Cambridge office or in a remote location in the New England area. Candidates should plan on occasional travel to attend stakeholder meetings throughout the region.


Working at Synapse

Synapse prides itself on its flexible and collaborative working environment. Many staff work in-person in our Cambridge, Massachusetts office, while others are hybrid or fully virtual across the country. 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 an arrangement is compatible with our clients’ work. However, remote candidates for this position must live in the greater New England area, as in-person participation at stakeholder meetings throughout the region will be required for this role.

Synapse offers numerous benefits to its employees:

  • Generous PTO
  • Flexible work hours and holidays, and the ability to choose a schedule that works for you
  • Medical, dental, and life insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Short- and long-term disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 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

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. Remember, you don't have to satisfy every requirement or meet every qualification listed above. If your skills are transferable and you are near the number of years of experience we are looking for, please apply. 

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.