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Black Hills Energy Manager, Strategic Energy Solutions in Rapid City, South Dakota

Manager, Strategic Energy Solutions

Location: Rapid City, SD, United States

Job ID: 33906

Date Posted: Jan 24, 2022

Salary: $ 95350 to $ 157300 annually

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Job Specifications

Directs the strategic goals, planning, implementation, and compliance related to enterprise-wide electric and natural gas residential, commercial, and industrial energy efficiency, demand side management programs and rate design. Represents the company to commissions and key stakeholders in matters related to energy efficiency, demand side management programs and rate design. Interface with company and business unit leadership regarding energy efficiency program effectiveness and enhancements and strategic planning of programs and rate design.

SALARY RANGE: $95,350 - $157,300 (Determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.)

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Vice President, CO Regulatory Affairs and Policy

LOCATION: This position may be located in Denver, Colorado or Rapid City, South Dakota.

  • A Comprehensive Relocation Plan is offered for this position! Our benefits include but are not limited to home finding trip, transportation of household goods, temporary housing expenses, destination apartment search assistance, paid time off to move, transition and spousal career support, home finder and purchase assistance, relocation adjustment allowance, destination new purchase closing costs. Depending on individual circumstances, our benefit may also include trips home during temporary housing, renter’s lease cancellation assistance, or home marketing and sale closing cost assistance and/or purchase closing cost assistance. Contents of our relocation program are subject to change and may vary based on position.


  • Lead development of strategic vison and plans for energy efficiency and demand side management including initiatives, programs and tariffs.

  • Build and maintain Black Hills image in energy efficiency and demand side management programs.

  • Direct electric and gas residential, commercial and industrial Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management programs for all jurisdictions.

  • Lead state program managers and energy efficiency coordinators.

  • Testify as needed for plans in all associated states.

  • Coordinate/Facilitate stakeholder and intervener meetings as needed to fulfill settlement agreements.

  • Handle all RFP’s and 3rd party vendor engagement.

  • Partner with the internal load growth team to use all offerings across both fuel sources.

  • Update and advise state vice presidents on meaningful initiatives within their state.

  • Ensure the effectiveness of outreach campaigns and marketing efforts to increase energy efficiency awareness.

  • Partner with Utility Business Development and Marketing to improve the effectiveness of programs, budgets, and customer impact.

  • Coordinate and partner with Marketing and Communications to create and manage EE advertising, promotion, and operating budgets.

  • Lead research and analysis of industry policies and issues.

  • Maintain full understanding of federal and state regulatory outcomes, requirements and industry issues.

  • Work closely with industry and government representatives on energy efficiency and demand side management issues.

  • Lead the annual review of programs for design, implementation and beneficial changes that add to the overall effectiveness.

  • Ensure accuracy and timely filing of regulatory and compliance reports as well as regulatory approval of all Company proposals.

  • Review marketplace and utility peer program design and strategies, including program metrics and key performance indicators, and recommend strategic course corrections or enhancements to ensure goals are met and drive greater satisfaction of utility customers for programs.

  • Research and communicate interpretation of federal and state legislation, rates, rules, and terms and conditions of service; analyze impacts of proposed legislation and regulations that impact the Company.

  • Exercise management authority concerning staffing, development, performance appraisals, promotions, salary recommendations and terminations in accordance with the company policies and laws.


  • Assist with other duties as directed.


  • Minimum of five (5) years of regulatory, energy efficiency, or related experience.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business, Finance or Engineering a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Knowledge of energy policy and regulatory affairs processes across relevant jurisdictions.

  • Knowledge of national and local building codes and appliance standards and other energy efficiency leaders delivering sustainable energy products and services for commercial and industrial customers.

  • A solid understanding of energy efficiency equipment and practices—energy audit skills a plus.

  • Ability to understand and exercise excellent judgment in complex interrelated business issues.

  • Ability to maintain a complete knowledge of Black Hills Energy’s electric and gas tariff rates and regulations.

  • Excellent written and verbal communications with presentations and public speaking skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills.

  • Strong project/team coordination skills; ability to multi-task and keep projects on track for successful delivery.

  • Ability to be a self-starter as well as a great teammate.

  • Excellent organizational skills.


The mental and physical descriptions are representative of the activities an employee in an office job performs. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Mental description: Understand, remember, apply oral and/or written instructions or other information, and communicate routine factual information. Understand complex problems and to collaborate and explore alternative solutions. Make decisions which have significant impact on the immediate department.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee continuously accesses, inputs, and retrieves electronic information and communicates regarding the information. Employee frequently moves about the office space. Employee may occasionally push, pull, and reach. Employee must be able to operate routine office equipment including computers and similar equipment. Must be able to routinely perform this work for an average of 6-8 hours per day and occasional extended hours as necessary. Must be capable of regular, reliable, and timely attendance.

Specific lifting abilities required by this job include: Sedentary work. Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or continuously to lift, carry, push, pull or sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if moving about is only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Work environment: Routinely perform work indoors in climate-controlled shared work area with moderate noise level. Willing to travel up to 15% (e.g., 3.5 days/month) by automobile (as driver and passenger), commercial airlines, rental vehicles and public transportation and be able to lodge in public facilities. Travel will be necessary to conduct the duties of this job and the employee must have proper licensing to operate a motor vehicle.

This description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, duties, and requirements for employees in this position. Job descriptions may and do change periodically. Where positions are covered by a collective bargaining unit agreement, the terms and conditions of the collective bargaining unit agreement will apply.

About our Company:We are a customer focused, growth-oriented utility company that is devoted to our communities. We have a mission to improve life with energy and a vision to be the energy partner of choice. Our diverse culture sparks unique perspectives, opening doors to new ideas and possibilities. Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, we have over 2900 employees and serve 1.2 million natural gas and electric utility customers across eight states (South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Arkansas).

Enjoy our Comprehensive Benefits Package:annual incentive program (based on percentage of eligible earnings), 401(k) (6% company match and up to 9% company retirement contribution), tuition reimbursement, paid time off, additional Veteran PTO, military leave differential pay, paid holidays and annual floating holidays, company paid short term and long term disability, paid maternity and paternity benefits, health and wellness program, and competitive medical, dental and vision insurance.

Candidates must successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check.

Black Hills Corporation does not sponsor applicants for work visas. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US.

Black Hills Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or status as a protected veteran.

Wage: 95350 to 157300

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