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At Calpine, we give you the tools you need to chart your own career path in an engaging, fast-paced environment where you can learn from power industry leaders.

Whether you are a student seeking an internship that offers real-world experience, a recent graduate ready to build a rewarding career or a seasoned professional who wants to expand your horizons, Calpine provides meaningful opportunities and challenges.

Our learning and development platforms and educational reimbursement programs enable employees with initiative to explore their own potential in a dynamic and rewarding industry.

Requisition Number 17-0353
Title Director, External Affairs
City Austin
State TX
Job Family Legal
Employee Type Regular
Subject to DOT Regulations No
Percent of Travel Required 50
Relocation Provided No
Location Houston Office
Description Position Summary
Reporting to the SVP, Governmental & Regulatory Affairs, this position is responsible for managing Calpine’s ERCOT market regulatory activities for assets located within ERCOT

• Direct internal and external resources to maximize value of Calpine’s assets by proactively proposing new rules or changes to existing rules within ERCOT stakeholder processes.

• Develop ERCOT market design policies and rules in coordination with Calpine’s Origination, Development, Power Operations, and Legal departments. Perform and/or direct internal analyses of proposed market changes.

• Advocate for or against ERCOT market design rules by representing Calpine within the ERCOT’s stakeholder processes, as well as before the Public Utility Commission of Texas, the Texas State Legislative and industry organizations. Build coalitions to achieve Calpine’s desired outcome.

• Actively communicate the status, timeline, and implications of various ongoing stakeholder discussions.

• Manage the activities of outside consultants and/or outside counsel. Identify and utilize outside services when it is cost effective.

• Perform miscellaneous duties as assigned.
Requirements Bachelor’s degree in economics, finance, engineering, or related field required, Master’s Degree, or JD, is highly desirable.

Minimum 8 - 10 years’ experience in the electric power industry with demonstrated experience in electric system and/or power plant operations, structuring and drafting market rules, and effectively communicating with government and regulatory agencies. Specific experience in ERCOT energy markets is mandatory.

Experience with regulatory and market structure analysis and support of regulatory positions.

Very strong oral and written communication skills are essential.

Strong time-management skills with the ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines.

Located in Houston or Austin, must be willing to travel frequently to Austin to participate in stakeholder meetings.
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