About Charles River Associates

For over 50 years, Charles River Associates has been a premier consulting firm that offers employees a place to learn from a diverse group of consultants, industry experts, and academics.  At CRA you will be exposed to leading minds who use economic, financial, and business analysis to solve complex world problems for an impressive roster of clients, including major law firms, Fortune 100 companies, and government agencies.  Through a collegial environment, formal and informal training opportunities, and a broad array of professional development resources, your experience at CRA will open doors for you as you launch your career.

Job Overview

Consultants in CRA’s Energy practice have researched, published, taught, and consulted on energy matters for a wide range of clients, including electric and gas utilities, investors, power asset owners and developers, power agencies, large industrial firms, and clean energy technology leaders. Our work in the energy industry has guided the energy transitions of major firms, established legal precedents in economics, and set new standards in market design and oversight.  We have advised on developing the structure of national and regional competitive markets, reorganized multi-billion-dollar companies, testified in hundred-million-dollar damages litigation, and played a key role in most North American utility mergers and acquisitions that have taken place over the last decade.

CRA is growing its reliability, security, and resilience practice and is hiring for positions across multiple levels.

We are seeking leaders with prior experience and knowledge of Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) and/or the Operations and Planning NERC Reliability Standards. We are hiring for positions across multiple levels. The job qualifications below are the minimum requirements.

As a Principal, you will conduct research and use software to organize, analyze, and deliver data-driven insights, and you will always have your project team as a resource. Your responsibilities may include (but are not limited to): 

  • Leading client engagements to devise reliability/security compliance strategies, organizational alignment, technology selection, and best practices;
  • Project and program management to ensure timely high-quality deliverables;
  • Applying technical expertise to advise and guide clients;
  • Managing and contributing to engagements supporting the development and implementation of industry leading NERC compliance programs;
  • Developing presentations and reports to concisely, comprehensively, and accurately share findings with clients on complex matters;
  • Presenting to senior- and mid-level staff of clients;
  • Overseeing junior staff in the production of reports, presentations, and market analyses.


  • Bachelor’s degree in business, policy, cybersecurity, or engineering
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in related roles or positions
  • Prior consulting experience is strongly desired
  • Excellent communication skills both orally and in writing
  • An advanced degree in engineering, business, law, or cybersecurity is preferred
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Working experience with NERC Reliability Standards at an electric utility, FERC, NERC, Regional Entity, or consulting firm
  • Strong problem-solving abilities and resourcefulness
  • Works well in a team environment, and willingness to provide mentorship and supervision to junior staff members
  • Previous project and client management required

To Apply

To be considered for a position in the United States, we require the following:

  • Resume – please include current address, personal email and telephone number;
  • Cover letter – please describe your interest in CRA and how this role matches your goals.

If you are interested in applying for one of our international locations, please visit our Careers site to view and apply for available jobs.

Career Growth and Benefits 

  • CRA’s robust skills development programs, including a commitment to offering 100 hours of training annually through formal and informal programs, encourage you to thrive as an individual and team member. Beginning with research and analysis skill building, training continues with technical training, presentation skills, internal seminars, and career mentoring and performance coaching from an assigned senior colleague. Additional leadership and collaboration opportunities exist through internal firm development activities.
  • We offer a comprehensive total rewards program including a superior benefits package, wellness programming to support physical, mental, emotional and financial well-being, and in-house immigration support for foreign nationals and international business travelers.

Work Location Flexibility

CRA creates a work environment that enables our colleagues to benefit from being together in the office to best deliver on our promise of career growth, mentorship and inclusivity. At the same time, we recognize that individuals realize a range of benefits when working from home periodically. We currently ask that individuals spend 3 to 4 days a week on average working in the office (which may include traveling to another CRA office or to a client's location), with specific days determined in coordination with your practice or team. At certain times of the year (e.g. holiday periods), additional remote work options are offered to those whose work commitments permit it, although our offices remain open for those who choose or need to be there.

Our Commitment to Diversity

Charles River Associates is an equal opportunity employer (EOE/AAE). As part of our focus on equity and inclusion, we work to ensure a fair and consistent hiring process. We celebrate diversity and we are committed to an inclusive work environment.


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