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Black Hills Energy Sustainability Research and Data Analyst in Rapid City, South Dakota

Sustainability Research and Data Analyst

Location: Rapid City, SD, United States

Job ID: 33613

Date Posted: Sep 13, 2021

Salary: $ 64100 to $ 96100 annually

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Job Specifications

The Sustainability Research and Data analyst collects, interprets and validates sustainability data points from a variety of internal and external sources to help partners, including investors, employees, policymakers and customers understand the company's sustainability story. The analyst works with a variety of internal subject matter experts, software programs and reports to prepare high-integrity environmental, social and governance (ESG) data for use in Black Hills Energy’s sustainability reports and ESG disclosures. Supports research of utility industry sustainability/ESG trends, renewables and technology; provides analysis of industry or sustainability studies and communicates findings with internal partners.

SALARY RANGE: $64,100 - $96,100 (Determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.)

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:Director of Corporate Planning, Sustainability & ESG

LOCATION:Our Corporate Headquarters in Rapid City, South Dakota

  • You’ll find this is the ideal community to live, work and do business in. With hiking trails, the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore and Badlands National Park in your backyard, there are endless opportunities to enjoy nature. To learn more about our locations, please visit thelocations page ( on our career website.

  • Relocation assistance is available for this position! Package is based on distance/complexity of the move, and individual circumstances. Contents of our relocation program are subject to change and may vary based on position.


  • Identifies data owners, collects, analyzes and validates company’s sustainability data for use in ESG disclosures and communication.

  • Uses raw data, including financial, environmental, human resources and socio-economic data, to create meaningful statistics and progress against ESG goals.

  • Builds charts, infographics and basic modeling to illustrate trends and visually represent the data’s story.

  • Uses software and tools to build workflows and processes for ESG data collection and validation.

  • Understands data requirements for various ESG frameworks and provides data owners with specific requests for reporting timeframes, metrics and methodologies, working with data owners to ensure alignment.

  • Ensures data points are used consistently across ESG frameworks and other published sources. Prepares reports and dashboards reflecting published data and sources.

  • Manages to report timelines for successful publication of external reports; coordinates proofing and documentation processes with internal teams.

  • Researches trends in ESG and utility industry, conducts research and benchmarking against peer companies and provides analysis and recommendations on ESG methodologies.

  • Supports prioritizing of company-commissioned studies and analysis of external sustainability studies and utilizes existing national methodologies and studies to understand implications at a state or local level.

  • Provide analysis of customer research and market studies for new sustainability programs and products.

  • Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading trade publications.

  • Accomplishes organization goals by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.


  • Maintain strong working relationships within Sustainability & ESG team, as well as with Investor Relations, Environmental Services and Energy Innovation. Collaborate with numerous internal data owners including Financial Reporting, Customer Service, HR, Accounting and Operations.

  • Maintain encouraging and respectful working relationships with all Black Hills Energy employees, business units, departments, and vendors.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum of (3) three years of experience in data analytics, data science, sustainability/ESG, political science, economic development or related field is required.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Data Analytics, Sustainability, Business, or related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience, required.


  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office products, including Excel and PowerPoint, and data analytics software.

  • Solid understanding of data analysis, data modeling, researching and methodologies

  • Experience in project management, from conception to delivery.

  • Excellent writing, communication, and presentation skills

  • Strong analytical skills.

  • Proven interpersonal skills, including multitasking and time-management.

  • Strong service and teamwork skills.

  • Familiarity with risk management and quality assurance control.

  • Hands-on experience with project management tools.

  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and ability to effectively work in a team.

  • High levels of self-motivation, curiosity, drive for solutions and creativity.

  • Ability to work efficiently in an environment where job requirements, knowledge, and priorities change rapidly.

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality; respect for multiple review process.

  • Ability to meet timelines and enlist others’ support in ensuring timely project completion.

  • Demonstrated interest in energy industry issues; dedication to life-long learning.


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 descriptions: Understand, remember, apply oral and/or written instructions or other information, and communicate routine factual information. Apply common sense in performing job functions, usually within a set of rules or guidelines.

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: climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, 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. No travel is required for this role.

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: 64100 to 96100

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