Current Open Positions:
FINAL DATE FOR FILING: Open until filled. Initial review of resumes will begin the week of August 27th, 2018
MANAGER OF DISTRIBUTED ENERGY RESOURCES (DERs)
$57.69 – $72.12 Hourly
$120,000 – $150,000 Annually
Are you interested in working for a cutting-edge start-up company that is doing something NOW for the environment? Do you possess the technical skills and experience to help a community choice energy program? Are you passionate about renewable energy and combating climate change? If so, please apply for this amazing opportunity to be part of the solution – Manager of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) for Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE).
The Manager of DERs will work under the supervision of the CEO and in close collaboration with the Director of Power Resources, the Director of Energy Programs, and the Director of Customer Care. This role will focus specifically on creating and executing a Distributed Energy Resources strategy. At least five to seven years of directly related experience is required. This is an exciting opportunity to get involved in one of the largest community choice energy (CCE) programs in California and have a large impact to increase local renewable energy usage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions for this geographic area. More information is available at www.peninsulacleanenergy.com.
About Peninsula Clean Energy
Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) is the community choice energy program (known as a “CCA”) for San Mateo County. PCE is the electricity provider for all electricity accounts in the 20 communities in San Mateo County (Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, Burlingame, Colma, Daly City, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Pacifica, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Mateo, South San Francisco, and Woodside) as well as the unincorporated county. The city councils of each city were unanimous in their support for joining PCE.
PCE’s customer base includes almost 300,000 accounts, serving a population of 765,000, with a total electrical load of almost 4 million megawatt-hours. Residential customers make up about 270,000 of the accounts, and 37% of the electrical load, with commercial/industrial making up about 30,000 accounts and 63% of the electrical load. PCE is the fifth operating CCE in California and launched in October 2016.
PCE currently has a goal to deploy at least 20 MW of local power by 2025, but we expect the Manager of DERs to identify opportunities beyond this goal for DERs to help PCE meet its broader goals including meeting 100% of our electricity load with renewable energy by 2025, stimulating clean tech innovation in San Mateo County, reducing GHG emissions, and creating economic benefits.
The Manager of DERs will create a distributed generation strategy and launch procurement efforts to develop opportunities to deploy energy storage, distributed generation, and other distributed energy resources in San Mateo County. The Manager of DERs will work closely with key internal and external stakeholders, coordinate local community-based renewable/GHG-free energy projects, and participate in Board of Directors meetings, as well as community events.
The ideal candidate has direct experience designing and developing DER installations including evaluating site locations, estimating system output, analyzing costs and benefits, and has familiarity with interconnection policies and procedures. The ideal candidate is deeply familiar with the DER landscape including DER technologies, contracting structures, local, state, and federal policy, funding sources and opportunities, and best practices for procurement design and implementation. The ideal candidate also has existing relationships with a significant number of DER stakeholders, developers, and decision makers and a successful history developing new business, including identifying opportunities, building partnerships, developing proposals, and executing projects to completion with well-thought-out scopes of work and budgets.
The Manager of DERs will interface with a wide range of market participants, regulators, contractors, attorneys, and consultants, implementing PCE’s distributed generation procurement. The Manager of DERs is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with these key stakeholder groups, and for communicating PCE’s central
There are no direct supervisory duties at this time, but this could change as PCE continues to grow.
Example of Duties:
- Develop strategic plan to help PCE meet its goal to create a minimum of 20 MWs of new local power by 2025
- Identify role of DERs in helping PCE meet other goals including procuring 100% renewable energy by 2025, stimulating economic development, and creating jobs in San Mateo County
- Co-develop with Director of Procurement and Director of Programs a strategy and specific approach to coherent management and dispatch of the full range of DER resources in the region spanning generation, storage, demand response, vehicle-grid integration, and other resources as appropriate
- Execute on strategic plan including but not limited to managing the following tasks:
- Request for Proposal (RFP) development
- PPA negotiation
- Ongoing correspondence with counterparties including contract development and performance tracking
- Multi-functional team coordination
- Opportunity screening, benefit/cost analysis
- Vendor selection
- Schedule and budget oversight
- Management of contractors
- Data management/data transfer process
- Issue resolution
- Reporting and closeout of project upon completion
- Develop projects from lead inception through operations including site evaluations and proposal development, while providing technical, economic, and commercial input; application of incentive and rebates; project execution plans; cost estimates, budgets, and schedules
- Define appropriate metrics to measure project performance using appropriate tools and techniques
- Ensure lessons learned are implemented across projects through continuous improvement
- Perform risk management to minimize project risks
- Establish and maintain relationships with third parties/vendors and partners across the DER sector
- Research and due diligence with respect to potential power supply opportunities
- Provide reports on projects to management and the Board on a periodic and/or as needed basis; Assist with creation of materials to facilitate Board review of potential supplier agreements
- Generate project implementation and transition roadmaps and drive buy-in across the organization
- Ensure DER procurements follow regulatory and legislative requirements for implementation and reporting
- Identify strategic opportunities for DER procurements to provide additional support to local, state, and national clean energy policy goals
- Prepare mandatory reporting and compliance reports related to DERs, including any required by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Energy Commission (CEC), the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), the Department of Energy (DOE), and others
- Participate in PCE’s Integrated Resource Planning process
- Establish standard operating procedures, protocols, and safeguards to ensure DER decision-making processes are aligned with agency goals
- Track all steps needed to reach contract finalization and project integration, up to, and including, contract execution and initial power deliveries
- Maintain current knowledge of regulatory/legislative trends and changes as well as current and future market conditions; monitor proceedings and stakeholder’s processes related to DERs at the CPUC, CEC, CAISO, DOE, and others
- Monitor, manage, and audit counterparties with regard to project performance and contract compliance, including contract milestones, conditions precedent, and deliverables
- Manage vendor and contractor agreements
- Identify opportunities for portfolio optimization, budget savings, congestion cost avoidance, and project development
Education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in business, economics, engineering, environmental planning, or a related field and a minimum of five to seven years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities described above including working as a project developer on DER programs in the utility industry, and/or with a CCA program. Master’s degree in business administration is desirable.
- DER project development best practices including contracting, interconnection, site selection, permitting, and system design
- CAISO and PG&E interconnection processes and the transmission and distribution grids
- Energy generation technologies, including carbon neutral electric energy, conventional energy, and renewable energy
- Energy storage technologies and business models
- Distributed energy resource management platforms
- Power purchase agreement structures, general terms, and conditions
- Procurement processes specifically related to DERs
- Successful Requests for Proposal (RFPs) and other procurement processes
- Benefit/cost (or other financial justification) analysis
- Familiarity with energy efficiency, demand response, energy storage, and distributed generation; willingness to work with subject matter experts
- Deliver excellent written products with strong logistical and quantitative analysis
- Deliver excellent public speaking across diverse audiences
- Exercise sound judgment, creative problem solving, effective dispute resolution, and commercial awareness
- Manage multiple priorities, meet deadlines, and quickly adapt to changing priorities in a fast-paced dynamic environment
- Take responsibility and work independently, as well as coordinate team efforts
- Be thorough and detail-oriented; demonstrate patience, tact, and courtesy
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with persons encountered during the performance of duties
- Work as needed to attend evening and weekend meetings and make presentations; Travel throughout the region to attend meetings and functions
- Interact professionally and effectively with customers, commercial partners, PCE staff team, Citizens Advisory Committee, and Board of Directors
- Work with intermediate and advanced MS Office functions, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and Powerpoint
- Work with tools including Gantt charts and project management tools, CRMs, and other advanced project tools
- Be part of a team of committed people
To apply, please submit the application materials listed below to:
with a subject line: Manager DERs: “Your Name”
The application materials must include:
- Cover Letter
- Responses to the four (4) supplemental topics listed below
- Please describe how your education and experience have prepared you for this position, and how the position fits into your career goals and aspirations. Specifically, describe your experience and / or knowledge of procuring or developing distributed generation projects.
- Describe how you would evaluate the viability and value of a proposed DER project.
- Please describe your experience in developing feed-in tariffs, solar programs, and/or other innovative wholesale or retail-based energy programs.
- In this position, you will be part of a small, but growing, team of professionals. Describe your experience working as part of a team and indicate how you add value to the team. If you have managed or supervised employees, please describe that experience as well.
This is a continuous recruitment, which will be open until the position is filled. Please apply as soon as possible to be sure you are considered for this important position.
A first round of screening will take place during the week of August 27, 2018. Interviews will be scheduled after that time.
Please note: Although the County of San Mateo Human Resources Department is assisting PCEA with this recruitment, the position is not a County position. It is a full-time position with Peninsula Clean Energy.
For questions regarding this position and the recruitment, please contact Chet Overstreet at (650) 363-4385.
To reduce greenhouse gas emissions and offer customer choice of electric power at competitive rates.
Peninsula Clean Energy (“PCE”) is the new community choice energy program for San Mateo County. PCE is the electricity provider for all electricity accounts in the 20 communities in San Mateo County (Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, Burlingame, Colma, Daly City, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Pacifica, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Mateo, South San Francisco, and Woodside) as well as the unincorporated county. The city councils of each city were all unanimous in their support of joining PCE, which is a Joint Powers Authority.
PCE became the fifth operating CCE when it launched in October 2016, and is currently one of the larger community choice energy programs. PCE is a member of CalCCA, which includes membership of all operating CCAs in California (www.cal-cca.org).
PCE’s customer base includes almost 300,000 accounts as of May 2017, serving a population of 765,000, with a total electrical load of almost 4 million megawatt-hours. Residential customers make up about 265,000 of the accounts and 40% of the electrical load, with commercial/industrial making up about 30,000 accounts and 60% of the electrical load.
1. Design a diverse power portfolio that is greenhouse gas free.
- 100% GHG free by 2021
- sourced by 100% CA RPS eligible renewable energy by 2025
- create a minimum of 20 MWs of new local power by 2025
2. Continually strive to offer ECOPlus at rates that are at parity or lower than PG&E rates.
3. Stimulate development of new renewable energy projects and clean-tech innovation in San Mateo County and California through PCE’s procurement activities.
4. Demonstrate quantifiable economic benefits to the County/region and place a priority on local hiring and workforce development practices and environmental justice.
5. Implement programs to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions by investing in programs such as local clean power production, electric vehicles, energy efficiency, and demand response, and partnering effectively with local business, schools, and nonprofit organizations.
6. Maximize and maintain customer participation in PCE.
- Provide a superior customer experience
- Develop PCE brand awareness and loyalty throughout the County.
- Actively encourage voluntary participation in its ECO100 renewable energy product
- Actively encourage participation in other programs PCE develops
- Achieve recognition from the EPA’s Green Power Partnership for Green Power Communities for all cities with municipal accounts enrolled in ECO100 by 2018
7. Build a financially sustainable organization.
- Build sufficient reserves in a rate stabilization fund
- Achieve an investment grade credit rating by 2021
8. Foster a work environment that espouses sustainable business practices and cultivates a culture of innovation, diversity, transparency, integrity, and commitment to the organization’s mission and the communities it serves.
Structure and Operation:
PCE’s annual revenues are currently $250 million. The agency has a 16-member staff, with possible growth to 22 in the next few years. The agency is led and managed by Jan Pepper, Chief Executive Officer. Director-level functional staff include:
- Finance and Administration
- Legislative and Regulatory Affairs
- Customer Care
- Energy Programs
- Power Resources
The Board of Directors is comprised of one seat per member jurisdiction within San Mateo County, except for San Mateo County which has two, for a total of 22 Directors. There are two Board committees – Audit and Finance as well as Executive. There is also a Citizens Advisory Committee. The Board meets monthly at 6:30 pm on the fourth Thursday of the month.
More information about Peninsula Clean Energy can be found at www.peninsulacleanenergy.com.
This Financial Leadership Opportunity
PCE’s work reflects the evolving and growing industry of clean energy. California is on the leading edge of this industry and PCE is a leader within the state. This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of the leadership and management team that is providing clean energy and innovative energy programs to San Mateo County residents and businesses.
This position is one of being a thought partner and collaborator with all staff, but particularly with the CEO where a mutually trusting and respectful relationship is strongly desired. The CFO is a trusted advisor to all staff, offering counsel and advice, and serving as a resource to engender success. Being an inspirational leader and manager for staff and colleagues, as well as an excellent communicator with external stakeholders, is considered key to successful fulfillment of this position.
Priorities for this CFO position include PCE’s obtaining an investment grade rating from a credit agency, managing to an appropriate reserve level for the agency, and exemplary cash management with the agency’s funds. Relevant strategic and analytic endeavors include working with third-party banking, accounting, and audit teams, executing and overseeing economic modeling, and creating necessary policies, procedures, and compliance processes where needed. Excellent management of the Human Resources and IT functions are a critical part of this executive’s immediate and ongoing responsibilities.
Peninsula Clean Energy’s Chief Financial Officer is a member of the senior management team and a strong partner to the Chief Executive Officer, providing leadership in the overall growth, management, and strategic planning of the organization.
This position has direct responsibility for planning, implementing, managing, and controlling all finance, accounting, human resources, and IT-related activities.
The position provides dynamic leadership and guidance to the PCE staff and PCE Board of Directors.This is a full-time exempt position that reports directly to the CEO and typically works Monday through Friday with required occasional weekend/night presence at events, and Committee or Board of Director meetings.
This position will supervise the Director of Finance and Administration, as well as manage the relationships with PCE’s external accounting and audit teams, and external IT services provider.
PCE is a start-up public agency with a small staff; hence, this position is a hands-on CFO.
- Collaborate with CEO and other key players in managing and optimizing revenue streams.
- Participate as a member of the senior management team in the development and implementation of organization-wide policies and programs that will contribute to its overall success.
- Work closely with and present robust data to members of the Board of Directors.
- Act as staff liaison to the Finance and Audit committee of the PCE Board of Directors.
Finance and Accounting
- Direct responsibility for accounting, finance, organization-wide budgets, banking relationships, and administrative purchasing and contracting.
- Responsible for managing or drafting the monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
- Ensure timely and accurate analysis of budgets, financial trends and forecasts, and monthly financial statements/reports.
- Work closely with procurement team to verify accuracy of invoices for energy purchases.
- Maintain PCE financial/operations model and update regularly to reflect current conditions.
Policies, Procedures, and Compliance
- Ensure policies and procedures are developed and implemented for each functional area, including HR and IT.
- Monitor and ensure effective internal controls are in place to safeguard assets and ensure compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.
- Work in collaboration with other Department managers and senior directors to ensure that all contracts with outside vendors are in compliance with all policies and procedures of the organization.
- Identify, develop and implement best practice improvements to processes and procedures to achieve meaningful results, greater productivity, efficiency and consistency.
HR and IT Functions
- Manage human resources functions, currently consisting of 15 employees and growing to 25.
- Manage external contracted information technology (IT) vendor, including the purchase and setup of equipment for employees, IT security, and regular maintenance of IT assets.
- Prepare presentations and financial metrics for review by credit rating agencies.
- Direct liaison for the annual audit.
- Directly interface with and manage certain aspects of outside vendors/contractors providing products or services to PCE, including but not limited to accounting, audit and tax filings, insurance, payroll services, and IT.
CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS / EXPERIENCE
The successful candidate will bring the following qualifications and areas of experience:
- Minimum of 15 years of increasing responsibilities in the accounting/finance function and at least 50% of that time supporting organizations of comparable business size. This time will also include a minimum of 10 years of managerial experience of individuals and/or secondary departments, and is strongly preferred;
- Demonstrated track record of managing the Human Resources functions;
- Successful management of internal IT function or external IT organizations, including experience with both Mac and PC Windows environments;
- Track record of developing, reviewing and revamping, as necessary, organization policies and procedures as they specifically relate to internal controls and external compliance;
- Experience working with a board of directors, including presenting at board meetings, and directing the efforts of and staffing the Finance and Audit as well as Executive Committees;
- Previous experience working with outside auditors and implementing financial controls;
- Demonstrated ability to effectively lead and manage in a team‐oriented and collegial office environment
- The intelligence, energy, intellectual range and care in judgment that are necessary to be an effective adviser to the CEO and the Board on individual decisions and on the overall quality of PCE operations; and
- Energy sector and/or government finance and accounting experience, as well as knowledge of community choice energy programs in California, are highly desired.
- Previous experience working with governmental agencies; this would include being well experienced and highly competent in making public presentations; knowledge of the Brown Act is desirable.
- An undergraduate degree is required, preferably in Accounting, Finance, Business, Engineering or Economics.
- A graduate degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, or Financial Management or a CPA license is strongly preferred.
- The highest level of professionalism, stewardship and integrity in executing the CFO role;
- Demonstrated leadership skills with the ability to make well-reasoned decisions as part of an executive team and in the best interests of the organization for the present and future
- Exceptional accounting, finance, and budgeting abilities, knowing how to present this information in a user-friendly manner as appropriate to various non-finance users and audiences;
- Knowledge of financial reporting for government entities (GASB) in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP);
- Ability to think strategically and proactively and work in a multi-task environment;
- Effective interpersonal skills demonstrated when interacting with staff, Board, external stakeholders, vendors, and constituents, including patience, tact, and courtesy;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills to appeal towards a variety of audiences; ability to proactively communicate with the CEO and board members when appropriate, and translate complex financial concepts in an understandable manner; a good listener;
- Well-developed organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to prioritize work effectively and adjust to multiple demands;
- Computer/software literacy with financial accounting systems including a high level of proficiency in general ledger software and third-party payroll services;
- Solid analytical skills working with quantitative data, organize information effectively, and provide useful and clear data;
- Excellent follow-through to successful completion of all projects and communications.
The successful CFO professional will be:
- A strategic thinker and a seasoned financial leader capable of both big picture thinking and tactical implementation; able to “connect the dots” of disparate areas of PCE’s current business and future opportunities;
- Hands-on in execution of responsibilities;
- Able to meet the demands of an agency with increasingly complex financial programs within a rapidly evolving and regulated industry;
- A “quick study” and a rapid learner, particularly if not bringing a background and experience in the energy industry;
- Highly proficient with Microsoft Office Suite including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat
- Able to make difficult decisions while being open to and able to deal successfully with nuance and complexity; and
- Possess a sense of humor and humility.
The following physical demands described here are representative of those required for the position — sitting, walking, standing, bending, and twisting in the performance of daily activities. The position requires hand manipulation and repetitive hand movement and fine coordination in using a computer keyboard. The position requires near and far vision in reading reports and use of a computer. Acute hearing is required in supporting meetings and providing phone and in-person customer service. The position occasionally requires lifting and/or moving objects up to 20 pounds. PCE will make reasonable accommodation of the known physical or mental limitations of a qualified applicant with a disability upon request.
A competitive compensation package, including comprehensive benefits, will be offered.
PCE is committed to Diversity and Inclusion; hence all professionals are encouraged to apply.
For additional information on this opportunity, please contact:
Sally Carlson Heidi Holzhauer
Managing Partner Partner
415.433.2299 direct 707.963.1250 direct
415.203.5259 mobile 415.298.6659 mobile
FINAL DATE FOR FILING: Open until filled. Initial review of resumes will begin the week of August 6th
Are you interested in community or government relations? Do you want to help the environment and your community by combatting climate change? Are you bilingual in English and Spanish? If so, come work for Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE). PCE is the new community choice electricity provider for San Mateo County. Residents and businesses in our communities receive cleaner electricity at lower rates than PG&E.
Peninsula Clean Energy is a joint powers authority formed by the County of San Mateo and each of its 20 cities to offer greener electricity to its residents and businesses to meet local climate action goals. PCE is governed by a Board of Directors, which is comprised of a representative from the governing body of each member community.
PCE purchases electricity from clean generation sources such as solar, wind and hydropower on behalf of customers in our service area. Electricity is still delivered over the existing transmission system, which will continue to be owned and operated by the current electric utility. PCE serves approximately 290,000 residential and business accounts.
Under staff direction, the Community Outreach Associate/Coordinator will organize and conduct bilingual community outreach throughout San Mateo County to inform and engage residents and businesses to build awareness about Peninsula Clean Energy. The candidate will also translate PCE outreach materials from English to Spanish. The work performed requires excellent organization, communication, public speaking, community engagement, and Spanish language skills.
Depending on the experience of the chosen candidate, this position could be filled at the Community Outreach Associate or at the Community Outreach Coordinator level.
The salary range for the Community Outreach Associate is $65,000 – $85,000 annually.
The salary range for the Community Outreach Coordinator is $85,000 – $105,000 annually.
Examples Of Duties:
Under the direction of PCE staff, the successful Community Outreach Associate/Coordinator will:
- Continue to build knowledge of and positive relationships for PCE in the communities of San Mateo County, including among Spanish-speaking customers.
- Organize community outreach opportunities for PCE, including identifying events and handling logistics including registration, materials, and staffing.
- Represent PCE in the public with accurate information and answer frequently asked questions, including learning complex details about the customer experience of a utility and keeping up with changing information.
- Staff PCE booths, including packing and transporting materials, setting up and taking down booth, and engaging the public with accurate information and enthusiasm.
- Support PCE’s outreach partner organizations by providing materials and presentations tailored to their needs, as well as grant management as needed.
- Perform data entry into database, such as sign-up sheets from events.
- Coordinate volunteer outreach.
- Cultivate and build relationships with community organizations on behalf of PCE.
- Make basic updates to PCE’s website and social media.
- Translate PCE outreach materials from English into Spanish.
- Locate sources of information and collect and organize data, as directed.
- Assist with the development of written, graphic and/or oral reports.
- Help with social media, news releases and newsletter articles, and other presentation material as needed.
- Manage administrative tasks as needed.
- Assist in preparing for and staffing meetings, including scheduling, preparing packets, setting up and clearing out rooms, taking notes.
- 2 – 3 years of community outreach or related experience for an Associate role, or 3-5 years of relevant community outreach or related experience for the Coordinator role.
- Bilingual in spoken and written Spanish and English, ability to accurately translate brief English documents into Spanish.
- Basic knowledge of and enthusiasm for clean energy and climate action.
- Flexible availability, able to work frequent evenings and weekends to staff community events.
- Outgoing personality, with a love for meeting new people.
- Passion for community outreach.
- Exceptional and enthusiastic interpersonal verbal communication skills.
- Professionalism in presentation.
- Quick learner, able to absorb new technical information.
- Excellent writing skills.
- Detail-oriented and organized.
- Ability to work with a team, as well as independently motivated.
- Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and comfortable learning new computer skills as needed.
- Valid California Drivers’ License*.
- Ability to lift 50 pounds.
*Events take place throughout San Mateo County; transportation and valid driver’s license required.
- Experience communicating about environmental or energy-related topics.
- Experience building a network of positive relationships in Spanish-speaking communities in San Mateo County.
- Four-year college degree in environmental studies, communications, public planning, community studies, or similar field.
- Understanding of traditional and social media landscape.
To apply for this exciting opportunity, all applications must be submitted in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line “Community Outreach Fellow/Coordinator”. The application must include:
- Cover Letter
- One-page writing sample in English on an environmental topic, with your translation into Spanish attached
First round of application screening: Week of August 6th
First round of interviews: Week of August 13th
This is a continuous recruitment and will be open until the position is filled. Questions regarding this position and the recruitment can be sent to HR@peninsulacleanenergy.com.
Please note: Although the County is assisting PCE with this recruitment, the position is not with the County, but with Peninsula Clean Energy.