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Energy Programs Director/Manager

FINAL DATE FOR FILING: Open until filled.  Initial review of resumes will occur on January 17, 2018.

The Position

Are you interested in working for a cutting-edge start-up company that is doing something NOW for the environment?  Do you have the intellectual curiosity and business sense to pursue new and innovative energy programs?  Are you passionate about renewable energy and combating climate change?  Do you have a record of success in bringing new technologies or programs to market?  Then apply for the position of Energy Programs Director/Manager for Peninsula Clean Energy.

The Energy Programs Director/Manager works under the direction of the CEO at Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) and has responsibility for developing and implementing the strategy for distributed energy resources and local energy programs within PCE’s footprint in San Mateo County.

This person will implement a process to gather energy program ideas proposed by outside organizations, PCE stakeholders, and PCE staff, as well as research innovative program opportunities that meet PCE’s organizational goals. Considering input from PCE’s Citizens Advisory Committee and PCE’s evaluation criteria, this position will recommend a set of local energy programs to PCE’s board of directors, and manage their implementation.  Examples of programs include incentives to encourage electric vehicle adoption, energy storage, demand response, micro-grids, local renewable energy development and feed-in tariffs, to name a few.

This position requires strong skills in contract management, public engagement, technical and financial aspects of electric energy use, and political work to form partnerships and secure funding.  We are looking for someone who is a creative and long-term thinker, but also with superb program management skills who can lead and organize multiple projects with contending priorities and different timelines, with supreme attention to detail.

The position will be hired at the Manager level or the Director level, depending on the experience of the selected candidate.

At the Manager level, the salary range is $100,000 – $130,000.
At the Director level, the salary range is $130,000 – $160,000.

Peninsula Clean Energy
Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) is the new community choice energy program (known as a “CCA”) for San Mateo County.  As of May 2017, 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.

This 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 CCA in California.  PCE launched in October 2016, and is currently the largest of all of the existing CCAs.  CCAs that launched prior to PCE include Marin County, Sonoma County, the City of Lancaster, and San Francisco City and County.  Additional CCA programs have launched since then, with more information available at cal-cca.org.

Examples Of Duties:

  • Evaluate opportunities for new energy program activities for PCE.
  • Research innovative technology developments in the energy ecosystem that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and could be deployed in San Mateo County.  Such technologies include but are not limited to innovations in energy storage, electric vehicles, micro-grids, demand response, energy efficiency, electrification, and renewable energy systems.
  • Implement evaluation process for new energy programs, based on the criteria developed by PCE staff and approved by the PCE board of directors.
  • Form partnerships with local, state and federal agencies, national laboratories, universities, businesses, other CCAs, and non-profits to create opportunities for program funding, new program markets, and more effective implementation.
  • Hire and manage staff, consultants, and contractors, as needed, to carry out program activities, including evaluating and reporting results.
  • Effectively manage a growing number of energy programs, including developing and following budgets, schedules, and performance metrics.
  • Develop and manage a departmental budget.
  • Write staff reports and present at scheduled Board and Committee meetings.

Qualifications:

Experience/Education

  • Education – Equivalent of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in engineering, environmental studies, economics/business, or other related technical/scientific field.  A Master’s Degree is a plus.
  • Experience – Ten (10) years of increasingly responsible experience in the energy and/or electric utility sector (Director level); five to seven (5-7) years equivalent experience (Manager level)

Knowledge of:

  • Key policy, technical and economic drivers in the energy industry
  • Principles of electric generation, and in particular renewable energy technologies
  • Knowledge and experience in any of these areas is a plus:  electric transportation vehicles and charging infrastructure, energy storage (both behind-the-meter and in-front-of-the meter), demand response programs, energy efficiency, micro-grids, and other innovative energy technologies
  • Impact of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change in the local and global environment
  • Budgets and financial planning
  • Project and program management
  • Methods, techniques, and technologies of effective public speaking and presentations
  • Mission, goals, policies, and purposes of Peninsula Clean Energy

Ability to:

  • Recognize favorable business opportunities
  • Negotiate contracts
  • Perform due diligence on new technologies
  • Build consensus
  • Convey complex and technical information in a simple and understandable manner to make persuasive oral presentations and written proposals
  • Speak effectively and comfortably before different audiences
  • Exercise sound judgment, creative problem solving, effective dispute resolution, and commercial awareness
  • Think strategically to mitigate political and regulatory impediments to program development
  • 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 presentations
  • Interact professionally and effectively with customers, commercial partners, PCE staff team, Citizens Advisory Committee, and Board of Directors
  • Be part of a team of committed people
  • Comfortable with using basic to intermediate MS Office functions, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and Powerpoint
  • Willing to learn and use various tools / systems (CRM tool, Project Mgmt. tool / Expense Report tool)

Licenses/Certificates:

  • Possession and continued maintenance of a valid class C California driver’s license or the ability to provide alternate transportation as approved by the CEO and a safe driving record

Application/Examination:

The County of San Mateo Human Resources Department is facilitating the recruitment process for Peninsula Clean Energy.  The Energy Programs Director/Manager position is not a County of San Mateo position.  The employer is Peninsula Clean Energy.  Peninsula Clean Energy offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

The selection process will consist of two parts: an application screening and a panel interview. The application screening is weighted as pass/fail and is based on the candidates’ application and responses to the supplemental questionnaire. Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to an in-person interview at PCE’s offices in Redwood City, CA.

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County’s website, you may click the “Apply” button. If you are not on the County’s website, please go to http://jobs.smcgov.org to apply.

RECRUITMENT SCHEDULE
Deadline for Applications: Open until filled, with initial applications reviewed on January 17, 2018
Application Screening: January 18 and 19, 2018
Panel Interviews (Tentative): Week of January 22, 2018
Finalist Interviews (Tentative): Week of January 29, 2018

For questions regarding this position and the recruitment, please contact Chet Overstreet at (650) 363-4385.

Application Materials:

  • Cover letter expressing interest in the position
  • Resume
  • Responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire

Energy Program Director/Manager Supplemental Questionnaire:

  1. IMPORTANT: Applicants for this position are required to submit responses to the following supplemental questions. Your responses will provide additional information about your background and experience related to this position. This information will weigh heavily in the Application Screening and will also be used in the selection process. This is a competitive process so please answer the questions completely, paying attention to all parts of any multi-part questions. While being thorough and detailed, also be concise. Your strategic use of language will be considered. Neatness, clarity of expression, attention to detail, proper use of grammar and the ability to follow instructions will also be considered in the evaluation process. While you may attach a resume and cover letter to the application, a resume will not be accepted as a substitute for your responses to these questions. I have read and understand this information.
    Yes/No
  2. Please describe how your education and experience have prepared you for this position, and how the position fits into your career goals and aspirations.
  3. Please provide an example of a new energy project you managed, including a description of the project itself and the steps you employed to effectively manage the project to successful implementation.
  4. Please describe your experience and knowledge of any of these technologies. Also, please describe how one of these technologies could be utilized for an innovative energy program for PCE: electric transportation vehicles, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, energy storage (behind-the-meter and/or in-front-of-the meter), demand response programs, energy efficiency, and any other innovative energy technologies In this position, you will be part of a small, but growing, team of professionals.
  5. 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.

Application Instructions

To learn more about the position and/or to apply, please click the link below. If link is not available, please read the information above for detailed instructions on how to apply.

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Manager of Power Resources
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? If so, please apply for this amazing opportunity and be part of the solution – Manager of Power Resources for Peninsula Clean Energy.

Peninsula Clean Energy is searching for a Manager of Power Resources, with a demonstrated track record of success, to assist in managing the power resources and energy programs areas for this start-up public agency. 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 in increasing renewable energy usage and reducing greenhouse gas emissions for this geographic area.

Peninsula Clean Energy
Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) is the 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.

This 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. CCEs that previously launched include Marin County, Sonoma County, the City of Lancaster, and San Francisco City and County. More information is available at peninsulacleanenergy.com.

The Position
The Manager of Power Resources is a key member of the Power Resources team and has a wide range of responsibilities for advancing PCE’s power procurement, resource planning, contract management and compliance programs, and strategic studies.  At least five years of directly related experience is required.

Working under the supervision of the Director of Power Resources, the responsibilities of the Manager of Power Resources will include researching and ensuring due diligence with respect to potential power supply opportunities, assisting with negotiating and administrating power purchase agreements, monitoring contractor performance and resolving disputes, validating invoices, identifying issues, and monitoring compliance. The Manager of Power Resources Programs will also assist with the preparation of certain regulatory compliance reports focused on resource procurement, climate impacts, annual greenhouse gas inventory and emissions, and will assist with the preparation of informational material for the PCE Board and public regarding power supply resource allocations. The Manager of Power Resources will have knowledge of wholesale power procurement, power retail management, energy-related technologies, local and state energy policy and goals, and intermediate to advanced project management and coordination skills.

Additional Duties
The Manager of Power Resources will work closely with the Director of Power Resources and other PCE leadership and staff in some or all functions related to power supply planning, load forecasting, energy procurement, risk management, market monitoring, regulatory compliance, and settlements. The individual in this position will develop significant subject matter expertise in PCE’s operations, and will be required to work independently on various projects as they come up, including topical research, model building, and process improvement.

Additionally, the Manager of Power Resources will interface with a wide range of market participants, regulators, contractors, attorneys, and consultants in order to implement and facilitate PCE’s power procurement, contract management and compliance programs. The Manager of Power Resources will also be responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholder groups, and for communicating PCE’s central messages consistently.

In addition, the Manager of Power Resources will launch and operate PCE’s feed-in tariffs, coordinate local community-based renewable/GHG-free energy projects, participate in Board of Director’s meetings as well as community events, and perform related work and tasks as needed. The Manager of Power Resources may assist in related activities on PCE’s behalf through effective communications and site visits, and may participate in assigned regulatory and/or legislative advocacy tasks.

No direct supervisory role is anticipated at this time, but that could change as the Agency grows over time.

 Examples Of Duties:
Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan, organize and implement power procurements in close collaboration with the Director of Power Resources
  • Administer RFO procurement processes, ongoing correspondence with counterparties including contract development and performance tracking
  • Monitor, facilitate and manage power supply contracts
  • Prepare mandatory reporting and compliance reports related to PCE power supply, including those 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

Power Procurements

  • Under direction of the Director of Power Resources, review and analyze proposals for electric power supply submitted to PCE by developers and brokers and provide summary information for staff and technical team
  • Assist with the administration of power procurement processes and the assessment of unsolicited proposals
  • Assist with drafting of new vendor and supplier agreements
  • Serve as point of contact for counterparties in negotiations for supply agreements demonstrating excellent interpersonal skills and project management acumen
  • Assist with creation of materials to facilitate Board review of potential supplier 
agreements including staff reports, supporting information, and presentation materials
  • Products to be procured include conventional, renewable and GHG free energy, resource adequacy, congestion revenue rights, and ancillary services
  • Assist in reviewing and analyzing proposals for electric power supply submitted to PCE  by developers, marketers and power brokers and provide summary information for staff and technical team

Power Supply Contract Facilitation

  • Under supervision of the Director of Power Resources, establish standard operating procedures, protocols and safeguards to ensure procurement team decision making processes are aligned with agency goals
  • Manage stakeholder relationships, including PPAs, interconnection, staff and consultants, permitting agencies, community and public relations
  • Conduct research and other due diligence to compile relevant information as needed for staff, technical consultants, legal consultants and Board members
  • 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

Performance Monitoring

  • 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
  • Maintain, update and track contract files through contract management system
  • Monitor and manage assigned counterparty relationships as required to improve performance and contract compliance.

Invoice Management and Validation

  • Identify opportunities for portfolio optimization, budget savings, congestion cost avoidance and project development
  • Interface with power suppliers and contractors regarding timely invoicing
  • Receive, file and process invoices in a timely and correct manner
  • Perform validation on invoices to insure accurate charges and credits have been applied
  • Validate CAISO statements and CAISO cost recovery from counterparties as provided for in contract terms
  • Track invoice payments and prepare related reports to management, technical team and external accountant
  • Resolve, or provide support in resolving invoice and billing issues
  • Provide information to assist external accountant with problem resolution

Other duties

  • Prepare materials for the PCE staff to facilitate policy discussions related to procurement and resource planning
  • Actively participate in integrated resource planning activities for PCE
  • Conduct market and portfolio modeling and analysis of PCE’s power supply position to effectively monitor and manage exposure to adverse market changes
  • Assist in preparation and presentation of information and recommendations to assist PCE staff and Board in assessing and identifying “best fit” power procurement opportunities for PCE
  • Manage PCE’s various renewable energy certificate accounts within the WREGIS system
Qualifications:
Experience/Education
Education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in business, economics, engineering, environmental planning, or a related field, and a minimum of five years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities described above is qualifying. A Master’s degree in business administration is desirable.  Experience working in energy trading, the utility industry, and/or with a Community Choice Aggregation program is desirable.Knowledge of:

  • Contracts management best practices
  • Strong quantitative skills, including expertise with Microsoft Office and data analytics tools
  • Energy generation technologies, including carbon neutral electric energy, conventional energy, and renewable energy
  • The CAISO settlement process
  • California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, Power Content Label, and Power Source Disclosure Program
  • Power purchase agreement structures, and general terms and conditions
  • The Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System (WREGIS)
  • Regulatory reporting and compliance requirements of the CPUC, CEC, and CAISO
  • Procurement process and use of renewable energy certificates to support mandatory and voluntary compliance programs
  • Renewable energy project development including environmental and local use permitting, and interconnection agreements and processes

Skills and Abilities:

  • Be thorough and detail-oriented
  • Apply strong task prioritization, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Manage projects and time efficiently with a high level of attention to detail
  • Develop high-quality writing, research and communication work products
  • Deliver clear oral communications
  • Interact professionally and effectively with counterparties, consultants, PCE staff, and Board of Directors
  • Manage multiple priorities and quickly adapt to changing priorities in a fast-paced dynamic environment
  • Perform quantitative and statistical analysis and effectively communicate results to others
  • Take responsibility and work independently, as well as work as a team member
  • Demonstrate patience, tact and courtesy

 Application/Examination: This recruitment is being conducted for Peninsula Clean Energy by the County of San Mateo.  Peninsula Clean Energy is the employer for this position.

To apply for this exciting opportunity applicants must complete the required portions of the San Mateo County Employment Application Form AND attach three items: a cover letter expressing your interest in the position and listing your salary requirements, a resume, and responses to the topics listed below.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the County’s online application system at http://jobs.smcgov.org.

If you are currently on the County website, you may click the “Apply” button. Emailed submissions or incomplete application materials will not be accepted.

Again, in addition to completing the required parts of the online application, applicants must also attach to the application:

  • A cover letter expressing interest in the position and listing salary requirements
  • A Resume
  • Responses to the following topics:
  1. Describe your experience and knowledge of contracting for electricity products in the short-term and long-term markets, including conventional, renewable and GHG free energy, resource adequacy, congestion revenue rights, and ancillary services.
  2. Describe your experience and /or knowledge of supply portfolio modeling programs.
  3. Describe your experience and knowledge of CAISO settlement processes.
  4. Please describe your experience in developing feed-in tariffs, solar programs, energy efficiency programs, and/or other innovative wholesale or retail-based energy programs.

As noted, this is a continuous recruitment, which will be open until the position is filled.

Recruitment Timeline
Application Screening: January 12, 2018
Panel Interviews (tentative): January 16-19, 2018
Finalist Interviews (tentative): January 23-25, 2018

If necessary, subsequent application screenings and interviews will take place after this round is completed.  We hope to fill the position as soon as possible.  If you are interested in working for Peninsula Clean Energy we encourage you to apply immediately.

For questions regarding this position and the recruitment, please contact Chet Overstreet at (650) 363-4385.

Peninsula Clean Energy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Instructions

To learn more about the position and/or to apply, please click the link below. If link is not available, please read the information above for detailed instructions on how to apply.

Apply Online