Assistant Manager, Distributed Energy Resources (Technology Integration)

Location: San Diego, CA

Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) is an independent, mission-driven nonprofit organization with offices in San Diego, Berkeley, Los Angeles and Boston. We accelerate the adoption of clean and efficient energy solutions via program administration, technical assistance, policy innovation, and other forms of market facilitation. We are uniquely positioned and engaged with a variety of stakeholders and market actors, including policy-makers, state and federal agencies, regional and local governments, utilities, business and civic leaders, and individuals. Our areas of focus include distributed energy resources (renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy storage, fuel cells, combined heat and power) and clean transportation.

Basic Functions:

CSE’s Distributed Energy Resources (DER) department provides advisory services, technical assistance, and incentive application processing for energy efficiency, energy storage, distributed generation and renewable energy projects and programs. The Assistant Manager will be part of the DER department’s Technology Integration team, which oversees clean energy technology demonstration projects and technical assistance to accelerate the adoption of integrated distributed energy solutions, working toward a zero net energy (ZNE) future. The team’s work is comprised of technology demonstration projects funded by the California Energy Commission (CEC), technical assistance projects funded by the Department of Energy (DOE), feasibility studies for local and regional commercial and government entities, and a growing portfolio of similar projects.

The Assistant Manager must be organized, detail oriented and able to independently prioritize his or her workload schedules based on the needs of the program. This position presents a substantive opportunity for the right applicant to gain valuable experience and a rewarding career in the sustainable energy industry. The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of emerging issues regarding grid reliability planning (resource adequacy) and wholesale market integration of demand response for increasing the adoption of tools and resources that achieve energy savings in the built environment.

The State of California has established aggressive goals for incorporating behind-the-meter, customer-sited DERs into California wholesale energy markets. However, with only limited testing performed to date, the ability of DERs to simultaneously and cost-effectively meet onsite customer electrical needs while providing energy services into the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) market is largely unproven. The Technology Integration team and its project partners will examine a range of issues, including market registration/participation, metering/telemetry and most importantly, operational strategies that co-optimize between wholesale and retail applications. This work will be publicized to demonstrate the ability of DERs (i.e., customer-sited solar photovoltaic, electric batteries, thermal storage and load management systems) to provide frequency regulation in the CAISO market.

The Assistant Manager will review project performance data; prepare performance reports; maintain and update the online database of projects; meet with public and respond to requests for information; assist in coordinating workshops, events and various marketing and outreach tasks; and support/represent program staff in measurement and evaluation activities.

In addition to project-related duties, this position will also provide overall operational support within the Technology Integration team, including contributing to project development opportunities. Given the ever-changing nature of the clean energy market, the ideal candidate must be flexible, open to changes in implementation strategies and have a demonstrated ability to engage with new technologies and strategies to promote clean energy solutions.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Compile, read and summarize existing literature to frame demonstration efforts and inform policymakers.
  • Assemble, manipulate, analyze and interpret data from various sources, often in coordination with external project partners.
  • Contribute to written reports describing proposed implementation strategies and results.
  • Work collaboratively with program teams and project partners to achieve objectives.
  • Interact with stakeholders including, but not limited to utility representatives, the California Energy Commission, the California Public Utility Commission, CAISO representatives, the U.S. Department of Energy and project partners.
  • Communicate with demonstration site owners, technical staff and community partners about energy efficiency and energy conservation measures.
  • Participate as needed in program working groups, meetings and regulatory proceedings.
  • Support/represent program staff in public reporting calls and committee.
  • Support program staff in developing presentations.
  • Access and facilitate reporting from existing program, customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software databases.
  • Represent CSE programs and CSE at external events as necessary. 
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Business Administration, or related discipline/coursework from a four-year college or university. Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Minimum 3 to 4 years of related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Required working knowledge of project management principles, managing grant agreements and government contracts. Preferred experience in clean energy industry.
  • Strong knowledge of distributed energy technologies marketplace including energy efficiency, renewables, storage and combined heat and power.
  • A proven track record demonstrating the ability to work in a fast paced, forward moving environment under strict deadlines with the ability to quickly learn new technology.
  • A history of successfully supporting multiple parallel projects while communicating project status and expectations both in and out of the organization.
  • Experience facilitating stakeholder meetings or workshops. Ability to work cooperatively with decision makers, market participants, interested parties, and other agencies.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public speaking and presentation experience.
  • Ability to synthesize complex information and/or data into a written work product.
  • Demonstrated high-level of abilities using various computer software programs and fluency in using standard office software packages, such as MS Office (Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook).
  • Strong organizational, time management and planning skills.
  • Ability to take initiative, be proactive and work with minimal supervision.

CSE is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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