Project Associate

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.

Job Desrcription:

CSE is the Program Administrator for the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) within the San Diego Gas & Electric territory.  The SGIP provides incentives and other assistance to residents and businesses that install wind, waste energy recovery, pressure reduction turbines, fuel cells, advanced energy storage and combined heat and power (CHP) technologies. SGIP plays a critical role in the deployment of distributed energy projects and the reduction of onsite electric demand and greenhouse gas emissions.

The Project Associate will play a vital role in implementing SGIP administered by CSE, and is primarily responsible for providing administrative and processing support. The position will focus on supporting program operations and providing outreach to interested customers and industry participants. The Project Associate must be organized, detail oriented, and able to prioritize his or her workload and schedules based on the needs of the program. This position presents a substantive opportunity for the right applicant to gain valuable experience in the green energy marketplace.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Duties are illustrative and may vary with individual assignment.

Assist in the project tasks, including:

  • Process incentive applications for SGIP-eligible technologies.
  • Review project performance data details and issue incentive payments.
  • Enforce project requirements, application procedures and standards. 
  • Coordinate and maintain correspondence with program participants regarding application status.
  • Maintain and update the online database of projects.
  • Handle inquiries about SGIP-eligible technologies and program requirements.
  • Meet with public and respond to requests for information.
  • Assist in coordinating workshops, events and various marketing and outreach tasks.
  • Perform various research requests from Project Managers regarding new equipment, other programs, policy or related topics.
  • Provide overall operational support to the Project Managers.

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and attention to detail
  • Strong organizational skills and multitasking ability
  • Ability to apply independent judgment, discretion and initiative to address problems
  • Ability to work effectively under deadlines.
  • Ability to respond to customer inquiries in a professional manner.
  • Ability to learn complex procedures and policies quickly.
  • Comfortable with emails, scheduling, conference calls and other common office communications.
  • Previous experience in a fast-paced environment with the proven ability to perform office assignments proficiently.
  • General knowledge of energy issues with basic understanding of renewable/distributed energy policy and technologies.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous knowledge or experience in distributed generation, renewable energy, combined heat and power and/or energy storage technologies.
  • Prior experience working in the energy sector with public agencies, utilities and other stakeholders.
  • Experience working with a database and handling complex administrative processes.
  • Comfortable with public speaking.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree. Two years relevant experience.
  • Advanced proficiency in computer skills, particularly in Excel.  Proficiency in MS Office.

Computer and/or Technical Skills:

  • Proficiency with standard office software packages such as MS Office: Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook.  Demonstrable proficiency in Excel required.

License, Certificates or Registrations:

  • Valid California Driver’s License; insurable in the State of California.  Must own a licensed and registered vehicle and be willing to use it for work-related purposes.

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. 


CSE reaffirms its commitment to provide Equal Opportunity and affirmative action in its employee policies and practices