Project Associate

Location: Boston, MA

Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) is an independent, nonprofit organization based in San Diego that serves as an objective resource on energy issues for individuals, businesses, organizations, public agencies and local governments throughout California. CSE works to implement energy and climate policy in California through program development and management, technical assistance and education and outreach. With a primary focus on facilitating renewable, sustainable and efficient energy technologies and practices, CSE operates in five focus areas: energy efficiency, renewable energy, climate change, clean transportation and distributed generation.

Basic Functions:

Under general supervision from the Project Manager, the Project Associate, Clean Transportation, handles daily rebate processing activities for two northeast US consumer incentive projects to maximize processing efficiency and help achieve project objectives.

Rebate Processing Operations: Develop detailed understanding of the rebate processing platforms used on the projects. Follow processes and ensure that procedures maximize efficiency and meet project requirements. Process rebate applications. Help prepare invoices for accounting to issue rebate payments. Handle customer service calls. Develop and update email and phone communication templates for customer interactions. Develop deep project knowledge to ensure maximum accuracy and efficiency in daily operations and customer service. Help document and update standard operating procedures. Follow data security policies and procedures for protecting applicant information. Monitor rebate system functionality and report issues. Monitor applicable sections of the online applications and report issues. Communicate regularly with leadership team to provide status updates, report concerns, and suggest solutions and improvements.

External Relations: Help write monthly summary and data reports. Interface with stakeholders to update project statistics pages. Help with record-keeping for monthly stakeholder meetings. Provide content and support for stakeholder presentations and annual reporting.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Extremely detail and process-oriented with a logical, analytical approach to work tasks.
  • Strong multitasking, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
  • Exceptional problem-solving and troubleshooting skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work with a team of individuals with very diverse personalities and skill levels.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in customer service.
  • Ability to take strategic direction from the leadership team and proactively direct daily workload based on that direction.
  • Basic knowledge of and/or interest in electric, plug-in hybrid electric, and other alternative fuel vehicles is preferred.
  • Basic knowledge of and/or interest in local, state, and federal transportation issues related to greenhouse gases (GHGs) and global warming is preferred.
  • Basic knowledge of and/or interest in energy issues with basic understanding of sustainable energy policy and technologies is preferred.

The ideal candidate:

  • 1-2 years of experience in customer support, application processing, or other areas related to the duties and responsibilities specified. A bachelor’s degree may take the place of some work experience.
  • An associate’s degree in an area relevant to the primary job duties and qualifications; bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Experience working with online customer relationship management (CRM) systems (e.g., is a plus.
  • Experience working with cloud-based storage systems (e.g.,, Dropbox, etc.).
  • Intermediate ability to use Microsoft Excel, Outlook, and Word.
  • Intermediate ability to use Adobe Acrobat.

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.

Application Procedure:

Please send a resume and cover letter via e-mail to Please include “Project Associate (Boston)” in the email subject to facilitate sorting.

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