Project Coordinator/Lead, Clean Transportation

Location: San Diego, CA

Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) is an independent, mission-driven nonprofit organization with offices in San Diego, Oakland, 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:

The Coordinator/Lead I is responsible for general support of various Clean Transportation projects with a focus on project activities related to the administration of statewide clean transportation programs. Under general supervision from the Clean Transportation Project Manager the Project Coordinator/Lead I will assume responsibilities that include program implementation, stakeholder engagement, and marketing and outreach. Candidates with experience and/or an interest in access to clean transportation options for all Californians, particularly underserved communities, are preferred.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Stakeholder Engagement:  Interact with stakeholders related to clean transportation opportunities including, but not limited to, Community based organizations (CBOs), local community representatives, auto makers, dealers, medium and heavy duty fleet owners, air districts, Air Resources Board and Energy Commission representatives, project partners, and others directly and indirectly related to state and nationwide transportation programs.
  • Program Scope:  Work on a variety of project activities directly impacting project performance (scope, schedule and budget)
  • Program Implementation:  Provide logistical and administrative oversight. Enforce program requirements, application procedures and standards.  Ensure quality control.
  • Program Monitoring: Monitor daily activities to ensure that procedures are working to achieve program goals and to support efficient processes. Report to project manager on any program challenges or inefficiencies identified during monitoring activities. 
  • Reporting:  As a contributing author with excellent writing skills, create program reports and presentations. 
  • Special Projects: Represent CSE programs and CSE at external events.  Perform other duties of a similar nature or level.

The ideal candidate:

  • 3 years of experience directly related to the primary job duties and required qualifications. Graduate school experience may take the place of some work experience if directly relevant to essential duties and responsibilities of this position.
  • Bachelor's degree in area relevant to sustainable transportation and energy and/or the automotive industry, such as business administration, environmental/energy policy, transportation planning, environmental planning, or environmental science. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Bilingual strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with a diverse team.
  • Understanding of The California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool: CalEnviroScreen 3.0.
  • Understanding of barriers to adoption by underserved communities and low-to-moderate income households.
  • Extremely detail-oriented; exceptional problem-solving skills and the ability to perform within required deadlines.
  • Strong organizational, time management and planning skills.
  • Knowledge of Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) installations or electrical permitting and installations.
  • Experience coordinating and facilitating events and stakeholder meetings.
  • Desire to seek new skills and opportunities.
  • Experience working with diverse business and community groups.
  • Ability to effectively handle multiple tasks, changing priorities, stressful situations and complex assignments.
  • Experience with data entry and databases.
  • Ability to take initiative, be proactive and work with minimal supervision. Experience with advanced technology market transformation programs a plus.
  • Familiarity with California clean transportation policies and landscape a plus.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in customer service.
  • Experience with data entry and databases.
  • Proficient typing, spelling, punctuation, grammar, and oral communication.
  • Demonstrated fluency in using standard office software packages (MS Office:  Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Familiar with standard office procedures, filing, telephone techniques and operation of office equipment.
  • Advanced uses of word processing, spreadsheet, database and other standard software to create well-formatted documents and materials requiring interpretation and critical thought.
  • Experience with CiviCRM or other CRM software preferred.

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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