Project Manager, Distributed Energy Resources (Technology Integration)

Location: Oakland, CA

Founded in 1996, the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) is a mission-driven nonprofit dedicated to developing a clean energy future that addresses climate change, increases energy independence and generates lasting economic and environmental benefits. Our teams empower such innovation by leveraging expertise in clean transportation, distributed energy resources, energy efficiency, energy engineering and regulatory and policy support. As a trusted advisor, we partner with clients of all sizes to help achieve their sustainability objectives through a suite of energy services that include comprehensive program design and management, research and analysis, technical advising, incentive and rebate management, and education and outreach. Our headquarters are in San Diego with offices in Boston, Los Angeles and Oakland.

Basic Functions:

CSE’s Distributed Energy Resources (DER) department provides advisory services, technical assistance, and incentive application processing for energy efficiency, distributed energy and storage, distributed generation and renewable energy projects and programs. Under general supervision from the Senior Manager, Technology Integration, the Project Manager will oversee 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 Manager will be responsible for managing budgets, timelines, deliverables, subcontractors and staff for pre-commercialized demonstration projects funded by the California Energy Commission; 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 ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of clean energy technologies and solutions for increasing the adoption of tools and resources that achieve energy savings in the built environment. The successful candidate will have excellent stakeholder coordination and negotiation skills, risk assessment and resolution experience, friendly and professional customer service, and a “think outside of the box” mentality that leads to identification and development of effective tools and resources that help target audiences achieve shared clean energy objectives.

In addition to project-related duties, this position will also provide overall operational support within the DER Technology Integration team, including new project development and implementation. 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:

The Project Manager will oversee project implementation, lead stakeholder engagement, and contribute to overall project design and planning. He/she will primarily:

  • Manage contracts between CSE and California Energy Commission, the U.S. Department of Energy, utilities, subcontractors, and consultants.
  • Define project scopes, budgets, goals, and objectives according to Statements of Work.
  • Manage funder and project partner expectations, as well as project details, timelines, and scope.
  • Interact with stakeholders including, but not limited to utility representatives, California Energy Commission and U.S. Department of Energy representatives, and project partners.
  • Supervise a multidisciplinary team of professionals, including engineers, technology experts, and support staff to successfully implement projects.
  • Prepare monthly reports for the DER Department and external parties as-needed which will include, but are not limited to, tracking budgets and project developments.
  • Represent CSE programs and CSE at external events as necessary. 
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate has:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Energy Management, Environmental Sciences, or related discipline/coursework from a four-year college or university.  Master’s Degree a plus.
  • Minimum 5 to 6 years of project management experience, preferably energy project management, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Working knowledge of project management principles, negotiating, executing and managing grant agreements and government contracts.
  • Strong knowledge of distributed energy technologies marketplace including energy efficiency, renewables, storage, and combined heat and power.
  • Demonstrated experience working with automated demand response technologies, enrolling in IOU demand response programs, and conducting outreach to commercial buildings owners and operators.
  • Experience with California energy workforce development issues preferred.
  • 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 managing multiple parallel projects while communicating project status and expectations both in and out of the organization.
  • Experience facilitating of 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.
  • Supervisory experience, including being responsible for the preparation and presentation of professional work products by a team of individuals.
  • Ability to synthesize complex information and/or data into a written work product.
  • Experience working collaboratively with other stakeholders and/or with staff from public agencies.
  • Experience overseeing subcontractors, including drafting scopes of works and contracts and managing deliverables and ensuring project expectations are met by all parties.
  • Demonstrated high-level of abilities of various computer software programs and fluency in using standard office software packages such as MS Office: Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook.

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