Sr. Project Mgr, Dealer & Fleet Programs

Job Location: 
San Diego, CA

About the Center for Sustainable Energy®

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 in both the general market and equity sectors. Our technical areas of focus include distributed energy resources (renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy storage, fuel cells, combined heat and power) and clean transportation.

Manages timelines, deliverables, and teams for a suite of dealer and fleet outreach projects for the California Air Resource Board’s (CARB) Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP).  Facilitates the coordination of multiple market development projects.  Provides overall operational support within CSE’s Transportation Department, including new program development and implementation.

Essential Functions and responsibilities:

  • Define project timelines scopes, budgets, goals and objectives according to Statements of Work
  • Support business goals in collaboration with senior management and stakeholders
  • Interact with EV market stakeholders including, but not limited to, utility representatives, auto makers, dealers, fleet owners, air districts, CARB and Energy Commission representatives, project partners, media, and others
  • Manage stakeholder expectations, end user interactions, project details, timelines, and scope and drive issue resolution
  • Make recommendations on transportation program design, including needs assessments, proposals, marketing tools, and evaluation and reporting
  • Monitor daily activities to ensure that procedures are working to achieve program goals and to support efficient processes
  • Review project plans as necessary throughout the course of the fiscal year
  • Prepare monthly reports for the Transportation Department which will include, but are not limited to, tracking budgets, project developments and new funding opportunities
  • Create project reports and presentations to both internal and external clients
  • Manage and oversee dealer and fleet team and new initiative project. Communicate significant budget variances to executive management.  Recommend budget revisions and/or changes to department activities that keep expenses within budget and staff utilization rates on target.
  • Represent CSE programs and CSE at external events as necessary.
  • Support business development by responding to RFPs and developing proposals.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Role Specific Responsibilities


Essential knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Demonstrated proficiency in project management through all five phases (initiating, planning, execution, monitoring, closing)
  • Working knowledge of project management principles, negotiating, executing and managing grant agreements and government contracts
  • Extremely detail-oriented, exceptional problem-solving skills and the ability to perform within required deadlines
  • Demonstrated proficiency in project budget management, tracking and reporting
  • In-depth understanding of California transportation issues relating to greenhouse gas (GHG) and criteria air pollutant emissions
  • In-depth understanding of California energy policies including the role of public and private utilities in state energy policy
  • Understanding of electric vehicle and alternative fuel technologies
  • Understanding of electric vehicle market development and trends
  • Experience within the automotive industry, either at a dealership, fleet company, automotive group, association or consulting firm with an emphasis on clean vehicles.
  • Experience managing outreach campaigns and/or programs and understanding/background developing messaging and strategies for education and outreach efforts  
  • Understanding of ARB’s CVRP, Public Fleet Project, Zero Emission Vehicle Mandate and other California low carbon transportation policies including agencies involved in the development and execution of state low carbon transportation policies
  • Familiarity with CalEPA’s CalEnviroScreen methodology and other related state or local government programs and initiatives
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment while keeping a positive attitude and “all-hands on deck” approach
  • Ability to problem solve, think critically about project changes or adjustments and provide recommended courses of action
  • Working knowledge of project management software programs
  • Experience with CRM and/or Salesforce
  • Experience with budgeting software programs, Microsoft Office Suite, and Microsoft Outlook


  • 1 -4 years of experience in clean energy industry


  • Bachelors degree or equivalent work experience required
  • Masters degree preferred


  • 10 years of experience
  • Licenses, Certificates or Registrations:
  • PMP Certification 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.


CSE participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with Form I-9 information to confirm U.S. work authorization.

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