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The Rebate Processing Specialist plays a vital role in implementing the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) and is primarily responsible for providing incentive application processing support. Core duties include reviewing incentive applications, supporting program operations and administration and providing information to interested customers and industry participants. The successful candidate must be organized, detail-oriented, a strong communicator and able to independently prioritize their workload and schedule based on the needs of the program(s).

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

•    Process incentive applications for DER technologies, specifically energy storage.

•    Enforce project requirements, application procedures and standards.

•    Review project performance data details and issue incentive payments.

•    Coordinate and maintain correspondence with project participants regarding application status.

•    Maintain and update the online database of projects.

•    Implement quality assurance protocols as needed.

•    Handle inquiries about SGIP-eligible technologies and project requirements.

•    Participate in working group meetings and quarterly workshops, as required.

•    Provide overall operational support to the Managers and other rebate programs, as required.

•    Perform other related duties as assigned.



Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


•    Extreme attention to detail.

•    Experience working with a database and handling complex administrative processes.

•    Excellent written and oral communication skills, including English grammar, spelling and punctuation.

•    Strong organizational skills. Ability to work effectively under deadlines of multiple concurrent projects.

 •    Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as part of a team.

•    Ability to respond to customer inquiries in a professional manner. Ability to communicate facts and constraints effectively verbally and in writing, even during difficult conversations.

•    Ability to identify alternative solutions to assigned issues and recommend course of action. Ability to apply independent judgment, discretion and initiative to address problems.

•    Ability to learn complex procedures and policies quickly.

•    Knowledge of customer service principles, project management and best practices with data entry and documentation.

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

•    Familiar with standard office procedures, filing, telephone techniques and operation of office equipment.

•    Comfortable with emails, scheduling, conference calls and other common office communications.


•    General knowledge of energy issues with basic understanding of renewable/distributed energy policy and technologies

•    Prior experience working in the energy sector with public agencies, utilities and other stakeholders


•    Associate of Arts degree or equivalent work experience required

•    Bachelor's degree preferred


•    2 - 3 years of related experience

Licenses, Certificates or Registrations:

•    Valid California driver's license; insured in the State of California. Must have access to a registered vehicle and be willing to use it for work-related purposes.


Work Environment:

•    Works in an office environment

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

•    Must have manual dexterity sufficient to operate a computer keyboard and other equipment customarily present in an office environment.

•    Ability to sit for long periods of time.

Job Summary

The Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) is seeking a researcher/analyst with demonstrated experience and/or training in quantitative and qualitative research design and implementation, synthesis and communication of results, and stakeholder engagement. Key Research Analysts skills include, but are not limited to, descriptive and inferential statistics, experience using linear and/or non-linear regression methods, program evaluation methodologies, data visualization, and data management. The successful Research Analyst will produce actionable insights at both the program and program portfolio level, primarily in the energy space with a focus on electric vehicles, electric vehicle infrastructure, and distributed energy resources, which will support program implementation, marketing and communication, business development, and other ad hoc research needs to address program design and portfolio optimization efforts. Research Analysts will also support senior leadership with ad hoc analysis at a rapid pace.   More broadly, the position will act as an enabler of CSE programs through provision of data and evidence-based insights to inform program improvement, policymaking, and public and private strategic planning.  The position will be supervised by a Senior EV Program Manager.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Inform program improvements, strategic planning, and decision-making by cleaning, enhancing/transforming,  preparing, and storing program, survey, and third-party data for use in analyses; propose, calculate, and monitor metrics for evaluating program progress toward achieving planned outcomes, and generate evidence-based insights for internal and external stakeholders (implementation and management teams).
  • Design research plans to effectively answer and/or address research questions from internal and external stakeholders, including program managers, senior management, marketing and outreach departments, and others.  This candidate will understand how to conduct sound research with valid, actionable, generalizable (where possible) findings.
  • Execute various data collection and analytical methodologies, including survey design, focus groups, semi-structured interviews, mixed-methods, regression, time-series analysis, and descriptive and inferential statistics. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to process and clean, enhance, summarize, and visualize data, and to evaluate data to better understand, design, and implement programs
  • Effectively communicate findings to stakeholders through professional, clear, and concise presentations, reports, briefs, blogs, and data visualization tools. The ideal candidate can produce advanced visualizations that are accurate and tailored for consumption by specific stakeholders.  
  • Contribute to team quality control by providing colleagues with feedback and reviewing code and work products to ensure final products are free from mistakes, are valid, and that results are clearly and effectively communicated.
  • Support senior leadership and Senior Research Analysts with proposal writing and other business-development-related document preparation, as needed.
  • Mentor colleagues and provide guidance to expand team knowledge and expertise and to promote high-quality work products.
  • Work will be divided approximately 50% quantitative analysis, 50% other work including qualitative work, project coordination, and stakeholder engagement.



  • MA in a relevant field (e.g. data science, statistics, economics, scenario analysis, forecasting, etc.) or equivalent relevant work experience (5+ years) required. 
  • Demonstrated ability to design and execute research plans independently, and in collaboration with colleagues.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce high quality, scientifically sound, academic research including comprehensive literature reviews, research designs, visualizations, and conclusions, while identifying limitations of the research and next steps.
  • Formal training and/or demonstrable experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods 
  • Demonstrated high-level abilities with Microsoft Office (or comparable office software), including Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook are required. 
  • Experience with common data science tools, such as R, Python, MatLab, Stata, including “Fluency” in at least one
  • Demonstrated ability to produce insights to support proposals and or external marketing efforts.  The successful candidate should thrive in a fast-paced environment.  You must be able to quickly produce sound data insights with accompanying visualizations. 
  • Ability to write well and to communicate complex topics effectively for a wide variety of stakeholders, including state-agency clients.
  • Strong attention to detail.


  • Knowledge of the electric vehicle and/or DER market and related policies and technologies
  • Familiarity with data visualization tools (Tableau, Plotly/Dash) and/or geospatial tools (ArcMap, QGIS, GeoPandas)


Work Environment:

  • Remote, work-from-home (through June 30, 2021), or office environment

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • Must have manual dexterity sufficient to operate a computer keyboard and other equipment customarily present in an office environment.

Amount of Travel Required

Up to 10%, based on intermittent presentations, stakeholder meetings, conferences, or the like.

The SQA Engineer is a member of the Product Mgmt & Platform Development Team who will assess the quality of CSE solutions prior to release via manual and automated testing. CSE solutions include application processing platforms for clean energy incentive programs, such as California’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP). These solutions include a front-end CMS system and back-end Salesforce and document storage systems. The QA Engineer collaborates with a team of Business Analysts and Front-end and Back-end Developers (including external Development partners) to understand requirements, design test plans/test cases and execute them to ensure quality throughout the software development lifecycle. 


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.    

· Review and analyze system requirements and specifications  

· Collaborate with Platform Project Management to set milestones and tasks representing all required SQA phases 

· Develop and document effective test strategies and plans 

· Create requirements traceability matrices to ensure adequate testing coverage 

· Assign test plans and manage cross-functional team resources to ensure extensive and complete test coverage 

· Execute test cases (manual or automated) and analyze results 

· Responsible for testing front end websites and user experience, backend APIs, integrations and databases along with mobile applications 

· Triage issues found and document each defect clearly and concisely 

· Assist developers in identifying root cause and define corrective actions 

· Assist in creating acceptance criteria for user stories and requirements 

· Participate in Backlog Grooming sessions and Sprint planning and provide input for testing estimates 

· Develop and maintain automated scripts for regression testing  

· Suggest and implement process improvements for platform quality assurance and testing processes    



·Must have Salesforce experience

· Proven experience in testing web applications with knowledge of cross browsers and user interface testing technique 

· Familiarity with Drupal (or other front end technologies), PHP, SQL, Web Services 

· Knowledge of various testing methods – Unit testing, Integration Testing, System Testing, Acceptance Testing (Smoke testing) Regression Testing, Black-Box/White Box Testing and when to apply what 

· Knowledge of scripting and automated testing frameworks 

· Familiar with Software Development Lifecycle and QA methodologies 

· A self-starter who sets priorities and undertakes complex tasks with minimal supervision 

· Can effectively work on multiple projects concurrently and with varying development methodologies – agile, scrum, waterfall 

· Strong organizational skills with attention to detail  

· Customer-focused and results-driven  


Preferred Qualifications 

· Working knowledge of Jira as a test management tool 

· Experience with Confluence and Podio a plus 

· Experience with Agile Development methodology  



· 3-5 years experience  

· Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with coursework related to the area of assignment An equivalent combination of education    


Communication Skills  

Communicate effectively in both oral and written form; compose and edit written materials; explain technical concepts in non-technical terms to staff and customers; research and learn new software and adapt to changes in technology; prioritize, organize, and schedule work assignments and projects; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted during the course of work. 



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


Job Summary

The Salesforce Development Manager is responsible for the oversight of several engineering teams and the delivery of all development work for multiple projects that will be underway at the same time. The Manager will work with the technical lead (s) to design and develop custom solutions for CSE’s internal and external clients. This is a hands-on developer position that will be the team Manager for a group of Salesforce engineers and will be accountable for the on-time and quality delivery of various product/project solution launches. CSE solutions include application processing platforms for clean energy incentive programs, such as California’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP). These solutions are highly customized and include a front-end CMS system and back-end Salesforce and document storage systems. This position reports to the Director of CSE’s Product and Platform Development team, and collaborates with a team of business analysts, and front-end and back-end developers (including external development partners) to design, develop, deploy, and maintain solutions.)  

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • 7+ yrs experience designing and developing complex Salesforce solutions
  • 3 yrs of direct responsibility/supervision for Salesforce development team (s) or as the technical lead with direct report responsibility including mentoring, training, 1:1’s, goal setting and reviews
  • Follow SDLC best practices in both an agile scrum or Kanban environment and have some sound experience with waterfall methodology, as well
  • Hold the development teams accountable for quality of code, achieving committed work within a sprint or by project deadlines
  • Work with the team to design solutions that leverage Salesforce best practices and introduce new technologies
  • Oversee intake of business requirements into well-architected solutions that best leverage the Salesforce platform
  • Lead a team of Salesforce developers in complex custom developments of entire applications using Apex and LWC
  • Identify and recommend salesforce.com based solutions, integration points and related implementation architecture for business usage improvements, scalability and performance
  • Integrate Salesforce with other applications using web services and API’s
  • Work with the team to complete solution design, timeline estimation, cost estimates for RFP’s, Contracts and Backlog Grooming Meetings
  • Engage in with Tech lead and/or lead code reviews to ensure best practice coding processes
  • Identify any application/code security issues and recommend solutions to resolve them
  • Strong foundation in version control, configuration management, deployment methodologies and release management
  • Administer development tools and create processes involving source control, code management, continuous integration etc.
  • Keep up to date with all upcoming Salesforce updates and ensure all CSE Salesforce Orgs remain operational by escalating to the Product Managers/Business Analysts any needed changes that should be added to the Product/Program roadmaps.

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Proven knowledge and expertise with complex custom development using Apex, with Lightening Component Development, the Salesforce clouds, Salesforce Communities, API and web services integrations is required. Proven experience with Object-Oriented programming, algorithms and multi-tenant system architecture, Advanced knowledge of data structures and design patterns. High Development standards with a zero-defect mind-set. Must have excellent written/verbal communication skills, attention to detail and a commitment to quality. Experience with Communities and Marketo Marketing Integration is a plus.

Required Qualifications:

7+ years of Apex, VF and Salesforce application design and development experience • 2+ years of Lighting Framework development experience (LWC) • Solid knowledge and experience in Object-Oriented Design and Programming techniques. • Expertise in Apex development, including in Trigger Frameworks, TDTM, and governor limits • Significant experience with Model View Controller, Custom API’s, Web Services and Rest API’s and with some type of Version Control. 

Education and/or experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent (Computer Science, Mathematics, Electrical Engineering preferred)
  • Advanced Degree preferred
  • Advanced Salesforce certifications required
  • Jira/Confluence
  • Bitbucket, Git or other Version Control Software experience
  • Analytical problem solver who is passionate about delivering complex, quality solutions on time


Physical demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

· Employee will work in an office environment and must possess the physical abilities to utilize standard office equipment on a daily basis: computer, telephone, copier etc. 

· Sitting for extended periods of time while at a desk or in meetings; hearing and visual acuity within normal range; Manual dexterity to operate keyboard and calculator.

· Work safely without presenting a direct threat to self or others.

· Job responsibilities may require the use of personal or CSE vehicles on CSE business. Must be physically capable of operating the vehicles safely, possess a valid driver's license, and have an acceptable driving record. Use of a personal vehicle for CSE business will be prohibited if the employee is not authorized to drive a CSE vehicle or if the employee does not have personal insurance coverage.

· May work some evenings and weekends or work longer hours to meet deadlines.



Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • IT Help Desk
  • Serve as first line technical support for all IT issues within CSE offices
  • Research, troubleshoot and resolve technology-related problems
  • Create and update records in CSE’s Freshdesk support ticket system
  • Respond to Help Desk issues with a sense of urgency as necessary
  • Professionally interact with internal staff on all levels to resolve issues and provide timely follow-up
  • Serve “On Call” if needed.
  • Equipment & Workstation Support
  • Set up and deploy computers for CSE staff to ensure workstations are in place
  • Administration and maintenance of computer software and additional support when necessary
  • Perform minor maintenance, repairs and clean-up of IT equipment
  • Assist in maintaining technology inventory for CSE
  • Network Support
  • Troubleshoot network connectivity for various devices, including computers, printers, scanners, and smart phones.
  • Install and remove programs to support the organization’s workflow
  • Other
  • Support staff development and training regarding new technologies and software
  • Communicate effectively with internal staff to identify needs and evaluate alternative business solutions
  • Provide additional facilities and office services support as necessary

Role Specific Responsibilities

  • Maintain and manage Office 365 including Outlook, MS Office Products, and group folders


Essential knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Experience in an IT helpdesk support environment for an enterprise level organization
  • Strong experience with Windows O/S, including Microsoft Active Directory, Office 365, remote tools.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills to identify software issues and install & configure various pieces of software.
  • Ability to identify and troubleshoot network connectivity for various devices, including computers, printers, scanners, and smart phones.
  • Knowledge of applications and techniques used in software security.
  • Ability to work with non-technical personnel to discuss & resolve technical issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a team and independently as needed
  • Ability to conduct research into technology issues and products as required.
  • Strong customer-service orientation.
  • Good time management skills with ability to prioritize duties independently.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.


  • Experience with HP hardware (laptops).
  • Some experience with Macs (we are a Microsoft shop, but do have some Mac laptops and desktops).
  • Some experience with Salesforce.
  • General business experience with cloud-based systems (SharePoint, Box, SFTP, Zoom, Teams, GoToMeeting, etc) and an understanding surrounding the security challenges surrounding these systems.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in technology field or Associate’ Degree with 2 years related experience preferred.


  • 3+ years hands on Help Desk experience with PC workstations and servers in enterprise environment.

Licenses, Certificates or Registrations:

  • Must have valid California driver’s license.
  • Some form of Microsoft / Office Certification highly preferred.
  • The following certifications are preferred:
  • Adobe
  • Amazon/AWS
  • Cisco
  • Citrix
  • CompTIA
  • HP
  • ITIL


Work Environment:

  • Works in an office environment
  • Occasionally required to work evenings or weekends

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Must have manual dexterity sufficient to operate a computer keyboard and other equipment customarily present in an office environment.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $52,000.00 - $58,000.00 per year

  • Paid holidays, vacation and sick time
  • Medical, dental and vision plans
  • Health care & dependent care flexible spending account
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • Long-term Disability
  • Basic life and AD&D insurance
  • Supplemental life insurance
  • Transportation flexible spending account
  • Gym/fitness reimbursement
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Legal Shield & ID protection option
  • Alternative work schedule (not available for senior leadership positions)
Our Team

Efficient and effective processes are what set CSE apart from our competitors. Ensuring our clients have visibility into our great work while optimizing the user experience for consumers is paramount to our operations.

Chad Taylor
Chad Taylor
Director EV Programs
Process & Technology

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Erin Malcolm Brandt
Erin Malcolm Brandt
Technology Integration