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Join our team of passionate professionals forging the path to decarbonization

Whether you’re a seasoned environmentalist or someone who’s always wanted to be part of a greater movement for a sustainable future, you’ll be in good company at CSE. From project managers to energy efficiency gurus, EV enthusiasts to data nerds, we’re each doing our little part to make a big impact.

We move at the speed of business and operate with the heart of a nonprofit. This means we have a strong corporate infrastructure that includes finance, information technology, human resources and marketing functions that work together with our program administration teams to achieve our mission.

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Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Develop, configure, test, deploy and support custom implementations using several different technologies and frameworks including Drupal, PHP, Python, Javascript, Java, Wordpress, Node.js, jQuery, HTML, CSS
  • Architect complex Integrations between Content Management Systems such as Drupal and Salesforce
  • Build web services and API’s for custom integrations (ie. Drupal/Salesforce integration)
  • Knowledge and experience in MVC web frameworks
  • Experience in modern authentication and authorization technologies (OAuth, JWT, Policy, Claims)
  • Develop code based php solutions for deployments of existing, new and redesigned systems
  • Implement custom modules in Drupal with API hooks
  • Experience writing and integrating code from multiple APIs
  • Participate in agile and scrum best practices as we strive for continuous integration and delivery (CI-CD)
  • Maintain, upgrade and debug existing sites and custom PHP applications
  • Hands-on experience with server configurations, maintenance, and troubleshooting LINUX and NGIX
  • Familiarity with CLI tools, shell scripting, package management, security best practices and various application deployment methods
  • Support production operations and provide engineering-level insight on platform issues
  • Solid experience with Git for VCS, and ideally, GitFlow methodology
  • Solid knowledge of web protocols and standards such as SOAP, JSON, HTTP(S).

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience as a team lead or in a supervisory/management role of a team of web and database developers
  • Knowledge of how to design, create and test products
  • Knowledge in MVC web frameworks is required
  • Experience building applications that use REST-based web services and JSON data structures is required
  • Strong OOP skills in PHP and Javascript
  • Must understand all OOP concepts of Object, Class, Inheritance, Polymorphism, Abstraction, Encapsulation
  • Database coding: MySQL (SQL, Database schema)
  • Experience in test automation and continuous delivery
  • Experience implementing and configuring CI/DC is preferred 
  • Strong understanding of application security aspects in software design and development
  • Experience utilizing GIT for version control and code management processes, e.g., feature branching, code reviews, and pull requests
  • Expertise in translating requirements into designs, as well as development and assembly of components, coding, unit testing and documentation, to create custom information systems

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with Drupal integration with Salesforce is preferred
  • Proficient in backend Drupal hooks
  • Familiarity with Highcharts, Modernizr
  • Experience with Node.js, Angular.js and React framework.
  • Familiarity with Symfony and Twig a plus
  • Experience with Box and Sendgrid APIs a plus
  • Experience with mobile apps a plus
  • Familiarity with Laravel
  • Familiar with Maria DB

Education and/or experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field is required
  • Minimum 5-7 years of experience in the analysis, design, development and delivery of web applications
  • 2 years of experience managing a team of developers or as a team lead

Under supervision from the Senior Operations Manager, the Operations Manager supervises Clean Transportation Operations staff, managing daily operations to maximize rebate application processing efficiency and ensure that the team is achieving project objectives.

What you’ll be doing:
 

  • Manages activities within the Clean Transportation Operations team with responsibility for results including costs, methods, and staffing. Supervises 6-8 employees.
  • Establishes goals for team members and monitors their progress. Ensures individual and team goals are achieved or exceeded. Provides regular feedback.  Conducts performance appraisals. Creates professional development opportunities.
  • Develops and maintains project expertise and deep understanding of rebate processing systems to guide Operations team members in their work, solve technical problems, maintain efficient work processes, and identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Coaches employees in customer service best practices; monitors quality of team customer service; handles escalated customer service calls.
  • Coordinates with internal teams and external vendors to implement and test system and process updates to meet new program requirements and to improve existing processes.
  • Maintains quality control and performance metrics to ensure team members are completing work efficiently and accurately. Supports internal and external project auditing activities to ensure compliance with processes. Ensures data is handled according to program requirements and data security best practices.
  • Develops and maintains documentation for all Operations processes and policies. Develops and maintains standard language for communicating with applicants via website, email, and phone. Trains employees to follow processes consistently and accurately.
  • Communicates regularly with the Clean Transportation Operations management team to provide status updates, report concerns, and recommend solutions and improvements.
  • Takes strategic direction from the Senior Operations Manager and proactively directs the team’s efforts based on that direction.


The ideal candidate:

  • 5-6 years of related experience. Working knowledge of project management principles, managing grant agreements and government contracts.
  • Experience in clean energy industry preferred.
  • Some graduate school experience may take the place of some work experience if directly relevant to the essential duties and responsibilities of this position.
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Additional work experience may be substituted to satisfy the education requirement.
  • Demonstrated experience managing people and leading teams.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to deal effectively with employees, stakeholders and external parties.
  • Demonstrated success in customer service; ability to promote quality customer service practices on the Operations team.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing new and improving existing work processes. Able to collaborate on, test, and implement system and process changes to meet new program requirements and improve existing processes.
  • Ability to document new and existing processes clearly and accurately. Ability to explain work processes and process changes to others.
  • Understanding of data security best practices.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to flex communication style to communicate effectively with employees, peers, management, customers, and stakeholders.
  • Attention to detail with a logical, analytical approach to work tasks. Strong problem-solving and troubleshooting skills with the ability to identify alternative solutions for challenging issues.
  • Strong organizational, time management and planning skills. Ability to effectively handle multiple tasks, changing priorities, stressful situations and complex assignments.
  • Ability to take initiative, be proactive, work with minimal supervision and make independent decisions as needed.

This position helps leads the implementation of electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure programs, including the California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP).  Duties include working directly with clients and leading the coordination of independent internal departments to implement program scope per agreed upon schedules and budgets.  Scope of the program includes program design, outreach and education activities, partner management, platform development, rebate/incentive processing operations, and program transparency and evaluation activities that include data analytics.  In addition, the Program Manager supports business development activities, including RFPs, related to EV infrastructure incentive programs.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Ensure programs are implemented in a manner that promotes/encourages widespread EV infrastructure deployment.
  • Work directly with clients to support their needs, including reporting on status and collaborating on opportunities to improve programs.
  • Ensure the scope, schedule, and budget of each program is adequately defined with clients to set realistic expectations.
  • For assigned programs, ensure all program scope and contractual requirements are met. 
  • Ensure budgets and timelines are adhered to, and that quality of deliverables to clients and stakeholders meet/exceed expectations.
  • Work with CSE’s outreach and education teams and marketing department to ensure program awareness and participation are at desired levels.
  • Work with CSE’s rebate/incentive processing operations team to ensure program needs are defined/understood so that SOPs and execution of rebate processing can efficiently and effectively take place.
  • For assigned programs, define the necessary platform and systems capabilities from a business perspective, and work with CSE’s platform development team to ensure program websites and systems capabilities are implemented. 
  • Work with CSE’s transparency and evaluation team to provide program performance metrics to stakeholders.
  • Work with CSE’s account management and business development team to establish new EV infrastructure incentive programs.  This includes helping these teams to creatively define the proper scope, schedule, budget to achieve both client and CSE objectives.
  • Define and manage budgets for all assigned programs, including projected resource needs.
  • Ensure invoices (inbound and outbound) are promptly reviewed and dispositioned in coordination with CSE finance and accounting department.
  • Frequently report status to CSE management.

QUALIFICATIONS

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Required

  • 5+ years experience managing large scale customer programs for utilities, and/or government/commercial programs similar in nature to infrastructure incentive programs, and/or product management of complex product lines.
  • Ability to manage multiple, concurrent projects.
  • Ability to coordinate/orchestrate teams comprised of members that are not direct reports.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate succinctly with executives.
  • Ability to provide guidance and instruction to others in a friendly, professional and manner.
  • Positive and collaborative attitude.
  • Ability to make independent judgments and recommendations.
  • Must be able to manage a steady stream of concurrent projects.
  • Ability to logically diagnose and resolve complex problems.
  • Leadership qualities/skills.

Preferred

  • Understanding of incentive programs, policy, and stakeholders.
  • Business experience and/or training/education (e.g., BA Business or MBA)
  • Engineering or construction management training/education
  • Land-use planning training/education
  • Project management certificate and/or formal training/education.

Education:

  • Masters degree preferred
  • Bachelors degree required

Experience:

  • 5+ years of related experience

The Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) is seeking a scientist with program-design, forecasting, consumer-research, program-evaluation, survey-research experience and/or scenario-planning experience and an interest in electric vehicle (EV) markets and policies. This position will collaboratively direct the analysis—including market projections and funding scenarios—that provide design recommendations to, and supports the near- and long-term planning for, five statewide electric-vehicle rebate programs, including California’s half-billion-dollar Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP).

More broadly, the position will act as an enabler of EV market transformation through provision of data and evidence-based insight to inform program improvement, policymaking, and public and private strategic planning—thereby empowering stakeholders throughout the clean-transportation ecosystem. The position will work under Director of Strategic Research and Analytics with the guidance and direction of the Senior Account Manager as well as the Principal Advisor. The support of a team of analysts and project management staff will also be available.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Collaboratively lead
    • program planning (including projections) and incentive-design analysis and evaluation of market, emission, program participants and development of outreach strategies, and other impacts of rebate programs
    • the design and execution of a variety of data collection, management, distribution, summary, analysis, visualization, and reporting activities – e.g., involving ongoing development of online data dashboards, assessment of program participation through application- and survey-data research, forecasting, and long-term planning.
  • Provide metrics and evidence-based learnings to internal stakeholders (implementation and management teams) to inform program improvement, strategic planning, and decision-making.
  • Represent the program transparency team and its work in client-coordination activities.
  • Provide guidance to a support team of analysts and departmental project-management staff,
  • Ensure quality and refinement of “client-ready” transparency products (e.g., reports, presentations, spreadsheets, survey instruments, dashboards).
  • Proactively build capacity and initiatives related to program-impact assessment within and across programs.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Required

  • Training in and experience with quantitative methods, in particular those related to program design, scenario analysis or forecasting
  • Ability to work independently and produce high-quality, refined work products
  • Ability to collaborate with a team of analysts (e.g., designing requests, providing feedback and quality assurance, adding refinement, making meaning, understanding strategic connections)
  • Ability to understand, review, and build upon the existing research literature
  • Experience writing technical reports and research papers
  • Experience writing and leading elements of successful funding proposals.
  • Ability to write well and communicate complex topics effectively for a wide variety of stakeholders, including state-agency clients.
  • Strong attention to detail.

Preferred

  • Knowledge of the electric vehicle market and related policies and technologies
  • Familiarity with statistical tools (e.g., Stata, R)

Education:

  • Ph.D. in a relevant field (e.g., evaluation [program design], scenario analysis, forecasting, etc.).

Experience:

  • 7 to 9+ years’ related experience (including Ph.D. and post-doctoral research experience) conducting research or evaluation projects, including the definition of evaluation objectives and questions, literature review, advanced analytic methodologies, technical report writing, client communication, and conference presentation.

Computer and/or Technical Skills:

  • Demonstrated high-level abilities with programs such as (or comparable to) Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook are required.
  • Familiarity with statistical and/or data visualization tools, such as Stata or Tableau, is desirable.

Amount of Travel Required

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

 

This position helps leads the implementation of the California’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP).  Duties include working directly with clients and leading the coordination of independent internal departments to implement program scope per agreed upon schedules and budgets.  Scope of program includes program design, outreach and education activities, partner management, platform development, rebate/incentive processing operations, and program transparency and evaluation activities that include data analytics.  In addition, the Program Manager supports business development activities, including RFPs, related to EV incentive programs.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Ensure programs are implemented in a manner that promotes/encourages widespread EV adoption.
  • Work directly with clients to support their needs, including reporting on status and collaborating on opportunities to improve programs.
  • Ensure the scope, schedule, and budget of each program is adequately defined with clients to set realistic expectations.
  • For assigned programs, ensure all program scope and contractual requirements are met. 
  • Ensure budgets and timelines are adhered to, and that quality of deliverables to clients and stakeholders meet/exceed expectations.
  • Work with CSE’s outreach and education teams and marketing department to ensure program awareness and participation are at desired levels.
  • Work with CSE’s rebate/incentive processing operations team to ensure program needs are defined/understood so that SOPs and execution of rebate processing can efficiently and effectively take place.
  • For assigned programs, define the necessary platform and systems capabilities from a business perspective, and work with CSE’s platform development team to ensure program websites and systems capabilities are implemented. 
  • Work with CSE’s transparency and evaluation team to provide program performance metrics to stakeholders.
  • Work with CSE’s account management and business development team to establish new EV incentive programs.  This includes helping these teams to creatively define the proper scope, schedule, budget to achieve both client and CSE objectives.
  • Define and manage budgets for all assigned programs, including projected resource needs.
  • Ensure invoices (inbound and outbound) are promptly reviewed and dispositioned in coordination with CSE finance and accounting department.
  • Frequently report status to CSE management.

QUALIFICATIONS

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Required

Preferred

  • Understanding of incentive programs, policy, and stakeholders.
  • Business experience and/or training/education (e.g., BA Business or MBA)
  • Project management certificate and/or formal training/education.

Education:

  • Masters degree preferred
  • Bachelors degree required

Experience:

  • 5+ years of related experience

Licenses, Certificates or Registrations:

  • None required

WORKING CONDITIONS

Work Environment:

  • Works in an office environment
Benefits
 
  • 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

We’re testing grid integration projects that have only been theorized about before. Working with real commercial properties to test assumptions is really exciting.

Erin Malcolm Brandt
Erin Malcolm Brandt
Director
Technology Integration