Job: Energy Programs Director/Manager

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Job Title:Energy Programs Director/Manager
Salary:See Position Description
Job Type:Full-Time
Location:San Mateo County, California
NOTE: This recruitment schedule was amended on March 12, 2018 from a continuous recruitment to closing. The Final Closing Date will be March 16, 2018.  

**Please note:  This position has been filled.

Please Note:  This update is being provided on February 1, 2018.  The screening committee is currently reviewing applications and will be arranging initial interviews during the week of February 12 and/or February 19.  We are still accepting applications for the position and will be until the position is filled. 

Are you interested in working for a cutting-edge start-up company that is doing something NOW for the environment?  Do you have the intellectual curiosity and business sense to pursue new and innovative energy programs?  Are you passionate about renewable energy and combating climate change?  Do you have a record of success in bringing new technologies or programs to market?  Then apply for the position of Energy Programs Director/Manager for Peninsula Clean Energy

The Energy Programs Director/Manager works under the direction of the CEO at Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) and has responsibility for developing and implementing the strategy for distributed energy resources and local energy programs within PCE's footprint in San Mateo County. 

This person will implement a process to gather energy program ideas proposed by outside organizations, PCE stakeholders, and PCE staff, as well as research innovative program opportunities that meet PCE's organizational goals. Considering input from PCE's Citizens Advisory Committee and PCE's evaluation criteria, this position will recommend a set of local energy programs to PCE's board of directors, and manage their implementation.  Examples of programs include incentives to encourage electric vehicle adoption, energy storage, demand response, micro-grids, local renewable energy development and feed-in tariffs, to name a few.

This position requires strong skills in contract management, public engagement, technical and financial aspects of electric energy use, and political work to form partnerships and secure funding.  We are looking for someone who is a creative and long-term thinker, but also with superb program management skills who can lead and organize multiple projects with contending priorities and different timelines, with supreme attention to detail. 

The position will be hired at the Manager level or the Director level, depending on the experience of the selected candidate.

At the Manager level, the salary range is $100,000 - $130,000.
At the Director level, the salary range is $130,000 - $160,000.

Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) is the new community choice energy program (known as a "CCA") for San Mateo County.  As of May 2017, PCE is the electricity provider for all electricity accounts in the 20 communities in San Mateo County (Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, Burlingame, Colma, Daly City, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Pacifica, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Mateo, South San Francisco, and Woodside) as well as the unincorporated county.  The city councils of each city were all unanimous in their support of joining PCE.  

This customer base includes almost 300,000 accounts, serving a population of 765,000, with a total electrical load of almost 4 million megawatt-hours.  Residential customers make up about 270,000 of the accounts, and 37% of the electrical load, with commercial/industrial making up about 30,000 accounts and 63% of the electrical load.  PCE is the fifth operating CCA in California.  PCE launched in October 2016, and is currently the largest of all of the existing CCAs.  CCAs that launched prior to PCE include Marin County, Sonoma County, the City of Lancaster, and San Francisco City and County.  Additional CCA programs have launched since then, with more information available at

More information regarding Peninsula Clean Energy is available at
 Examples Of Duties:
  • Evaluate opportunities for new energy program activities for PCE.
  • Research innovative technology developments in the energy ecosystem that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and could be deployed in San Mateo County; such technologies include but are not limited to innovations in energy storage, electric vehicles, micro-grids, demand response, energy efficiency, electrification, and renewable energy systems.
  • Implement evaluation process for new energy programs, based on the criteria developed by PCE staff and approved by the PCE board of directors.
  • Form partnerships with local, state, and federal agencies, national laboratories, universities, businesses, other CCAs, and non-profits to create opportunities for program funding, new program markets, and more effective implementation.
  • Hire and manage staff, consultants, and contractors, as needed, to carry out program activities, including evaluating and reporting results.
  • Effectively manage a growing number of energy programs, including developing and following budgets, schedules, and performance metrics.
  • Develop and manage a departmental budget.
  • Write staff reports and present at scheduled Board and Committee meetings.


  • Education - Equivalent of a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in engineering, environmental studies, economics/business, or another related technical/scientific field.  A Master's Degree is a plus.
  • Experience - Ten (10) years of increasingly responsible experience in the energy and/or electric utility sector (Director level); five to seven (5-7) years equivalent experience (Manager level)

Knowledge of:
  • Key policy, technical and economic drivers in the energy industry.
  • Principles of electric generation, and in particular renewable energy technologies.
  • Knowledge and experience in any of these areas is a plus:  electric transportation vehicles and charging infrastructure, energy storage (both behind-the-meter and in-front-of-the meter), demand response programs, energy efficiency, micro-grids, and other innovative energy technologies.
  • Impact of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change in the local and global environment.
  • Budgets and financial planning.
  • Project and program management.
  • Methods, techniques, and technologies of effective public speaking and presentations.
  • Mission, goals, policies, and purposes of Peninsula Clean Energy.

Ability to:
  • Recognize favorable business opportunities.
  • Negotiate contracts.
  • Perform due diligence on new technologies.
  • Build consensus.
  • Convey complex and technical information in a simple and understandable manner to make persuasive oral presentations and written proposals.
  • Speak effectively and comfortably before different audiences.
  • Exercise sound judgment, creative problem solving, effective dispute resolution, and commercial awareness.
  • Think strategically to mitigate political and regulatory impediments to program development.
  • Manage multiple priorities, meet deadlines, and quickly adapt to changing priorities in a fast-paced dynamic environment.
  • Take responsibility and work independently, as well as coordinate team efforts.
  • Be thorough and detail-oriented; demonstrate patience, tact, and courtesy.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with persons encountered during the performance of duties.
  • Work as needed to attend evening and weekend meetings and presentations.
  • Interact professionally and effectively with customers, commercial partners, PCE staff team, Citizens Advisory Committee, and Board of Directors.
  • Be part of a team of committed people.
  • Comfortable with using basic to intermediate MS Office functions, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and Powerpoint.
  • Willing to learn and use various tools / systems (CRM tool, Project Mgmt. tool / Expense Report tool).

  • Possession and continued maintenance of a valid class C California driver's license or the ability to provide alternate transportation as approved by the CEO and a safe driving record.

The County of San Mateo Human Resources Department is facilitating the recruitment process for Peninsula Clean Energy.  The Energy Programs Director/Manager position is not a County of San Mateo position.  The employer is Peninsula Clean Energy.  Peninsula Clean Energy offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

The selection process will consist of two parts: an application screening and a panel interview. The application screening is weighted as pass/fail and is based on the candidates' application packet and responses to the supplemental questionnaire. Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to an in-person interview at PCE's offices in Redwood City, CA.

To apply for this exciting opportunity you must complete the San Mateo County Employment Application Form and provide narrative responses to the four supplemental questions, which are part of the application.  In addition, you must attach a cover letter expressing your interest in the position and a resume.
IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply Online" button. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply.
Again, in addition to completing the online application including the Supplemental Questions, applicants must also attach to the application:
  • ?A cover letter expressing interest in the positions
  • A Resume

Deadline for Applications: Position Filled

Analyst: Chet Overstreet (010218) (Energy Programs Director/Manager) 

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