Energy Department - City of San Jose

The Energy Department is seeking to fill one (1) full-time Equity and Engagement Programs Specialist (Power Resources Specialist I/II) position to support the Programs Team.

The Programs Team is responsible for designing and implementing customer programs for SJCE that fall under six areas: vehicle electrification, building electrification, distributed energy resources, energy efficiency, program-specific rates, and resiliency. The Programs Team is currently implementing seven programs with annual budgets totaling more than $8 million. SJCE’s programs largely focus on driving equitable access to clean energy technologies and improving affordability.

Reporting to the Senior Environmental Program Manager, the Power Resources Specialist I/II will serve as the Equity and Engagement Programs Specialist to ensure all programs advance equity, lead programs community engagement and marketing strategy, build relationships with community leaders, and serve as a subject matter expert on equity, energy, and electrification. The ideal candidates will have experience working with community-based organizations, non-profits, neighborhood groups, churches, schools, and other groups to promote energy programs and have knowledge of racial equity principles and impact analysis best practices as well as of San José’s diverse communities.

Duties include the following, but are not limited to:

– Review design for all programs to ensure advancement of SJCE’s racial equity goals.
– Contribute to the development of the marketing strategy for all programs and electrification educational initiatives. Work with consultants and SJCE’s Marketing and Communications team to implement marketing tactics.
– Build strong relationships with community leaders in various sectors and geographical areas to increase program participation and improve program design.
– Present to community groups about SJCE’s programs and attend community events as needed.
– Oversee the development of surveys, focus groups, interviews, etc. to garner feedback from customers about SJCE’s programs and their energy needs more broadly.
– Implement rate assistance and other programs as needed.
– Contribute to SJCE’s efforts to reduce customer disconnections of electricity service.
– Coordinate with SJCE’s Account Management team to identify customer populations in need of assistance to inform program development.
– Contribute to grant applications and advocacy for funding opportunities that arise through the California Public Utilities Commission, California Energy Commission, and federal government.
– Represent SJCE in working groups with other community choice aggregators and City departments.
– Present to the City Council, Climate Advisory Commission, and other stakeholder groups as needed.
– Help develop indicators to measure program effectiveness related to advancing equity, analyze program outcomes to modify implementation activities, and develop and implement verification protocols.
– Explore forming an external advisory council on equity.
– Oversee the development of programs webpage content.
– Track best practices related to equity and electrification program participation, including by liaising with other CCAs and San Jose’s Office of Racial Equity and participating in working groups and peer learning cohorts (American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Department of Energy (DOE), etc.)

The ideal candidates are skilled and highly motivated individuals, with creative problem-solving skills. The position will be part of a fast-paced team, often working on multiple high-priority projects and short deadlines. Good judgment, initiative, and cooperation with other staff and outside stakeholders will be an asset to this position.

Minimum Qualifications
Power Resources Specialist I

Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Business, Economics, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Law, Natural Resources, Statistics, or an analytical degree related field to utility business.

Experience: None.

Power Resources Specialist II

Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Business, Economics, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Law, Natural Resources, Statistics, or an analytical degree related field to utility business.

Experience: One (1) year of experience in energy resources operations, planning, purchasing, scheduling, or contract negotiations.

Acceptable Substitutions: None

Required Licensing (such as driver’s license, certifications, etc.)
Possession of a valid State of California driver’s license may be required.

Other Qualifications Competencies:

The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history. Desirable competencies for this position include:

* Job Expertise – Demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, Citywide and departmental procedures, policies, and federal and state rules and regulations.

* Communication Skills – Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people’s ideas and thoughts.

* Initiative – Exhibits resourceful behaviors toward meeting job objectives; anticipates problems, is proactive, and avoids difficulties by planning ahead; displays willingness to assume extra responsibility and challenges; pursues continuing education opportunities that promotes job performance.

* Collaboration – Develops networks and builds alliances; engages in cross-functional activities.

* Planning – Defines tasks and milestones to achieve objectives, while ensuring the optimal use of resources to meet those objectives. Understands quantitative modeling and electric system planning, can apply results in support goals of the organization.

* Political Skill – In taking action, demonstrates an understanding and consideration of how it will impact stakeholders and affected areas in the organization.

* Vision/Strategic Thinking – Supports, promotes, and ensures alignment with the organization’s vision and values.

* Problem Solving – Approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; determines the significance of problem; collects information; uses logic and intuition to arrive at decisions or solutions to problems that achieve the desired outcome.

Additional Information:

Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.

Please note that applications are currently not accepted through CalOpps or any other third party job board application system.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.

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