Energy Department - City of San Jose

Position Duties

This department is seeking to fill one (1) full-time Power Resources Specialist I/II position to support the Risk Management and Contracts Administration Division.

This position is part of an exciting fast-paced team responsible for mitigating risks and managing a power portfolio comprised of hundreds of megawatts of renewable energy projects.

The selected candidate will have the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Evaluate, review, and validate the accuracy of market positions and risk metrics such as mark-to-market, value at risk, gross margin at risk.
  • Perform quantitative and analytical data modeling to quantify risks, evaluate risk reduction strategies, aid strategic/ operational decision making and provide insights.
  • Update, manage and validate accuracy of Power BI business intelligence dashboards related to energy risk management such as risk limits, forward prices, collateral.
  • Execute monthly and ad-hoc data reporting and quantitative modeling tasks.
  • Validate and forecast collateral calls from counterparties and the CAISO and verify accuracy of collateral records.
  • Collaborate with different divisions and IT department to support the build and implementation of data repository.
  • Provide analytical support for power purchase and sale agreements and power supply audits.
  • Compile reports, summaries, and presentations to communicate findings to management.
  • Understand SJCE Risk Management Policy and Regulations and manage reviews and amendments.
  • Support the development of middle office procedures.
  • Monitor and evaluate energy market risks and market events. Develop and share knowledge of energy industry trends, new developments, and emerging risks.
  • Perform other duties that may be assigned from time to time.

The ideal candidate is a highly motivated individual with strong analytical, quantitative, and problem-solving skills. The candidate should have effective communication skills, show attention to detail, and be able to work independently. Candidates that are highly collaborative with colleagues and outside stakeholders are ideal.

The Risk Management and Contracts Administration Division is responsible for providing independent oversight of the risks in transacting for energy products and services as well as ensuring compliance with adopted risk management policies and procedures. This unit provides strategic support to facilitate the development and execution of various contracts, and also manages the contracts administration and settlements function.


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 applicable professional/technical principles and practices, Citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations.
  • Analytical Thinking – Approaches a problem or situation by using a logical, systematic, sequential approach.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Teamwork & Interpersonal Skills – Develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.
  • Multi-Tasking– Can handle multiple projects and responsibilities simultaneously; has handled a wide variety of assignments in past and/or current position(s).
  • Computer Skills – Experienced with common business computer applications including but not limited to: MS Outlook, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Access, MS Excel, as well as data visualization and modeling tools.
  • Communication Skills – Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills and displays openness to other people’s ideas and thoughts. Demonstrates basic knowledge of negotiation skills.

Salary Information:

Power Resources Specialist I is $99,503.04 – $121,255.68.

Power Resources Specialist II is $108,282.72-$131,913.60.

This range includes an approximate five (5%) ongoing on-pensionable pay. Actual pay shall be determined by the candidate’s qualifications and experience.

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

Licenses or Certificates: Possession of a valid State of California Driver’s license may be required.

Form 700 Requirement

This position requires a disclosure of outside investments, real property interest, income, and business positions. You must complete and file an “Assuming Office Form 700” with the City Clerk’s Office within the first 30 days of employment with the office.

Other Qualifications
Selection Process

The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant’s training and experience based on the application, resume and responses to the Job Specific questions. Only the candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be invited to proceed in the selection process. Additional phases of the selection process will consist of one or more interviews, one of which may include a practical/writing exercise.

To be considered for this vacancy, candidates must answer all job-specific questions and complete all sections in the online application (including education and work experience); otherwise, applications will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration.

E-mail will be the default method of correspondence with applicants. To ensure that you receive timely notifications regarding your application status for this recruitment, please enter a valid e-mail address when submitting your application.

This position will remain open until filled and applications will be reviewed monthly; therefore, we encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible.

If you have questions about the duties of this position, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Vanessa Rojas via email at

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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