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Power Resources Specialist I/II - Power Resources Division, SJCE

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SJCE Published: April 5, 2023 (about 1 month ago)
San Jose, CA
Job Type
Clean Energy
Minimum Salary: 93,868.00 - Maximum Salary: 124,444.00
Salary Type
Per Year



Power Resources Specialist I/II - Power Resources Division, SJCE - (2300467) About the Department San José Clean Energy, or SJCE, is San José’s local, not-for-profit electricity supplier operated by the City of San José’s Community Energy Department. Since 2019, our dedicated and motivated team has provided clean energy for residents and businesses at competitive rates, while also offering community programs, local control, and increased transparency and accessibility.


San José Clean Energy serves more than 350,000 customers and has a peak load of almost 1 GW. SJCE is responsible for purchasing over 4,500 GWh of electricity annually and has an annual operating budget of over $300 million. Serving our community with respect and integrity is at the core of what we do. Joining our team means that you will be making a big impact and in the forefront in the fight against climate change. SJCE plays an important role in meeting San José’s ambitious goal to be carbon neutral by 2030 and in implementing Climate Smart San José, the City’s climate action plan.


SJCE centers equity in its drive to provide clean, renewable energy at competitive rates and provide local benefits. Since inception, SJCE has sprinted ahead to now provide 60% renewable and 95% carbon-free energy in our base product and has invested $1 billion to add nearly 550 MW of new solar, wind and battery storage to the grid. SJCE’s low carbon energy supply is foundational as we work to meet the electrification goals outlined in Climate Smart San José. For more information about San José Clean Energy, please visit:

  Positions & Duties

 The Power Resources Specialist I/II position reports to a Principal Power Resources Specialist in the Power Resources Division. This position is part of an exciting, fast-paced team responsible for procuring hundreds of megawatts of renewable energy projects. The selected candidate will have the following duties and responsibilities:


  • Supports the preparation, issuing, and evaluation of solicitations for long term renewable energy, energy storage services, Resource Adequacy, energy and other power products, including overseeing or supporting consultants.
  • Plans and supports the negotiation and execution of power contracts, including facilitating complying with City contract execution requirements.
  • Assists in the management, analyzing, and enforcing of power contracts, including long term renewable energy contracts through development, construction, and operation.
  • Assists in efforts to pursue opportunities for the City to develop City-owned power assets.
  • Participates in completing analysis and prepare procurement plans, including managing consultants, developing procurement strategies.
  • Supports and undertakes projects related to power, procurement, and validation; assists in the approval of energy purchases or sales of surplus energy.
  • Collaborates with the regulatory team in drafting required regulatory filings such as integrated resources plans and renewable procurement plans.
  • Collaborates with the account management team to develop new products desired by customers, such as direct renewables and feed-in-tariffs.
  • Participates in joint procurement with other Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs) and CA Community Power.
  • Develops and maintain relationships with power suppliers and consultants.
  • Assures compliance with Federal, State, and local requirements.


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.


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.

Per the City’s COVID19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy, the City requires all employees starting on or after February 11, 2022, to provide proof of vaccination as a condition of employment absent a documented medical and/or religious exemption. Proof of vaccination means that employees are required to be “up-to-date” with regards to the COVID-19 vaccine. Consistent with the Santa Clara County Public Health Order issued on December 28, 2021, "up-to-date" means that employees are required to be vaccinated with the entire initial series of a COVID-19 vaccine (two doses of the Pfizer, Moderna or Novavax COVID-19 vaccine or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

Please note that applications are currently not accepted through CalOpps or any other third-party job board application system. To apply, applicants must complete an application via the City of San Jose’s website at citycareers.

Salary Information:

The total annual salary range for a Power Resources Specialist I is $93,868.32 - $114,397.92.The total annual salary range for a Power Resources Specialist II is: $102,145.68 - $124,444.32. These ranges include an approximate five percent (5%) ongoing non-pensionable pay. Actual pay shall be determined by the candidates' qualifications and experience.


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, practices, Citywide and departmental procedures, policies, federal, state rules and regulations.
  • Collaboration – Develops networks and builds relationships; engages in cross-functional activities.
  • Project Management - Ensures support for and drives projects, implements goals towards strategic objectives.
  • Fiscal Management – Understands the relationship of the budget and resources to the strategic plan; complies with administrative controls over funds, contracts, and procurements.
  • Analytical Thinking – Approaches problems or situations using a logical, systematic, sequential approach.
  • Planning - Acts to align own unit's goals with the strategic direction of the organization; defines tasks and milestones to achieve objectives, while ensuring the optimal use of resources to meet those objectives.
  • Problem Solving – Approaches situations or problems by defining the issue; determines the significance & priority, collects information from various sources; uses logic & intuition to make decisions and solution sets & outcomes.
  • Communication Skills – Effectively conveys information, expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills, displays openness to other's ideas and thoughts.
  • Teamwork & Interpersonal Skills – Develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.


 Education and Experience

Power Resources Specialist I - 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.


Power Resources Specialist II

A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Business, Economics, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Finance, Law, Natural Resources, Statistics, or an analytical degree related field to utility business AND one (1) year of experience in energy resources operations, planning, purchasing, scheduling, or contract negotiations.


Licenses or Certificates: Valid California Driver’s License may be required.


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.


Selection Process:

The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant’s training and experience based on the application, cover letter and 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.


You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific questions during the online application process. Please note that there is a 4,000-character limit, including spaces, for each text response.


  1. Do you have 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 and at least one (1) year of experience in energy resources operations, planning, purchasing, scheduling, or contract negotiations?
  2. Please specify your degree, field of study, and the college or university where you obtained your degree. You may also include any additional degrees or applicable certifications that you have achieved.
  3. Please describe your experience in contracts management.
  4. Please describe you experience working with procurement process (such as energy, power or other commodities).


You must answer all job-specific questions in order to be considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration. Submission of a resume is optional.  However, submission of a resume in lieu of completing the education and work experience sections on the application and failing to answer all the questions will constitute an incomplete application and it will be withheld from further consideration.


  Additional Information -Link to Benefits page

-Link to Department website


To apply, please complete an application via the City of San José’s website at position is open until filled, please apply as soon as possible. Please allow adequate time to complete the application and submit before the deadline or the system may not save your application.  If your online application was successfully submitted, you will receive an automatic confirmation email to the email address you provided.  IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE THE CONFIRMATION, please email and we will research the status of your application.  Please contact Human Resources at (408) 535-1285, or if you have any questions.

If you have questions about the duties of this position, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Zoe McChesney at



: Planning & Community Developmn


: Full-time

Employee Status

: Regular

Job Type

: Standard

Job Posting

: Apr 3, 2023, 3:12:06 PM

Minimum Salary

: 93,868.00

Maximum Salary

: 124,444.00 Bargaining Unit 1: City Association of Management Personnel

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