Regulatory Policy Specialist (Power Resources Specialist I/II) - Community Energy Department
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: www.sanjosecleanenergy.org.
Positions & Duties
The department is seeking a full-time Power Resources Specialist I/II (Regulatory Policy Specialist) position to support the Regulatory Compliance and Policy Division. This position will be part of a fast-paced team, often working on multiple high-priority projects simultaneously.
Under general direction of the Deputy Director of Regulatory Compliance and Policy Division, the Power Resources Specialist I/II (Regulatory Policy Specialist) will be responsible for supporting the division’s engagement in electric regulatory and programmatic proceedings primarily at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) to protect and advance San José policy, business and community interests.
The ideal candidate is skilled and highly motivated, with creative problem-solving skills and the ability to learn quickly. Good judgment, initiative, attention to detail, and cooperation with other staff and outside stakeholders will be an asset to this position.
Positions & Duties
Typical duties of this position may include, but are not limited to:
- Monitor, review, and interpret state regulatory agency proceedings and materials with an eye toward impacts on SJCE and its customers.
- Work independently and with stakeholders to influence state policy.
- Digest policy proposals, utility tariffs, comment letters, and similar materials to provide analysis of compliance needs and any department impacts
- Identify and flag regulatory issues for awareness and discussion with the Policy Team.
- Work closely with technical experts and external regulatory counsel to develop effective technical and non-technical communications before the CPUC, CEC, California Legislature, and any other regulatory body as required.
- Represent SJCE in work with other CCAs and at CalCCA
- Perform other related duties as required.
THIS IS A HYBRID POSITION CURRENTLY REQUIRES WORKING THREE DAYS PER WEEK IN THE DOWNTOWN SAN JOSE OFFICE. To best support the department’s business operational needs, the hybrid work schedule may be modified in the future.”
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 www.sanjoseca.gov/ 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 –Knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, energy policies, and federal and state rules and regulations.
· Analytical Thinking – Approaches a problem or situation by using a logical, systematic, sequential approach. Understands quantitative analysis and planning for decarbonized goals, can apply results in support goals of the organization.
· Initiative - Exhibits resourceful behaviors toward meeting job objectives; anticipates problems, is proactive, and avoids difficulties by planning ahead.
· Collaboration – Develops networks and builds alliances; engages in cross-functional activities.
· Multi-Tasking - Can handle multiple projects and responsibilities simultaneously; has handled a wide variety of assignments in past and/or current position(s).
· Political Skill - In taking action, demonstrates an understanding and consideration of how it will impact stakeholders and affected areas in the organization.
· Communication Skills – Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing to audiences with different levels of knowledge; listens well; and displays openness to other people's ideas and thoughts.
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.
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.
- 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?
- 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.
- How have you gained at least one (1) year of experience in energy resource policy evaluation, operations, planning, and compliance?
- Please attach an updated resume that highlights how your background and experience qualify you for the Regulatory Policy Specialist position.
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.
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Link to Department Website
To apply, please complete an application via the City of San José’s website at www.sanjoseca.gov/citycareers. This 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 CityCareers@sanjoseca.gov and we will research the status of your application. Please contact Human Resources at (408) 535-1285, or Human.Resources@sanjoseca.gov if you have any questions.
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