Deputy Director of Energy Resilience (Overstrength) - Community Energy Department

  • City of San Jose
  • San Jose, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Utilities Executive
  • Salary: 127,732 USD
  • Salary Top: 198,968
  • Apply By: Jul 31, 2021


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The City of San José is seeking an experienced Deputy Director to oversee Energy Resiliency for the Department. The Deputy Director will report directly to the Director and provide City-wide leadership to explore, develop, coordinate, and deliver a comprehensive package of strategies, programs, and projects to improve energy resiliency. This is a time-limited (overstrength) position - budgeted for two years. At the end of this period, this role maybe converted to a regular position within the City of San Jose, evolve into a position within the management team of Google, or another third party, or be eliminated. This is an exciting new role helping to define the future of microgrids within the economic and political infrastructure of one of America’s most dynamic cities.

Job Description

A key responsibility of this position is to oversee all aspects of the City’s approach to enabling an advanced energy microgrid to serve Google's Downtown West Mixed-Use Plan. A major component of the Downtown West Project is an innovative large microgrid to more efficiently handle some of the utility needs of the development. Google is proposing an advanced microgrid electrical distribution system with renewable energy generation and storage resources distributed throughout the development. One of the main benefits of the microgrid is more resilient, clean, and affordable energy for the community within the Project. The Deputy Director will provide strategic leadership to advance the microgrid and is an integral part of the City’s executive team. Responsibilities include:

•Lead the development of a business plan and draft agreements for the City to provide electric distribution service to the development to enable the microgrid. The business plan would include expected rates, tariffs, operations, and organizational structure and include a detailed analysis of the opportunities and risks including the economic, climate, and resiliency risks and benefits of the City providing this service.

•Collaborate and lead technical work streams with Google to advance the microgrid.

•Oversee and provide direction to consulting team(s) to develop the business plan, agreements, and any other technical analysis needed.

•Liaise with PG&E and consulting team(s) to advance the transmission interconnection of the microgrid, including overseeing various engineering studies and construction agreements.

•Oversee technical consultants to the develop the City’s engineering design and construction standards for the microgrid.

•Lead the development of City Council memorandums and other documents needed to advance the project.

This position will also work to advance several Citywide initiatives to improve energy resiliency and lessen the impacts of public safety power shutoff (PSPS) events and other power interruptions. These responsibilities include:

•Collaborate with the Office of Emergency Management and City Manager’s Office to provide technical guidance on the City’s Power Vulnerability Plan and response to PSPS events.

•Lead the development of innovative programs to advance onsite generation resources within the community.

•Identify opportunities and funding resources to improve the energy resiliency of City facilities; including evaluating technical resources, cost impacts, and climate impacts.

Job Requirements

The Ideal Candidate

The position requires a strong leadership and technical skills. Successful candidates should have experience leading complex energy or utility projects and collaborating with a diverse set of stakeholders. Ideal candidates would be well versed in electrical distribution systems, microgrids, and distributed energy resources such as solar, battery storage, and other technologies. The ideal candidate will be able to develop, articulate, and execute strategic policy initiatives as well as have strong problem-solving skills and the ability to oversee complex technical engineering work. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent listening, writing, and presentation skills, and have experience leading large projects and initiatives within a government agency.

Desirable Qualifications

1) Significant project management and engineering experience including experience working in an electric utility, managing a wide variety of projects including large distribution infrastructure projects, distributed energy resources, and microgrids.

2) Senior level management experience, skilled at building effective relationships internally and externally, experience with managing multiple consultants and working with a diverse set of stakeholders.

3) Experience leading strategic policy, identifying new opportunities and initiatives that provide significant value to the organization.

Minimum Requirements

Education: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in engineering, project management, utility management, or related field.

Experience: Six (6) years of increasingly responsible experience in senior administrative and/or analytic work in a private or public agency. Experience in senior level engineering, management, project management, managing large development work and/or electric utility projects is highly desirable.

Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. The City of San José 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.

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