The City is seeking to hire a Sustainability Programs Administrator to work within its Utilities Program Services (UPS) group. The UPS group is part of the Resource Management Division of the city’s Utilities Department. Resource Management is responsible for both the procurement of supply and the delivery of demand-side programs that promote efficiency and emissions reductions, with the UPS group managing the demand-side programs.
The mission of the UPS group is to help customers use energy and water more efficiently, lower their bills, and reduce their carbon footprint, in addition to fulfilling utility legislative mandates. Programs range from promoting electric vehicle charging equipment to helping electrify buildings for the purpose of reducing carbon emissions and increasing the comfort and safety of the indoor environment. UPS team members design and manage highly effective energy efficiency programs for both residential and commercial customers, and they offer a wide range of education and outreach programs throughout the community.
The Sustainability Programs Administrator position is especially important at this time when Palo Alto has identified addressing climate change as a priority. As cities across the nation and nations across the globe set greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals, the challenge of achieving those goals looms large. Palo Alto is positioned to be a leader in confronting that challenge, and the Sustainability Programs Administrator plays a key role in this effort. Implementing programs that help residents and businesses switch to clean fuels and adopt behaviors that minimize emissions is the mechanism for translating goals into results.
The UPS group is well-resourced, with four Sustainability Programs Administrator staff, three business key account staff, a business analyst, and support staff. Funding for programs includes $3.7 million per year from a Public Benefits surcharge, approximately $1.5 million per year from Low Carbon Fuel Standard funds, approximately $1M in Local Decarbonization funds for building electrification, and occasional grant funding. The group operates with the support of a progressive and innovative community with ambitious sustainability goals as embodied in its Sustainability and Climate Action Plan.
Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge, skills and abilities, which would typically be acquired through:
Bachelor’s degree in physical or environmental sciences, engineering, business, marketing, economics or related field. And
Four years of professional experience in a utility or energy service company, municipal planning, architectural, construction or related field, with preference for energy efficiency program implementation, energy/water end-use analysis or related work.
NOTE: Master’s degree in Business Administration, Engineering, or other related field may be considered in lieu of one year of experience.
Special Requirements: Possession of a valid California Driver’s License
Telecommuting is allowed.
About City of Palo Alto
Palo Alto is the only city in California that offers a full array of utility services to its citizens and businesses. Because of this, the City has a unique opportunity to partner with the Palo Alto community to enjoy the benefits and achievements of reliable, home-grown, and environmentally-focused utilities. Palo Alto has a tradition of over 100 years of successful public utility operations. It is a tradition that continues to provide the Palo Alto community with safe and reliable utilities service, local decision-making over policies, utility rate-making, environmental programs, and customized services.