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The East Bay Community Energy Authority is a new public agency formed in 2016 to bring cleaner energy to residents and businesses in participating East Bay communities. EBCE will implement a Community Choice Energy (CCE) program for its member communities. EBCE will procure a high percentage of electricity from renewable sources such as solar, wind and geothermal which do not pollute or produce greenhouse gases and deliver it through the existing electric utility. EBCE is scheduled to begin providing energy in April 2018.

Director of Power Resources

Summary

The Director of Power Resources, under direction of the Chief Operating Officer/Programs Director, has responsibility for a wide range of matters to support the East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) resource planning, analysis, and management of the Utilities’ energy supply portfolio and procurement efforts. The Director of Power Resources works with the public, legislative and regulatory agencies, project developers, brokers, and consultants providing direction and information on specific programs and projects. Responsibilities include research and due diligence with respect to potential power supply opportunities, negotiation and administration of power purchase agreements, contractor performance monitoring and dispute resolution, invoice validation, issue identification and compliance oversight. The Director of Power Resources is also responsible for the preparation of certain regulatory compliance reports focused on resource procurement, climate impacts, annual greenhouse gas inventory and emissions reporting, and preparation of informational material for the EBCE Board and public regarding power supply resource allocations. The Director of Power Resources Director will actively develop strategies to accelerate the deployment local distributed energy resources, with a focus on their integration into EBCE’s power supply mix.

Energy Procurement: lead all in-house analysis and oversee outside consultant’s review of EBCE’s load forecast. Lead the development and oversee execution of EBCE’s energy supply strategy, including the negotiation of energy supply agreements. Lead the development and execution of EBCE’s renewable, local and zero carbon procurement efforts. Actively develop strategies to integrate local, distributed resources into EBCE’s energy supply.

Finance: actively support analysis and negotiations of financings that relate to energy supply.

Regulatory: work closely with the CEO and General Counsel to provide quantitative analysis focused on EBCE’s energy supply portfolio, EBCE’s load forecast, and broader California energy market conditions, with a particular focus on all quantitative inputs into the Power Charge Indifference Adjustment.

Contracts:  Has overall responsibility for legal review of all contracts that the Authority may enter into and is a key member of contract negotiation team.

Public: represents EBCE in key industry groups focused on energy supply and the California energy market.

Location/Employment: This position will be based in EBCE headquarters — initially in Hayward and thereafter in a to be determined location in Alameda County. We are in equal opportunity employer and strongly encourage people of color, women and those who identify as LGBTQ to apply.

Compensation and Benefits: Competitive compensation package offered, based on candidate experience. The Authority is developing its benefits package. Details will be available at the interview.

Application Deadline: September 15, 2017. Candidates are encouraged to apply earlier.

Submission Requirements: Applicants must submit a cover letter outlining key qualifications and reasons for your interest, current resume including education, writing sample if applicable, and 3 professional references. Please email these documents and any questions to: jobs@ebce.org.

Start date: ASAP. Position open until filled.

Position Details

About East Bay Community Energy

East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) is the community choice aggregator serving Alameda County and eleven of its cities. Once EBCE reaches full scale, it will serve 600,000 customer accounts and over 1.5 million Alameda County residents. EBCE’s charter is to provide its customers with low carbon, cost effective electricity that integrates innovative energy products and maximizes local benefits through the development of local solutions, ranging from increasing access to rooftop solar to supporting the adoption of electric vehicles.

Job Description

The Director of Power Resources performs assignments under direction of the Chief Operating Officer/Programs Director and works closely with EBCE’s technical team including external consultants. This position interfaces with developers and brokers of power and other interested parties to assist with the identification of power supply opportunities that are appropriate for EBCE’s power mix. The incumbent may be responsible for administering request for proposal (RFP) processes, EBCE’s “open season” process (for renewable energy procurement), and assessing unsolicited proposals. The position will be responsible for developing staff reports, for submittal to the EBCE Board and reviewing and analyzing proposal materials from developers and brokers of conventional and renewable electricity.

Supervisory Responsibilities

The Director of Power Resources supervises positions assigned to the Power Resources team, including, but not limited to, Power Services Manager, Energy Analyst and Contract Specialist.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities (Illustrative Only)

  • Oversees the development of EBCE’s energy supply strategy, including energy risk management, renewable energy supply, local energy supply, zero-carbon energy supply and integration of distributed energy resources
  • Leads analysis of EBCEs load forecasting and provides strategic decision support to CEO and Board on policy decisions that implicate EBCEs load, energy supply portfolio, and energy expenses
  • Assists with the administration of RFP processes, the open season process and the assessment of unsolicited proposals
  • Reviews and analyzes proposals for electric power supply submitted to EBCE by developers and brokers
  • Assists in preparation and presentation of information and recommendations to assist EBCE staff and Board in assessing and identifying ‘best fit’ market opportunities for EBCE
  • Assists in preparation and updates of reports of wholesale energy products and resource planning studies to yield a portfolio of supply resources to best meet the agency’s needs
  • Participates in interactions with power developers and brokers during pre-contract discussions, contract negotiations and Board discussion
  • Assists with the administration of EBCE power contract portfolio, evaluates the EBCE resource portfolio and recommends adjustments
  • Prepares materials for the EBCE Board and its Committees as well as EBCE staff to facilitate policy discussions related to procurement and resource planning
  • Assists with performance auditing and monitoring for existing EBCE contracts
  • Assists in the negotiation and writing of contracts for the purchase and/or sales of electric resources and Renewable Energy Credits (RECs)
  • Keeps abreast of developments in resource planning processes and in energy resource technologies, seeking out new technologies from public or private sources, evaluating new supplies as appropriate
  • Represents EBCE on external agencies’ task forces and working groups as assigned
  • Assists in managing and administering EBCE’s various renewable energy certificates
  • Assists with preparation of compliance reports and materials related to EBCE power supply, including those required by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Energy Commission (CEC), The Climate Registry, and the Department of Energy (DOE).

Minimum Qualifications

Experience/Education

Education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, finance, economics or accounting, supplemented by a minimum of 5-10 years of progressively responsible experience at an electric utility, municipal utility, a Community Choice Aggregation program or in a closely related field. Technical experience in the utility industry is required. A Master’s degree is desirable.

Knowledge of:

  • Energy generation technologies including carbon neutral electric energy, conventional energy, and renewable energy such as wind, biomass, geothermal, solar, concentrating solar, and hydroelectric
  • Procurement process and use of renewable energy certificates to support mandatory and voluntary compliance programs
  • The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) settlement process
  • The structure and content of standard power purchase agreements for various resource types
  • California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard, Power Content Label and Power Source Disclosure programs
  • Power scheduling
  • Power purchase agreement structures, general terms and conditions and basic requirements.
  • Microsoft Office software including Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
  • The Western Renewable Energy Information System (WREGIS)
  • Regulatory reporting and compliance requirements of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

Ability to

  • Take responsibility and work independently, as well as coordinate collaborative efforts and achieve work goals through first line supervisors.
  • Convey complex information in a simple and understandable manner.
  • Manage multiple priorities, meet deadlines, and quickly adapt to changing priorities in a fast paced dynamic environment.
  • Achieve goals while providing accurate, timely, and meaningful progress updates.
  • Work well under pressure.
  • Be thorough and detail-oriented.
  • Demonstrate patience, tact, and courtesy.
  • Identify and solve problems effectively and expeditiously.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with persons encountered during the performance of duties.
  • Direct, supervise and coordinate the work of assigned staff.

Language and Reasoning Skills

  • Exercise sound judgment, creative problem solving, and commercial awareness
  • Possess keen communication capabilities, verbally, written and graphically through presentations
  • Interact effectively with administrative bodies and EBCE’s Executive Officer and Board of Directors
  • Possess time management, project management, dispute resolution and interpersonal relation skills
  • Possess excellent customer service skills and communicate clearly and effectively with customers
  • Understand, anticipate, and appreciate customer needs and concerns

Mathematical Skills

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals; compute rate, ratio, and percent and to create and interpret bar graphs; calculate Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE). Understanding of net present value (NPV) and appropriate application of discount rates.

Working Conditions

The physical demands described here are representative of those required for the position.  Position requires sitting, walking, standing, bending, and twisting in the performance of daily activities.  The position requires hand manipulation and repetitive hand movement and fine coordination in using a computer keyboard.  The position requires near and far vision in reading reports and use of a computer. Acute hearing is required in supporting meetings and providing phone and in-person customer service. The position occasionally requires lifting and/or moving objects up to 20 pounds.  EBCE will make reasonable accommodation of the known physical or mental limitations of a qualified application with a disability upon request.

Licenses/Certificates:

Possession and continued maintenance of a valid class C California driver’s license or the ability to provide alternate transportation as approved by the CEO and a safe driving record.

The information contained herein does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract, and these provisions are subject to change.

General Counsel

Summary
As lead in-house legal officer, the General Counsel works under direction from the Chief Executive Officer and has responsibility for a wide range of East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) legal matters, with particular emphasis on contracting; municipal law; regulatory affairs; legislative affairs; finance, project finance and energy supply transactions; ethics; and oversight of and collaboration with external legal counsel, and performs related work as assigned.

Legal: lead all in-house legal work for the Authority, ranging from oversight of all legal compliance activities to developing the Authority’s human resource policies and procedures to leading regulatory interventions at key state agencies.

Energy Procurement: lead all in-house legal review of energy transactions, manage outside counsel participation in energy transactions, and support development of energy risk management procedures.

Finance: lead all in-house legal review of Authority financial transactions, with a particular focus on energy-related financings including initiation and oversight of credit facilities.

Regulatory: work closely with the CEO to define regulatory strategy, oversee in-house and outside counsel participation in regulatory proceedings, represent the Authority in-front of key regulatory agencies.

Contracts:  Has overall responsibility for legal review of all contracts that the Authority may enter into and is a key member of contract negotiation team.

Public: Creates and maintains productive relationships with the community, business groups, industry participants, and regulatory agencies.

Location/Employment: This position will be based in EBCE headquarters — initially in Hayward and thereafter in a to be determined location in Alameda County. We are in equal opportunity employer and strongly encourage people of color, women and those who identify as LGBTQ to apply.

Compensation and Benefits: Competitive compensation package offered, based on candidate experience. The Authority is developing its benefits package.  Details will be available at the interview.

Application Deadline: September 15, 2017. Applicants are encouraged to submit prior to the deadline.

Submission Requirements: Applicants must submit a cover letter outlining key qualifications and reasons for your interest, current resume including education, writing sample if applicable, and 3 professional references. Please email these documents and any questions to:jobs@ebce.org

Start date: ASAP. Position open until filled.

Position Details

About East Bay Community Energy

East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) is the community choice aggregator serving Alameda County and eleven of its cities. Once EBCE reaches full scale, it will serve 600,000 customer accounts and over 1.5 million Alameda County residents. EBCE’s charter is to provide its customers with low carbon, cost effective electricity that integrates innovative energy products and maximizes local benefits through the development of local solutions, ranging from increasing access to rooftop solar to supporting the adoption of electric vehicles.

Detailed Job Description

The General Counsel provides legal advice and guidance regarding legal matters affecting EBCE, including regulatory affairs, legislative developments, project finance, finance, municipal law and others. The General Counsel also researches and prepares written and oral advice for the Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors on related legal issues and performs managerial and project management tasks as necessary. The General Counsel represents, and oversees the representation of, EBCE before various regulatory agencies in matters affecting community choice aggregators (CCAs) and other electric utilities, including ratemaking proceedings, investigations, rulemakings, compliance matters and proposed legislation, drafting applications, briefs, legal memoranda, and discovery requests/responses; supervises the preparation of the testimony and exhibits of expert witnesses; examines and cross-examines witnesses, and presents oral argument; participates in negotiations and settlement discussions. The General Counsel develops legislative policy and works with internal staff and external contractors to implement proposed legislative activities. The General Counsel also directs and works collaboratively with external counsel from a wide range of related specialties.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities (Illustrative Only)

  • Renders legal advice, administers legal services, and directs and works collaboratively with internal staff and external counsel and contractors regarding a variety of regulatory, legislative and legal matters affecting EBCE.
  • Represents, and oversees representation of, EBCE in energy-related administrative proceedings.
  • Reviews and recommends policies.
  • Prepares and reviews contracts for content and form.
  • Updates EBCE Board of Directors on regulatory and legislative developments.
    Works in a team to negotiate, draft and close a range of EBCE transactions, including power purchase agreements and credit agreements.
  • Participates in EBCE management activities, including assisting in strategic planning, budget and forecast analysis, contractual reporting, annual audit, and other tasks as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Experience/Education

Juris Doctor degree from a leading university; supplemented by seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience as an attorney working on complex regulatory or energy matters at a reputable law firm or as in-house counsel; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Background in accounting, economics, engineering or finance is desirable. Current active membership in the State Bar of California required.

Knowledge of:

  • Transactions, municipal law, ethics, and other areas of law.
  • Energy regulatory practice and legislative affairs.
  • Structuring, financing, and implementing complex energy projects, including drafting and negotiating power purchase agreements and security agreements.
  • Finance transactions, including bond and loan transactions

Language and Reasoning Skills

  • Exercise sound judgment, creative problem solving, and commercial awareness.
  • Develop high-quality writing, research and communication work products.
  • Deliver clear and persuasive oral communication.
  • Interact effectively with administrative bodies and EBCE’s Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors.
  • Apply robust analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Utilize strong time management, project management, dispute resolution and interpersonal relations skills.

Skills and Abilities

    • Focus, direct and manage the efforts of subordinate staff members and external legal, regulatory and legislative resources.
    • Manage multiple priorities and quickly adapt to changing priorities in a fast paced dynamic environment.
    • Take responsibility and work independently, as well as coordinate team efforts.
    • Be thorough and detail-oriented.
    • Work accurately and swiftly under pressure.
    • Demonstrate patience, tact, and courtesy.

 

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those encountered during the performance of duties.

 

Working Conditions

The physical demands described here are representative of those required for the position.  Position requires sitting, walking, standing, bending, and twisting in the performance of daily activities.  The position requires hand manipulation and repetitive hand movement and fine coordination in using a computer keyboard.  The position requires near and far vision in reading reports and use of a computer. Acute hearing is required in supporting meetings and providing phone and in-person customer service. The position occasionally requires lifting and/or moving objects up to 20 pounds.  EBCE will make reasonable accommodation of the known physical or mental limitations of a qualified application with a disability upon request.

Licenses/Certificates:

Possession and continued maintenance of a valid class C California driver’s license or the ability to provide alternate transportation as approved by the CEO and a safe driving record.

The information contained herein does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract, and these provisions are subject to change.

Director of Marketing & Account Services

Summary

The Director of Marketing & Account Services works under the general direction of the Chief Operations Officer/Programs Director to oversee development, management and implementation of programs that communicate, promote and market East Bay Community Energy (EBCE). The Director of Marketing & Account Services directs, manages, and supervises EBCE’s Key Account Manager, Community Outreach Manager, Account Representatives and Marketing Assistants, who are responsible for customer relations, account and billing services; business and community development; and marketing and communications to EBCE customers and the public.

Marketing: leads the development, execution and measurement of all EBCE customer marketing and outreach to all EBCE customer segments.

Account Management: leads all aspects of EBCE account management from community outreach to defining and managing key account outreach to resolution of billing issues and customer complaints. Supports development of innovative energy solutions and programs targeting unique energy needs of key accounts.

Branding: leads the development of all facets of EBCEs brand to all customer segments and through all communications channels.

Public Outreach: leads the development and execution of EBCEs public engagement strategy leading up to program launch. Works closely with Director of Public Affairs to engage with key EBCE stakeholders.

Communications: manages all facets of EBCE internal and external communications.

Location/Employment: This position will be based in EBCE headquarters — initially in Hayward and thereafter in a to be determined location in Alameda County. We are in equal opportunity employer and strongly encourage people of color, women and those who identify as LGBTQ to apply.

Compensation and Benefits: Competitive compensation package offered, based on candidate experience.   The Authority is developing its benefits package.  Details will be available at the interview.

Application Deadline: September 15, 2017. Candidates are encouraged to apply sooner.

Submission Requirements: Applicants must submit a cover letter outlining key qualifications and reasons for your interest, current resume including education, writing sample if applicable, and 3 professional references. Please email these documents and any questions to: jobs@ebce.org.

Start date: ASAP. Position open until filled.

Position Details

About East Bay Community Energy

East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) is the community choice aggregator serving Alameda County and eleven of its cities. Once EBCE reaches full scale, it will serve 600,000 customer accounts and over 1.5 million Alameda County residents. EBCE’s charter is to provide its customers with low carbon, cost effective electricity that integrates innovative energy products and maximizes local benefits through the development of local solutions, ranging from increasing access to rooftop solar to supporting the adoption of electric vehicles.

Detailed Job Description

The Director of Marketing & Account Services is responsible for directing and working collaboratively with internal staff and external consultants to guide, support and implement EBCE’s brand strategy in customer service, business and community development, and marketing and communications, as well as across all EBCE internal departments. The Director of Marketing & Account Services identifies strategies to increase overall engagement and participation in community and is responsible for reputation management. The Director of Marketing & Account Services oversees and provides guidance for service area expansion, customer enrollments, sales, earned, owned, and paid media, community outreach, account management, billing resolution, publicity and media relations. The Director of Marketing & Account Services ensures that key, strategic messages are communicated effectively to target audiences and directs customer account management, customer relations and customer retention strategies. The Director of Marketing & Account Services manages and coordinates outside consultants retained to provide call center and billing services, website services, graphics, writing, advertising, and other related work and is also responsible for communications-related budget preparation and tracking. The Director of Marketing & Account Services makes presentations to community, elected and professional groups, Board of Directors, and staff.

Supervisory Responsibilities

The Director of Marketing & Account Services supervises or manages the supervision of internal marketing and public affairs staff, including but not limited to Community Outreach Manager, Key Accounts Manager, Account Representative(s) and Marketing Assistant. The incumbent also provides oversight for external marketing communications and other external professional service providers.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities (Illustrative Only)

Supervisory Duties

  • Plans and prepares for Marketing and Account Services staffing, hiring and middle management needs
  • Plans, directs, and coordinates the goals and work plan for, and in collaboration with, the Marketing and Account Services team
  • Assigns work activities, projects and programs; reviews and evaluates work products, methods, and procedures; meets with staff to discuss and resolve related issues
  • Conducts performance evaluations, implements performance correction as needed, trains and coaches staff in work procedures as needed
  • Evaluates data to determine success of Marketing and Account Services team towards reaching agency goals

Internal Communications

  • Updates EBCE Board of Directors on customer service, marketing, communications, and public relations progress, projects and programs
  • Provides talking points and information to Board of Directors and staff to utilize for external and internal meetings and presentations

Publicity

  • Writes and reviews press releases, feature articles and other materials for newspaper, magazines and related venues
  • Develops and maintains relationships with print, radio and television media, community groups and organizations, business leaders, and other public agencies and governmental representatives
  • Oversees e-newsletter distribution, event and sponsorship opportunities and EBCE sponsored press conferences and events
  • Develops strategies and implementation plans to respond to media inquiries and publicity, including misinformation campaigns

Business & Community Development

  • Provides direction, guidance and review of community outreach plans and implementation for the enrollment of new communities during service area expansion, including meeting state legal requirements
  • Provides direction, guidance and review of business development plans and implementation to increase customer acquisition and retention

Customer Account & Billing Services

  • Oversees resolution of billing issues, customer complaints, and technical issues that impact customers
  • Acts as an agency liaison to local government and community agencies

Marketing Communications

  • Provides direction, guidance and review, in collaboration with staff and consultants, to plan and execute strategic marketing campaigns, collateral and promotional material that support business and community development goals
  • Collaborates with staff and consultants to improve website design, capabilities, and content

Minimum Qualifications

Experience/Education

Education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree in communications, public administration, environmental planning, business, marketing or a related field and at least six (6) years of progressively responsible experience in a supervisory or management role in the field of public affairs. Experience working for a public utility or a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program is desirable.

Knowledge of:

  • The organization of local government and concepts of public administration.
  • The history of Community Choice Aggregation legislation and implementation in California.
  • Administration of a proactive marketing and public affairs program.
  • Principles, techniques and methods of public information, integrated marketing communication, community and media relations and public education.
  • Methods, operational characteristics, services, and activities necessary for effective community outreach.
  • Public policy process, local and regional government and environmental issues.
  • Principles and practices of public speaking, public presentations and event planning.
  • Principles of management, supervision, training and performance evaluation.
  • Techniques and methods of preparing and reviewing information, news release and information materials including graphics and written copy.
  • Principles, practices and methods of writing, publishing, and disseminating a variety of informational materials; of graphic design, photography, and printing.
  • Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Acrobat as well as Joomla, Dreamweaver and/or HTML.
  • E-mail marketing platforms such as Constant Contact.
  • Research and statistical methods as applied to the collection, tabulation and analysis of data.

Ability to

  • Take responsibility and work independently, as well as coordinate collaborative efforts and achieve work goals through first line supervisors.
  • Convey complex information in a simple and understandable manner.
  • Manage multiple priorities, meet deadlines, and quickly adapt to changing priorities in a fast paced dynamic environment.
  • Achieve goals while providing accurate, timely, and meaningful progress updates.
  • Work well under pressure.
  • Be thorough and detail-oriented.
  • Demonstrate patience, tact, and courtesy.
  • Identify and solve problems effectively and expeditiously.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with persons encountered during the performance of duties.
  • Direct, supervise and coordinate the work of assigned staff.
  • Make effective and dynamic presentations to community groups, governmental bodies and the EBCE Board and staff to achieve desired results.

Language and Reasoning Skills

  • Exercise sound judgment, creative problem solving, and commercial awareness
  • Possess keen communication capabilities, verbally, written and graphically through presentations
  • Interact effectively with administrative bodies and EBCE’s Executive Officer and Board of Directors
  • Possess time management, project management, dispute resolution and interpersonal relation skills
  • Possess excellent customer service skills and communicate clearly and effectively with customers
  • Understand, anticipate, and appreciate customer needs and concerns

Working Conditions

The physical demands described here are representative of those required for the position.  Position requires sitting, walking, standing, bending, and twisting in the performance of daily activities.  The position requires hand manipulation and repetitive hand movement and fine coordination in using a computer keyboard.  The position requires near and far vision in reading reports and use of a computer. Acute hearing is required in supporting meetings and providing phone and in-person customer service. The position occasionally requires lifting and/or moving objects up to 20 pounds.  EBCE will make reasonable accommodation of the known physical or mental limitations of a qualified application with a disability upon request.

Licenses/Certificates:

Possession and continued maintenance of a valid class C California driver’s license or the ability to provide alternate transportation as approved by the CEO and a safe driving record.

The information contained herein does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract, and these provisions are subject to change.

CEO Search

East Bay Community Energy has completed its search for a Chief Executive Officer to lead our new Community Choice Energy program. We are pleased to announce that Mr. Nicolas Chaset, Chief of Staff to the California Public Utilities President,  Michael Picker, has accepted the position and will start work in late July.

Details on the selection and Mr. Chaset’s resume can be found on the Agenda for the June 21, 2017 EBCEA Board meeting.