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Program Manager

San Francisco Bay Area CA

The Clean Coalition seeks a full-time Program Manager based in the San Francisco Bay Area to advance the Clean Coalition’s Community Microgrid and Solar Emergency Microgrid (SEM) initiatives and other programs. Such a role requires an engineering background and project scoping, development, and management experience. This role reports to a Program Director. Much of the Program Manager’s work can be done from a home office located in the San Francisco Bay Area, but there will be regular requirements for in-person participation in meetings and events. The start date for this position is as soon as possible.


About the Clean Coalition

The Clean Coalition is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to accelerate the transition to renewable energy and a modern grid through technical, policy, and project development expertise. The Clean Coalition drives policy and program innovation to remove barriers to procurement and interconnection of distributed energy resources (DER) — such as local renewables, energy storage, demand response, advanced inverters — and works to establish market mechanisms that realize the full potential of integrating these solutions. The Clean Coalition collaborates with utilities (and other Load Serving Entities) and municipalities (and other jurisdictions) to create near-term deployment opportunities that prove the technical and economic viability of local renewables and other DER.

The Program Manager will manage key technical aspects of Community Microgrid and SEM projects in collaboration with strategic partners, including utilities and technology vendors. A Community Microgrid is a coordinated local grid area served by one or more distribution substations and supported by high penetrations of local renewables and other DER. Community Microgrids represent a new approach for designing and operating the electric grid, relying heavily on DER to achieve a more sustainable, resilient, and cost-effective energy system while generally providing renewables-driven power backup to prioritized loads for indefinite durations. Community Microgrids serve thousands of customers across a community, and the substation-level foundation of a Community Microgrid ensures that the approach can be readily extended throughout a utility’s service territory and replicated across utilities. SEMs are simple proxies for Community Microgrids as they are sited behind customer meters and each SEM only serves a single customer.


Job Responsibilities

• Scoping, developing, and managing technical projects.

• Creating technical specifications and designs.

• Cultivating and managing clients.

• Producing proposals.

• Writing reports.



• Electrical or mechanical engineering degree.

• Project scoping, project development, and project management experience.

• Ability to create graphics.

• Electric industry knowledge.

• Excellent writing and speaking skills.

• Ability to communicate the results of findings such that non-technical audiences can comprehend those results in order to make informed decisions.

• Ability to work well independently as well as collaboratively with technical and non-technical team members.

• Proficiency with Microsoft Office.


Preferred experience

• Familiarity with the distribution grid, its components, and the interactions of those components.

• Collaborating with diverse team members and other stakeholders from remote locations.

• Proficiency with Google Docs and Salesforce.


Application process

By email, please send a cover letter, a brief sample of your technical writing, and your resume to with the subject line “Program Manager.” In the body of the email, please indicate how you became aware of this job posting.

Posted May 31, 2018

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