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Approximate Salary:
169116.00 - 281694.00 Per Year
San Rafael, California
United States
Management - Executive
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
Executive Management
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Chief Operating Officer

MCE Chief Operating Officer

Salary Range: $169,116 - $281,694

Filing Deadline: March 19, 2018

(MCE Reserves the Right to Close this Recruitment at Any Time Based Upon the Candidate Pool)

Are you looking for a powerful way to be a part of an innovative, disruptive company that is transforming the California energy landscape? Come join MCE, California’s First Community Choice Aggregation program, and do something beneficial for the environment! Seize this opportunity to become a team member of a growing local government energy provider. MCE is hiring a Chief Operating Officer.

About MCE

MCE is a Community Choice Aggregation program that provides 50-100% renewable energy as an alternative to PG&E’s electric supply. MCE determines the source and cost of the energy and PG&E continues to manage the transmission and distribution of the energy. MCE is a public, not-for-profit joint powers authority. Members of the agency include the County of Marin and its towns and cities, Napa County and its towns and cities, unincorporated Contra Costa County, Contra Costa County towns and cities of Concord, Danville, El Cerrito, Lafayette, Martinez, Moraga, Oakley, Pinole, Pittsburg, Richmond, San Pablo, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek, and the city of Benicia (Solano County).MCE offices are currently located in downtown San Rafael; a Concord office will open in early 2018.

The Ideal Candidate

In addition to the minimum qualifications listed in the position description below, the ideal candidate will have extensive operational experience, is able to implement agency-wide plans, is a competent manager, is experienced in finance and budgeting, and skilled in project and program management.The ideal candidate will also have excellent communication skills, have the ability to focus on high-quality work products, and will be able to be productive and collaborative, positive and professional, and respect diverse points of view.

About the Position

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MCE and has responsibility for ensuring efficiency of operations for the agency.

Class Characteristics

The COO provides oversight and direction for the fiscal, administrative, and managerial operations of MCE as well as support and coordination of various MCE directors and teams.The position operates with a high level of autonomy, and the COO may occasionally be called upon to represent the agency before the Board of Directors or other external entities. The COO position oversees the work of the senior managerial team at MCE and interfaces directly with the CEO. The COO is expected to exercise critical thinking and detail oriented oversight in ensuring that MCE operations are smooth, efficient, and compliant, with responsibility for results including costs, methods, and staffing. The COO leads operations of the organization to ensure customer satisfaction and to retain competitive advantage.

Supervisory Responsibilities

The COO oversees the operations of the agency as a whole.The COO also has specific supervisory and support responsibilities for the Directors of Internal Operations, Power Resources, Customer Programs, and the Manager of Finance. The COO provides regular feedback, conducts performance appraisals, and reviews and approves professional development opportunities.

Minimum Qualifications

Education/ Experience

This position requires a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in economics, business, planning, public administration, or a field directly related to the work and at least ten years’ experience in utility operations, five of which must have been at the senior management level. Experience in the operational division of an electric utility and/or utility experience that includes energy markets, contracts, rates and tariffs, information technology, and customer service is strongly preferred. A master’s degree in a related field and previous work in a public agency are desirable as well as any combination of education and experience that provide the knowledge and abilities required to perform the functions of the position including:

  • Demonstrated experience managing people and leading teams;
  • Demonstrated success in customer service; ability to promote quality customer service practices;
  • Demonstrated experience in negotiating and consensus building;
  • Demonstrated experience in developing new and improving existing work processes;
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate on, test, and implement system and process changes to meet new program requirements and improve existing processes;
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to interact effectively with employees, stakeholders, and external parties.

To Apply:

MCE requests qualified applicants provide their resume and a cover letter no later than March 19, 2018. However, MCE reserves the right to close this recruitment at any time based upon the candidate pool.To apply, please send your cover letter and resume via email to

The selection process will consist of, but not limited to the following steps:

  • candidate screening and ranking
  • internal and external interviews panels
  • and a hiring interview

It is anticipated that the first round of interviews will take place during the week of March 26. The start date of the position will be in early to mid-June. MCE reserves the right to modify any of these dates as needed.

If you are a highly motivated, detail oriented and well-organized individual who meets the minimum requirements of this position, please apply now!

This is an exempt full-time position.The salary range is $169,116 - $281, 694 (effective January 1, 2018) with exact compensation to be determined by the Chief Executive Officer.

Benefits include paid vacation, sick, personal, Family Medical Act, California Family Right Act, and parental leave; employer contribution to medical, dental, and vision insurance, employer-paid life and long-term disability insurance; employer contribution to a 401 (a) retirement plan; optional 457(b) deferred compensation plan, flexible spending account and commute alternatives program.

For a complete description of the position, please refer to the MCE website Careers page at:


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