Ready to manage the operations that implement our region’s transition to affordable, reliable, zero carbon energy for all human purposes? Excited to use your skills in staff and financial management to strengthen an already-strong public agency and take it to the next level?
Sonoma Clean Power is recruiting a full-time Chief Operating Officer (COO) to work in its Santa Rosa office. This is a new position for SCP.
As a community choice aggregator or “CCA,” SCP is a public agency and the default electricity provider for Sonoma and Mendocino counties. SCP provides its customers with environmentally friendly electricity at competitive rates, and delivers customer programs to promote electric vehicles, building electrification, low-income housing efficiency and grid reliability.
Our 22-person team works in a collaborative style in the office, and with our 30+ contractors and consultants, and our member cities and counties. The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills, deep experience in staff management, budgets and finance, and a background in energy/utility operations.
SCP is a Joint Powers Authority formed by the local governments in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties to finance and implement solutions to the climate crisis. SCP has annual revenues of $160 million and serves a population of about 550,000 people with 230,000 customer accounts.
SCP is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors, consisting of one member appointed by each of the 8 participating cities and towns in Sonoma County, one each from Sonoma and Mendocino Counties, and one collectively representing Mendocino’s three participating incorporated cities. The Board’s Joint Powers Agreement governs the purpose of the Authority, its voting, and how members can join and leave. The Board meets monthly, appoints the members of a Community Advisory Committee, and hires and reviews the performance of the CEO and General Counsel.
SCP currently employs six senior staff as Directors, with the Director of Regulatory Affairs reporting to the General Counsel. The Directors of Power Services, Programs, Customer Service, Marketing, and Internal Operations will report to the COO. Each department’s Director has a small staff of one to four analysts, specialists, managers and administrative staff, as needed.
The COO oversees SCP’s operations, including supervising five of the agency’s six departmental Directors (excluding Legal/Regulatory). Management of these Directors is a key function of the COO, and includes frequent engagement, feedback, performance reviews, setting and tracking departmental metrics, as well as support for professional development, encouraging work-life balance, and mentoring on good management practices when engaging their own staff. Supports the practice of high-performance teams while attracting, recruiting and retaining talent. The current employees of SCP work under a collaborative model, where most day-to-day management is supportive, flat and engaging, and the hierarchy of management—while clear—is not invoked every day. Because of SCP’s unusual position among public utilities of having to compete for customers, and because CCAs are still relatively new in California, we have found this management style to be helpful in fostering creativity, encouraging “naive” questions, soliciting critical input to improve draft decisions, and creating a playbook for CCAs.
The COO manages relationships with SCP’s contractors, banks and financial partners, energy suppliers and key staff at PG&E, the CPUC and various regulatory agencies. The COO also has significant relationships with SCP’s Board of Directors and the Community Advisory Committee members. Some of these relationships are also maintained by the CEO, so frequent communication with the CEO is important to ensure alignment.
Education: Any combination of educational course work and training, which would provide for the knowledge and abilities listed above. Normally, academic course work equivalent to Master’s in Business Administration.
Experience: Any combination of experience and training which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed above. Normally, a minimum of ten years of full-time management experience supervising professional staff engaged in energy related fields, including specific experience in financial, budget, program and organizational administration, analysis and planning will provide this opportunity. Specific experience with public agencies, governing boards and California’s energy market is a strong plus.
For a complete job description, submission requirements, and to apply, please visit our website at www.sonomacleanpower.org.
Applications must be submitted directly through our website.