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Program Manager – Head of Section

Local Unit & Position Description

Would you like be part of a team that strives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy usage? Would you enjoy leading a high performance interdisciplinary team of professionals who are committed to solving climate challenges?

Then you may find our Head of Section position to be a great fit for you!


DNV GL - Energy North America is seeking a Head of Section with experience in program implementation and business development, primarily in demand side management (Energy Efficiency and Demand Response) and distributed energy resources (DER); including distributed generation and electric vehicles in the utility space. This person will be expected to manage a team of DER professionals and support program planning, development and implementation; including managing the planning tasks associated with large, on-going projects and developing new projects. The position will provide strategic consulting to clients and increase the current client base in California. The position will be based out of California. Preferred location Oakland, or San Diego, CA


Tasks May Include

  • Manage the start-up and program delivery in California, ensuring contract compliance, goal achievement, budget management, quality assurance, strong staff performance, and operational efficiency. This includes creating detailed plans and monitoring performance goals as well as the coordination of resources necessary for successful performance
  • Work cooperatively with team members to identify potential sponsors for new and existing programs. This includes working with contract and procurement managers to negotiate contract terms and conditions
  • Oversee various functional groups that deliver DER program components in outreach, marketing, engineering, administration and business analytics
  • Provide strategic guidance to clients across the nation and work with local teams to integrate new program concepts and solutions that meet changing customer needs.
  • Manage forecasting and system reporting. Prepare clearly written and well documented reports and proposals
  • Recruit, orient, train, and mentor staff and/or project partners to ensure effective project management. This includes developing strategies to help staff feel connected to the programs goals
  • Work with DNV GL support staff and subject matter experts to integrate innovations into existing client program offerings
  • Serve as leader for communicating and implementing corporate policy initiatives
  • Develop and champion new initiatives to senior management
  • Stay current and understand the impact of both state and federal regulations
Position Qualifications



  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, business or other related fields. Master's degree preferred
  • Minimum 5 years program management experience, ideally focused on energy-efficiency and distributed energy resource program management and acquisition preferred
  • Minimum 5 years of experience leading a high performance team
  • Minimum 5 years of client or relationship management with strong business development acumen
  • Proven track record of business development, proposal writing, program design, and contract negotiations
  • A proven track record in the demand side management field, along with project management experience
  • Ability to effectively handle client and internal communications involving sensitive issues
  • Strong budget management experience
  • Solid written and verbal English communication skills as demonstrated by experience with presentations, report-writing, papers or other public forums
  • Computer skills including MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Access
  • Willingness and ability to travel, up to 30% of the time
  • Critical thinking skills with strategic foresight
  • Strong written and verbal English communication skills
  • We conduct pre-employment drug and background screening


Opportunities Beyond Business


Our mission is to safeguard life, property and the environment. By joining us, you will work towards our meaningful vision: to make a global impact for a safe and sustainable future. DNV GL offers a congenial working environment, competitive salaries, and an exceptional benefits package.


DNV GL is an Equal Opportunity Employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights under the law, see:

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Company & Business Area Description

DNV GL is a global quality assurance and risk management company. Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, we enable our customers to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. We provide classification, technical assurance, software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas, power and renewables industries. We also provide certification and supply chain services to customers across a wide range of industries. Operating in more than 100 countries, our experts are dedicated to helping customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.


DNV GL delivers world-renowned testing and advisory services to the energy value chain including renewables and energy efficiency. Our expertise spans onshore and offshore wind power, solar, conventional generation, transmission and distribution, smart grids, and sustainable energy use, as well as energy markets and regulations. Our experts support customers around the globe in delivering a safe, reliable, efficient, and sustainable energy supply.

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