The City of Palo Alto has provided a full range of utility services (electric, gas, water, and sewer) for over 100 years, and is one of the only publicly-owned gas utilities in the State of California. City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) has been on the forefront of sustainability, with 100% carbon neutral electric and gas portfolios and an award winning solar program. CPAU is working to address long term business planning challenges related to sustainability and the long-term need to maintain safety, reliability, and reasonable rates.
The Resource Management Division (RMD) of CPAU has a key role in helping CPAU meet these challenges. The Division is responsible for an approximately $120 million per year budget for electricity, gas, and water supply purchases and customer efficiency and sustainability programs. The Division consists of the Utility Program Services group, which runs programs to help customers use energy more efficiently and reduce their carbon footprint, and the Resource Planning group. This position will be located in the Resource Planning group, which is a group of analysts responsible for, among other things, managing CPAU's electricity, natural gas, and water supply and delivery portfolios, developing customer retail rates, utility financial planning, and collaborating with Utility Program Services to develop and implement innovative customer programs.
CPAU is seeking a Senior Resource Planner or Resource Planner to join the Resource Planning group. We will be considering applications at either level as we may have multiple positions available. Work assigned will depend in part on the skills and interests of the successful candidate, but will likely include electric or gas supply resource planning and contract management, retail rate making, or analytical work in support of customer programs.
Candidates at the Senior Resource Planner level may manage junior staff and are expected to be able to independently manage one or more of the functions within Resource Planning, such as high dollar / complex supply contracts, energy portfolio strategy, customer program portfolio strategy, or utility rate design and financial management. Resource Planners are expert individual contributors tasked with sophisticated analysis in support of Resource Planning functions. Resource Planners, under minimal supervision, perform a variety of tasks related to supply resource acquisition, financial forecasting, and customer program development for the City's electric, gas, and water utility.
Each Resource Management Division staff member has the opportunity to work on a cross section of projects based on organizational needs and staff member skills and interest. Initial projects contemplated for the person hired into this position, depending on skills and experience, may include:
This is a full-time position, but applicants seeking part-time positions will be considered if there is alignment between the candidate's requirements and the department's needs. Please provide details in your application.
CPAU is seeking a candidate with excellent analytical and program management skills. Experience in any of the following areas would be highly preferred:
ESSENTIAL DUTIES:Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following for the Senior Resource Planner level:
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge and skills, which would typically be acquired through:
For the Resource Planner
Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Economics, Mathematics or other related field (Electrical Engineering preferred); Or Bachelor's Degree in Electrical (Power) Engineering or equivalent power engineering knowledge acquired through other means when assigned to distribution system integration of distributed energy resources. And six years of increasingly responsible experience in utilities resource planning, acquisition and portfolio management (Engineering degree may substitute for two years of experience).Note: Master's degree in Engineering or other related field and/or registration as a Professional Engineer may be considered in lieu of one year's experience.