Principal Power Resources Specialist - City of San Jose

  • City of San Jose - Community Energy Department
  • San Jose, California
  • Mar 01, 2021
Full Time Administration and Management Administrative Analysis and Research Natural Resources Utilities Management
  • Salary: 133,806.66 USD
  • Salary Top: 167,257.15
  • Negotiable/DOQ: Yes
  • Apply By: Mar 31, 2021


The City of San Jose’s Community Energy Department’s is seeking a Principal Power Resources Specialist to join the Power Supply Team. Successful candidates should have a deep knowledge of California energy markets, relationships, and experience working with a variety of energy market participants, including: large energy trading firms, independent power producers, investor owned and municipal utilities, and CCAs. Experience successfully managing and improving power portfolio performance for a large utility or power trading firm is highly preferred. For more information on the development the Community Energy Department, please click here.

Job Description

The ideal candidates have strong analytical skills with extensive experience related to power trading and origination, and contract negotiations in California energy markets. The positions will be part of a fast-paced team, often working on multiple high-priority projects and short deadlines. Good judgment, initiative, and cooperation with other staff and outside stakeholders will be an asset to this position.

This position will report to the Deputy Director of the Power Resources Division. Successful candidates should possess the following:

• Extensive knowledge of energy market indices, pricing trends, seasonal market dynamics, and experience using this knowledge to improve power portfolio performance.
• Extensive experience in contract negotiations with large energy trading firms, utilities, and renewable developers.
• Extensive experience with energy contracts including energy and capacity transactions, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) agreement, and short-term Western Systems Power Pool (WSSP) transactions, tolling agreements, and long-term power purchase agreements.
• Strong data analytics skills, experience implementing strategies, data driven in order to improve power portfolio performance.
• Experience in managing power bids and requests for proposals.
• Knowledge related to power generation technologies, major asset owners, risks and benefits of various power sources and contract structures.
• Knowledge and experience working with regulatory compliance agencies such as: the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) , CEC, FERC
• Experience with CAISO markets, or another RTO, power scheduling and settlement functions to ensure compliance and reduce market risks and costs.
• Experience developing long and short-term resource plans; including utility integrated resource planning to develop an electric utility’s resource needs to cost effectively meet expected electricity demand over a long-term planning horizon.

Job Requirements

-Education: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Business, Economics,
Engineering, Environmental Studies, Law, Natural Resources, Statistics, or related field
to utility business. A Master’s degree is highly desirable.

-Experience: Six (6) years of progressively responsible related experience overseeing and administering energy resources operations, planning, purchasing, scheduling, or contract

-Acceptable Substitution: A Master’s degree in a related field, may be substituted for up to two (2) years of the required experience. There is no substitution for the required bachelor’s

Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San José will NOT sponsor, represent, or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.

Special Instructions

This position is open until filled. Candidate review will begin on March 1, 2021. Please note that
applications are currently NOT accepted through CalOpps or any other third-party job board application systems. To be considered for this exceptional opportunity, candidate must submit the following items via email directly to the City’s recruiter listed below:

• A Cover Letter
• A resume that reflects the size of staff and budgets you have managed. Your resume should indicate both months and years of beginning/ending dates of the positions held.

Please submit cover letter and resume to Michelle Saechao via email at

Additional Information

Resumes will be screened in relation to the criteria outlined in this brochure. Candidates deemed to have the most relevant qualifications will be invited to proceed in the selection process. Additional phases of the selection process will consist of one or more interviews. A final selection will be made upon completion of comprehensive references and background checks.


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